The worlds largest floating wind farm is planned for the California coast

August 4, 2016 by  
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The world’s largest and America’s first major offshore wind farm is planned to open in 2021 off the coast of California. One hundred floating turbines will produce 765 megawatts of energy, leaving the 630 MW London Array in the dust. The system commissioned by Trident Winds is expected to power over 200,000 homes. The Morro Bay Offshore project will be located off the shore of Pt. Estero, California, 33 miles from the coast. Floating platforms supporting the turbines will be anchored to the seabed 2,600 to 3,300 feet under the water. The fastest coastal winds in the U.S. are located too far off shore for traditional undersea platforms, which use concrete or steel pilings. Floating platforms are an innovative solution only currently used in test projects. Related: Massive turbines and blades for America’s first offshore wind farm land in Rhode Island While cheaper to install, the amount of steel used and longer power cables needed to reach shore bring the price per megawatt from $4 million to $9 million with the floating platform project. If the wind farm is ever decommissioned, however, all of the materials could be brought back ashore instead of being left to litter the seabed. There is some concern that the Morro Bay Offshore project could encounter particularly turbulent seas or the cables could even interfere with multiple whale species who migrate there. Trident Winds is plowing forward, however, with a four-year plan to start producing wind power by 2025. As technology improves, the growing pains of cost and negative impact on the environment should decrease. + Trident Winds Via New Atlas Images via Wikipedia , Flickr

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The worlds biggest vegetables and how to grow them

June 8, 2016 by  
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How big of a pumpkin do you think you could grow? In 2014, American Beni Meier grew a pumpkin that weighed an incredible 1,054 kilograms (2,323 pounds)—that’s almost the same weight as a small car! The Greenhouse People whipped up an infographic that explores the world’s biggest vegetables, from a potato that weighs as much as a cat to an enormous head of cabbage. The guide even has tips on how you can get started on growing your own gargantuan vegetable so that you too could someday compete for a Guinness World Record title. + The Greenhouse People

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The world’s tallest tropical "Minecraft" tree found in Malaysia

June 8, 2016 by  
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In Malaysia , scientists from the University of Cambridge discovered what they think could be the tallest recorded tropical tree . Found in the Sabah state’s “Lost World,” the Yellow Meranti tree is endangered, more commonly found in the computer game Minecraft than on Earth. At its tallest point, the tree is nearly 300 feet tall, just a little bit shorter than London’s Big Ben. In collaborTION with the Sabah Forestry Department, the scientists found the tree using a LiDAR scanner carried by an airplane. It’s one thing to track down a tall tree and another entirely to measure just how tall it is. Unding Jami, local expert tree climber, scaled the tree with a tape measure to pin down its height. At the top he texted the scientists to let them know he was unable to take photographs because “there’s an eagle around that keeps trying to attack me and also lots of bees flying around.” Related: China restores swaths of denuded forests with exemplary conservation program The new tree beat out another Malaysian Yellow Meranti for the record. Located on a slope, that tree is about 298 feet tall at its tallest point; higher on the slope it’s about 288 feet tall. It’s not the tallest tree in the world – that record still goes to a staggering 377-foot California redwood – but the scientists think it is ” probably ” the tallest tree in the tropics . According to scientist David Coomes, trees in temperate regions grow taller than tropical trees, but nobody knows why. Yellow Meranti trees are endangered mainly due to logging at the hands of the palm oil industry. The Sabah government recently said it would attempt to restore an area near the newly discovered tree. Coomes said , “Conserving these giants is really important. Some, like the California redwoods, are among the largest and longest-living organisms on earth. Huge trees are crucial for maintaining the health of the forest and its ecology.” Via New Scientist Images courtesy of Stephanie Law and the University of Cambridge

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Conceptual Artist Christo to Build Giant Pyramid of 410,000 Oil Barrels for Abu Dhabi

November 28, 2012 by  
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Bulgarian environmental artist Christo has draped an inexplicable array of landscapes and objects in a distinctive orange hue since the 1960s – but few of his installations have been as conceptually perplexing as his latest planned installation. The Mastaba is to be a permanent flat-topped pyramid of oil barrels located in the desert about 100 miles from Abu Dhabi . While oil-rich nations vie for the dubious accolade of having the “ world’s tallest building ,” Christo’s sculpture—comprised of 410,000 oil barrels—is set to make Abu Dhabi home to the world’s largest permanent sculpture. Read the rest of Conceptual Artist Christo to Build Giant Pyramid of 410,000 Oil Barrels for Abu Dhabi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abu dhabi , christo , Conceptual Art , oil barrel sculpture , the mastaba , united arab emirates , worlds largest sculpture , worlds most expensive sculpture

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Bulgarian environmental artist Christo has draped an inexplicable array of landscapes and objects in a distinctive orange hue since the 1960s – but few of his installations have been as conceptually perplexing as his latest planned installation. The Mastaba is to be a permanent flat-topped pyramid of oil barrels located in the desert about 100 miles from Abu Dhabi . While oil-rich nations vie for the dubious accolade of having the “ world’s tallest building ,” Christo’s sculpture—comprised of 410,000 oil barrels—is set to make Abu Dhabi home to the world’s largest permanent sculpture. Read the rest of Conceptual Artist Christo to Build Giant Pyramid of 410,000 Oil Barrels for Abu Dhabi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abu dhabi , christo , Conceptual Art , oil barrel sculpture , the mastaba , united arab emirates , worlds largest sculpture , worlds most expensive sculpture

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Bulgarian environmental artist Christo has draped an inexplicable array of landscapes and objects in a distinctive orange hue since the 1960s – but few of his installations have been as conceptually perplexing as his latest planned installation. The Mastaba is to be a permanent flat-topped pyramid of oil barrels located in the desert about 100 miles from Abu Dhabi . While oil-rich nations vie for the dubious accolade of having the “ world’s tallest building ,” Christo’s sculpture—comprised of 410,000 oil barrels—is set to make Abu Dhabi home to the world’s largest permanent sculpture. Read the rest of Conceptual Artist Christo to Build Giant Pyramid of 410,000 Oil Barrels for Abu Dhabi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abu dhabi , christo , Conceptual Art , oil barrel sculpture , the mastaba , united arab emirates , worlds largest sculpture , worlds most expensive sculpture

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China Launches the World’s Largest Battery – a $500 Million Behemoth the Size of a Building

January 5, 2012 by  
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China just took a massive step forward for renewable energy as it flipped the switch on the world’s largest battery, which will help integrate a solar project and a wind farm into a smart grid. Capable of storing 36 megawatts of power and taking up the area of a football field, the giant battery bank was built as a joint venture between solar and electric car company BYD and the State Grid Corporation of China to improve a large wind and solar electric installation’s efficiency by 5-10%. It looks like we have a race to see who will have the largest battery in world as utilities struggle to make solar and wind technologies usable for longer periods of time. Read the rest of China Launches the World’s Largest Battery – a $500 Million Behemoth the Size of a Building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 36MW battery , BYD , BYD battery , China smart grid , eco battery , giant battery , smart grid , State Grid Corporation of China , worlds largest battery bank

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7 Sustainable (And Mostly Vegan!) Winter Boots to Conquer Snow, Slush

January 5, 2012 by  
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If frozen feet don’t exactly sound like your idea of a stylish time, why not invest in a pair of sustainably made winter boots ? Ecouterre’s rounded up 7 pairs of sustainable, mostly vegan choices that will keep your tootsies nice and toasty and your look on point. Check them all out here . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bogs , eco friendly shoes , eco-fashion , eco-friendly boots , eco-friendly snow boots , eco-friendly winter boots , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , J-41 , Kamik , Neuaura , Patagonia , Sorel , sustainable boots , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable shoes , sustainable snow boots , sustainable style , sustainable winter boots , the north face , Vegan Boots , vegan fashion , vegan shoes , vegan snow boots , vegan winter boots

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Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

September 4, 2011 by  
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This supermassive hangar once housed gigantic airships , and now it has been given a second life as an indoor tropical resort that holds the world’s largest indoor pool and water park. Located in the countryside between Dresden and Berlin, the building was modified to bring in lots of sunlight and the huge doors were welded shut to keep in the heat — even during the snowy German winter. Inside, a small oceanside village gives visitors a tropical escape. Read the rest of Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Airship hangar transformed into water park , airship hangar water park , german water park , greman water park , indoor tropical forest , massive retrofit , Tropical Island Resort , world largest building , worlds largest water park , worlds larget indoor pool

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6 Water-purifying Devices for Clean Drinking Water in the Developing World

September 4, 2011 by  
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With 3.575 million people dying each year from water-related disease, our current water crisis is one of epic proportions. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by those suffering from illness brought on by limited access to safe drinking water , poor hygiene and sanitation. Granted these harrowing realities plaguing our society, it’s imperative that designers, inventors, engineers and visionaries do what they can to find a solution. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of innovation on tap – read on for six water purifying designs for the developing world! Read the rest of 6 Water-purifying Devices for Clean Drinking Water in the Developing World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dae Youl Lee , green design , Jung Uk Park , life sack , Myeong Hoon Lee , sustainable design , uv water purification system , water filters , water for the thrid world developing countries water issues , water issues , water purification , water purification systems

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