Green Living, News, Renewable Energy, Technology

Poor Countries install Renewable Energy two times faster than the Rich

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Developing countries are catching up fast and there’s a lot the rich can learn, especially in terms of energy. A study of 55 nations found that developing countries like China, Brazil, South Africa, Uruguay and Kenya are installing renewable energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed nations. In many of these countries renewable energy is actually cheaper than conventional…

Climate, Geology, News

This Globe Trotting geologist will help us better understand Climate Change

Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati (BS '14) on a backpacking trip along the Tour de Mont Blanc, one of the most popular long distance walks in Europe.

Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati graduated this year from Caltech. She majored in mechanical engineering but minored in geology and her main area of interest was seeing how green technology and engineering can help mitigate the effects of climate change. Now, she has embarked on a global quest to understand the past, the present, and the future of climate change. When Caltech wrote this article…

Design, Environment, News, Technology

3-D Printed Gardens may reinvent urban green spaces

vertical garden

3-D printing has taken the world by storm, and even though we’ve already discovered a myriad of potential applications, we’re just beginning to scratch the surface on what the technology can actually do. From cranium replacements to fossils, from artificial ears to artificial skin and from bacteria to livable rooms, 3-D printing has done it all, and more. Now, Sony computer…

Green Living, News, Technology

Windowless Plane reduces CO2 Emissions and makes the trip more Enjoyable

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An UK design firm is proposing a most daring idea: replace the windows in a plane with super-light smartscreen panel made from organic LEDs (OLED). These panels would cover most of the plane’s inner surface and display the view from outside, better and lovelier than any windows could. Of course, you could choose to watch a football match, read a…

Climate, Environmental Issues, News

Melting Arctic has Doubled the Risk of Extreme Winters in Europe and Asia

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The most complex computer simulation of its kind to date suggests that melting Arctic ice is significantly contributing to extreme cold weather in the Northern Hemisphere, with last winter’s Polar Vortex that swept the North American east coast serving as an example. Moreover, the analysis suggests that global warming has actually doubled the risk that any given winter will be…

News, Science, World Problems

Not even World War III will stop Unsustainable Human Population Growth. The ‘Fix’ lies with Lowering Impact

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Seriously – after making a complex cross-scenario examination, scientists found that given humanity’s current population growth momentum, not even WW3, a global pandemic or stringent fertility restraints  will be enough to keep the global population at sustainable levels. In light of these findings, Australian researchers at Univ. of Adelaide’s Environment Institute  conclude that lowering our environmental impact through mass scale recycling and shifting…

Animals, Offbeat

Zoo realises it has been trying to mate two male hyenas for four years

Image via Sapporo Zoo.

Zookeepers in Japan have learned that no matter how hard you try and no matter what some Arnold Schwarzenegger movies tell you, two males can’t have offspring. In what seems like an article taken straight from The Onion, staff at Maruyama Zoo in the northern city of Sapporo spent four years trying to get two spotted hyenas to mate, only…

News, Renewable Energy

German village goes off the grid with 100% renewable energy from wind, sun and pig manure

Werner Frohwitter, spokesperson for the "Freier Energieforum Feldheim" association stands at the bio gas plant in the energy-sufficient village of Feldheim, 80km south of Berlin.

Germany has taken a pioneering role in terms of renewable energy, in Europa and even worldwide. Many countries are now negotiating or even applying renewable energy systems, but in Germany the situation is different – most of renewables are owned by individuals (as opposed to companies), and most of them are produced in the rural areas – not in big…

Animals, Feature Post, Great Pics, Other

Amazing Photographs of Black Water Creatures

An octopus holding what appears to be Portuguese man o' war tentacles. Credit: Joshua Lambas

Each night, thousands upon thousands of deep-sea species head to the surface to feed, where they can absorb more oxygen or feed in the more nutrient dense waters. It’s the world’s largest migration and Lambus is there to photograph it so the rest of us mortals can experience a glimpse. …

Biology, Climate, News, Nutrition

Tea flavors changing with shifting rainfall patterns

People working on tea plantations. Image via China Tour.

Climate change has many unexpected consequences – as a research has shown yet again. This time, a team of Montana scientists have shown that the tea flavors are changing, mainly as a result of shifting rainfall patterns. This variability can jeopardize the livelihood of tea growers and has significant effects on the end product we drink. Tea is the most…