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Jul 29, 2015

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DIY – Convert Your car to use Hydrogen Today

Jul 29, 2015: The United Nuclear Hydrogen Fuel System Kit converts your existing vehicle to run on Hydrogen. Complete hydrogen conversion kits will soon be available for various late-model cars & trucks as well as individual system components for those who choose to assemble their own kits. Included in the kits (and also available separately) is our solar […]…

Startup FoPo Food Powders Freeze Dries Nearly Expired Fruit, Hopes To Lessen Food Waste

Jul 29, 2015: Startup FoPo Food Powder addresses the issue of food waste by collecting nearly expired fruits, and freeze drying it into a powder with a long shelf life The post Startup FoPo Food Powders Freeze Dries Nearly Expired Fruit, Hopes To Lessen Food Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.

3000 People Died, You Should Ask These Questions

Jul 29, 2015: There are a lot of people who have died and the goverment has done an amazing job of confusing everyone and having everyone look in the other direction… WMD anyone? “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.” Dick Cheney August 26, 2002 “U.S. officials never expected that […]…

Gun Engine Explodes Fuel Efficiency

Jul 29, 2015: I have heard of these stories before… Let’s think about this computers and other technologies improve on yearly basis, most technology has a lifespan of 18 months and here we have a widely used engine working at 20% efficiency for the last 60 years… without any increase in how much we get for the fuel […]…

Is Bernie Sanders our best defense against climate change?

Jul 29, 2015: Could Bernie Sanders be our best hope to save the planet from catastrophic climate change by leading a clean energy revolution in the United States? The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, whose populist message has been drawing big crowds across On…

Flex Fuel, why is America refusing and stalling growing it’s oil in the backyeard?

Jul 29, 2015: Alternative energy seems to be on every person’s mind these days, there is a lot of talk about hydrogen energy as being the next energy source; however that process still takes more energy to produce for the return energy you get back. This is where Ethanol and Flex Fuel cars come in. Recently Robert Zubrin […]…

Do-it-yourself Gas, think gas prices are too high? This could be for you.

Jul 29, 2015: April 28, 2006 You could be forgiven for not expecting the next John D. Rockefeller to come from Tullahoma, Tenn., of all places. But right in Tullahoma, in his garage-turned-factory, you can find Bill Sasher the father of do-it-yourself ethanol. Doing it yourself means buying one of Sasher’s stills or still-building kits. A fully assembled […]…

Does Forgoing Your Glass of Restaurant Water Actually Help the Drought?

Jul 29, 2015: If you've dined out in California lately, you may have noticed something missing: your complimentary glass of water. That's no accident. Last winter, as the state's epic drought wore on, the Water Resources Control Board was desperate to reduce water use—so it called on the public to offer up ideas. Someone volunteered what seemed like obvious solution: Restaurants could quit giving out water with meals unless diners asked for it. Board scientist Max Gomberg recalls, "All of us in the water management part of state government looked at it and thought, 'Of course. This is such a basic thing.'" So in April 2015, the Board rolled out the new rule along with a series of regulations intended to help Californians obey Governor Brown's…

The California Drought Is Making Some Fruit Taste…Better?!

Jul 29, 2015: On July 20, California's resources board fined a farming district near San Francisco $1.5 million for illegally diverting water to feed its rows of corn, tomatoes, cherries, and almonds. The Golden State, of course, continues to suffer from a dramatic drought, and many farmers face restrictions on pumping and diverting local supplies of water. But national demand for California's fresh fruit and veggies continues at a steady pace. What's a thirsty farmer to do? One simple solution looks a little like Greece's austerity measures: Give each plant less water. A team of USDA scientists is exploring what happens after treating plants to a round of "deficit irrigation," or the reduced application of H2O. But they seem to have stumbled on a r…

Largest Solar Park in the World Opens in Germany

Jul 29, 2015: The ribbon was cut on the World’s largest continguous solar plant on 27th April 2006 in Germany. Construction on the 40 million euro (US$48 million) photovoltaic installation started August 2005. This plant demonstrates new standards in cost-efficiency for solar power. Using the master-slave inverter concept developed by Shell, the plant delivers the optimized energy output. […]…

Scientists Say Supposedly Miraculous Ingredients in Weed Killers Don't Actually Work

Jul 29, 2015: Before pesticides go from the laboratory to the farm field, they have to first be vetted by the Environmental Protection Agency. But they're commonly mixed—sometimes by the pesticide manufacturers, sometimes by the farmers themselves—with substances called adjuvants that boost their effectiveness (to spread more evenly on a plant's leaf in the case of insecticides, or to penetrate a plant's outer layer, allowing herbicides to effectively kill weeds). Despite their ubiquity, adjuvants aren't vetted by the EPA at all; they're considered "inert" ingredients. I first wrote about them last year, when adjuvants mixed with fungicides came under suspicion of triggering a large bee die-off during California's almond bloom. Recent…

BREAKING: Greenpeace US activists stop Shell vessel as it attempts to leave port for the Arctic

Jul 29, 2015: The next big step in the fight to save the Arctic is happening right now.Greenpeace US activists have suspended themselves from St. Johns Bridge in Portland, Oregon to block a Shell Oil vessel from leaving port for Alaskan waters. The climbers have enough supplies to last several days, and are prepared to stay in Shell's way as long as possible.Follow here for breaking updates from the scene of this incredible display of people power, and don't forget to say #ShellNo yourself. Tune into the conversation on social media using #ShellNo, #PeopleVsShell, and #SaveTheArctic.[View the story "BREAKING: Activists Stop Shell Vessel as It Attempts to Leave Portland Harbor" on Storify]What's At Stake?Why exactly have these activists chosen to put them…

Now We’re There: Terraforming Mars

Jul 29, 2015: Six months have passed. You step off of your space ship onto Martian soil and look around at the harsh environment. You can already feel the -63ºC temperature through your suit. It’s not exactly hospitableyou can only stay outside of the habitat for short periods of time, your suit just isn’t up to the job. […]…

Fueling Our Future

Jul 29, 2015: Climate warming is accelerating as energy use soars. Nuclear power won’t close the gap. We need to learn to live with coal. Here’s one elaborate engineering solution. Our demand for energy, on which we depend for health and prosperity, rises all the time: oil and natural gas to heat our homes; electricity for lights, refrigeration, […]…

Floating Cities: The Dutch might have the answer for global warming.

Jul 29, 2015: With fears of artic melting and flooding taking place on more frequent basis some people are thinking into the future. Floating houses have been around for a while but just recently has there been a lot of development in foundation technology that will float whole city blocks. You can only image the possibilities. The Dutch […]…

25 Million Year Old Tree Frog Found in Amber

Jul 29, 2015: The tree frog has been found preserved in amber for approximately 25 million years in Chipas by a miner. This is one of only a few of such finds preserved in tree sap. The scientist say that it’s theoretically possible to extract DNA from the tree frog for further study.

Tiger Day is about more than just saving tigers

Jul 29, 2015: Today is International Tiger Day!The lion may be the king of the jungle, but it's the tiger that holds mystique and charisma. From the Chinese zodiac, to Buddhism, and even Rocky Balboa (cue trumpets), the largest of the cat species has been a symbol of strength and power throughout history and across cultures.But unfortunately, the survival of these majestic beasts is in danger. Today, there are only 3,200 tigers living in the wild globally; and very recently it was announced that there are only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh's largest mangrove forest. In Indonesia, there remain as few as 400 Sumatran tigers, while both Bali and Javan Tigers are already extinct. The main culprit for this rush towards extinction is forest clearing for palm o…

US pharmacy giant making wrong choice for the Boreal Forest

Jul 28, 2015: Inhale, exhale. The Boreal Forest impacts every breath you take.Spanning North America, Russia, Japan and Scandinavia, the Boreal is the world's largest carbon absorbing ecosystem, purifying the air you breathe and keeping the climate stable.The Boreal is also home to incredible biodiversity – from woodland caribou in Canada to the Siberian tiger in Russia. And it is the traditional territory of many First Nations and Indigenous Peoples.But despite its importance to people and the planet, it goes largely unprotected.What's happening to the Boreal Forest?The Boreal Forest faces many threats: from climate change-fueled forest fires to oil development. But in Canada, one force is cutting out the heart of the forest: destructive logging.A…

INFOGRAPHIC: Are our homes becoming more sustainable overall?

Jul 28, 2015: Our current climate situation is a big problem without one simple answer. In order to slow or halt climate change, we are going to need to change many different aspects of modern life. One aspect in particular - the modern home - is going to need some…

How To Reuse Plastic Bottles: 13 Plans And Ideas

Jul 28, 2015: Sure, you can recycle them, but why reuse plastic bottles to make things you can use around the house: from planters of all kinds to furniture and boats! The post How To Reuse Plastic Bottles: 13 Plans And Ideas appeared first on Sustainablog.

Solarnia: How to sustain paradise

Jul 28, 2015: Something truly amazing has happened in the last few days.In Italy, Spain, Croatia, Greece and Hungary, local residents, tourists, activists and volunteers have been teaming up to worship the sun. Their sun-soaked countries hosted creative peaceful protests that demanded the protection of the Mediterranean solar paradise against the threats of new dirty fuel projects financed by their governments and authorities.We call this vulnerable Mediterranean solar paradise "Solarnia".In Italy, hundreds of volunteers wanted to make sure that their demands made sense.So, they visited 20 cities and asked the people there what they would choose given two options: living in a place threatened by the risk of oil spills or a place where solar is the only e…

Poof! Go the Petcoke Piles, But Neighbors Still Bracing for Fight in Chicago

Jul 28, 2015: CHICAGO (July 28, 2015) – A letter quietly issued by the City of Chicago ensures that black mounds of oil refining waste will disappear from the landscape of Chicago’s Southeast Side.

Hillary Clinton wants to increase U.S. solar power 700% by 2027

Jul 27, 2015: As the race to the White House heats up, Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight more than ever. Like her opponents, Clinton has begun issuing proposals for responding to climate change and the first phase of her announcements is a bold one. She is calling…

Hillary Clinton Refuses to Take a Position on the Keystone Pipeline

Jul 27, 2015: Hillary Clinton took a strong stance on clean energy Monday, telling a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, that her efforts to tackle climate change would parallel President John F. Kennedy's call to action during the space race in the 1960s. "I want to get the country back to setting big ambitious goals," Clinton said. "I want us to get back into the future business, and one of the best ways we can do that is to be absolutely ready to address the challenge of climate change and make it work to our advantage economically." Her remarks tracked closely with an ambitious plan her campaign released Sunday night, which set a target of producing enough renewable energy to power all the nation's homes and businesses by 2027. "America's ability to lead t…

First Lego League Challenges Kids To Find Techie Solutions To Waste

Jul 27, 2015: The First Lego League is challenging teams of kids from around the world to figure out techie solutions to waste with its year-long Trash Trek event The post First Lego League Challenges Kids To Find Techie Solutions To Waste appeared first on Sustainablog.

This Scientist Might End Animal Cruelty—Unless GMO Hardliners Stop Him

Jul 27, 2015: Maybe you've watched the undercover video: A farmer presses a hot iron into the scalp of a wide-eyed calf, burning away tissue that is beginning to turn into horns. She writhes, moaning pathetically, and collapses in the dirt. When Scott Fahrenkrug saw that footage, released by Mercy for Animals in 2010, it made him sick to his stomach. Most of the roughly 9 million dairy cows in the United States have been dehorned—with an iron, clippers, or caustic paste—to protect handlers and other cows. Fahrenkrug, then a professor in the department of animal science at the University of Minnesota, decided to do something to stop it. "I started talking to producers, and it became real clear to me that it wasn't just me being touchy-feely…

12 photos that got the world's attention

Jul 27, 2015: The Quaker concept of bearing witness is one of the guiding principles of Greenpeace. Nowhere is this more manifest than in the images we produce.One of the founders of Greenpeace, Bob Hunter, proposed the notion of 'Mind Bombs' – when an image is so powerful it is like a bomb going off in your head.Today, in a world saturated by images, a photograph still has the power to move one to action. We take a look back through the lens at some of the Greenpeace images that have helped to change the world for the better.In 1971, the environment movement became a modern cultural phenomenon with the formation of Greenpeace. Since then, the world has seen the environment become one of the planet's major concerns – never more so than today…

NRDC’s Suh: Business of Combating Climate Change is the Business of America

Jul 27, 2015: WASHINGTON (July 27, 2015) – Thirteen of America's largest companies today pledged to significantly slash their carbon pollution, increase their reliance on renewable sources of energy and invest more than $140 billion in a drive to lessen their carbon footprint.

World’s top climate scientists warn coastal cities will soon be uninhabitable

Jul 26, 2015: A new study, penned by 17 of the world’s top climate change experts, suggests that rates of glacial melt have been drastically underestimated and, with this new information, sea levels are projected to rise as much as 10 feet within the next 50 years.

The Almond Board Is Now Advertising on NPR Stations

Jul 25, 2015: I recently heard a spot on KQED, San Francisco's NPR affiliate radio station, that caught my attention. "Support for KQED comes from the Almond Board of California. The water needs of almond trees are not unique among trees, and almond growers are committed to innovation and water efficiency. More at almondsustainability.org," read a radio host. The defensive tone might be due to the unwanted press almonds have been getting, from Mother Jones and others, about how much water almonds use in drought-ridden California. The state accounts for 80 percent of the world's almond production, and each almond takes about a gallon of water to grow. All told, growing the crop takes as much water in a year as Los Angeles homes and businesses use in thre…

Obama Announces Rules to Protect Endangered Elephants

Jul 25, 2015: WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2015) — President Obama today announced important new regulations on elephant ivory that would further restrict interstate sales. If finalized, these important new regulations would place a near-total ban on domestic ivory sales, imports, and exports of African elephant ivory.

Is The Circular Economy Good For The Environment But Bad For Business?

Jul 24, 2015: The concept of the circular economy works great for the environment... but is it good for business? Here are some companies making it work for them The post Is The Circular Economy Good For The Environment But Bad For Business? appeared first on Sustainablog.

What really wiped out the Woolly Mammoth?

Jul 24, 2015: As we trudge into what scientists are calling the Holocene extinction, it is difficult to ignore the destructive power that humans wield over the natural world. The passenger pigeon, the thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger), the Carolina parakeet; the list of by…

Why We Need Nuclear Power

Jul 24, 2015: This story was first published by CityLab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Renewable energy has had a busy year. California and New York have adopted ambitious plans calling for 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. A group of Stanford and Berkeley scientists has put forth an even bolder vision—encouraging all 50 states to run on wind, water, and solar by 2050, without any nuclear energy or biofuels in the picture. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his intention to go fully renewable with the city government's power, too. A world without any fossil fuel energy would be a much cleaner place for both people and the environment. Right now renewable energy accounts for just 13 percent of…

These Popular Fruit and Veggie Brands May be Grown With Oil Wastewater

Jul 24, 2015: Was your California orange irrigated with wastewater from oil wells? Quite possibly yes. Under a 20-year-old water recycling program, wastewater that is generated as a byproduct from oil extraction is treated and sold to some 90 Southern California landowners—including one with certified organic operations—which use it to grow crops such as citrus, almonds, apples, peaches, grapes, and blueberries sold in major grocery chains around the country. Continue Reading »…

Bold and beautiful solar projects from around the world

Jul 24, 2015: China is building its largest solar plant covering 6,301 acres in the Gobi desert and with capacity to provide electricity to 1 million households!This is just another record breaker for China. But there's good reason.In a recent Greenpeace East Asia investigation, we found that air pollution levels have improved in the first six months of 2015, though still remain below global and domestic standards. Once completed the new solar plant will cut standard coal use by 4.26 million tonnes every year, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide by 896,000 tonnes and 8,080 tonnes, respectively, according to state-run Xinhua news agency.It's part of a global trend. Check out these other bold and beautiful solar projects…

Greenpeace India: Undaunted, undefeated and unstoppable

Jul 23, 2015: Greenpeace India ought to be finished by now. We've had our accounts frozen, our reputation smeared and our staff banned from travel. Mr. Rajnath Singh, the Minister of Home Affairs has done everything he can to shut down our offices, harass our staff and force us to close.But we're still here.Wondering why? Because we're still working for cleaner air, safe food and cheap, clean energy for all Indians. Thousands of people have helped us by donating time, ideas or money. Our staff have offered to work for free, while other groups have offered us desk space and even train tickets to keep our work alive. And at the end of May, we won temporary relief in the courts, a financial lifeline that will enable us to restart our campaigns.But despite t…

Jeb Bush Wants to Eliminate All Energy Subsidies

Jul 23, 2015: The federal government spends several billion dollars each year subsidizing the oil and gas industry. These tax breaks are extremely unpopular with the American public, but they have considerable support from congressional Republicans, who have opposed the Obama administration's efforts to eliminate them. So it was a bit surprising when video surfaced yesterday of GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush calling for an end to all energy subsidies, including for wind, solar, and oil and gas. You can watch it above. As the National Journal reported: "I think we should phase out, through tax reform, the tax credits for wind, for solar, for the oil and gas sector, for all that stuff," [Bush] said in New Hampshire on Wednesday, according to a vide…

5 Steps To Going Paperless When You Aren’t Used To Digital

Jul 23, 2015: When you spent your whole life thinking of books, mail, and news in terms of paper, going paperless can be difficult. Here are some tips The post 5 Steps To Going Paperless When You Aren’t Used To Digital appeared first on Sustainablog.

The Esperanza is on #misionvaquita

Jul 23, 2015: The Esperanza is in the Gulf of California right now, patrolling the waters to document the continued and illegal presence of gill-nets. These fishing nets are mostly responsible for the rapidly declining numbers of vaquitas – the most endangered porpoise in the world. There are as few as 57 vaquitas left, down from around 200 in 2012.A vaquita in the Gulf of California. 19 October, 2008. NOAA/Wikimedia Commons.The vaquitas get caught up in these nets that are set to trap another endangered species called the totoaba. The totoaba's bladder is seen as a delicacy in China, and extremely attractive to smugglers. It can be sold for up to HKD 5 million (USD 645,000), according to a source in a Greenpeace East Asia investigation from M…

Catholics from the Phillippines could raise 10 million signatures for Pope’s climate petition

Jul 23, 2015: The Philippines is the world’s third largest Catholic country and the largest in Asia, and it’s also been the site of numerous natural disasters in recent years. Church leaders there are on board with the conclusions Pope Francis laid out in his to…

Voluntary EPA Program to Reduce Methane from Oil & Gas Industry Won’t Cut It

Jul 23, 2015: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 23, 2015) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released a proposed voluntary initiative for reducing methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, called the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program.

How hot is too hot for humans? Because June just broke another climate record.

Jul 22, 2015: This year is on its way to being the hottest year on record, according to the newest data, and we are only halfway through 2015! So far, June was the hottest June in all the 136 years that we have been keeping track, and the rest of the year appears to…

Kids Need A Computer For School? Consider Buying Refurbished Electronics

Jul 22, 2015: The kids need a laptop or other devices for school? Consider buying refurbished electronics to complete the circle... and save money! The post Kids Need A Computer For School? Consider Buying Refurbished Electronics appeared first on Sustainablog.

Earth’s Most Famous Climate Scientist Issues Bombshell Sea Level Warning

Jul 22, 2015: This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In what may prove to be a turning point for political action on climate change, a breathtaking new study casts extreme doubt about the near-term stability of global sea levels. The study—written by James Hansen, NASA's former lead climate scientist, and 16 co-authors, many of whom are considered among the top in their fields—concludes that glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, brings new importance to a feedback loop in the ocean near A…

Japanese Government – aided by the IAEA – puts nuclear victims at risk with forced resettlement scheme

Jul 22, 2015: The worst nuclear disaster in a generation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – which began in March 2011 – is still very much an ongoing crisis that will not be solved for the many many decades. Most of the massive radioactive releases were carried out to the Pacific Ocean by the prevailing winds at that time of year. But, on the nights of March 15th and 16th, the winds turned, carrying an enormous amount of radiation inland. Fukushima prefecture, especially to the northwest of the crippled reactor site, was heavily contaminated.The Japanese government is undertaking decontamination efforts with the intention of lifting evacuation orders by Mach 2017. But Greenpeace investigations have made a shocking discovery: in Ii…

Enjoy Your Romaine—While It Lasts

Jul 22, 2015: The mighty Central Valley hogs the headlines, but California's Salinas Valley is an agricultural behemoth, too. A rifle-shaped slice of land jutting between two mountain ranges just south of Monterey Bay off the state's central coast, it's home to farms that churn out nearly two-thirds of the salad greens and half of the broccoli grown in the United States. Its leafy-green dominance has earned it the nickname "the salad bowl of the world." And while the Central Valley's farm economy reels under the strain of drought—it's expected to sustain close to $2.7 billion worth of drought-related losses—Salinas farms are operating on all cylinders, reports the San Jose Mercury News. What gives? It all comes down to water sources. In no…

You did it! Toxic chemical banned in EU textile imports

Jul 22, 2015: A huge victory for Detox supporters came out of Europe this week as all EU member states voted to ban the toxic chemical NPE from textile imports. This decision closes a trade loophole that allowed clothing containing dangerous levels of NPE to enter the EU even though the substance is banned from regional manufacturing.So what exactly is NPE? Officially known as nonylphenol ethoxylates, NPEs are used in textile production as wetting agents, detergents, and emulsifiers. This toxic chemical then remains in the garment, released once you wash your clothing, breaking down to form toxic nonylphenol (NP). Nonylphenol is a persistent chemical with hormone-disrupting properties that builds up in the food chain and is hazardous even at very low lev…

NRDC: ‘Misguided’ Arctic Drilling Permit Approval has ‘Lit Fuse’ on Disaster for Pristine Ocean, Climate

Jul 22, 2015: WASHINGTON (July 22, 2015) – Shell was granted final federal permits today that clear the way for the oil company to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

Republicans Are Still Totally Wrong About ISIS

Jul 21, 2015: On Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley made an astute observation about ISIS in an interview with Bloomberg. "One of the things that preceded the failure of the nation-state of Syria, the rise of ISIS, was the effect of climate change and the mega-drought that affected that region, wiped out farmers, drove people to cities, created a humanitarian crisis [that] created the…conditions of extreme poverty that has led now to the rise of ISIL and this extreme violence," said the former Maryland governor. Republicans were quick to seize on the comment as an indication of O'Malley's weak grasp of foreign policy. Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, said the suggestion of a link between ISIS's r…