10-Year-Old Sets Out to Save the Parks

January 2, 2018 by  
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Twenty-seven protected lands in America are now threatened by the government. Our … The post 10-Year-Old Sets Out to Save the Parks appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Sweden has a problem we all wish we had: not enough trash

December 28, 2016 by  
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Today, generating waste is almost unavoidable. Plastic packaging envelops everything we buy – even produce! The U.S. produces millions of tons of trash each year, of which more than half is sent to a landfill. As waste piles up in landfills,…

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August 18, 2015 by  
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Super-Efficient Solar Water Desalination

November 26, 2014 by  
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A novel approach to desalinating water could be very beneficial in providing fresh water for many parts of the world needing clean water.  This is a relatively inexpensive process which uses graphite to use solar energy far more efficiently than ever before. Desalination is an important way to provide fresh water in many parts of the world, but it is usually an extremely energy intensive process.  In order to produce fresh water, the brackish water must be heated to produce steam, which leaves the salts behind.  Then, the steam is condensed to yield clean water. Solar power would seem to be ideal for this application, but, until now, it has required intense concentration of sunlight in order to produce the heat needed to boil the water. The method developed by Dr. Hadi Ghasemi at the University of Houston first microwaves graphite for a few seconds, causing it to fracture and pop “like popcorn.”  This material floats on top of a container of water and draws small amounts of water up through capillary action.  The pores in the material serve to further concentrate solar energy on those small amounts of water, causing it to steam.  Since the solar energy is concentrated on just the top layer, the rest of the water stays cool, so far less energy is needed to produce the steam. This allows cheaper and simpler equipment to be used to concentrate the solar energy and makes for a simpler system to produce clean water.  And graphite is a cheap and plentiful material, which also makes this a promising technology. via: BoingBoing and NPR

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Nobel Prize Awarded for Blue LEDs

October 7, 2014 by  
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The Nobel Prize in physics this year has been awarded to three scientists, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura, for their work in the development of the blue LED. LEDs were first developed in the early 20th Century, and the first practical, commercial LEDs were brought to the market in the 1960s.  However, the earliest LEDs were red or orange.  The development of blue LEDs was crucial to the ability to make “white light” LEDs, which combine blue, green, and red (or sometimes blue and yellow) to create an acceptable light source for general illumination.  The high efficiency of LED light bulbs and LED displays which we enjoy today stems from this research work. As the Nobel committee noted, “As about one fourth of world electricity consumption is used for lighting purposes, the LEDs contribute to saving the Earth’s resources.”  With the increased use of LEDs for lighting, demand for electricity is reduced.  We salute these three as EcoGeeks of the highest order. link: Nobel Foundation Press Release image: CC BY-SA 3.0 by Gussisaurio/Wikimedia Commons

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The Fernwood Eco-Cemetery Offers Natural Burial for a Green Afterlife

October 3, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of The Fernwood Eco-Cemetery Offers Natural Burial for a Green Afterlife Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biodegradable coffin , bodies , body , burial , cemeteries , cemetery , Coffin , death , decompose , eco burial , eco coffin , eco-cemetery , Fernwood , Fernwood Cemetery , Fernwood Eco-Cemetery , GPS burial , grave , graves , gravesite , green burial , natural burial , natural coffin , natural death , nature reserve

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Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery

October 3, 2014 by  
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A team of Ohio State University scientists have invented what they claim is the world’s first rechargeable solar battery. The team observed the issues in current methods for collecting and storing solar energy – particularly energy loss, which can run at around 20 percent during the process of transferring collected energy to a battery. They then developed a design that integrates a solar panel and battery components into one efficient and cost-effective device. Read the rest of Ohio Scientists Invent World’s First Rechargeable Solar Battery Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cheaper solar power , energy storage , lithium battery , off-grid , Ohio scientists invent first rechargeable solar battery , ohio state university , rechargeable solar battery , renewable energy , solar panel , Solar Power , solar power storage issues , titanium

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The top ten posts of the week on TreeHugger, from cozy cows to keeping calm

November 23, 2013 by  
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And: how to aim a solar panel, how to stay alive on a bike.

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Why Are Recycled-Content Products So Expensive?

April 10, 2013 by  
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Sellers of upcycled wares say this is one of the No. 1 queries they hear from customers, who wonder why the cost of clothing, accessories, home decor items and other household products always seems to be higher when picks are made from recycled…

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Accessories Upcycled from CDs, Records and Musical Instruments

April 9, 2013 by  
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Gear up with these amazing products suited for musicians and music fans alike.

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