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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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The next revolution in Net Zero buildings: Occupants

The next revolution in Net Zero buildings: Occupants | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Next-generation buildings will target occupants and the amount of energy consumed by plug-in devices, experts say.

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Diedert Debusscher's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:27 AM

In a Net-Zero energy building, the remaining (low) energy consumption is dominated not by heating and colling, but plug loads. So occupant behavior change should be the next focus. Confirmed by this 100 engineers and architects from the design and build community.

Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 25, 2013 12:37 AM

Occupants in Net-Zero energy buildings are usually measured as a plug load.  Monitoring & limiting plug loads are methods of managing energy use in a building.

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Solar power has record year despite bankruptcies

Solar power has record year despite bankruptcies | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Solar power has record year in 2012, with total U.S. capacity surging 40%, despite persisting bankruptcies.

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 18, 2013 9:18 AM

The price of solar panels has declined 60% since the beginning of 2011, according to SEIA. Lower prices for silicon -- a main ingredient in the panels -- and massive investments in manufacturing capacity, especially by the Chinese, have helped push down prices.

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Soot 'has bigger role in warming' (worse than methane?)

Soot 'has bigger role in warming' (worse than methane?) | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
New research says that black carbon, or soot, is making a much larger contribution to global warming than previously recognised.

This new study concludes the dark particles are having a warming effect approximately two thirds that of carbon dioxide, and greater than methane.

"The large conclusion is that forcing due to black carbon in the atmosphere is larger," lead author Sarah Doherty told BBC News. ....

The researchers say black carbon emissions in Europe and North America have been declining due to restrictions on emissions from diesel engines. But they have been growing steadily in the developing world. However as these type of particles don't last very long in the atmosphere, cutting their number would have an immediate impact on temperatures.

Cutting emissions from diesel engines could have a big effect

"Reducing emissions from diesel engines and domestic wood and coal fires is a no-brainer as there are tandem health and climate benefits," said Professor Piers Forster from the University of Leeds.


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Inside the meat lab: the future of food

Inside the meat lab: the future of food | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

The future feast is laid out around a cool white room at Eindhoven's University of Technology . There is a steak tartare of in-vitro beef fibre, wittily knitted into the word "meat". There are "fruit-meat" amuse-gueules. The green- and pink-striped sushi comes from a genetically modified vegetarian fish called the biccio that, usefully, has green- and pink-striped flesh. To wash this down, there's a programmable red wine: with a microwave pulse you can turn it into anything from Montepulciano to a Syrah. For the kids, there are sweet fried crickets, programmable colas and "magic meatballs". These are made from animal-friendly artificial meat grown from stem cells: packed with Omega 3 and vitamins, they "crackle in your mouth". Yum.


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Olive Ventures's curator insight, January 16, 2013 2:25 AM

the only way for everyone to eat like a "foodie"?

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Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development

Rotterdam’s Solar-Powered Floating Pavilion is an Experimental Climate-Proof Development | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Rotterdam’s Floating Pavilion by Deltasync and PublicDomain Architects is the first pilot project for a sustainable floating district.


In an effort to address the challenges of climate change and sea level rise, the City of Rotterdam has started to build some intriguing floating structures. The first pilot project is a catalyst for climate change-proof architecture called the Floating Pavilion that consists of three connected hemispheres that look like bubbles anchored within the Dutch city’s old harbor.

An initiative of Rotterdam Climate Proof (part of the Rotterdam Climate Initiative), the mixed-use pavilion was designed by Deltasync and Public Domain Architects, and it sets an unprecedented example for innovative, sustainable and climate-proof architecture.


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bancoideas's curator insight, January 3, 2013 1:34 PM

Que no se diga que no se puede

François Lanthier's curator insight, January 3, 2013 4:16 PM

Quel projet créatif!

ElenaArcausdeLabadie's comment, January 9, 2013 7:16 PM
Impresionante proyecto, qué tecnología constructiva!
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12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects for 2013 - Biofuels Digest

12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects for 2013 - Biofuels Digest | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
12 Bellwether Biofuels Projects for 2013
Biofuels Digest
divining-rod A long war of opinion has been waged for years between advanced biofuels' detractors and supporters. Mirage or reality?

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Aquaponics will feed nations | Lj4

Posted on12/17/2012

There are excellent reasons why everybody should discover a way to harvest their own organic food. Aquaponics creates a clean, healthy and balanced and sustainable source of fresh food as well as an effective protein source that is vital {with the looming food shortages {about  to happen worldwide.

In current many years there has been a good surge of people who are trying their {hand at generating their own Aquaponics systems, correct in their own backyards. These people are loving  aquaponics for beginners and are blazing a path to remain objective it is important to consider future of survival.

You need not be an expert to make sufficient food to feed yourself, your family and even many of your neighbors if you try. 

The vegetable and fruits that are developed in an aquaponics {system are 100% natural without any kind of chemical additives.It’s all natural and based on nature this cycle and you can uss it to grow foods quickly.The nitrogen feeds the growingvegetables and what the greens do not consume, is after that passed back to the fish after the normal micro organisms havedone their job. The fish’s waste are ammonia which is broken down into nitrates and after that is recirculated back again into the plants.
A simple system that is self sustaining and grows food as well as feeds the fish with just a little help.

 

Most of the best fish can be developed in an aquaponics system for their Omega 3 fatty acids, protien and used to reproduce for even more stock. When your aquaponics system is up and running, nature pretty considerably requires care of the rest. 

 

The FDA is putting far more limitations on farmers and what they are producing is lesser and lesser quality of foods that are becomming more nutritionally devoid.In addition, big manufacturers like Monsanto are genetically altering seeds, and it seems there is a war on organic foods.With food shortages, growing food prices, now is the time to highly consider your own system.Aquaponics calls for small room, produces food often far more swiftly in contrast to basic horticulture methods and it is lasting.Far more nations globally are kindled foods enjoy corn and sugar as a fuel finds and ravenous their population.Aquaponics can change that. Many governmental studies have been done worldwide, researching aquaponics.A lot of them agree on certain things. The super food in an aquponics hard drive grows 8 occasions quicker using 4 times more the density. If you ponder how that on your own could feed a population, the final results are staggering.In most 3rd world nations aquaponics could practically get rid of starvation. Within two many years the word hunger could stop to exist owing to aquaponics.
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Community Power: Renewing Communities Through Renewable Energy

Community Power: Renewing Communities Through Renewable Energy | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

There is much meaning behind the name Community Power. It does not only refer to electrical power generated by a community; it also implies individual and community empowerment.

Community Power enables individuals to take steps towards the betterment of the environment, their communities, and also their personal finances. It also enables these individuals to gather for a common purpose and achieve something extraordinary, as a community. This is where true economic, environmental and social sustainability lies. Through igniting individual behaviour change and community solidarity, Community Power starts an empowering process that enables communities to provide local solutions to their local needs for the long term.


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UtilityTree's curator insight, December 28, 2012 2:30 PM

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, December 28, 2012 11:16 PM

"A National Renewable Energy Laboratory study found that the impact of community-owned projects on jobs creation during construction period is 1.1 to 1.3 times higher than corporate ones, and 1.1 to 2.8 times higher during operations period.

 

The employment and investment impact of community-owned projects can also go beyond a local community. Community ownership played a pivotal role in Germany and Denmark becoming global leaders not only in renewable energy generation but also in energy research & development and systems manufacturing. Currently, more than 50% of Germany’s renewable power is generated by community-based projects, and 80% of Denmark’s world-renowned windmills are cooperatively owned. ..."


Clean Technica (http://s.tt/1xJmi)Read more at http://cleantechnica.com/2012/12/28/community-power-renewing-communities-through-renewable-energy/#9BJDEsWlYydVVI10.99

 

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10 Of The Year’s Best Designs For Social Good

10 Of The Year’s Best Designs For Social Good | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

CYNICS BE DAMNED! FROM AN OVEN THAT TURNS SEAWATER INTO DRINKING WATER, TO A PAIR OF 3-D PRINTED ARMS THAT LET A TODDLER HUG HER MOM FOR THE FIRST TIME, THESE PRODUCTS MADE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THOUSANDS OF LIVES THIS YEAR.

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New World Record Set for Solar Cells: 44% Efficiency

New World Record Set for Solar Cells: 44% Efficiency | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Solar Junction have set a new record for high-efficiency solar cells with an unprecedented 44% efficiency rate.

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Biofuels: fuelling our future with slime and cooking oil

A team of students from Bodmin College in Cornwall make biofuel from algae and waste cooking oil (RT @algaeindustry: A great algae video: RT @asulightworks: Biofuels: fuelling our future with slime and cooking oil via @guardian #biofuel

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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
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Ikr :D
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Japan's Quiet Skyscraper-Demolition Technique Generates Energy

Japan's Quiet Skyscraper-Demolition Technique Generates Energy | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Taisei Corporation is using its Ecological Reproduction System (Tecorep) to gradually lower the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka, and bemused passersby have already witnessed the 140m-high (about 460 feet) tower quietly shrink to 110m (about 360 feet). It’s a far more elegant method when compared with the much-unchanged tack of getting something big and heavy and smashing it into a building, or the presumably fun but incredibly messy process of blowing it up. Buildings are of course dismantled using cranes already, but only from the exterior and for towers under 100m — and they’re far from green. Having investigated new methods since 2008, Taisei is suggesting that for buildings over 100m we need to adopt a new approach.


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"Barefoot" Solar Energy Engineers

"Barefoot" Solar Energy Engineers | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
The Barefoot College in western India is training illiterate or semi-literate women from all over the world to be solar engineers, making renewable energy technology and knowledge accessible.

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Agora Tower, Taipei: A Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens

Agora Tower, Taipei: A Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Taipei just broke ground on a twisting skyscraper that is wrapped with a jungle of vertical gardens...

Designed by Vincent Callebaut Architecture, the 455,000-square-foot Agora Tower will have an orchard, a vegetable garden, space for aromatic and medicinal plants, and a compost and rainwater capture system.

Designed to mimic two encircling hands and the helical structure of DNA, the towers are organized a central core that allows for a “hyper-abundance of suspended gardens.” These will spill over with edible and decorative plants, enabling residents of 40 luxury apartments to harvest a great deal of their own food (except for protein.) Plus, the rainwater capture system alleviates pressure on the municipal water supply and gives the complex even greater independence.

Each 540 square meter apartment will have an interior green wall as well, ensuring optimum air quality and a great green aesthetics. A circular light funnel will push daylighting right down to the basement of the building, a solar roof will provide energy, and low E glass will mitigate excess solar gain and prevent thermal loss.

Complete with nanotechnology and a host of other high-tech features, this one-of-a-kind tower may well be the greenest of its kind when it is completed circa 2016....


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Pagina Uno's curator insight, March 10, 2013 6:10 AM

Progettato per imitare la struttura elicoidale del DNA, le torri sono organizzate intorno ad un nucleo centrale che ha permesso la realizzare un "iper-abbondanza di giardini sospesi." Questi traboccano di piante commestibili e decorative, che consentono ai residenti dei 40 appartamenti di lusso di raccogliere una grande quantità di cibo. Inoltre, un sistema di raccolta delle acque piovane allevia il peso sulla rete idrica comunale e dà indipendenza al complesso.

Bubba Muntzer's comment, March 10, 2013 1:30 PM
This is a real fad now, skyscrapers that twist toward the sky like that, isn't it? I can't help but wonder about the legacy. Are we entering a new era where the species is losing its self consciousness, or have these architects simply not heard the old limerick about the heartbreak when the man who was threaded one way fell in love with the woman who was threaded the other way?
Backbone's curator insight, September 13, 2014 7:54 AM

more constructions like this expected in near future !

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First-of-its-kind Global Atlas for renewables debuts - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism

First-of-its-kind Global Atlas for renewables debuts - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
First-of-its-kind Global Atlas for renewables debuts - Renewable Energy Magazine, at the heart of clean energy journalism

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Christian Aymé's curator insight, January 16, 2013 1:40 AM

 Potentiellement renouvelable

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5 Biofuel Trends to Watch Out for in 2013

5 Biofuel Trends to Watch Out for in 2013 | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
2012 saw the introduction of next generation, advanced biorefineries. Here we look at the trends that will hit the biofuel market in 2013, including; Green Diesel, Decline of Oil,

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, January 16, 2013 3:51 AM

The Retreat of Oil Majors

Trend: Oil Majors double down on “Golden Age of Gas” while narrowing investments across the advanced biofuel space.

An early strategic investor in the advanced biofuels industry, global oil majors have begun trimming excess fat from their biofuel investment portfolios over the past couple of years. BP, a leading investor in the biofuels industry, pulled out of its commercial Highlands Park project in Florida in October 2012 to refocus on R&D efforts. Shell, meanwhile, has dropped a number of investments across the advanced biofuels landscape, concentrating its commercialization efforts on its Raizen joint venture with Cosan in Brazil.

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LuminAID: The Inflatable, Rechargeable Solar Lantern

LuminAID: The Inflatable, Rechargeable Solar Lantern | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
In the wake of natural disasters, one thing that often gets overlooked is the need for cheap, reliable lighting. There are, of course, solar lanterns and flashlights on the market.

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A Giant Synthetic Crystal Explodes Through Gallery Floors at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore | Colossal

A Giant Synthetic Crystal Explodes Through Gallery Floors at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore | Colossal | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

Points of Contention is a 2011 installation by Jonathan Latiano that was installed in a gallery space at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. The piece features an explosive crystal growth protruding from a rippling gallery floor that is meant to call into question the continued production of plastics, resins and polymers and their long-term impact on the geological landscape around us. Via a press release for the exhibition:

Driven by the exploration of time, motion and the physics of the natural world, Jonathan Latiano presents Points of Contention, a site-specific installation sculpture that investigates the increasingly blurred line between the organic and inorganic as well as the spatial boundaries of where the spectacle begins and ends. Convergent forms of crystalline growth and explosive impact reinforce the hundreds of shards of custom cut and painted elements used to create the centerpiece of the exhibition. Through the use of reclaimed and altered wood, plastic, Styrofoam and site-grown salt crystals Latiano explores the question: At what point do the controversies of the present become the “new norms” of the future?

Latiano will return to School 33 Art Center in September of 2013 as part of a collaboration with artist Jennifer Strunge who is known for her creation of totally bizarre and wonderful cotton monsters. Can’t wait to see what the two do together!

If you liked this piece, also check out the work of Chris Whiteburch, and the Inversion House by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. (via razorshapes)

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A 'green' success story

Mr Vineet Mittal, a serial entrepreneur, currently at the helm of Welspun Energy, is known for his visionary leadership and execution abilities. His strong e...

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The GREEN MARKET ORACLE: Children and the Future of Sustainability

The GREEN MARKET ORACLE: Children and the Future of Sustainability | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it

As the most vulnerable members of our societies, environmental destruction impacts children first and foremost. Children are also those who are most likely to endure the impacts of a polluted environment over the longest period. Climate change is already killing one thousand children every day. The importance of educating children about the environment was addressed at theRio+ conference. There are some basic sustainability issues that must be addressed. Things like clean water and clean air are basic concerns that are fundamentally important to many children all around the world.

In the world today there are 2.6 billion people are without access to basic sanitation; 67 million children of primary school age are out of school. A lack water and sanitation services which is a leading cause of mortality for both children and their mothers. Indoor air pollution from particulate matter is responsible for 900,000 deaths in children under the age of five.

An environmental education is important to children because they will be called upon to solve unimaginable challenges in their lifetime. They will desperately need the knowledge and tools necessary for survival in the 21st Century. (more)

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How to feed the world without destroying it [Infographic]

How to feed the world without destroying it [Infographic] | Yan's Earth | Scoop.it
Want to address world hunger — not to mention climate change, poverty and pollution? Here's how taking a more natural approach to agriculture can benefit everyone and everything from the soil up.

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