Disturbing photoshoot imagines our meals in a climate change-induced dystopia

April 25, 2017 by  
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If countless scientific studies can’t convince climate change deniers of the imminent threat to the world, perhaps a stark glance into our future food supply might do the trick. Artist Allie Wist has created a bleak photo series, called Flooded , which provides an alarming depiction of a dystopic dinner party set in the age of massive flooding caused by rising sea levels . Wist and her team, made up of photographer, Heami Lee , stylist Rebecca Bartoshesky , and food and recipe specialist C.C. Buckley, shot the images in areas threatened by rising sea levels . As for the menu, the team decided to put the focus on relatable dishes and their future potential demise. Using some of the most common recipes found in the New York and New England area, the dystopic photoshoot depicts how these beloved dishes would look in a flood-filled future. Related: What you need to know about Sea Level Rise Wist told Gizmodo that her inspiration for the series came from the common disconnect people seem to have between climate change and its effects on their personal lives, “Climate change is a really abstract phenomenon for a lot of people. They don’t really associate it with their daily lives. I think food is one of the most intimate substances we encounter. It can lend an emotional intensity and connection that people won’t have to these abstract scientific concepts.” + Allie Wist Via Gizmodo Images via Allie West

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Harvest fresh veggies all year-round with the energy-efficient GrowBox mini farm

December 6, 2016 by  
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With headlines like ” Glyphosate found in Cheerios, Kashi cookies and other popular food items ” and ” Are you eating Monsanto weed killer for breakfast? ” plaguing the news, more and more of us are looking for ways keep our families healthy by growing our own food at home. GrowBox is a new hydroponic solution that lets you cultivate and harvest up to 50 edible plants in an indoor environment all year-round. There’s no need to worry about sunlight or water because the whole system is optimized and automated, and you never have to be concerned about carcinogenic pesticides because you control exactly what goes into your personal farm every day. Developed by Opcom Farm , GrowBox is a new indoor farming system that allows users to grow fresh veggies right in their own homes. Made up of four LED lamps, a water tank and pump, and a tray that holds up to 50 plants at a time, the robust kit comes with everything you need to start your own mini farm including seedling sponges, starter seeds, nutrition packs, pH capsules, a pH meter, and an insect net. Opcom is committed to using only non-GMO seeds and pesticide-free nutrients that come from a leading American manufacturer. In addition to being able to grow and harvest throughout the colder months, GrowBox gives even the blackest of thumbs an agricultural edge with an easy-to-use “Auto” mode that provides your plants with precisely the right amount of light, water and nutrients they need when they need it. The unit’s components are also flexible so that you can adjust the heights of the lamps and tubes to accommodate your flourishing crops. The unit also has an area that is specially designed to grow nutrient-rich sprouts. RELATED: Revolutionary Green Wheel hydroponic garden grows food faster with NASA technology For a large garden with such a high yield, the GrowBox ‘s energy and water usage stats are actually quite impressive. According to Opcom, the system uses less than $0.11 per day of electricity (based on $0.12 per KWH), or about the same as your cable box. That means that per week, it uses less electricity than drying two loads of laundry in an electric clothes dryer. Because the unit operates on a hydroponic gardening system, it also uses 90 percent less water than a traditional garden. While it’s actually quite space-efficient considering that it can grow so many plants simultaneously, the GrowBox isn’t exactly petite. Measuring in at about 4′ x 2’, the unit takes up a sizable chunk of real estate (that many urban dwellers simply can’t spare). For those looking for a more vertical solution, Opcom does offer the slender and tall GrowWall , which holds up to 75 plants while taking up less floor space. But we’d love to see an even more space-efficient model catering to urban apartment dwellers from Opcom in the future. At $499, the GrowBox certainly isn’t cheap, but if you consider that a bunch of spinach can cost about $3 in many urban areas, and that the GrowBox lets you grow 50 plants at a time ($3 x 50 = $150), you can see how quickly this investment begins to pay for itself. + Opcom Farm Note: Opcom supplied the author of this article with a sample GrowBox unit in exchange for an unbiased writeup.

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Google says it will run entirely on renewable energy by next year

December 6, 2016 by  
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Google just announced that it will be fully powered by renewables before the end of 2017. The tech giant has been growing its solar and wind investments over the years, and is now making a final push to achieve 100 percent renewable energy through additional purchases. Google initially announced its 100-percent goal in 2012, and this week’s announcement confirms the company will hit the target next year. Under the umbrella of an initiative dubbed “Google Green,” the tech company says its aim for 100 percent renewable energy is “just the beginning.” Starting with its first contract for a 114-megawatt wind farm in Iowa in 2010, the California-based company has grown to become the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy. According to this week’s announcement, Google is purchasing around 2.6 gigawatts of wind and solar energy. “Over the calendar year globally, for every unit of energy we consume, we’re purchasing the equivalent amount or more of renewable energy” in 2017, said Neha Palmer, head of energy strategy at Google’s global infrastructure division. Related: The world’s renewable energy capacity is now higher than coal Many tech giants are targeting 100 percent renewable energy, but Google has taken a strong lead with this announcement. By comparison, Apple reached this milestone for its US operations and data centers in early 2015 and had, at that time, achieved 87 percent renewable energy for its global operations. Google started off following in Apple’s footsteps but quickly surpassed its progress by making their data centers 50 percent more efficient than the industry standard. Additionally, Google cites the falling prices of solar and wind projects as the primary reason for the business decision, although reducing the company’s carbon footprint and contribution to the effects of climate change were also important factors. Via GTM Images via Tony Webster/Flickr and Google

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Radio silence as the worst disaster since Hurricane Sandy ravages Louisiana

August 19, 2016 by  
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The devastation caused by last weekend’s flooding in southern Louisiana is now on par with Hurricane Sandy damage , according to officials. The flood’s death toll has risen to 13, with more than 40,000 homes damaged or destroyed by the flood waters. After Sandy blasted the East coast just shy of four years ago, the storm dominated the news headlines and both sympathy and support poured in from around the world. Now, many are wondering why the victims of Louisiana’s flood are not receiving the same response. Embed from Getty Images The flooding came suddenly, centered on the state capitol of Baton Rouge, after torrential rains soaked the southern part of the state last weekend and caused rivers and creeks to overflow . President Barack Obama was quick to approve the emergency declaration requested by Governor John Bel Edwards, but others—namely leading presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—have done nothing more that tweet their sympathies. The lack of action, as well as the absence of national media coverage, have not gone unnoticed. Related: Unprecedented Louisiana flooding forced tens of thousands to evacuate Embed from Getty Images The Advocate , one of Louisiana’s largest newspapers, published a scathing editorial  on Wednesday demanding attention—and a visit—from the President, who is currently on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. The piece likens Obama’s lack of action to the days following Hurricane Katrina, when then-President George W. Bush disappointed flood victims by delaying his visit to the devastated areas of Louisiana. “We’ve seen this story before in Louisiana, and we don’t deserve a sequel,” the editorial reads. “A disaster this big begs for the personal presence of the President at ground zero.” This week has certainly been a disaster for residents of southern Louisiana, stretching from Baton Rouge to Lafayette. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed by the flooding, leaving more than 100,000 residents displaced. In some areas, coffins have been unearthed and found floating in flood waters, similar to the aftermath of massive rains in South Carolina last year. Red Cross spokesperson Craig Cooper told USA Today that the flooding, which is estimated will cost at least $30 million in aid, is the biggest natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy but it isn’t getting the national media attention it deserves because of bad timing. The ongoing Rio Olympics, the presidential election season, and the California wildfires are all taking precedent, leaving Louisiana’s storm victims out in the cold. Via USA Today Lead image via Wikipedia

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Climate denier Donald Trump’s favorite Florida estate is being swallowed by the sea

July 8, 2016 by  
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Call it karma, fate or just a really satisfying bit of irony: one of America’s most vociferous opponents to climate change is experiencing some of the worst of its effects. Donald Trump’s favorite property in Palm Beach Florida is being swallowed by the rising ocean, and fast. The short-fingered-vulgarian’s Mar-a-Lago estate could be a full foot underwater by 2030. Do you hear that? That’s the sound of thousands of scientists laughing maniacally at the deliciousness of it all. At the Mar-a-Lago club, Trump owns a massive historic mansion on the beach, along with ample grounds. Right now, seasonal tides crawl across the lawns, roads and beaches of the property. That’s bad enough, but things are only going to get worse. While the mansion itself will probably avoid being submerged, the property is doomed to struggle with access problems and safety issues caused by the climbing seas. And that’s assuming the estate doesn’t get smacked by the next big tropical storm. Unfortunately, the situation isn’t actually funny. Mayors in Florida are scrambling to cope with the rising seas that are flooding higher across the state every year. Disappearing beaches and flooded streets have raised some pretty hefty price tags as civic leaders struggle to cope with the watery influx. All of this makes Trump’s brush-off seem particularly arrogant given the personal impact that the ” mangled apricot hellbeast ” is experiencing at his own properties. Related: Would a Trump presidency undo the UN climate change agreement? Trump, who once acknowledged the reality of climate change, now calls it all a Chinese hoax on the world. But though he talks about the “hoax” of global warming, he is quietly protecting some of his other investments from its effects . Seems like the Donald is either talking out of both sides of his mouth or he is very, very confused about how science works. Via The Guardian Images via Gage Skidmore

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Senate passes weak GMO-labeling bill, nullifying Vermont’s pro-consumer requirements

July 8, 2016 by  
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The United States Senate passed a controversial bill Wednesday that would require food makers to disclose genetically modified food ingredients —at least, sort of. The version of the bill passed this week outlines a compromise that would allow companies to avoid printing “contains GMOs” on food packaging, in lieu of a digital QR code that links to a disclaimer or, for smaller companies, simply a phone number or website. This weaker version of a nationwide mandatory GMO labeling is being considered a big win for biotech engineering firms, agricultural interests, and food companies that have spent millions to block GMO-labeling legislation. The bill invalidates Vermont’s first-in-the-nation GMO labeling law , which went into effect July 1, and also blocks other states from enacting their own labeling requirements. The federal bill has drawn criticism far and wide, after food industry giants like Monsanto and Whole Foods  made hefty financial contributions to senators backing the bill. In total, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) estimates food and biotech companies have spent more than $100 million  to fight mandatory GMO labeling, donating to politicians who would negotiate weaker requirements. Visitors to the Senate dropped $2,000 in cash on the Senate floor to protest the weak bill. Related: U.S. approves farming of genetically modified apples to cut down on food waste Under the Senate bill, a narrow definition of GMO food ingredients would subject fewer products to the labeling requirement. Vermont’s law called for all foods containing biotech ingredients to disclose them on packaging, while the Senate bill makes it optional for companies to identify ingredients produced via genetic engineering, or “bioengineering.” Techniques such as RNA interference and gene editing would be exempt from labeling requirements. With final approval in the Senate, the federal GMO labeling bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration, where it is expected to pass. President Obama’s signature will be all that remains to put the new law into action. Although he has long promised mandatory GMO labeling, it’s unclear whether he would sign this version of the requirement. Via The New York Times Images via Pixabay and Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are self-driving cars legal?

June 14, 2016 by  
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The buzz around self-driving cars is growing, but they’re thus far only legal in four U.S. states. Personal Injury San Diego developed an infographic that examines the legality of self-driving cars, the differences between levels of automation, and the leaders in the field. Google may be the company grabbing the most headlines for self-driving cars, but they don’t actually hold the most patents in the field. Keep reading to learn more about the exciting new technology and the future of self-driving cars. + Personal Injury San Diego

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Bika is a sustainable bike rack crafted from pine beetle devastated wood

June 14, 2016 by  
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Over 18 million hectares of British Columbia’s forests have been destroyed by the Mountain Pine Beetle, but Killwood’s new Bika bike rack is turning this devastated wood into functional design. Naturally marked with exotic bluish-grey streaks from the pine beetle’s presence, this kill wood bike rack is not only sustainable, but also distinctively beautiful and designed to keep you organized while showcasing your bike as a centerpiece. Trees infested by the pine beetle don’t just die off; they increase the risk of forest fires, and pollute our atmosphere. By harvesting pine beetle kill wood from affected trees within the first eight years of infestation, it becomes a strong, sustainable and stunning eco material that offsets CO2. The Vancouver-made Bika design launches on Kickstarter on June 30, 2016. + Killwood

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India is building a massive supercomputer that can predict future monsoons

June 14, 2016 by  
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The Indian government is spending $60 million this year to build a supercomputer with just one purpose: predicting the weather. With the heavy rains of India’s monsoon season accounting for more than two-thirds of the country’s annual rainfall, on which agriculture is so dependent, it’s easy to understand why the meteorology office is pouring funds into the project. The system will use 3D modeling to better understand how seasonal rains will develop. The current forecasting system was first introduced under British rule of India , based on a statistical model. Historical patterns are combined with satellite data, radar readers, and information from observatories. As one might expect, while this system can reveal broad trends, it hasn’t led to especially accurate forecasts; in fact, the system failed to predict a major drought in 2009 . Related: India struggles with catastrophic drought that’s claimed hundreds of lives More accurate monsoon forecasts could be a major boon to the Indian economy: one estimate from Reuters suggests that it could boost farm production by 15 percent by helping farmers identify the best time to sow their crops. That’s not an insignificant amount: agriculture accounts for about 18 percent of India’s GDP. The new supercomputer is expected to be up and running by next year, and will be able to work 10 times faster than the current system. Via The Verge Images via  Jakub Michankow and  Rajarshi MITRA

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Your personal bill for fossil fuel use is 12,000 dollars

September 16, 2015 by  
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We ought to be thanking our lucky stars that Mother Nature isn’t a debt collector, because we’re all in it pretty deep when it comes to the cost of each person’s carbon emissions on the planet. Researchers have revealed new data  that shows that if we were to get a bill for America’s output between the years of 1990 and 2013, an even split among citizens would result in about a $12,000 balance each. Ouch. Read the rest of Your personal bill for fossil fuel use is 12,000 dollars

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