Surviving the future in the aftermath of the market economy

September 10, 2016 by  
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Our economy depends on a lot of things working right such as reliable energy, fresh water and productive oceans. These are all in trouble.

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Innovative new osmosis technology powers up to 50,000 LED lightbulbs

July 21, 2016 by  
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As solar, wind, and hydropower continue to grow, new research into sustainable technology might make these game changers old news. The EPFL’s Laboratory for Nanoscale Biology has found a way to use osmosis , or the naturally occurring phenomenon when saltwater comes into contact with freshwater through a membrane, into a renewable source of energy, and it is surprisingly powerful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3FnfJ2biY4 Researchers published their findings in Nature , detailing the construction of a power generation system that features a membrane only three atoms thick. This semipermeable membrane allows salt ions through to the other side, eventually creating an equilibrium in salt concentration – the very process of osmosis . What the scientists have done is found a way to harness the electrical charge from the salt ions, leading to impressive results. Related: This mind-blowing pen conducts electricity on paper The properties of the membrane only allow positively-charged ions through, leaving the negatively-charged ions where they are and creating an environment for voltage to build between the two cells. The transfer of ions establishes a current, which is helped along by the voltage in the system. Made from molybdenum disulfide, the membrane can be made easily in a lab or found in nature, making the system easy to produce. The researchers estimate that 1MW of electricity , or enough to power 50,000 LED lightbulbs, can be generated by just a 1m² membrane with 30 percent of its surface covered by nanopores, or membrane holes. These systems could be installed in estuaries, where freshwater meets the sea. And, since water flows even when the sun does not shine or the wind does not blow, this renewable technology could generate energy around the clock. + EPFL Laboratory of Nanoscale Biology Via  Phys.org Images via  Steven Duensing

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INFOGRAPHIC: 5 fascinating facts about our water supply that you need to know

November 3, 2015 by  
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Let’s face it; water is something we take for granted until we don’t have free access to it anymore. But accounts for 75% of our bodies’ composition as well as the planet we live on, and yet, only 1% of the water on Earth is drinkable. If there was ever a paradox, this is definitely one of them. Given this supply and demand, good conservation measures are vital. In other words, if we all want to continue drinking water and using it for our everyday needs, it is time to get serious about conserving water! Here are a few interesting facts about our water supply that you might want to know… before it disappears. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 5 fascinating facts about our water supply that you need to know

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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

July 11, 2015 by  
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Humanity just found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor, and it’s more precious than fossil fuels or minerals. Scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water underneath the sea. A study published in the December 5th edition of the journal  Nature reveals the existence of nearly 120,000 cubic miles of low-salinity water beneath South Africa, North America, Australia, and China. This figure amounts to a volume 100 times greater than all of the fresh water used since the beginning of the twentieth century. Read the rest of Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , china , Climate Change , fresh water , fresh water aquifer , Nature , north america , Polar Ice Cap Melting , saltwater , saltwater contamination , sea level rise , south america , United Nations , water scarcity

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Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply

December 30, 2013 by  
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Waterfall photo via Xseon / Shutterstock It’s no secret that drinkable water is one of the most precious and finite resources on Earth; now an eminent Australian water scientist is urging the world yet again to take better care of its groundwater supplies to avert certain catastrophe. Professor Craig Simmons, director of Australia’s National Center for Groundwater Research and Training (NGCRT), said that if groundwater sources run dry the world could run into a host of troubles – from agricultural and economic shortages to full-on water wars. Read the rest of Water Expert Expresses Grave Concern Over World’s Shrinking Groundwater Supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , Australian water scientists , china , Craig Simmons , drinkable water , environmental destruction , environmental preservation , environmental protection , fresh water , Global Framework for Action on groundwater governance , groundwater , groundwater governance , groundwater pollution , India , National Center for Groundwater Research and Training , NGCRT , UNESCO , water issues , water supply        

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Citi Bike Pedal Power to Illuminate 2014 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball (PHOTOS)

December 30, 2013 by  
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You might recall that this summer, Inhabitat brought up the possibility of using Citi Bikes to generate pedal power , and it looks like the folks behind the blue bikes might have taken notice. Citi Bike is inviting New Yorkers and visitors who are looking to burn off some calories to stop by one of their pedal power stations at Times Square today to help charge up the New Year’s Eve ball for tomorrow night’s celebration. If you’re in the area, don’t forget to stop by today and be a part of this exciting experiment ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , Andrew Brent , Citi Bank , Citi bike , citi bike ball drop , citi bike new years eve , Citi Bike Pedal Power Stations , Citi Bikes Power Times Square Ball , green energy , human powered , janette sadik-khan , kinetic energy , Ned Flint , New Year , new year’s eve in times square , New York New Years Ball Drop , pedal power , Pierce Promotions , Tim Tompkins , times square alliance , Transportation Commissioner , zero-emissions        

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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean 100 Times Greater Than What Humanity Has Used Since 1900

December 10, 2013 by  
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Humanity has found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor. More precious than fossil fuels or minerals, scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water underneath the sea. A study published in the December 5th edition of the journal  Nature reveals the existence of nearly 120,000 cubic miles of low-salinity water beneath South Africa, North America, Australia, and China. This figure amounts to a volume 100 times greater than all of the fresh water used since the beginning of the twentieth century. Read the rest of Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean 100 Times Greater Than What Humanity Has Used Since 1900 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , china , Climate Change , fresh water , fresh water aquifer , Nature , north america , Polar Ice Cap Melting , saltwater , saltwater contamination , sea level rise , south america , United Nations , water scarcity        

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Streams Polluted by Pharmaceuticals Show Signs of Stress

April 1, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Much of the world’s human population has some sort of pharmaceutical running through their veins, and as it turns out, so does the planet’s streams and rivers. According to a report published in Ecological Applications by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies , drugs and other chemicals have found their way into the freshwater supply and are affecting the health of the ecosystem. The study looked at six common compounds and how they altered the aquatic organisms that create the slippery “biofilm” that covers rocks. Scientists found a dramatic decrease in algal photosynthesis and respiration as well as a change in the bacterial community. Read the rest of Streams Polluted by Pharmaceuticals Show Signs of Stress Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , antihistamine , bacteria , biofilm , caffeine , cary institue of ecosystem studies , chicago , diphenhydramine , dr. emma rosi-marshall , drugs , ecological applications , fresh water , Indiana , indiana university , loyola university , Maryland , New York. , pharmaceutical , photosynthesis , Pollution , respiration

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Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

March 28, 2013 by  
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Networking Nature: Studiomobile’s Living Ecosystem Produces Fresh Water for a Future World of Rising Oceans

October 2, 2012 by  
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