UK government wants to ‘eliminate’ wet wipes in plastic crackdown

May 8, 2018 by  
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It’s not just plastic bottles and plastic bags clogging waterways — wet wipes are a pervasive problem, and the United Kingdom government is planning to banish them in a plastic waste crackdown. A Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) spokesperson told The Independent , “As part of our 25-year environment plan, we have pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste, and that includes single-use products like wet wipes.” Many wet wipes, which contain plastic, are still flushed down toilets — and according to the BBC , are behind around 93 percent of sewer blockages in the UK. The Defra spokesperson didn’t say whether or not it would be illegal to sell or buy wet wipes. She did say, “We are continuing to work with manufacturers and retailers of wet wipes to make sure labeling on packaging is clear and people know how to dispose of them properly — and we support the industry’s efforts to make their customers aware of this important issue.” Related: Wet wipe pollution is clogging up riverbeds across the UK The BBC said manufacturers will either have to design wipes free of plastic, or people will have to live without them. They quoted Defra as saying it is “encouraging innovation so that more and more of these products can be recycled and are working with industry to support the development of alternatives, such as a wet wipe product that does not contain plastic and can therefore be flushed.” Besides congesting rivers, wet wipes are also part of so-called fatbergs , or congealed mounds of trash and fat in sewers — and the BBC said fatbergs are mainly comprised of wet wipes. The Independent said there are thought to be at least 12 fatbergs beneath London . Earlier this month, a UK environmental organization revealed over 5,000 wet wipes in a space as big as half of a tennis court near the River Thames . Tens of thousands of the wipes are sold every year in Britain. Via The Independent and the BBC Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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Uber is working on flying electric cars to disrupt transportation again

October 28, 2016 by  
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Self-driving cars just became so passé. Uber is now working on flying cars , according to a 98-page white paper on their futuristic project Uber Elevate. They describe the service as ” on-demand aviation ” and it focus on Vertical Take-off and Landing ( VTOL ) aircraft. Uber believes that Uber Elevate will free up traffic and shorten commutes. Users could complete the two hour commute from the Marina District of San Francisco to San Jose with a snappy 15 minute flight. Chief Product Officer Jeff Holden wrote in a Medium post, “Just as skyscrapers allowed cities to use limited land more efficiently, urban air transportation will use three-dimensional airspace to alleviate transportation congestion on the ground.” Related: AeroMobil unveils futuristic flying car, plans to launch by 2017 Uber hopes to design a sustainable flying car powered by electricity. They also imagine pilots will operate the vehicles at first, but ultimately the VTOLs could glide through the skies autonomously. Flying is typically seen as a costly mode of travel, but Uber thinks VTOLs could offer an affordable alternative. In the Medium post Holden said air travel is so expensive now because of “low production volume manufacturing.” VTOLs could be expensive initially, but over time “high production volume manufacturing” will lower costs. VTOLs could even utilize infrastructure already in place, like helipads. Parking garage roofs or land around highway interchanges could also act as “vertiports,” or places where several VTOLs can land, take off, and charge. Will there be lanes in the sky as on the ground? Uber doesn’t seem to think so. Holden says one of the benefits of VTOLs is they “do not need to follow fixed routes.” If the flying cars can pursue several different paths, this could limit potential air travel congestion. Via The Verge Images via Uber and Joby Aviation Facebook

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Stolon Studio transforms an urban brownfield into a sustainable live/work London community

October 28, 2016 by  
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Unlike traditional mews , the three two-story homes are airy and filled with natural light—a challenge since the site is landlocked on all sides. Built from pale ‘stock’ bricks, each steel-framed structure was carefully placed on-site and individually designed to maximize natural light and views through large triple-glazed walls while providing privacy. Thick insulation inserted in the walls, floors, and roof creates a balance between natural light and thermal performance. Related: Dublin’s Beautiful 3 Mews Houses Weave Natural Daylight and Lush Gardens Into Their Industrial Aesthetic The homes face a shared multifunctional courtyard landscaped with a geometric pattern of resin-bound gravel and grass strips laid out to look like a ground-plane extension of the brick columns. Trellis netting provides support for climbing plants that grow across the building facade to provide privacy and shade. In addition to the common courtyard, each home opens out to a semi-private courtyard that serves as an outdoor extension to the indoor open-plan living space. Green roofs top the sustainable live/work community to help slow stormwater flow, which is collected and recycled. Underfloor heating is used throughout. + Stolon Studio Via ArchDaily Images © Robert Barker

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Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones?

August 27, 2014 by  
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Flying cars belong more in a Jetson’s episode than in real life, right? Wrong, flying cars are here, but will they take off? The Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center (I-TEC) , an organization in Ecuador started by missionary Steven Saint, has invented The Maverick , a lightweight flying vehicle equipped with a propeller at the back and a deployable parachute. The Maverick was developed specifically for missionary purposes and humanitarian applications such as transporting medics and teachers to remote areas. Read the rest of Can Flying Cars Save Lives in Disaster Zones? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: flying car , flying cars , humanitarian aid , humanitarian innovation project , indigenous people’s technology and education center , jim tingler , louise bloom , refugee studies center , remote areas , steven saint , the maverick , transporting medics , transporting teachers , university of oxford

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Aerofex Develops a Working Hover Bike That’s Straight Out of Return of the Jedi!

August 23, 2012 by  
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How many of you watched Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and wished you had a speeder bike like the ones Luke and Leia race through the forests of Endor? Well, you may not have to wait much longer. California-based tech company Aerofex has released a video of it new bike, which flies over the ground thanks to two large fans. Test flights so far have been limited to 30 mph, so while it might not be ready for a high-speed chase through the forest, it still looks pretty awesome! Read the rest of Aerofex Develops a Working Hover Bike That’s Straight Out of Return of the Jedi! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aerofex , flying cars , hover bike , mojave desert , motorcycle , return of the jedi , speeder bike , star wars

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