GREAT LAKES WATER TO BE SOLD TO CHINA AS HALF OF U.S. FACES EXTREME WATER CRISIS...

Aug 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Great Lakes Water To Be Sold To China As Half Of U.S. Faces Extreme Water Crisis Uncategorised, On The Water, Extra   NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC If you found your way to this article recently, you may have discovered it on Snopes or another mythbuster page.  We added a feature for a period of time where users could add articles to our site.  The glitch that went un-noticed was that some articles went live without review…. automatically.  For this reason, some highly opinionated personal viewpoints with a mix of facts and phobia were published for fear’s sake on our site.  I have removed the content that was here, and replaced it with this great review on the topic by National Geographics’ Lisa Borre.  Check out her link at the bottom for comments and questions on the...

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Is blue the new green? Wave power could revolutionize the renewable-energy game...

Aug 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] There’s enough wave energy in the oceans to power the world, and scientists are finally close to harnessing it. Diane Stopyra   SALON.COM   A 30 MegaWatt “wave farm” of Pelamis Wave Energy Converters (Credit: Business Wire)   Unless you’re a surfer, a sailor or the owner of beachfront property during hurricane season, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the power of waves. That may be changing soon. Like a large, slowly building swell miles from shore, the wave-power revolution has quietly and gradually gained momentum. And this month it began the crest: The Department of Energy announced it would allocate as much as $40 million in funding to develop of the nation’s first open-water wave-energy-testing facility in a location to be determined. When it comes to tapping the commercial viability of this renewable resource,...

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More Thoughts on Jane Jacobs from One of Her Closest Collaborator...

Aug 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Opinion By Roberta Brandes Gratz   COMMON EDGE.ORG It was refreshing to read Martin C. Pedersen’s 10 Lessons Learned from Rereading Jane Jacobs and see that he didn’t perpetrate some of the common myths about her (i.e. she wanted every neighborhood to be like Greenwich Village; she didn’t like tall buildings; or, even more preposterously, she was somehow to blame for the ills of gentrification).   And while Jane’s life on Hudson Street does indeed seem like a lost world, is there any urban neighborhood—anywhere—that hasn’t changed in the past fifty seven years? Wouldn’t it be smarter to explore the whys of that change in a broad and relevant context? Shouldn’t we be exploring why the children of suburbia now crave urban living? Shouldn’t we demystify “gentrification” to understand different forms of change, some of...

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Egyptian researchers discover a way to grow forests in the desert with sewage...

Aug 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   by Julie M. Rodriguez  INHABITAT View Slideshow Desertification is a major issue throughout Africa, but there’s a simple way to stop the spread of deserts into fertile land: planting forests. The problem is that in the regions hardest hit by the phenomenon, there simply isn’t enough clean water to properly nurture the trees and keep them healthy. But an innovative project in Egypt proves that it can be done using repurposed wastewater instead of tapping into the sparse fresh water supply. The trees grown in the forest are thriving, and in fact, the eucalyptus trees have been found to produce wood at four times the rate of pine plantations in Germany. Located about two hours from Cairo, the Serapium forest is part of a program initiated by the Egyptian government in the...

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Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California...

Aug 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Tafline Laylin   INHABITAT.COM View Slideshow The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of how producing energy can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. One of the finalists of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city and filters the resulting brine through on-board thermal baths before it is reintroduced to the Pacific Ocean. “LAGI 2016 comes to Southern California at an important time,” write Rob Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, co-founders of the Land Art Generator Initiative. “The sustainable infrastructure that is required to meet California’s development goals and growing population will have a profound influence...

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Solar Delivers Cheapest Electricity ‘Ever, Anywhere, By Any Technology’...

Aug 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Joe Romm Dr. Joe Romm is Founding Editor of Climate Progress, “the indispensable blog,” as NY Times columnist Tom Friedman describes it.   Half the price of coal! Chile exceeded 1000 Megawatts of solar this year. CREDIT: ACERA. Chile has just contracted for the cheapest unsubsidized power plant in the world, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reports. In last week’s energy auction, Chile accepted a bid from Spanish developer Solarpack Corp. Tecnologica for 120 megawatts of solar at the stunning price of $29.10 per megawatt-hour (2.91 cents per kilowatt-hour or kwh). This beats the 2.99 cents/kwh bid Dubai received recently for 800 megawatts. For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour. “Solar power delivers cheapest unsubsidised electricity ever, anywhere, by any technology,” BNEF Chair...

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The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Is Complete...

Aug 23, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The 30-megawatt project is set to be operational in November. Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffery Grybowski stands on a boat during a media tour of Deepwater Wind’s project off Block Island, R.I., Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. Deepwater Wind’s $300 million five-turbine wind farm off Block Island is expected to be operational this fall. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/MICHAEL DWYER The country’s first offshore wind farm is complete and set to start putting electricity on the grid by November, the developer announced last week. The five-turbine, 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm — providing enough electricity to power roughly 18,000 homes for a year — is not going to overhaul the state’s electricity supply, but it is a powerful step forward for Rhode Island and for the country. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) photographs the first foundation jacket installed by Deepwater Wind in...

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How Do We Transition from a World of Domination and Extraction to a World of Resilience and Regeneration?...

Aug 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Local Peace Economy At the New Economy Coalition conference, activists build the road by walking. By Mariana Mendoza / AlterNet Photo Credit: CODEPINK How do we transition from a world of domination and extraction to a world of resilience and regeneration? How do we move away from a system that has been ingrained in most of our daily activities and thoughts and grow with the values that support justice and wellness? Throughout my work in the social, economic and environmental justice movement, I have been asking these questions and trying to figure out how to be resilient and regenerative and not repeat the failures of the exploitative and extractive economy. This July, I had the great opportunity to attend to to the New Economy Coalition’s conference CommonBound, where brilliant and powerful people got...

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REFORESTATION CAN TURN BACK THE CARBON CLOCK...

Aug 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Tim Radford / Climate News Network  VIA TRUTHDIG Martin Brigden / (CC-BY-2.0) LONDON—The ecological and carbon cost of rainforest destruction goes on accumulating for years after nations halt the conversion of canopy into farmland, scientists have found. This implies that to meet ambitious targets, global strategies to combat climate change—including forest restoration—should have started years ago. Tropical forests soak up vast quantities of carbon dioxide released by industrial combustion of fossil fuels, limiting global warming. Burning, clear-felling and ploughing of forest lands release centuries of stored carbon back into the atmosphere to accelerate global warming and climate change. So forest conservation and carbon emissions reduction are both vital parts of any strategies to contain global temperature rises. Researchers report in the journal Current Biology that they looked at the history of forest clearance...

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TO GET TO NET ZERO, THINK BIGGER...

Aug 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Allison Hibbs ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE Guest Author The importance of implementing net zero at the district scale   The World Green Building Council (WGBC) just launched a revolutionary project calling for all buildings to reach net zero by 2050 in an action plan known as Advancing Net Zero. The announcement provides a shot in the arm to the net-zero design and construction industry at a global level, further increasing the impetus for governments, developers, and service providers to make ambitious net-zero commitments and action plans across the world. But it also requires the industry to confront a long-standing barrier—the assumption that net-zero buildings come at a significantly higher capital cost than business as usual. In fact, when approaching net-zero energy (NZE) at a district level and leveraging an integrative whole-systems design approach, the...

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“A Bridge to Nowhere”: A Vision of Fracking Future in the US...

Aug 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] A natural gas well in Weld County, Colorado, in a photo taken on April 29, 2015. (Photo: Scott Branson; Edited: LW / TO) To understand just how deeply our lawmakers have drunk the Kool-Aid brewed by industry groups like the American Petroleum Institute, look no further than Colorado and Virginia, two states with Democratic governors who have pretty much sold out their contituents to the oil and gas industry. John Hickenlooper and Terry McAuliffe have pushed natural gas as a “bridge fuel” so hard, they are paraded by industry (and booed by activists) as poster boys for fracking. If McAuliffe has his way, his Virginia may soon be home to two gigantic pipelines transporting fracked natural gas across the state, seizing a 900-mile corridor from Virginians and potentially doubling his state’s current emissions through...

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They survived Hurricane Katrina and rebuilt in Baton Rouge. Now they’ve lost everything again....

Aug 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Post Nation By Emma Brown, Ashley Cusick and Mark Berman Tristan, 7, and Jaydan Rose, 6, help their parents remove flooded furniture from their home in Central, La. (Courtesy of Trinice Rose) BATON ROUGE — When Hurricane Katrina leveled New Orleans, thousands of people left behind their ruined homes and took refuge here. They found new jobs and rebuilt their homes. Slowly, things started to feel normal again. But then a nameless storm brought unprecedented flooding to Baton Rouge and a wide swath of southern Louisiana over the last week. Countless Katrina survivors have been left, for a second time, with nothing. “Everything was going good,” said Trinice Rose, a nurse who escaped her home near Baton Rouge on foot as the floodwater rose — 11 years to the month after her home...

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How farms can heal forests — or even make them...

Aug 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] ISDSI By Grist staff This article is published in partnership with: Aspiration Let’s admit it, guys: Trees are pretty awesome. They’re nature’s air conditioners, they’re hella pretty to look at, and they’re really efficient carbon sinks. And, it turns out, when they come together to form a forest, trees gain the superpower of living pretty much forever. (The Amazon forest — what’s left of it, that is — has been breathing for about 55 million years, and it’s not even the most ancient on the planet.) The forest ecosystem — bugs, soil, logs dead or alive, roots, shrubs, creepers, vines, trees, and all — is one hell of a long-term polyamorous relationship. So here’s an idea: What if everything in that long-living ecosystem were edible? What if the entire forest were an agricultural...

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artists build floating freedom cove off the coast of vancouver island...

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]     aug 12, 2016   off the coast of vancouver island, a curious and colorful complex floats amidst the calm waters of clayoquot sound. over the last 24 years, ‘freedom cove’ has been the home of canadian artists catherine king and wayne adams, who have built a multi-room dwelling as a sustainable and self-sufficient fortress.     off the grid on a homemade island video courtesy of great big story     video network great big story has recently documented the lives of king and adams at their floating paradise. a lengthy 45-minute boat ride to the nearest town, ‘freedom cove’ is tethered to shore with ropes, not anchors, making the entire habitat a buoyant and dynamic space. included in the complex is king and adam’s main living space, a dance floor, a lighthouse building and...

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5 Energy Victories That Have the Power to Transform Our Grid...

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Diana Tarrazo EARTHJUSTICE.ORG David Brosch stands in front of a 22 kilowatt solar electric array atop the roof of the University Park Church of the Brethren in Maryland. This year, Earthjustice has won a number of major victories that will pave the way for a cleaner, greener energy grid across the country. Matt Roth for Earthjustice Clean energy isn’t a wave of the future—it’s here, and it’s now. Earthjustice has been working to secure renewable energy victories that will usher in a number of critical clean energy advancements this year and beyond, helping to make clean energy even more accessible and affordable. Here are five recent successes that will make our energy grid greener and our futures brighter: 1. Hawai’i Blocks a Corporation’s Dirty, Outdated Energy Outlook Earthjustice staff attorney Isaac Moriwake...

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U.K. Approves World’s Largest Wind Farm...

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CREDIT: SHUTTERSTOCK The U.K. government on Tuesday approved phase two of the world’s largest wind farm, adding 300 turbines to a project 55 miles off England’s shore, in the North Sea. The Hornsea Two project will provide 1.8 gigawatts of generating power, in addition to the first phase’s 1.2 gigawatts. In all, the 3 gigawatts provided by Hornsea is enough to power 2.5 million average (U.S.) households. At that size, the combined project is roughly equivalent to a nuclear power plant. CREDIT: DONG ENERGY “Offshore wind is already on course to meet 10 percent of the U.K.’s electricity demand by 2020,” said Huub den Rooijen, Director of Energy, Minerals and Infrastructure at The Crown Estate, the government’s asset management firm. “Major developments of Hornsea Project Two’s scale will pave the way for its...

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BOSTON IS COOKING UP A PLAN TO SURVIVE SEA-LEVEL RISE...

Aug 16, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Shutterstock Wicked smart By Ben Adler GRIST Boston, the birthplace of American independence, may be largely underwater by the end of the century unless it takes proactive measures — and now it’s starting to do just that. The bay-side city is filled with low-lying waterfront neighborhoods that could be regularly inundated by 2100, thanks to a projected four to seven feet of sea-level rise brought about by climate change. Preparing now is the way to make sure those areas — such as South Boston, Hollywood’s favorite setting for gangster movies — stay dry. And so Mayor Marty Walsh has commissioned a team of experts, called Climate Ready Boston, to examine research on how sea-level rise and increased storm surges will threaten Boston and then propose resilience strategies such as new building codes. Like New York...

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Elon Musk’s new solar roofing plan isn’t so new after all...

Aug 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Dow Powerhouse shingle and ready to mingle By Heather Smith GRIST Now that Tesla’s buyout of Solar City is looking like a done deal, the man who turned boring electric cars into sexy hot rods wants to shake up the staid world of roofing. Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has a vision of a new kind of roof made of solar panels, and he wants to sell it you. “It’s not something on the roof — it is the roof,” Musk told a group of Wall Street analysts during a call last week to discuss quarterly earnings. “Which is a quite difficult engineering challenge and not something that is available anywhere else.” The fact is, solar roofs have been around for more than a decade. Witness this news report, from three years ago: But...

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Earth Overshoot Day: August 8th Proved Our Planet Is Hurting Badly...

Aug 13, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   FUTURISM The Global Footprint Network says on August 8, our demands have exceeded what the Earth can offer and regenerate for the year. And if our consumption and carbon emissions continue at the rate we’re going, we’ll be needing two Earths to address our needs by the 2030’s. What’s Going On? August 8 marked the day that the Global Footprint Network says our annual demands would have exceeded what the Earth can regenerate in the year. They estimate humanity’s consumption of natural resources is equivalent to that of 1.6 Earths. If we continue at this rate of consumption and pollution, our needs will be equivalent to that of two Earths by the 2030s. Just a quick reminder: we only have one. “It is crucial to understand that the longer we continue consuming...

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UTILITIES ARE LOBBYING AGAINST THE EXPANSION OF ROOFTOP SOLAR...

Aug 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Jill Richardson, OtherWords | Op-Ed In order for solar power to compete with other forms of energy, the conventional thinking goes, it needs to become way cheaper. Installing rooftop solar panels can be prohibitively expensive, after all, and it takes years before the resulting energy savings pay off. For the individual, it doesn’t matter whether solar panels will save you money in the long run if you can’t afford them in the short run. For those of us who are renters, the decision of whether to go solar is even more irrelevant. We don’t have the option to install panels ourselves. And unless your apartment comes with utilities included, your landlord has no incentive to install solar panels, because you would get all the savings. But while the average family may be unable to...

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Landscape Architecture in the News Highlights (July 16 – 30)...

Aug 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT  J.R. Taylor Photograph by Simon Norfolk / Institute for the New Yorker Are Seawalls the Best Answer to Rising Sea Levels – or is Retreat a Better Option? – The Guardian, 7/18/16 “The extraordinary pictures of subsumed gardens and a swimming pool wrenched from the ground by the giant waves that battered Sydney’s northern beaches last month have revived debate about seawalls and the impact of human attempts to keep the rising ocean from our doors.” Cleveland’s Great New Public Spaces Helped Make RNC 2016 a Success – The Cleveland Plain Dealer, 7/22/16 “The Republican National Convention, where Trump gave his acceptance speech Thursday night, was a great, crashing success for its host city – and especially for the revitalized public spaces that framed the event and made it possible.” The...

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ABOUT FRACKOPOLY

Aug 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] FOOD AND WATER WATCH Learn more about Wenonah Hauter’s book, Frackopoly, which chronicles the rise of the fracking industry and the growing movement against fracking. Protect our drinking water from fracking. Don’t let Big Oil and Gas frack our public lands. “If Hauter had written this as a novel using the same characters, countries and global intrigue, it would quickly become an international bestseller and a miniseries would soon follow. She describes bigger-than-life captains of industry and colorful small-time scoundrels who play the system for their own gain. There are secret meetings and global conspiracies…a page turner.” — National Catholic Reporter A true tale of corruption and greed, Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment exposes how more than 100 years of political influence peddling facilitated the control of our...

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How One GMO Nearly Took Down the Planet...

Aug 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] New law deals major blow to GMO labeling. By Thom Hartmann / AlterNet   Genetically modified fruit Photo Credit: wellphoto/Shutterstock On July 29, President Obama signed bill S.764 into law, dealing a major blow to the movement to require GMO labeling. The new law, which food safety groups call the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act, has at least three key parts that undermine Vermont’s popular GMO labeling bill and make it nearly impossible for Americans to know what’s in their food. The law claims to set a federal labeling standard by requiring food producers to include either a QR barcode that can be scanned with a phone, or a 1-800 number that consumers can call to find out whether a product contains genetically modified ingredients. But according to the Institute for...

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Your Green Home of the Future: The LivingHomes Model House...

Aug 4, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Take a sneak peek at this home of the future. By Natural Home staff LivingHomes (C.J. Berg/Sunshine Divis) Slideshow   The standard for green home building just got higher—and the magic number is zero. The LivingHomes model house, built in Santa Monica, California, is a zero-energy, zero-carbon, zero-waste, zero-water and zero-emissions residence—the first of its kind. The home is also the first to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest LEED for Homes rating: Platinum. (LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Here’s a sneak peak at the green home of tomorrow. www.LivingHomes.us • The home is located on an infill site that was minimally disturbed during construction. It’s within walking distance of public transportation, schools, businesses, parks and the beach. • The living roof garden reduces stormwater runoff, helps cool...

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THIS TECH COULD MAKE WATER SHORTAGES A THING OF THE PAST...

Aug 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Infographics Videos Getty In Brief It’s no secret that there is a rather serious issue on our planet: Water. Droughts are plaguing a number of societies around the world. However, solutions appear to be on the horizon. As the droughts in California continue to intensify and summer temperatures soar around the globe (well, at least part of it), water conservation efforts are at the forefront of our minds. As everyone knows, water is the most important resource in the world. We use water for just about everything, from agriculture to industrial purposes, and of course, for the most obvious purpose: Hydration. Even though water is an essential building block for life, about 700 million people currently lack access to clean, safe water. And ironically some of these people live near immense bodies of...

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More Than 12 Million Americans Are Threatened by Toxic Air Pollution From Oil and Gas Industry: Here’s an Interactive Map...

Aug 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment For the first time, Americans across the country can access striking new community-level data on major health risks posed by oil and gas operations across the country. By Earthworks / EcoWatch Two leading national environmental groups—Clean Air Task Force (CATF) and Earthworks—unveiled a suite of tools Wednesday designed to inform and mobilize Americans about the health risks from toxic air pollution from the oil and gas industry. For the first time, Americans across the country—from Washington County, Pennsylvania, to Weld County, Colorado to Kern County, California—can access striking new community-level data on major health risks posed by oil and gas operations across the country. The oil and gas industry is the country’s largest and fastest-growing source of methane emissions. And its facilities emit numerous other hazardous and toxic air pollutants along with methane—including benzene,...

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TWO TOWNS BATTLE COLORADO FOR FREEDOM TO BAN FRACKING...

Aug 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Kate Stringer, YES! Magazine Cattle graze near the Rocky Mountains in Longmont, Colorado. The town is one of two in the Centennial State that are currently working to stop fracking on their lands. (Photo: Let Ideas Compete) Two of Colorado’s leading critics of natural gas drilling say they didn’t know much about fracking until it arrived in their towns. “If you had asked me about community rights or fracking, you would have drawn a blank stare,” said Clifford Willmeng, board member of the Colorado Community Rights Network and a resident of Lafayette, a town just outside of Boulder. Tricia Olson agrees. Founder and executive director of the grassroots group Coloradans Resisting Extreme Energy Development, Olson began looking into fracking when she learned that it was coming to her neighborhood. She didn’t...

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5 Inspiring Signs That Sustainability Is Gaining Traction in the U.S....

Aug 1, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed in December, there have been several environment-related developments that provide some hope for the future. By Rosaly Byrd, Laurèn DeMates / Huffington Post   VIA ALTERNET Macro of a green leaf cut out in the shape of the United States of America. Photo Credit: Myotis/Shutterstock The first half of 2016 saw devastating events that have left many—including us—feeling pessimistic about the future of the U.S. and the world. However, since December 2015’s Paris Climate Agreement, there have been various environment-related developments that provide us with some hope that, at least in regard to making sure our world is liveable in the future, we are starting to move forward Here are five inspiring signs that sustainability is gaining traction in the United States. 1. All about renewables. The...

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Solar powered floating farms: the new means of global food production?...

Jul 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by J HERMAN While the sharp growth in global population that continues to occur in the 21st Century is an indicator of many technological, economical and medical advancements our civilization has made, it presents quite a few challenges that will only grow in coming years. The largest of these? Producing enough food to feed a population that is predicted to exceed 9 billion by 2050. But one viable, creative solution is already floating around thanks to Barcelona-based design firm Forward Thinking Architecture. The company proposes that we make use of Earth’s oceans as a means of harbouring the farms of the future. A fully automated, self-sustainable system The company’s Smart Floating Systems (SFF) are designed to be smart and fully automated to make use of technological advancements in areas such as solar-power, aquaculture and hydroponics...

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In This Amazing City People Live Without Politics, No Religion And No Money...

Jul 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by GOSTICA · Upon learning this, you will think that happened long ago, but no. There is still a place to live, and not say for its scenery, but for their ideals as a society who do not follow the standards to which we are accustomed. In this town there is no money, no religion, no politics. This is truly a paradise to live. Think only in a place where there are none of these factors, where you can finally live in peace. This place exists and is called “Auroville”! It was founded in 1968 and was hailed as an international city by UNESCO, as its inhabitants are over 50 nationalities and different cultures. They coexist without any problem, since they have a political system, have no religion, and on top, do not use...

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