English tree planting challenge will help plant 130,000 trees

May 21, 2019 by  
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This week, England announced a plan to plant at least 130,000 trees in cities and towns throughout the country as part of the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund. The challenge, endorsed and announced by environment secretary Michael Gove, allows individuals, municipalities, nonprofits and non-governmental organizations to access trees and maintenance funding as long as they can prove they have funding to continue to maintain the trees after a three-year funding period. “We need trees lining our streets, not only to green and shade them but to ensure we remain connected to the wonders of the natural world, which is why we must go further and faster to increase planting rates,” said secretary Michael Gove . Related: Labor party launches solar panel program for 1.75m homes Trees have remarkable benefits for the environment and for people living in urban areas. Although 130,000 trees won’t stop climate change , evidence suggests that a mature tree can absorb and store up to  22 kg of carbon every year and produce enough oxygen to sustain two people. Every 10 percent of forest cover in urban areas reduces ozone gas by 3 to 7 percent. In addition to the benefits to air quality , urban trees provide a habitat for birds, squirrels and other species. Tree-lined streets are considered aesthetically pleasing and mentally calming and have even been linked to a reduction in violent and petty crimes, as well as an increase in property values of between 5 to 15 percent. The English Forestry Commission is a U.K. government agency with a mission to increase the value of forests for people and the environment. Forestry Commission chair Sir Harry Studholme said of the tree planting challenge, “This will allow us to plant more trees much closer to where people live and work and where the benefits of trees make the most difference.” Via The Guardian Image via Mary Salazar

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Brasserie 2050 restaurant pops up as a prototype for sustainable food service

May 21, 2019 by  
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As the push toward sustainable lifestyles continues to spread from individual purchasing decisions to the overarching responsibility of big business, one restaurant is making a big statement by providing meals from a circular environment of zero food and material waste . The Brasserie 2050 restaurant in the Netherlands temporarily opened its doors last fall as a restaurant and food storage pavilion designed by temporary-structure specialists Overtreders W for an event called the Lowlands Festival. The goal was to highlight the need for sustainable food production, and they achieved this goal by setting up a food barn made from recycled and borrowed materials that could be disassembled and moved at the end of the festival with no damage to the materials and no waste. Related: An urban farm and restaurant fluorishes in Utrecht’s “circular” pavilion With forecasts estimating the world will have 10 billion people to feed by 2050, Brasserie 2050 is a testament to how we can achieve that goal. Not only is the design of the structure a sustainable model, but the catering company The Food Line Up created a zero-waste menu to feed the masses in attendance of the festival. Creative use of kitchen scraps culminated into baked bread from potato peelings, steak tartare with half the meat and pesto sourced from kitchen leftovers. The food pavilion made use of the entire barn-shaped space by using standard pallet racks as the primary structural component. A corrugated plastic roof completed the gabled look. Even the tables were constructed from recycled plastic with the reuse and zero-waste cycle in mind. The space was efficiently filled from top to bottom, with suspended herb boxes and wheat, corn, garlic and onions dangling from the ceiling above diner’s heads. Of course, this also provided natural decor for the restaurant . To keep the structure from blowing away, bags of grain weighed down the sides. The structure and the menu served as a model of efficient and sustainable practices designed to lead us toward more eco-friendly food services for the future. + Overtreders W Via ArchDaily Photography by Jorn van Eck via Overtreders W

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Maven Moment: Mom’s Pizza Pan

April 3, 2019 by  
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Mom used to make the most fantastic pizza for birthdays … The post Maven Moment: Mom’s Pizza Pan appeared first on Earth911.com.

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California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

July 31, 2015 by  
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California lawmakers are finally getting serious about the worsening drought in California. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer jointly introduced a bill this week that outlines a host of anti-drought efforts to be paid for with federal funds. The California Emergency Drought Relief Act  calls for desalination research, grants for new water-metering and stormwater capture, as well as $200 million for new water recycling projects. All of these measures are a last-ditch attempt to make the most of what water remains in the state before it dries up. Read the rest of California senators push for emergency drought relief measures

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Removable 3D-printed casts you can wear in the shower speed up the healing process

July 31, 2015 by  
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If you’ve ever broken a limb, you know how awful it is to live in a clunky old cast for weeks on end. Well, that’s about to end. Bespoke has started using 3d printing to make custom cast prototypes that would stabilize broken body parts just like conventional casts. Unlike the traditional casts which get dirty and suffocate your skin, these 3d-printed casts use a smaller amount of materials, can be worn in the shower and can even make the healing process more efficient. Read the rest of Removable 3D-printed casts you can wear in the shower speed up the healing process

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INFOGRAPHIC: 24 clever storage hacks to make the most out of your space

April 21, 2015 by  
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Tired of struggling to find space for your stuff? This infographic from Solent Plastics has 24 great storage solutions for every home, big and small, old and new, to get you organized and make the most of your space. Do your clothes tumble out of your tiny closet every day? Is your tiny kitchen preventing you from hosting that family dinner? Click on to find the perfect solution for all your storage challenges. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: 24 clever storage hacks to make the most out of your space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: infographics , organizing tips , reader submission , small spaces , storage , storage for small homes , storage hacks , storage hacks infographic , storage solutions , tiny living

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High-Speed Rail Line Gets Covered by a Solar Tunnel

June 8, 2011 by  
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A high-speed rail line that takes passengers from Paris to Amsterdam has just gotten some solar bling.

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turkey is the straw.

September 5, 2010 by  
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Here’s one more thing you can to do make the most out of your mug of Joe in the morning (and yes, we do mean mug .): skip that plastic stirring device. Those little straws are only so great for about 8 seconds – and then they typically get discarded. Multiply this by the activities of thousands of caffeine junkies every morning and that’s a lot of plastic.

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if you can, pan pan!

July 19, 2010 by  
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On an omelet kick? We hear you.

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Smart Concept Design Uses Waste Heat from Light Bulbs to Dry Clothes

April 14, 2010 by  
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Images from Designboom A chief complaint about incandescent light bulbs is that they waste so much electricity through heat. But German designer Samuel Treindl came up with a way to transform the waste heat into something less, well, wasteful

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