Etsy hacked an app to track waste — one you can use, too

April 13, 2017 by  
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The only publicly tech company to be certified under the Living Building Challenge is open-sourcing the system it uses to measure what’s leaving its offices.

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3 ways to embed sustainability in public-private partnerships

April 13, 2017 by  
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Sustainability considerations should be prominent in the design, development and operational phases of the PPP process.

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Bipartisan group of former federal CSOs has some advice for President Trump

April 13, 2017 by  
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With the fate of federal sustainability initiatives up in the air, former advisers to Presidents Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama offer their perspective on why the new administration should build on decades of progress.

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Tiny power plant sucks CO2 from the air and turns it into fuel

November 11, 2016 by  
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Ineratec , an offshoot of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), has devised a creative solution to the excess carbon dioxide (CO2) soaking the atmosphere. The company developed a small power plant that sucks CO2 out of the air and turns it into fuel . Researchers aim to switch on a pilot plant, called the Soletair Project, at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland later this year. Ineratec’s mini power plant is so small it can fit inside a shipping container . KIT says there are three parts to the system: a microstructured reactor, a direct air capture unit created by VIT, and an electrolysis unit which runs on solar power created by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). The direct air capture unit extracts CO2 out of the air and then the reactor converts the CO2 and regenerative hydrogen via the electrolysis unit into fuel. The Ineratec founders say the system can produce gasoline, kerosene, or diesel. Related: Cutting-edge MIT research converts carbon emissions into usable liquid fuel Ineratec founder Tim Böltken told New Atlas, “We supply an entirely new, modular technology that is a real alternative to the costly large chemical facilities used for the conventional gas-to-liquid process.” Böltken said there are many other possible applications for the plant, including gathering fuel from sewage treatment facilities. He also suggested organic farmers might be able to use the system to generate energy. VTT Principal Scientist Pekka Simell said in a statement , “The project will produce expertise for enterprises in various fields, and it will result in a multidisciplinary industrial integration that no one company can achieve on its own.” VTT and LUT will build a demonstration plant set to being operating this year, and in 2017 LUT plans to continue testing. According to KIT, Ineratec is planning to commercialize the compact plant, which could hit the market in 2018. Via New Atlas Images via Ineratec and KIT

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INTERVIEW: Paul Beckwith on the jetstream crossing and global climate emergency

August 16, 2016 by  
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Climate system scientist Paul Beckwith  recently set off a media firestorm after posting a video of the jet stream in the Northern Hemisphere crossing the equator and mixing with the jet stream in the Southern Hemisphere. Originally calling the event unprecedented , Beckwith later modified the word with a question mark in the YouTube title and on his website. He also wrote that “we must declare a global climate emergency.”  The Washington Post took the pre-question mark assertion and published a scathing rebuke , including comments from climate scientists pushing back hard on Beckwith’s original assertion. Later, the Post published Beckwith’s response to the criticism. We wanted to delve deeper in the controversy, so Inhabitat got on the phone with Beckwith, who is based in Canada as a part time professor at the University of Ottawa – read on for our interview.

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Getting chemicals out of health care settings, with a little help

April 1, 2016 by  
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Dignity Health, Beaumont Health System and Spectrum Health are three companies that have seen benefits from taking up a challenge to reduce chemicals in their health care settings.

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New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun

September 26, 2014 by  
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Hang on to your chair and prepare to have your mind blown. That water in the glass bottle on your desk is old, and I mean unfathomably ancient – even older than the Sun, according to new research. Motherboard reports that scientists have known for some time that the water on Earth is really old , but new research recently published in the journal Science shows that it’s even older than previously thought, and actually predates the formation of our solar system. The news increases the chances that water is present on other planets, along with other forms of life. Read the rest of New Research Shows the Earth’s Water is Older Than the Sun Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: deuterium , disk , earth , earth’s water is older than the sun , formation , heavy , heavy water , ice , interstellar , old water , older , protoplanetary , solar , system , than , water is older than the sun , water issues

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A Tiny Timber Box in a Tiny Urban Flat Makes Room for a Couple’s First Child

September 26, 2014 by  
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Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System

August 27, 2014 by  
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An earthquake early warning system for California was finalized two years ago and passed into law last year, but it has not yet been implemented pending funding. Given that estimates of the cost of last weekend’s Napa Valley quake are reaching $1 billion, why has the system not been implemented when the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates early warning coverage for California , Washington and Oregon would cost a comparably cheaper $38 million to build? Read the rest of Lack of Funding Delays California Earthquake Early Warning System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon

August 27, 2014 by  
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Did you know that the cocoon membranes of a silk moth contain trace amounts of several elements such as sodium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium and copper, as well as carbon, nitrogen and oxygen? Well, that’s not even the most amazing part of this story. Scientists in India have discovered a way to harvest these elements and make electricity from them using water. A new study published in Scientific Reports suggests that silk moth cocoons can be used to generate clean electricity to power electronics and possibly provide a source of power in the iron ore industry and nuclear power plants. Read the rest of How Scientists Generate Electricity from a Silk Moth Cocoon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aluminum electrode , battery , capacitor , cocoon membranes , copper electrode , defense research development organization , eden steven , electric current , electricity from silk moth cocoons , electrochemistry , florida state university , India , james s. brooks , moist silk cocoon , scientific reports , sericin , silk moth , silk moth cocoon , silk textile production waste , spider silk , sushil kumar singh , wetting cocoon

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