Montana judge stops massive coal mine expansion, citing climate impact

August 16, 2017 by  
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In another strike against coal, a federal judge just shut down plans for a large coal mine expansion in Montana, saying US officials had exaggerated the economic benefits of the mine while downplaying the impact it would have on the environment. Signal Peak Energy wanted to expand the Bull Mountain coal mine by 11 square miles and 176 million tons, claiming it would create jobs and generate tax revenue, all while not having any new impact on climate change . U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy blocked the proposal, ruling that approving such a request should take into consideration not just the environmental effects of the mine, but shipping the fuel to Asia and the carbon cost for climate chang e of burning that fuel. The ruling has its roots in a lawsuit filed in 2015 by the Sierra Club, Montana Elders for a Livable tomorrow and the Montana Environmental Information Center, in which the groups stated that the government has not considered the effects of mining once it leaves the mountain. Related: Global coal production falls 6.2% in the biggest decline in history Mine owners argued the expansion would add $24 million in tax revenue and that there would be no additional impact to the environment, since customers could simply go elsewhere for more coal anyway. “This conclusion is illogical, and places the (Interior Department’s) thumb on the scale by inflating the benefits of the action while minimizing its impacts,” wrote Judge Molloy. Similar rulings in Colorado and Montana have been made in the past, but in those cases, mines were eventually allowed to expand after further environmental review. Via the Associated Press Images via Signal Peak Energy and Deposit Photos

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Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

August 19, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 Arts Grants Program , airborne , Art , australia , Cit of Melbourne , eco-art , Environment , green art , Les Erdi Plaza , Lloyd Godman , Melbourne , Recycled Materials , rotating gardens , SIGNAL , spinning gardens , sustainable art , Sustainable Living Festival , world’s first rotating air gardens        

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New App Can Tell Your City’s Temperature by Gathering Data From Smartphone Batteries

August 15, 2013 by  
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When the developers of the popular OpenSignal Android app analyzed some of the data they’d gathered from their users, they were in for a surprise. They realized that the temperature sensors meant to keep the phones’ batteries from overheating could be used to predict the weather outside. The app doesn’t work on an individual level, instead it gathers data from a large number of users to estimate daily temperatures within 1.5 degrees Celsius. Read the rest of New App Can Tell Your City’s Temperature by Gathering Data From Smartphone Batteries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: android app , crowdsourced weather predictions , temperature sensors , weather app , weather forecast , weather signal        

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Nube` Hammock Shelter Provides a “Cloud of Protection” For Adventurous Campers

August 15, 2013 by  
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The Nube` camping hammock – the flagship project of outdoor equipment manufacturer Sierra Madre Research – could be one of the most versatile tents out there. Able to suspend the user above the ground, the hammock not only sheds water, but is wind resistant and shields against insects. Through their recently launched Kickstarter campaign , the company is seeking to develop the patent-pending design and begin commercial production of the Nube`. Read the rest of Nube` Hammock Shelter Provides a “Cloud of Protection” For Adventurous Campers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: camping equipment , camping gear , Camping hammocks , camping tents , fiber materials , great outdoors , green camping equipment , green technology , high-tech materials , Nube` Hammock , outdoor gear’ , rain retention system , Sierra Madre Research        

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Airborne: World’s First Rotating Air Gardens Debut in Melbourne

February 11, 2013 by  
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Smartphone application can save your money by increasing your car’s fuel efficiency

August 30, 2011 by  
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B Phanindra Kumar: Smartphone Increasing fuel efficiency Smartphones that have attracted the people are now going to benefit the mankind by preserving the environment besides saving the money by increasing car’s fuel efficiency. Are you wondering as to how phones are going to protect the environment? In July, 2011 a few researchers from MIT and Princeton University have come up with this mobile application that is worth hailing. According to the proposed system, the use of smart phones will save the environment as they are going to reduce the fuel consumption of the cars and other vehicles by nearly 20 per cent. This innovative mobile application helps the car driver fix brackets on the dashboards of their cars. It is in the dashboard that a driver will have to fix the smartphone. A person can use the smartphone as his navigation by just installing a mobile application. Besides navigation, a driver can get the useful information such as free parking space, bus numbers plying in that area and the number of the filling stations in the area along with the prices per liter. Though people are familiar with the navigation system, they are not aware of the feature– photo capture of the traffic signals from a distance. With the help of this unique feature, one can know if there’s a red light from a distance. This will allow the car driver to slow down the speed of the vehicle eventually. When a person slows down the speed of the car, he would not have the need to stop at the signal as the signal is likely to turn to green when the car slowly reaches the junction. Each time a person halts a car and restarts it, his car would be emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide and other gases. Since this application alarms the driver to slow down the car, he will have the chance to avoid stopping the car at the signals. This way the new application would be very beneficial to the environment. Apart from alarming the driver to slow down the car, the application also asks the driver to increase the car speed if it detects that there’s a green signal ahead. This is something awesome and that’s the reason why the researchers won the award for the application. Now, one is not sure as to when this application would come into reality. Even if it comes to reality, will the governments make the application mandatory in order to protect the environment is a million dollar question. Source: MIT

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SKEV 1: First Indonesian electric vehicle generates 156hp

August 13, 2011 by  
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Romana Alam: SKEV 1 Electric Car The SKEV 1 is much in line with the electric vehicle propaganda. With increasing number of electric vehicles adorning the industry, the makers seem to contribute their bit in being environment friendly. These vehicles are not only low on emission, but also more reliable and cost effective. The replacement of conventional fuel with the other alternative sources of energy is the need of the hour with the fast depleting energy resources of our planet. Picture Gallery SKEV 1 Electric Car SKEV 1 is the first electric cars made ??in Indonesia SKEV 1, short for Signal Custom Electric Vehicle 1, is an updated version of Honda Genio (1992). Its attractive features profoundly fascinated the jury of “Autoblackthrough Final Battle 2010” who readily gave it the title of “The Champion of Autoblackthrough”. The Honda Genio had been productively tailored into an electric car with combined efforts of its makers. It endorses the electric motor of Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the body is from Signal Kustom. The nano technology enabled lithium battery runs the electric motor of the car. According to Abdul Hapid, one of the LIPI team members, “The advantages of this battery charging speed (charge) only takes an hour, while for the battery at least litesit took six hours to ten hours for a one-time charge.“ In the words of Andre Mulyadi, builder of the Signal, Bandung, ‘LIPI only concentrates on technology and less on design concepts. So we refine the concept of a more futuristic designs The SKEV 1 comes with easy charging. A complete charge can run the car for about 160-200 km. The transmission system, however, remains the original Honda Genio one. It can potentially generate a power of 156hp. There is an indicator to display the distance which can be traversed with the remaining battery charge. This ensures that you need not run out of charge at any point of time because you can reach a charging station just on time (or before). The ‘Regenerative Braking’ allows the car to automatically charge its battery. This electric car has several significant features like spy glass, display of battery voltage, GPS enabled equipments and many more which make it user friendly. The SKEV 1 frame is made of metal. Hood and fenders have been made out of carved metal. The car measures 390.5 cm X 260 cm (length X width). It has been given a new chassis cradle. It has double adjustable coil which ensures adequate shock absorption. The head cover has been backed for adequate safety of the driver. The SKEV 1 was designed in about 8 months with an investment of approximately $150,000. It is supposed to be a mascot for its makers – LIPI, Autovision, Alpine, and Signal. The salient features of SKEV 1 have taken a lead over some of the familiar designs like those from the Toyota and Renault 18 TL A. Via: Kaskus

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Hundreds of Indian Workers Trafficked to the U.S. for Defense Subcontractor Signal International

February 4, 2011 by  
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Image: Signal International After Hurricane Katrina, Signal International lost a lot of its workforce. To fill in the newly missing spots, it had a recruiter to import workers from India: workers who were told they’d come to America for a great job and be given permanent residency for themselves and their families—in exchange for a $20,000 recruitment fee to cover travel costs, visa, etc. That was how about 500 workers made their way (though the amount of the fee varied) to the U.S.

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