"It has totally changed how people feel:" new forest transforms former UK coal community

December 8, 2017 by  
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One UK organization is transforming an industrial landscape into a green, thriving woodland. The National Forest Company planted the first tree around 25 years ago, and today they’ve planted eight million trees in 200 square miles in the Midlands, creating the country’s first new forest in 1,000 years. Former coal miner Graham Knight told The Guardian , “It is quite difficult to put into words what’s happened here and the impact it has had on people. Perhaps the best way to think about it is that people seem…well, more happy somehow.” Many of the coal mines in the area were shuttered in the 1980’s. The local community took a hit – and then the trees started growing. Knight told The Guardian, “Twenty-five years ago all this was an opencast mine. Mud and dirt with hardly a tree to be seen. Now just look, people want to live here, they are proud to be from here – it has totally changed how people feel.” Related: Former coal miners receive training for renewable energy jobs The forest has revitalized the community. National Forest Company CEO John Everitt told The Guardian the project has had several side benefits, from creating jobs to improving health to offering a habitat for wildlife to sparking tourism. 7.8 million visitors venture there every single year, and the forest has led to around 5,000 new jobs with hundreds more forthcoming. There are hundreds of miles of trails for people to hike or bicycle, craft beer and food businesses in the area are thriving, and there’s a growing timber industry. One of Everitt’s goals is to have an outdoor woodland classroom and forest school teacher in every primary school. He told The Guardian, “Children who were maybe nervous of the outdoors are benefiting from being able to walk or cycle or simply play in the woods.” You can support the organization by joining in on one of their tree planting events or donating here . Head on over to The Guardian’s article for astonishing before and after pictures as well. + The National Forest Company Via The Guardian Images via The National Forest on Twitter ( 1 , 2 )

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18-year-old invents cheaper CO2 capture tech to fight climate change

December 8, 2017 by  
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Even with quick-paced developments in renewable energy , the world still produces the vast majority of its power via fossil fuels : over 80 percent . 18-year-old Ethan Novek is working on technology that could allow us to burn fossil fuels without climate change-inducing emissions , giving us time to install more renewable energy. His carbon dioxide (CO2) capture technology stands out from the rest because it could capture CO2 at about $10 per metric ton – around 85 percent less than the industry standard. Novek made the discovery that would lead to his potentially game-changing technology in his high school chemistry laboratory. CO2 capture technology has traditionally drawn on a substance such as amine that selectively reacts with just CO2 as other gases escape. The substance is then heated to break the chemical bond for a release of the greenhouse gas that can be converted into products. But the amines used are expensive, and it takes a lot of heat to break that bond. Novek’s discovery could overcome these issues. Related: World’s first commercial carbon-sucking plant goes live in Zurich In his high school laboratory, Novek was hoping to utilize a technique known as salting out to cheaply produce urea, a nitrogen-based fertilizer. He realized he could actually use the process to separate out and capture CO2 after fossil fuels are burned. Here’s how it could work: at a fossil fuel plant, exhaust gases could be piped into a mix of water and ammonia. Inert gases like oxygen would escape as ammonia reacted with CO2, forming a salt. A solvent could break the salt back into CO2 and ammonia. Distillation could separate the ammonia and solvent mix so each component could be recycled. And the CO2 could be transformed into chemicals like acetic acid or synthetic gas. The CO2 capture process needs 75 percent less energy than others. Novek attracted the attention of Yale University professor Menachem Elimelech, and with other Yale researchers they wrote a study published last year in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters . Novek started a company, Innovator Energy , and is working on a pilot plant that could use waste gas from a chemical factory or power plant to capture 1,000 kilograms of carbon emissions per day. + Innovator Energy Via Quartz Images via Carbon XPRIZE and Depositphotos

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China restores great swaths of denuded forests with exemplary conservation program

March 21, 2016 by  
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For years China was notorious for denuding its forests of vegetation to expand their economy. The economy grew, but water sources were tainted, air polluted, and animal habitats demolished. Only a few years ago, just 2 percent of China’s forests were undisturbed, and to make matters worse, the destruction of forests leads to one fifth of climate change -inducing emissions. Horrendous floods in 1998 that stemmed from the lack of trees prompted the government to finally take action. They implemented the National Forest Conservation Program, and a new study reveals it’s working. Read the rest of China restores great swaths of denuded forests with exemplary conservation program

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Sweet pitched roof house in France gets a green makeover with bio-sourced materials

March 21, 2016 by  
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Leonardo DiCaprio gives Seychelles $1 million for monumental marine sanctuary

March 21, 2016 by  
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Oh, Leo… Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is having a banner year for a mega-rich activist, and he’s wowed us yet again. The charitable foundation that bears his name has granted $1 million to the island nation of Seychelles , which is made up of 115 tiny islands situated in the Indian Ocean. The small country has pledged to protect some 154,000 square miles of ocean waters, which in turn protects its people and economy. Read the rest of Leonardo DiCaprio gives Seychelles $1 million for monumental marine sanctuary

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There’s not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing wildfires

August 28, 2015 by  
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This just might be the most cataclysmic forest fire season in history. So far this year, the Forest Service has spent $800 million trying to keep the blazes from raging too far out of control. This cost amounts to more than 50 percent of their budget, draining coffers so much that they can’t perform other critical services, like forest management. Adding insurance costs, damage to buildings and infrastructure, and further damage caused by flash floods and mudslides, this year’s fire bill is estimated to ring in at around $2.5 billion. Read the rest of There’s not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing wildfires

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US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest

November 18, 2014 by  
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Despite the objections of environmental groups and Virginia’s Governor Terry McAuliffe, the U.S. Forest Service has left the door open to allow fracking in the East Coast’s largest national forest with the release of the forest’s new management plan . The USFS had originally considered banning fracking in George Washington National Forest, but energy companies complained when the draft plan was released in 2011. Read the rest of US Forest Service Green Lights Fracking in East Coast’s Largest National Forest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: forest service , fossil fuels , fracking , gas extraction , George Washington National Forest , Marcellus shale formation , oil extraction , us forest service , virginia

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

November 18, 2014 by  
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This Funky Camper Conversion Turns Your Toyota Prius into a Home on Wheels

November 18, 2014 by  
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The Toyota Prius is by far the most popular hybrid on the market, but even though it has a stellar reputation for being fuel efficient, there’s one thing that you can’t really do with it – go camping . Well, this Prius camper van conversion from Camp-Inn is the solution for those diehard Prius fans who want to take their Prius everywhere. Read the rest of This Funky Camper Conversion Turns Your Toyota Prius into a Home on Wheels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camp , camping , Campinn , green car , green transportation , hybrid car , Prius Camper , Prius conversion , Toyota , toyota prius , Toyota Prius Camper

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Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park

August 23, 2013 by  
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Although there are 50 massive wildfires raging in the US right now, the so-called Rim Fire in California is perhaps of greatest concern. Yesterday the fire nearly quadrupled in size and has only been contained 1-percent by firefighters. But worst of all, the fire has reached the border of the stunning Yosemite park, prompting evacuations of homes and recreational areas from the ecologically sensitive region. Read the rest of Massive California Wildfire Reaches the Border of Yosemite Park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California Rim Fire , California wildfire , Climate Change , climate change wildfires , global warming , global warming wildfires , Rim Fire , Rim of the World Wildfire , spreading wildfires , Stanislaus National Forest , Stanislaus National Forest fire , Stanislaus National Forest wildfire , Summer wildfires , United States wildfires , wildfire in the US , Yosemite Park Fire , Yosemite wildfire        

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