Apple aims to save the environment, one wall charger at a time

October 15, 2020 by  
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If your new, boxed iPhone 12 feels a little light, that might be because it doesn’t contain a wall charger or earbuds. Apple announced that its new lineup of iPhone 12s — plus all previous models still for sale — will only include the USB-C to Lightning cable and skip the other accessories. This move will also decrease packaging, “further reducing carbon emissions and avoiding the mining and use of precious materials, which enables smaller and lighter packaging, and allows for 70 percent more boxes to be shipped on a pallet,” Apple said in an announcement. The company estimates these changes will cut more than 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually — roughly the same effect as taking 450,000 cars off the road for a year. Related: Gorgeous new Apple store is powered entirely by renewable energy in Paris Consumers are meeting the news with mixed reactions. Some skeptics dismiss it as a purely economic move on Apple’s part, allowing the company to increase profits. Others are happy with the environmental savings, saying they have piles of wall chargers and earbuds from previous iPhones. According to Apple, there are already 2 billion Apple power adapters and 700 million Lightning headphones out there in the world. What if you’re new to the Apple ecosystem and don’t have headphones or a wall charger? The good news is both of these accessories are available to purchase a la carte, and Apple has lowered the price by 10 bucks to $19 each. Apple already claims carbon-neutrality for global corporate operations and plans a net-zero climate impact across its whole business by 2030. The iPhone 12 Pro models are the first to incorporate 100% recycled rare earth elements in all magnets. For those that decide to purchase the new iPhone, perhaps the price tag might be a little less painful when you think about how much e-waste you’re avoiding. + Apple Via The Verge Image via Andreas Haslinger

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Bangladesh is planting 1 million palm trees to reduce lightning fatalities

January 24, 2017 by  
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Over 200 people died in Bangladesh in 2016 because of lightning strikes, according to official tallies. In an effort to reduce lightning fatalities, the Bangladesh government is turning to nature . They aim to plant one million palm trees to absorb lightning damage and save lives. In 2016 alone, lightning could have killed as many as 349 people, according to one independent monitor. That number is so much higher than the official tally because people residing in rural areas sometimes don’t report a death to police. 82 people died from the phenomenon on just one day in May, and the government ultimately described lightning as a natural disaster in 2016. They hope to combat the issue with multiple measures, the first of which could be tree-planting . Related: Labyrinthine resort in Bangladesh lets nature take over Disaster management secretary Shah Kamal told AFP, “We’ve already started planting palm trees in rural areas in an effort to reduce the number of deaths due to lightning. We’ll plant one million palm trees by June this year.” A similar program already appears to be successful in Thailand. Although lightning can damage trees, their presence will prevent electric charges from coursing through the ground. Deforestation may have played a role in the deaths. Experts have said so many fatalities occurred partly because there weren’t enough trees whose branches would be able to absorb lightning strikes. Bangladesh Meteorological Department former head Shah Alam told AFP lightning strikes have increased in rural areas devastated by increased deforestation, as farmers have cut trees down to cultivate rice and other crops. It may take a while for the tree planting program in Bangladesh to produce results, but it’s still worth pursuing, according to Alam, who said, “Palm trees take years to grow. But definitely, this is a good move by the government. It will reduce deaths.” Via Phys.org Images via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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Lightning-proof Bolt tents will keep you safe in a storm

February 10, 2016 by  
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New study warns that Antarctica’s ice safety band is melting closer to the point of no return

February 10, 2016 by  
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It’s commonly known that Antarctica is home to lots and lots of ice, but what may surprise some is that the most important aspect of that ice is the so-called ‘safety band’ of floating ice shelves that follow the perimeter of the continent. That band serves an important purpose: to hold back Antarctica’s ice floes from wandering off into the surrounding ocean. Now, the European Space Agency (ESA) reports that the ice band has reached a crucial point – possibly the point of no return. Read the rest of New study warns that Antarctica’s ice safety band is melting closer to the point of no return

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How to Get Fashionably Struck by Lightning

August 16, 2014 by  
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Would you dare to wear clothing that conducts electricity? Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht’s “Faraday Cage” dress is capable of conducting close to a million volts of electricity! Her conductive ensemble consists of metal plates, 600 rings of chain mail, “plasma ball” epaulets, and a spiky grilled helmet. America’s next top models won’t even brave this accouterment, so Wipprecht demonstrated her own franken-attire at the Maker Faire in May. The artist stood fearlessly between a pair of Tesla coils as electricity tangled and twined around her, while she remained fully protected by her Faraday cage garb. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Anouk Wipprecht , electric clothing , wearable technology

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Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning!

September 30, 2013 by  
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Lightning photo from Shutterstock A team of scientists at the University of Southampton has joined forces with Nokia to harvest the power of lightning to charge mobile phones! Neil Palmer, one of the lead scientists at the University’s Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory , worked with his fellow researchers to investigate how the amount of energy contained within a bolt of lightning could be used to charge a Nokia Lumia 925 . Read the rest of Nokia Working With UK Scientists to Charge Cell Phones With Lightning! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , cell phones , lightning , lightning charging , mobile phones , Nokia , Nokia Lumia 925 , sustainable charging , Tony Davies High Voltage Laboratory , University of Southampton        

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The Super Fast All-Electric Lightning GT Supercar Gears Up to Hit the Streets!

February 6, 2012 by  
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Global Warming Could Lead to More Lightning Deaths

February 14, 2010 by  
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In the last ten years, Brazil has been the target of an estimated 57 million lightning strikes –the most in the world. This astonishing natural record is not without a human toll, however

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The Week in Pictures: Michael Jackson’s "Earth Song," Crocodile Hunt, Brazilian Treehouses, Sexy Lingerie for Valentine’s Day, and More (Slideshow)

February 5, 2010 by  
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