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Top 5 steps to control water pollution | Environmental Pollution

Top 5 steps to control water pollution | Environmental Pollution | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Top five steps to control water pollution should be taken with the collaboration of all main stakeholders including households, farmers, industries, civic agencies and environmental watchdogs.

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Africa's transport blueprint may be road to ruin for flora and fauna, study says

Africa's transport blueprint may be road to ruin for flora and fauna, study says | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Road and rail corridors threaten to wreck pristine wilderness as they open up land for mining with little guarantee of agricultural benefits, scientists warn

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Sustainable Supply Views: Day 5 at COP21: Supply Chains Carry The Day

EcoVadis hosted an insightful Panel discussion at Le Bourget in Paris last Friday, December 4, for Day 5 of COP21 with close to 200 attendees. In case you weren't able to make it to Paris, here's a summary of the insights and discussion from this excellent panel procurement and sustainability leaders...

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EcoVadis's curator insight, December 9, 2015 2:03 AM
Great panel, inspiring subjects and awesome attendees and speakers! COP21 commitments can be strategically achieved with supply chain initiatives...
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Four reasons to pay attention to the private sector at COP21

Four reasons to pay attention to the private sector at COP21 | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
The private sector is largely absent from the negotiations despite the fact that it is responsible for the majority of both GDP and emissions. Here are four reasons to pay attention to the private sector at COP21.

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Climate Action's curator insight, November 17, 2015 4:54 AM

IDB, Inter-American Development Bank Group, a sponsor of the Sustainable Innovation Forum, presents 4 reasons why the private sector should be included in the COP21 discussions. Check them out! The Sustainable Innovation Forum brings business, government and NGOs together to combat climate change. Check out the website: www.cop21paris.org

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Water powered fridge technology firm the Sure Chill Company boosted by further investment by chairman Peter Saunders

Water powered fridge technology firm the Sure Chill Company boosted by further investment by chairman Peter Saunders | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Angel investor Peter Saunders has made another investment into Tywyn-based Sure Chill.

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UtilityTree's curator insight, June 26, 2013 1:41 PM

In the past twelve months some 500 fridges with a value of over $1m ordered by UNICEF and other humanitarian agencies for use in health clinics in remote places around the world.

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The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms

The 8 Most Interesting Ideas to Revolutionize Urban Farms | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Architecture + Urban Design + Sustainability = Getting back to the roots · Home ...

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Mercor's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:51 PM

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Researchers Develop RecycleBot to Recycle Plastic Using 3D Printers

Researchers Develop RecycleBot to Recycle Plastic Using 3D Printers | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Suppose you could replace "Made in China" with "Made in my garage." Suppose also that every time you polished off a jug of two percent, you would be stocking up on raw material to make anything from a cell phone case and golf tees to a toy castle...

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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, March 2, 2013 12:52 PM

Awesome, isn't :-)

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 3, 2013 7:57 PM

How's this for innovating?

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BBC Radio 4 - The Living World, Oil Beetles

BBC Radio 4 - The Living World, Oil Beetles | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Devon hosts four oil beetle species, one of which has only recently been rediscovered.

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Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea - KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN/HEALTHY

Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea - KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN/HEALTHY | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Jan 29, 2013 SCIENCE DAILY

Two new research articles demonstrate how the next class of powerful medications may currently reside at the bottom of the ocean.

Sea life studies aid researchers in several ways, including the development of new medications and biofuels. Because many of these ocean animal species have existed in harmony with their bacteria for millions of years, these benign bacteria have devised molecules that can affect body function without side effects and therefore better fight disease.... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130129130949.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fearth_climate+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Earth+%26+Climate+News%29

 

VIDEO:  SEAFLOOR CARNAGE - THE TRUTH ABOUT BOTTOM TRAWLING http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/946040909/seafloor-carnage-the-truth-about-bottom-trawling

 

CHILE BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY TO PROTECT ALL VULNERABLE MARINE ECOSYSTEMS FROM BOTTOM TRAWLING http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us/p/3995055732/chile-becomes-first-country-to-protect-all-all-vulnerable-marine-ecosystems-from-bottom-trawling

 

KEEP OUR OCEANS CLEAN:

 

DUMPING PHARMACEUTICAL WASTE IN THE DEEP SEA Deep Sea News http://deepseanews.com/2008/04/dumping-pharmaceutical-waste-in-the-deep-sea/

 

HOW DOES LARGE AMOUNTS OF SEWAGE DUMPED INTO THE OCEAN KILL FISH http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_does_large_amounts_of_sewage_dumped_into_the_ocean_kill_fish

 

MARINE POLLUTION - CENTURIES OF ABUSE HAVE TAKEN A HEAVY TOLL - National Geographic http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/critical-issues-marine-pollution/

 

WATER POLLUTION - CANADA TAKES CRAP FOR FLUSHING RAW SEWAGE INTO THE OCEAN -  According to Macleans, Canada’s leading news magazine, the sewage is a mixture of water, human waste, microorganisms, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, EXCRETED PHARMACEUTICALS and, potentially, pathogens such as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis B.  http://environment.about.com/od/waterpollution/a/canadasewage.htm

 

HOW MUCH GARBAGE IS PUT INTO THE OCEAN EACH YEAR - APPROXIMATELY 14 BILLION POUNDS  http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_much_garbage_is_put_into_the_ocean_each_year

 

OCEAN AWASH IN PLASTIC

http://www.scoop.it/t/our-oceans-need-us?q=plastic

 

 

 


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New Low Energy Water Treatment Purifies, Desalinates and Makes Hydrogen, Too

New Low Energy Water Treatment Purifies, Desalinates and Makes Hydrogen, Too | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

In an amazing sustainability quadruple play, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver are working on a fuel cell that can desalinate water, treat wastewater and generate electricity in a single process, while producing hydrogen gas that is re-used to make the treatment process run efficiently. What’s amazing about it is that the operation is run by microscopic living organisms that exist all around us and even inside of us, otherwise known as microbes – yes, microbes


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Electric Car's curator insight, January 19, 2013 1:26 PM
The New Super-Duper Desalinating Microbial Fuel Cell

The Colorado researchers have stepped up the microbial fuel cell – wastewater connection to include a desalination capability, and that’s where it gets interesting. They were stumped for a while on how to get the whole operation to run efficiently, until they investigated the potential for storing the hydrogen waste gas from the process. Building on research conducted at Penn State University, the team produced a study demonstrating that the process results in enough hydrogen to run the desalination component. Not only that, it creates excess hydrogen that can be put to other uses.

The U.S. Navy and Microbial Fuel Cells

The Office of Naval Research is behind the Colorado study, which should come as no surprise.  For obvious reasons, the U.S. Navy has a long term interest in developing high efficiency desalination processes, and now it foresees a future in which entire ships are powered by microbial fuel cells which can scavenge energy on-the-go from seawater. Bio-based fuel cells and batteries are also of great interest to other branches of the armed services, so it’s a safe bet that microbial fuel cells will cross over into mainstream civilian use…especially if the incoming Congress continues funding for new energy research.

 

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interesting info

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A 27-Story Vertical Forest Grows in Milan | Object Lessons | ARTINFO.com

A 27-Story Vertical Forest Grows in Milan | Object Lessons | ARTINFO.com | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
OBJECT LESSONS Architecture & Design News.
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Shipping container building eliminates line between indoor and outdoor spaces

Shipping container building eliminates line between indoor and outdoor spaces | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Discarded or used shipping containers with their unique configuration offer a great scope for designers to let loose their creativity and produce some innovative structures, which not only presents unique formation to meet individual needs but also...

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Submarine Methane Raises the Stakes - Truthdig

Submarine Methane Raises the Stakes - Truthdig | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Japan has succeeded in pioneering the exploitation of vast reserves of undersea methane. It could be good news for a resource-hungry country and bad for an overheating planet.
- 2013/03/16

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Capturing Carbon Dioxide with a “Solar Sponge”

Capturing Carbon Dioxide with a “Solar Sponge” | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

A new smart material called a MOF (metal organic framework) has the ability to adsorb carbon dioxide and release it when exposed to sunlight thus creating a new breakthrough in a way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy.

A new smart material called a MOF (metal organic framework) has the ability to adsorb carbon dioxide and release it when exposed to sunlight thus creating a new breakthrough in a way to recycle CO2 emissions using renewable energy. - See more at: http://blog.cleantechies.com/2013/02/26/capturing-carbon-dioxide-with-a-solar-sponge/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cleantechies+%28CleanTechies+Blog%29&utm_content=Google+Reader#sthash.JO5scbcM.dpuf
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36 countries launch world alliance for #geothermal energy #renewables #COP21 #Paris

36 countries launch world alliance for #geothermal energy #renewables #COP21 #Paris | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Thirty-six countries gave the official start Monday to an initiative to promote geothermal energy in developing economies as a cleaner alternative to oil, gas and coal.

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Time to Unleash Our Secret Weapon Against Climate Change: Farmers | The Huffington Post

Time to Unleash Our Secret Weapon Against Climate Change: Farmers | The Huffington Post | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Just like David vs. Goliath, one should never underestimate the smaller guy in the struggle. Small farmers can still thrive in the face of climate change, and our research is proving it.

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CGIAR Climate's curator insight, December 9, 2015 6:28 AM

Frank Rijsberman, CEO of CGIAR, explains how farmers can thrive in the face of climate change. He showcases CGIAR projects that help farmers cope with climate change, including a CCAFS-led project on weather-based index insurance.

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Ban Ki-moon tells African leaders they have 'enormous stake' in COP21

Ban Ki-moon tells African leaders they have 'enormous stake' in COP21 | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Ban Ki-moon stressed that Africa has a large stake in the success of COP21, which aims to reach a climate agreement to limit the rise of global temperature.

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Climate Action's curator insight, December 2, 2015 9:57 AM

Great to see developing nations included in COP21 negotiations - with their massive potential for growth, these nations will determine the world's future.

Kimbowa Richard's curator insight, December 8, 2015 10:09 AM

Africa has a huge stake in #COP21

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Aquaponics: Urban, Local, Sustainable, But How Does It Work Exactly?

Aquaponics: Urban, Local, Sustainable, But How Does It Work Exactly? | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
GOOD is a global community of people and organizations working towards individual and collective progress. (#good #AAAW Aquaponics: Urban, Local, Sustainable, But How Does It Work Exactly?
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The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm

The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Our society needs a new story to belong to. The old story of empire and dominion over the earth has to be looked at in the full light of day - all of our ambient cultural stories and values that we take for granted and which remain invisible must become visible.

But most of all, we need to see the promise of the alternatives - we need to be able to imagine new exciting ways that people could live, better than anything that the old paradigm could ever dream of providing.

And all of this knowledge and introspection, dreaming, questioning, and discovery is essential for a cultural transformation that addresses root causes... http://www.filmsforaction.org/articles/films_for_action_presents_the_top_100_documentaries_inspiring_the_shift_to_a_sustainable_paradigm/


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Marc Gobé's curator insight, February 27, 2013 9:00 AM

Billboards and commercial messages dominate the public space like never before. Can we reverse this visual pollution? This Space Available looks at diverse activists from the worlds of advertising, street art, and politics. http://thisspaceavailablefilm.com/

Steven McGreevy's curator insight, February 28, 2013 7:02 PM

Gonna take a look at this...

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The Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat

The Farming Technique That Will Revolutionize the Way We Eat | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Aquaponics uses fish to create soil-less farms that can fit into cities much easier.
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5 Clever Product Packages That Dissolve After Use

5 Clever Product Packages That Dissolve After Use | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
These days, any designer worth his or her salt is grappling with ideas of waste and sustainability, trying to come up with ways to do more with less.

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, January 30, 2013 12:46 PM

These days, any designer worth his or her salt is grappling with ideas of waste and sustainability, trying to come up with ways to do more with less. This is especially pressing in the realm of product packaging: According to the EPA, Americans alone throw away some 70 million tons of boxes, bags, containers, and inserts each year. It’s a staggering statistic, and any place where we can cut back will help stem the tide. But Aaron Mickelsonhas a more radical idea. Why not get rid of packaging completely?

That lofty ambition served as the basis for Mickelson’s thesis project at Pratt Institute last semester, where the designer earned his masters in package design. The project, which Mickelson dubs "The Disappearing Package," shows zero-waste solutions for five different products, from trash bags to shower soap. And the craziest part of it all is that the designs really aren’t that crazy.

Most of the solutions stem from streamlining the packages of products that are, in some way, packages themselves--or are products that already include many individually packaged parts. Tide Pods, for example, are single-use detergent pouches typically sold in a plastic jug or stand-up bag. Mickelson’s proposal is a simple one: Arrange the pods in a single, perforated sheet; print on them directly with soap-soluble ink; and roll them up into a tight cylinder for grocery store shelves. At home, customers would simply tear off one pod at a time, as needed, until the last one was used, taking the last traces of the product to the washing machine along with it. Mickelson’s idea for tea bags is similarly elegant--instead of putting all the individual, wax-sealed packets in a tin or cardboard box, simply attach them together accordion-style and let the customer tear off one at a time.

The designer’s proposal for Glad trash bags seems even more feasible--and perhaps even a bit more clever. The idea is to roll up the bags into a self-contained tube, with the product information printed directly on the outside bag. But the best part is that customers draw bags not from the outside of the roll but from the inside, Kleenex-style, which dispenses one bag at a time while keeping the rest in one tidy unit. Not only does the design eliminate the need for the superfluous cardboard box but it also adds a bit of quick-grab usability as well. Reducing waste is worthwhile enough; the added utility is just a victory lap.


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Heat from North American cities causing warmer winters, study finds

Heat from North American cities causing warmer winters, study finds | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Researchers say extra heat generated by huge cities explains additional warming not explained by existing climate models

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Brittany Ortiz's curator insight, September 29, 2014 5:15 PM

Very interesting reading this. It seems quite true since the past winter didn't seem as cold as most winters here in Rhode Island. If the big cities cause the winter to be less cool then in the future, would winter even be cold? Lets hope and say this problem will never happen.

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About the WINDHUNTER Hydrogen Generation System

About the WINDHUNTER Hydrogen Generation System | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

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UtilityTree's curator insight, January 24, 2013 9:43 PM

The WINDHUNTER SYSTEM concept is an offshore, floating system that uses several wind turbines for power output to produce hydrogen by electrolyzing water. This continuously manned, safe and stable system will be easily maintained on-board while relocating to the best wind conditions for the wind turbines. The produced hydrogen gas may be compressed and stored as gas or liquefied and placed in insulated tanks. The compressed or liquefied hydrogen may be transferred by helicopter, surface ships or by other means.

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UTEC - Potable Water Generator

The first billboard that produces potable water from the air. Mayo DraftFCB for The University of Engineering and Technology http://www.facebook.com/MayoPeru

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How Microbes Around Plants Translate Into Energy Savings

How Microbes Around Plants Translate Into Energy Savings | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Some air purifying technology originally developed by NASA could eventually purify the air in buildings so much that it would drastically reduce the need to

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Digital Sustainability's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:13 AM

Martin Mittelmark, CEO of Phytofilter Technologies, explained that NASA was researching how plants purify air because of its interest in long-term habitat in outer space. The scientists found that carbon-eating microbes around a plant’s root system digest impurities in air. If they grew plants in porous soil and put an induction fan below the filter, they could get 100 times more polluted air down to the microbes.

 

By leveraging the microbes around the plant, “they (NASA) found these plant purifiers were taking just about every contaminant out of the air,” said Mittelmark. The soil around the plant acts as a filter bed through which indoor air passes and pollutants are trapped, and the filter never needs replacing.

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Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power & Helium to Hover Above Beijing

Floating Light Park Skyscraper Uses Solar Power & Helium to Hover Above Beijing | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Light Park is a skyscraper that hovers over the streets of Beijing like a giant airship. Architects Ting Xu and Yiming Chen have conceived the future of high-rises to be a conglomerate of mega-structures that make up for the shortage of urban open spaces on the ground by lifting them up in the air.


The Light Park skyscraper is lifted off the ground with a helium-filled balloon, and it uses solar energy for propulsion, enabling it to function as a non-polluting transportation deck as well as a floating urban park. The technology is based on existing helium balloon designs, using solar-powered propellers, airbags and atmospheric pressure for takeoff and cruise flight. Solar power is utilized to power the uses below, with translucent solar panels located on the top of the aircraft. In order to avoid additional weight and decrease wind resistance, the skyscraper uses a cable-suspended structure to attach the slabs to the mushroom-like cap. The planting slabs are irrigated with rainwater collected on the large cap surface and are distributed in a way which allows maximum exposure to sunlight on each level...



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Amber Qureshi's curator insight, April 8, 2013 1:19 PM

Daaamnnn :O 

Noor Fatima's comment, April 9, 2013 10:01 AM
incredibleeeee
Amber Qureshi's comment, April 12, 2013 3:12 AM
Ikr :D