China’s new rain-making system could increase rainfall by billions of cubic feet

April 2, 2018 by  
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China needs water — and their answer to the issue is a massive weather modification system being developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported the country is testing technology that could increase rainfall in the Tibetan Plateau by as much as 10 billion cubic meters, or around 353 billion cubic feet, every year. Will a huge rain-making system help China with water issues ? SCMP said they plan to build tens of thousands of chambers across the Tibetan mountains to generate rain over an area of around 620,000 square miles, or “three times the size of Spain.” The chambers will burn solid fuel to create silver iodide, which SCMP described as a “ cloud-seeding agent with a crystalline structure much like ice.” They said the chambers will be located on steep ridges facing the south Asia monsoon . Wind striking the mountain will produce an upward draft, carrying particles into clouds to bring about rain. Related: World’s largest fog harvester produces water from thin air in the Moroccan desert Real-time data from 30 weather satellites , each one watching monsoon weather above the Indian Ocean, will guide daily operation of the chambers. The ground-based network will also draw on cloud-seeding methods with drones , planes, and artillery to maximize the impact of the system, according to SCMP. A researcher on the project told SCMP, “[So far,] more than 500 burners have been deployed on alpine slopes in Tibet, Xinjiang, and other areas for experimental use. The data we have collected show very promising results.” The publication said although the idea isn’t a new one, China is the first country to try “such a large-scale application,” and  space scientists designed and built the chambers with “cutting edge military rocket engine technology.” Via South China Morning Post Images via Depositphotos and Eutah Mizushima on Unsplash

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Meridian Line launches ethically sourced, organic cotton jeans for the outdoors

April 2, 2018 by  
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Adventure calling? Gear up with Meridian Line, a range of eco-friendly denim designed for conquering the great outdoors. Available for pre-ordering through Kickstarter , the men’s and women’s jeans infuse ethically sourced organic cotton with two percent spandex to allow “freedom of movement without looking like you just stepped out of yoga class,” according to the Kansas City, Missouri–based firm. Meridian Line is the brainchild of artist Jeremy Collins, who launched the company with a series of graphic T-shirts and accessories in 2014. Two years later, Collins enlisted Benji Thrasher, formerly the lead designer at Prana , to kick Meridian Line’s offerings up a notch; the jeans emerged from the drawing board shortly after. But active performance isn’t the denim’s only twist. Each pair of pants also boasts artwork by Collins on the inner pockets, yoke, and turn-ups. The print is based on one of Collins’s signature pieces: a greenery-ringed compass inset with a salmon and an eagle at play (or perhaps prey?) in a yin-yang configuration. Meridian Line’s denim is “built for outdoor activities, travel, and a casual, dareful, or professional lifestyle,” Collins and Thrasher said. “Our jeans are made to go wherever you do: urban, mountain, or board meeting.” Prices for both men’s and women’s styles start at an accessible $79, or 20 percent less than what the jeans will cost when they hit retail outlets later this year. If you’re looking for the whole top-to-toe look, a pledge of $105 will snag you a pair of jeans, an exclusive tee, and a trucker hat. + Meridian Line at Kickstarter + Meridian Line

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Report Shows Persistent Organic Pollutants are Accumulating in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas

April 12, 2013 by  
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The Roof of the World has long been associated with notions of adventure, beauty, and the majesty of some of the tallest mountains on earth. However research has shown that amidst the stunning landscape of the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas lie dangerous, toxic chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). As carbon-based compounds, they are highly resistant to degradation and they find their was into the ecosystem through electronic waste , burning fossil fuels, pesticides, herbicides, plastics, and pharmaceuticals. Other chemicals found lurking in the environment include DDT and Agent Orange – substances which can cause cancer, neurological disorders, birth defects, and reproductive damage. Read the rest of Report Shows Persistent Organic Pollutants are Accumulating in the Tibetan Plateau and Himalayas Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , agent orange , Beijing , china , ddt , dehradun , east rongbuk glacier , Europe , hch , himalayas , India , institute of tibetan plateau research , mount everest , pah , peristent organic pollutants , POP , south asia , third pole environment workshop , tibetan plateau , wang xiaoping , xu baiqing        

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MoMA Demolishing American Folk Art Museum Building After Just 12 Years

April 12, 2013 by  
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In today’s sad news, NYC’s Museum of Modern Art has announced that it is planning to demolish its American Folk Art Museum building . The structure , designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, has only been in existence for 12 years. The decision came after MoMA decided that the building would not fit in with the aesthetic of their plans for expansion. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Folk Art Museum , Architecture , Design , Lincoln Square , moma , MoMA demolition , MoMA expansion , new york city , News , NYC , Tod Williams & Billie Tsien , West 53rd Street        

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Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production

April 12, 2013 by  
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Horse photo from Shutterstock Scientists just discovered a key ingredient that could help propel the production of biofuel: horse poop . Converting corn stalks and grass to biofuel requires removing lignin and breaking down cellulose, which is a complicated and expensive process. But thanks to an enzyme that lives in fungi in horse manure, scientists were able to drastically reduce costs, inching biofuel closer to becoming a viable and cost-effective energy source. Read the rest of Horse Poop Could Be the Key to Commercial Biofuel Production Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , biofuels , commercial production of biofuels , eco design , green design , horse manure fuel , horse poop biofuel , Poo Power! , sustainable design        

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Suntech to Install World’s Highest Solar Plant on Tibetan Plateau

March 22, 2011 by  
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The Tibetan Plateau is known as the “roof of the world” for good reason – it’s the largest, highest place on the plant, lying between the Himalayan range to the south and the Taklamakan Desert to the north. Granted this, it’s not surprising to learn that SunTech Power Holdings are planning to take advantage of the region’s intense sunlight with a 10MW solar installation that will provide decades of clean electricity for thousands of local residents. Read the rest of Suntech to Install World’s Highest Solar Plant on Tibetan Plateau http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asia solar power , solar panels , Solar Power , solar power plant , suntech power holdings , suntech solar power , tibetan plateau

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Marc Boutin’s Modern Frame House Showcases Passive Solar Design

March 22, 2011 by  
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Saddled in a field overlooking the landscape Invermere, British Columbia, this contemporary home’s noble goal is to provide expansive views while using precious little energy. The home is really a box within a box that features five opaque sides and one that is completely open to the south.

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