Louisiana wants to divert the Mississippi River to restore its coast

May 15, 2018 by  
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Of all the states dealing with global warming, Louisiana may have been hit the hardest. According to NPR , Louisiana has lost a staggering amount of coastline – more than 2,000 square miles – over the past 100 years. State officials have attempted various solutions, including levees, barrier islands, and artificial marshes, and now they want to get the Mississippi River involved to build new land. Over time, Louisiana’s levees have impeded the Mississippi from flooding land and providing necessary water and sediments to marshes, making it harder for the marshes to survive. To help with this problem, Louisiana officials hope to create sediment diversions. This would entail removing parts of the levee and directing the Mississippi to marshes in channels, with the goal of allowing silt and sand to pile up and, ultimately, build land. The state has set aside $1.3 billion for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion , the first of multiple planned diversions, and is applying for permits for the project. Related: ‘Provocative’ RIG eco-lodge designed to conserve Louisiana’s vanishing marshes Will it work? NPR cited an April 2018 Tulane University -led study scrutinizing whether or not the Mississippi River can build land fast enough. The study found that, around 1,000 years ago, the Mississippi Delta grew about two to three square miles a year. But Louisiana’s land loss has averaged 15 to 20 square miles a year during the last 100 years. Tulane’s press release on the study said, “Although river diversions that bring land building sediment to shrinking coastlands are the best solution to sustaining portions of the Mississippi Delta…the rate of land building will likely be dwarfed by the rate of wetland loss.” A net loss of land will happen, even if restoration projects do go through. But Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority engineer manager Rudy Simoneaux told NPR that it’s urgent they divert the Mississippi, saying, “The longer we wait to start doing projects, it will become more difficult to catch up.” Via NPR Images via Depositphotos (1)

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Pew Research Center report finds bipartisan support for renewable energy

May 15, 2018 by  
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Many people see America divided along red and blue lines. While a recent Pew Research Center report did find those divides on issues such as increasing fossil fuels , the report uncovered “pockets of partisan agreement over expanding solar and wind power .” In what the center called a “rare point of bipartisan consensus,” 93 percent of liberal Democrats and 71 percent of conservative Republicans favored expanding wind farms. The numbers in favor of expanding solar farms were even higher, with 96 percent Democratic and 80 percent Republican support. Pew Research Center conducted a national survey among 2,541 people in the U.S. from March 27 to April 9 to probe into Americans’ thoughts about the environment , renewable energy and climate change . President Donald Trump had been in office for just over a year when they conducted the survey; they noted their findings emerged after a year of regulatory policy changes regarding climate and energy. The report showed “majorities see government efforts to protect the environment as insufficient,” with 69 percent of Americans saying the federal government wasn’t doing enough to safeguard water quality in streams, rivers and lakes. 64 percent of respondents said the same of the government’s actions for air quality . Related: 69% of Republicans believe global warming’s seriousness is “generally exaggerated” Americans’ thoughts on climate change still tend to evince a partisan divide. For example, about eight in 10 Democrats, or 83 percent, say the planet is warming, mostly due to human activity. Just 18 percent of Republicans say the same. (46 percent of Republicans say Earth is warming mostly due to natural patterns; 36 percent replied that there is no solid evidence of warming.) There’s a ray of hope with renewable energies, thanks to bipartisan support. Fossil fuels are a different story. Take offshore drilling : about 64 percent of Republicans and 22 percent of Democrats support more drilling. The numbers are similar with coal mining and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking . You can delve further into the Pew report on their website . + Pew Research Center + Pew Research Center Press Release Images via Depositphotos (1, 2)

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Facebook, Microsoft: We want more clean power!

May 12, 2016 by  
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The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance formalizes piecemeal NGO collaboration, with the goal to add another 60 GW of clean power to grid by 2025.

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Impact investing meets smallholder agriculture

February 11, 2016 by  
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With the goal of sustainable development in mind, how do we invest in small farmers while managing risk to capital?

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Every year, 23,000 people end up in the ER because of herbal supplements and vitamins

October 20, 2015 by  
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You dutifully take your multi-vitamin and supplements every day with the goal of being as healthy as you can, but those substances may actually be doing more harm than good. Every year, 23,000 people end up in the emergency room because of vitamins and herbal supplements, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine . And, thanks to the fact that supplements are essentially an unregulated market, that number isn’t going to go down anytime soon. Read the rest of Every year, 23,000 people end up in the ER because of herbal supplements and vitamins

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Viven Muller launches open-source 3D-printed Mangrover planter

April 7, 2015 by  
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3D printers are becoming more and more common, but after the initial novelty wears off – if you aren’t a student or designer – you might run out of things to print. Inhabitat favorite Vivien Muller is launching a collection of free designs that individuals can use to print items, with the goal of reducing waste and energy consumption. The first design in the collection is a pot called the Mangrover that can support plants without soil for a modern, creative design that anyone can print right at home. + Vivien Muller The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed plant pots , 3D printed planters , 3d printing design , 3d printing designs , 3D printing ideas , Mangrover , reader submissions , vivien muller , Vivien Muller 3D design , Vivien Muller creative commons , Vivien Muller mangrover

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Extinct Short-Haired Bumblebees to be Brought Back to English Countryside

April 30, 2012 by  
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Short-haired bumblebees (Bombus subterraneus) became exinct in the UK almost 25 years ago, but now scientists are planning to reintroduce them into the countryside . Last weekend, a team of scientists traveled to Sweden to collect around 100 bumblebee queens, with the goal of releasing them in Kent in the south-east of the country. Reports say the species is thriving in the Swedish county of Skåne , where early bee preservation attempts were made in order to conserve areas of wild flowers. Read the rest of Extinct Short-Haired Bumblebees to be Brought Back to English Countryside Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bumblebee extinction , bumblebee population decline , environmental issues , insect pollination , news reports , reintroduce bee population UK , short-hair bumblebees , species extinction

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New Jersey Governor Pulls Out of Regional Climate Initiative

May 27, 2011 by  
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Image: Wikimedia The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, officially described as the “first market-based regulatory program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions” with the goal of a 10-percent reduction from the power sector by 2018, just lost one of its 10 member states. ..

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Honda to start Electric Vehicle Testing Program in Japan

December 21, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: EV testing program to include solar-powered public charging stations. The lack of proper infrastructure to accommodate electric vehicles has been a major hurdle in the global adoption of clean electric cars

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Green Invasion Turns Lima’s Historical Center Into A Park (Photos)

November 11, 2010 by  
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Photo: Genaro Alva. With the goal of recovering the historical center of Peru’s capital city, a group of organizations put together an event called Gran Semana de Lima or Lima’s Great Week, which aimed to create new life in the streets. Among other activities, there was a contest for urban interventions and one of the winners was this amazing project called Green Invasion by architects Genaro Alva, Denise Ampuero, Gloria Andrea Rojas and industrial designer Claudia Ampuero…

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