Massive iceberg draws tourists to tiny Canadian town

April 19, 2017 by  
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A new natural attraction drew scores of tourists to a small town of around 500 people in Newfoundland, Canada over Easter weekend. A massive iceberg appeared near the coast, and photographers dashed to the area to snap pictures. The Southern shore highway close to Ferryland filled with traffic over the weekend as tourists came to view the impressive iceberg. The Newfoundland coast area is commonly called iceberg alley due to the ice blocks that float down during the spring from the Arctic , but this particular huge iceberg might stay right where it is, according to Ferryland Mayor Adrian Kavanagh, who told The Canadian Press it’s the biggest one he’s ever seen in the area. Related: Naturally striped Antarctic icebergs are almost too beautiful to be real Usually just the tip of an iceberg is visible, with the rest of the mass beneath the waves, so many run aground when they float near the coast. Local Don Costello told CBC News the iceberg probably won’t be moving unless winds keep blowing because it’s stuck on shallow ground. He estimated the iceberg’s highest point is roughly 150 feet. The BBC reported more icebergs are drifting through iceberg alley than is normal for this point in the year, with hundreds of icebergs in the Atlantic. This particular iceberg has moved around some and broken apart, but it appears it’ll stick around for a while. That’s good for tourism – a tour operator told CBC News they’re happy when the icebergs are grounded, and his company is receiving dozens of online bookings every day. Iceberg tourism season technically hasn’t even started – there are a few weeks to go. Costello told CBC News, “I met a couple of people and they were looking for somewhere to get a bowl of soup or a sandwich or something, and there’s only two places here…and they don’t open until the 24th of May.” Via the BBC and CBC News Images via Randy Wheeler on Facebook , Fantasy RV Tours on Facebook , and Alison Thorne on Facebook

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Solar Impulse co-founder aims to make electric aviation a reality with new company

April 19, 2017 by  
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Electric high-speed trains have been zipping passengers across Europe and Asia for decades. Now the era of affordable electric cars is beginning with the introduction of the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3. But what about aviation? Could the friendly skies one day join electric trains and cars as an alternative to fossil-fueled transportation, which is polluting the air and contributing to climate change?  Solar Impulse ’s co-founder André Borschberg is aiming to make electric propulsion in the aviation industry a reality with a new company he co-founded, H55 . “Electric air transport will undoubtedly disrupt the aviation industry,” said Borschberg. “15 years ago, when I started with Solar Impulse, electric propulsion was anecdotal. Today it is a major development path of every large aeronautical organisation as well as attracting many start-ups and new players. What is science fiction today will be the reality of tomorrow.” Related: Solar Impulse successfully completes solar-powered flight around the world The Switzerland-based venture will focus on the entire propulsion chain — from the energy source to thrust and power to pilot interface and control systems. H55 has already successfully completed more than 50 hours of flight testing with its electric demonstrator aircraft, aEro1. Borschberg piloted eight of the 17 legs of Solar Impulse 2’s around-the-world flight, including flying for five days and five nights non-stop over the Pacific Ocean — the longest flight ever recorded in a single-pilot airplane. Solar Impulse 2 departed Abu Dhabi in March 2015, returning there in July 2016 after flying around the world (including a nine-month delay for technical repairs). + H55 Images via H55

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Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

September 10, 2014 by  
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Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian , Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the reactors can be started up again, as long as the operator can convince the local communities they are safe. That might not be an easy task as the Japanese public has been wary of nuclear power since Fukushima, which was the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl . Read the rest of Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: disaster , Fukushima , Japan , Kyushu , meltdown , nuclear , plant , power , restart , sendai

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DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That’ll Stay Green All Winter Long

September 10, 2014 by  
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Avid gardeners and outdoor lovers tend to mope all winter long because of the lack of greenery around them, but there’s an easy way to fix that! Indoor plants give any space a lively splash of green, and terrariums aren’t just beautiful— they’re fun to make too . Any glass container can be transformed into a terrarium , from a tiny glass pendant to a 50-gallon fish tank, so you can have several all around your home in all shapes and sizes, with an assortment of different plants inside! Read on to learn how you can make your own today. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That’ll Stay Green All Winter Long Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquarium , cacti , cactus , craft , DIY , DIY terrarium , figurines , fish tank , glass terrarium , green terrarium , hen and chicks , herbs , how-to , jar , jar terrarium , lavender , lichens , MoSS , mosses , oregano , pixie cups , succulents , terrarium , terrarium necklace , terrarium pendant , Terrariums , thyme , tillandsia

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Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone!

March 7, 2013 by  
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Even during an economic and political crisis, Greece has reason to boast. The country installed an amazing 300 MW of solar PV in the month of January alone, a third more than was installed last year and greater than solar giant Germany at 275 MW. LAGIE , the operator of Greece’s electric grid, reported that 282 MW were from ground-mounted PV projects and 18MW came from rooftop arrays. The current solar PV capacity for Greece is 1.72 GW, and it is projected that their cumulative capacity will jump to 2.58 GW by the end of the year. So, just how did Greece accomplish this feat in a time of financial stress? Read the rest of Greece Installed 300MW of Solar PV in January Alone! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill , Feed-in Tariff , general liscencing directory , germany , greece , investor , january , lagie , legislation , mindev , red tape , Solar Power , solar pv

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Young Dems Convention Paid For By Coal Company Alpha Natural Resources

August 6, 2011 by  
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Photo: Silvia Alba via Flickr/CC BY Coal may be Public Enemy Number 1 when it comes to stopping climate chaos and eliminating air and water pollution, but the industry isn’t going down without a fight. An interesting blog at WeArePowerShift.org details a young activist’s disappointment when she discovered that the 2011 Young Democrats Convention was sponsored, in part, by Alpha Natural Resources, the operator of Massey Energy, the notorious company behind several m… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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KAMAZ Flex Futurum envisions freight transport in 2040

June 17, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Shape changing concept truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The KAMAZ Flex Futurum by designers Elena Petrova and Konstantin Fedorov is a zero-emission truck concept that has been designed to behave like a train on the road. Designed for the year 2040, the Flex Futurum features systems that allow the vehicle to increase its size from 7.5m to 20m depending on the load.

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Electric buggy to take on Pikes Peak on Yokohama’s orange oil tires

June 17, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Zero-emission vehicle powered by electricity. Bringing electric engines and Yokohama’s orange oil-infused tires to the test, the EV Sports Concept HER-02 buggy is ready to take on the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The buggy gets powered by an AC motor that runs on batteries developed by Sanyo.

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