Overheard in sustainability: The funniest moments in 2017

December 29, 2017 by  
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These stories illuminate the lighter side of a flood of bad news about record emissions levels, political inaction and lapses in corporate responsibility.

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Spiber’s Synthetic Spider Silk is Lighter than Steel, Tougher Than Kevlar

July 16, 2013 by  
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Japanese startup Spiber recently created a synthetic spider silk that is every bit as durable, stretchy, and light as the real thing. The material is tougher than kevlar, lighter than steel, and it can be stretched 40% beyond its original length without breaking. Applications for Spiber silk abound – from artificial blood vessels to strengthened space suits and crash-resistant materials for cars. Read the rest of Spiber’s Synthetic Spider Silk is Lighter than Steel, Tougher Than Kevlar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artificial spider silk , eco design , green design , Spiber , sustainable design , synthesized spider silk        

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Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar

September 4, 2012 by  
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Ever wondered why paper beats rock in a game of roshambo ?  It turns out that cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) derived from wood pulp extract can be used to create one of the strongest materials known to man.  Out-toughing even Kevlar and carbon fiber , the material is lightweight, cheap, and abundant.  Found in forest by-products such as sawdust and wood chips, CNC could be used to create materials with applications in military defense, engineering, medicine, and consumer products. Read the rest of Super-Durable Material Made from Wood Waste is Stronger, Cheaper, and Lighter Than Kevlar Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cellulose , cellulose nanocrystals , cnc , forest products laboratory , glucose , kevlar , lignin , madison , us forest service , wisconsin

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Pharmaceutical Firms on Alert in China Because Suppliers May Have Used ‘Gutter Oil’ in Antibiotics

September 4, 2012 by  
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Here at Inhabitat , we’re all for recycling. We’re even for recycling sewage sludge, which Korean scientists were recently able to turn into biofuel . However, we draw the line at food waste being used in the production of medicine. Unfortunately it seems that is what has happened in China, where government officials recently told pharmaceutical firms to check their suppliers after claims that some used “gutter oil” to make antibiotics. Read the rest of Pharmaceutical Firms on Alert in China Because Suppliers May Have Used ‘Gutter Oil’ in Antibiotics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antibiotics , biofuel , china , drug manufacture , food contamination , food scandal , gutter oil , pharmceutical firms , recycling

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How Sustainable is Mitt Romney’s Vision for America and the Environment?

September 4, 2012 by  
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With the Republican National Convention in the rearview mirror and anti-tax pledging , Koch-funded House Representative Paul Ryan named the GOP Vice Presidential candidate, less than two months remain until the 2012 Presidential Election . Critical decisions regarding how the United States should tackle climate change and energy security will need to be made in the near future. Therefore, it is of great importance that Americans elect a leader capable of addressing these issues. After three years of President Obama in the Oval Office, Americans have seen the current administration’s environmental policy agenda enacted. But in order to cast an informed ballot in the November election, the American electorate – especially independent and undecided voters – needs to know how presidential hopeful Mitt Romney plans to meet the challenges of a changing environment. Spoiler alert: Romney’s approach to the environment is unsustainable at its core and contrasts greatly with President Obama’s. Read the rest of How Sustainable is Mitt Romney’s Vision for America and the Environment? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 Election , clean air act , clean water act , Climate Change , energy security , environmental regulations , global warming , gop , keystone pipeline , Massachusetts Governor , Mitt Romney , offshore oil drilling , Paul Ryan , republican , sea level rise

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The Best Source of Clean Energy: Superman! (Comic)

July 13, 2011 by  
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“I kinda miss fighting crime…” Here’s something a bit on the lighter side of things: This great comic by SMBC shows us the best source of clean energy. But let’s be careful about when we reach peak Superman! Better start working on those muons now… Via SMBC . On a more serious note, check out: Google Invests $280M in Residential Solar Power! … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Stop Signs Turned Into Giant Flowers!

December 1, 2010 by  
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Photo: Mark Jenkins And Now For Something on the Lighter Side… The urban landscape can be depressing…

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Prostitutes Offer Free Sex at Climate Summit in Copenhagen

December 7, 2009 by  
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Photo: Wikipedia On the Lighter Side…

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Steel Giant To Make £1 Billion From EU Carbon Trading Scheme

December 7, 2009 by  
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Image via: Tim_Freh on Flickr.com Steel giant Lakshmi MIttal, owner of ArcelorMittal, is poised to make an estimated £1 Billion this next year thanks to an estimated 14 million allocated emissions permits Arcelor won’t need and can now sell on the EU Carbon Trading Market .

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The Unbelievable World of Snowflakes (Slideshow)

December 7, 2009 by  
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Image credit: SnowCrystals.com “Snow crystals,” Ukichiro Nakaya wrote in 1939, “may be called letters sent from heaven.” The Japanese physicist was one of a long line of scientists and scholars, philosophers and writers, who studied and mused on snowflakes.

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