The way to make information relevant is not to ask people to think about or worry about something new—especially not something that’s far away in time or space. The stories have to be close to us, emotionally or physically. Or, we have to displace what’s already in someone’s pool or worry.
Scientist and Researchers have been stressing for years that global warming is causing the coral reef to die off. It has been shown to us in numerous forms that the coral reef is indeed taking damage, but new research is showing that this isn’t the first time coral reefs have suffered through harsh temperatures and bounced back. So the future just may be bright again for all corals out there.
The Yale Environment 360 reports: ”An increase in ocean temperatures that occurred 4,000 years ago triggered a collapse of coral reef systems in the eastern Pacific that lasted for about 2,500 years, according to a new study. In an analysis of 17-foot core samples taken from the frameworks of coral reefs off the Panama coast, scientists from the Florida Institute of Technology found that the reefs stopped growing during a period that coincided with the start of a period of dramatic swings in the El Nino-Southern Oscillation, including periods when ocean temperatures elevated significantly. They say this gap in growth also occurred in reef systems as far away as Japan and Australia.”
So I believe everyone was once told that going green is the best thing for us as people and for our planet. I felt we were lead to believe that going green will take a world effort and also will take a lot of compliance. Well this recent story out of Guatemala may have you look at going green from a different perspective.
According to the Guardian, Guatemala is one of the fastest growing hubs for biofuel production and the demand for it’s fertile land has been bad news for it’s farmers. Just recently it was reported that security forces forcibly forced out out thousands of people from their land, so European biofuel companies could move in and began growing crops for biofuel.
John Vidal has the full story:
Usually I post a lot of things about sneakers from the rarest release coming up, to the hottest sneakers/deal on the market. And this post isn’t any different, well maybe a little. Today I would like to present to you the REMYXX sneakers, which are made from 100% recycled material. To check out more information or to get a pair, just hit the link above.
Like any person, even if they have the least bit of common sense wouldn’t feel particularly safe riding a bike without an official bike-lane. Well the city is about to fix this and it is actually a part of their 2030 blueprint for a greener city, which they intend to build 125miles worth of bike-lanes.
According to the Guardian
have been successful in persuading previous non-cyclists to get out on their bikes. Research done by the council has shown that the likelihood of a resident commuting by bike increases exponentially with the proportion of their commuting trip made possible on a separated bike lane.
Scientist in the U.S. have came up with a revolutionary development that will allow paint to store and deliver electrical power just like a battery can. Some researchers at Rice University made this possible, by coming up with a technique to break down each element of a regular battery and be able to incorporate it into a liquid that can be sprayed on any service.
In the image above scientist from Nanyang Technological University are standing around a toilet that separates urine, using a vacuum to evacuate it instead of using water. This is how it works:
Having the human waste separated at source and processed on-site would lower costs needed in recovering resources, as treating mixed waste is energy intensive and not cost-effective,” Prof Wang said. “With our innovative toilet system, we can use simpler and cheaper methods of harvesting the useful chemicals and even produce fuel and energy from waste.
It seems like Air Canada is setting the bar pretty high after they test drove one of their planes using 50% biofuel also made from cooing oil. Yesterday before Air Canada took off they wrote: ”Flight AC991 from Toronto to Mexico City is expected to generate at least 40 per cent fewer emissions by using jet fuel derived from recycled cooking oil and through other fuel-saving measures, making it the most environmentally-friendly flight ever flown by Air Canada. The flight is supported by Airbus and is part of an environmental demonstration by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to coincide with the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.”
German tuner BRABUS and Smart have teamed up to the BRABUS e-bike, which comes with a 500-watt hub motor, weighs ten percent less than a regular bike and can reach a top speed of 25mph. The other features of the bike include: a fitted four piston brake system on the front wheel, weight-optimized cranks and pedals, a carbon fiber seat-post, green leather grips and saddle, Sport Contact tires, and matte black four-spoke carbon fiber wheels.
So I know we’ve all been there were you charge your battery to it’s full capacity, and miraculously about an hour and a half later your phone is on it’s last brink of life. Well according to the app Carat this can all change if you download their app. It is designed to work as follows: When you download the app it will take measurements about your device and usage habits. The info will then be shipped off to UC Berkeley servers where it will be analyzed. The information is sent back to your phone, which will show you how to use your phone so that the battery life will last much longer. The above image shows how it will be displayed on your phone, and the below image shows exactly how the app works.
Dutch indusrtial designers Springtime have created a pretty nice electric bike. The bike is said to reach speeds of 80kw, which is pretty fast, and it is also equipped with LED lighting around the whole bike.
“Using our self-contained particle in a low cost plastic bag, we have successfully demonstrated our ability to mimic photosynthesis to produce renewable hydrogen from virtually any source of water using the power of the Sun. Unlike approaches taken by others in the past, our small scale solar devices actually float in the water. Our next step is to complete the development of our nanoparticles, extremely small solar devices, optimized to significantly reduce the cost of separating hydrogen from water.” - Tim Young, CEO of HyperSolar
Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos is painting trees around the world to raise awareness about defoestation. Konstantin has this to say about his painting:
In nature color is used both as a defensive mechanism, a means of protection, and as a mechanism to attract. The Blue Trees attempts to waken a similar response from viewers. Trees are largely invisible in our daily lives, and it’s not until it’s too late that we realize how important they are to us both aesthetically and environmentally.
Trash Backwards is a new app from Team CORA’s, which is designed to help promote up-cycling by offering alternatives to sending discarded trash from landfills.
How will you contribute this coming Earth Day.