Design, Environment

Urban Algae Farm Gobbles Up Highway Air Pollution

Image via Cloud Collective.

Cloud Collective, a French and Dutch design company has come up with an elegant and green solution to clear up the environment around highways: suspended algae farms. So far, they have implemented such a system over a small stretch of highway in Geneva, Switzerland. Since algae works by absorbing CO2 and eliminating Oxygen into the air, placing an algae farm near…

Animals

Amazing Animal Award: The Axolotl

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The Axolotl, also known as the Mexican Salamander is a critically endangered amphibian. It can regrow its limbs, but sadly it cannot survive the nearly entire destruction of its natural habitat. The species originates from numerous lakes and is remarkable for reaching maturity without going through metamorphosis. As of 2010, wild axolotls were near extinction, due to the expansion of Mexican…

Environmental Issues, Feature Post, News, Renewable Energy, World Problems

Since 2003 Coal consumption has increased 9x faster than Wind energy and 40x than Solar

Credit: Flickr user mendhak

Some of us like to think that the energy needs of the future will be supplied by clean and renewable energy sources, but a recent report released by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research leads us through the mist and shows a cruel reality: coal, the dominant energy source in the world today, will continue to be the prime fuel…

Animals, Feature Post

Governments might not care, but individuals do: Scientist turns to Crowdfunding to support wildlife research

Image credits: Tim Birkhead.

*This is a guest post written by professor Tim Birkhead. I will also add my personal opinions at the end of the article. There are several million fewer individual birds in Europe today than there were fifty years ago. We are living in a rapidly deteriorating environment. For our own sakes we should be concerned about the decline in wildlife….

News, Renewable Energy

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

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We keep hearing more about developments made in the photovoltaic field, but we have to keep in mind that this is not the only way in which solar energy can be harvested and used. A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants, absorbing and converting 90 percent of…

Animals, News

Fanged deer spotted for the first time in 60 years

This photo shows a Siberian musk deer -- one of seven similar species found in Asia. JULIE LARSEN MAHER © WCS

Take a look at this magnificent fanged deer – this is not some Hollywood production or imaginary creature, this is a genuine Kashmir Muskdeer (Moschus cupreus), previously thought to be extinct, and now observed for the first time in 60 years in the forests of Afghanistan. There are actually several species of fanged deer, the most known one being water deer (Hydropotes…

News, Renewable Energy

Denmark wants to phase out coal entirely by 2025

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Denmark’s climate minister says that the country should ban coal use by 2025 to make the Nordic nation a leader in fighting global warming; other measures he encourages are using bicycles and improving the wind energy infrastructure. Denmark is already one of the world’s leaders when it comes to green energy. They have considerable oil and natural gas resources in the North Sea…

Animals, News

Europe has 421 million fewer birds than 30 years ago

A skylark, one of the 144 species looked at in the study. The skylark population has fallen by 46% since 1980. Photograph: Michael Finn/PA

Europe has an estimated 421 million fewer birds than it did 30 years ago, a startling study has found. The current trends show an unsustainable development, and if things continue with ‘business as usual’, we can expect even more decrease and even extinctions. Some of the birds that have suffered the most alarming declines are some of the most well…

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…