Sunday, August 30, 2009

Biosphere Home Farming, a concept by Philips

Source: http://cubeme.com/blog/2009/08/20/biosphere-home-farming-concept-by-philips/

Philips has developed a stunning the Biosphere Home Farming, a concept home farming system that not only provides you with the food you eat, but also delivers fresh hydrogen, heat and gas, which can be further used to nourish plants, illuminate your house or even power your fuel-cell car in the future.
It is a completely interdependent system in which processes rely on one another rather than depending on any external aid.

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The structure houses fishes, root vegetables, grasses, herbs, plants and algae under a common roof. The only external aid that the system depends on is nothing more than kitchen trash. Trash is used to nourish the farm, while the methane digester, which the system is equipped with, produces the much desired heat and gas to power lights. Similarly algae produce hydrogen which can be used as a fuel for fuel-cell systems or to produce more electricity. Plants produce oxygen, which is fed into the fish tank thereby feeding fish, which can further feed you.
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Only 5% of Major Firms Have Sustainability Execs

Source: http://feeds.marketingcharts.com/~r/marketingcharts/~3/26JvZoueoyg/

Among companies in the Russell 1000 Index, only 125 have an executive-level committee with responsibility for corporate social responsibility or environmental, health and safety oversight, according to "The Road Not Yet Taken" report (pdf), writes Environmental Leader. The report also found that only 54 of the firms, or just more than 5%, have a "C" [...]<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/marketingcharts/~4/26JvZoueoyg" height="1" width="1"/>

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Forest Stewardship Council - FSC Certified

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Driverless Taxi System to Make Air Freshener Trees Obsolete [Cars]

Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/QcXmdDLPmqM/driverless-taxi-system-to-make-air-freshener-trees-obsolete

We've heard about automated transport pods for years, but London's Heathrow Airport has just opened the first complete system, a $41 million network to take air travelers to their cars.

The four-passenger personal rapid transport (PRT) vehicles shuttle people from Terminal 5 to one of the airport's parking lots. It's as easy as hopping in, entering your destination on the touchscreen and sitting back while the vehicle navigates specially constructed mini-roads at 25mph to your lot of choice.

If successful, the 18-car system will be expanded with nearly 10x the funding, allowing air travelers to reach local hotels without traditional taxis. And while it all sounds fine and dandy, we hear these automated Johnny Cab drivers can sorta be dicks.
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World's Biggest Water Pump Under Construction In New Orleans, Would've Been Cooler Four Years Ago [Engineering]

Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/PpgeALwb4uM/worlds-biggest-water-pump-under-construction-in-new-orleans-wouldve-been-cooler-four-years-ago

The Army Corps of Engineers has broken ground on a serious construction project: a 150,000-gallon-per-second, $500m pumping station charged with keeping the city of New Orleans a little, uh, dryer than it has been in the last few years.

The pump is just a small part of a larger $14bn plan to seal up New Orleans' levees and bolster the city's disaster preparedness, but it's without a doubt the most visually impressive. PopSci's thrown together a couple of diagrams to give us a sense of scale, and trust me, they're necessary—see that little white thing next to the diesel engine? That's a full-sized human being. There aren't a whole lot of companies that make combustion engines that cartoonishly huge, so my money's on something from a company like Wartsila-Sulzer, which makes engines like this to spin the props on ultramassive cargo ships, and conceivably, pumps:

At any rate, the pump is expected to be operational—and NOLA slightly safer—by 2011. More at [PopSci]




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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

San Francisco Bus Stops to Offer Free Solar-Powered Wi-Fi [Green]

Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/xBRehlT06dM/san-francisco-bus-stops-to-offer-free-solar+powered-wi+fi

By 2013, San Francisco is planning to construct 360 new Muni bus stops that'll further the causes of both solar power and blanketed Wi-Fi at the same time.

The stops, which should cost around $30,000, may seem expensive, but they'll be pretty energy-efficient. The energy not used by the stops will be fed into the city's power grid, and the stops themselves will use LED lighting, nearly four and a half times more efficient than the current fluorescent. Is it shameful to admit that I'm way more excited about blanketed Wi-Fi coverage than energy efficiency? Because I am. [Popular Mechanics]




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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Algae-Powered Transport Truck

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/yankodesign/~3/3VMGKj1W3HU/

This is a vehicle, for the world, to transport goods around the world, with a lot less pollution! Sounds great, doesn’t it? It’s able to drive on the road, get aboard some train tracks, travel really far (on ALGAE fuel cells!), get off the tracks, and go to where it needs to be! Fun, yes?

This particular vehicle also brings into light the GPS tracking system as mapped unto railroads (which will of course become standard once all cars are rail-efficient).

The flexibility of the road and the environmentally sound capabilities of rail travel. And it transports one of those HUGE storage containers, too!

This is Chiron

Designer: Benjamin Cselley, Jupin Ghanbari, Jessica Covi, Erol Kursani

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Chiron Algae-e-motion by Benjamin Cselley, Jupin Ghanbari, Jessica Covi, Erol Kursani

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Cloud-Generating 1900-Ship Armada to Sink Climate Change [Science]

Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/bYIc_cG3v1c/cloud+generating-1900+ship-armada-to-sink-climate-change

The Copenhagen Consensus Centre—a respected European think tank which used to be skeptic on climate change—is now advising that we should spend $9 billion in building 1900 cloud-generating ships like the one above. Why? To cool down Earth:

When you spray saltwater into the air, you create nuclei that cloud condenses around, creating bigger and whiter clouds, thus bouncing more sunlight back into space.

That's what David Young, a member of the panel that created the report, says. The fully automated vessels will cross the oceans absorbing water and spraying it into the skies. They say this will help the formation of big, whiter clouds, which will make the sun light bounce, lowering temperatures.

The idea seems neat, but the concept of anyone in planet Earth claiming to understand how climate works to this extend blows my mind. We are still trying to grasp how a complex system like the weather works, but someone wants to put an idea like this in motion, without knowing about the ultimate consequences? Like we say in my home country: Do you experiments with pop soda. [Copenhagen Consensus via Daily Mail]




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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Samsung and Sprint introduce the Reclaim -- a cellphone made from corn

Samsung and Sprint introduce the Reclaim -- a cellphone made from corn


We love the Earth, and apparently so do Sprint and Samsung. The two companies have just introduced the Reclaim, a super-eco cellphone made from 80 percent recycled materials. The device -- a stout, sliding, QWERTY message-friendly model -- is constructed from "bio-plastic" materials made from corn, is free of PVC, and mostly free of BFR (brominated flame retardants)... which are apparently pretty bad. The phone also has a 2 megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, can accept microSD cards (we assume) up to 32GB, and has Sprint Navigation onboard. The packaging will be eco-friendly as well, as it's constructed from 70 percent recycled materials and printed with soy-based ink. The carrier will be selling the Reclaim in "Earth Green" or "Ocean Blue" come August 16th for $50 (after a $30 instant rebate and $50 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract. Additionally, $2 of that profit will be funneled to the Nature Conservancy's Adopt an Acre program. Finally, a phone that goes with your Prius.

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$2.4 Billion Grant Means Batteries Might Finally Join the 21st Century [Batteries]

$2.4 Billion Grant Means Batteries Might Finally Join the 21st Century [Batteries]

The Obama administration has dumped an electric truckload of money on car and battery companies, with hopes they'll develop technology that'll make plug-powered cars suitable for the mainstream. As you can imagine, this is way bigger than just cars.

Batteries have been a bottleneck in consumer electronics for years now, and it's getting ridiculous. Think back ten years ago: you probably couldn't have imagined all the wild stuff you can do with 2009's smartphones, but you definitely wouldn't have guessed that their batteries would last less than two days. It doesn't make sense, and it's slowing things down—imagine what our gadgets could do if manufacturers didn't have to spend so much of their engineering efforts of reducing power consumption.

The problem is, truly new battery technologies require huge institutional investments, the likes of which most companies aren't able—or willing—to make. As Wired explains, we've been stuck for years, but maybe, just maybe, this 2.4-billion dollars will somehow transmute into a breakthrough battery technology that'll trickle down to our gadgets, rendering out DC adapters obsolete once and for all. Or, it'll just sink into some kind of giant corporate money hole, and we'll just have to charge our iPhone 5GS Nanos six times a day. We'll see! [WSJ]




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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Study says LEDs are about as efficient as compact fluorescents, all things considered

Study says LEDs are about as efficient as compact fluorescents, all things considered


As we've seen with the slight resurgence of new and improved incandescent light bulbs, the amount of energy used to actually light up the bulb isn't necessarily the whole measure of energy efficiency. There's also the small matter of producing the bulb, shipping it around the world, and eventually disposing of it. With that in mind, the Siemens Corporate Technology Centre for Eco Innovations conducted a study that compared regular compact fluorescents to LED lamps -- using one 25,000-hour LED lamp as a constant, compared to 2.5 10,000-hour compact fluorescents (and 25 1,000-hour incandescents). While it's still holding back on some of the finer details, the group did apparently find that LEDs are no more or no less energy efficient than compact flourescents when the entire lifecycle of the bulb is taken into account, although it is quick to point out that LEDs should eventually win out as they become more efficient to produce.

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