Antarctica’s newest iceberg may destabilize the entire ice shelf

August 3, 2017 by  
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For eighteen months, scientists and concerned citizens waited for a giant iceberg to break off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. On July 12, the highly-anticipated event finally occurred . Because the iceberg, named A68, was predominantly submerged in the water before it detached, the event did not dramatically raise sea levels — phenomena which would propel natural disasters. While this is fortunate, it turns out the iceberg saga isn’t over: cracks are spreading towards a location that is paramount to the stability of the remaining ice shelf . For months, satellites have been capturing footage of the region to track the effects of climate change . After A68 broke off the shelf, satellites continued to track its movements. According to new data published by the University of Leeds, the structure has drifted approximately 3.1 miles (5km) away from its initial location. When the event finally took place, Larsen C lost about 10 perfect of its area; at least 11 smaller icebergs — some up to 8 miles (12 km) long — were also formed. NewAtlas reports that as the network of cracks continues to sweep across Larsen C, the number of icebergs will keep increasing. Related: Dubai firm wants to tow icebergs from Antarctica for fresh water Said Anna Hogg, a researcher at the University of Leeds: “The satellite images reveal a lot of continuing action on Larsen C Ice Shelf. We can see that the remaining cracks continue to grow towards a feature called Bawden Ice Rise, which provides important structural support for the remaining ice shelf. If an ice shelf loses contact with the ice rise, either through sustained thinning or a large iceberg calving event, it can prompt a significant acceleration in ice speed, and possibly further destabilization. It looks like the Larsen C story might not be over yet.” As Inhabitat previously reported, A68 is not a direct result of climate change . In fact, the process happens quite naturally during the life cycle of ice shelves. However, it is possible that it is breaking away progressed faster than normal due to changing environmental conditions . “Although floating ice shelves have only a modest impact on of sea-level rise, ice from Antarctica’s interior can discharge into the ocean when they collapse,” said Hilmar Gudmundsson, a researcher from the British Antarctic Survey. “Consequently we will see increase in the ice-sheet contribution to global sea-level rise. With this large calving event, and the availability of satellite technology, we have a fantastic opportunity to watch this natural experiment unfolding before our eyes. We can expect to learn a lot about how ice shelves break up and how the loss of a section of an ice shelf affects the flow of the remaining parts.” The findings were published in the journal Nature Climate Change . + University of Leeds Via NewAtlas Images via Pixabay

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Top scientist quits EPA, torches Trump administration’s environmental neglect

August 3, 2017 by  
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A top senior official at the EPA resigned this week with a scathing letter  aimed at Trump and his anti-environmental agenda. Elizabeth Southerland has been with the EPA for over 30 years, and in that time she has battled cancer-causing water contaminants, toxic pollution and a host of other threats to our natural resources. But working under climate deniers Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt is a bridge too far. “Today the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth. The truth is there is NO war on coal, there is NO economic crisis caused by environmental protection, and climate change IS caused by man’s activities,” she said in her letter. Southerland isn’t the first scientist to quit to protest the administration’s policies, which has also seen key scientists demoted in an attempt to drive them out of their roles. Southerland is particularly critical of Trump’s oversimplified policy of cutting two regulations for every new one. “Should EPA repeal two existing rules protecting infants from neurotoxins in order to promulgate a new rule protecting adults from a newly discovered liver toxin?” Related: Trump’s EPA moves to kill Obama’s Clean Water Rule Southerland was the director in the Office of Science and Technology. Already eligible for retirement, she cites the need to focus on family as a key decision to quit, in addition to her outrage at the hostile policies pushed by Trump. “[T]he President’s FY18 budget proposes cuts to state and tribal funding as draconian as the cuts to EPA , while at the same time reassigning a number of EPA responsibilities to the states and tribes,” she says in her letter. She also comments on a speech given by the Administrator in which he admonished the EPA for running roughshod over state’s rights. “In fact, EPA has always followed a cooperative federalism approach since most environmental programs are delegated to states and tribes who carry out the majority of monitoring, permitting, inspections, and enforcement actions.” Via Huffington Post Images via Flickr  and Wikimedia

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How can I reuse or recycle a wheelie bin?

November 18, 2016 by  
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Hi. Long time no blog! Sorry about that. This has annoyed me so much though that I feel compelled to post! Bradford Council has started charging for their previously free garden waste collection service. Only about a third of eligible household have signed up so the Council estimates there are around 55,000 “brown bins” no longer in use around the district. The Council estimates around half of those 55,000 will want to keep their wheelie bin as a spare or for other usage , and are starting to collect the other half. However, a local councillor doesn’t think that many people will want to keep them. Cllr Rebecca Poulsen, the local Tory spokesperson for waste, said: “I can’t see most people wanting to keep them for other storage purposes, really. “I can’t think there’s an awful lot to do with them.” Then you don’t have much imagination, do you Rebecca! On our allotments, old wheelie bins are prized possessions – a couple of holes drilled in the right places and they easily become sturdy water butts or compost bins . They’re also cheap, dry storage for plant pots, canes, plastic sheeting & netting, and woodchips. At home, I use old bins for storing my chicken feed and my in-laws use them, with an access hatch cut in the bottom, for storing firewood and multifuel . And they’re not just for grow-your-own hippies like me: I know other people who use them for storing kids garden toys, sports equipment and patio cushions out of season . And they’re just some of the easiest, most boring reuses! I’ve seen them cut in half to be used planters or wheelbarrows , and my old neighbours in Leeds even once transformed an old wheelie bin into a go-cart ! What other ideas are there for reusing wheelie bins? What would you do with one?

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Gorgeous green 11MW bioenergy plant in Leeds will sort 214,000 tons of waste each year

October 14, 2015 by  
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Green-Roofed Ark Sails the Leeds & Liverpool Canal Hosting Art Exhibitions

July 8, 2013 by  
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Only Two Offices Left at the Greenhouse in Leeds!

April 17, 2013 by  
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Award-winning mixed-use sustainable development Greenhouse in Leeds is bucking the current stagnant commercial property market as business owners and financial directors are choosing to invest in sustainability. There’s currently only two offices left to fill, and the last few months have seen two new businesses buy premises at Greenhouse and a further two move in to rent space. 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! Read the rest of Only Two Offices Left at the Greenhouse in Leeds! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , green architecture , Green Building , green office , Greenhouse in Leeds , leeds , Sustainable Building , sustainable office space , UK        

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Buy Your Own U-Boat! Homemade Submarine Canal Boat Up For Sale in the UK

July 23, 2012 by  
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If you’ve ever dreamed of being a submarine commander, now’s your chance – ‘Captain’ Richard Williams, a WWII enthusiast, is being forced to sell his homemade U-boat – The U-8047 . The submarine, which was crafted from an old canal boat, used to be moored 100 yards from Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds but it was asked to be moved. It is now on sale after a 90% fall in visitors. Read the rest of Buy Your Own U-Boat! Homemade Submarine Canal Boat Up For Sale in the UK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: captain richard williams , homemade u-boat , U-8047 , u-boat canal boat , u-boat for sale , u-boat narrow boat

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Duke Studios Partner With Dufaylite to Create 10 Offices From Recycled Paper Boards

March 26, 2012 by  
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Recycled paper honeycomb manufacturer Dufaylite has partnered with Leeds-based Duke Studios to create ten unique studio offices using its revolutionary Ultra Board – a durable material made from recycled paper and boards that is 100 percent sustainable and recyclable. Duke Studios is an office space that is breathing life back into an iconic derelict building in the center of Leeds. This ambitious regeneration project covers 7000 sq ft. and is currently being transformed into an open plan, design-led haven for creative collaboration. 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! Read the rest of Duke Studios Partner With Dufaylite to Create 10 Offices From Recycled Paper Boards Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dufaylite , Duke Studios , duke studios dufaylite , leeds , recyclable materials , Recycled Materials , uk design firm , ultra board

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Young inventor honored by Nobel winners for solar-powered fridge invention

October 26, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Self-powered fridge for use in rural areas of the world. Emily Cummins, a 23-year-old British inventor, has become the only female to be honored by Nobel Prize winners in an international ceremony

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Designer converts waste wood into a rocking chair

October 26, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Chair made from leftover pieces of wood. Industrial designer Hrvoje Vulama wanted to make good use of the leftover pieces of wood that were discarded from his earlier works. Trying not to waste any precious resource, the designer utilized the pieces to make rocking chair

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