Electric motorboat features a sleek Danish design

April 3, 2020 by  
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Copenhagen-based Rand Boats has earned an international reputation for developing modern, affordable motorboats that are designed to be respectful to nature. Now, the company has unveiled the Leisure 28, a sleek motorboat built out of recycled plastic that runs on an all-electric motor . For many people enjoying a bit of fun in the sun, putting up with the hostile sounds and polluting smoke generated by motorboats is just a regular inconvenience when it comes to spending time on the water. Whether small lakes or large seas, these whirring beasts have ruled the waterways for decades, often at the cost of clean water and air. Related: Cool retro boats restored with electric motors Now, boat manufacturers are looking for a better, more eco-friendly way of boating. For Danish company Rand Boats , this means building sleek, minimalist boats with all-electric systems. Already well-known for its sustainable boat designs, Rand Boats’ latest project, Leisure 28, is outfitted with an electric propulsion system that lets it run up to 45 mph for up to two hours. In addition to providing boaters with a more eco-friendly electric motor, Rand Boats also ensured the materials used to manufacture its boats are environmentally sound. In fact, in most of its boats, the company uses materials developed from recycled plastic and bio-based hybrids in order to minimize the environmental impact of its fleet of cruisers. Not only is the sustainable boat created to bring a little more peace to the waterways thanks to its quiet motor, but it can also become the ultimate party boat. Leisure 28 was crafted to accommodate up to 12 people who can enjoy a nice outdoor lunch on the built-in adjustable dining table. When not in use, the table can be folded into a relaxing, king-sized sundeck to sit back and soak up some rays. There is also a sufficient kitchen and bar area on the top deck as well as a small cabin with enough room for a queen-sized bed below deck. + Rand Boats Via Uncrate Images via Rand Boats

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Experts warn against panic-buying chicks

April 3, 2020 by  
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In these toilet paper-hoarding times, people are doubting supply chains and worrying about food security. Chick purchases are on the rise in the midst of COVID-19, but this is not the time to start a backyard chicken farm, experts warn. “If you’re thinking of buying chicks, do your work ahead of time,” said Marisa Erasmus, an assistant professor of animal sciences at Purdue University. “Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. These animals are going to grow up and have very specific needs. They are reliant on us to provide for them and we have to be sure we can do that.” Related: Discarded face masks now threatening wildlife habitats For many consumers now, the thought of a fresh egg supply — without perilous grocery store trips fraught with worries of coronavirus transmission — is alluring. But chicks aren’t machines; they’re living creatures that require care. Nor is chicken farming a quick fix. Chicks take five or six months to mature before they start producing eggs, so chick hoarders will be waiting until October for those omelets. Chickens also require a comfortable, safe home. They need a coop to shelter them from weather and predators. It should be dry, have good air circulation and, as they grow to adult size, provide at least two square feet per chicken. The coop should have perches, where chickens can happily hang out. Like all animals, chickens are prone to illness and injury. Would-be chicken farmers need to plan for how they will deal with their birds’ wellness needs. Ordinances vary by city. Before you start your avian enterprise, check with your town or county authorities. Many cities limit the number of backyard chickens, require certain types of shelter or restrict flocks to hens only. Some places entirely ban rearing poultry in your yard. If you don’t factor in quality of life , your chickens may not even produce eggs, Erasmus said. “Poultry, including chickens, sometimes have the reputation of being ‘bird-brained,’” she said.  “But anyone who has experience raising chickens will tell you they are intelligent and complex creatures who have the capacity to experience suffering and contentment.” + Purdue University Image via Pixabay

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Earth911 Podcast: Sustainability at Home — Food, Detergents, and Reuse Projects

March 9, 2020 by  
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The Earth911 team is talking about the sustainable household decisions … The post Earth911 Podcast: Sustainability at Home — Food, Detergents, and Reuse Projects appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Earth911 Podcast, Dec. 24, 2018: Renewable Resolutions!

December 24, 2018 by  
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It’s the sustainable New Year episode of Earth911’s podcast as … The post Earth911 Podcast, Dec. 24, 2018: Renewable Resolutions! appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Getting behind the debate over lab-grown meat

October 17, 2017 by  
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The dialogue over human health, equity and the sustainable future of our food system is just beginning.

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How virtual reality will change the world

September 30, 2016 by  
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Virtual Reality dates to the 1950s, but 2016 is its seminal moment. With the launch of consumer VR systems we are entering a new reality of how we experience and interface with our technology. It’s not just entertainment: VR offers the potential to fundamentally change how we learn, interact, and recover through a variety of potential applications in academia, healthcare, advocacy and industry. This briefing will explore some possible ways VR can accelerate the sustainable economy.

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Beyond electrification: exploring alternative fuels for a clean energy economy

September 30, 2016 by  
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The promise of electric vehicles dominates mainstream media coverage, but they’re not the only way to reduce the transportation sector’s dependence on petroleum. Our experts will discuss the promise and practicality of various alternative fuels, especially cellulosic ethanol. Learn more about which approaches show the most promise for reducing carbon emission, the connection between ethanol and high octane, and why going cleaner doesn’t mean sacrificing performance.

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Actress Blake Lively tries her hand at eco-fashion design

May 31, 2015 by  
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“Age of Adaline” star Blake Lively recently unveiled the first of 12 pieces in her new eco-friendly clothing line. Unveiled on her Instagram, the “Champagne” dress is made from 100 percent silk and recycled polyester crepe. Lively’s new clothing line was created in collaboration with Amour Vert , a leader in the sustainable fashion movement, and will be sold on the website Preserve . READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Amour Vert , Blake Lively , Eco Fashion Designer , eco-fashion , preserve , recycled polyester crepe

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Where’s the sustainable beef? Hackers tackle a meaty challenge

July 1, 2013 by  
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At this hackathon, coders seeking to disrupt the way meat is made pitched a Google Glass app for shoppers, an AirBNB-style tool for farmers and more.

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ICYMI: What will a smart city look like in 2050?

July 1, 2013 by  
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Our latest roundup of the latest in sustainability news finds that yes, the cloud really (still) is greener, the next stage of CODA's EV evolution and the big money to be had from climate adaptation.

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