Global warming is uncovering toxic pollutants from an abandoned Arctic military base

August 8, 2016 by  
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A decommissioned U.S. military base encased in the Greenland Ice Sheet since the 1960s is slowly being unearthed by Earth’s rising temperatures, along with the toxic waste stored inside. Snowfall is not able to keep up with melting ice on top of the Cold War-era base, which could mean the underground pollutants could enter marine ecosystems by the end of the century. Camp Century was built in 1959 to study construction methods in harsh, wintry conditions, but also with the intent of being a within-reach nuclear launch site against the Soviet Union. Even though the latter never panned out, the “city under the ice” was still powered by a nuclear reactor and currently houses thousands of liters of toxic waste. Related: Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought A study published in Geophysical Research Letters determined that the snowfall covering the area may not be able to keep up with the rate of melting ice . By 2090 the rates could reverse, meaning, “it’s only a matter of time before the wastes melt out; it becomes irreversible,” stated study author and climate scientist at Toronto’s York University William Colgan. Even though the nuclear reaction chamber was removed when Camp Century was decommissioned in 1967, an estimated 53,000 gallons of diesel fuel, 63,400 gallons of waste water (including radioactive coolant), and an infrastructure containing toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) remains. Unfortunately, a clean-up initiative would be too costly to undergo until a significant amount of the ice melts. This gives the U.S. and Greenland time to figure out who is responsible for the job. Via New Atlas Images via  Flickr , Wikimedia

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Old Soviet-bloc factory relics are salvaged and reworked into unique vintage lights

December 8, 2015 by  
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This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its laser-like sun beam

March 25, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its laser-like sun beam Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , Dmitry Chistoprudov , Nikolay Rykov , S.A. Asimov , solar furnace , Solar oven , soviet union , Sun research complex , thermal energy , Uzbekistan , Vostok

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

March 25, 2015 by  
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Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park ? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs , to edible flowers , brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads . We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard! You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App , now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems. Read the rest of 6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aromatic herbs , black walnut , common weeds , DIY tea , edible flowers , epazote , field garlic , forage brooklyn , foraging , foraging nyc , ginko biloba , goutweed , herb foraging , medicinal plants , prospect park , sassafras , urban foraging , wild foraging , wild herbs , wildman steve brill

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