Even the most remote islands are victims of plastic pollution

May 17, 2019 by  
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Plastic hasn’t taken much more than a century to conquer the entire world. Since plastic’s invention in 1907, it has infiltrated even the most remote island chains, according to a new study by marine biologist Jennifer Lavers and her associates. When the researchers visited the Cocos Keeling Islands — 6 square miles of land 1,300 miles off Australia’s northwest coast — they found a staggering accumulation of plastic waste . Because nearly no one lives on the islands, the plastic bags, straws , cutlery, 373,000 toothbrushes and 975,000 shoes must have floated there. “So, more than 414 million pieces of plastic debris are estimated to be currently sitting on the Cocos Keeling Islands, weighing a remarkable 238 tons,” Lavers said in an NPR report . Lavers is a research scientist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. Related: Ocean explorer finds plastic waste during world’s deepest dive Lavers and her research team studied seven of the 27 islands, mostly in 2017. They marked off transects of the beaches , then counted the plastic pollution inside the transects. Their estimated total is based on multiplying the plastic waste found in each transect by the total beach area of the Cocos Keeling Islands. But what surprised Lavers most was how much plastic pollution was buried beneath the sand. Her team dug four inches down. “What was really quite amazing was that the deeper we went, the more plastic we were actually finding,” she said. The sun’s heat breaks down plastic waste sitting on the sand’s surface, then waves drive tiny plastic pieces into the sand. “It’s the little stuff that’s perfectly bite-sized,” Lavers said. “The stuff that fish and squid and birds and even turtles can eat.” There’s not a lot of good news in Lavers’ study , which was published in the journal Nature. As the authors point out in their introduction, global plastic production is increasing exponentially, with about 40 percent of items entering the waste stream after a single use . “Unfortunately, unless drastic steps are taken, the numbers and challenges will only grow, with the quantity of waste entering the ocean predicted to increase ten-fold by 2025,” the study warned. + Nature Via NPR Image via Jennifer Lavers

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Sublime net-positive energy farmhouse pays homage to the local vernacular

May 17, 2019 by  
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These days, homes are being constructed with any number of sustainable features, but this modern farmhouse in Lincoln, Massachusetts is a veritable powerhouse of energy efficiency wrapped up in one incredibly gorgeous package. Designed by ZeroEnergy Design and constructed by  Thoughtforms , the 2,800-square-foot home drew inspiration from traditional farmhouses found throughout the area. However, the home’s pitched roof and homey interior conceal an awe-inspiring system of energy efficiency that enables the LEED Platinum design to achieve an impressive net-positive energy performance. Built on 1.8 ares of farmland, the beautiful design pays homage to Lincoln’s agrarian roots with a few modern touches added. The design consists of the main home with an adjacent garage, which is attached to the main living space via a covered walkway. Clad in cedar siding, the farmhouse holds court in the middle of a large green field surrounded by a fruit orchard. Related: LEED Platinum home generates net-positive energy in Oregon Reminiscent of the area’s traditional farmhouses, both structures feature pitched roofs. The main roof is clad in a 13.1kW array of solar panels that generates enough energy for the four-bedroom home and then some. According to the architects, the farmhouse actually produces 42 percent more electricity than it consumes, effectively making it a net-positive energy building. The living space is exceptionally bright and airy with an open concept layout and plenty of communal areas for the family to enjoy. Once again, the beautiful design hides a sophisticated system of energy-efficient features made possible by a very tight envelope. Using dense-packed cellulose and a continuous rigid insulation, the home features ultra-thick walls and roofs, eliminating any thermal bridging. High-performance, triple-glazed windows add to the building’s super-insulated envelope . In fact, after testing, the home has been found to be one of the tightest in the country. In addition to the impressive efficiency and gorgeous living space, the design also concentrated on the exterior landscape . Before construction, the lot was cleared of any invasive species and replanted with apple, pear, peach and cherry trees. A rainwater catchment system is planned in the future and will be used to collect run-off from the roof to irrigate the gardens and landscaping. + Zero Energy Design + Thoughtforms Via Zero Energy Photography by Chuck Choi via Zero Energy Design  

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GE’s HDlive 3D Ultrasound Reveals Super-Realistic Images of Baby in Utero

April 18, 2013 by  
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If you’ve ever seen a standard ultrasound, you’ve probably feigned an understanding of what you were looking at. Those grainy, blurry, black and white images could very soon be a thing of the past with the introduction of GE’s  HD live  technology. The HD live offers incredible 3D images that are startlingly clear and in color, giving parents a true to life view of their unborn child. So, how is it done? Keep reading to learn more. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D , color , dynamic rendering engine , fetus , ge healthcare , hdlive , imaging , prenatal , ultrasound        

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GE’s HDlive 3D Ultrasound Reveals Super-Realistic Images of Baby in Utero

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If you’ve ever seen a standard ultrasound, you’ve probably feigned an understanding of what you were looking at. Those grainy, blurry, black and white images could very soon be a thing of the past with the introduction of GE’s  HD live  technology. The HD live offers incredible 3D images that are startlingly clear and in color, giving parents a true to life view of their unborn child. So, how is it done? Keep reading to learn more. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D , color , dynamic rendering engine , fetus , ge healthcare , hdlive , imaging , prenatal , ultrasound        

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INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source

October 30, 2012 by  
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UK-based renewable energy company Duncan Renewables made this great infographic which highlights the benefits of biomass for domestic consumers. The infographic shows information about biomass use around the world – a hot topic since the introduction of the green deal by the UK government this month. The graphic demonstrates a range of statistics about how biomass can help the environment and provide a more sustainable heating source compared to fossil fuels. Duncan Renewables has mainly installed biomass boilers in large-scale commercial settings such as farms and leisure facilities, but as the infographic shows, with domestic customers now able to get help with the cost of biomass boiler installation it is becoming a more popular technology used for heating normal homes. Check out the full infographic after the jump! + Duncan Renewables The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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London’s First Zero-Emission Electric Taxis Hit the Streets

February 2, 2012 by  
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When it comes to clean transportation, London is charging ahead at maximum speed – not only is the city’s mayor a cycling enthusiast, but he helped to push the introduction of London’s first hydrogen fuel cell taxis just in time for the 2012 Olympics ! This week The Big Smoke rolled out their first fleet of zero emission taxis , which are now making their way across the city’s busy streets. Read the rest of London’s First Zero-Emission Electric Taxis Hit the Streets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric cars UK , electric taxis , EV taxis , Renault Fluence Z.E , Renault Fluence Z.E 2012 Olympics , Renault Fluence Z.E climatecars , Renault Fluence Z.E climatecars zero emission , Renault Fluence Z.E electric cars , Renault Fluence Z.E electric taxi , Renault Fluence Z.E london taxi , Renault Fluence Z.E UK , Renault Fluence Z.E zero carbon electric taxi , Renault Fluence Z.E zero emission , Renault Fluence Z.E zero emission taxi , zero emission taxis

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Buildup to Greenbuild: How Green Is Toronto?

October 3, 2011 by  
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Last year before Greenbuild in Chicago, one of America’s best architecture critics, Blair Kamin , wrote the introduction to Chicago for GreenSource Magazine . So I was pretty nervous when I was asked to write this year’s introduction to Toronto; That is a very tough act to follow. It was a very difficult article to write, trying to make Toronto exciting, interesting and green right at the time when our new Mayor was ripping up bike lanes and trying to ram Ferris Wh… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Ray Anderson, Green Building Pioneer, Dead at 77

August 8, 2011 by  
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Image credit Celcias So many in the business world claim to be sustainable, but back in 2004 Ray Anderson of Interface said “No one should be claiming sustainable products. There is no such thing yet in terms of zero footprint. What you can do is demonstrate reduced footprint.” He understood what it meant to be green, to be sustainable, and what it took to get there. Jacob Gordon wrote in his introduction to our interview with Ray: Ray Anderson started his company, Interface, back in the 1970s to make carpet. Like any business man, he wanted to shake up the m… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The Epitaph Cruiser will dig deep into your pockets

August 5, 2011 by  
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Snigdha Dalmiya: Epitaph Cruiser Bicycle with four wheels Think about the good old times when you used to cruise down empty lanes on your modest bike because it was the only vehicle you could afford. Well, times have changed and so has the bike convention. The typical modesty attached to a bike has finally been lost with the introduction of the Epitaph Cruiser. Picture Gallery Bicycle with four wheels Bicycle with four wheels by Epitaph A bike is a bike you say? How much can one cost? Well, hold your breath cause this cruiser comes with a price tag of around $3000, while hosting a few unique features and the surreal touch of handmade technology (quite rare in our tech-driven world). This wheelie is also one of the recherche collectibles to own as it boasts of a meager 12 bike production figure. The main attraction lies in the never seen before four wheel structure for an extra drill. It houses a single rear brake and powder coated steel skeleton. The refined classic leather seat and handlebar covers also vouch for the clean and sleek look of the opulent road cruiser. The double wheel structure may mange to catch the fantasy of a few bikers out there, but the price and the collectible value (owing to the limited production) will get the affluent junkies on the edge of their seats. So if you like your rides to be exclusive and pricey, then this is just the way to go. Via: Gizmodo

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You Said It: Readers Comment on a New Facebook Headquarters and the iPad 2 (Video)

March 18, 2011 by  
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Once again, we have scoured Facebook to find the posts that were really resonating with you. Facebook’s pending move and the introduction of a new iPad really had you talking

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