Category: Energy Sources

PlantMed Perserving Amazon Plants

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 […]

Garden Indoor All Year Round

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 […]

Harvest Bees at Home

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 […]

Scott Slatter Plans to Sell Mojave Dessert Water

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 […]

Atlas for a Changing Planet

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 […]

Styrofoam Eating Worms

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 […]

Wall Street Adding Farmland to its Portfolio

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 […]

6 Massive Shifts To Energy Markets

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 […]

Beirut’s ABC Mall Solar Roof

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 […]

Yingli Solar at World Cup 2014

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 […]

Ecosphere Shipping Containers Turned into Solar Stations

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 […]

Farm Bill Winners and Losers

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 […]

Apple Solar Patents

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 […]

Solar Glass Orb Phone Charger

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 […]

Prince William Enrolls in Agriculture Classes

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. […]

China Launches Second Largest Carbon Market

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 […]

Jay-Z and Beyonce Go Vegan For 22 Days

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 […]

Google Map Forest Changes Since 2000

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 […]

Obama Enacting 1st Federal Carbon Limit

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 […]

Transparent Solar Panels for Windows

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 […]

Whole Foods Sells 1 Million Fair Trade Certified Mangoes

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 […]

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

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 […]

Asian Countries Review Importing GMO US Wheat

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 […]

Will Mosanto Kill or Save Us?

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 […]

Google Investing $12m into South Africa Jasper Power Project

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 […]

Exxon Mobil Arkansas Oil Spill

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 […]

Andriod App to Control Lawn Irrigation

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 […]

Apple Data Centers Use 100% Renewable Energy

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 […]

Building World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant in CA

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 […]

SoundScaper, Noise Pollution Converter

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 […]