The United Kingdom might soon create new national parks

May 29, 2018 by  
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In an op-ed for The Telegraph , United Kingdom Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a new review process which could result in creating new national parks in England. Nearly 70 years after the creation of the first British national parks , Gove wrote that “the time is right” to consider creating new protected areas in the United Kingdom. As the human population grows and natural habitats decline, he wrote that the British people should “look afresh at these landscapes” and determine how best to preserve them for future generations. Aware of concerns amidst an ongoing national policy of austerity , Gove emphasized that the review’s mission was not to cut the conservation of nature but to “strengthen it in the face of present-day challenges.” The first national parks in the U.K., the Peak District, Lake District, Snowdonia and Dartmoor, were founded in 1951. England currently has 10 national parks while Wales and Scotland host three and two, respectively. “The creation of national parks almost 70 years ago changed the way we view our precious landscapes — helping us all access and enjoy our natural world,” Gove wrote. “We want to make sure they are not only conserved, but enhanced for the next generation.” Related: General Electric to debut world’s largest wind turbine in UK Gove has appointed former governor aide and journalist Julian Glover to lead the review process. “I want Julian explicitly to consider how we can extend and improve the protection we give to other precious landscapes,” Gove wrote. “Are we properly supporting all those who live in, work in, or want to visit these magnificent places? Should we indeed be extending our areas of designated land ?” Conservationists have praised Gove’s decision, though they say that more must be done. WWF campaigns director Tony Juniper told the BBC , “ Nature will continue to be at risk unless we have a plan for its recovery enshrined in law — through a new Environment Act that’s backed by a strong watchdog with real power to enforce.” + The Telegraph Via BBC Images via Paul Morris and Klim Levene

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Turn greener products into a profitable business strategy

October 27, 2017 by  
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A new handbook, considered in this review, explores the evolution of successful green marketing at big companies like GE and Johnson & Johnson.

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Innovative water-trapping beads prevent crops from rotting in humid countries

February 14, 2017 by  
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Researchers have found an economical way to prevent humidity from destroying crops in both small and large scale agricultural operations. Small beads made from a porous mineral called zeolite absorb water molecules , preventing fungal toxins from growing on seeds and grain in developing countries. The beads prove to be less expensive, time-consuming, and resource-dependent than more common farming practices. Zeolite beads , developed by Rhino Research in Thailand, have been specially engineered so their pores are just the right size to absorb water molecules. This small but effective fix can help farmers in places like Nepal, India, and Kenya, where about a third of crops are lost due to the effects of excess moisture. By placing the beads adjacent to the harvest in mesh bags or other screened-in containers, crops will be safe from a significant amount of the moisture that leads to rotting or the spread of fungus. Related: 93 percent of the world’s seed diversity has vanished the last century Larger operations can also benefit from zeolite beads. Instead of blowing hot air over walnuts, almonds, rice, and other grains, these dry harvested crops can be passed through the absorbent beads. A flow of ambient air is all that is needed afterward, saving batches from being scorched – a problem that ruins quality and taste. To keep the beads effective, heating them in a compact oven removes excess moisture so they can be reused. + Rhino Research Via  Technology Review Images via Rhino Research

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Scientists create a new kind of matter called time crystals

January 30, 2017 by  
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Proving that there is still so much for science to discover, two groups of scientists have created a new phase of matter called time crystals. Based on a blueprint from University of California, Berkeley assistant professor of physics Norman Yao, the scientists created crystals whose structure repeats in time rather than space. If time crystals sound like a far-fetched science fiction daydream, Yao explained they move somewhat like jiggling Jell-O, but through time. Regular crystals, like diamonds , are comprised of an atomic lattice, an arrangement of atoms, that repeats in space. Time crystals’ structure can continue through time, in perpetual movement. Yao said, “Wouldn’t it be super weird if you jiggled the Jell-O and found that somehow it responded at a different period? But that is the essence of the time crystal.” Related: Scientists blend photosynthesis and quantum physics to improve solar cells The creation of time crystals in itself is crazy, but Yao said that’s not the only thrilling aspect of this advance. In a statement, he said, “This is a new phase of matter, period, but it is also really cool because it is one of the first examples of non-equilibrium matter. For the last half-century, we have been exploring equilibrium matter, like metals and insulators. We are just now starting to explore a whole new landscape of non-equilibrium matter.” In contrast, other crystals like rubies or diamonds are in motionless equilibrium, but as non-equilibrium matter time crystals continually move. Groups at Harvard University and the University of Maryland followed Yao’s blueprint and were able to create time crystals, turning futuristic fantasy into reality. They used “two totally different setups,” according to the UC Berkeley statement, and have both submitted articles for publication, with Yao as co-author on both. Physical Review Letters published a paper online earlier this month in which Yao detailed the process to create time crystals. There may be few uses for time crystals – Yao couldn’t immediately think of any – but their discovery is important as scientists begin exploring non-equilibrium matter, other phases of which could be useful, for example, in quantum computers. Via Phys.org and Popular Mechanics Images via Pixabay and Chris Monroe

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Report claims VW is spending $15.5B to build a giant battery factory

June 1, 2016 by  
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Volkswagen is reportedly preparing to make a major investment in electric car technology and hopefully buy some positive press as well. Less than a year after its enormous emissions scandal and the massive recall that followed, the German car company may spend up to $15.5 billion to build a manufacturing plant for electric car batteries . The move would support the company’s lofty goal to sell one million electric and hybrid vehicles annually by 2025. The massive battery factory isn’t a done deal, though. Financial Review, quoting a report in Germany’s Handelsblatt newspaper, reported that VW’s CEO Matthias Müller, who stepped into the role after former chief executive resigned amid last year’s scandal, will unveil plans at the company’s supervisory board meeting next month. A VW spokesperson wouldn’t confirm the report, calling it “speculation.” Related: Evidence suggests VW deliberately deceived US regulators in emissions scandal Industry experts agree that a giant battery manufacturing plant for the car company would make sense, considering VW’s aim to become a global leader in mass market electric cars. Building a battery factory seems like a natural progression in the company’s portfolio, building on previous investments the company has made to support electric vehicles, including $10 million in charging infrastructure  in the United States. VW has a long way to go to reach its goals, though, given that they sold just 67,000 electric vehicles last year around the world, most of which were hybrid models. Via GTM Images via Volkswagen

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

March 8, 2016 by  
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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho ‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes . Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space. Read the rest of BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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U.S. govt attempts to grab outer space mining rights despite international treaty

November 13, 2015 by  
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The United States Congress has claimed mining rights in outer space . In a rare act of bipartisan cooperation, the government is rapidly advancing a bill that would grant “space resource rights” for water and mineral deposits on other planets. The bill needs to pass another review in the House before it reaches the President’s desk. If it becomes law, it will set an historic precedent for space law that directly challenges an existing international treaty. Will the U.S. be allowed to grab outer space mining rights? Read the rest of U.S. govt attempts to grab outer space mining rights despite international treaty

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

November 8, 2015 by  
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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho ‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes . Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space. Read the rest of BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho ‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes . Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space. Read the rest of BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho’s 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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