Guinness and Other Brewers Get Greener Packaging

July 10, 2019 by  
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Maven Moment: Flip Flops!

July 10, 2019 by  
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Beautiful vacation home in Brazil is crafted from upcycled stone and salvaged bricks

May 15, 2019 by  
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Designed by Curitiba-based firm  Solo Arquitetos , the Lake House sits overlooking the expansive wetlands of the Paranapanema River in southern Brazil. Designed to blend into its natural setting, the family vacation home was mainly constructed out of upcycled materials such as broken stones found on-site and reclaimed bricks salvaged from an old factory. Located in Alvorada do Sul, in southern Brazil, the Lake House sits on a beautiful, natural lot with river vistas. According to the architects, the rustic-but-sophisticated home design was heavily inspired by the family’s desire to create a strong relationship between the built and natural environments. Related: These enchanting, off-grid cabins are handcrafted from salvaged materials Using the landscape as a guide, the architects created a Belvedere-inspired design that would provide stunning views of the adjacent river and heavily wooded forest. The 2,690-square-foot house is broken up into two rectangular blocks: one for social spaces and the other for private areas. The two structures were purposely misaligned and clad in distinct but complementary materials to create a clear division of space and to give the home a sense of movement. The exterior is clad in a blend of reclaimed materials. Each volume sits on a base of raw concrete. Clay-colored stones sourced on-site were used to create the private areas while brick salvaged from an old factory belonging to the family was used to clad the main living spaces. Standing solitary on the edge of the landscape is an open-air chapel with a base of natural stone topped with a wooden frame — it serves as an additional spot to truly embrace nature. The home’s three bedrooms are located in the stone building, which is marked with a large pitched roof . The master bedroom boasts “a deserved private belvedere” with an all-glass facade that creates a soothing space with a strong, seamless connection to the natural surroundings. The main living areas are also marked by high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Natural light floods the interior at every corner, enhancing the brick walls and wooden ceilings. From the living room, large sliding doors open up to an outdoor pool and sprawling back garden. An elevated wooden deck provides space for dining al fresco or taking in the amazing views of the river to one side and a dense forestscape to the other. + Solo Arquitetos Via Archdaily Photography by Eduardo Macarios via Solo Arquitetos

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Ocean explorer finds plastic waste during worlds deepest dive

May 15, 2019 by  
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This May, American Victor Vescovo broke the standing record of the world’s deepest solo dive, venturing 7 miles into the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench, where he discovered four potential new species as well as plastic waste and candy wrappers. Vescovo is a wealth equity investor with an interest in ocean exploration . He traveled in a high-tech submersible that can withstand enormous amounts of pressure from the 35,849-foot descent. In fact, the submarine is capable of withstanding the weight of “50 jumbo jets piled on top of a person,” according to the BBC . Related: Point Nemo, the most remote spot in the ocean, is plagued with plastic “It is almost indescribable how excited all of us are about achieving what we just did,” Vescovo told BBC. “This submarine and its mother ship, along with its extraordinarily talented expedition team, took marine technology to a ridiculously higher new level by diving — rapidly and repeatedly — into the deepest, harshest area of the ocean.” The mission was to collect data and video footage of what is thought to be the deepest ocean trench in the world. During his expedition, Vescovo also may have found a new crustacean as well as three other new species , including a relative of the sea cucumber. Samples of the new species will also be tested to see if they contain microplastics . The discovery of plastic in the farthest reaches of the world is disappointing, but not surprising given the scale of the plastic waste problem. It is predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Data collection expeditions to the ocean trenches also contribute to increasing evidence that these deep sea depressions can store higher amounts of carbon than the rest of the ocean and therefore may play an important role in mitigating climate change . Via BBC and  Technology Review Image via Jessie Sgouros

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Scientists just created a new type of battery inspired by electric eels

January 18, 2018 by  
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Electric eels inspired an international team of researchers to develop soft power cells that could one day run pacemakers, health monitors, or one day even augmented-reality contact lenses. Their power source – which Smithsonian.com described as a foldable battery – can generate around 110 volts. Although that’s far less than an eel could produce, the researchers say their work could offer important insight into soft power sources. Electric eels can deliver a shock strong enough to knock a horse right off its feet, according to Smithsonian.com. This new soft power source isn’t that strong – but it could pave the way for powering devices without the concerns over toxicity or size associated with common batteries. University of Michigan , Adolphe Merkle Institute at the University of Fribourg , and University of California, San Diego researchers developed the power cell that “moves charged ions across a selective membrane to produce power.” Related: This robotic “eel” hunts down the source of water pollution The team made their foldable battery by printing different kinds of drops – composed of sodium and chloride dissolved in water-based hydrogel – on sheets. One sheet has salty and pure water drops alternating, while the other has charge-selective hydrogels, allowing “either positively charged sodium or negatively charged chloride to pass, excluding the other.” Pressing the sheets together generates power by connecting “saline and freshwater droplets across the charge-selective droplets in series. As the salty and fresh solutions mix, the charge-selective droplets move the sodium and chloride ions in opposing directions, producing an electric current.” The team improved on their work by incorporating a Miura fold, an origami technique. The Miura fold is in use today to transport solar panels in satellites so they can be easily unpacked into big sheets once they arrive in outer space. The team printed all four droplets on a sheet, laser-cut in a Miura fold pattern, that could then be folded to stack the droplets to generate electricity . University of Michigan professor of materials science and engineering Max Shtein said in a statement , “The eel polarizes and depolarizes thousands of cells instantaneously to put out these high voltages. It’s a fascinating system to look at from an engineering perspective – its performance metrics, its fundamental building blocks and how to use them.” The technology is still preliminary, but the team is working on boosting the power source’s efficiency. The journal Nature published the research online in December. + University of Michigan (1, 2) Via Smithsonian.com Images via Biophysics group, Adolphe Merkle Institute ; Caitlin Monney ; and Scott on Flickr

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How One Plant in India Learned to Turn Carbon into Baking Soda

February 23, 2017 by  
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As far as environmentalists are concerned, carbon dioxide and baking soda sit at entirely opposite ends of the eco spectrum. One is a greenhouse gas we have far too much of, an unfortunate by-product of our modern lifestyle; the other is a beloved…

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Reducing food waste is key to Sustainable Development Goals

September 25, 2015 by  
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Reducing food loss and waste is a Sustainable Development Goal in itself but doing so also will help us achieve all the other SDGs.

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Climate change is contributing to hunger; what we can do

August 17, 2015 by  
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Climate change and world hunger are each aggravated by the other. Conscientious food production choices that lead to sustainable cultivation are more important than ever.

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Study Shows Beautiful Buildings Outperform Other Green Buildings by 4 Times

August 28, 2012 by  
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According to a new study, beauty and sustainable building make for the most potent combination of high performance. The  Pattern Mapping Institute  had a hunch that buildings which were considered aesthetically superior also had a better range of environmental attributes. So through a study of correlated  AIA  Cote award winning and LEED Platinum projects , they found that integrated designs that aligned beauty and function had  4 times the impact of those with just LEED Platinum certification. Jump ahead to find out more on what their  white paper  said. Read the rest of Study Shows Beautiful Buildings Outperform Other Green Buildings by 4 Times Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIA COTE , beautiful building and performance , best green buildings , green building performance , LEED platinum , Pattern Mapping Institute

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Could Outside Lands be the Greenest Music Festival?

August 10, 2012 by  
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  Other music festivals rose to the eco occasion this year, but in its fourth year, Outside Lands isn’t about to be outdone. The three-day San Francisco festival, which takes place August 10 through 12 at the legendary Golden Gate Park, has…

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