Solar-powered ‘ecotopia’ proposed as alternative to Trump’s border wall

April 7, 2017 by  
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In response to Trump’s maddening determination to build a wall along the US and Mexico border , one group of fed-up designers has proposed an entire new territory, called Otra Nation , that would be open to citizens of both Mexico and the United States. The high-tech ecotopia designed by Made Collective (Mexican & American Designers & Engineers) is a new country that spans 1,200 miles across the border, powered by massive solar farms and connected with a hyperloop transportation system. The ambitious proposal is being called a “shared co-nation.” The territory would stretch for over 1,200 miles and encompass 12 miles on each side of the border, effectively joining Tijuana, El Paso, and San Diego. The land would be considered unincorporated territory, with an independent local government and non-voting representatives. Otra Nation residents would retain their natural-born citizenship, but would be granted a new ID microchip for identification purposes, giving them access to the independent health care and education systems . Related: Donald Trump would probably hate this crossable border wall The plan also depicts Otra Nation as a sustainable community , generating energy from 90,000 square kilometers of solar panels that would meet the demands of the new territory and then some. Watersheds and local ecosystems on both side of the current border would also be restored. Under the plan, an intercity hyperloop would be used for clean transportation. As far as the economic structure, companies built on “sharing principles” would be encouraged, but any company or service looking to “minimize human employment with autonomous vehicles and drone technologies” would be prohibited. According to Made Collective, the project would be focused on bringing communities together versus creating divisions, “The 19th century brought us boundaries, the 20th century we built walls, the next we will bridge nations by creating communities based on shared principles of economic resiliency, energy independence and a trust based social contract.” In an interview with The Verge , members from the Made Collection admit that, although they have formally applied for a US government contract, there’s little possibility that the US and Mexican governments will take their proposal seriously. Although, they are still holding out hope that their idea might make it to a popular referendum so that, as collective member Marina Muñoz puts it, “We can really make the complete American continent great again.” + Otra Nation Via The Verge Images via Otra Nation  

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North Carolina town rejects solar farm amidst fears it will “suck up all the sun”

December 15, 2015 by  
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Remember that Simpsons episode where Mr. Burns plans to block out the sun? It seems the citizens of a town in North Carolina have seen it a few too many times. A proposal to erect a solar farm in Woodland, North Carolina, has been quashed by the town council amidst fears the project would “suck up all the energy from the sun.” Read the rest of North Carolina town rejects solar farm amidst fears it will “suck up all the sun”

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Large-scale U.S. solar could get ugly, at least to some

October 13, 2015 by  
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Weaning the U.S. economy off fossil fuels will involve the wide deployment of utility-scale solar power. What to do about those who regard solar farms as blights on the landscape?

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VERGE Accelerate announces 12 finalists for fast-pitch competition

October 13, 2015 by  
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Startups show how tech provides sustainability solutions, from clean energy to sustainable agriculture.

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Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

January 2, 2015 by  
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While renewable energy has been getting more affordable for residential installations, that has not always been the case on a commercial scale. For years, the solar and wind industries were unable to produce and convert their power at a cost equal to coal and natural gas , according to the New York Times. Fortunately, the cost of providing renewably-generated electricity to consumers has dropped drastically over the last five years and now, in some markets, it is cheaper than coal or natural gas. Still, cost hasn’t been the only obstacle for renewable energy, but that could be changing. Read the rest of Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , alternative energy , cost of fossil fuel energy , cost of renewable energy , green energy , hydroelectric , new england renewable energy , renewable energy , renewable energy cost , renewable energy vs fossil fuel , solar farms , Solar Power , solar power vs fossil fuels , Wind Farms , wind vs fossil fuels

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Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses

June 23, 2014 by  
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A new trend is springing up across the country that’s making affordable solar energy increasingly available to the masses. Community solar gardens allow customers who aren’t able to establish their own solar power systems to buy into a solar array built elsewhere and get a credit on their electricity bill for the power produced by the panels. These arrangements that allow people to not only cut their power bills but also switch to more green energy first emerged in Colorado, but have since spread across the country – with laws allowing the projects to progress through legislatures in California, Minnesota and Washington D.C., and one on the books since 2008 in Massachusetts – where the trend is currently taking flight . Read the rest of Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , colorado , Colorado solar farms , communal solar energy , community , community solar gardens , garden , gardens , Massachusetts , New York. , power , solar , solar farms , Solar Power

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USDA Researchers Want Airports To Double as Renewable Energy Farms

May 4, 2012 by  
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At airports, the usable space is limited to a few areas: runways, terminals and storage facilities. Much of the rest of the land is left fallow, requiring maintenance from airport operators (mowing the grass, keeping wildlife from interfering with planes, etc). But what if that land could be used to generate energy? US Department of Agriculture researchers have been exploring alternative uses for unused airport land with the goal of reducing wildlife hazards, and in a new study they’ve shown that much of this land could be converted for solar, wind or biofuel production. Read the rest of USDA Researchers Want Airports To Double as Renewable Energy Farms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , airports , biofuels , Dr. Travis DeVault , National Wildlife Research Center , renewable energy , solar farms , Solar Power , switchgrass , US Department of Agriculture , usda , Wildlife , wind energy

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Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

May 4, 2012 by  
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Common Seahorse Image from Shutterstock The dwarf seahorse , native to shallow seagrass along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and areas of the Caribbean, looks set to placed on the endangered species list , in part due to the destruction of its natural habitat. The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a report backing a petition filed two years ago by the Center for Biological Diversity , which claims that the diminutive seahorse, the smallest in US waters, could soon become extinct due to a range of threats, from illegal fishing to bycatch mortality and habitat loss, the latter of which has accelerated with frequent oil spills (including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster ). Read the rest of Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: center for biological diversity , coastal erosion , dwarf seahorse , endangered species , florida keys , gulf oil , habitat loss , national marine fisheries service , oil industry , oil leaks , pygmy seahorse , seagrass canopies , threatened species , water pollution , wetlands destruction , wetlands loss , wetlands restoration

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100% Renewables by 2030: Ambitious Plan or Pipe Dream?

December 1, 2009 by  
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Photo: Creative Commons 3.8 Million Wind Turbines, 90,000 Solar Farms, $100 Trillion in Investments A recent study by Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, and Mark Delucchi, a research scientist at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, claims that the world could get to 100% renewables by 2030.

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Dubai Gets More Dubious

December 1, 2009 by  
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Some of the more apocalyptic websites I follow wrote headlines like Dubai Brings Down the World ; Others are a lot more sanguine. David Frum was never too impressed by the tall buildings, writing “Tower boasting especially reminded one of that old Soviet-era joke: “Our Russian computers are the biggest in the world!” When the world’s t…

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