A layer of vegetation wraps around this tower in Adu Dhabi

August 19, 2016 by  
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Extended green verandas stagger in a helical pattern along the exterior of this  residential tower designed by London-based architecture firm Studio Prescient . Thanks to the lush gardens outside, each apartment enjoys a strong connection with nature, water and air, while boasting breathtaking views of the surroundings. The 45-floor tower, designed for Abu Dhabi, features spacious garden apartments that start from the fifth floor up. The organizational approach allowed the architects to free up a significant percentage of the volume for various services and amenities, including a clubhouse and swimming pool. The top five floors also accommodate services and recreational spaces , offering stunning views of the surroundings. Related: Singapore’s Ecological EDITT Tower “The architectural design has sought inspiration from the first principles of life and their correlation with habitats to arrive at the design for this new paradigm in vertical living in consonance with nature,” explained the architects. + Studio Prescient

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Seven coolest uses of photovoltaic panels

October 11, 2011 by  
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Ankit Dahiya: Uses of photovoltaic panels Coolest uses of photovoltaic panels Introduction The solar voltaic cells are one of the widely used source to produce energy. The energy produced using these photovoltaic cells is completely an eco-friendly energy and has become so popular that every people wants to try their hands on it. This way of producing energy is one of the simplest and easiest ways as you just need a few array of cells to start producing energy. These solar panels are widely used these days to produce energy in some or other way. Here is a list of seven coolest uses of photovoltaic panels that are being used by people across the globe. 1. Solar trash cans Solar trash cans The solar trash can is an idle way of using the solar energy The solar trash can is an idle way of using the solar energy. These trash cans are specially designed in various cities across the globe to reduce the effective impact of trash on the environment and the surroundings. These trash cans are becoming popular as they are solar-energy powered and are provided with more space to store more trash which in turn reduces the emissions and the fuel consumption by a rapid rate of up to 80%. 2. Solar intersections Solar intersections The art is another form of using the photovoltaic cells to generate optimum amount of energy The art is another form of using the photovoltaic cells to generate optimum amount of energy. The art these days is not only to enjoy but also to take a step towards a green and clean environment. These cool site-specific art designs are creatively made keeping in mind the impact of sun’s energy and the ways it can be effectively used to overcome the green house effect and other big problems. 3. Solar crane at Coachella Solar crane at Coachella This solar crane is really awesome and the look it delivers at night time is marvelous This solar crane is really awesome and the look it delivers at night time is marvelous. This is a huge oversized origami installation at Coachella. This was launched at a festive season and it is placed at the entrance to welcome the crowd. This is powered with thousands of LED lights that glow during the night and gives a feel of liveliness. This masterpiece is a living art that conveys a social message of saving energy in some way. 4. Solar pyramids Solar pyramids Solar pyramids are one of the most used methods of generating eco-friendly energy without affecting the surroundings and the environment Solar pyramids are one of the most used methods of generating eco-friendly energy without affecting the surroundings and the environment. This structure of pyramid allows utilizing the maximum of the solar energy and helps in producing large amount of green energy which can be used effectively as an alternative source to a green world. This design has received awards for its unique design and is placed at Abu Dhabi. 5. Solar paint Solar paint Solar Paint is the next thing that can be used as a source of saving our environment Paint is the next thing that can be used as a source of saving our environment. The paint usually contains toxic elements that tend to pollute our surrounding and effects people to a large extent. The solar paint is a best alternative and this paint is a mixture of photovoltaic panels which can be used to paint any surface to create set of cheap and very efficient solar cells. There are further researches being done on this unique way of renewable source of energy and we expect it to be an awesome real concept soon into the market. 6. Solar powered plane Solar powered plane The planes are the next big thing that can be used to generate energy effectively The planes are the next big thing that can be used to generate energy effectively. The sky is the limit for this solar technology. Usually planes consumes plenty of fuel which in turn produces smoke that effects the surrounding. This solar plane is being made keeping in mind the green future and this unique way is highly appreciated. This solar plane can do wonders as it runs on solar energy powered solar cells which reduce the carbon impact on nature. Moreover, these solar energy powered plane can be easily operated and needs the basic installment just like a normal plane. This solar impulse plane is made using 12,000 solar panels which will allow it to run day and night continuously without any problem. 7. Flower power Flower power These solar-powered flowers consume the solar energy and convert it into electrical energy by using photovoltaic cells Flowers have their own magical power. Be it a normal flower which add to the beauty of nature and helps in its shining or the solar powered flowers that acts as an alternate way of producing green energy. One such flower is made completely out of solar photovoltaic cells that not only looks stunning but also generates an awesome amount of energy which can be utilized effectively for some useful purpose. These solar-powered flowers consume the solar energy and convert it into electrical energy by using photovoltaic cells. They too work as natural flowers and provide shade and shelter for various organisms. This concept is really cool and should be followed everywhere.

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Five things to know about biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil

October 4, 2011 by  
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Ravi Kumar: Biodiesel Things to know about biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil Unbelievable but true! One liter of waste cooking oil can contaminate as much as one million liter of water. So, to reduce this fear and to use the cooking oil to the fullest, it can now be recycled and used to produce soap and biodiesel. Once we pour the oil in our vessel, the trash is subjected to throw either in dustbins or drain. But nobody knows this is not only clogging the sewerage and creating wreck havoc on local drains but also affecting wildlife some other way. If you are willing to know about recycling of cooking oil please continue reading this article. In Kilmarnock, Scotland and some other countries, the government has taken a good unique initiative wherein you can now pay for your bus fare by taking used oil to a recycling plant. This will not only help the denizens to play vital role in environment conservation but also keeps encouraging the proper recycling process. 1. How it works According to chemical scientists, “Cooking oil is purified fat of plant origin. It is usually found in liquid form at room temperature.” Proper disposal of used cooking oil is an important waste management concern. It hinders the oxygenation of water as oil is always lighter than water tends to spread into thin and broad membranes. 2. Recycling or Transesterification The chemical process under which cooking oil and kitchen grease goes for recycling is called Transesterification. Later it is converted into biodiesel. It is suggested to not to straight pour cooking oil into gas tank. Scientists have also been doing a lot of research to create some filters to control its evil effects. 3. Choose not to dump in sink Cooking oil should never be dumped into kitchen sink or in toilet bowl. The proper way to dispose of oil is to put it in a sealed non recyclable contained and discard it with regular garbage. Placing the container of oil in the refrigerator to harden also makes disposal easier and less messy. 4. Plumbing clogs sewer First and foremost reason for stooped up sewer pipes is excessive release of cooking oil and kitchen grease. Grease sticks to pipes and it badly chokes the sewerage and disrupted proper sewage flow. One should always keep in mind that it is not a temporary clogging but it is also somewhere affecting our ecology. 5. Can’t mix with motor oil It seems when oil is recycled, be it cooking oil or motor oil, it can be mixed further. But, it is not more than a misconception. You can recycle them separately but never mix recycled cooking oil and motor oil. They are different in nature and substances go through different recycling process and important thing is you will be disabled to extract them again. Use cold water Sometimes it becomes very difficult the kitchen grease to go down the drain. If it is small in amount or little more than that one should immediately shower cold water on it so that it solidifies and the possibilities of sticking in the pipeline decreases. Or else it can cause water contamination and obstruct smooth flow. Drop off points Some specific drop off points to dump cooking oil waste should be made at different points to avoid its disadvantages. Private agencies and some local communities should seriously think over recycling of cooking oil as how it can be provoked. Place it in front position and label it so that everyone can easily access it at home. Key points: Cooking oil may produce biodiesel if not disposed properly. As far as a lay man knows the cooking oil is used in the kitchen to cook the food, and if dieticians are to be believed, the cooking oil and grease harm one’s health too. But, don’t get surprised to know that improper disposal of the fats from our cooking oil can degrade our environment also. If you are somewhere damaging environment or causing ecological imbalance, it amounts to felony of different acts of environment protection and wildlife conservation. To safeguard our surroundings, there are various acts which have been made across most of the countries. Some of those common in almost many countries are: Environment Protection Act Water Prevention and Control of Pollution Act Air Prevention and Control of Pollution Act Wild Life Act Forest Conservation Act

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Five industries that will suffer the most from global warming

October 4, 2011 by  
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Abhinav Shrivastava: Global Warming Water, water everywhere. Global Warming can be described as the continuous increase in the temperature of the Earth and its water bodies. Humans have polluted the environment by means of deforestation and burning of fossil fuels, thereby increasing the concentration of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Global warming would lead to extreme weather and environmental conditions such as earthquakes, drought, tsunamis and floods which would affect mankind in every possible way. People are physically as well as economically suffering from this, with many industries becoming its prey quite rapidly. Some of the industries which are being drastically affected by Global Warming are… 1. Fishing Fishing Industry Rising sea levels mean that livelihoods dependent on the sea will be the worst hit. Oceans play an important role in controlling the global carbon cycle. The oceans have removed about 25% of the carbon content emitted by the humans and almost half of the anthropogenic carbon dioxide released during the starting of the industrial revolution. But now with the increase in carbon emissions the absorbing capacity of the water bodies are getting weaker, which in a drastic way has affected the fishing industry. With water becoming warmer, the fresh water fish and corals are disappearing in an alarming rate. Its has become very difficult for marine organisms like oysters and shrimps to undergo the process of calcification i.e. forming their shells. The fishes have gradually started moving northwards. The change in the patterns of rainfall and the scarcity of water in lakes has drastically affected the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture. 2. Forestry Forestry The negative effects on forestry and lumbering are not determined yet in their nature and extent. As the forestry industry comprises of both natural and managed systems it’s very hard to state with utmost precision, the effect of climatic change on it. We can only draw conclusions from historical observation, modeling results and experimental models for the time being. The trees species are expected to move to higher altitudes or northward thereby increasing productivity in the North. The concept of “carbon fertilization” shows us that the additional carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has a positive effect on plants. More consumption of carbon dioxide would lead to the production and existence of healthier trees. This, in turn would benefit the timber industry. This would lead to more production and lower price but in another sense, it is hazardous. As the prices would fall people would tend to buy more timber, thereby leading to more deforestation. Moreover, due to global warming, forest fires, storms and pest attacks would became very common leading to the destruction of the forest ecosystem. Global warming and climate change are fallouts of deforestation and thus we see that global warming and deforestation set up a vicious cycle. 3. Wine Wine industry Global warming would give positive effects in the short run but rising temperatures will untimately ruin commercial wine-making. California, France and Spain are the world’s best wine hubs as wine thrives in Mediterranean climate. Now the estimations state that due to global warming, the area suitable for wineries would decrease to half and places like England would become the new heaven for wine making as they would have the perfect temperature for growing it. Though rise in temperature also helps in producing better quality vintage wines, it’s very hard for grapes to grow in the heat. Increase in temperature, low water availability and pest attacks can reduce wine production and the overall quality of wine. 4. Insurance Insurance Industry Future uninsured. Insurance companies have much to fear from global warming. With the rapid change in the climate, the number and extent of natural disasters such as such as earthquakes, floods, drought, hurricanes and tsunamis would increase. It clearly means that insurance companies would have to keep paying more compensation, which in turn, means a complete loss to these companies. Many of these insurance companies have come forward to provide incentives to fight global warming, thereby trying to reduce the dangers of climatic changes on them. 5. Meat Meat Industry Adverse effects on the future. The meat industry is going to suffer highly due to global warming. This industry is responsible for the emission of 18% of greenhouse gases. Moreover, transportation of either the food for the cattle or animal itself causes pollution. Hence, the government is looking for ways to reduce pollution, which would ultimately lead to less consumption of meat, thereby causing loss to this industry.

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Deadly Hide and Seek: 17 Examples of Nature’s Best Camouflage

December 23, 2010 by  
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[ By Marc in Animals & Habitats , Nature & Ecosystems . ] Like something seen out of the corner of your eye, or a trick of the shadows, it can be startling when something doesn’t appear as you thought it did

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Hyundai’s Kitchen Nano Garden uses hydroponic technique to grow food

July 3, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor : Kitchen vegetable garden grows food without using harmful fertilizers and pesticides. Gardening is pure fun

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Electric engine powered VW Terrafine concept is a green offroader

July 3, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor : Green car powered by electric engine. Electric cars concepts are probably deriving too much from nature. First look and this one looks as creepy as a grasshopper.

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