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Waste In Oceans: 5 Dirty Cruise Holiday Secrets
Every year, thousands of people are going on exotic cruise trips. What they do not understand is that most cruise ships are owned by American organisations but may not be protected by American law. A lot of crimes happen on these cruise ships, like dumping tons of dangerous waste and sewage into the ocean. All these crimes go unpunished. Cruise Holiday Secrets Three companies rule the cruise industry: Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean International, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Together they own 82 per cent of the market and have a strong influence in Washington, D.C. They spend millions of dollars lobbying to block stronger regulations regarding the industry. Waste In Oceans: Cruise Ships And Legal Systems Royal Caribbean is registered in Liberia. Cruiseship Norwegian is registered in Bermuda and Carnival in Panama. And what do these countries have in common: they are all tax havens with a dark legal system. Cruise convoys are trying to bypass American labour laws. {youtube}                                                           How Cruise Ships Are Destroying The World   Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth Waste In Oceans: There Is No Police Department At Sea There are hundreds of crimes a year on these cruise ships. The responsibility to investigate these felonies is in the hands of the authorities in the country where the company is registered. When a crime occurs onboard, crew members - who are not legally competent - gather evidence and conduct an initial investigation. Sexual assault and rape are the most common crimes on board. The majority of the victims are minors. Passengers who are a U.C. citizen can call the police, FBI or embassy at the next port, but they do not know that this is possible. The majority of the crew members are foreigners and can only report the crime in the country where the company is registered. These ocean liners possess large diesel engines with exhausts that potentially pollute the air with sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, the main components of acid rain Dirty Cruise Holiday Secrets: 70-Hour Weeks And No Days Off The salaries for crew members on a cruise ship is meagre. The base salaries range from $1,000 to $1,500 a month. But if you work in the laundry or warehouse, it is only $600 a month. Some waiters earn only $50 and have to depend on tips. Most of the employees come from Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe. Their contracts are subject to the labour laws in which the company is registered. Problems with their contracts need to be solved through a private arbitrator, outside the United States. Recommended:  Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation Waste In Oceans: Cruise Ships Are Pouring Sewage Into The Ocean A ship that travels for seven days with 3,000 passengers and crew members has a waste of 210,000 gallons of sewage, 1 million gallons of grey water (from showers and sinks), more than 130 gallons of dangerous waste, up to eight tons of solid waste, and 25,000 gallons of water polluted with oil. Do cruise ships dump their waste in the ocean? U.S. law allows cruise ships to dump raw sewage in the ocean once a ship is more than three miles off U.S. shores. Ships can dump treated sewage anywhere in the ocean except in Alaskan waters, where companies must comply with higher state standards. Cruise ship dumping sewage  5 Dirty Cruise Holiday Secrets: Lacking Responsibility In the last ten years, the cruise industry spent more than $31 million lobbying the American government. This led to avoid federal taxes and environmental regulations. Several legislators tried to get Congress to adopt the Clean Cruise Ship Act, which would prohibit them from dumping waste near the U.S. coast. Before you go! Recommended:  Waste: The Netherlands Creates New Material From Sewage Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about pollution? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Every year, thousands of people are going on exotic cruise trips. What they do not understand is that most cruise ships are owned by American organisations but may not be protected by American law. A lot of crimes happen on these cruise ships, like dumping tons of dangerous waste and sewage into the ocean. All these crimes go unpunished. Cruise Holiday Secrets Three companies rule the cruise industry: Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean International, and Norwegian Cruise Line. Together they own 82 per cent of the market and have a strong influence in Washington, D.C. They spend millions of dollars lobbying to block stronger regulations regarding the industry. Waste In Oceans: Cruise Ships And Legal Systems Royal Caribbean is registered in Liberia. Cruiseship Norwegian is registered in Bermuda and Carnival in Panama. And what do these countries have in common: they are all tax havens with a dark legal system. Cruise convoys are trying to bypass American labour laws. {youtube}                                                           How Cruise Ships Are Destroying The World   Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth Waste In Oceans: There Is No Police Department At Sea There are hundreds of crimes a year on these cruise ships. The responsibility to investigate these felonies is in the hands of the authorities in the country where the company is registered. When a crime occurs onboard, crew members - who are not legally competent - gather evidence and conduct an initial investigation. Sexual assault and rape are the most common crimes on board. The majority of the victims are minors. Passengers who are a U.C. citizen can call the police, FBI or embassy at the next port, but they do not know that this is possible. The majority of the crew members are foreigners and can only report the crime in the country where the company is registered. These ocean liners possess large diesel engines with exhausts that potentially pollute the air with sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, the main components of acid rain Dirty Cruise Holiday Secrets: 70-Hour Weeks And No Days Off The salaries for crew members on a cruise ship is meagre. The base salaries range from $1,000 to $1,500 a month. But if you work in the laundry or warehouse, it is only $600 a month. Some waiters earn only $50 and have to depend on tips. Most of the employees come from Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and Eastern Europe. Their contracts are subject to the labour laws in which the company is registered. Problems with their contracts need to be solved through a private arbitrator, outside the United States. Recommended:  Consumerism In ‘The West’: A Society Built On Exploitation Waste In Oceans: Cruise Ships Are Pouring Sewage Into The Ocean A ship that travels for seven days with 3,000 passengers and crew members has a waste of 210,000 gallons of sewage, 1 million gallons of grey water (from showers and sinks), more than 130 gallons of dangerous waste, up to eight tons of solid waste, and 25,000 gallons of water polluted with oil. Do cruise ships dump their waste in the ocean? U.S. law allows cruise ships to dump raw sewage in the ocean once a ship is more than three miles off U.S. shores. Ships can dump treated sewage anywhere in the ocean except in Alaskan waters, where companies must comply with higher state standards. Cruise ship dumping sewage  5 Dirty Cruise Holiday Secrets: Lacking Responsibility In the last ten years, the cruise industry spent more than $31 million lobbying the American government. This led to avoid federal taxes and environmental regulations. Several legislators tried to get Congress to adopt the Clean Cruise Ship Act, which would prohibit them from dumping waste near the U.S. coast. Before you go! Recommended:  Waste: The Netherlands Creates New Material From Sewage Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about pollution? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Waste In Oceans: 5 Dirty Cruise Holiday Secrets
Waste In Oceans: 5 Dirty Cruise Holiday Secrets
Solar Panel Recycling: Photovoltaics Rebirth
The energy sector has gone through a drastic change, and the gradual transition to renewable energy sources is more than visible. But what may look durable, does not stay that way. This is at least the most occurring concern concerning photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. The Lifetime of Solar Panels Solar panels glimmering in the sun are an icon of all that is green. But while generating electricity through photovoltaics is indeed better for the environment than burning fossil fuels, several incidents have linked the manufacture of these shining symbols of environmental virtue to a trail of chemical pollution. And it turns out that the time it takes to compensate for the energy used and the greenhouse gases emitted in photovoltaic panel production varies substantially by technology and geography. Recommended:  Tiny House WikiHouse With Solar Panels On Roof And Walls They are a long-lasting source of energy, only dependent on solar radiation, and able to supply electricity to our homes. But what happens to solar panels if they don't work efficiently? Discover their journey through the process of recycling in the infographic below: What is the lifespan of solar panels? A lot of people ask this question when they consider solar panels. Research has shown that the lifespan of solar panels is about 30 years before they are dismantled. A 20 percent reduction in power can occur during the lifespan of photovoltaic panels. The maximum reduction is 10 percent between the first 10 and 12 years. This would be 20 percent when the PV panels reach 25 years. In reality, the efficiency of solar panels will decrease by only 6 to 8 percent. So, the lifespan of solar panels could be longer than officially stated. Disposal of Solar Panels From a regulatory point of view, PV panel waste still falls under the general waste classification. At the EU level, there is a single exception, where PV panels are defined as e-waste in the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The management of waste from photovoltaic panels is regulated by this Directive, as a complement to other regulatory frameworks. Photo by: Ricardo Arduengo. Solar panel debris lies scattered in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico Manufacturers of solar cells are legally obliged to fulfil specific legal requirements and recycling standards to ensure that solar panels are not becoming a burden to the environment. Photovoltaic manufacturers have been working with government agencies and have thought of several ways to deal with the waste from solar energy. Solar Panel Waste We need to recycle because otherwise there would be 60 million tons of Photovoltaic panels waste lying in landfills by 2050. The solar cells contain a specific amount of toxic substances, and that would not be a sustainable way to generate energy. {youtube}                                                                Will renewables end up as more landfill? It is a myth that solar panels are not recyclable. It needs time and research to see the full potential of adequate recycling of all solar panel parts. This is why it is necessary for recycling and designing work closely together so that the ability to recycle is guaranteed by using mindful eco-designs. Recommended:  Waste: The Netherlands Creates New Material From Sewage Solar Panel Recycling Processes There are two different main types of solar panels. They both need a different recycling approach. You have solar panels bases on silicon and based on thin-film. At this moment, solar panels based on silicon occurs more often, but that would not imply that the materials of thin-film cells would not be of significant value Research has shown that there are a lot of technologies in recycling solar panels. Some of them show a result of 96% recycling efficiency. They strive to do better in the future. Recommended:  Wind Turbines: Waste From These Blade Runners? Silicon Based Solar Panel Recycling The process of recycling silicon-based PV panels starts with the disassembly of the actual product to split the aluminium and glass parts. You can reuse almost every piece (95%) of the glass, while all the exterior metal parts are used for the repainting of cell frames. The other materials are heated at 500°C in a thermal processing unit to facilitate bonding between the cell elements. Due to the extreme heat, the embedded plastic evaporates, making the silicon cells ready for further processing. The supported technology makes sure that even plastic is not wasted and is therefore reused as a heat source for further thermal processing. Thin-Film Based Solar Panel Recycling Thin-film based panels are processed more drastically in comparison to silicon panels. First, you need to place them in a shredder. That ensures that the particles are no bigger than 4-5mm. At this size, the lamination holds the inner materials together, breaks and can, therefore, be removed. The remaining material exists of both liquid and solid substance. A rotating screw is used to separate these remaining materials. Recommended:  Designing Business Models: Reciprocity And Circularity Liquids undergo a dewatering and precipitation process to guarantee their purity. The resulting material goes through metal processing to completely separate the different semiconductor components. However, on average, 95% of the semiconductor material is reused. Solids are polluted with so-called interlayers, which are lighter in weight and can be eliminated by a vibrating surface. The Future Benefits of Solar Waste Management We know now solar panels are recyclable. But are there any other benefits for the economy? Recycling Photovoltaic panels will create more green jobs. PV recycling will recover around £11 billion in recoverable value by 2050. This makes it possible to produce 2 billion new panels, without investing in raw materials. As a result of the ongoing price reductions of solar energy, more households and companies are choosing to invest in solar energy systems. This will create even more economic opportunities in the solar cell recycling sector. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Fast, Versatile Energy Storage Solution, UK Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about recycling of renewables? 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The energy sector has gone through a drastic change, and the gradual transition to renewable energy sources is more than visible. But what may look durable, does not stay that way. This is at least the most occurring concern concerning photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. The Lifetime of Solar Panels Solar panels glimmering in the sun are an icon of all that is green. But while generating electricity through photovoltaics is indeed better for the environment than burning fossil fuels, several incidents have linked the manufacture of these shining symbols of environmental virtue to a trail of chemical pollution. And it turns out that the time it takes to compensate for the energy used and the greenhouse gases emitted in photovoltaic panel production varies substantially by technology and geography. Recommended:  Tiny House WikiHouse With Solar Panels On Roof And Walls They are a long-lasting source of energy, only dependent on solar radiation, and able to supply electricity to our homes. But what happens to solar panels if they don't work efficiently? Discover their journey through the process of recycling in the infographic below: What is the lifespan of solar panels? A lot of people ask this question when they consider solar panels. Research has shown that the lifespan of solar panels is about 30 years before they are dismantled. A 20 percent reduction in power can occur during the lifespan of photovoltaic panels. The maximum reduction is 10 percent between the first 10 and 12 years. This would be 20 percent when the PV panels reach 25 years. In reality, the efficiency of solar panels will decrease by only 6 to 8 percent. So, the lifespan of solar panels could be longer than officially stated. Disposal of Solar Panels From a regulatory point of view, PV panel waste still falls under the general waste classification. At the EU level, there is a single exception, where PV panels are defined as e-waste in the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The management of waste from photovoltaic panels is regulated by this Directive, as a complement to other regulatory frameworks. Photo by: Ricardo Arduengo. Solar panel debris lies scattered in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Humacao, Puerto Rico Manufacturers of solar cells are legally obliged to fulfil specific legal requirements and recycling standards to ensure that solar panels are not becoming a burden to the environment. Photovoltaic manufacturers have been working with government agencies and have thought of several ways to deal with the waste from solar energy. Solar Panel Waste We need to recycle because otherwise there would be 60 million tons of Photovoltaic panels waste lying in landfills by 2050. The solar cells contain a specific amount of toxic substances, and that would not be a sustainable way to generate energy. {youtube}                                                                Will renewables end up as more landfill? It is a myth that solar panels are not recyclable. It needs time and research to see the full potential of adequate recycling of all solar panel parts. This is why it is necessary for recycling and designing work closely together so that the ability to recycle is guaranteed by using mindful eco-designs. Recommended:  Waste: The Netherlands Creates New Material From Sewage Solar Panel Recycling Processes There are two different main types of solar panels. They both need a different recycling approach. You have solar panels bases on silicon and based on thin-film. At this moment, solar panels based on silicon occurs more often, but that would not imply that the materials of thin-film cells would not be of significant value Research has shown that there are a lot of technologies in recycling solar panels. Some of them show a result of 96% recycling efficiency. They strive to do better in the future. Recommended:  Wind Turbines: Waste From These Blade Runners? Silicon Based Solar Panel Recycling The process of recycling silicon-based PV panels starts with the disassembly of the actual product to split the aluminium and glass parts. You can reuse almost every piece (95%) of the glass, while all the exterior metal parts are used for the repainting of cell frames. The other materials are heated at 500°C in a thermal processing unit to facilitate bonding between the cell elements. Due to the extreme heat, the embedded plastic evaporates, making the silicon cells ready for further processing. The supported technology makes sure that even plastic is not wasted and is therefore reused as a heat source for further thermal processing. Thin-Film Based Solar Panel Recycling Thin-film based panels are processed more drastically in comparison to silicon panels. First, you need to place them in a shredder. That ensures that the particles are no bigger than 4-5mm. At this size, the lamination holds the inner materials together, breaks and can, therefore, be removed. The remaining material exists of both liquid and solid substance. A rotating screw is used to separate these remaining materials. Recommended:  Designing Business Models: Reciprocity And Circularity Liquids undergo a dewatering and precipitation process to guarantee their purity. The resulting material goes through metal processing to completely separate the different semiconductor components. However, on average, 95% of the semiconductor material is reused. Solids are polluted with so-called interlayers, which are lighter in weight and can be eliminated by a vibrating surface. The Future Benefits of Solar Waste Management We know now solar panels are recyclable. But are there any other benefits for the economy? Recycling Photovoltaic panels will create more green jobs. PV recycling will recover around £11 billion in recoverable value by 2050. This makes it possible to produce 2 billion new panels, without investing in raw materials. As a result of the ongoing price reductions of solar energy, more households and companies are choosing to invest in solar energy systems. This will create even more economic opportunities in the solar cell recycling sector. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Fast, Versatile Energy Storage Solution, UK Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about recycling of renewables? 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Solar Panel Recycling: Photovoltaics Rebirth
Solar Panel Recycling: Photovoltaics Rebirth
Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation
Floating solar energy installations are on the rise. With Norway’s extensive experience and history from the maritime, offshore and energy industries, the country is well equipped to lead technological development in this solar floating segment. Solar Floating Energy Energy consultancy giant DNV GL has given its seal of approval to an innovative large-scale solar floating energy 'membrame' being developed by Norway’s Ocean Sun, as the design heads for its first full-scale installation as part of a project on a hydropower in Albania. Smart Blue Innovation Being engineered for operations in coastal waters and on man-made reservoirs. The Ocean Sun system uses modified silicon PV modules mounted on a flexible hydro-elastic floating membrane thus creating a solar energy producing 'powerhouse'. Recommended:  Green Energy: The WaveRoller Sustainable Clean Ocean Power DNV GL’s so-called 'conformity statement' – which verifies the design methodology of the solar floating energy structure and ensures it complies with various standards and recommended practices, including in this case for Norwegian aquaculture – clears the way for a technology qualification process involving review of the Open Sun concept’s solar energy production, PV cells, electrical system and membrane. Solar Floating Energy: 5 Systems The Norwegian outfit has already built five systems, the oldest of which nearly three ago, of a range of sizes totalling 300kW, but the 2MW project at the Banja Dam, operated by compatriot utility Statkraft, is by far the biggest and will help further accelerate one of the world’s fastest-emerging renewables sectors. {youtube}                Largest Floating Solar Power Plants in The World! The Countries' Supersized Floating Solar Farms Hydropower operators have large plans to invest in solar floating energy solar solutions in their man-made reservoirs and hook it up to their already existing grid connections, but they need to be sure that the solar floating structure is sustainable, durable and safe. This verification by DNV GL is a vital first step in demonstrating Ocean Sun’s readiness for deploying robust floating solar solutions. Recommended:  Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite Blue Innovations: DNV GL DNV GL is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. The company currently has about 14,500 employees and 350 offices operating in more than 100 countries, and provides services for several industries including maritime, renewable energy, oil & gas, electrification, food & beverage and healthcare. It was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organizations in the field,  Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany). DNV GL is the world's largest classification society, providing services for 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units (MOUs) amounting to 265.4 million gt, which represents a global market share of 21%. It is also the largest technical consultancy and supervisory to the global renewable energy (particularly wind, wave, tidal and solar) and oil and gas industry, 65% of the world's offshore pipelines are designed and installed to DNV GL's technical standards. Solar Energy Developing and expanding solar floating power opens tremendous new opportunities in providing the world with sufficient renewable blue energy. The conformity statement is the first of its kind and was issued following a thorough verification process which sets the standard for the expansion of floating solar globally and opens opportunities to scale up solar energy production around the world. A World Bank report on floating solar concluded the potential of the technology even under conservative assumptions to be 400GW. With coastal and open-sea build-out, the market would be enormous. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Though floating solar remains an emerging technology, in-land arrays are being seen as an increasingly attractive option for large-scale PV deployment on reservoirs and alongside hydropower facilities, especially where land is limited. The largest such project currently is a 150MW development in Anhui, China, but, as Recharge has reported, that is soon set to be overshadowed by massive developments elsewhere in the world, including a 1GW plant in India and an sprawling 2.9GW complex off South Korea . The world largest floating solar array outside China is the  BayWa’s 27.4MW Bomhofsplas project in the Netherlands. Photo by: BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH. Having completed three floating PV projects with 25 MW cumulative capacity in the Netherlands, BayWa is now constructing the 27.4 MW Bomhofsplas Floating Solar Farm in the country  Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Floating solar energy installations are on the rise. With Norway’s extensive experience and history from the maritime, offshore and energy industries, the country is well equipped to lead technological development in this solar floating segment. Solar Floating Energy Energy consultancy giant DNV GL has given its seal of approval to an innovative large-scale solar floating energy 'membrame' being developed by Norway’s Ocean Sun, as the design heads for its first full-scale installation as part of a project on a hydropower in Albania. Smart Blue Innovation Being engineered for operations in coastal waters and on man-made reservoirs. The Ocean Sun system uses modified silicon PV modules mounted on a flexible hydro-elastic floating membrane thus creating a solar energy producing 'powerhouse'. Recommended:  Green Energy: The WaveRoller Sustainable Clean Ocean Power DNV GL’s so-called 'conformity statement' – which verifies the design methodology of the solar floating energy structure and ensures it complies with various standards and recommended practices, including in this case for Norwegian aquaculture – clears the way for a technology qualification process involving review of the Open Sun concept’s solar energy production, PV cells, electrical system and membrane. Solar Floating Energy: 5 Systems The Norwegian outfit has already built five systems, the oldest of which nearly three ago, of a range of sizes totalling 300kW, but the 2MW project at the Banja Dam, operated by compatriot utility Statkraft, is by far the biggest and will help further accelerate one of the world’s fastest-emerging renewables sectors. {youtube}                Largest Floating Solar Power Plants in The World! The Countries' Supersized Floating Solar Farms Hydropower operators have large plans to invest in solar floating energy solar solutions in their man-made reservoirs and hook it up to their already existing grid connections, but they need to be sure that the solar floating structure is sustainable, durable and safe. This verification by DNV GL is a vital first step in demonstrating Ocean Sun’s readiness for deploying robust floating solar solutions. Recommended:  Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite Blue Innovations: DNV GL DNV GL is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. The company currently has about 14,500 employees and 350 offices operating in more than 100 countries, and provides services for several industries including maritime, renewable energy, oil & gas, electrification, food & beverage and healthcare. It was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organizations in the field,  Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany). DNV GL is the world's largest classification society, providing services for 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units (MOUs) amounting to 265.4 million gt, which represents a global market share of 21%. It is also the largest technical consultancy and supervisory to the global renewable energy (particularly wind, wave, tidal and solar) and oil and gas industry, 65% of the world's offshore pipelines are designed and installed to DNV GL's technical standards. Solar Energy Developing and expanding solar floating power opens tremendous new opportunities in providing the world with sufficient renewable blue energy. The conformity statement is the first of its kind and was issued following a thorough verification process which sets the standard for the expansion of floating solar globally and opens opportunities to scale up solar energy production around the world. A World Bank report on floating solar concluded the potential of the technology even under conservative assumptions to be 400GW. With coastal and open-sea build-out, the market would be enormous. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Though floating solar remains an emerging technology, in-land arrays are being seen as an increasingly attractive option for large-scale PV deployment on reservoirs and alongside hydropower facilities, especially where land is limited. The largest such project currently is a 150MW development in Anhui, China, but, as Recharge has reported, that is soon set to be overshadowed by massive developments elsewhere in the world, including a 1GW plant in India and an sprawling 2.9GW complex off South Korea . The world largest floating solar array outside China is the  BayWa’s 27.4MW Bomhofsplas project in the Netherlands. Photo by: BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH. Having completed three floating PV projects with 25 MW cumulative capacity in the Netherlands, BayWa is now constructing the 27.4 MW Bomhofsplas Floating Solar Farm in the country  Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation
Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation
Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar And Off Grid
Completely off-grid? A project in Marocco combines hemp and solar to make an innovative eco-building. There is a team of various organizations who completed the construction of a pioneering eco-building in Morocco. The construction is made of hemp with a high-tech solar energy system. You will not be needing electricity for this residence. Sustainable Eco Home: Competion The residence is built as a single-family home to be a participant in the 'Solar Decathlon', organised by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco's Centre de recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles. This competition takes place every two years and challenges students to create solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was on the African continent, in Ben Guerir, Marocco. Eco Home: Advanced ‘spaceship’ The residence looks like a spaceship. Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder, was the leader of the project. The challenge was to make a hemp composite with the use of vegetable bio-resins, where technical or synthetic components are avoided, according to Brümmer. The building is circular and has 24 exterior panels. This will give interior comfort because of the optimal damping and thermal phase shift and through the osmosis of the components in the hemp concrete formula. {youtube}                                                         Hemp houses could be greener, fire-resistant Hemp Meets High-tech The SUNIMPLANT was built for around $120,000, a lot cheaper than most of the buildings in the competition. The residence of 90 square meters has the following additional features: A double layer. It is made of a mixture of earth, hemp, pozzolan and lime. These products are all produced locally. The exterior is spherical and aerodynamic. It has 24 semi-flexible photovoltaic panels, sponsored by DAS-Energy. There are curve bio-composite panels. They are made from hemp wool, which improves the performance of the photovoltaic panels by covering their backs against the weather extremes of the semi-arid area of Ben Guerir, where temperatures hit 42°-46°C (107°- 114°F) in the shade during the construction phase last August and September. High-quality glass from the French glass manufacturer Saint Gobain. Recommended:  A Tiny House Shaped As The Lunar-Lander: Australia Recommended:  Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Sustainable Eco Home: International Cooperation Unfortunately, they were dealing with funding restrictions. Otherwise, they could have delivered more exceptional performance, according to Brümmer. The original plans for the construction were to install hemp-clay boards and internal dividing walls and floors. Adrar Nouh participated in the architectural design, designed the hemp materials and contributed to the construction of the building. Other contributors to the SUNIMPLANT project were the Moroccan National School of Architecture and the National School of Applied Sciences, both located in Tetouan, Morocco, and the German Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your off grid house?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Completely off-grid? A project in Marocco combines hemp and solar to make an innovative eco-building. There is a team of various organizations who completed the construction of a pioneering eco-building in Morocco. The construction is made of hemp with a high-tech solar energy system. You will not be needing electricity for this residence. Sustainable Eco Home: Competion The residence is built as a single-family home to be a participant in the 'Solar Decathlon', organised by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco's Centre de recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles. This competition takes place every two years and challenges students to create solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was on the African continent, in Ben Guerir, Marocco. Eco Home: Advanced ‘spaceship’ The residence looks like a spaceship. Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder, was the leader of the project. The challenge was to make a hemp composite with the use of vegetable bio-resins, where technical or synthetic components are avoided, according to Brümmer. The building is circular and has 24 exterior panels. This will give interior comfort because of the optimal damping and thermal phase shift and through the osmosis of the components in the hemp concrete formula. {youtube}                                                         Hemp houses could be greener, fire-resistant Hemp Meets High-tech The SUNIMPLANT was built for around $120,000, a lot cheaper than most of the buildings in the competition. The residence of 90 square meters has the following additional features: A double layer. It is made of a mixture of earth, hemp, pozzolan and lime. These products are all produced locally. The exterior is spherical and aerodynamic. It has 24 semi-flexible photovoltaic panels, sponsored by DAS-Energy. There are curve bio-composite panels. They are made from hemp wool, which improves the performance of the photovoltaic panels by covering their backs against the weather extremes of the semi-arid area of Ben Guerir, where temperatures hit 42°-46°C (107°- 114°F) in the shade during the construction phase last August and September. High-quality glass from the French glass manufacturer Saint Gobain. Recommended:  A Tiny House Shaped As The Lunar-Lander: Australia Recommended:  Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Sustainable Eco Home: International Cooperation Unfortunately, they were dealing with funding restrictions. Otherwise, they could have delivered more exceptional performance, according to Brümmer. The original plans for the construction were to install hemp-clay boards and internal dividing walls and floors. Adrar Nouh participated in the architectural design, designed the hemp materials and contributed to the construction of the building. Other contributors to the SUNIMPLANT project were the Moroccan National School of Architecture and the National School of Applied Sciences, both located in Tetouan, Morocco, and the German Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your off grid house?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar And Off Grid
Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar And Off Grid
Electric-Bike In A Backpack: Inflate It, Ride It
Research organisation Mercari R4D and students from the University of Tokyo have jointly developed an inflatable electric-bike that riders can stash away inside their backpack . Electric-Bike In A Backpack Called Poimo, which stands for portable and inflatable mobility, the electric bike comprises a body made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and detachable components including handles, wheels, a battery and motor. The body of the electric bike can be inflated within minutes using a small pump.                                    Electric bike: Poimo is inflatable and can be transported inside a backpack Electric-Bike: Inflate It, Ride It Designed for short trips around the city or last-mile journeys, the Poimo is light enough to be deflated, folded down and carried around in the user's bag, allowing them to get on and off anywhere they wish. Researcher Ryosuke Yamamura from Mercari R4D developed the wireless bike in collaboration with four students from the University of Tokyo and designer Hisato Ogata from Takram studio. Poimo was the result of developments in soft robotics technology and personal mobility – something the researchers call ‘soft mobility’, designed to be soft, lightweight and inflatable. While many other micro-mobility solutions such as electric bikes, scooters or skateboards are used for last-mile journeys from a train station or bus top to the user's final destination, these designs still encounter issues in regards to portability, safety, and price. This is down to their ‘rigid, heavy, and bulky properties’, explained the Poimo designers. Recommended:  Electric Bicycle EBIQ Sustainable City Transport: Concept Electric-Bike In A Backpack: Greenhouse Gasses About 60 per cent of car trips in Japan are short distances, which is not very good in terms of congestion and greenhouse gases, they continued. This is a similar situation in other countries. We believe that new mobility like Poimo is needed to replace this with short-range-only personal mobility. The rigid components of the scooter, which include two eight-inch front wheels, two six-inch rear wheels, a motor, a built-in wireless controller and a 70 by 110 millimetre-long battery, weigh around 5.5 kilograms in total. Recommended:  Electric Scooter Start-Ups Are Taking Over The Netherlands Electric-Bike: Poimo Poimo was born out of a discussion at a research camp attended by University of Tokyo students Hiroki Sato, Young Ah Seong, Ryuma Niiyama and Yoshihiro Kawahara. Here they came up with the concept for an inflatable mobility solution that would be safe in a crash and portable when not in use. Electric-Bike: Inflate It According to the designers, the soft body would protect pedestrians as well as the rider in the event of an accident, creating a 'new relationship between people and mobility'. The inflatable characteristic of the electric bike also means it can be easily customised, say the researchers. As the body is made from pasted together fabrics, the user can make it into whatever shape they desire. While the scooter is currently just a prototype, Mercari R4D and the students claim that the final product will be lighter and even more portable than at present. Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were Ones Classic Models: Retro Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about electric bikes? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'  
Research organisation Mercari R4D and students from the University of Tokyo have jointly developed an inflatable electric-bike that riders can stash away inside their backpack . Electric-Bike In A Backpack Called Poimo, which stands for portable and inflatable mobility, the electric bike comprises a body made from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and detachable components including handles, wheels, a battery and motor. The body of the electric bike can be inflated within minutes using a small pump.                                    Electric bike: Poimo is inflatable and can be transported inside a backpack Electric-Bike: Inflate It, Ride It Designed for short trips around the city or last-mile journeys, the Poimo is light enough to be deflated, folded down and carried around in the user's bag, allowing them to get on and off anywhere they wish. Researcher Ryosuke Yamamura from Mercari R4D developed the wireless bike in collaboration with four students from the University of Tokyo and designer Hisato Ogata from Takram studio. Poimo was the result of developments in soft robotics technology and personal mobility – something the researchers call ‘soft mobility’, designed to be soft, lightweight and inflatable. While many other micro-mobility solutions such as electric bikes, scooters or skateboards are used for last-mile journeys from a train station or bus top to the user's final destination, these designs still encounter issues in regards to portability, safety, and price. This is down to their ‘rigid, heavy, and bulky properties’, explained the Poimo designers. Recommended:  Electric Bicycle EBIQ Sustainable City Transport: Concept Electric-Bike In A Backpack: Greenhouse Gasses About 60 per cent of car trips in Japan are short distances, which is not very good in terms of congestion and greenhouse gases, they continued. This is a similar situation in other countries. We believe that new mobility like Poimo is needed to replace this with short-range-only personal mobility. The rigid components of the scooter, which include two eight-inch front wheels, two six-inch rear wheels, a motor, a built-in wireless controller and a 70 by 110 millimetre-long battery, weigh around 5.5 kilograms in total. Recommended:  Electric Scooter Start-Ups Are Taking Over The Netherlands Electric-Bike: Poimo Poimo was born out of a discussion at a research camp attended by University of Tokyo students Hiroki Sato, Young Ah Seong, Ryuma Niiyama and Yoshihiro Kawahara. Here they came up with the concept for an inflatable mobility solution that would be safe in a crash and portable when not in use. Electric-Bike: Inflate It According to the designers, the soft body would protect pedestrians as well as the rider in the event of an accident, creating a 'new relationship between people and mobility'. The inflatable characteristic of the electric bike also means it can be easily customised, say the researchers. As the body is made from pasted together fabrics, the user can make it into whatever shape they desire. While the scooter is currently just a prototype, Mercari R4D and the students claim that the final product will be lighter and even more portable than at present. Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were Ones Classic Models: Retro Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about electric bikes? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'  
Electric-Bike In A Backpack: Inflate It, Ride It
Electric-Bike In A Backpack: Inflate It, Ride It
Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: Safe Eating
Christophe Gernigon, French designer and interior decorator, designed a curvilinear bell to help spacing the tables and Mediamatic ETEN introduced: Serres Sépparées (separate greenhouses). Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked The designers are moving around the world to look for useful solutions to create social distancing with objects other than devastating plexiglass plates. After the greenhouses on the canals of Amsterdam, it is the turn of Christophe Gernigon, French interior designer and decorator who has worked in the sector for more than 20 years with experiences in Carré Blanc (home textiles), Maison Sarah Lavoine et Arts & Influences ( Brussels concept store) and creator of Designer Particulier. Recommended:  Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? Lockdown Unlocked: Safe Eating In a stunt to encourage social distancing, a German restaurant gave its diners hats with pool noodles upon its reopening. Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin, Germany reopened last week as the country begins to lift certain coronavirus restrictions. It posted a photo of its diners on Facebook, showing them in straw hats with colorful pool noodles pointing in three different directions to encourage social distancing from all sides (cover photo). Customers sitting outside Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin , Germany, all wore straw hats with two swimming pool noddles taped to the top as the cafe makes sure they do not flout social distancing Safe Eating: Plexiglass Playing on the words plexiglass and eat (eating) he created Plex'Eat, a suspension with a disc that has a diameter of 80 centimeters to which a curved and shaped bell-shaped plexiglass plate is fixed. The wave cut in the photos distributed on the site is positioned on the back of the bell to avoid the feeling of total closure and to allow diners, even non-cohabitants, to eat at the same table without too much distance. But a simple rotation could allow cohabiting diners to not even have to worry about raising their voices to talk to each other. Recommended:  Lock-down? Stay Healthy With This Body Workout At Home Lockdown Unlocked: The Idea From Music I was worried about the restaurateurs. So I thought of a device that would allow you to rediscover conviviality around a table, but without taking risks. All the spacing solutions for restaurant customers I've seen so far have the appearance of prison parlours. In fact, the prototype is much more pleasant than the plexiglass plates that have started to swarm on the tables of Italian restaurants. The idea of ​​the plexiglass bell was born from an armchair in a concept store in Asia that was equipped with a bell to listen to music. The object is not yet in production, but there is already the interest of some plexiglass producers to verify the feasibility and start production and marketing. Recommended:  Coronavirus: The New Normal And Global Updates Pandemic Safe Eating: From ‘Quarantine Greenhouses’ to ‘Sneezing Fences,’ As COVID-19 restrictions ease, restaurateurs are considering new ways to accommodate physical distancing. Outfitted in face shields and holding long wooden planks in gloved hands, servers slide meals into mini greenhouses lining Amsterdam’s waterfront. A pandemic riff on private dining rooms - chambres séparées in French - a Dutch restaurant has dubbed its experiment Serres Sépparées (separate greenhouses). {youtube}                                         Mediamatic ETEN  trials greenhouses to shield diners from coronavirus More like dining in a fishbowl than a behind-closed-doors experience, the ETEN restaurant at Amsterdam’s Mediamatic art centre  is putting a playful spin on protective barriers. Big enough for up to three people to gather around a candlelit table, these transparent enclosures serve as an example of what dining during relaxed COVID-19 containment measures could look like. Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: Greenhouses The five greenhouses, which artist Diana Scherer originally created for her ‘Spectrum Crops Findings in Colour’ project, overlook the Oosterdok harbour. They are quite small, so we worried it would feel claustrophobic, but the consensus is that they feel very cosy and intimate. Restaurants in the Netherlands will open their door again on the 1 st of June only if the Governments thinks it is save to do so and with ‘lot of’ restrictions Unlocked: Safe Mediamatic ETEN Mediamatic ETEN, a plant-based restaurant in Amsterdam, is putting a playful spin on protective barriers. Mediamatic calls its greenhouse model ‘new safe hospitality’. Put in the context of COVID-19, Serres Séparées is indeed novel. The pandemic presents very specific demands, and for restaurants, devising ways for guests and staff to maintain a safe distance at all times is crucial. Recommended:  Tiny House Becomes Solar Water Collecting Off-grid Egg Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: London, South Korea, Sweden, Canada Although we’ve seen this style of private-yet-public dining before - from pre-pandemic pods on the banks of London’s River Thames to glass domes along Ottawa’s Rideau Canal -  it holds promise for businesses navigating the current crisis. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, restaurateurs are considering new ways to accommodate physical distancing. In South Korean dining halls, for example, plexiglass partitions separating seated guests are commonplace. A rural Swedish restaurant, Stedsans in the Woods, announced plans to install a clear ‘sneezing fence’ on communal tables so you can talk to and see people on the other side of the table without being sneezed on. Recommended:  Sustainable Arctic Architecture: A Geodesic Dome In Canada, most restaurateurs are questioning their ability to reopen at all, let alone contemplating ways to fund glass greenhouses or other private dining options. Lack of capital is a major issue. The  biggest concern is 70 per cent of people are worried (about whether) they have enough capital to reopen. That’s going to be one thing that stands in the way of any innovation. Even if restaurants are permitted to operate at 50 per cent capacity, he adds, most will struggle to resume dine-in service. In addition to normal operating costs, there will likely be increased staffing requirements to cover enhanced cleaning and crowd control. Kitchens will have to be reconfigured to allow for physical distancing among staff. All of this will need to be accomplished with half the number of tables they usually rely on to generate revenue. With the restrictions still being on, it’s going to be hard for anybody to make any investments in things like you’re seeing in other countries. Once we’re through this, hopefully they’ll find a way to counteract the effects of the virus and people will be able to start congregating again. That’s when our industry will bounce back. That’s when you’ll see the real innovation and the real resilience of our industry.” Lockdown Unlocked: Social Distancing These socially distancing circles can be seen in Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty And Cool: United States Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about healthy food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Christophe Gernigon, French designer and interior decorator, designed a curvilinear bell to help spacing the tables and Mediamatic ETEN introduced: Serres Sépparées (separate greenhouses). Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked The designers are moving around the world to look for useful solutions to create social distancing with objects other than devastating plexiglass plates. After the greenhouses on the canals of Amsterdam, it is the turn of Christophe Gernigon, French interior designer and decorator who has worked in the sector for more than 20 years with experiences in Carré Blanc (home textiles), Maison Sarah Lavoine et Arts & Influences ( Brussels concept store) and creator of Designer Particulier. Recommended:  Which Sustainable Food Keeps Your Immune System Running? Lockdown Unlocked: Safe Eating In a stunt to encourage social distancing, a German restaurant gave its diners hats with pool noodles upon its reopening. Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin, Germany reopened last week as the country begins to lift certain coronavirus restrictions. It posted a photo of its diners on Facebook, showing them in straw hats with colorful pool noodles pointing in three different directions to encourage social distancing from all sides (cover photo). Customers sitting outside Cafe & Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin , Germany, all wore straw hats with two swimming pool noddles taped to the top as the cafe makes sure they do not flout social distancing Safe Eating: Plexiglass Playing on the words plexiglass and eat (eating) he created Plex'Eat, a suspension with a disc that has a diameter of 80 centimeters to which a curved and shaped bell-shaped plexiglass plate is fixed. The wave cut in the photos distributed on the site is positioned on the back of the bell to avoid the feeling of total closure and to allow diners, even non-cohabitants, to eat at the same table without too much distance. But a simple rotation could allow cohabiting diners to not even have to worry about raising their voices to talk to each other. Recommended:  Lock-down? Stay Healthy With This Body Workout At Home Lockdown Unlocked: The Idea From Music I was worried about the restaurateurs. So I thought of a device that would allow you to rediscover conviviality around a table, but without taking risks. All the spacing solutions for restaurant customers I've seen so far have the appearance of prison parlours. In fact, the prototype is much more pleasant than the plexiglass plates that have started to swarm on the tables of Italian restaurants. The idea of ​​the plexiglass bell was born from an armchair in a concept store in Asia that was equipped with a bell to listen to music. The object is not yet in production, but there is already the interest of some plexiglass producers to verify the feasibility and start production and marketing. Recommended:  Coronavirus: The New Normal And Global Updates Pandemic Safe Eating: From ‘Quarantine Greenhouses’ to ‘Sneezing Fences,’ As COVID-19 restrictions ease, restaurateurs are considering new ways to accommodate physical distancing. Outfitted in face shields and holding long wooden planks in gloved hands, servers slide meals into mini greenhouses lining Amsterdam’s waterfront. A pandemic riff on private dining rooms - chambres séparées in French - a Dutch restaurant has dubbed its experiment Serres Sépparées (separate greenhouses). {youtube}                                         Mediamatic ETEN  trials greenhouses to shield diners from coronavirus More like dining in a fishbowl than a behind-closed-doors experience, the ETEN restaurant at Amsterdam’s Mediamatic art centre  is putting a playful spin on protective barriers. Big enough for up to three people to gather around a candlelit table, these transparent enclosures serve as an example of what dining during relaxed COVID-19 containment measures could look like. Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: Greenhouses The five greenhouses, which artist Diana Scherer originally created for her ‘Spectrum Crops Findings in Colour’ project, overlook the Oosterdok harbour. They are quite small, so we worried it would feel claustrophobic, but the consensus is that they feel very cosy and intimate. Restaurants in the Netherlands will open their door again on the 1 st of June only if the Governments thinks it is save to do so and with ‘lot of’ restrictions Unlocked: Safe Mediamatic ETEN Mediamatic ETEN, a plant-based restaurant in Amsterdam, is putting a playful spin on protective barriers. Mediamatic calls its greenhouse model ‘new safe hospitality’. Put in the context of COVID-19, Serres Séparées is indeed novel. The pandemic presents very specific demands, and for restaurants, devising ways for guests and staff to maintain a safe distance at all times is crucial. Recommended:  Tiny House Becomes Solar Water Collecting Off-grid Egg Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: London, South Korea, Sweden, Canada Although we’ve seen this style of private-yet-public dining before - from pre-pandemic pods on the banks of London’s River Thames to glass domes along Ottawa’s Rideau Canal -  it holds promise for businesses navigating the current crisis. As COVID-19 restrictions ease, restaurateurs are considering new ways to accommodate physical distancing. In South Korean dining halls, for example, plexiglass partitions separating seated guests are commonplace. A rural Swedish restaurant, Stedsans in the Woods, announced plans to install a clear ‘sneezing fence’ on communal tables so you can talk to and see people on the other side of the table without being sneezed on. Recommended:  Sustainable Arctic Architecture: A Geodesic Dome In Canada, most restaurateurs are questioning their ability to reopen at all, let alone contemplating ways to fund glass greenhouses or other private dining options. Lack of capital is a major issue. The  biggest concern is 70 per cent of people are worried (about whether) they have enough capital to reopen. That’s going to be one thing that stands in the way of any innovation. Even if restaurants are permitted to operate at 50 per cent capacity, he adds, most will struggle to resume dine-in service. In addition to normal operating costs, there will likely be increased staffing requirements to cover enhanced cleaning and crowd control. Kitchens will have to be reconfigured to allow for physical distancing among staff. All of this will need to be accomplished with half the number of tables they usually rely on to generate revenue. With the restrictions still being on, it’s going to be hard for anybody to make any investments in things like you’re seeing in other countries. Once we’re through this, hopefully they’ll find a way to counteract the effects of the virus and people will be able to start congregating again. That’s when our industry will bounce back. That’s when you’ll see the real innovation and the real resilience of our industry.” Lockdown Unlocked: Social Distancing These socially distancing circles can be seen in Domino Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty And Cool: United States Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about healthy food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: Safe Eating
Coronavirus Lockdown Unlocked: Safe Eating
Electric Bike 2020: The Insane Majestic 2029
This Insane New Electric Motorcycle Was Made Using 3-D-Printed Titanium Parts Insane Electric Bike 2020: Majestic 2029 Terms like ‘futuristic’ and ‘ground-breaking’ are often bandied about when discussing new motor bikes, but few are as well deserving as Fuller Moto’s latest electric bike. Dubbed simply 2029 Majestic, the one-of-a-kind two-wheeler not only has an ultra-modern aesthetic but was also built using cutting-edge technology. Photo by: Fuller Moto Electric Bike: The Insane Majestic 2029 Taking cues from the classic French 1929 Majestic motor bike, the custom ride features a fully enclosed sculptured aluminum body, hub-centric steering and sleek lines like its hundred-year-old predecessor. {youtube}                                          Fuller Moto's Futuristic 2029 Custom Motorcycle | Build and Reveal But that’s where the similarities end. Penned by Bryan Fuller, the futuristic riff features 3D-printed titanium parts, transparent polycarbonate wheels - unlike the original, they have no spokes - and is fitted with an electric engine. Recommended:  Erik Buell’s Futuristic Electric Motorcycle ‘Fuell’ Unveiled Orgininal motor bike Majestic 2029 The Insane Majestic 2029 Building upon one of Zero Motorcycle’s FXS electric bikes, Fuller and his team combined modern subtractive techniques, such as CNC machining, with traditional manufacturing to create the wholly distinctive 2029 Majestic. The workshop flipped the chassis upside down and repositioned the batteries so that the engine aligned with the large 23-inch wheels. Intricate elements, including the chassis, front stabilizer arm and steering plate, were 3-D-printed using titanium with a level of precision that’s near-impossible to achieve by hand. Orgininal motor bike Majestic 2029. Fuller sprayed some of the bike’s body with a blue tint as a tribute to the original Majestic. Inspired by 3-D printing, allowed Fuller to run wild and create organic shapes that are nearly unmakeable by traditional means. With no limits to design, Fuller and his team were able to create something unique that could only exist in the space between craft and the innovation of technology. Recommended:  Harley Electric Motorbike Make More Sense Than Electric Cars Majestic 2029 Motor Bike: Power Power wise, the 2029 Majestic has a top speed somewhere in the ballpark of 85 mph (136 km), with 46 horses, 78 ft lbs of torque and a range of 100 miles (160 km). For comparison, the restored 1929 Majestic has just 14 hp and a top speed of 55 mph (89 km). Original motor bike Majestic from 1930 Evolution of how one-off vehicles are built is rapidly changing as are many disciplines. The sharing of information creates huge opportunities for advancement in the manufacturing and design of these dream machines. Recommended:  Electric Bike Rayvolt X One: Different Than Other e-Bikes Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were Ones Classic Models: Retro Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about electric bikes? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
This Insane New Electric Motorcycle Was Made Using 3-D-Printed Titanium Parts Insane Electric Bike 2020: Majestic 2029 Terms like ‘futuristic’ and ‘ground-breaking’ are often bandied about when discussing new motor bikes, but few are as well deserving as Fuller Moto’s latest electric bike. Dubbed simply 2029 Majestic, the one-of-a-kind two-wheeler not only has an ultra-modern aesthetic but was also built using cutting-edge technology. Photo by: Fuller Moto Electric Bike: The Insane Majestic 2029 Taking cues from the classic French 1929 Majestic motor bike, the custom ride features a fully enclosed sculptured aluminum body, hub-centric steering and sleek lines like its hundred-year-old predecessor. {youtube}                                          Fuller Moto's Futuristic 2029 Custom Motorcycle | Build and Reveal But that’s where the similarities end. Penned by Bryan Fuller, the futuristic riff features 3D-printed titanium parts, transparent polycarbonate wheels - unlike the original, they have no spokes - and is fitted with an electric engine. Recommended:  Erik Buell’s Futuristic Electric Motorcycle ‘Fuell’ Unveiled Orgininal motor bike Majestic 2029 The Insane Majestic 2029 Building upon one of Zero Motorcycle’s FXS electric bikes, Fuller and his team combined modern subtractive techniques, such as CNC machining, with traditional manufacturing to create the wholly distinctive 2029 Majestic. The workshop flipped the chassis upside down and repositioned the batteries so that the engine aligned with the large 23-inch wheels. Intricate elements, including the chassis, front stabilizer arm and steering plate, were 3-D-printed using titanium with a level of precision that’s near-impossible to achieve by hand. Orgininal motor bike Majestic 2029. Fuller sprayed some of the bike’s body with a blue tint as a tribute to the original Majestic. Inspired by 3-D printing, allowed Fuller to run wild and create organic shapes that are nearly unmakeable by traditional means. With no limits to design, Fuller and his team were able to create something unique that could only exist in the space between craft and the innovation of technology. Recommended:  Harley Electric Motorbike Make More Sense Than Electric Cars Majestic 2029 Motor Bike: Power Power wise, the 2029 Majestic has a top speed somewhere in the ballpark of 85 mph (136 km), with 46 horses, 78 ft lbs of torque and a range of 100 miles (160 km). For comparison, the restored 1929 Majestic has just 14 hp and a top speed of 55 mph (89 km). Original motor bike Majestic from 1930 Evolution of how one-off vehicles are built is rapidly changing as are many disciplines. The sharing of information creates huge opportunities for advancement in the manufacturing and design of these dream machines. Recommended:  Electric Bike Rayvolt X One: Different Than Other e-Bikes Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bicycles And Cars Were Ones Classic Models: Retro Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about electric bikes? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Electric Bike 2020: The Insane Majestic 2029
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Urban Gardening: Kill Grass, Grow Food Only
One of the largest wastes of space? That stretch of lawn in your backyard. Having ‘just grass’ might be fun for your kids to run around in, for your dog to pee in when you are too lazy to go out, or for having a relatively low-maintenance green alternative for the boring, plain tiles. Unfortunately, it does not deliver any more benefits. Kill Grass, Grow Food Only Now, let’s look at what would happen if you were to replace even a small part of your lawn with a vegetable garden for you to plant your very own veggies or herbs in. Not just a great way of stocking your pantry with fresh greens, but also a proven therapeutical way of dealing with the stress that the world is throwing at you - and unfortunately, there has been quite a bit of this going around lately. Most of us seem to halt at the how-to. How do we get started? How do we maintain this plot of land? Isn’t it just a lot of work? Thankfully, there are some sure-fire ways of getting started and improving your chances of success. Recommended:  Gardening Organic Is Good For You, The Soil, Flora And Fauna Urban Gardening:  Plant In The Sun, With The Wind One of the typical rookie-mistakes. Planting veggies and herbs in a plot of land that catches direct sunlight for the majority of the day, when they are clearly not suitable for this. Or the dramatic opposite, choosing for shadowy places where plants will just wilt away. There is such a thing as the ideal amount of sunlight for any garden, and this adds up to some six hours on a good day. The mid-day sun is the best. Wind conditions are equally important for getting yourself a suitable vegetable garden. Especially if your area is susceptible to frequent strong winds, this is something to look out for. Your rows should ideally run parallel to the prevailing wind. So if your area is known for its strong winds from the west, you would run your plots of land from west to east. Unsure about the sun or wind in your area? It is always a great idea to start off small, with an area no bigger than your living room rug. This will allow you to test the conditions and find out whether you actually enjoy gardening as a hobby. Recommended:  Gardening Decreases Stress And Is A Nice Way To Improve Life Grow Food: Get To Know Your Dirt Weather conditions aside, there is one more thing that you cannot influence - the soil in your area. Whether you are working with clay, sand, or something else, you really have to roll with what you’ve got. This does not mean that you cannot do anything about a particularly tough base layer, though. Over time, you can get your soil to become better and more suitable for what you are planning to grow. It always pays off to get in touch with your area’s agriculture extension office or a local land-grant college. These guys are really familiar with the prevailing soil structure you are dealing with and can give you some great advice about what your soil needs to thrive, such as more organic matter or microbes. They can also assist in testing the acidity of your soil and, if needed, in performing an acidity adjustment. Recommended:  The World’s Gone Mad! You Need Mud, No iPhone   The acidity, or pH-value, of your land determines the extent to which your plants are able to absorb the nutrients in the soil. And this will play a large role in determining the success of your vegetable garden. Ideally, your garden’s pH value would be between 6.0 and 7.0. Not quite there? You can increase the pH-value by adding soil sulfur, or bring it down through the addition of limestone. Another way of getting to know your dirt is by having it tested for heavy metals, which is particularly important in urban areas or land that used to have pre-1950 homes of industrial facilities on it. Until then, better be safe than sorry and wear work gloves when handling your soil. Urban Gardening: Feed Your Soil Speaking of keeping your soil happy. Bringing it up to par is not just a one-time effort. You have to work with it full-time to keep it nourished and thriving. A healthy soil is one that is dark, fluffy, and moist - full of life. You can get it to be just this by adding compost to it and repeating this every single year. To get your garden started, you can add a layer of roughly 5 centimeters of compost. It sounds like a lot, but your garden will thank you later. After the first year, adding 2 to 3 centimeters of compost will be just fine. Effective compost is usually made up of composted leaves, straw, and some veggie scraps. All the leftover bits from cleaning your garden. Through the addition of this organic matter, you will find that microbial activity in your soil will thrive. This means that there could be up to billions of bacteria in a single teaspoon of soil. And this is a good thing: nature thrives on diversity, and a happy soil means a happy garden. Grow Food Only: Till Once For A Kickstart For all of you rookies out there. Tilling is a procedure that involves deep tossing and turning of your soil. The jury is still out when it comes to its effectiveness, with some experts saying it could actually do more damage than good. Fact is that you should not do it too often, perhaps only when preparing a plot of land to be a new vegetable garden. Photo by: Markus Spiske By tilling a garden bed-to-be, you will not only thoroughly get rid of the grass, it will also introduce heaps of oxygen in your soil. And oxygen, that is the one thing that all living beings on earth thrive on - including those precious microbes in your soil. Why shouldn’t you do it more often, then? Well, tilling also leaves the ground vulnerable to erosion, with no more roots remaining to keep the soil in place. Best to avoid this practice altogether when your garden is based on a hilly slope, or when weather forecasts are predicting particularly windy conditions. Recommended:  Vegetables, Fruit, Edible Flowers, But Also Bees In Cities Urban Farming Kill The Grass One of the main reasons given to not start a vegetable garden is the amount of work that people perceive it to be. This is mainly related to the near daily maintenance that is required, to make sure the weeds are staying away. But people are also worried about the work it will take to prepare a patch of land for growing produce. The main challenge here is keeping that persistent grass away, that used to grace your garden. {youtube}                                                           How To Turn Your Lawn Into A Vegetable Garden   One method that can be used to avoid grass roots remaining and sucking up moisture, nutrients and sunlight is the so-called cardboard-lasagna method. With this, cardboard squares are placed over the patch of grass that you want to use for your vegetable garden. Cover the cardboard with a layer of compost, followed by a layer of organic materials - whatever you have, really, be it leaves, wood chips, straw, or something else. Then let nature do its thing. The grass will die, while the soil is enriched with the nutrients fed to it as the cardboard disintegrates. Recommended:  Rooftop Garden: Sustainable Urban Agriculture Gardening: Build Raised Beds There are roughly two types of vegetable garden patches. One has in-ground beds, while the other has so-called raised beds. The latter are easier to maintain and grow, as they are better at holding water and stay warmer in the winter. The only downside is that they require a lot more soil to fill, as you actually need to pile up the soil on top of your chosen patch. Your Backyard Is Big Enough Regardless of the size of your backyard, you will be able to grow your own produce. If you are ready to take the next step and looking to become fully self-sustaining, you will require some 185 m2. This does require some serious thinking, though. You will have to plant for calories and divide up your garden accordingly. Recommended:  Waste Is Delicious: Distorted Fruit And Vegetables For Sale You will need to use some 60% of your garden for high-calorie and high-compost crops, including wheat, millet, or the surprisingly high-calorie generating leeks. Then you will need another 30% for high-calorie root crops, like potatoes. Finally, use the remaining 10% for vitamin-dense produce, including salad greens and tomatoes. Growing Food: Plant What You Actually Eat It may seem like a no-brainer, but it needs to be said regardless. Only plant things that you, or those around you, will actually eat. Planting celery when you cannot stand its taste is quite silly, as is devoting lots of space to tomatoes when you absolutely hate them. Simultaneously, you would do well to plant for easy future maintenance. Photo by: Markus Spiske This means including perennial crops like fruit and nut trees, or plants like asparagus. These will come back every single year and do not require lots of replanting or yearly maintenance. Yes, they might take a couple of years to spring up, but when they do, you will have a trusty source of produce. If You Can’t Grow Protein, Raise It Protein is a crucial part of our diet. It is, however, notoriously difficult to grow. You could try pinto bean plants, or black eye peas. Or, even simpler: create some space for a chicken coup and bring in some hens. They will provide lots of eggs and compost. Give Your Seeds A Head Start You can also consider giving your seeds a head start by growing its seedlings indoor, using seed starting light, warming mats, and growing trays with domes. Give them some four weeks or more to grow and gradually introduce them to the sunlight by putting them outside for a couple of hours per day. When they are ready, plant them and give them much better odds of surviving. Just watch out what plants you are doing this for, as some - including radishes, beets, corn and turnips, do not like being transplanted and are better planted in the ground directly. Gardening: Outmanoeuvre Your Pests Some last words of advice. First, keep pests out of your garden through efficient management. Plant some specific types before or after their typical season starts, avoiding the bugs that are keen to find them. Or use commercial insecticides. And make sure to keep your soil healthy: healthy plants are much better at fighting off pests. Recommended:  Farmers Tackle Pests With Flowers And Insects Speaking of your soil, another great way of protecting is it by covering it up. Simply scatter some seeds for a suitable cover crop, to avoid the growth of weeds and keep the soil in place. It is great for local insects as well, who will turn your garden into a real ecosystem. You take what you need, while it continues to thrive because of what you give back. Eco-friendliness at its best. Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty And Cool Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about growing your own food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
One of the largest wastes of space? That stretch of lawn in your backyard. Having ‘just grass’ might be fun for your kids to run around in, for your dog to pee in when you are too lazy to go out, or for having a relatively low-maintenance green alternative for the boring, plain tiles. Unfortunately, it does not deliver any more benefits. Kill Grass, Grow Food Only Now, let’s look at what would happen if you were to replace even a small part of your lawn with a vegetable garden for you to plant your very own veggies or herbs in. Not just a great way of stocking your pantry with fresh greens, but also a proven therapeutical way of dealing with the stress that the world is throwing at you - and unfortunately, there has been quite a bit of this going around lately. Most of us seem to halt at the how-to. How do we get started? How do we maintain this plot of land? Isn’t it just a lot of work? Thankfully, there are some sure-fire ways of getting started and improving your chances of success. Recommended:  Gardening Organic Is Good For You, The Soil, Flora And Fauna Urban Gardening:  Plant In The Sun, With The Wind One of the typical rookie-mistakes. Planting veggies and herbs in a plot of land that catches direct sunlight for the majority of the day, when they are clearly not suitable for this. Or the dramatic opposite, choosing for shadowy places where plants will just wilt away. There is such a thing as the ideal amount of sunlight for any garden, and this adds up to some six hours on a good day. The mid-day sun is the best. Wind conditions are equally important for getting yourself a suitable vegetable garden. Especially if your area is susceptible to frequent strong winds, this is something to look out for. Your rows should ideally run parallel to the prevailing wind. So if your area is known for its strong winds from the west, you would run your plots of land from west to east. Unsure about the sun or wind in your area? It is always a great idea to start off small, with an area no bigger than your living room rug. This will allow you to test the conditions and find out whether you actually enjoy gardening as a hobby. Recommended:  Gardening Decreases Stress And Is A Nice Way To Improve Life Grow Food: Get To Know Your Dirt Weather conditions aside, there is one more thing that you cannot influence - the soil in your area. Whether you are working with clay, sand, or something else, you really have to roll with what you’ve got. This does not mean that you cannot do anything about a particularly tough base layer, though. Over time, you can get your soil to become better and more suitable for what you are planning to grow. It always pays off to get in touch with your area’s agriculture extension office or a local land-grant college. These guys are really familiar with the prevailing soil structure you are dealing with and can give you some great advice about what your soil needs to thrive, such as more organic matter or microbes. They can also assist in testing the acidity of your soil and, if needed, in performing an acidity adjustment. Recommended:  The World’s Gone Mad! You Need Mud, No iPhone   The acidity, or pH-value, of your land determines the extent to which your plants are able to absorb the nutrients in the soil. And this will play a large role in determining the success of your vegetable garden. Ideally, your garden’s pH value would be between 6.0 and 7.0. Not quite there? You can increase the pH-value by adding soil sulfur, or bring it down through the addition of limestone. Another way of getting to know your dirt is by having it tested for heavy metals, which is particularly important in urban areas or land that used to have pre-1950 homes of industrial facilities on it. Until then, better be safe than sorry and wear work gloves when handling your soil. Urban Gardening: Feed Your Soil Speaking of keeping your soil happy. Bringing it up to par is not just a one-time effort. You have to work with it full-time to keep it nourished and thriving. A healthy soil is one that is dark, fluffy, and moist - full of life. You can get it to be just this by adding compost to it and repeating this every single year. To get your garden started, you can add a layer of roughly 5 centimeters of compost. It sounds like a lot, but your garden will thank you later. After the first year, adding 2 to 3 centimeters of compost will be just fine. Effective compost is usually made up of composted leaves, straw, and some veggie scraps. All the leftover bits from cleaning your garden. Through the addition of this organic matter, you will find that microbial activity in your soil will thrive. This means that there could be up to billions of bacteria in a single teaspoon of soil. And this is a good thing: nature thrives on diversity, and a happy soil means a happy garden. Grow Food Only: Till Once For A Kickstart For all of you rookies out there. Tilling is a procedure that involves deep tossing and turning of your soil. The jury is still out when it comes to its effectiveness, with some experts saying it could actually do more damage than good. Fact is that you should not do it too often, perhaps only when preparing a plot of land to be a new vegetable garden. Photo by: Markus Spiske By tilling a garden bed-to-be, you will not only thoroughly get rid of the grass, it will also introduce heaps of oxygen in your soil. And oxygen, that is the one thing that all living beings on earth thrive on - including those precious microbes in your soil. Why shouldn’t you do it more often, then? Well, tilling also leaves the ground vulnerable to erosion, with no more roots remaining to keep the soil in place. Best to avoid this practice altogether when your garden is based on a hilly slope, or when weather forecasts are predicting particularly windy conditions. Recommended:  Vegetables, Fruit, Edible Flowers, But Also Bees In Cities Urban Farming Kill The Grass One of the main reasons given to not start a vegetable garden is the amount of work that people perceive it to be. This is mainly related to the near daily maintenance that is required, to make sure the weeds are staying away. But people are also worried about the work it will take to prepare a patch of land for growing produce. The main challenge here is keeping that persistent grass away, that used to grace your garden. {youtube}                                                           How To Turn Your Lawn Into A Vegetable Garden   One method that can be used to avoid grass roots remaining and sucking up moisture, nutrients and sunlight is the so-called cardboard-lasagna method. With this, cardboard squares are placed over the patch of grass that you want to use for your vegetable garden. Cover the cardboard with a layer of compost, followed by a layer of organic materials - whatever you have, really, be it leaves, wood chips, straw, or something else. Then let nature do its thing. The grass will die, while the soil is enriched with the nutrients fed to it as the cardboard disintegrates. Recommended:  Rooftop Garden: Sustainable Urban Agriculture Gardening: Build Raised Beds There are roughly two types of vegetable garden patches. One has in-ground beds, while the other has so-called raised beds. The latter are easier to maintain and grow, as they are better at holding water and stay warmer in the winter. The only downside is that they require a lot more soil to fill, as you actually need to pile up the soil on top of your chosen patch. Your Backyard Is Big Enough Regardless of the size of your backyard, you will be able to grow your own produce. If you are ready to take the next step and looking to become fully self-sustaining, you will require some 185 m2. This does require some serious thinking, though. You will have to plant for calories and divide up your garden accordingly. Recommended:  Waste Is Delicious: Distorted Fruit And Vegetables For Sale You will need to use some 60% of your garden for high-calorie and high-compost crops, including wheat, millet, or the surprisingly high-calorie generating leeks. Then you will need another 30% for high-calorie root crops, like potatoes. Finally, use the remaining 10% for vitamin-dense produce, including salad greens and tomatoes. Growing Food: Plant What You Actually Eat It may seem like a no-brainer, but it needs to be said regardless. Only plant things that you, or those around you, will actually eat. Planting celery when you cannot stand its taste is quite silly, as is devoting lots of space to tomatoes when you absolutely hate them. Simultaneously, you would do well to plant for easy future maintenance. Photo by: Markus Spiske This means including perennial crops like fruit and nut trees, or plants like asparagus. These will come back every single year and do not require lots of replanting or yearly maintenance. Yes, they might take a couple of years to spring up, but when they do, you will have a trusty source of produce. If You Can’t Grow Protein, Raise It Protein is a crucial part of our diet. It is, however, notoriously difficult to grow. You could try pinto bean plants, or black eye peas. Or, even simpler: create some space for a chicken coup and bring in some hens. They will provide lots of eggs and compost. Give Your Seeds A Head Start You can also consider giving your seeds a head start by growing its seedlings indoor, using seed starting light, warming mats, and growing trays with domes. Give them some four weeks or more to grow and gradually introduce them to the sunlight by putting them outside for a couple of hours per day. When they are ready, plant them and give them much better odds of surviving. Just watch out what plants you are doing this for, as some - including radishes, beets, corn and turnips, do not like being transplanted and are better planted in the ground directly. Gardening: Outmanoeuvre Your Pests Some last words of advice. First, keep pests out of your garden through efficient management. Plant some specific types before or after their typical season starts, avoiding the bugs that are keen to find them. Or use commercial insecticides. And make sure to keep your soil healthy: healthy plants are much better at fighting off pests. Recommended:  Farmers Tackle Pests With Flowers And Insects Speaking of your soil, another great way of protecting is it by covering it up. Simply scatter some seeds for a suitable cover crop, to avoid the growth of weeds and keep the soil in place. It is great for local insects as well, who will turn your garden into a real ecosystem. You take what you need, while it continues to thrive because of what you give back. Eco-friendliness at its best. Before you go! Recommended:  Eating insects Is Healthy, Tasty And Cool Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about growing your own food? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Urban Gardening: Kill Grass, Grow Food Only
Corona virus 2020: Strange Times And New Monsters
Yes, another article on the Corona virus, as if there hasn’t been enough written about this pandemic that managed to completely shut down public life on 6 continents. Antarctica has been the only one spared thus far. Although they might have bigger issues to deal with. Earlier this year, Antarctic temperatures soared to 18.5 degrees Celsius, a heat record. This has led to an unprecedented loss of ice and quite a few headaches for locals. Strange Times And New Monsters No, this is not meant to be an article lamenting the loss of that precious ice or bring to mind an image of a lonely polar bear floating on a single sheet of ice that has broken away from the mass. Although I do want to highlight the dangers of what is happening down south, in particular how it correlates to the Corona virus. But, how? You just said that Antarctica has been spared? Recommended:  Coronavirus: Real-Time Laboratory For Urban Life Bacteria From Decades Ago Trapped In The Ice Hear me out. There has been extensive research on the consequences of the Antarctic ice caps and Tibitan glaciers melting. One recent piece of research in particular stands out. It attempts to isolate the bacterial population of ice cores, in order to learn about bacteria and diseases that the world has been facing in the past. The layers of ice function like the growth rings of trees, acting like a time capsule for a certain point in time. {youtube}                                                 Scientists Wake Up Ancient Viruses Unknown to Medicine While the research in question, executed by scientists from the Ohio State University, attempted to find out more about the diseases plaguing this earth up to 15,000 years ago, they found something far more worrying. Out of the 33 different viral populations they managed to isolate, they were only able to link 5 to known genera. Anthrax bacteria, computer illustration This means that there are 28 unknown viral populations, quite literally trapped in the ice like a perfectly preserved wooly haired mammoth. I repeat, 28 new viral populations that we, in the modern world, have never encountered before. Out of these 28, more than half displayed infectious properties, meaning that they would be able to infect several hosts and spread from there. Recommended:  Coronavirus: Symptoms Flu And Climate Change New Monsters: Frozen But Not Yet Dead These samples looking for bacterial populations were only taken from one specific region, in a very limited number. This means that there could, no, scratch that - there will be many more bacterial strains hiding out in other parts of the Antarctic ice cover. Now this would not be so bad if we were not currently well-underway in melting away large parts of this ice, courtesy of global warming. One of the core characteristics of viruses and bacteria is that they are not affected nor destroyed by cold, meaning that they could theoretically be preserved for tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of years. Photo by: Michael Martin The key word here is ‘theoretically’. Researchers are not yet sure what will happen if the ice holding those bacterial populations melts. It might just mean that they go to waste, just like the rest of this huge frozen archive of the world that gives us a great insight in the past. This is already a distaster for science, as the equivalent of the entire National Archives going up in flames. Or, worse, it could mean that pathogens are released in the environment and gain foothold again. New Diseases To Emerge The latter surely sounds like a near-apocalyptic event, involving an unknown deadly disease from the past being released on our population and killing millions before someone even realises what disease it is. Or, worse, finding out that we simply do not yet have a test, vaccin or cure that would protect us. Recommended: Climate Change And Viruses: Do Threats Converge? Is it realistic? Who knows, perhaps not. But if you would have told the world a year ago that we would be living in this surreal Corona-stricken world full of previously unheard of restrictions, they sure would have thought you to be mad as well. Before you go! Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Nature To Change: The World Affected Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the change in wildlife? Click on  'Re g ister'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Yes, another article on the Corona virus, as if there hasn’t been enough written about this pandemic that managed to completely shut down public life on 6 continents. Antarctica has been the only one spared thus far. Although they might have bigger issues to deal with. Earlier this year, Antarctic temperatures soared to 18.5 degrees Celsius, a heat record. This has led to an unprecedented loss of ice and quite a few headaches for locals. Strange Times And New Monsters No, this is not meant to be an article lamenting the loss of that precious ice or bring to mind an image of a lonely polar bear floating on a single sheet of ice that has broken away from the mass. Although I do want to highlight the dangers of what is happening down south, in particular how it correlates to the Corona virus. But, how? You just said that Antarctica has been spared? Recommended:  Coronavirus: Real-Time Laboratory For Urban Life Bacteria From Decades Ago Trapped In The Ice Hear me out. There has been extensive research on the consequences of the Antarctic ice caps and Tibitan glaciers melting. One recent piece of research in particular stands out. It attempts to isolate the bacterial population of ice cores, in order to learn about bacteria and diseases that the world has been facing in the past. The layers of ice function like the growth rings of trees, acting like a time capsule for a certain point in time. {youtube}                                                 Scientists Wake Up Ancient Viruses Unknown to Medicine While the research in question, executed by scientists from the Ohio State University, attempted to find out more about the diseases plaguing this earth up to 15,000 years ago, they found something far more worrying. Out of the 33 different viral populations they managed to isolate, they were only able to link 5 to known genera. Anthrax bacteria, computer illustration This means that there are 28 unknown viral populations, quite literally trapped in the ice like a perfectly preserved wooly haired mammoth. I repeat, 28 new viral populations that we, in the modern world, have never encountered before. Out of these 28, more than half displayed infectious properties, meaning that they would be able to infect several hosts and spread from there. Recommended:  Coronavirus: Symptoms Flu And Climate Change New Monsters: Frozen But Not Yet Dead These samples looking for bacterial populations were only taken from one specific region, in a very limited number. This means that there could, no, scratch that - there will be many more bacterial strains hiding out in other parts of the Antarctic ice cover. Now this would not be so bad if we were not currently well-underway in melting away large parts of this ice, courtesy of global warming. One of the core characteristics of viruses and bacteria is that they are not affected nor destroyed by cold, meaning that they could theoretically be preserved for tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands, of years. Photo by: Michael Martin The key word here is ‘theoretically’. Researchers are not yet sure what will happen if the ice holding those bacterial populations melts. It might just mean that they go to waste, just like the rest of this huge frozen archive of the world that gives us a great insight in the past. This is already a distaster for science, as the equivalent of the entire National Archives going up in flames. Or, worse, it could mean that pathogens are released in the environment and gain foothold again. New Diseases To Emerge The latter surely sounds like a near-apocalyptic event, involving an unknown deadly disease from the past being released on our population and killing millions before someone even realises what disease it is. Or, worse, finding out that we simply do not yet have a test, vaccin or cure that would protect us. Recommended: Climate Change And Viruses: Do Threats Converge? Is it realistic? Who knows, perhaps not. But if you would have told the world a year ago that we would be living in this surreal Corona-stricken world full of previously unheard of restrictions, they sure would have thought you to be mad as well. Before you go! Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Nature To Change: The World Affected Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about the change in wildlife? Click on  'Re g ister'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Corona virus 2020: Strange Times And New Monsters
Waste Your Electronic Waste At A Repair Cafe
The outrage is real. As electronic devices are becoming like a fifth limb to our plugged-in bodies, we discard them at an increasingly worrying rate. We are eager to get our hands on the latest iPhones, Samsungs, and latest fads in tablet-land, even if it means abandoning ones that are still working just fine. Waste Your Electronic Waste: Manufacturers Planning Obsolesce Manufacturers know this perfectly well, and are even actively designing their electronics to work for only a limited period of time before the battery runs out or software becoming outdated and no longer supported. This concept has been known as planned obsolescence, and it is a shameless attempt to get us to buy another $1000 phone with an equally limited lifecycle. Deliberately designing and manufacturing a phone that you know fully well to have some inferior components is one thing. Using up scarce and damaging resources to do so is another. The worst part? As long as consumers keep on falling for it, the manufacturers will continue to do so. It is all about their bottom line, and this undoubtedly benefits that little number below the line. Of course, they will never really own up to it, but most of us know it to be so. Just look at the scandalous array of recently released products that are no longer being updated. Or the ways in which a phone, tablet or laptop suddenly turns into a practically useless ‘brick’. Recommended:  Sustainable Bicycle Is Made From Recycled Plastic In Brazil Electronic Waste Bricks: All Around The World And what we do with those 'waste bricks'? Well, we get rid of them. Obviously. We throw them in the trash, to eventually end up in landfill. Even if we decide to take it back to a manufacturer for recycling, chances are it will still end up on that large pile of e-waste. Recent estimates have put this number at more than 50 million tonnes worldwide, with less than 20% of it being recycled. The remainder just lays around somewhere. This includes large household appliances, heating and cooling devices, and a bunch of smaller electronics such as TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets. Most of those are definitely not beyond repair. A cracked screen may be annoying, but definitely not a reason to throw something perfectly good away. Right? Waste: Legislation Must Force A Change Of Behaviour Throughout the world, more and more institutions are recognising the problem. Apple, for instance, has paid massive fines in both the United States and France, in settlement cases that alleged that their software updates slowed down their older models significantly. Although they claimed to have done so to ‘get the rumour out of the world’ and insisted that they have never done anything wrong, it seems pretty obvious that there was some serious issue here. {youtube}                                                        Repair Cafes (UK/Europe/(Global) - BBC News   The European Union is now working on legislation that will force companies to produce electronics that are, quote, recyclable, repairable and designed to last longer. Vague enough to be played around with by manufacturers, yet doing a decent job at flirting with the idea of reducing electronic waste. Recommended:  Waste Canals Amsterdam Recycled Into Sustainable Furniture Companies ought to work on creating electronics that are not designed to break down. Furthermore, transparency is key - about their firmware, spare parts, and tutorials. Although expecting any of this to change anytime soon is nothing short of an illusion. And if it does, chances are that it is a result of the Corona crisis instead of a deliberately chosen strategy. Repair Cafe: Impossible To Get As Second-Hand Items Isn’t it just funny how this Corona-plague seems to highlight many issues that have been plaguing our planet for years and years? People only start to notice how bad pollution and emissions have gotten when they notice the cleaner air and water around them. Similarly, companies only now start to notice how inconvenient it is when these components used in their electronics are suddenly becoming unavailable as China’s industry has ground to a halt. If this situation goes on much longer, there will not be enough components to create the latest iPhone - and the existing ones are designed to break down sooner rather than later. See what the problem is? At the same time, demand has increased, with more and more people working from home and children relying on laptops or tablets for their school work. A lot of people are looking at purchasing those kind of products second-hand, only to run into problems when finding that although they now owned the hardware, it did not come with the required software or licenses, rendering the items pretty much useless. Another reason why we have always opted for new models instead of getting someone’s hand-me-downs. Recommended:  Sustainable Minimalist Lifestyle: Green, Less Money, Luck Planned Obsolesce As A Strategy This is not a new idea, thought up in the boardrooms of 21st century giants like Apple or Samsung. The American marketing guru Justus George Frederick already wrote about it back in the 1920s, suggesting that people would have to buy an ever-increasing variety of things, not to use them but to activate commerce and discard them again after only a short period of time. His thoughts seem to have been taught at business schools around the world, as most companies implemented a strategy based on it. The whole thought of planned obsolesce is equally terrifying as it is fascinating. Just look at the numbers: the average person only uses a smartphone for two to three years. And, even more hauntingly, desktop printers have an average lifetime of five hours (five hours!), of which only four minutes are actually spent printing (four minutes!). The pace at which new software and new updates are released are quickly rendering relatively new products useless, leaving them with only one suitable purpose - somewhere in the back of your kitchen drawer. Even if you consider the idea of recycling it, you would be surprised to find that it is not even that much better than rotting away somewhere. If you were to recycle one smartphone, for instance, it appears that less than 20% of materials can be re-used. The remaining 80% is useless and still considered to be waste. Current Efforts A Drop In The Ocean The industry giants claim to be doing ‘great’ things, including using recycled cobalt from iPhone batteries to create brand-new Apple batteries (or so Apple says), and having set up an extensive refurbishment and trade-in program designed to give electronics a valuable second life (or so Amazon says). When factchecking those claims for accuracy and effectivity, it quickly appears that they are the figurative drop in the ocean. The real problem lies with the barricades and hurdles these companies put up when it comes to repairing and refurbishing their devices. Apple, for instance, is notorious for not allowing any refurb or repair shops to procure components or parts. And as soon as they notice any repair activity not performed in one of their approved repair facilities, all warranties are voided.   That is, even if any unauthorised repair shops are willing to try their hand at fixing a smartphone, tablet or laptop from a company known to obscure their repair procedures and use obscure parts - even screws! - that are impossible to source. Most repair shops flatly refuse to repair smartphones, with very few taking on other electronics. Not worth the hassle, or so they claim. Manufacturers Need To Change What is needed is a new mindset, one that needs to flow down from manufacturers. They need to come out and tell us that it is OK to get yourself a second-hand iPhone and sure, they will make any spare components or parts available to those wanting to repair damaged ones. When software updates will no longer turn your smartphone into a brick and purchasing a printer does not mean that you have to get a new one a few months later, this is when real change can happen. And it must, as the materials used in electronics are amongst the most energy-costly and resource-wasting ones out there. We can save the planet, one smartphone at a time. Electronics are not a commodity, nor are they a disposable item. Once this message gets across, perhaps we will allow our smartphones to outlive our favourite pair of jeans. Recommended:  Over 10 Of The Best Ethical Brands Repair Cafe: Customization And Conscious Reuse In A Retro Atelier Photo by: Ingrid Verkuil. Shop:  Retro Atelier Gaaf Kind  Uilenpad 8-10, Bilthoven, Netherlands Why Retro? Retro is hip again. Young people use the colors orange, brown, yellow, purple and green again in their interior. For a nice price, this new generation buys Retro stuff from us Consciously because they are tired of the throwaway company. It's so nice to see what people know about it at home! Creativity reigns supreme. Some take it very far! So cool! In this way - together with my team - I try to contribute to Conscious Reuse of Retro materials. Photo by: Ingrid Verkuil. Shop:  Retro Atelier Gaaf Kind  Uilenpad 8-10, Bilthoven, Netherlands Gifts of the older generation War, poverty and a recession made our older generation use and manage their things economically. Many of these items end up as gifts at Retro Atelier ‘Gaaf Kind’, in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. Customization People who need custom work, work in the Atelier. They refurbish old furniture, lamps and accessories and/or learn to do business in practice. This way nobody is left out and they contribute to a better world. My hope is for more companies to follow. Ingrid Verkuil Shop: Retro Atelier Gaaf Kind Uilenpad 8-10, Bilthoven The Netherlands [email protected] Coverphoto by: Ingrid Verkuil Before you go! Recommended:  Waste Recycling Refined: Waste Into High-Quality Products Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainable packaging? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
The outrage is real. As electronic devices are becoming like a fifth limb to our plugged-in bodies, we discard them at an increasingly worrying rate. We are eager to get our hands on the latest iPhones, Samsungs, and latest fads in tablet-land, even if it means abandoning ones that are still working just fine. Waste Your Electronic Waste: Manufacturers Planning Obsolesce Manufacturers know this perfectly well, and are even actively designing their electronics to work for only a limited period of time before the battery runs out or software becoming outdated and no longer supported. This concept has been known as planned obsolescence, and it is a shameless attempt to get us to buy another $1000 phone with an equally limited lifecycle. Deliberately designing and manufacturing a phone that you know fully well to have some inferior components is one thing. Using up scarce and damaging resources to do so is another. The worst part? As long as consumers keep on falling for it, the manufacturers will continue to do so. It is all about their bottom line, and this undoubtedly benefits that little number below the line. Of course, they will never really own up to it, but most of us know it to be so. Just look at the scandalous array of recently released products that are no longer being updated. Or the ways in which a phone, tablet or laptop suddenly turns into a practically useless ‘brick’. Recommended:  Sustainable Bicycle Is Made From Recycled Plastic In Brazil Electronic Waste Bricks: All Around The World And what we do with those 'waste bricks'? Well, we get rid of them. Obviously. We throw them in the trash, to eventually end up in landfill. Even if we decide to take it back to a manufacturer for recycling, chances are it will still end up on that large pile of e-waste. Recent estimates have put this number at more than 50 million tonnes worldwide, with less than 20% of it being recycled. The remainder just lays around somewhere. This includes large household appliances, heating and cooling devices, and a bunch of smaller electronics such as TVs, computers, smartphones and tablets. Most of those are definitely not beyond repair. A cracked screen may be annoying, but definitely not a reason to throw something perfectly good away. Right? Waste: Legislation Must Force A Change Of Behaviour Throughout the world, more and more institutions are recognising the problem. Apple, for instance, has paid massive fines in both the United States and France, in settlement cases that alleged that their software updates slowed down their older models significantly. Although they claimed to have done so to ‘get the rumour out of the world’ and insisted that they have never done anything wrong, it seems pretty obvious that there was some serious issue here. {youtube}                                                        Repair Cafes (UK/Europe/(Global) - BBC News   The European Union is now working on legislation that will force companies to produce electronics that are, quote, recyclable, repairable and designed to last longer. Vague enough to be played around with by manufacturers, yet doing a decent job at flirting with the idea of reducing electronic waste. Recommended:  Waste Canals Amsterdam Recycled Into Sustainable Furniture Companies ought to work on creating electronics that are not designed to break down. Furthermore, transparency is key - about their firmware, spare parts, and tutorials. Although expecting any of this to change anytime soon is nothing short of an illusion. And if it does, chances are that it is a result of the Corona crisis instead of a deliberately chosen strategy. Repair Cafe: Impossible To Get As Second-Hand Items Isn’t it just funny how this Corona-plague seems to highlight many issues that have been plaguing our planet for years and years? People only start to notice how bad pollution and emissions have gotten when they notice the cleaner air and water around them. Similarly, companies only now start to notice how inconvenient it is when these components used in their electronics are suddenly becoming unavailable as China’s industry has ground to a halt. If this situation goes on much longer, there will not be enough components to create the latest iPhone - and the existing ones are designed to break down sooner rather than later. See what the problem is? At the same time, demand has increased, with more and more people working from home and children relying on laptops or tablets for their school work. A lot of people are looking at purchasing those kind of products second-hand, only to run into problems when finding that although they now owned the hardware, it did not come with the required software or licenses, rendering the items pretty much useless. Another reason why we have always opted for new models instead of getting someone’s hand-me-downs. Recommended:  Sustainable Minimalist Lifestyle: Green, Less Money, Luck Planned Obsolesce As A Strategy This is not a new idea, thought up in the boardrooms of 21st century giants like Apple or Samsung. The American marketing guru Justus George Frederick already wrote about it back in the 1920s, suggesting that people would have to buy an ever-increasing variety of things, not to use them but to activate commerce and discard them again after only a short period of time. His thoughts seem to have been taught at business schools around the world, as most companies implemented a strategy based on it. The whole thought of planned obsolesce is equally terrifying as it is fascinating. Just look at the numbers: the average person only uses a smartphone for two to three years. And, even more hauntingly, desktop printers have an average lifetime of five hours (five hours!), of which only four minutes are actually spent printing (four minutes!). The pace at which new software and new updates are released are quickly rendering relatively new products useless, leaving them with only one suitable purpose - somewhere in the back of your kitchen drawer. Even if you consider the idea of recycling it, you would be surprised to find that it is not even that much better than rotting away somewhere. If you were to recycle one smartphone, for instance, it appears that less than 20% of materials can be re-used. The remaining 80% is useless and still considered to be waste. Current Efforts A Drop In The Ocean The industry giants claim to be doing ‘great’ things, including using recycled cobalt from iPhone batteries to create brand-new Apple batteries (or so Apple says), and having set up an extensive refurbishment and trade-in program designed to give electronics a valuable second life (or so Amazon says). When factchecking those claims for accuracy and effectivity, it quickly appears that they are the figurative drop in the ocean. The real problem lies with the barricades and hurdles these companies put up when it comes to repairing and refurbishing their devices. Apple, for instance, is notorious for not allowing any refurb or repair shops to procure components or parts. And as soon as they notice any repair activity not performed in one of their approved repair facilities, all warranties are voided.   That is, even if any unauthorised repair shops are willing to try their hand at fixing a smartphone, tablet or laptop from a company known to obscure their repair procedures and use obscure parts - even screws! - that are impossible to source. Most repair shops flatly refuse to repair smartphones, with very few taking on other electronics. Not worth the hassle, or so they claim. Manufacturers Need To Change What is needed is a new mindset, one that needs to flow down from manufacturers. They need to come out and tell us that it is OK to get yourself a second-hand iPhone and sure, they will make any spare components or parts available to those wanting to repair damaged ones. When software updates will no longer turn your smartphone into a brick and purchasing a printer does not mean that you have to get a new one a few months later, this is when real change can happen. And it must, as the materials used in electronics are amongst the most energy-costly and resource-wasting ones out there. We can save the planet, one smartphone at a time. Electronics are not a commodity, nor are they a disposable item. Once this message gets across, perhaps we will allow our smartphones to outlive our favourite pair of jeans. Recommended:  Over 10 Of The Best Ethical Brands Repair Cafe: Customization And Conscious Reuse In A Retro Atelier Photo by: Ingrid Verkuil. Shop:  Retro Atelier Gaaf Kind  Uilenpad 8-10, Bilthoven, Netherlands Why Retro? Retro is hip again. Young people use the colors orange, brown, yellow, purple and green again in their interior. For a nice price, this new generation buys Retro stuff from us Consciously because they are tired of the throwaway company. It's so nice to see what people know about it at home! Creativity reigns supreme. Some take it very far! So cool! In this way - together with my team - I try to contribute to Conscious Reuse of Retro materials. Photo by: Ingrid Verkuil. Shop:  Retro Atelier Gaaf Kind  Uilenpad 8-10, Bilthoven, Netherlands Gifts of the older generation War, poverty and a recession made our older generation use and manage their things economically. Many of these items end up as gifts at Retro Atelier ‘Gaaf Kind’, in Bilthoven, the Netherlands. Customization People who need custom work, work in the Atelier. They refurbish old furniture, lamps and accessories and/or learn to do business in practice. This way nobody is left out and they contribute to a better world. My hope is for more companies to follow. Ingrid Verkuil Shop: Retro Atelier Gaaf Kind Uilenpad 8-10, Bilthoven The Netherlands [email protected] Coverphoto by: Ingrid Verkuil Before you go! Recommended:  Waste Recycling Refined: Waste Into High-Quality Products Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainable packaging? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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Green! The New Black: Are Renewables, Renewables?
Removed from the climate change and renewables debate is the only thing that might save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not the issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Are Renewables, Renewables? Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, 'green illusions', that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars? No amount of batteries are going to save us! Recommended: Electric Cars: Truly Green Or A New Kind Of Liability? Green! The New Black: Video's                                                               The Uncertainty Has Settled (Full film) After eight years of travelling through conflict and poverty zones, Marijn Poels - a progressive filmmaker/journalist - decides to take some time off. In the Austrian mountains no less. It confronts him unexpectedly with the roots of agriculture and its modern day perspective. Globalisation and climate politics are causing radical changes such as farmers becoming energy suppliers. But the green ideology raises questions. The scientific topic of climate change has now become incontrovertibly a matter of world politics. Poels faces a personal conflict. Are we doing the right thing?  Recommended:  Green Energy Which Is Not Renewable: Who’s Afraid Of Thorium                                                Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger  Environmentalists have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate. But what about when those technologies destroy the environment? In this provocative talk, Time Magazine 'Hero of the Environment' and energy expert, Michael Shellenberger explains why solar and wind farms require so much land for mining and energy production, and an alternative path to saving both the climate and the natural environment. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment and President of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organization. A lifelong environmentalist, Michael changed his mind about nuclear energy and has helped save enough nuclear reactors to prevent an increase in carbon emissions equivalent to adding more than 10 million cars to the road. He lives in Berkeley, California.                       Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Teaser | Directed by Jeff Gibbs Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late.        Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube British environmental photographer’s copyright claim prompts website to remove film that has been condemned by climate scientists. Michael Moore’s film Planet of the Humans has been removed from YouTube. YouTube has taken down the controversial Michael Moore-produced documentary Planet of the Humans in response to a copyright infringement claim by a British environmental photographer. The movie, which has been condemned as inaccurate and misleading by climate scientists and activists, allegedly includes a clip used without the permission of the owner Toby Smith, who does not approve of the context in which his material is being used. In response, the filmmakers denied violating fair usage rules and accused their critics of politically motivated censorship. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Fast, Versatile Energy Storage Solution, UK Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about renewables? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Removed from the climate change and renewables debate is the only thing that might save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not the issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Are Renewables, Renewables? Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, 'green illusions', that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars? No amount of batteries are going to save us! Recommended: Electric Cars: Truly Green Or A New Kind Of Liability? Green! The New Black: Video's                                                               The Uncertainty Has Settled (Full film) After eight years of travelling through conflict and poverty zones, Marijn Poels - a progressive filmmaker/journalist - decides to take some time off. In the Austrian mountains no less. It confronts him unexpectedly with the roots of agriculture and its modern day perspective. Globalisation and climate politics are causing radical changes such as farmers becoming energy suppliers. But the green ideology raises questions. The scientific topic of climate change has now become incontrovertibly a matter of world politics. Poels faces a personal conflict. Are we doing the right thing?  Recommended:  Green Energy Which Is Not Renewable: Who’s Afraid Of Thorium                                                Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger  Environmentalists have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate. But what about when those technologies destroy the environment? In this provocative talk, Time Magazine 'Hero of the Environment' and energy expert, Michael Shellenberger explains why solar and wind farms require so much land for mining and energy production, and an alternative path to saving both the climate and the natural environment. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment and President of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organization. A lifelong environmentalist, Michael changed his mind about nuclear energy and has helped save enough nuclear reactors to prevent an increase in carbon emissions equivalent to adding more than 10 million cars to the road. He lives in Berkeley, California.                       Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Teaser | Directed by Jeff Gibbs Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late.        Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube British environmental photographer’s copyright claim prompts website to remove film that has been condemned by climate scientists. Michael Moore’s film Planet of the Humans has been removed from YouTube. YouTube has taken down the controversial Michael Moore-produced documentary Planet of the Humans in response to a copyright infringement claim by a British environmental photographer. The movie, which has been condemned as inaccurate and misleading by climate scientists and activists, allegedly includes a clip used without the permission of the owner Toby Smith, who does not approve of the context in which his material is being used. In response, the filmmakers denied violating fair usage rules and accused their critics of politically motivated censorship. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Fast, Versatile Energy Storage Solution, UK Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about renewables? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Green! The New Black: Are Renewables, Renewables?
Green! The New Black: Are Renewables, Renewables?
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