Orange snow covers the mountains across Eastern Europe

March 26, 2018 by  
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The mountains of Russia , Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine have been splashed with color, as the region’s snow has taken on an unusual orange hue. Although the snow may look more like orange sherbet, observers are advised to not eat it. The strange color has been added to the snow by way of the Sahara Desert. While the mountains may present an otherworldly aesthetic, the phenomenon is actually quite normal and occurs every five years, according to meteorologists. Sand turned up by storms in the Sahara Desert flows north and mixes with snow and rain, turning the subsequent precipitation orange. The orange tint has not been confined to the mountains. On its way towards the high-altitude locations of Eastern Europe, the orange dust passed through the Mediterranean, where it added an orange filter to the air in places like the Greek island of Crete. While this is not the first instance in which Saharan sand has affected European weather, it is one of the most intense examples of the phenomenon. The displaced dust can even be seen from space, appearing as a narrow brown streak amidst the usual white and grey clouds. Related: This is one of the hottest places on Earth – and it just snowed there “Looking at satellite imagery from [NASA], it shows a lot of sand and dust in the atmosphere drifting across the Mediterranean,” Steven Keates, a meteorologist with the U.K.’s National Weather Service, told the Washington Post . “When it rains or snows, it drags down whatever is up there, if there is sand in the atmosphere.” Previous incidents involving orange-tinted, dust-induced weird weather in Europe include a 2016 event in which northwest Europe experienced an orange sky. Visible in London, the phenomenon was exacerbated by wildfires raging in Spain and Portugal at the time. Now, those fortunate enough to be in the mountains can enjoy the emulated experience of “skiing on Mars.” Via Washington Post Images via  margarita_alshina/Instagram and  slivi4/Instagram

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How to set sustainability goals amidst change

October 22, 2015 by  
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Sponsored story: In setting and striving towards sustainability goals, 2020 has become a line in the sand.

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Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

March 1, 2015 by  
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It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt – however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow building blocks instead! Her award-winning company Biomason recently received 500,000 EUR (about $560,000 USD) from the 2013 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge to continue the groundbreaking work of producing bricks from sand and bacteria. Read the rest of Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 postcode lottery green challenge , bacteria , biobrick , biomason , brick , building infrastructure , carbon dioxide , climate war room , CO2 emissions , ginger krieg dosier , greenhouse gas emissions , Metropolis Magazine , sand , uae , US

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UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee

April 2, 2014 by  
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Edinburgh College of Art student Peter Trimble has built a ready-made machine for making compostable furniture. Called Dupe, the machine converts sand, urine and bacteria into a new biomaterial similar to concrete. Trimble’s Dupe stools are surprisingly sturdy, and at the end of their lifetime they can be broken up and used as a fertilizer. Read the rest of UK Student Builds Surprisingly Sturdy Stools With Bacteria, Sand and Pee Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “green furniture” , Bacteria and Pee , concrete-like compostable stool , green materials , new biomaterial , Pee Power , Peter Trimble , sand , UK student        

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HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand

September 24, 2013 by  
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A startling amount of food gets wasted by households every year; more than restaurants, grocery stores , and farms combined. Many people are doing their best to be more diligent about their own household waste, and that includes finding new, smart ways to store groceries so they don’t spoil. Using sand to preserve food isn’t a new method by any means, but it’s certainly effective, and can be used a few different ways to extend the shelf life of root veggies and certain firm-fleshed fruit . Read the rest of HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apples , artichokes , asparagus , beets , carrots , cold cellar , fridge , parsnips , refrigerator , root cellar , root vegetables , root veggies , roots , sand , sand drawers , sand storage , turnips        

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China to Become World’s Largest Market for Processed Food by 2015

September 24, 2013 by  
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The Western McDiet is taking over China , one sugary snack at a time. Demand for on-the-go, pre-packaged food has skyrocketed as Chinese taste buds turn away from the Chinese staples of rice and vegetables and towards higher-calorie Western snack foods. According to Euromonitor International , the Chinese market for preservative-laden processed foods is set to eclipse American demand by 2015 – and the trend has disturbing implications for the nation’s health. Read the rest of China to Become World’s Largest Market for Processed Food by 2015 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , chinese diet , diabetes epidemic , euromonitor international , junk food , obesity epidemic , packaged foods , western diet , western food        

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South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand

August 26, 2013 by  
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  Image via Shutterstock. If you were to guess what feature South Florida was desperately lacking, sand would probably not be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, the coastline is suffering from a shortage due to storm erosion, rising sea levels, and man-made jetties. As The New York Times reports , Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties have all been dredging off shore for years in order to replenish their beaches. Now engineers are finding that there is nothing left to source. Read the rest of South Florida Beaches are Running Out of Sand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Army Corps of Engineers , broward , carribean , central florida , crushed recycled bottles , erosion , jason harrah , man-made jetties , miami-dade , palm beach , sand , sand drredging , south florida , south florida beaches , The New York Times        

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A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum

January 17, 2013 by  
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When there is an earthquake , we may feel as though the world has been thrown into a state of chaos. Yet even the most violent of shifts in the earth’s crust have a sort of rhythm and order. On February 28, 2001 a magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit near Olympia, Washington. Thirty miles under the surface, the tremors shook the ground for nearly half a minute. It also had a strange and beautiful effect upon a small, sand-tracing pendulum in a shop in Port Townsend. Traced into the sand was an oddly beautiful pattern resembling a rose. Read the rest of A Beautiful and Mysterious Rose Created by an Earthquake and a Pendulum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , earthquake , eye , geologist , norman macleod , olympia , pattern , pendulum , port townsend , rose , sand , seismologist , washington

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Fishing Practices to Blame for Destruction of Madacascar’s Grand Toliara Reef

January 17, 2013 by  
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Climate change has led to the deterioration of the world’s coral reefs , but the decline of Madagascar’s Grand Recif of Toliara  was brought about by old-fashioned trampling. An influx of seaside dwellers and fishermen over the past few years has disrupted the coral reef’s fragile ecosystem, uprooting marine plants and destroying organisms. In just forty years, population growth along the shoreline has caused damage that can only be reversed if the locals are willing to change the way they live and fish. Toliara Beach, Madagascar Off the southwest coast of Madagascar, the Grand Recif of Toliara was one of the most important biodiversity systems in the 1970s in the Indian Ocean region. Boasting over 6,000 thriving species, it was one of the most flourishing reefs in the world. Stretching almost twelve miles along the coast, it was first met with decline due to climate change—a one degree rise in temperature and less rainfall disrupted its homeostasis. But the problems were worsened when the area inland started having climate related problems. Widespread deforestation pushed locals out of areas, as well as the soil becoming infertile. Coupled with a dryer climate, the former farmers of the area surrounding the reef fled to the sea, seeking a new place to call home and to make a living. Many transitioned into the fishing industry, using everything from sophisticated commercial systems to hands on mosquito nets and rod fishing. The influx of the fishing industry has quickly damaged the reef. The widespread nets capture sea creatures, disturb grasses and aggravate the ecosystem. Machinery and fishermen’s day to day practices break up the coral, destroying the creatures beneath them. Experts now fear that the reef system is in serious danger, and are looking to the locals to take the matters into their own hands, but changing their methods of fishing in order to preserve their livelihood of the future. Via Phys Org

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Radiation from Fukushima Disaster Found in California Kelp

April 10, 2012 by  
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Kelp Leaves photo from Shutterstock Ghost ships aren’t the only remnants of Japan’s March 2011 tsunami that are washing up on the shores of North America. Cal State Long Beach marine biologists studying kelp beds along the California coast have collected samples of radioactive iodine that spread to the US from the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant last year. The highest concentration contained 250 times more radioactivity than levels before the accident. Read the rest of Radiation from Fukushima Disaster Found in California Kelp Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: algae , beach , California , fukushima daiichi , Japan , Kelp , long beach , nuclear disaster , nuclear meltdown , nuclear power , orange county , pacific ocean , sand , Santa Cruz , Seaweed , tsunami

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