Hundreds of Vacant Lots to Become World’s Largest Urban Farm in Detroit

November 1, 2013 by  
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Hundreds of vacant lots in Detroit , Michigan will soon be transformed into the world’s largest urban farm . Governor Rick Snyder has just approved the plan proposed by a private company that has bought up 150 acres of land. Hantz Woodlands will turn the sites into workable farmland to produce fresh food for the Detroit area. Read the rest of Hundreds of Vacant Lots to Become World’s Largest Urban Farm in Detroit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 500 Detroit lots , Detroit food desert , detroit urban farms , Detroit urban renewal , eco design , green design , Hantz Woodlands , Hantz Woodlands buys up 1 , hundreds of vacant detroit lots to be converted into world’s largest urban farm , sustainable design , World’s largest urban farm , world’s largest urban farm coming to Detroit        

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Hurricanes as Large as Katrina Could Become 10x More Likely With 2 Degree Global Temperature Increase

March 19, 2013 by  
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We would like to think of natural disasters as incidents that occur only once in a blue moon, yet it is becoming clear that horribly destructive storms are becoming more common. Research by climatologists recently reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences compared historical storm surges with a host of climate model predictions. They found that with global warming, more than half of modern Katrina-sized storms are the result of climate change. With an increase of only 0.4 degrees Celsius, the frequency of storm surges the size of the massive hurricane double. If the temperature rises by 2 degrees Cesius, the chance of such catastrophic events will be 10 times more likely to occur. Read the rest of Hurricanes as Large as Katrina Could Become 10x More Likely With 2 Degree Global Temperature Increase Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aslak grinsted , Climate Change , Drought , global warming , greenhouse gasses , Hurricane Katrina , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Sandy , sea level rise , storm , university of copenhagen

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

March 19, 2013 by  
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Birds Have Evolved Shorter Wings to Better Contend With Cars

March 19, 2013 by  
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Back when Darwin visited the Galapagos, he noticed that finches had evolved beaks in varying shapes and sizes to deal with eating different foods. Now birds probably long for the days when all they needed to worry about was keeping away from predators and finding their next meal. New research from Charles Brown at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma has found that cliff swallows ( Petrochelidon pyrrhonota ) have evolved shorter wings to deal with motor traffic. With 80 million feathered friends being killed by cars each year, humans may be a literal driving force for their adaptation. Read the rest of Birds Have Evolved Shorter Wings to Better Contend With Cars Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adapt , cars , charles brown , cliff swallow , Darwin , evolve , finch , galapagos , length , oklahoma , traffic , university of tulsa , wing

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Washington, DC Aims to Become the Greenest City in the Country

March 12, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock In a town that houses Congress, a body that is synonymous with inefficiency and gridlock, it is nice to know that at least the city itself is moving forward. With the Sustainable D.C. Act of 2012 signed into law, a whole host of new plans have been set in motion. Along with the support of Mayor Vincent Gray, the legislation has outlined 32 goals, 31 targets, and more than 140 actions to help make Washington DC one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country. DC already leads the nation on number of LEED buildings per capita; the city also purchases 100 percent renewable energy, and it hosts one of the largest bike share networks in the country. So what does the future have in store for our nation’s capital? Read the rest of Washington, DC Aims to Become the Greenest City in the Country Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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South Pacific Island of Tokelau To Become The World’s First Solar-Powered Nation

July 25, 2012 by  
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The South Pacific nation of Tokelau is aiming to ditch its diesel dependency and transform itself into the world’s first solar-powered country . With the help of New Zealand engineering company Powersmart Solar , the island’s 1,400 residents hope to generate all their power with a system of 4032 solar panels and 1344 batteries. Read the rest of South Pacific Island of Tokelau To Become The World’s First Solar-Powered Nation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: powersmart solar , Tokelau , Tokelau Renewable Energy Project (TREP) , Tokelau solar power , United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) , world’s first solar powered country , world’s greenest state

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Autodesk Cuts Data Center Energy Use 60%, Saves $7M

February 8, 2012 by  
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The design software giant talked up the results of its aggressive work to consolidate servers, as well as a new version of its cloud-enabled Green Building Studio web service and a success story from its Clean Tech Partnership Program in its latest Sustainability Summit.

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How Do Two Sustainability Departments Become One?

February 8, 2012 by  
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When Molson Coors and SABMiller created the MillerCoors joint venture, one unexpected challenges was how to coordinate two busy sustainability programs, and at the same time bring them to the next level.

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How to Become a Social Intrepreneur

January 9, 2012 by  
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A new class from the University of Michigan's Erb Institute aims to give workers the tools they need to tackle one of the largest challenges in corporate sustainability: Working from within a company to move the needle on social and environmental impacts.

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How to Become a Social Intrapreneur

January 9, 2012 by  
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A new class from the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business aims to give workers the tools they need to tackle one of the largest challenges in corporate sustainability: Working from within a company to move the needle on social and environmental impacts.

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