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Energy Sources Farming 

PlantMed Perserving Amazon Plants

  We all know it’s important to preserve the Amazon. It’s plants are a source of many medicines. PlantMed is an organization that is working on keeping the relationship between the Amazon plant resources and our ability to use them alive.  The PlantMed website states “PlantMed is working with indigenous people in the Amazon to share their knowledge of medicinal plants with the world, before it’s lost forever due to the destruction of the rainforest. The Shipibo people of Peru and the Sápara people of Ecuador have joined forces with scientists and…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Garden Indoor All Year Round

  Interested in gardening but can’t either to space or weather? With indoor gardening kits, seeds, added nutrients and cultivation lights it can be possible. The hydroponic gardening kit at IKEA is called Krydda / Vaxer Series. The process involves soaking little plugs in water. Once the seeds grow, replant them in small planters filled with pumice stones and transfer them to another tray. Provide water and sunlight. The plants will harvest. For more information visit: IKEA Gardening

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Energy Sources Farming 

Harvest Bees at Home

  Recently the bee population has declined everywhere expect cities. We still don’t understand the cause but we do know bees are crucial for pollination. To help support the bee population, a Dutch electronic company’s Microbial Home design, an eco-system concept unveiled at this year’s Dutch design week. Pressed against an opening in a window, the Urban Beehive splits the difference between inside and out, with a flowerpot and entry passage outside and a tinted-glass shell, filled with honeycomb frames, inside. Honey can be harvested by releasing smoke into the hive…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Scott Slatter Plans to Sell Mojave Dessert Water

    Slater is a chief executive at a Cadiz, a company that owns water rights associated with 45,000 acres of land along route 66, about 75 miles north-east of Palm Springs. He wants to pump 814bn gallons of water from under the Mojave desert to Los Angeles and other drought-stricken communities in southern California, and make more than $2bn (£1.3bn) doing so. This plan does not have the green light from many supporters. However, Slater believes the people who really want water will be willing to the pay the…

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Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Energy Sources 

Atlas for a Changing Planet

  Esri, the world leader in geographic information system technology, released an interactive map illustrating the earth’s natural and human systems and how they have changed—and will change—over time. With the Atlas for a Changing Planet Story Map ,scientists, policy makers, planners, and activists can examine detailed spatial information that is critical for adapting to a warmer future. Atlas for a Changing Planet explores a sample of maps, imagery, and data from Esri ArcGIS Online. The Story Map covers five themes: understanding natural systems, mapping human systems, mapping ocean impacts,…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Styrofoam Eating Worms

  Styrofoam has been considered a non-biodegradable plastic until the recent study done at Stanford. The tiny worm, which is the larvae form of the darkling beetle, can subsist on a diet of Styrofoam and other forms of polystyrene, according to two companion studies co-authored by Wei-Min Wu, a senior research engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford. In the lab, 100 worms converted half the styro-foam into Carbon Dioxide, which is considered normal. Microorganisms in the worms’ guts biodegrade the plastic in the process – a…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Wall Street Adding Farmland to its Portfolio

            As prices are rising for farmland, financial institutions have been buying more farmland.  TIAA-CREF, the massive California teachers pension plan, and big insurers such as John Hancock now invest in farmland.  Pension funds own almost 700,000 acres, by one estimate.  Hancock Agricultural Investment Group manages 230,000 acres worth more than $2 billion, 40 percent of it for almonds, pistachios, walnuts and macadamia nuts, Asia favorites.  Swiss giant UBS’s farm portfolio more than doubled to over $400 million from 2010 to 2012. By some estimates,…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

6 Massive Shifts To Energy Markets

  The renewable-energy boom is here. Trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years. Solar Prices Keep Crashing: Solar power will eventually get so cheap that it will outcompete new fossil-fuel plants and even start to supplant some existing coal and gas plants, potentially stranding billions in fossil-fuel infrastructure. Solar Billions Will Become Trillions: According to BNEF, $3.7 trillion dollars will be invested in Solar making it 1/3 of new power energy source. Decentralized Revolution: The biggest revolution will be on rooftops.  High electricity prices and cheap residential battery…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Beirut’s ABC Mall Solar Roof

    ABC Achrafieh, the most beautiful mall in Beirut, is turning into the most eco-friendly one by installing the largest private photovoltaic plant in Lebanon on ABC’s rooftop. The installation will cover up to 4,000 m2 and will provide a capacity of 0.45 MW that is enough to power ABC department store, the equivalent of feeding up to 500 houses. By doing so, ABC will reduce its need for electricity and secure free renewable energy for up to 20 years. I love the initiative and I hope others malls…

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Energy Sources 

Yingli Solar at World Cup 2014

  Yingli who? If you watched the World Cup 2014, you would have seen Yingli Solar ads, one of the 12 companies advertising at the World Cup. FIFA made over $1 billion from ads, $70m of directly from Yingli. Additionally, Yingli placed 1,500 solar panels encircling the World Cup stadium in Maracana, Brazil. As the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer based out of China, Yingli Solar is hoping to break into the Latin American by growing its less than 5% market share in 2013 to more than 10% by 2015. Cracking…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Ecosphere Shipping Containers Turned into Solar Stations

  Ecosphere Technologies designed a mobile solar station that can be installed anywhere in the world. It can create and store energy with a wireless connectivity toa range of 30 miles. The pop-up panels provide 400% more energy than solar panels on the roof with a maximum of 15 kilowatts. This station in many situations including military, humanitarian or disaster relief. The electricity generated can be used to power various onboard systems, including communication systems, water treatment systems as well as water distribution systems and much more. These systems are…

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Farm Bill Winners and Losers

  The long-stalled farm bill, which represents nearly $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years and passed on a rare bipartisan vote, 68 to 32, produced clear winners and losers. Over all, farmers fared far better than the poor. The nearly 1,000-page among other things expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over a decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. But anti-hunger advocates said the bill would harm 850,000 American households, about 1.7 million people spread…

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Apple Solar Patents

  Apple appears to be creating a new device that can let natural light in and absorb the energy via solar cells in the devices. The key component in the patent is Smart Glass, or electrochromic glass. Acting like sunglasses, the glass can fluctuate its translucency to filter in light. The idea is to have a layer of photovoltaic cells – cells found in solar panels that absorb energy – located behind the LCD screen on the back of the device to work with the Smart Glass. Since the Smart…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Solar Glass Orb Phone Charger

  Beta.ey is a spherical glass solar phone charger and atmospheric lamp. German architect André Broessel of Rawlemon has designed a solar cell phone charger and atmospheric lamp that follows the sun’s path to allow for maximum powering up. The Beta.ey is mounted on a dual axis tracking system and is small enough to fit on a regular desk. It works across all mobile devices. At night it transforms into a stand-alone atmospheric lamp with a colored RGB LED light. Beta.ey is currently raising funds on Indiegogo. Backers can purchase…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Prince William Enrolls in Agriculture Classes

  Early next year, Prince William plans to return to school and complete a 10-week program in agricultural management at the university at the University of Cambridge. What William, 31, learns could help him when he takes over responsibility for the Duchy of Cornwall, an estate that includes farmland, from Prince Charles and make better decisions in the public sector. More importantly, his decision to enroll in this course projects the importance of sustainability nowadays. The program is designed to give the Duke of Cambridge “an understanding of contemporary issues…

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Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Energy Sources 

China Launches Second Largest Carbon Market

  On Thursday China began trading in Guangdong’s carbon permit market, which is expected to be the world’s second-largest market after the European Union in terms of carbon dioxide emissions covered. It is far larger than either the Australian or Californian emissions trading schemes. The Chinese government has approved seven pilot carbon trading exchanges in total, with Shenzhen being the first to launch in June followed by Beijing and Shanghai. However, Guangdong, which is home to over 100 million people and has an economy larger than Indonesia, far outweighs the…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Jay-Z and Beyonce Go Vegan For 22 Days

  Jay-Z and Beyonce have embarked on a 22-day Vegan diet plan. According to Jay-Z’s website announcing their endeavor, they decided on 22 days because someone once said it takes 21 days to break a habit, and on the 22nd day, you’re golden. The purpose of this diet is not only for physical health but also a spiritual cleanse. On his blog, Jay-Z wrote “So you can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse… I don’t know what happens after Christmas. A semi-vegan, a full plant-based diet? Or just a…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Google Map Forest Changes Since 2000

  There is a buzz over deforestation but what are the facts? Thanks to a new Google mapping project, Earth Engine Partners, those changes are now visible. The map compiles 100-foot-resolution satellite images of Earth’s land area taken each season, every year between 2000 and 2012, to paint a picture of where trees were lost or gained. The map one pixel resolution is 30 meters or 100 feet. Applications for the new global forest map range from calculating how much carbon is stored in the world’s forests to identifying what…

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Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Energy Sources 

Obama Enacting 1st Federal Carbon Limit

  As promised in his inaugural speech, President Obama is supporting green movements. He said “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” and “the path toward sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.” The Obama administration will enact the first federal carbon limits on the nation’s power companies by installing technology called “carbon capture and sequestration”. This technology scrubs carbon dioxide from their emissions before they reach the plant smokestacks. The regulations…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Transparent Solar Panels for Windows

  In the future, solar panels will no longer be restricted to the roof. You’ll be able to put them on your windows too. The transparent solar cell is made out of a plastic that absorbs invisible infared light while letting most visible light pass through. “If you take a piece of glass and compare it to our solar cell, it is difficult to tell the difference,” said study leader Yang Yang, a professor at UCLA and director of the Nano Renewable Energy Center at California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Scientists at UCLA…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Whole Foods Sells 1 Million Fair Trade Certified Mangoes

  Whole Foods Market remains the only buyer of the limited supply of Fair Trade Certified mangos from Haiti.  While Whole Foods tries to ensure that more money gets to the small farmers, the real hard work is done by a group of non-governmental organizations and business people whose deep dedication to fair trade makes it all happen. Whole Foods is part of a Whole Trade Haitian mango program that allows farmers to join and get more money for their mangos. This opportunity can improve general welfare in the area….

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

2012 Renewable Energy Use Grew to China’s Total Energy Demand

  In 2012, renewables grew 8% to 4,860TWh, as much as China’s total energy demand!  The International Energy Agency’s latest annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report was released this week, and according to current trends renewable energy sources will collectively overtake gas as the world’s second-largest source of energy by the end of this decade Renewables — hydro, solar, geothermal, biofuel and wind — are the fastest-growing energy sector, and an estimated increase in generation capacity of 40 percent over the next five years will mean that by 2018 a quarter of all…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Asian Countries Review Importing GMO US Wheat

  America is the world’s biggest wheat exporter, shipping $8 billion worth around the world every year. This represents nearly half the total $17.9 billion crop, according to U.S. Wheat Associates, which promotes American wheat abroad.  The presence of the genetically modified plant could cause some countries to turn away exports of American wheat, especially if any traces of the unapproved grain were found in shipments. Australia is No. 2. While many wheat buyers may now look to Australia to boost its exports, experts told Reuters that it was unlikely…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Will Mosanto Kill or Save Us?

  Monsanto is the company that allows farmers to grow more food with less land, water and energy. But it is also the company that brought us products we now know were far more dangerous than advertised, including the insecticide DDT, the toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs, and the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange, which poisoned our own soldiers with dioxins. Monsanto also brought us saccharine — sweet, yet artificial, and known to cause cancer in laboratory rats. Currently,  Monsanto became a totally new company intent upon bioengineering the planet….

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Google Investing $12m into South Africa Jasper Power Project

  Google has announced its first ever renewable energies investment in Africa, putting $12m (103 million Rand) in the Jasper Power Project, a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa. Once it’s complete, the Jasper Power Project will be among the largest solar installations in Africa, and it could generate enough electricity to power 30,000 South African homes. “When we consider investing in a renewable energy project, we focus on two key factors -first, we only pursue investments that we believe make financial sense,” explains Rick Needham, Director for…

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Energy Sources Gas & Oil 

Exxon Mobil Arkansas Oil Spill

  Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, was shut after the leak was discovered late Friday afternoon in a subdivision near the town of Mayflower. The leak forced the evacuation of 22 homes. Exxon also had no specific estimate of how much crude oil had spilled, but the company said 12,000 barrels of oil and water had been recovered – up from 4,500 barrels on Saturday. The company did not say how much of the…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Andriod App to Control Lawn Irrigation

  Google engineers J.J Barrons and Joe Fernandez have developed this lawn irrigation system. In January 2012, Joe Fernandez posted an entry that began “So… I connected my lawn to the internet.” and went on to cover the ins and outs of his experiment building what he calls the Irrduino Project, which aimed to add remote control functionality to lawn sprinklers. Dubbed Irrduino, it uses Android, Ardiuno, Python, Dart and the Google App Engine. The code for creating your own Irrduino is now available at Google Code, and includes IrrduinoController,…

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Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Energy Sources 

Apple Data Centers Use 100% Renewable Energy

  Apple has released its environmental report and, among other interesting things, it now states that is uses 100% renewable energy for its data centers and 75% for its needs overall, up from 35% in 2010. The end goal is 100% renewable energy use for all of the company’s energy needs. Its likely that not all that clean energy will not be produced on site, Apple won’t turn into a energy utility company, but the equivalent amount would be purchased from other sources and used on the grid, so the…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Building World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant in CA

  Concentrating solar power companies Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world’s largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be located on federal land, and it’s being facilitated by the Bureau of Land Management. The 500-megawatt Palen Solar Electric Generating System will create 2,000 new construction jobs, and it will produce enough electricity to power 200,000 households. The project was unveiled just hours after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved 900 MW of solar development in California. Construction is expected to begin…

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Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Energy Sources 

SoundScaper, Noise Pollution Converter

  The Soundscraper takes advantage of city noise pollution by capturing airborne sound and converting it into usable energy. One of the most abundant energy sources is ambient motion. Vibrations can provide plentiful energy, and can be transferred through many media, making this form of kinetic energy very useful. The Soundscraper is located next to main transport infrastructures, mostly outside city centers where noise pollution is at it maximum, areas of greatest efficiency to produce energy . How does it work? The skyscraper ‘s facade is evolutive, it vibrates depending…

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