Beautiful, odorless tabletop ecosystem is powered with food waste

September 1, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS57-hFcV8s According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is lost or wasted every year. This staggering amount of food waste and its negative effects on the environment provided the impetus for BIOVESSEL. Unlike most compost bins, this sculptural composter is beautiful and odorless thanks to its computer-generated design that optimizes airflow. The easy-to-use system uses 500 to 600 grams of composting worms within a mix of humus and sawdust soil to break down 500 grams to 1 kilogram of food waste per week. The BIOVESSEL was created with over 20 months of biological research and observation and comprises a white organically inspired vessel, an inner structure regulator, a perforated wooden top with three holes, and three perforated top caps. Aerodynamic studies informed the size and position of the three wood cap openings, which include the Food Waste Inlet Hole, the Observation Hole for monitoring soil moisture and pH levels, and the Organic Fertilizer Outlet Hole used for growing plants. Related: DIY: Backyard composter from a garbage can + what can be tossed into it “Our aim was to raise awareness of the issue of food waste and its disposal process,” says Brooklyn Chao, Founder of BIONICRAFT. “We tried to come up with a solution that can be managed in urban homes and creates a self sustainable ecosystem that reverses the vicious food waste cycle.” BIOVESSEL just launched on Kickstarter , where it can be purchased for an early bird price of $149. + BIOVESSEL Kickstarter Images via BIONICRAFT

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Check out the otherworldly transformation of a salt-covered dress left at the bottom of the Dead Sea

September 1, 2016 by  
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The Salt Bride dress is reminiscent of the ” traditional Hasidic garment ” worn by a character in the Yiddish play The Dybbuk . The play, penned by S. Ansky between 1913 and 1916, chronicles a bride possessed by evil who is exorcised. Landau’s art explores themes of death and change by focusing in on how the Dead Sea altered the dress’s appearance. Salt Bride is comprised of eight images shot during the dress’s transformation. Related: Petey Ulatan’s cubic landscapes reimagine the world full of sharp angles According to a statement from the Marlborough Contemporary, “Over time, the sea’s alchemy transforms the plain garment from a symbol associated with death and madness into the wedding dress it was always intended to be.” It’s not the first time Landau has worked with the Dead Sea as an essential part of her artwork. She has immersed other items in the sea and even created a floating art installation with watermelons in the sea. Landau said in a statement, “Over the years, I learnt more and more about this low and strange place. Still the magic is there waiting for us: new experiments, ideas, and understandings. It is like meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet. It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace; solid tears, like a white surrender to fire and water combined.” Salt Bride will be on display at the Marlborough Contemporary through September 3. + Sigalit Landau + Marlborough Contemporary Images courtesy of Sigalit Landau/Marlborough Contemporary, Matanya Tausig/Marlborough Contemporary, and Shaxaf Haber/Marlborough Contemporary

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Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage

September 3, 2014 by  
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Sweden now recycles or reuses an incredible 99 percent of its waste, an improvement on the already impressive 2012 figure of 96 percent. The country uses a waste management hierarchy system that focuses in descending order on prevention, reuse, recycling, recycling alternatives, and as a last resort, disposal in landfill . While only one percent of the average annual 461 kilograms of waste that each Swede produces winds up at the landfill stage, it is the “recycling alternatives” stage that is still causing controversy, as it involves the incineration of around two million tons of trash a year in the country’s Waste-to-energy (WTE) program . Read the rest of Sweden Now Recycles a Staggering 99 Percent of its Garbage Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: burning trash , emissions , incineration , landfill , landfill alternatives , recycling , Recycling initiatives , Sweden , Sweden inports trash to burn , Sweden recycles 99 percent of its garbage , Waste to Energy program

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8 Daily Challenges for Eco Road Warriors

September 3, 2014 by  
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Made in America: Staggering amounts of toxic chemicals

April 16, 2014 by  
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Billions of pounds of hazardous chemicals are made in America, yet unknown amounts more go unreported. The Environmental Defense Fund explains.

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California Energy Commission’s Robert Weisenmiller on the future

April 16, 2014 by  
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The chairman of California Energy Commission explains the future role of renewables in powering the Golden State.

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How She Leads: Lynelle Cameron, Autodesk Foundation

April 15, 2014 by  
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The Autodesk Foundation seeks to foster design that addresses some of the world's biggest challenges. Its director explains the opportunities.

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Photos Capture the Staggering Air Pollution Plaguing China

January 31, 2013 by  
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  Image: ©  John E. Williamson Just a couple days ago we reported on the incredible blanket of pollution overtaking the city of Beijing. The problem had been plaguing the city for more than two weeks , but over the last few days pollution levels have spiked, giving way to poor air readings 40 times recommended safety levels. Visibility in the area at one point was reduced to about 600 feet, with some areas experiencing visibility as low as 300 feet. The near emergency state has resulted in cancelled flights and forced much of Beijing’s population indoors as they’ve been advised to stay inside to avoid respiratory illness. To capture the dire scope of the current situation, The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor gathered a collection of incredible eye-opening photos  taken over the last weeks of this city shrouded by pollution. SEE ALL THE PHOTOS AT THE ATLANTIC > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air quality health , beijing air quality , carbon emissions , china pollution , environmental regulations , pm2.5 , pollution monitoring , respiatory disease , smog , World Health Organization

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Thames Eel Population Mysteriously Drops a Staggering 98% In 5 Years

January 25, 2010 by  
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Photo via Wikipedia creative commons Eels were among the first species to recolonize the Thames river after it was cleaned up in the 1960s and 70s. But scientists are sounding an alarm that the populations have crashed over the last five years, and they aren’t sure what the problem is. ..

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