Maven Moment: Sustainability Lessons From WWII

June 26, 2019 by  
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Beach Reads to Finish Before the Ocean Rises: Intro to Cli-Fi

June 26, 2019 by  
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Denmark is cleaning up US pollution in Greenland

January 15, 2018 by  
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Denmark is cleaning up the United State’s mess – literally. Half a century ago, the US abandoned several military bases in Greenland, leaving behind toxic pollution . Now, the Danish government announced that it will foot the bill to clean it up, to the tune of $30 million dollars. After World War II , the US didn’t need it’s Greenland military bases anymore, so it abandoned them without cleaning up after themselves. Since then, Greenland has petitioned Denmark, which controlled the island as a colony during WWII, to clean up the pollution or request that the US do so. It appears that Denmark has opted for the former, and they signed a document last week committing to the cleanup process. Related: Greenland’s ice is melting faster than previously thought Although the extent of the remaining pollution remains unclear, it includes things like 100,000 oil drums at one airfield. Other bases contain radioactive and toxic materials, but those bases aren’t covered under this agreement. The current funding likely won’t cover the entire cleanup efforts, but Denmark has stated that it will make more money available if necessary. For now, specialists will take a look at the sites and determine just how much cleanup is necessary. Via Arctic Now Images via Wikimedia ( 1 , 2 )

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Vertical farming climbs in Cleveland, Chicago, New York

November 22, 2017 by  
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LED-powered vertical farms will generate $6 billion by 2023 — and change the way Americans eat for the first time since WWII.

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Uber’s competitors shift mobility to the fast lane

November 22, 2017 by  
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Mapping out the global expansion of urban mobility.

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Polish village heals post-WWII blues with hand-painted homes

February 6, 2017 by  
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The small village of Zalipie, Poland leaves a big, bright, and beautiful impression on travelers. Everywhere you look you will see hand-painted floral designs on homes, barns, bridges, wells, and chicken coops. The tradition began a century ago, but only within the last few decades was it transformed into an annual contest to turn the tiny town into a living piece of art, and heal post-WWII blues at the same time. 100 years ago, locals would touch up their homes for the holidays by painting over soot stains caused by their wood-burning stoves. Often, this would not completely cover up the marks, so people got creative. The practice of painting flowers began informally and blossomed into a town tradition over the years. And the designs spread outside the home to the exterior of buildings and even backyard and community structures. Related: Poland unveils glowing bright blue bike lane that’s charged by the sun The trend continued over the decades, and then a new annual contest was created to bring up the spirits of the local community after WWII . The Malowana Chata (Painted Cottage) competition officially became an event in 1965 and still continues today. The media have improved from cooking fat-based paints to more hardy materials and the villagers have worked hard to preserve as much of the original artwork as they can. Zalipie is only an hour and a half outside of Krakow, so visitors traveling by car can easily enjoy the breathtaking blooms. Via Mental Floss Images via Flickr  (CC BY-ND 2.0)  ( 1 , 2 , 3 ), Wikimedia ( 1 , 2 , 3 )

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China is now the largest producer of solar power in the world

February 6, 2017 by  
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One way China is working to battle climate change -causing carbon emissions is by developing a vast army of renewable energy projects. Even as the country struggles with pollution , it has made great strides on clean energy . They’re now the largest producer of solar energy by capacity in the world, adding 34.54 gigawatts of the country’s installed capacity of 77.42 gigawatts last year alone. The country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) announced over the weekend that in 2016, installed photovoltaic capacity in China more than doubled. Their data revealed the jump to 77.42 gigawatts after the country added 34.54 gigawatts. The provinces in which capacity increased most include Shandong, Henan, and Xinjiang, which is also one of the provinces with the largest overall capacity. Gansu, Inner Mongolia, and Qinghai join Xinjiang in that latter category. Related: China to spend $361 billion on renewable energy projects by 2020 And China’s not stopping here. Based on the NEA’s solar energy development strategy, between 2016 and 2020, they aim to add over 110 gigawatts of capacity. Solar power plants in China generated 66.2 billion kilowatt-hours in 2016, amounting to one percent of total power generation in the country, according to NEA. Currently 11 percent of generated power in the country originates from non-fossil fuel sources, but China hopes to bump that number up to 20 percent by 2030. To help attain that goal, they plan to pour over $360 billion into renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, nuclear, and hydropower. As the country still relies heavily on air-polluting coal , such an investment could help China work towards cleaner skies again. It will boost the economy too, creating more than 13 million jobs, according to the NEA. Engadget notes there are a few countries that edge China out in terms of solar energy relative to population size, such as the United States, Germany, and Japan. But with regards to capacity, China claims the prize. Via Reuters and Engadget Images via Pixabay and Wikimedia Commons

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Experimental floating office takes over a converted WWII barge

March 21, 2016 by  
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Old Dutch marine docklands destroyed in WWII revamped as a stunning glazed theater

January 5, 2016 by  
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Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling

April 3, 2014 by  
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After a ruling by the UN’s International Court of Justice temporarily halted Japan’s whaling industry in the Antarctic, Japan may consider reducing its catch throughout the region. Japan is one of the few countries left in the world that still practices whaling, and it has been criticized for slaughtering dolphins in towns such as Taiji , collecting whales for “scientific” purposes, and refusing to comply with the International Whaling Commission . Read the rest of Japan Considers Reducing Antarctic Whaling after UN Court Ruling Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctic whaling , australia , fumio kishida , International Whaling Commission , Japan , marine mammal , taiji cove , Tokyo , UN , un international court of justice , whale meat , whale slaughter , whaling , WWII        

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