Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco?

May 5, 2015 by  
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‘Rubbish’ is the name of the adorable sea lion pup captured above in the image from KTVU’s Twitter feed. He was rescued last week after wandering the streets of San Francisco. This is not the first time The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, has rescued the pup. In March, they discovered him in Santa Barbara suffering from pneumonia and malnourishment. They nursed him to health and then released him at Point Reyes National Seashore. Last Thursday, the wandering pup made his way to San Francisco’s Marina District and then hid under a car on the corner of Marina Blvd and Divisadero Street, eluding rescue for 30 minutes, CBS San Francisco reports. Eventually trained rescuers scooped him up in a net and transported him back in a carrier to the rescue center in Marin Headlands, where they will “fatten him up” again. That’s the good news. The bad news? Rubbish’s adventures point to a troubling new trend, and climate change may be the culprit. Read the rest of Did climate change make Rubbish the sea lion pup wander the streets of San Francisco? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , Climate Change , food scarcity , global warming , News , Point Reyes National Seashore , rubbish , San Francisco , sea lion , The Marine Mammal Center

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Chevy lowers the 2016 Volt’s price to $33,995, almost $1,200 less than the current model

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When Chevy unveiled the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show , Chevy revealed everything from the Volt’s revamped exterior to its longer EV driving range, but one thing was missing—the price. Chevy has now revealed that the 2016 Volt will start at $33,995 when it arrives later this year, which is almost $1,200 less than the current-generation Volt. Read the rest of Chevy lowers the 2016 Volt’s price to $33,995, almost $1,200 less than the current model Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chevrolet , chevrolet volt , chevy , chevy volt , electric car , electric motor , general motors , GM , green car , green transportation , hybrid , plug-in hybrid , volt

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City Library Bruges’ new rusty facade gets more beautiful over time

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry

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Whether you work in the building industry or are a backyard hobbyist, chances are that you’d rather spend more time building and less time on calculations and estimates. Luckily, many mobile apps are now available to do those tasks for you. Window and Door Guys compiled a list of the top 10 apps for the building and construction industry that can do everything from completing layouts to calculating conduit bends and fills. Click through to see all the recommended apps. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Top 10 mobile apps for the building and construction industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building industry apps , construction apps , construction industry , infographic , mobile apps , reader submitted content , Window and Door Guys

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Yellow is the new green: researchers investigate ‘peecycling’

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Click here to view the embedded video. Pee is powerful stuff. It has been used to make false teeth , drinking water , brain cells , electricity , and yes, even whiskey and beer . Talk about a closed system! Urine is also great for growing plants, due to its rich nitrogen and phosphorus content. Researchers at University of Michigan are investigating best practices for application of urine as fertilizer on a large scale. In order for urine to be applied to crops safely, the team aims to identify pathogens and determine ways in which they may be eliminated. “A few questions we have are: What contaminants are applied onto the fields with the fertilizer, where do they go, and how can we get rid of the concerning contaminants before they are applied?” says Rebecca Lahr, one of the researchers in the Environmental and Civil Engineering Department at University of Michigan. The mass disposal of liquid waste down the drain is not only a missed opportunity for sustainable agriculture, it is damaging to the environment. Algae also love nitrogen and phosphorus and the resulting algal blooms often cause mass marine mortality events and shellfish poisoning. By implementing peecycling on a large scale, we will gain a powerful agricultural tool while eliminating a major source of water pollution. Via Treehugger  and University of Michigan Engineering Image via Michigan Engineering Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative uses for urine , collecting urine , human urine , Pee Power , Peecycling , University of Michigan Engineering , urine , urine agriculture , urine and plants , urine fertilizer

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Solar Impulse is gearing up for five-day solar-powered flight across the Pacific Ocean

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Solar Impulse , the experimental solar-powered aircraft with just enough room for a pilot, is still on its way around the world, despite a number of delays due to poor weather conditions. The project has been grounded in Nanjing, China, since April 21 where they landed after a one-day flight following a three-week weather delay . The sun-powered plane was originally planned to embark on the five-day trans-Pacific journey on May 5, now delayed to at least May 9. André Borschberg , co-founder of Solar Impulse, will pilot the record-setting Pacific Ocean crossing as soon as conditions are favorable. Borschberg has been gearing up for the challenge by fine tuning his yoga and meditation techniques and become more comfortable in the cramped cockpit of the solar-powered aircraft. He’s also used his time on the ground to comb over the aircraft, making sure that everything is in tip-top condition for the five-day flight to Hawaii. Solar Impulse is traveling around the world, powered entirely by the sun, as an ambassador of the #FutureIsClean movement, a global effort to raise awareness for clean energy. + Solar Impulse Images via Solar Impulse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Andre Borschberg , around-the-world trips , bertrand piccard , china , flying across pacific , flying around the world , futureisclean , solar impulse , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered flight across pacific ocean , solar powered plane , zero fuel plane , zero fuel vehicles

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