Maine’s Grass-Covered Cold War Bunkers Provide Refuge from Deadly Bat Disease

May 8, 2013 by  
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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) inherited 43 cold war era bunkers in 1994 when the former Loring Air Force Base in Maine shut down. Used as a storage and aerial delivery site for nuclear warheads, the base was transformed into the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge . For years the USFWS sought a new life for the old grass-covered bunkers and finally in 2012 they decided to convert two of them into artificial caves for sick bats. White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), the worst wildlife disease outbreak in recent history , has killed up to 6.7 million bats throughout North America, compromising crucial agricultural services to the tune of $53 billion. The bunkers are expected to provide a healthy respite from contaminated caves for hibernating bats. Read the rest of Maine’s Grass-Covered Cold War Bunkers Provide Refuge from Deadly Bat Disease Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , artificial caves , bats , cold war bunkers , Environment , grass-covered bunkers , hibernacula for bats , Loring Air Force Base , News , Northern Maine Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge , US Fish and Wildlife Service , white-nose syndrome        

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US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025

January 30, 2013 by  
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As the largest military force on the planet, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is also the largest consumer of energy in the world. Every year, the combined forces use 3.7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity and 120 million barrels of oil, totaling around $20 billion. In order to save some cash and to avoid having to purchase fossil fuels from countries hostile to American interests, the DOD plans on drastically increasing its renewable energy capabilities. In a report published this week by Pike Research , the U.S. military intends to ramp up its existing 80-megawatt renewables capacity four-fold to 3,200 megawatts by 2025. Read the rest of US Military Slated to Quadruple Renewable Energy Installations by 2025 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , air force , army , biomass , department of defense , dod , fuel cell , geothermal , green energy , hydrokinetic , navy , Pike Research , renewable energy , report , solar , us military

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Stackable Urban Beehive is Perfect for Beginner Beekeepers

January 30, 2013 by  
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Seeking to help restore the world’s declining honey bee population, designer Rowan Dunford has created a simple, stackable beehive that makes it easy for anyone to raise bees. Dunford’s aptly named Urban Beehive is user-friendly, inexpensive, and can be flat packed to ship. Dunford’s straightforward design takes the guesswork out of raising bees, so it’s perfect for the beginner beekeeper. Read the rest of Stackable Urban Beehive is Perfect for Beginner Beekeepers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , ikea , Rowan Dunford , stackable beehives , sustainable design , urban beehive , urban beekeeping

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NASA’s Glory Satellite Will Study the Climate Impact of Atmospheric Aerosols

January 26, 2011 by  
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Photo: NASA Better Measuring for Better Understanding NASA’s latest tool to study and understand our planet’s atmosphere is scheduled to launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb. 23. The Glory satellite will study how the sun and tiny atmospheric particles (aerosols) are affecting the Earth’s climate.

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AeroVironment successfully flies hydrogen-fueled Global Observer UAV

January 14, 2011 by  
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Eco Factor: Eco-friendly UAV powered by a hydrogen-fueled internal combustion engine.

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Air Force Jet Takes Off with Sustainable Fuel Source

March 31, 2010 by  
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A huge milestone was recently reached at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida when an A-10C Thunderbolt jet took to the air running its engine on plant based fuel . The Air Force is the largest consumer of petroleum in the Department of Defense — they guzzle 2.4 billion gallons per year — and is hoping to wean themselves off foreign oil in the coming years. This flight was the first step in proving to their critics that measures can and will be taken to clean up the energy that fuels their aircraft

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