Four US airlines join the ban on hunting trophies after Cecil outcry

August 4, 2015 by  
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Four US-based airlines have joined the ban on transporting trophy kills as cargo in the midst of the public outcry against the killing of Cecil the Lion. On Monday, Delta announced that they would support the ban and Tuesday, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic followed, all confirming that they would no longer allow trophy kills as cargo. Foreign airlines Qantas, KLM, Air France, Iberia, IAG Cargo, and Singapore Airlines had all previously changed their policies. Read the rest of Four US airlines join the ban on hunting trophies after Cecil outcry

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Deceptively small home in Denmark hides spacious living quarters at the forest edge

August 4, 2015 by  
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California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent

May 22, 2015 by  
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As California’s drought deepens, state regulators just accepted a historic offer by a group of farmers to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 25 percent. Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are giving up some of the water that is historically theirs to use, so long as the state does not impose deeper mandatory cuts in the future. The delta is a major part of California’s water system, and the fertile land around it produces nearly half of the fruits and vegetables grown in the United States. Read the rest of California farmers to voluntarily cut water usage by 25 percent Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california drought , California farmers , california voluntary water cuts , delta farmers water cuts , gov. jerry brown , sacramento san joaquin delta farmers , voluntary farm water cuts , water cuts , water restrictions

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

December 5, 2014 by  
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The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell’s facility  at Bonny Island in Nigeria, which has poured into the delta’s swamps and nearby ocean. According to an investigation launched by Shell and the local government, oil equivalent to 3,800 barrels has been released, ranking it as the worst spill  in Nigeria for years. Read the rest of Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , ecological damage , environmental disasters , fossil fuel , fossil fuels , Niger Delta oil , nigeria , oil , oil spills , Shell

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RMJM’s Zhuhai Observation Tower Looks Like a Fish Leaping Out of China’s Pearl River Delta

August 18, 2014 by  
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PHOTOS: Living the Green Life at an ‘Echo Village’ Immersed in Buenos Aires’ Delta

June 27, 2013 by  
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Chad Wright’s Sand Castle Suburb Symbolizes the Collapse of the American Dream

June 27, 2013 by  
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Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist

June 27, 2013 by  
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No matter how diligent you are at charging your smartphone before leaving the house, there is always some point where you find that your battery is on its last legs – and it’s usually when you need to make an important call. The Voltmaker is a ratchet-inspired kinetic charger that lets you power up your phone with a simple flick of the wrist. The prototype charger of an aluminum tube that houses a 2000 mAh Li-ion battery – a few minutes of vigorous motion creates enough juice for a brief phone call, or to switch on an integrated LED light. Read the rest of Voltmaker Kinetic Charger Powers Your Smartphone With a Flick of the Wrist Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: device , electronics , gnu , gpl , IndieGoGo , kinetic , LED , lithium ion battery , peg , smartphone , voltmaker        

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Delta 7?s Awesome Arantix Mountain Bike Weighs Just 2.74lbs!

February 17, 2012 by  
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D elta 7 ‘s awesome new Antrix Mountain bike is sure to make any bike enthusiast’s jaw drop. Designed for rugged terrain, this beauty of a bike features a patented IsoTruss carbon fiber and Kevlar “spider web-like” tube frame, and its smart yet stealth design weighs in at just 2.74 lbs! The Arantix is buit to withstand extreme use, and its unparalleled strength-to-weight ratio results in an ultra stiff and responsive bike. No price has been revealed yet, but a limited production of just 200 frames should tell you something. + Delta 7 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arantix bike , delta 7 arantix bike , delta 7 bikes , kevlar bikes , lightweight mountain bike , lightweight mountain bikes , super light bike

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Green Wheels: Microcab H2EV

October 1, 2011 by  
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Aravind Balasubramanya: Microcab H2EV Microcab reveals H2EV hydrogen fuel cell vehicle The green machine The H2EV is the latest hydrogen-fuel-based car launched by Microcab which has worked in collaboration with Delta Motorsport . The launch coincides with the launch of Honda’s hydrogen fueling station in Swindon which also happens to be a first in UK. A fleet of these Microcab cars will be on trial in an attempt to collect data on the ultra-low emissions they promise. Since manufacturer Lotus has also been associated with the engineering in this project, there is great optimism about the launch of this fuel cell car. Green factor The H2EV runs totally on hydrogen and the exhaust is water! You could not have gotten cleaner than this. This four-seater vehicle uses the reaction where hydrogen combines with oxygen releasing electricity and producing water-vapor as the only emission. In an age where competitors are striving to reduce the carbon footprint, this car totally eliminates it. With the growing hydrogen fuel infrastructure in UK, the H2EV presents a totally green option for the customers. Unlike fossil fuels that stand the danger of completely running out of availability, the earth faces no such shortage as far as hydrogen is concerned! Thus, we have a vehicle that can run on a green and abundantly available fuel. The power train The H2EV is powered by a 3kW engine which is connected to the fuel cell. The fuel cell generates electricity from the electrolysis reaction. The vehicle provides about 120 miles for each recharge of hydrogen under optimum running conditions. It easily provides an average of 100 miles otherwise. The car is rated to have a top speed of 40 miles per hour. Coventry and Birmingham Low Emission Demonstrator ( shortened as CABLED) have been presented a fleet of H2EVs for testing how well this technology can cope with the current infrastructure. The highs Zero-emissions and useful exhaust – an unbeatable combination. Once it passes trials, mass production plans are already underway and can be executed with ease. Hydrogen is an explosive gas. It is very strongly reactive with air. But as far as safety concerns go, the H2EV’s fuel tank has been made ‘gunfire resistant’ according to company claims. The hydrogen fuel infrastructure is developing in the UK. And it has been taken up by giants like Honda. Add this to the already established fuel stations at Coventry University and in Birmingham. The future for this green car looks green! Lotus engineering in the car definitely adds lot of credibility to the vehicle. The car will be available in taxi and car options, thus serving a larger clientele. Unlike electric hybrids, this car can be refueled in a matter of minutes and not hours. These cars are going to be marketed as cabs and once they hit the roads, they will dramatically reduce the pollution. The Lows At 40 miles an hour, there will definitely not be many vehicles on the road that you will outrun with this car. Slow and steady may be good but when there are vehicle options that are fast and steady, its time for more thinking. Though hydrogen fuel is the fuel for the future, with just three filling stations totally, there is a serious infrastructural difficulty for the car owners when it comes to refueling. The cost of commercial hydrogen fuel is high. The car cannot be recharged at home and so the owner has to take the car to great distances for even refueling (since there are very few stations) and this in itself will guzzle fuel. Most of the regular vehicles run on100 kW engines. This is a real dwarf at 3 kW! Cost and availability Once the trials are successful, mass production plans are on. Not much information is available in the cost section. There is talk that the vehicle will be available at the same price of gasoline cars. This means that it is at least three to four times costlier than other EV cars like the Nissan Leaf. Word around the web The car has won itself some instant fans and instant haters on the web. Monitoring the web chatter, we realize that the fans are blown away by the ‘green’ nature of the car. They believe that this is the car for the future for it carries the fuel for the future. The ‘haters’ are upset about the cost factor and the low availability of recharge options. Some do not even consider it as a car and term it a ‘gadget’ since it cannot go above 40 mph. There are some who are wondering as to why efforts were not made to get into hydrogen fuel in a ‘big’ way with larger engines, larger tanks and basically a larger car. There are many who wish to ‘wait and watch’ keeping their fingers crossed.

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