Pitch in on National Public Lands Day, September 28

September 18, 2019 by  
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This year’s ozone hole could be the smallest it has been in 30 years

September 17, 2019 by  
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For decades, scientists have closely observed the ozone layer , which protects Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This year, just in time for World Ozone Day, the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) announced the state of the ozone hole — its size is the smallest it has been in the past 30 years. Ozone is created in our atmosphere when the sun’s high-energy UV rays rupture the stable covalent bonds of atmospheric oxygen (O2) molecules, transforming them into free radicals. Free radical oxygen atoms, being charged particles, readily react with other oxygen molecules to form ozone (O3). In nature, ozone molecules continually cycle so that they form and re-form at equilibrium. Related: The ozone is finally healing and could be completely repaired by 2060 However, the late 1970s saw scientific acknowledgment that pollutants from industrial and consumer emissions of chlorofluorocarbons ( CFCs ) prevent the normal balanced reformation of ozone, foreshadowing a weakened ozone layer. By 1985, the first recognized “ozone hole” — a patch of thin ozone layer in the upper atmosphere — was detected, alarming scientists and policy makers alike. Two years later, in August 1987, the Montreal Protocol , a landmark international agreement, banned production and use of ozone-depleting substances. A few weeks afterward, the United Nations designated September 16 as International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer — more commonly known as World Ozone Day — to spread awareness for stewardship of our planet’s fragile ozone layer. Since then, scientists and researchers, like those at CAMS and the intergovernmental World Meteorological Organization (WMO), have meticulously tracked the ozone hole. Daily readings are documented thanks to a worldwide cooperative network of stations. Interestingly, the WMO projected that a recovery of the ozone layer to pre-1970s levels might be foreseeable around the year 2060. But this year’s findings could alter those projections. The 2019 hole is appearing to be the smallest size it has been in the past three decades, and its behavior has been intriguing. A polar vortex in early September affected the hole’s opening, then displaced the hole so that it was off-center and “far from the pole.” “This year, we have seen that the ozone hole has been particularly unusual,” said Antje Innes, senior scientist at CAMS. “Although it started growing relatively early, at the beginning of September, a sudden warming of the stratosphere disturbed the cold polar vortex that gives rise to the ozone hole.” The deputy lead at CAMS, Richard Engelen, shared that the small size of this year’s ozone hole is encouraging, but there is still a need for further study. “Right now, I think we should view this as an interesting anomaly,” Engelen said. “We need to find out more about what caused it.” + CAMS Via BBC Image via CAMS

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Korvaa is the worlds first headphones grown from bio-based materials

May 31, 2019 by  
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Move over plastic and aluminum — the headphones of the future may be built from fungus and biosynthetic spider silk. Helsinki-based multidisciplinary design studio Aivan recently unveiled Korvaa, the world’s first headphones made exclusively from microbially grown materials. Created using synbio (short for “synthetic biology,” an interdisciplinary branch of biology and engineering), Korvaa is the first physical implementation of the technology and marks a potential shift away from a fossil fuel-based economy and toward a more sustainable, circular “bioeconomy.” Aivan designers created the Korvaa in collaboration with synbio scientists, industrial designers, artists and filmmakers. The team chose headphones as their first physical implementation of synbio technology because of its compact form and incorporation of different material properties, from hard surfaces to mesh fabric. The name Korvaa originates from Finnish, in which the noun “Korva” means ear and the verb “Korvaa” means to substitute, compensate or replace. ”We’re looking at these different materials and their properties, trying to figure out how to use them, and what to make out of them — as opposed to designing an item and then figuring out what materials we want to use,” said Aivan product designers Saku Sysiö and Thomas Tallqvist. “Process-wise, it’s almost like something out of the stone age. It sets this particular project apart from any other contemporary, wearable-tech project.” Related: These sustainable headphones debuted just in time for Earth Day Two versions of the Korvaa headsets have been created. Each headset consists of six microbe-grown components with different properties: enzymatically produced, lignin-free cellulose; 3D-printed biodegradable microbial bioplastic PLA for the rigid headset frame; a leather-like fungal mycelium for the soft foam material inside the headset; biosynthetic spider silk for the mesh-like material inside the earphone; a composite of fungal mycelium and bacteria cellulose; and protein foam with plant cellulose. The documentation of the processes for creating both headphones will be displayed at the Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale 2019 from now until September 19 as well as at Helsinki Design Week 2019 from September 5 to September 15. + Aivan Via Dezeen Images via Aivan

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Why so many businesses want to save Energy Star

May 8, 2017 by  
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The federal government’s marquee energy-efficiency program has enough funds to last through September. After that, its future is uncertain.

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Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Summit to gather corporate renewable energy leaders at VERGE 17

April 13, 2017 by  
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The 2017 Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) Summit will gather corporate buyers, service providers, developers, financiers, utilities and non-profit organizations in Santa Clara, CA, September 17-19, 2017, ahead of GreenBiz Group’s VERGE 17 conference and expo, to identify opportunities to accelerate corporate procurement of renewable energy.

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2014 is on Track to be the Hottest Year in Recorded History

October 20, 2014 by  
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It’s happened again: new data from both NASA and NOAA show that, for the 355th month in a row , September 2014 was hotter than the 20th Century average for the month. Moreover, since September 2014 is the warmest on record, chances are further increased that 2014 will eclipse 2010 as the hottest year in recorded history. Read the rest of 2014 is on Track to be the Hottest Year in Recorded History Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , El Niño , giss , global warming , hottest month , nasa , NCDC , NOAA , ocean temperatures , september , temperature records , warmest month

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LEGO to Release Star Wars Ewok Village in September

June 5, 2013 by  
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Warby Parker to Help Google Make “Glass” More Stylish

February 23, 2013 by  
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Google  is reportedly working with trendy eyeglass company  Warby Parker  to design “more-fashionable frames” for its  “Glass” headset , according to anonymous sources quoted by the  New York Times  this week. Warby Parker was founded two years ago, and the company made its mark by introducing a “one for one” business model (for every pair of frames purchased, Warby Parker donates another to someone in need). For its part, it looks like Google is aiming to make Glass a status accessory. The device made its  New York Fashion Week  debut in September when models wore colored versions at  Diane von Furstenberg’s runway show . READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: glasses , Google augmented reality glasses , Google Glass , Google Glass Project , Google technology , high-tech glasses , prototype device , warby parker

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Renewable Energy Finance Forum-West (REFF-West)

August 22, 2012 by  
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REFF-West returns to San Francisco on September 27-28 for its fifth edition. Join over 400 high-level attendees as we debate the latest trends in renewable energy financing and give you practical takeaway advice on how to move your projects forward.  

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National 9/11 Museum Will Not Open in 2012 Due to Financial Dispute

January 2, 2012 by  
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Last year thousands of people visited the National 9/11 Memorial as it opened in New York City, however it turns out that the accompanying 9/11 Museum will not be opening anytime soon due to a financial dispute between the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Both organizations refuse to pay for the site’s infrastructure costs – which amount to hundreds of millions of dollars – and as a result the museum designed by Snohetta is expected to miss its projected opening date of September 11, 2012. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 911 memorial , mayor bloomberg , Memorial Museum Foundation debate , National September 11 Memorial & Museum , Port Authority of New York and New Jersey , snohetta , subterranean museum

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