The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants

July 15, 2013 by  
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In comparison with a car or truck, a scooter is a pretty green ride. They are lightweight, use less fuel, and are far easier to park. Yet, no matter how environmentally friendly they may seem, there is always room for improvement. The designers at Waarmakers have created the Be.e scooter—whose body is composed of compressed plants—for brand van.eko . The natural fiber-reinforced composites (NFCs) replace traditional plastics and metals with hemp, flax and bio-resins that act in a similar fashion to an eggshell. Read the rest of The Be.e Electric Scooter is a Lightweight Ride Made From Compressed Plants Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery , be.e scooter , eggshell , electric , natural fiber- reinforced composites , Netherlands , nfc , plants , Scooter , van.eko , waarmakers        

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The World’s Largest Building Opens in China, Complete with Fake Mediterranean Village and Indoor Beach

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KPF Reaches For the Sky With Plans to Extend King’s Reach Tower in London

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Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) has submitted plans to renovate the existing 111-meter-high King’s Reach Tower in London with a 44-meter, 11 floor extension. The project is being engineered by Adams Kara Taylor (AKT II), and is currently under review by the Southwark Council in London’s South Bank. KPF’s ambitious project is considered the first extension to be undertaken on a building of such a height and age. Read the rest of KPF Reaches For the Sky With Plans to Extend King’s Reach Tower in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Adams Kara Taylor , Architecture , England , green renovation , King’s Reach Tower , Kohn Pedersen Fox , KPF , London , skyscraper , South Bank , Sustainable , tower        

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Shark Finning Finally Banned in the European Union

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Photo via Shutterstock The European Union just declared a strict ban on all shark finning anywhere in European waters. Finning has technically been prohibited in the EU since 2003, but an exemption allowed member states to issue special permits for fishing vessels to remove shark fins on board. In particular, an exemption used by Spain and Portugal allowed some vessels to remove sharks’ fins at sea, which made it nearly impossible to detect and monitor the finning that was occurring. But with a complete ban now in effect, all sharks caught in European waters or by European vessels will have to be landed with their fins still attached. Read the rest of Shark Finning Finally Banned in the European Union Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animal Brutality , animal cruelty , Ban Shark Fin Soup , european union , Oceana , Save Oceans , Shark Deaths , Shark Finning Ban        

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Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill

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Photo via Shutterstock After an investigation into the rupture of the Exxon Mobil Pegasus pipeline that caused around 290,000 gallons of oil to leak into the small Arkansas town of Mayflower in March, the oil giant has issued a statement that cites a decades-old manufacturing defect as the cause of the environmental disaster. While this suggests that it was not corrosion from Tar Sands oil that caused the rupture, it does raise concerns as to the integrity of the pipeline, which runs from Illinois to Texas. Read the rest of Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arkansas , arkansas oil , clean water act , environmental diaster , Exxon , exxon disaster , exxon mobil , exxon pipeline , mayflower , mayflower oil , oil , oil leak , oil pollution , oil spill , pegasus , pegasus pipeline , pipeline rupture , tar sands        

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