Leonardo DiCaprio appointed brand ambassador for Chinese electric vehicle maker

February 8, 2017 by  
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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has played many roles – and not just in the movies. He is a United Nations Messenger for Peace, climate change documentary maker, and a bold advocate of climate action . Now our favorite climate justice activist has been appointed brand ambassador for Chinese company BYD’s new line of electric vehicles. DiCaprio will be brand ambassador for BYD’s new line of what they call new energy vehicles, or electric vehicles . They describe themselves as one of the world’s biggest new electric vehicle manufacturers, comprising 11 percent of the 2015 global market. They experienced a 130 percent increase in electric vehicle sales in the first half of 2016. They’re developing the new cars as part of their Cool the Earth by One Degree Celsius campaign as they aim to transform how each person consumes energy while raising awareness about climate change. Related: Leonardo DiCaprio says climate action is America’s “biggest economic opportunity” Sounds like a perfect mission for DiCaprio – the company says he will help them highlight their new developments in China . BYD Brand and Public Relations General Manager Sherry Li said in a statement, “Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio has greatly inspired the world with his outstanding dedication to saving the planet’s ecological environment . As our brand ambassador in China, we are pleased to work with him in promoting public awareness of climate change through the use of new energy vehicles.” In a statement DiCaprio said, “All over the world people are realizing that cars that run on fossil fuels are inefficient and a major threat to the planet. I am very pleased to be joining an effort to increase the number of clean vehicles on the road in China and beyond.” Via CleanTechnica Images via BYD Twitter and BYD Facebook

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Inspiring Arkansas mom built a house for her kids using YouTube tutorials

February 1, 2017 by  
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After fleeing her second abusive marriage in 2007, Cara Brookins needed four walls that made her feel safe. But she didn’t have the money to buy the kind of sanctuary she felt her four children, then aged 2 to 17, deserved. Driving past a tornado-ravaged house on the way to a cabin she had rented outside Little Rock, Arkansas, Brookins had a flash of inspiration. “You don’t often get the opportunity to see the interior workings of a house, but looking at these two-by-fours and these nails, it just looked so simple,” she told CBS News . “I thought, ‘I could put this wall back up if I really tried. Maybe I should just start from scratch.’”

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Army Corps ordered to approve Dakota Access Pipeline

February 1, 2017 by  
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It seems like President Donald Trump is determined to get his way on the Dakota Access Pipeline . Senator John Hoeven and Congressmen Kevin Cramer, both of North Dakota , said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will give the final approval necessary to move forward with the oil pipeline after an order from the acting secretary of the Army. But the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says the move is illegal, and they’re not backing down without a fight. Hoeven said acting secretary Robert Speer informed Vice President Mike Pence and him of the impending approval. He said in a statement the pipeline would be constructed with safety features to provide protection for the Standing Rock Sioux. Related: 8 ways to help the water protectors at the Standing Rock Reservation But the tribe says there’s an environmental study going on that must be finished before the Army can grant the easement, and they’re planning to resist. In a statement posted on Facebook they said, “We stand ready to fight this battle against corporate interest superseding government procedure and the health and well-being of millions of Americans.” You can make your voice heard as well. The Army is currently gathering information for the environmental impact statement which includes a “public scoping phase.” Members of the public are invited to share their concerns with the Army until February 20, 2017. You can mail your comments to Mr. Gib Owen, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, 108 Army Pentagon, Washington DC 20310-0108. You can also email Owen at gib.a.owen.civ@mail.mil. The Army requests you include your name, return address, and “NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline” on the first page of your letter, or if you’re sending an email, put “NOI Comments, Dakota Access Pipeline” as your subject. More details can be found here . There are still hundreds of people camping near the proposed pipeline route in North Dakota. Reuters reported at one point there were over 10,000 people in the camp; veterans and activists stood alongside Native Americans. Law enforcement has made over 600 arrests. Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Dallas Goldtooth said on Twitter Cramer was ” trying to incite violence ” by stating the Army gave their approval before it’s official. Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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Mesmerizing lava skylights give a glimpse under the Earths surface

June 24, 2016 by  
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Volcanoes get a bad rap in the movies, but what goes on underneath the Earth’s crust can actually be a beautiful scene – especially if we can get a glimpse of it. The Kilauea volcano’s recent lava breakouts in Hawaii were captured on film, including its hypnotizing “skylights” , where the crust breaks and the fiery lava flow can be seen from above. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITJ6HLHtzuc Lava tubes that form underneath the Earth’s surface can sometimes become too wide for the hardened crust on top to bear. Helicopters observed a spot where the tube had collapsed, revealing the red hot flow underneath. The “skylight” is estimated to be about 20 feet across and the speed of the rushing lava could be as fast as two meters per second. Related: Ecuadorian volcano ejects ash nearly five miles into the sky The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory describes the phenomenon as “capillaries beneath the skin,” a vivid image of the life-giving marvels that carry on just outside our awareness. Seeing just what nature is up to offers a rare peek at the little known charms in the deep corners of the world. Via The Huffington Post Images via Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

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Future-proof beach residence in Washington State is raised to withstand mudslides

June 24, 2016 by  
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The Saratoga Hill House is located on a remote beach on Camano Island, Washington. The site is difficult to reach and doesn’t have road access, which makes it hard to bring heavy equipment and building materials. Due to these limiting circumstances, the architects decided to use low profile steel columns and raise the house to mitigate potential mudslides. This structural solution also provides additional storage spaces for canoes and kayaks. Related: Architekturburo Scheder positions a tiny timber house on stilts in Germany Concrete stairs lead from the ground level into the living room and kitchen on the first floor. This space features large windows that provide views of the Puget Sound. The second floor houses the bedrooms and is accessible via steel and wooden stairs. The top floor features an expansive rooftop deck . + Designs Northwest Architects Via Contemporist Photos by Lucas Henning

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Compact WaterCube uses solar power to make clean drinking water

June 24, 2016 by  
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WaterCube by SunGlacier – Ap Verheggen from sunglacier on Vimeo . Verheggen tells Inhabitat that the biggest challenge they faced when designing the WaterCube was to cool down the cone to just above freezing point without using a huge amount of energy. After several trials, he and his team managed to achieve that goal with 25 Watts of energy. The small solar panels on the top and sides of the cube produce 40 Watts, which allows them to store excess energy in batteries for less sunny conditions. How much water is produced really depends on climate conditions, according to Verheggen. The higher the temperatures, the more water the device will produce. Related: Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop provides fresh drinking water in the desert “With my team we are doing research to find more solutions for cooling down surfaces in its most efficient way, off-grid, powered by solar, easy to scale up, and cheap to produce,” he said. “It’s my vision that many people can enjoy their own source of drinking water in the future, especially in drought-hit areas. Next to this device, we are developing a system that doesn’t have moving parts, perfectly to use for open agriculture. Just stick them in the ground and they make water.” With one in 10 people lacking access to safe drinking water, according to Water.org , Verheggen’s vision is more relevant now than ever. WaterCube was unveiled 23 June, 2016 during the OECD Water Governance Initiative at The Hague. + SunGlacier

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NASA rolls out new asteroid detection program to defend Earth from destructive meteors

January 14, 2016 by  
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Meteors land on Earth frequently, but most break up as they enter our atmosphere and the resulting pieces are too small to do much damage. Once in a while, though, a larger meteor will make it closer to the planet’s surface before exploding. NASA is responding to the potential threats with a new endeavor, the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). Its purpose is to determine the best way to track what the agency calls near-Earth objects (NEOs) – those are big asteroids and meteors to the rest of us. The PDCO will also work on figuring out how to stop meteors from hitting Earth – just like in the movies. Read the rest of NASA rolls out new asteroid detection program to defend Earth from destructive meteors

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Poaching robs elephant herds of valuable matriarchal wisdom and leadership

January 14, 2016 by  
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Elephants never forget. They pass down wisdom from one generation to the next, creating what should be a long legacy based on ancestral experiences and attitudes. With poaching on the rise, increasing numbers of elephant families are losing their elders , and with them, they also lose knowledge about finding food and avoiding danger, further threatening the survival of the species. Researchers are particularly concerned about the lasting effects on matriarchal herds who lose their eldest members . Those older matriarchs are known to be better at leading herds, especially in times of crisis. In fact, calves have a better chance at survival during a drought if they belong to a herd led by an older matriarch. Younger female elephants are stepping into those vacant leadership roles and elephant families continue making their way, but the path of the species has been forever altered by poaching and the effects may never truly be known. The Atlantic published an in-depth article on the changing dynamics of matriarchal elephant herds, and we encourage readers to click through to read the full report on this troubling situation. + The Atlantic: Can elephant daughters fill the holes left by their poached mothers? Image via Shutterstock

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Wes Anderson designed a cafe and it’s almost as good as his movies

May 20, 2015 by  
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Actors Honored for Work on Environmental Causes

December 5, 2013 by  
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The 23rd Annual Environmental Media Association Awards honored Matt Damon, among other eco-conscious celebs.

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