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Ski Resorts Environmental Impact And Sustainability Efforts
Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to be outdoors during winter. Nevertheless, the impact of ski resorts on the environment is huge: they rely on a complex and energy-demanding infrastructure, with scores of employees and heavy use of water. While many ski-resort owners are switching to environmentally friendly practices such as renewable energy, recycling and composting, some feel that these adjustments fail to mitigate the overall negative effect of ski areas on the environment. What is the solution? Ski Resorts Water Use How do ski resorts make fake snow? Snowmaking is the production of snow by forcing water and pressurized air through a "snow gun," also known as a "snow cannon." Snowmaking is mainly used at ski resorts to supplement natural snow. The production of snow requires low temperatures. The threshold temperature for snowmaking increases as humidity decreases. One of the problems is the excessive amount of water use in ski resorts. As a result of global climate change, most ski areas experience winters of increasingly shorter duration. If the snow base falls below a certain level, resort managers must use artificial snow-making systems. Artificial snow is made by mixing large volumes of water and high-pressure air, so the process demands an abundance of water and energy. When the water is taken from the local rivers and streams, it has a negative impact on the surrounding ecosystem. Are there chemicals in artificial snow? There are two main kinds of artificial snow: powders and spray-on aerosols. The powders that turn into artificial snow flakes when mixed with water are sometimes called instant snow. The mixture is almost entirely water (99%), but a very small amount is made out of a non-toxic polymer. {youtube}                                       Behind the Scenes - How Snowmaking at Ski Resorts Works                                       Ski Resorts Environmental Impact And Sustainability Efforts   Skiers Wildlife  Disturbance How bad is skiing for the environment? The impact of skiing in mountainous environments is negative as trees need to be cut down to make way for the skiers and ski lifts. Not only is the lack of trees affecting the environment, but it is also affecting the animals that live in the trees. It can be said that skiing is bad for the environment in this sense. Alpine habitats above the tree line are already threatened by global climate change, and disturbance from skiers is one more stressor. These disturbances can come from scaring wildlife or harming their habitat by damaging vegetation and compacting soils. An example: the population of black grouse, a creature that lives in the Swiss Alps, is usually found at half its normal density around ski areas. Photo by: Mike Lane. Two Black Grouse fighting Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Nature To Change: The World Affected Ski Trails Land Use Change To create ski trails, a large amount of clear-cutting in forested areas is required. The resulting fragmented landscape negatively impacts habitat quality for many bird and mammal species. Also: wind, light, and disturbance levels increase near the open slopes, reducing habitat quality. To create ski trailers, a large amount of clear-cutting in forested areas is required. The resulting fragmented landscape negatively impacts habitat quality for many bird and mammal species. To create new trailers, ski resorts have to remove woody vegetation. The fastest way to achieve that is with a bulldozer, graded to remove tree stumps and any sort of slope irregularity. This process reduces topsoil depth and causes soil erosion. Also: wind, light, and disturbance levels increase near the open slopes, reducing habitat quality. Recommended:  Deforestation: No! Celebrate National Tree Day With WhatsOrb Fossil Fuel Energy Resort skiing is an energy-intensive operation, relying on fossil fuels, producing greenhouse gases and contributing to global warming. For example: ski lifts usually run on electricity, and operating a single ski lift for a month requires about the same energy needed to power 3.8 households for a year. Another one: to maintain the surface of the snow on the ski runs, a resort deploys nightly a fleet of trail groomers each operating on about 5 gallons of diesel per hour and producing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate emissions. Recommended:  Carbon-Negative Fuel Set: Burning The World To A Better Place A complete estimate of the greenhouse gases emitted in association with resort skiing would need to include those produced by skiers driving or flying to the mountains. Ironically, climate change is affecting most ski regions. As global atmospheric temperatures go up, snowpacks are thinning, and the ski seasons are getting shorter. The environmental costs associated with resort skiing come in multiple dimensions, and so do the solutions. Many ski resorts have made substantial efforts to minimize their environmental impacts. Solar panels, wind turbines, and small hydro turbines have been deployed to supply renewable energy. Improved waste management and composting programs have been implemented, just like green building technologies have been employed. Forest management efforts have been planned to improve wildlife habitat. But it this enough? What did they use for snow in old movies? And it wasn't the only film set to use asbestos in the 1930s. Over the years, filmmakers have used a number of other substances to create the illusion of snow: marble dust in Dr. Zhivago (1965), salt and flour in Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925) and plain old salt in 1978's Superman. Initiatives You Can Take Research, research, research: it is now possible for skiers to gather information about a resort’s sustainability efforts and make informed consumer decisions. An increasing number of outdoor enthusiasts seek snowy slopes by practicing lower-impact forms of skiing. These backcountry skiers and snowboarders use specialized equipment that allows them to make their way up the mountain on their own power, and then to ski down natural terrain that has not been logged or groomed. These skiers have to be self-sufficient and able to mitigate a multitude of mountain-related safety risks. The learning curve is steep, but backcountry skiing has a lighter environmental impact than resort skiing. Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? 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 wintersport experience? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Skiing and snowboarding are great ways to be outdoors during winter. Nevertheless, the impact of ski resorts on the environment is huge: they rely on a complex and energy-demanding infrastructure, with scores of employees and heavy use of water. While many ski-resort owners are switching to environmentally friendly practices such as renewable energy, recycling and composting, some feel that these adjustments fail to mitigate the overall negative effect of ski areas on the environment. What is the solution? Ski Resorts Water Use How do ski resorts make fake snow? Snowmaking is the production of snow by forcing water and pressurized air through a "snow gun," also known as a "snow cannon." Snowmaking is mainly used at ski resorts to supplement natural snow. The production of snow requires low temperatures. The threshold temperature for snowmaking increases as humidity decreases. One of the problems is the excessive amount of water use in ski resorts. As a result of global climate change, most ski areas experience winters of increasingly shorter duration. If the snow base falls below a certain level, resort managers must use artificial snow-making systems. Artificial snow is made by mixing large volumes of water and high-pressure air, so the process demands an abundance of water and energy. When the water is taken from the local rivers and streams, it has a negative impact on the surrounding ecosystem. Are there chemicals in artificial snow? There are two main kinds of artificial snow: powders and spray-on aerosols. The powders that turn into artificial snow flakes when mixed with water are sometimes called instant snow. The mixture is almost entirely water (99%), but a very small amount is made out of a non-toxic polymer. {youtube}                                       Behind the Scenes - How Snowmaking at Ski Resorts Works                                       Ski Resorts Environmental Impact And Sustainability Efforts   Skiers Wildlife  Disturbance How bad is skiing for the environment? The impact of skiing in mountainous environments is negative as trees need to be cut down to make way for the skiers and ski lifts. Not only is the lack of trees affecting the environment, but it is also affecting the animals that live in the trees. It can be said that skiing is bad for the environment in this sense. Alpine habitats above the tree line are already threatened by global climate change, and disturbance from skiers is one more stressor. These disturbances can come from scaring wildlife or harming their habitat by damaging vegetation and compacting soils. An example: the population of black grouse, a creature that lives in the Swiss Alps, is usually found at half its normal density around ski areas. Photo by: Mike Lane. Two Black Grouse fighting Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Nature To Change: The World Affected Ski Trails Land Use Change To create ski trails, a large amount of clear-cutting in forested areas is required. The resulting fragmented landscape negatively impacts habitat quality for many bird and mammal species. Also: wind, light, and disturbance levels increase near the open slopes, reducing habitat quality. To create ski trailers, a large amount of clear-cutting in forested areas is required. The resulting fragmented landscape negatively impacts habitat quality for many bird and mammal species. To create new trailers, ski resorts have to remove woody vegetation. The fastest way to achieve that is with a bulldozer, graded to remove tree stumps and any sort of slope irregularity. This process reduces topsoil depth and causes soil erosion. Also: wind, light, and disturbance levels increase near the open slopes, reducing habitat quality. Recommended:  Deforestation: No! Celebrate National Tree Day With WhatsOrb Fossil Fuel Energy Resort skiing is an energy-intensive operation, relying on fossil fuels, producing greenhouse gases and contributing to global warming. For example: ski lifts usually run on electricity, and operating a single ski lift for a month requires about the same energy needed to power 3.8 households for a year. Another one: to maintain the surface of the snow on the ski runs, a resort deploys nightly a fleet of trail groomers each operating on about 5 gallons of diesel per hour and producing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate emissions. Recommended:  Carbon-Negative Fuel Set: Burning The World To A Better Place A complete estimate of the greenhouse gases emitted in association with resort skiing would need to include those produced by skiers driving or flying to the mountains. Ironically, climate change is affecting most ski regions. As global atmospheric temperatures go up, snowpacks are thinning, and the ski seasons are getting shorter. The environmental costs associated with resort skiing come in multiple dimensions, and so do the solutions. Many ski resorts have made substantial efforts to minimize their environmental impacts. Solar panels, wind turbines, and small hydro turbines have been deployed to supply renewable energy. Improved waste management and composting programs have been implemented, just like green building technologies have been employed. Forest management efforts have been planned to improve wildlife habitat. But it this enough? What did they use for snow in old movies? And it wasn't the only film set to use asbestos in the 1930s. Over the years, filmmakers have used a number of other substances to create the illusion of snow: marble dust in Dr. Zhivago (1965), salt and flour in Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925) and plain old salt in 1978's Superman. Initiatives You Can Take Research, research, research: it is now possible for skiers to gather information about a resort’s sustainability efforts and make informed consumer decisions. An increasing number of outdoor enthusiasts seek snowy slopes by practicing lower-impact forms of skiing. These backcountry skiers and snowboarders use specialized equipment that allows them to make their way up the mountain on their own power, and then to ski down natural terrain that has not been logged or groomed. These skiers have to be self-sufficient and able to mitigate a multitude of mountain-related safety risks. The learning curve is steep, but backcountry skiing has a lighter environmental impact than resort skiing. Before you go! Recommended:  Earth Matters. Nature And Us: What Was, What’s Left: Hope? 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 wintersport experience? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Ski Resorts Environmental Impact And Sustainability Efforts
Ski Resorts Environmental Impact And Sustainability Efforts
Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Sign For Safe Cities: Netherlands
As consumers, we are often aware of how sustainable are the items we use every day – our food, clothing, skincare and other items have special labels to let us know that they are environmentally friendly and fair trade. But what about common objects that surround us outside of our homes? HR Groep in collaboration with MOSO International have introduced a new product line –traffic signs made out of bamboo – that is aiming to make our streets a bit more green. Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Signs. Why bamboo? Is bamboo a tree or grass? Bamboo plant. Bamboos are a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the true grass family Poaceae. Some of its members are giants, forming by far the largest members of the grass family. There are 91 genera and about 1,000 species of bamboo. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing sustainable resources in the world. A single bamboo plant consists of multiple stems. Every year, new shoots sprout from them. On average, 20-25% of the stems can be harvested in a sustainable plantation or commercial forest every year. Due to the rapid growth rate, this can happen without the number of stems per hectare decreasing! Deforestation is averted as a result of selective logging, keeping the plants alive and healthy. In fact, this means of harvesting the mature stems actually improves overall yield and quality of the commercial forest. Recommended:  Deforestation: No! Celebrate National Tree Day With WhatsOrb Another great thing about bamboo is that it absorbs large quantities of CO2 as it grows. This, combined with ease of recycling, makes it more sustainable than aluminium and carbon neutral throughout its entire life cycle. And, naturally, high CO2 absorption rates help combat global warming! Is bamboo really eco friendly? Bamboo products are eco-friendly as long as they haven't been chemically processed, which most bamboo clothing fabrics have been. Bamboo as a plant is naturally pest resistant, 100% biodegradable, antifungal, antibacterial, and regrows to its adult size in 3 to 5 years.   {youtube}                                                Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Sign For Safe Cities: Netherlands                                                                        How fast can Bamboo Grow?   Lastly, bamboo’s properties are comparable to – or even superior to – hardwood. It is a very strong material that can be used in a multitude of ways – it can be fully recycled into things such as chipboard, or used in biomass power plants to generate green energy. This, combined with bamboo’s growth rates, makes it a more attractive crop for many farmers that can provide them with a steady annual income. Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Sign. What Makes The Bamboo Sign Unique? Why is bamboo stronger than steel? It has greater tensile strength (or resistance to being pulled apart) than steel, and it withstands compression better than concrete. Bamboo's strength is in its ability to bend, and that's the miracle." The Western mind is also opening to bamboo's environmental qualities. For the usage of bamboo as an information carrier, multiple layers of bamboo are glued together. The result is a remarkably resilient, scratchproof product that will neither rip nor deform. Recommended:  Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health HR Groep uses their Ultimate Signing™ technology to make these signs even more sustainable. Ultimate Signing™ is a special UV printing method that is more long lasting than traditional foils. It provides a better viewing angle that improves visibility and thus helps make our roads safer! For more information about production and signs click on: HR Group and Bamboo Unlimited, Bamboo Signs Before you go! Recommended:  Self-Driving Cars Can Fix Phantom Traffic Jams: Audi, Tesla 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 opinion about climate change? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
As consumers, we are often aware of how sustainable are the items we use every day – our food, clothing, skincare and other items have special labels to let us know that they are environmentally friendly and fair trade. But what about common objects that surround us outside of our homes? HR Groep in collaboration with MOSO International have introduced a new product line –traffic signs made out of bamboo – that is aiming to make our streets a bit more green. Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Signs. Why bamboo? Is bamboo a tree or grass? Bamboo plant. Bamboos are a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the true grass family Poaceae. Some of its members are giants, forming by far the largest members of the grass family. There are 91 genera and about 1,000 species of bamboo. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing sustainable resources in the world. A single bamboo plant consists of multiple stems. Every year, new shoots sprout from them. On average, 20-25% of the stems can be harvested in a sustainable plantation or commercial forest every year. Due to the rapid growth rate, this can happen without the number of stems per hectare decreasing! Deforestation is averted as a result of selective logging, keeping the plants alive and healthy. In fact, this means of harvesting the mature stems actually improves overall yield and quality of the commercial forest. Recommended:  Deforestation: No! Celebrate National Tree Day With WhatsOrb Another great thing about bamboo is that it absorbs large quantities of CO2 as it grows. This, combined with ease of recycling, makes it more sustainable than aluminium and carbon neutral throughout its entire life cycle. And, naturally, high CO2 absorption rates help combat global warming! Is bamboo really eco friendly? Bamboo products are eco-friendly as long as they haven't been chemically processed, which most bamboo clothing fabrics have been. Bamboo as a plant is naturally pest resistant, 100% biodegradable, antifungal, antibacterial, and regrows to its adult size in 3 to 5 years.   {youtube}                                                Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Sign For Safe Cities: Netherlands                                                                        How fast can Bamboo Grow?   Lastly, bamboo’s properties are comparable to – or even superior to – hardwood. It is a very strong material that can be used in a multitude of ways – it can be fully recycled into things such as chipboard, or used in biomass power plants to generate green energy. This, combined with bamboo’s growth rates, makes it a more attractive crop for many farmers that can provide them with a steady annual income. Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Sign. What Makes The Bamboo Sign Unique? Why is bamboo stronger than steel? It has greater tensile strength (or resistance to being pulled apart) than steel, and it withstands compression better than concrete. Bamboo's strength is in its ability to bend, and that's the miracle." The Western mind is also opening to bamboo's environmental qualities. For the usage of bamboo as an information carrier, multiple layers of bamboo are glued together. The result is a remarkably resilient, scratchproof product that will neither rip nor deform. Recommended:  Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health HR Groep uses their Ultimate Signing™ technology to make these signs even more sustainable. Ultimate Signing™ is a special UV printing method that is more long lasting than traditional foils. It provides a better viewing angle that improves visibility and thus helps make our roads safer! For more information about production and signs click on: HR Group and Bamboo Unlimited, Bamboo Signs Before you go! Recommended:  Self-Driving Cars Can Fix Phantom Traffic Jams: Audi, Tesla 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 opinion about climate change? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Sign For Safe Cities: Netherlands
Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Sign For Safe Cities: Netherlands
Electric And Autonomous Car The VW Vizzion
Volkswagen recently expanded the ID family, a line of fully electric cars, with another impressive model: the Vizzion. The autonomous sedan has to drive around in 2022, Volkswagen says at the Geneva auto show. Volkswagen Is Taking The New Concept Car VW Vission Into Production {youtube}                                       Full Reveal: Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion concept EV wagon (read below)                                                            Electric And Autonomous Car The VW Vizzion The Vizzion is a clever piece of technology. For example, the electric car can be operated with voice commands and hand gestures. Because the car the car can drive completely autonomously, it does not have controls, such as a steering wheel and pedals. This makes the interior of the car an open space. Recommended:  Electric Powered Autonomous Robo-Car For Shared Urban Mobility Although the Vizzion will have to drive around in 2022, the technologies in the field of self-driving transport take a bit longer. Volkswagen expects a fully self-driving car (level 5) in 2025 is possible. Electric Car With A Range Of 665 Kilometers Does Volkswagen have an electric car? Volkswagen to manufacture electric cars on three continents. The Volkswagen Group is expanding production capacities for its electric offensive. Beginning in late 2019, the company will build the future generation of electric vehicles in Europe, Asia and its U.S. plant in Chattanooga. The electric car has two electric motors with a combined capacity of 225 kilowatts. The car has a top speed of 180 kilometers per hour and accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 6.3 seconds. In addition, the Vizzion is equipped with a battery pack of 111 kilowatt hours, resulting in an impressive range of 665 kilometers. Recommended:  The Great Wall Urban Car That Might Fix China’s Mobility Problem Volkswagen The Vizzion is the fourth achievement of Volkswagen in the ID series. First was the Volkswagen ID unveiled, which in 2020 must be ready for the market. Then followed the ID Buzz, an electric minibus that is also taken into production. The ID Crozz, an electric crossover, was unveiled last year. Does Volkswagen have a new van? With electric vehicles becoming more mainstream, and few capacious EV options for families, the 2022 Volkswagen Microbus aims to fill a largely untapped market. While the all-electric minivan currently only exists in concept form, VW has confirmed a production version will be sold in the United States. Volkswagen Electric-Car The ‘Space Vizzion’ VW’s latest battery-powered concept wagon has a large boot and a long range. There’s no range or packing anxiety with the 590km of range and 586 litres of luggage space! Los Angeles motor show: You know the Germans are getting serious about electric cars when they make a wagon version, like Volkswagen just did with its ID Space Vizzion. Diving out in front of next year’s tough new European emissions laws, the ID Space Vizzion is a taste test of a planned Volkswagen-branded wagon, with 590km of tested range. The ID Space Vizzion has roughly the same footprint as the A6 Avant from Volkswagen’s premium brand, Audi. It will use an 82kWh lithium-ion battery to give it 590km of range on the more realistic WLTP fuel-economy test. A 250kW combined system output from two electric motors powers the ID Space Vizzion to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds and Volkswagen has given it a nominal top speed of 175km/h. The ‘Space Vizzion's’ Launch It is planned to hit the streets in 2021, and Volkswagen plans to build it alongside the ID Vizzion sedan at the Emden plant in Germany. “The new ID Space Vizzion brings unrivalled flexibility, uncompromising quality and German design to a new era of mobility,” Volkswagen’s design boss Klaus Bischoff said. It’s the eighth ID-badged electric-car concept from Volkswagen, which will deliver its first specialist EV, the ID.3 hatch, to dealers early next year. Almost the only buttons found inside the ID Space Vizzion are on the steering wheel, with all other controls located in touchscreen displays or panels. Volkswagen insists it will deliver a million electric cars a year by 2022, which would make it the biggest EV maker in the world. Based on the Modular Electric Matrix (MEB) architecture, the ID Space Vizzion will be built in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations and in either four- or five-seat layouts. Volkswagen insists it will swallow 586l of luggage behind the rear seats, or more if the rear seats are folded down, but it’s the dash that raises eyebrows. Almost the only buttons found inside the ID Space Vizzion will be on the steering wheel, with all other controls located in touchscreen displays or panels. Volkswagen says the ID Space Vizzion can be charged to 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes using the Ionity network’s 150kW chargers in Europe or the similarly powerful Electrify America chargers in the US. Volkswagen has shown eight ID electric car concepts, ranging from the ID, the ID Crozz, the ID Buzz, the ID Vizzion, the ID Buggy and the ID Roomz, and all of them are intended for production. Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Car VW Century ID 3: The Beetle Of The 21st Century 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 e-Biking? 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Volkswagen recently expanded the ID family, a line of fully electric cars, with another impressive model: the Vizzion. The autonomous sedan has to drive around in 2022, Volkswagen says at the Geneva auto show. Volkswagen Is Taking The New Concept Car VW Vission Into Production {youtube}                                       Full Reveal: Volkswagen ID Space Vizzion concept EV wagon (read below)                                                            Electric And Autonomous Car The VW Vizzion The Vizzion is a clever piece of technology. For example, the electric car can be operated with voice commands and hand gestures. Because the car the car can drive completely autonomously, it does not have controls, such as a steering wheel and pedals. This makes the interior of the car an open space. Recommended:  Electric Powered Autonomous Robo-Car For Shared Urban Mobility Although the Vizzion will have to drive around in 2022, the technologies in the field of self-driving transport take a bit longer. Volkswagen expects a fully self-driving car (level 5) in 2025 is possible. Electric Car With A Range Of 665 Kilometers Does Volkswagen have an electric car? Volkswagen to manufacture electric cars on three continents. The Volkswagen Group is expanding production capacities for its electric offensive. Beginning in late 2019, the company will build the future generation of electric vehicles in Europe, Asia and its U.S. plant in Chattanooga. The electric car has two electric motors with a combined capacity of 225 kilowatts. The car has a top speed of 180 kilometers per hour and accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 6.3 seconds. In addition, the Vizzion is equipped with a battery pack of 111 kilowatt hours, resulting in an impressive range of 665 kilometers. Recommended:  The Great Wall Urban Car That Might Fix China’s Mobility Problem Volkswagen The Vizzion is the fourth achievement of Volkswagen in the ID series. First was the Volkswagen ID unveiled, which in 2020 must be ready for the market. Then followed the ID Buzz, an electric minibus that is also taken into production. The ID Crozz, an electric crossover, was unveiled last year. Does Volkswagen have a new van? With electric vehicles becoming more mainstream, and few capacious EV options for families, the 2022 Volkswagen Microbus aims to fill a largely untapped market. While the all-electric minivan currently only exists in concept form, VW has confirmed a production version will be sold in the United States. Volkswagen Electric-Car The ‘Space Vizzion’ VW’s latest battery-powered concept wagon has a large boot and a long range. There’s no range or packing anxiety with the 590km of range and 586 litres of luggage space! Los Angeles motor show: You know the Germans are getting serious about electric cars when they make a wagon version, like Volkswagen just did with its ID Space Vizzion. Diving out in front of next year’s tough new European emissions laws, the ID Space Vizzion is a taste test of a planned Volkswagen-branded wagon, with 590km of tested range. The ID Space Vizzion has roughly the same footprint as the A6 Avant from Volkswagen’s premium brand, Audi. It will use an 82kWh lithium-ion battery to give it 590km of range on the more realistic WLTP fuel-economy test. A 250kW combined system output from two electric motors powers the ID Space Vizzion to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds and Volkswagen has given it a nominal top speed of 175km/h. The ‘Space Vizzion's’ Launch It is planned to hit the streets in 2021, and Volkswagen plans to build it alongside the ID Vizzion sedan at the Emden plant in Germany. “The new ID Space Vizzion brings unrivalled flexibility, uncompromising quality and German design to a new era of mobility,” Volkswagen’s design boss Klaus Bischoff said. It’s the eighth ID-badged electric-car concept from Volkswagen, which will deliver its first specialist EV, the ID.3 hatch, to dealers early next year. Almost the only buttons found inside the ID Space Vizzion are on the steering wheel, with all other controls located in touchscreen displays or panels. Volkswagen insists it will deliver a million electric cars a year by 2022, which would make it the biggest EV maker in the world. Based on the Modular Electric Matrix (MEB) architecture, the ID Space Vizzion will be built in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations and in either four- or five-seat layouts. Volkswagen insists it will swallow 586l of luggage behind the rear seats, or more if the rear seats are folded down, but it’s the dash that raises eyebrows. Almost the only buttons found inside the ID Space Vizzion will be on the steering wheel, with all other controls located in touchscreen displays or panels. Volkswagen says the ID Space Vizzion can be charged to 80% of its capacity in 30 minutes using the Ionity network’s 150kW chargers in Europe or the similarly powerful Electrify America chargers in the US. Volkswagen has shown eight ID electric car concepts, ranging from the ID, the ID Crozz, the ID Buzz, the ID Vizzion, the ID Buggy and the ID Roomz, and all of them are intended for production. Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Car VW Century ID 3: The Beetle Of The 21st Century 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 e-Biking? 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Electric And Autonomous Car The VW Vizzion
Electric And Autonomous Car The VW Vizzion
Climate Change On Earth Caused By Jupiter And Venus
About a century ago, mathematician Milutin Milanković wrote about astronomical processes that cause cyclical climate changes. Now evidence has been found that Jupiter and Venus have been influencing our climate since the early dinosaur era, write American geologists in the journal PNAS. Climate Change On Earth Caused By Jupiter And Venus Jupiter and Venus are more than bright lights in the night sky, their effect on the orbit of the earth has been responsible for climate change on our planet for at least 215 million years. Venus Climate On Earth Gets Influenced By Jupiter And Venus For At Least 215 Million Years Venus is the second planet from the Sun and is the second largest terrestrial planet. Venus is sometimes referred to as the Earth’s sister planet due to their similar size and mass. Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Facts about Venus Venus does not have any moons or rings Venus is nearly as big as the Earth with a diameter of 12,104 km Venus is thought to be made up of a central iron core, rocky mantle and silicate crust A day on the surface of Venus (solar day) would appear to take 117 Earth days A year on Venus takes 225 Earth days The surface temperature on Venus can reach 471 °C. Almost a century ago, the Serbian mathematician Milutin Milanković predicted long, rhythmic changes in the climate caused by fluctuations in the movement of the earth around the sun. Now a team of American geologists has found 215 million years of evidence for one of those climate cycles. This can help us better understand the history of the earth and that of the solar system. Recommended:  Global Cooling Will Kills Us All. No, Wait Global Warming Will Kill Us! The cycle in question is caused by the gravitational force of the great gas giant Jupiter and our neighboring planet Venus on the earth. They make sure that the orbit in which the earth revolves around the sun is sometimes more outrageous than usual. On a human scale, we notice almost nothing of that change - one cycle from most elliptical to most round and back takes 405,000 years - but this is very interesting for geologists and astrophysicists. What causes Milankovitch cycles? These cycles are caused by changes in the earth's orbit around the sun, like its shape or eccentricity, its precession or wobble, and the tilt of its axis or obliquity. Each of these have a different effect on how much of the sun's energy reaches the earth and when the strongest sunlight occurs. Jupiter Climate Chance & Rocket Science Although we have known the cycle for a long time, it was not yet certain that he was always so stable. The mathematical model of this cycle - based on movements of the celestial bodies - is, according to astrophysicists, reliable until 'only' 50 million years ago. Recommended:  Asteroid Mining: Industrial Revolution And Population Growth "We basically use the same math’s as those with which we send space probes to Mars, and okay, that works," says researcher Paul Olsen of Columbia University in New York. But moving these movements back millions of years and connecting climate change there is something we have not yet fully figured out. The retrieval of such a cycle in old rock layers can help to pull apart the tangle of astronomical movements. A fresh core contains red-colored sediments deposited more than 200 million years ago. The final evidence came from drill cores: pieces of stone that were taken up from the ground with hollow tubes. Those stones came from more than 450 meters underground in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona and out of rocks that had previously been mined in New York and New Jersey. In those last nuclei the cycle was already visible, but it could not yet be proven that they actually lasted 405,000 years. What is the oldest ice core sample? Scientists smashed the previous record for the oldest ice core in the world, collecting an ice core that dates back 2.7 million years ago. This is compared to one of the oldest ice cores which extends back 800,000 years, the Antarctic Dome C ice core The Arizona cores provide that evidence, because layers of volcanic ash between the deposits contain radioactive isotopes. Because those isotopes decay in a very predictable way, you can calculate how old the layers are. These ages allowed the researchers to extrapolate to the other centers, with which they could prove that they really had found a cycle of 405,000 years. Climate Change On Earth: The Evolution Of The Powerful Dinosaurs  Photo by: Travis Tischler. Artist’s depiction of Savannasaurus elliottorum based on fossil remains The cycle now found has two brothers caused by changes in the orientation of the earth's axis. Those last two cycles, which last 'only' twenty and forty thousand years, are less stable and often more difficult to distinguish. 'The beauty of the 405,000-year cycle is that it is separate from the rest', says researcher Dennis Kent. "He does not change. The other cycles move over these." {youtube}                                            We Discovered That Jupiter and Venus Influence Earth's Climate                                                 Climate Change On Earth Caused By Jupiter And Venus   The Milankovitch cycles are a sort of yardstick for geologists for time: a worldwide system of alternations that always take about the same length of time. Regular changes in climate can be found in sedimentary deposits in various places. This allows you to link something that happened a long time ago to another event that took place somewhere else at the same time. Recommended:  Solar Farms In Space: Next Step In Renewable Energy For example, the discovery of this cycle can help us better understand the rise of the dinosaurs - more than two hundred million years ago, the researchers write. With the help of the cycle, you can place the evolution of these powerful beasts and the changes that took place in their environment very precisely in the right time and compare them all over the world. Cover photo by: JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency had decided the schedule for the Venus Climate Orbiter “AKATSUKI” to be injected into the Venus orbit in the winter in 2015. Click here for the original post Before you go! Recommended:  Global Warming By CO2 Or Cooling By A Grand Solar Minimum 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 opinion about climate change? 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About a century ago, mathematician Milutin Milanković wrote about astronomical processes that cause cyclical climate changes. Now evidence has been found that Jupiter and Venus have been influencing our climate since the early dinosaur era, write American geologists in the journal PNAS. Climate Change On Earth Caused By Jupiter And Venus Jupiter and Venus are more than bright lights in the night sky, their effect on the orbit of the earth has been responsible for climate change on our planet for at least 215 million years. Venus Climate On Earth Gets Influenced By Jupiter And Venus For At Least 215 Million Years Venus is the second planet from the Sun and is the second largest terrestrial planet. Venus is sometimes referred to as the Earth’s sister planet due to their similar size and mass. Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Facts about Venus Venus does not have any moons or rings Venus is nearly as big as the Earth with a diameter of 12,104 km Venus is thought to be made up of a central iron core, rocky mantle and silicate crust A day on the surface of Venus (solar day) would appear to take 117 Earth days A year on Venus takes 225 Earth days The surface temperature on Venus can reach 471 °C. Almost a century ago, the Serbian mathematician Milutin Milanković predicted long, rhythmic changes in the climate caused by fluctuations in the movement of the earth around the sun. Now a team of American geologists has found 215 million years of evidence for one of those climate cycles. This can help us better understand the history of the earth and that of the solar system. Recommended:  Global Cooling Will Kills Us All. No, Wait Global Warming Will Kill Us! The cycle in question is caused by the gravitational force of the great gas giant Jupiter and our neighboring planet Venus on the earth. They make sure that the orbit in which the earth revolves around the sun is sometimes more outrageous than usual. On a human scale, we notice almost nothing of that change - one cycle from most elliptical to most round and back takes 405,000 years - but this is very interesting for geologists and astrophysicists. What causes Milankovitch cycles? These cycles are caused by changes in the earth's orbit around the sun, like its shape or eccentricity, its precession or wobble, and the tilt of its axis or obliquity. Each of these have a different effect on how much of the sun's energy reaches the earth and when the strongest sunlight occurs. Jupiter Climate Chance & Rocket Science Although we have known the cycle for a long time, it was not yet certain that he was always so stable. The mathematical model of this cycle - based on movements of the celestial bodies - is, according to astrophysicists, reliable until 'only' 50 million years ago. Recommended:  Asteroid Mining: Industrial Revolution And Population Growth "We basically use the same math’s as those with which we send space probes to Mars, and okay, that works," says researcher Paul Olsen of Columbia University in New York. But moving these movements back millions of years and connecting climate change there is something we have not yet fully figured out. The retrieval of such a cycle in old rock layers can help to pull apart the tangle of astronomical movements. A fresh core contains red-colored sediments deposited more than 200 million years ago. The final evidence came from drill cores: pieces of stone that were taken up from the ground with hollow tubes. Those stones came from more than 450 meters underground in the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona and out of rocks that had previously been mined in New York and New Jersey. In those last nuclei the cycle was already visible, but it could not yet be proven that they actually lasted 405,000 years. What is the oldest ice core sample? Scientists smashed the previous record for the oldest ice core in the world, collecting an ice core that dates back 2.7 million years ago. This is compared to one of the oldest ice cores which extends back 800,000 years, the Antarctic Dome C ice core The Arizona cores provide that evidence, because layers of volcanic ash between the deposits contain radioactive isotopes. Because those isotopes decay in a very predictable way, you can calculate how old the layers are. These ages allowed the researchers to extrapolate to the other centers, with which they could prove that they really had found a cycle of 405,000 years. Climate Change On Earth: The Evolution Of The Powerful Dinosaurs  Photo by: Travis Tischler. Artist’s depiction of Savannasaurus elliottorum based on fossil remains The cycle now found has two brothers caused by changes in the orientation of the earth's axis. Those last two cycles, which last 'only' twenty and forty thousand years, are less stable and often more difficult to distinguish. 'The beauty of the 405,000-year cycle is that it is separate from the rest', says researcher Dennis Kent. "He does not change. The other cycles move over these." {youtube}                                            We Discovered That Jupiter and Venus Influence Earth's Climate                                                 Climate Change On Earth Caused By Jupiter And Venus   The Milankovitch cycles are a sort of yardstick for geologists for time: a worldwide system of alternations that always take about the same length of time. Regular changes in climate can be found in sedimentary deposits in various places. This allows you to link something that happened a long time ago to another event that took place somewhere else at the same time. Recommended:  Solar Farms In Space: Next Step In Renewable Energy For example, the discovery of this cycle can help us better understand the rise of the dinosaurs - more than two hundred million years ago, the researchers write. With the help of the cycle, you can place the evolution of these powerful beasts and the changes that took place in their environment very precisely in the right time and compare them all over the world. Cover photo by: JAXA/Akihiro Ikeshita. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency had decided the schedule for the Venus Climate Orbiter “AKATSUKI” to be injected into the Venus orbit in the winter in 2015. Click here for the original post Before you go! Recommended:  Global Warming By CO2 Or Cooling By A Grand Solar Minimum 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 opinion about climate change? 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Climate Change On Earth Caused By Jupiter And Venus
Climate Change On Earth Caused By Jupiter And Venus
Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival On Climate Facts, Naomi Seibt?
It seems that politicians have finally been ‘pushed aside’, and today teenagers have been at the forefront of the debate on climate change - at least on the surface.  Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival First, Greta Thunberg, a Swedish gymnast who led the fight against global warming, gained world fame; She mobilizes young people to the streets of the world. However, not everyone agrees with the 16-year-old. Politics and the media are making Greta a ‘climate saint’. Whoever has a different opinion will hide. But not all young people fall for propaganda, the German MM News site reports. In Germany, an 18-year-old girl is named ‘counter-Greta’ who shared the results of her own research in a ten-minute video, revealing "what's behind the climate ‘discussion’. Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Nature To Change: The World Affected Climate Change And Climate Panic: Naomi Seibt Naomi Seibt, a German gymnast who is surprisingly mature compared to her age, explains the factors and interests behind the climate change lobby, the role the United Nations, and how politicians want to take control of all areas of citizens lives. The video started to spread right away, but after 75,000 views, YouTube temporarily deleted it. R ecommended:  Climate Change Natural Man Made: Causes And Facts In a video interview, she says she started to deal with politics in 2015 in the wake of the migration crisis. She does not think it is easy to take a stand in Germany, but she encourages other young people to take the risk. She said “climate change is the new religion, which is very dangerous.” {youtube}                                                  Growing up in Merkel's Germany | Naomi Seibt Interview                                             Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival On Climate Facts, Naomi Seibt? Naomi Seibt adds, she understands and empathizes with those who are afraid, and that this affects them in their decisions, such as not wanting to vote for a party that does not want to deal with climate change.  Before the EU elections, Naomi Seibt campaigned on ‘Climate Change’ and ‘Climate Panic’. There are several young influenza (opinion-forming) advocates on the skeptical side, and even those who respond to videos of climate fighters.  One example is German Jason HD, who refutes the point-by-point argument of the German producer Razon, which has exploded in German social media. Greta Thunberg Versus Naomi Seibt Young people, by the way, complain that politicians have their voice down and say they do not understand these issues. As activists on both sides, either directly or politically, take a stand, the question arises whether an organization or a political party is in the background. However, this is only dealt with by blogs, and mainstream media mostly avoids the issue. Before you go! Recommended:  Global Warming By CO2 Or Cooling By A Grand Solar Minimum 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 e-Biking? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
It seems that politicians have finally been ‘pushed aside’, and today teenagers have been at the forefront of the debate on climate change - at least on the surface.  Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival First, Greta Thunberg, a Swedish gymnast who led the fight against global warming, gained world fame; She mobilizes young people to the streets of the world. However, not everyone agrees with the 16-year-old. Politics and the media are making Greta a ‘climate saint’. Whoever has a different opinion will hide. But not all young people fall for propaganda, the German MM News site reports. In Germany, an 18-year-old girl is named ‘counter-Greta’ who shared the results of her own research in a ten-minute video, revealing "what's behind the climate ‘discussion’. Recommended:  Climate Change Causes Nature To Change: The World Affected Climate Change And Climate Panic: Naomi Seibt Naomi Seibt, a German gymnast who is surprisingly mature compared to her age, explains the factors and interests behind the climate change lobby, the role the United Nations, and how politicians want to take control of all areas of citizens lives. The video started to spread right away, but after 75,000 views, YouTube temporarily deleted it. R ecommended:  Climate Change Natural Man Made: Causes And Facts In a video interview, she says she started to deal with politics in 2015 in the wake of the migration crisis. She does not think it is easy to take a stand in Germany, but she encourages other young people to take the risk. She said “climate change is the new religion, which is very dangerous.” {youtube}                                                  Growing up in Merkel's Germany | Naomi Seibt Interview                                             Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival On Climate Facts, Naomi Seibt? Naomi Seibt adds, she understands and empathizes with those who are afraid, and that this affects them in their decisions, such as not wanting to vote for a party that does not want to deal with climate change.  Before the EU elections, Naomi Seibt campaigned on ‘Climate Change’ and ‘Climate Panic’. There are several young influenza (opinion-forming) advocates on the skeptical side, and even those who respond to videos of climate fighters.  One example is German Jason HD, who refutes the point-by-point argument of the German producer Razon, which has exploded in German social media. Greta Thunberg Versus Naomi Seibt Young people, by the way, complain that politicians have their voice down and say they do not understand these issues. As activists on both sides, either directly or politically, take a stand, the question arises whether an organization or a political party is in the background. However, this is only dealt with by blogs, and mainstream media mostly avoids the issue. Before you go! Recommended:  Global Warming By CO2 Or Cooling By A Grand Solar Minimum 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 e-Biking? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Who’s Greta Thunberg’s Rival On Climate Facts, Naomi Seibt?
How An Artificial Leaf Sucks CO2 And Makes Fuel. Amazing!
Can nature itself be our leading example in solving climate issues? Yes: this artificial leaf might be one of the solutions for global warming. With new and low-cost technology where CO2 is converted into liquid fuel by sunlight, scientists of the University of Waterloo may be able to solve the enormous problem of rising greenhouse levels. A Breakthrough In Converting CO2 Into Liquid Scientists from the University of Waterloo claim that their artificial leaf can be a breakthrough in converting CO2 into liquid. The new technology can turn carbon dioxide into fuel, with Mother Earth as an inspiration. The artificial leaf mimics photosynthesis in nature, hence the invention’s name, ‘leaf’. With the help of a cheap red powder called cuprous oxide, CO2 can be converted into methanol and oxygen – and these substances are again converted into fuel. This cuprous oxide is found in abundance in nature. What is cuprous oxide? Curpous oxide, or red copper oxide or Cu2O, is a red coloured crystal of powder, and oxide of copper - and found in nature as cuprite. Fuel Efficiency Larger Than Natural Photosynthesis Oil buble abstract {youtube}                             Artificial Leaves Designed By Scientists Absorb More CO2 Than Natural Leaves                                                How An Artificial Leaf Sucks CO2 And Makes Fuel. Amazing! The inexpensive technology can hopefully help in the fight against rising greenhouse gas levels. The research team of the University of Waterloo's motivation to develop this artificial leaf is to ‘reduce carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas, and hopefully reduce global warming and to provide sustainable energy.’  It seems to be working: lead researcher Yimin Wu said: "This technology has achieved the solar to fuel efficiency about 10 per cent. This is already larger than the natural photosynthesis (about one per cent)." Recommended: Global Cooling Will Kills Us All. No, Wait Global Warming Will Kill Us! What´s Next For The Artificial Leaf? How does photosynthesis work simple? Photosynthesis is the process by which plants and other things make food. It is an endothermic (takes in heat) chemical process that uses sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into sugars that the cell can use as energy. As well as plants, many kinds of algae, protists and bacteria use it to get food. It could take a while for the artificial leaf to be commercialised. Further research is needed to increase the amount of ethanol during the process before the technology is offered to industrial companies. In a partnership with industry companies, more efficient artificial leaves can be developed – but this can take up to a few years. Professor Wu says that oil, steel, and automotive companies will take advantage of the technology to help reduce their carbon emissions. On that note, he tells Independent: “I’m extremely excited about the potential of this discovery to change the game. Climate change is an urgent problem, and we can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions while also creating an alternative fuel.” Lead researcher Yimin Wu Before you go! Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth 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 CO2 Absorbing Techniques? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Can nature itself be our leading example in solving climate issues? Yes: this artificial leaf might be one of the solutions for global warming. With new and low-cost technology where CO2 is converted into liquid fuel by sunlight, scientists of the University of Waterloo may be able to solve the enormous problem of rising greenhouse levels. A Breakthrough In Converting CO2 Into Liquid Scientists from the University of Waterloo claim that their artificial leaf can be a breakthrough in converting CO2 into liquid. The new technology can turn carbon dioxide into fuel, with Mother Earth as an inspiration. The artificial leaf mimics photosynthesis in nature, hence the invention’s name, ‘leaf’. With the help of a cheap red powder called cuprous oxide, CO2 can be converted into methanol and oxygen – and these substances are again converted into fuel. This cuprous oxide is found in abundance in nature. What is cuprous oxide? Curpous oxide, or red copper oxide or Cu2O, is a red coloured crystal of powder, and oxide of copper - and found in nature as cuprite. Fuel Efficiency Larger Than Natural Photosynthesis Oil buble abstract {youtube}                             Artificial Leaves Designed By Scientists Absorb More CO2 Than Natural Leaves                                                How An Artificial Leaf Sucks CO2 And Makes Fuel. Amazing! The inexpensive technology can hopefully help in the fight against rising greenhouse gas levels. The research team of the University of Waterloo's motivation to develop this artificial leaf is to ‘reduce carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas, and hopefully reduce global warming and to provide sustainable energy.’  It seems to be working: lead researcher Yimin Wu said: "This technology has achieved the solar to fuel efficiency about 10 per cent. This is already larger than the natural photosynthesis (about one per cent)." Recommended: Global Cooling Will Kills Us All. No, Wait Global Warming Will Kill Us! What´s Next For The Artificial Leaf? How does photosynthesis work simple? Photosynthesis is the process by which plants and other things make food. It is an endothermic (takes in heat) chemical process that uses sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into sugars that the cell can use as energy. As well as plants, many kinds of algae, protists and bacteria use it to get food. It could take a while for the artificial leaf to be commercialised. Further research is needed to increase the amount of ethanol during the process before the technology is offered to industrial companies. In a partnership with industry companies, more efficient artificial leaves can be developed – but this can take up to a few years. Professor Wu says that oil, steel, and automotive companies will take advantage of the technology to help reduce their carbon emissions. On that note, he tells Independent: “I’m extremely excited about the potential of this discovery to change the game. Climate change is an urgent problem, and we can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions while also creating an alternative fuel.” Lead researcher Yimin Wu Before you go! Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth 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 CO2 Absorbing Techniques? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
How An Artificial Leaf Sucks CO2 And Makes Fuel. Amazing!
How An Artificial Leaf Sucks CO2 And Makes Fuel. Amazing!
Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada
As the tiny house movement seems to be gaining quite a bit of ground in the United States, north of the border in Canada, things seem to be picking up as well. Besides its first tiny house festival a couple of years back, we're now seeing a number of high-quality tiny houses come out of Canada. Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Quebec tiny house builder 'Minimaliste' is one of these up-and-coming builders creating thoughtfully designed small spaces. We were thoroughly impressed with one of their previous builds, and now co-founder Phil Beaudoin gives a tour of the company's latest work, 'The Eucalyptus', with a characteristic tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. When did the tiny house movement start? The Movement The most recent movement began in 1997 with Jay Shafer who built one on wheels for his own use. Two years later he introduced the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company to the world which provides building plans and detailed information all aspects of tiny houses. The 9,2 meters long house was commissioned by a client living in California, but has been winter-proofed as a four-season type of home, as the client may someday move to the northeast US, or potentially sell it to someone living in a colder climate. Most notably, it is built with a large 2-kilowatt roof solar system to go go completely off-the-grid, but contains all the amenities: dishwasher, washer, refrigerator and so on. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Is All About Having A Smaller Footprint Globaly The Eucalyptus Tiny House Interior                                                                    Tiny house on wheels, The Eucalyptus                                                 Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada Coming in, the space hosts the living room right in the middle of the home. Since the clients have a dog, the main door has a SureFlap pet door that uses an electronic collar worn by the pet to unlock it. To the right is the kitchen, and a stairway going up to the main sleeping space. What are the benefits of living in a tiny house? Advantages of Tiny Houses Lower Expenses. A tiny house costs a lot less to build than a full-sized one No Mortgage Lower Energy Use Freedom of Movement Easier Maintenance Harmony With Nature A Simpler Life The stairs are beautifully done, with the storage drawers well-integrated enough so that they are not too apparent. The propane heater is also hidden within the stair itself. Safety is kept in mind with a custom-made industrial pipe railing on the outside of the stair. The U-shaped kitchen offers a lot of counter space; there's an 46 cm dishwasher as well as a full-sized stove and medium-sized refrigerator. Recommended:  The 'Build Tiny' Family From New Zealand. Best Tiny Houses Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’: The Noyer The Noyer was built in close collaboration with a client from California (US). This house is quite different from previous projects from Minimaliste on many levels, including the roof slope and the bedroom layout. This unit, just like all of our houses, is meant to perform as well in a Californian climate as in a northern climate such as Quebec (Canada). The Noyer is intended to be inhabited full-time by a couple or a single person. The interior of the Noyer really gives the impression of being in a small apartment. Indeed, the layout of the different areas creates a different feeling than in our previous models. Even without separations, the disposition of the elements creates the effect of distinct living areas, looking like a small open-plan dwelling. The general appearance is very warm, due to the different colors used for wood and other materials. As you can see in the pictures, the wood is clearly in the spotlight in this house!                                                                  Tiny house on wheels, The Noyer                                               Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada: The Exterior Of The Noyer What size is considered a tiny house? The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2). The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 8 by 20 ft (2.4 by 6.1 m), with livable space totaling 120 sq ft (11 m2) or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit (depending of the country you live). For this construction, we created a blend between a charcoal-colored steel siding and an brown dyed eastern cedar cladding. The different transitions between the two materials make it possible to make them stand out. This combination is a novelty; we worked along with the client to come up with this unique design that perfectly demonstrates how possible it is to give a unique look to a small home. The roof slope differs from our previous tiny homes, giving a dynamic and less linear exterior look, while allowing a better clearance above the head when the occupants are in the bedroom loft. Before you go! 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 tiny house experiences? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
As the tiny house movement seems to be gaining quite a bit of ground in the United States, north of the border in Canada, things seem to be picking up as well. Besides its first tiny house festival a couple of years back, we're now seeing a number of high-quality tiny houses come out of Canada. Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Quebec tiny house builder 'Minimaliste' is one of these up-and-coming builders creating thoughtfully designed small spaces. We were thoroughly impressed with one of their previous builds, and now co-founder Phil Beaudoin gives a tour of the company's latest work, 'The Eucalyptus', with a characteristic tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. When did the tiny house movement start? The Movement The most recent movement began in 1997 with Jay Shafer who built one on wheels for his own use. Two years later he introduced the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company to the world which provides building plans and detailed information all aspects of tiny houses. The 9,2 meters long house was commissioned by a client living in California, but has been winter-proofed as a four-season type of home, as the client may someday move to the northeast US, or potentially sell it to someone living in a colder climate. Most notably, it is built with a large 2-kilowatt roof solar system to go go completely off-the-grid, but contains all the amenities: dishwasher, washer, refrigerator and so on. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Is All About Having A Smaller Footprint Globaly The Eucalyptus Tiny House Interior                                                                    Tiny house on wheels, The Eucalyptus                                                 Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada Coming in, the space hosts the living room right in the middle of the home. Since the clients have a dog, the main door has a SureFlap pet door that uses an electronic collar worn by the pet to unlock it. To the right is the kitchen, and a stairway going up to the main sleeping space. What are the benefits of living in a tiny house? Advantages of Tiny Houses Lower Expenses. A tiny house costs a lot less to build than a full-sized one No Mortgage Lower Energy Use Freedom of Movement Easier Maintenance Harmony With Nature A Simpler Life The stairs are beautifully done, with the storage drawers well-integrated enough so that they are not too apparent. The propane heater is also hidden within the stair itself. Safety is kept in mind with a custom-made industrial pipe railing on the outside of the stair. The U-shaped kitchen offers a lot of counter space; there's an 46 cm dishwasher as well as a full-sized stove and medium-sized refrigerator. Recommended:  The 'Build Tiny' Family From New Zealand. Best Tiny Houses Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’: The Noyer The Noyer was built in close collaboration with a client from California (US). This house is quite different from previous projects from Minimaliste on many levels, including the roof slope and the bedroom layout. This unit, just like all of our houses, is meant to perform as well in a Californian climate as in a northern climate such as Quebec (Canada). The Noyer is intended to be inhabited full-time by a couple or a single person. The interior of the Noyer really gives the impression of being in a small apartment. Indeed, the layout of the different areas creates a different feeling than in our previous models. Even without separations, the disposition of the elements creates the effect of distinct living areas, looking like a small open-plan dwelling. The general appearance is very warm, due to the different colors used for wood and other materials. As you can see in the pictures, the wood is clearly in the spotlight in this house!                                                                  Tiny house on wheels, The Noyer                                               Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada: The Exterior Of The Noyer What size is considered a tiny house? The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2). The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 8 by 20 ft (2.4 by 6.1 m), with livable space totaling 120 sq ft (11 m2) or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit (depending of the country you live). For this construction, we created a blend between a charcoal-colored steel siding and an brown dyed eastern cedar cladding. The different transitions between the two materials make it possible to make them stand out. This combination is a novelty; we worked along with the client to come up with this unique design that perfectly demonstrates how possible it is to give a unique look to a small home. The roof slope differs from our previous tiny homes, giving a dynamic and less linear exterior look, while allowing a better clearance above the head when the occupants are in the bedroom loft. Before you go! 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 tiny house experiences? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada
Tiny House Movement With ‘Minimaliste’ Is Growing: Canada
Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?
A container for a home? That will not necessarily spark a lot of joy for most people. If they see these houses - made from shipping containers - that will all change. These shipping containers as tiny houses can be a solution to our housing problem. Another advantage: the plan is not only more sustainable but also allows you to build a house for half the price of a ‘normal’ home. New Ideas For Sustainable Building Rising house prices, scamming landlords, no space for new projects: the housing shortage is a real social problem. As the world’s (urban) population keeps on growing, we urgently need to look for solutions. Shipping containers as tiny houses can be an answer we are looking for: these metal boxes can be converted into fully functional homes. And the best part: the used shipping containers can be designed and turned into your dream house, even two-floored! By modifying used shipping containers, a group of designers, builders, and architects have found a way to repurpose these metal materials. The estimated amount of unexploited shipping containers is over 20 million globally, which gives a lot of opportunities for this alternative house building. Other advantages: the versatility and the resistance to various weather conditions of these containers, and, of course, the reasonable price. Recommended:  Sustainable Housing Reused Materials And Photo-voltaic Panels Shipping Containers Base Cost To Build Per Container Millennials among us can probably confirm it is quite difficult to spend lots of money on something other than a huge mortgage - depending on where you live, of course. For this generation, a mortgage is almost impossible to dodge. These tiny houses made from sea containers are a solution for those that don´t want this kind of financial burden on their shoulders, as they are a lot more affordable than ´normal´ housing. Bottom line: you can have a simple house built for approximately $ 15,000 and pay around $ 250,000 for a more posh and luxurious home. A lot more affordable than ‘normal’ housing! What size has a shipping container? Shipping containers come in standard sizes, with surfaces of 15 m2 or 30 m2. The first will cost between $ 1000 and 2500 dollars: the second between 3150 dollars and $ 4000. Of course, the shipping container will need modifying to turn it into a home. Additional costs that you have to take into account are labor costs and costs for adaptations to build a container home, which will be around 13,000 dollars. If you compare the above prices with a matching but 'normal' house, you will pay a considerable cheaper price for a shipping container house.   {youtube}                                               Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?                                                        8 Unbelievable Shipping Container Structures Green And Black Shipping Containers House In need of some modular home inspiration? We will start off with this great house in France. CG Architectes designed this unique home, build with four metal shipping containers. The striking green container placed above the black one makes it look like this house defies the laws of physics. In this project, the aim was to build a low cost home with high focus on the environment. Nice! Recommended:  The Sustainable Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: The Netherlands Shipping Container House On Water In this time of house shortage, it is also a solution to look at water as a building space. In Rosneath Peninsula, Scotland, you can find this wonderful shipping container house, overlooking this beautiful Scottish lake. The space is used for residencies to support new art by national and international artists, and as a tourist, you can also stay the night in this place called Cove Park. Fun fact: there is also a rooftop garden on the six metal containers. Do shipping container homes rust? A shipping container is a special, non corrosive Corten steel; then, when coated with the Ceramic coating, it becomes virtually rust proof and also prevents mildew, mold and is highly antiseptic. There will be no rust problems if you use an ISBUA Certified Member to build your home or advise you Small Shipping Container House Are you looking for a ‘tinier’ home? This small shipping container house covers 1500 square foot, but is nice and spacious, and most importantly: it is built with respect for the environment. This tiny house is not entirely made out of shipping containers, this house utilizes two, but is also build with other reused materials. Designers Studio H:T also included solar panels on the roof. Recommended:  Tiny House Becomes Solar Water Collecting Off-grid Egg Low Cost Shipping Container House Only one word comes to mind when you see this architectural masterpiece: WOW! This futuristic design is a concept of London architect James Whitake. This super cool shipping container studio looks quite expensive, but nothing could be further from the truth: the total costs, including permitting, designing, and building, was around 100,000 dollars. This studio in Germany is made out of ten shipping containers that are arranged to direct sunlight into the interior. Do shipping container homes need a foundation? With shipping container homes, the concrete piers are generally laid at each corner of the container. Another great reason to use a pier foundation is that other foundations, such as pile foundations, require expensive specialized equipment which can obviously be difficult for DIY builders. Cross-Shaped Micro Home A shipping container home in the form of a cross? Yes - this cross-shaped home is designed to be a place to study for members of the church in Tbilisi, Georgia. Because of the placing of two shipping containers vertically and horizontally, this micro home looks like a huge cross. But architect Papuashvili told architecture and design magazine Deezen this layout is not for religious reasons, but practical ones. This cross-shaped micro home is set out to be entirely made out of waste materials and to be self-sufficient. Recommended:  The Micro Electric Car Microlino. Italian Charm German Made Two-Story Shipping Container House This great looking tiny house is made out of shipping containers, but the design masks the metal with pallets. It does not only give this container house a great look but makes it Eco-friendly as well. This can be your ideal beach house! Recommended: Tiny House: Are Large Interiors Possible In Small Houses? Tiny Shipping Container House This bright yellow shipping container house seems small but is designed to accommodate parents with two kids. The idea behind this tiny house, property of Cargotecture, is to have a remote retreat in nature. Through the solar panels on the roof, the building can supply its own energy. When can we move in? Big Metal Shipping Containers House Shipping container houses are also a great way to reduce construction time. This house in Costa Rica, Casa Incuba, was designed by architect Maria José Trejos. The construction of the containers made it possible to build faster in comparison to a ‘normal’ house. Also cool: this shipping container house was built around an existing tree and was painted with a particular type of paint to protect the building against Costa Rican rain showers. White Container House With Two Levels This beautiful white, two-leveled container house looks is designed to survive all kinds of weather: it can resist wind speeds up to 175 mph and is flood-proof. Shipped container homes are not only for the more dry and sunny geographic areas: this house – made out of seven shipping containers – is our proof. Single Shipping Container House Does the price of a shipping container home particularly speak to you? This little house in Spain is the perfect example. You will only need one shipping container and just the minimal costs to turn the container into a home. The tiny house, designed by Estudio Base, is meant for warm and sunny areas: the wood used for a natural look and the nice porch fit this idea perfectly.  Before you go! 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 Tiny Houses or Container Houses? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
A container for a home? That will not necessarily spark a lot of joy for most people. If they see these houses - made from shipping containers - that will all change. These shipping containers as tiny houses can be a solution to our housing problem. Another advantage: the plan is not only more sustainable but also allows you to build a house for half the price of a ‘normal’ home. New Ideas For Sustainable Building Rising house prices, scamming landlords, no space for new projects: the housing shortage is a real social problem. As the world’s (urban) population keeps on growing, we urgently need to look for solutions. Shipping containers as tiny houses can be an answer we are looking for: these metal boxes can be converted into fully functional homes. And the best part: the used shipping containers can be designed and turned into your dream house, even two-floored! By modifying used shipping containers, a group of designers, builders, and architects have found a way to repurpose these metal materials. The estimated amount of unexploited shipping containers is over 20 million globally, which gives a lot of opportunities for this alternative house building. Other advantages: the versatility and the resistance to various weather conditions of these containers, and, of course, the reasonable price. Recommended:  Sustainable Housing Reused Materials And Photo-voltaic Panels Shipping Containers Base Cost To Build Per Container Millennials among us can probably confirm it is quite difficult to spend lots of money on something other than a huge mortgage - depending on where you live, of course. For this generation, a mortgage is almost impossible to dodge. These tiny houses made from sea containers are a solution for those that don´t want this kind of financial burden on their shoulders, as they are a lot more affordable than ´normal´ housing. Bottom line: you can have a simple house built for approximately $ 15,000 and pay around $ 250,000 for a more posh and luxurious home. A lot more affordable than ‘normal’ housing! What size has a shipping container? Shipping containers come in standard sizes, with surfaces of 15 m2 or 30 m2. The first will cost between $ 1000 and 2500 dollars: the second between 3150 dollars and $ 4000. Of course, the shipping container will need modifying to turn it into a home. Additional costs that you have to take into account are labor costs and costs for adaptations to build a container home, which will be around 13,000 dollars. If you compare the above prices with a matching but 'normal' house, you will pay a considerable cheaper price for a shipping container house.   {youtube}                                               Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?                                                        8 Unbelievable Shipping Container Structures Green And Black Shipping Containers House In need of some modular home inspiration? We will start off with this great house in France. CG Architectes designed this unique home, build with four metal shipping containers. The striking green container placed above the black one makes it look like this house defies the laws of physics. In this project, the aim was to build a low cost home with high focus on the environment. Nice! Recommended:  The Sustainable Wikkelhouse Built In A Day: The Netherlands Shipping Container House On Water In this time of house shortage, it is also a solution to look at water as a building space. In Rosneath Peninsula, Scotland, you can find this wonderful shipping container house, overlooking this beautiful Scottish lake. The space is used for residencies to support new art by national and international artists, and as a tourist, you can also stay the night in this place called Cove Park. Fun fact: there is also a rooftop garden on the six metal containers. Do shipping container homes rust? A shipping container is a special, non corrosive Corten steel; then, when coated with the Ceramic coating, it becomes virtually rust proof and also prevents mildew, mold and is highly antiseptic. There will be no rust problems if you use an ISBUA Certified Member to build your home or advise you Small Shipping Container House Are you looking for a ‘tinier’ home? This small shipping container house covers 1500 square foot, but is nice and spacious, and most importantly: it is built with respect for the environment. This tiny house is not entirely made out of shipping containers, this house utilizes two, but is also build with other reused materials. Designers Studio H:T also included solar panels on the roof. Recommended:  Tiny House Becomes Solar Water Collecting Off-grid Egg Low Cost Shipping Container House Only one word comes to mind when you see this architectural masterpiece: WOW! This futuristic design is a concept of London architect James Whitake. This super cool shipping container studio looks quite expensive, but nothing could be further from the truth: the total costs, including permitting, designing, and building, was around 100,000 dollars. This studio in Germany is made out of ten shipping containers that are arranged to direct sunlight into the interior. Do shipping container homes need a foundation? With shipping container homes, the concrete piers are generally laid at each corner of the container. Another great reason to use a pier foundation is that other foundations, such as pile foundations, require expensive specialized equipment which can obviously be difficult for DIY builders. Cross-Shaped Micro Home A shipping container home in the form of a cross? Yes - this cross-shaped home is designed to be a place to study for members of the church in Tbilisi, Georgia. Because of the placing of two shipping containers vertically and horizontally, this micro home looks like a huge cross. But architect Papuashvili told architecture and design magazine Deezen this layout is not for religious reasons, but practical ones. This cross-shaped micro home is set out to be entirely made out of waste materials and to be self-sufficient. Recommended:  The Micro Electric Car Microlino. Italian Charm German Made Two-Story Shipping Container House This great looking tiny house is made out of shipping containers, but the design masks the metal with pallets. It does not only give this container house a great look but makes it Eco-friendly as well. This can be your ideal beach house! Recommended: Tiny House: Are Large Interiors Possible In Small Houses? Tiny Shipping Container House This bright yellow shipping container house seems small but is designed to accommodate parents with two kids. The idea behind this tiny house, property of Cargotecture, is to have a remote retreat in nature. Through the solar panels on the roof, the building can supply its own energy. When can we move in? Big Metal Shipping Containers House Shipping container houses are also a great way to reduce construction time. This house in Costa Rica, Casa Incuba, was designed by architect Maria José Trejos. The construction of the containers made it possible to build faster in comparison to a ‘normal’ house. Also cool: this shipping container house was built around an existing tree and was painted with a particular type of paint to protect the building against Costa Rican rain showers. White Container House With Two Levels This beautiful white, two-leveled container house looks is designed to survive all kinds of weather: it can resist wind speeds up to 175 mph and is flood-proof. Shipped container homes are not only for the more dry and sunny geographic areas: this house – made out of seven shipping containers – is our proof. Single Shipping Container House Does the price of a shipping container home particularly speak to you? This little house in Spain is the perfect example. You will only need one shipping container and just the minimal costs to turn the container into a home. The tiny house, designed by Estudio Base, is meant for warm and sunny areas: the wood used for a natural look and the nice porch fit this idea perfectly.  Before you go! 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 Tiny Houses or Container Houses? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?
Are Shipping Containers As Tiny Houses The New Trend?
Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health
About 30 years ago, the European legislations changed in favour of hemp. People said that this green development has potential. This green crop was developed to thousands of products for several sectors, like automotive, textile, industrial design, medical, food, cosmetic, paper, animal bedding and care, paint, biomass and construction. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Hemp farming and processing around the world is only sustainable when taking into account the whole resource as well as local circumstances. Sadly, this is not always the case due to economic interests. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health is a follow up to  Hemps Multifunctional Versatile Applications. Does It Work?  where we wrote that hemp could be one of the most ecologically durable and promising alternatives to concrete and several other applications. Hemp Construction: Energy, Water, Resources Do you know that construction consumes about 40 per cent of the world's global energy, 25 per cent of the worldwide water and 40 per cent of the global resources (UN Environment Program, 2016)? We can change this. Hempcrete could be very interesting for climate change. We could reduce operational energy, e.g. air conditioning, due to the insulating properties of hemp. Is hemp a good building material? The hurds (also known as shives) are strong enough that they can be used in building. Hemp has other properties that make it a good building material. A hemp crop can be ready to harvest in 4-6 months, and its roots grow densely enough that weeds aren't a problem. Hemp Material For Construction In France In the article mentioned above, you can read that France already uses hemp as a construction material. Early 1990s France started to develop in using hemp as an insulating construction material. Other European countries followed, and for 15 years, hemp has the attention of the world. Two main components of hemp are used as materials: fibre and the more woody core. Hemp is excellent in use: it is free of nutrients for parasites, it does not require protection, like wood or some other plants. And last: it is hardly flammable (classification B1 or B2). Hemp-based building materials range from loose wool or thermally welded insulation boards and felt for acoustic attenuation or levelling to chipboard for drywalls and ceilings (up to 100% hemp), pellets for boards (pressed dust, hemp fibre decortication), hemp fibre-reinforced polymers for façade boards and curtain walls and hemp oil-based varnishes. Hemp insulation panels replace non-renewable and energy-consuming insulation materials such as glass and stone wool, which have the same or very similar thermal conductivity coefficients. Hemp As Insulation Material Is hemp a good insulator? Hemp makes an excellent insulator. This is due to its low conductivity levels and its high thermal mass Hemp concrete is the most all-around insulation material. If you mix it, e.g. with lime, hemp hurts (or you can use other natural binders) and water, this material only uses up to one cubic meter hemp hurds per constructed square metre. Its suitability for interior applications and its diffusion of water vapour make it very interesting, not only for bioclimatic architecture but also for the retrofitting of vernacular architecture. Besides, a 30 cm thick hemp concrete wall without mesh allows for storage of 36.08 kg CO2 per m2. Structural vault of hemp concrete The principal fields of application are concrete for manually compacted, cast walls, sprayed insulation coatings, interior and exterior plasters, prefabricated blocks and panels for non-load-bearing or load-bearing applications, floor plates, sheets and roof insulation, including structural use such as vaulting and domed roofs. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings {youtube}                                       Building with Hemp – An Incredible Natural Insulation & Sustainable Material                                                    Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Could you imagine that concrete could be replaced by anything else? The industry is calling for other ecological and economical alternatives. Cement manufacturers are responsible for approximately 7% of annual global CO2-emissions. Besides, the high demand for cement has led to a considerable shortage of sand. This could be catastrophic for the economy and the environment. Luckily, it has proven that hemp could be one of the most promising and sustainable alternatives for conventional concrete. Builders are already implementing concrete in their construction/architecture. Hemp As Modern Building Material Is Hempcrete waterproof? Hempcrete, unlike traditional concrete, does not produce large cracks under movement. Waterproof, fireproof and 100 per cent recyclable, hempcrete can also be used as a fertiliser once demolished. Hemp fibres are also used as a modern building material, an application that is successfully used and exploited in France. Hemp fibres can be mixed with water and limestone to form a solid, lightweight, natural cement. It has not only excellent insulating qualities but also offers more flexibility than conventional concrete, making it very useful as a construction material in areas where earthquakes happen a lot. Dutch Dun Agro Builders Use Hempcrete The Dutch company, Dun Agro, has presented a hemp home. The hempcrete of Dun Agro is made of fibres, water and lime. It has to dry for three months and then you can assemble it to create an entire home. People are looking for alternatives because there is not sufficient sand to sustain the demand for conventional concrete. You may not know it, but sand is the second most widely used natural resource in the world and is only outdone by water. This high demand often creates an incentive for criminal cartels to fight over resource-rich areas of developing countries, disrupting the local ecosystem and intimidating citizens who are trying to get in their way. Is hemp stronger than steel? With these two measurements of strength, we are easily able to understand why hemp is stronger than steel. Hemp can hold almost twice the weight as steel before it cracks and breaks. ... Hemp can bend and mend almost six times better than steel. If the construction sector were to adopt a renewable alternative such as hemp entirely, it could drastically improve some of these social, ecological and economic problems. Dun Agro is not the only Dutch company that used hemp to build a home. Another Dutch architectural firm Werkstatt created the first Dutch house constructed entirely from hempcrete. Werkstatt Architects Build House From Hempcrete The hempcrete home is situated in Oudega, Friesland. The material of the house offers a healthy interior with its breathing capacities. The most important construction of the house is made of oak. Hempcrete is poured into the timber frame construction; this provides a homogenous, insulating wall. The home is designed to be self-sufficient, using compost toilets and generating its own energy. The shape of the house is designed to fit in the landscape but is updated with modern qualities. Werkstatt wanted to use as many natural construction materials as possible. This is not only comfortable but also breathable and has regulatory characteristics. This fits the simple and elegant aesthetics of Werkstatt. Henry Ford Build A Car From Hemp Hemp goes way back. In 1941 Henry ford built a car from 'hemp plastic'. The cool thing was that he also ran on hemp fuel, pressed from seeds. Returning from the past: automotive manufacturers are turning to hemp as a resource to provide cars from lightweight, shock absorbent and ecologically material. Finally, some of the top automotive manufacturers are following Ford in his footsteps. Hemps And Fashion Is hemp a good fabric? Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Due to the porous nature of the fiber, hemp is more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its color better than any fabric including cotton. This porous nature allows hemp to 'breathe', so that it is cool in warm weather. As mentioned before, hemp has strong natural fibres, which can be used for canvass and sails. But sustainable work clothes (e.g. jeans) are also made from fibres. When the hemp crops are grown close together, the fibre is shorter and more delicate, which can be used for delicate textile. Nowadays, fashion designers are experimenting with hemp in bags, clothing, shirts, suits, and whatsoever. Hemp Oil Uses Hemp contains herb and can be used for skin and hair products. Next to hair or skin products, hemp is utilized in health issues, like painkiller or medicine. You can also use hemp after a shower or bath; massaging your body with hemp, increases the blood circulation. It prevents skin conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin. Hemp oil could replace olive oil, but it is not suitable to cook at high temperature. It can give a slightly nutty and crispy taste to food. You already read that hemp oil is an alternative for biodiesel. It is safe because it is not toxic and does not harm the environment. Next to the applications mentioned above, hemp is a perfect substitution for paint. It has very low emissions and is not harmful to the environment. Before you go! Recommended:  Greenest Buildings In The World: Sustainable Highlights 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 Hemp? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
About 30 years ago, the European legislations changed in favour of hemp. People said that this green development has potential. This green crop was developed to thousands of products for several sectors, like automotive, textile, industrial design, medical, food, cosmetic, paper, animal bedding and care, paint, biomass and construction. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Hemp farming and processing around the world is only sustainable when taking into account the whole resource as well as local circumstances. Sadly, this is not always the case due to economic interests. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health is a follow up to  Hemps Multifunctional Versatile Applications. Does It Work?  where we wrote that hemp could be one of the most ecologically durable and promising alternatives to concrete and several other applications. Hemp Construction: Energy, Water, Resources Do you know that construction consumes about 40 per cent of the world's global energy, 25 per cent of the worldwide water and 40 per cent of the global resources (UN Environment Program, 2016)? We can change this. Hempcrete could be very interesting for climate change. We could reduce operational energy, e.g. air conditioning, due to the insulating properties of hemp. Is hemp a good building material? The hurds (also known as shives) are strong enough that they can be used in building. Hemp has other properties that make it a good building material. A hemp crop can be ready to harvest in 4-6 months, and its roots grow densely enough that weeds aren't a problem. Hemp Material For Construction In France In the article mentioned above, you can read that France already uses hemp as a construction material. Early 1990s France started to develop in using hemp as an insulating construction material. Other European countries followed, and for 15 years, hemp has the attention of the world. Two main components of hemp are used as materials: fibre and the more woody core. Hemp is excellent in use: it is free of nutrients for parasites, it does not require protection, like wood or some other plants. And last: it is hardly flammable (classification B1 or B2). Hemp-based building materials range from loose wool or thermally welded insulation boards and felt for acoustic attenuation or levelling to chipboard for drywalls and ceilings (up to 100% hemp), pellets for boards (pressed dust, hemp fibre decortication), hemp fibre-reinforced polymers for façade boards and curtain walls and hemp oil-based varnishes. Hemp insulation panels replace non-renewable and energy-consuming insulation materials such as glass and stone wool, which have the same or very similar thermal conductivity coefficients. Hemp As Insulation Material Is hemp a good insulator? Hemp makes an excellent insulator. This is due to its low conductivity levels and its high thermal mass Hemp concrete is the most all-around insulation material. If you mix it, e.g. with lime, hemp hurts (or you can use other natural binders) and water, this material only uses up to one cubic meter hemp hurds per constructed square metre. Its suitability for interior applications and its diffusion of water vapour make it very interesting, not only for bioclimatic architecture but also for the retrofitting of vernacular architecture. Besides, a 30 cm thick hemp concrete wall without mesh allows for storage of 36.08 kg CO2 per m2. Structural vault of hemp concrete The principal fields of application are concrete for manually compacted, cast walls, sprayed insulation coatings, interior and exterior plasters, prefabricated blocks and panels for non-load-bearing or load-bearing applications, floor plates, sheets and roof insulation, including structural use such as vaulting and domed roofs. Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings {youtube}                                       Building with Hemp – An Incredible Natural Insulation & Sustainable Material                                                    Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Could you imagine that concrete could be replaced by anything else? The industry is calling for other ecological and economical alternatives. Cement manufacturers are responsible for approximately 7% of annual global CO2-emissions. Besides, the high demand for cement has led to a considerable shortage of sand. This could be catastrophic for the economy and the environment. Luckily, it has proven that hemp could be one of the most promising and sustainable alternatives for conventional concrete. Builders are already implementing concrete in their construction/architecture. Hemp As Modern Building Material Is Hempcrete waterproof? Hempcrete, unlike traditional concrete, does not produce large cracks under movement. Waterproof, fireproof and 100 per cent recyclable, hempcrete can also be used as a fertiliser once demolished. Hemp fibres are also used as a modern building material, an application that is successfully used and exploited in France. Hemp fibres can be mixed with water and limestone to form a solid, lightweight, natural cement. It has not only excellent insulating qualities but also offers more flexibility than conventional concrete, making it very useful as a construction material in areas where earthquakes happen a lot. Dutch Dun Agro Builders Use Hempcrete The Dutch company, Dun Agro, has presented a hemp home. The hempcrete of Dun Agro is made of fibres, water and lime. It has to dry for three months and then you can assemble it to create an entire home. People are looking for alternatives because there is not sufficient sand to sustain the demand for conventional concrete. You may not know it, but sand is the second most widely used natural resource in the world and is only outdone by water. This high demand often creates an incentive for criminal cartels to fight over resource-rich areas of developing countries, disrupting the local ecosystem and intimidating citizens who are trying to get in their way. Is hemp stronger than steel? With these two measurements of strength, we are easily able to understand why hemp is stronger than steel. Hemp can hold almost twice the weight as steel before it cracks and breaks. ... Hemp can bend and mend almost six times better than steel. If the construction sector were to adopt a renewable alternative such as hemp entirely, it could drastically improve some of these social, ecological and economic problems. Dun Agro is not the only Dutch company that used hemp to build a home. Another Dutch architectural firm Werkstatt created the first Dutch house constructed entirely from hempcrete. Werkstatt Architects Build House From Hempcrete The hempcrete home is situated in Oudega, Friesland. The material of the house offers a healthy interior with its breathing capacities. The most important construction of the house is made of oak. Hempcrete is poured into the timber frame construction; this provides a homogenous, insulating wall. The home is designed to be self-sufficient, using compost toilets and generating its own energy. The shape of the house is designed to fit in the landscape but is updated with modern qualities. Werkstatt wanted to use as many natural construction materials as possible. This is not only comfortable but also breathable and has regulatory characteristics. This fits the simple and elegant aesthetics of Werkstatt. Henry Ford Build A Car From Hemp Hemp goes way back. In 1941 Henry ford built a car from 'hemp plastic'. The cool thing was that he also ran on hemp fuel, pressed from seeds. Returning from the past: automotive manufacturers are turning to hemp as a resource to provide cars from lightweight, shock absorbent and ecologically material. Finally, some of the top automotive manufacturers are following Ford in his footsteps. Hemps And Fashion Is hemp a good fabric? Hemp fiber is one of the strongest and most durable of all natural textile fibers. Due to the porous nature of the fiber, hemp is more water absorbent, and will dye and retain its color better than any fabric including cotton. This porous nature allows hemp to 'breathe', so that it is cool in warm weather. As mentioned before, hemp has strong natural fibres, which can be used for canvass and sails. But sustainable work clothes (e.g. jeans) are also made from fibres. When the hemp crops are grown close together, the fibre is shorter and more delicate, which can be used for delicate textile. Nowadays, fashion designers are experimenting with hemp in bags, clothing, shirts, suits, and whatsoever. Hemp Oil Uses Hemp contains herb and can be used for skin and hair products. Next to hair or skin products, hemp is utilized in health issues, like painkiller or medicine. You can also use hemp after a shower or bath; massaging your body with hemp, increases the blood circulation. It prevents skin conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, acne and dry skin. Hemp oil could replace olive oil, but it is not suitable to cook at high temperature. It can give a slightly nutty and crispy taste to food. You already read that hemp oil is an alternative for biodiesel. It is safe because it is not toxic and does not harm the environment. Next to the applications mentioned above, hemp is a perfect substitution for paint. It has very low emissions and is not harmful to the environment. Before you go! Recommended:  Greenest Buildings In The World: Sustainable Highlights 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. 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Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health
Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health
Do You Need A Dual Motor e-Bike For Electric Snow Cycling?
If you ever thought 'I need two motors on an electric bike', you’re not alone. The rush, the challenge, the thrill of new terrain, new seasons, and new hills is quite appealing. It’s far less likely you’ve ever thought: 'I need two motors to get to work' but, in case you did, you’re also covered. With a strange combination of components and accessories, Eunorau has made an amazingly fun and somehow useful dual motor electric bike. A Dual Motor e-Bike Do you still have to pedal an electric bike? Even for e-bikes that have a throttle, you'll need to pedal when going up steep hills, although you won't have to pedal hard. ... As long as the e-bike has a motor size of 750 watts or less and is programmed so that it can't go more than 20mph without pedaling, there is no need for a license. You will have a lot of fun on this bike, ripping and throttling in the snowy field and trails. It is great to see the old trails in a new way, and breath some life into winter once again. One of the favourite aspects of electric bikes is seeing new things, new places, and breathing in the fresh air. Normally you have to ride further and further away to accomplish those things. Now it is possible to do all of them. Hills, rocks, snow, gravel, pavement and some ice is no problem for the wide tires and dual motors. As you can imagine, the dual motors eat through the battery pretty quickly. I turned in at about 11 km (7 miles) with 1/3 battery life. None the less, for a fun-filled machine, there’s a small and important place for this unique bike. Recommended:  Electric-Bike, The Indestructible Suru Scrambler: Canada A Dual Motor e-Bike Eunorau FAT-AWD Tech Specs: Motor: 350W Rear, 250W Front geared hub motors Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph) with pedal assist Estimated Range: 16 km (10 miles) Battery: 48 V 10 Ah (480 Wh) Weight: 28.12 kg, (62 lb) Tires: 26″ x 4″ Kenda Juggernaut Drive train: Shimano Altus Brakes: Promax 160mm Mechanical Disc Extras: Motor selector switch (Front, Rear or Both), LED display, removable battery, metal fenders, lights, rear rack Dual Motor e-Bikes, A Tough Nut To Crack There has been a number of dual motor bikes in the past, sometimes from very reputable companies, but the reception has been mixed. Tried are dual motor bikes with lack-lustre performance, all of them as pedal-assist only bikes.                                                              Dual Motor E-Bike Review, AWD From EUNORAU                                                    Do You Need A Dual Motor e-Bike For Electric Snow Cycling? By no means am I suggesting that the FAT-AWD is an engineering marvel (far from it). But I think the pursuit of a perfect pedal-assist AWD is yet to be discovered. Slap a throttle on it, let’s go! Are e bikes good for the environment? Yes, electric bicycles are certainly good for the environment as they use electric power (along with human power) to push them forward. If one charges the battery using green solar power, e-bikes become 100% environmentally friendly and good for the environment. Dual Motor e-Bike With One Throttle Having a throttle made all the difference in the world. Getting some juice on the motors without having to pedal means faster, predictable engagement. So many mountain bike skills are left at home: gear selection, pedal placement, even balance. Having a throttle allowed me to put the seat low, use my legs for balance and make tight turns with increasing risk. The regular bike controls didn’t disappear, they just took a back seat while blasting through the snow. It really felt like a new sport, something in-between dirt biking and electric bikes. Dual Motor e-Bike For Winter Commutes This fat tire, dual motor, full-throttle adventure bike also has a domesticated side: a rear rack to carry light cargo, front and rear lights to stay safe and fenders to stay clean for work. If you need to commute in the loose snow, and you need a moderately cheap electric bike to do it, this very well could be the ticket. Recommended:  Electric-Bike Mamachari Is Japan’s Moms Favourite Smart Idea Electric Snow Cycling  Using the dual motor bike to access snowy trails cut-off by the elements has been  much fun. Something so amazing has been hidden for so long, and once you discover it, you want nothing more than to explore. The wide tires can access more trails based on traction, and the dual motors put the power to those tires enabling climbs in slippery conditions. Do electric bikes help uphill? It normal that after every uphill, there is always a downhill. With regenerative braking, the battery's life can be extended when going downhill so that the electric bike can travel more distance. In a nutshell, the electric bike can simply generate back some of the energy that was expended on going uphill. A Cheap Dual Motor e-Bike, Right On The Money Eunorau makes no bones about their operation; Chinese import bikes with a touch of service and good prices. The FAT-AWD is priced at € 1,543, ($1,699), which is not all that bad. The mechanical components aren’t the greatest, and the overall design isn’t winning any awards, but if this bike were priced too high, it would be a tough sell. For someone who has enough money for a stable of electric bikes, with a variety of uses, this would be a great addition. If you’re looking for an all-out winter wonder machine, this would be a great contender. A fully equipped bike for active snowing conditions? Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bike Buying Guide For Starters And Professionals 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 e-Biking? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
If you ever thought 'I need two motors on an electric bike', you’re not alone. The rush, the challenge, the thrill of new terrain, new seasons, and new hills is quite appealing. It’s far less likely you’ve ever thought: 'I need two motors to get to work' but, in case you did, you’re also covered. With a strange combination of components and accessories, Eunorau has made an amazingly fun and somehow useful dual motor electric bike. A Dual Motor e-Bike Do you still have to pedal an electric bike? Even for e-bikes that have a throttle, you'll need to pedal when going up steep hills, although you won't have to pedal hard. ... As long as the e-bike has a motor size of 750 watts or less and is programmed so that it can't go more than 20mph without pedaling, there is no need for a license. You will have a lot of fun on this bike, ripping and throttling in the snowy field and trails. It is great to see the old trails in a new way, and breath some life into winter once again. One of the favourite aspects of electric bikes is seeing new things, new places, and breathing in the fresh air. Normally you have to ride further and further away to accomplish those things. Now it is possible to do all of them. Hills, rocks, snow, gravel, pavement and some ice is no problem for the wide tires and dual motors. As you can imagine, the dual motors eat through the battery pretty quickly. I turned in at about 11 km (7 miles) with 1/3 battery life. None the less, for a fun-filled machine, there’s a small and important place for this unique bike. Recommended:  Electric-Bike, The Indestructible Suru Scrambler: Canada A Dual Motor e-Bike Eunorau FAT-AWD Tech Specs: Motor: 350W Rear, 250W Front geared hub motors Top speed: 32 km/h (20 mph) with pedal assist Estimated Range: 16 km (10 miles) Battery: 48 V 10 Ah (480 Wh) Weight: 28.12 kg, (62 lb) Tires: 26″ x 4″ Kenda Juggernaut Drive train: Shimano Altus Brakes: Promax 160mm Mechanical Disc Extras: Motor selector switch (Front, Rear or Both), LED display, removable battery, metal fenders, lights, rear rack Dual Motor e-Bikes, A Tough Nut To Crack There has been a number of dual motor bikes in the past, sometimes from very reputable companies, but the reception has been mixed. Tried are dual motor bikes with lack-lustre performance, all of them as pedal-assist only bikes.                                                              Dual Motor E-Bike Review, AWD From EUNORAU                                                    Do You Need A Dual Motor e-Bike For Electric Snow Cycling? By no means am I suggesting that the FAT-AWD is an engineering marvel (far from it). But I think the pursuit of a perfect pedal-assist AWD is yet to be discovered. Slap a throttle on it, let’s go! Are e bikes good for the environment? Yes, electric bicycles are certainly good for the environment as they use electric power (along with human power) to push them forward. If one charges the battery using green solar power, e-bikes become 100% environmentally friendly and good for the environment. Dual Motor e-Bike With One Throttle Having a throttle made all the difference in the world. Getting some juice on the motors without having to pedal means faster, predictable engagement. So many mountain bike skills are left at home: gear selection, pedal placement, even balance. Having a throttle allowed me to put the seat low, use my legs for balance and make tight turns with increasing risk. The regular bike controls didn’t disappear, they just took a back seat while blasting through the snow. It really felt like a new sport, something in-between dirt biking and electric bikes. Dual Motor e-Bike For Winter Commutes This fat tire, dual motor, full-throttle adventure bike also has a domesticated side: a rear rack to carry light cargo, front and rear lights to stay safe and fenders to stay clean for work. If you need to commute in the loose snow, and you need a moderately cheap electric bike to do it, this very well could be the ticket. Recommended:  Electric-Bike Mamachari Is Japan’s Moms Favourite Smart Idea Electric Snow Cycling  Using the dual motor bike to access snowy trails cut-off by the elements has been  much fun. Something so amazing has been hidden for so long, and once you discover it, you want nothing more than to explore. The wide tires can access more trails based on traction, and the dual motors put the power to those tires enabling climbs in slippery conditions. Do electric bikes help uphill? It normal that after every uphill, there is always a downhill. With regenerative braking, the battery's life can be extended when going downhill so that the electric bike can travel more distance. In a nutshell, the electric bike can simply generate back some of the energy that was expended on going uphill. A Cheap Dual Motor e-Bike, Right On The Money Eunorau makes no bones about their operation; Chinese import bikes with a touch of service and good prices. The FAT-AWD is priced at € 1,543, ($1,699), which is not all that bad. The mechanical components aren’t the greatest, and the overall design isn’t winning any awards, but if this bike were priced too high, it would be a tough sell. For someone who has enough money for a stable of electric bikes, with a variety of uses, this would be a great addition. If you’re looking for an all-out winter wonder machine, this would be a great contender. A fully equipped bike for active snowing conditions? Before you go! Recommended:  Electric Bike Buying Guide For Starters And Professionals 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 e-Biking? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Do You Need A Dual Motor e-Bike For Electric Snow Cycling?
Do You Need A Dual Motor e-Bike For Electric Snow Cycling?
Climate Change Stop, Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales?
Saving the whale is more important than planting trees when it comes to climate change, scientists argue. Whales lock carbon in their bodies and encourage the production of phytoplankton, which produce 50 per cent of the world's oxygen. Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales Saving the whale is more important than planting trees to combat climate change, scientists have found, as they capture vast amounts of carbon in their bodies before sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Environmental scientists have been working against the clock to find the best ways for humans to reduce our carbon footprint by taking measures to allow more greenhouse gases to be absorbed from the atmosphere. Whales And Planting Trees Planting trees has commonly been understood as one of the best ways to save the planet. While trees are important and forests referred to as ‘the lungs of the Earth’, new research from the (IMF) has found that one whale is worth more than thousands of trees when it comes to carbon absorption. What plants absorb the most co2? While oak is the genus with the most carbon-absorbing species, there are other notable deciduous trees that sequester carbon as well. The common horse-chestnut (Aesculus spp.), with its white spike of flowers and spiny fruits, is a good carbon absorber. Whales are currently under significant man-made threat, including ship strikes, entanglement in fishing nets, waterborne plastic waste, and noise pollution. Their population has been decimated over the last century from 5 million to 1.5 million. It is thought that without action, it could take more than 30 years to restore their population as they are still under siege from whalers and choking on plastic pollution. The mammals accumulate carbon in their bodies throughout their long lives, with some species living for up to 90 years, and then when they die they take that carbon to the bottom of the ocean, where it is stored for centuries. {youtube}                                                                        How Whales Change Climate                                             Climate Change Stop, Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales? Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales What is the purpose of phytoplankton? Phytoplankton are microscopic marine algae.  Phytoplankton is the base of several aquatic food webs. In a balanced ecosystem, they provide food for a wide range of sea creatures including whales, shrimp, snails, and jellyfish Each whale can lock almost 30,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide on average out of the atmosphere. A tree, meanwhile, absorbs only up to 21 kilograms of  carbon dioxide a year. As well as this, whales also support the production of phytoplankton, which contributes at least 50 per cent of all oxygen to the Earth’s atmosphere and captures as much carbon dioxide as 1.7 trillion trees, or four Amazon forests. Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth They do this as when they swim up to the surface from deep waters, their large bodies move nutrients up with them. Bringing nutrients to the surface increases the food source for the tiny but crucial organisms. Whales bring minerals up to the ocean surface through their vertical movement, called the 'whale pump', and through their migration across oceans, called the 'whale conveyor belt'. Increasing phytoplankton productivity by just 1 per cent would have the same effect as the sudden appearance of 2 billion mature trees, according to the study. Ralph Chami and Sena Oztosun from the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development, along with professors from Duke University and the University of Notre Dame said increasing whale populations 'could lead to a breakthrough in the fight against climate change'. Recommended:  Climate Change Efforts On Reducing CO2 Why Not Recycle It? “Coordinating the economics of whale protection must rise to the top of the global community’s climate agenda,” they wrote. “Since the role of whales is irreplaceable in mitigating and building resilience to climate change, their survival should be integrated into the objectives of the 190 countries that in 2015 signed the Paris Agreement for combating climate risk.” What is the Paris agreement and why is it important? The Paris Agreement is a landmark environmental accord that was adopted by nearly every nation in 2015 to address climate change and its negative impacts. ... The agreement includes commitments from all major emitting countries to cut their climate-altering pollution and to strengthen those commitments over time. Recommended:  Climate Agreement Paris And The Denial Of President Trump The authors put the value of one animal at more than $2 million (£1.54m), taking into account the value of carbon sequestered over the whale’s lifetime as well as other economic contributions such as fishery enhancement and ecotourism. They recommended that governments compensate those causing the threats to the whale population if they stop doing so, a group that includes countries, businesses, and individuls. Before you go! Recommended:  Algae-Based Bioreactor Swallows CO2 Faster Than Trees! How? 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 sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Saving the whale is more important than planting trees when it comes to climate change, scientists argue. Whales lock carbon in their bodies and encourage the production of phytoplankton, which produce 50 per cent of the world's oxygen. Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales Saving the whale is more important than planting trees to combat climate change, scientists have found, as they capture vast amounts of carbon in their bodies before sinking to the bottom of the ocean. Environmental scientists have been working against the clock to find the best ways for humans to reduce our carbon footprint by taking measures to allow more greenhouse gases to be absorbed from the atmosphere. Whales And Planting Trees Planting trees has commonly been understood as one of the best ways to save the planet. While trees are important and forests referred to as ‘the lungs of the Earth’, new research from the (IMF) has found that one whale is worth more than thousands of trees when it comes to carbon absorption. What plants absorb the most co2? While oak is the genus with the most carbon-absorbing species, there are other notable deciduous trees that sequester carbon as well. The common horse-chestnut (Aesculus spp.), with its white spike of flowers and spiny fruits, is a good carbon absorber. Whales are currently under significant man-made threat, including ship strikes, entanglement in fishing nets, waterborne plastic waste, and noise pollution. Their population has been decimated over the last century from 5 million to 1.5 million. It is thought that without action, it could take more than 30 years to restore their population as they are still under siege from whalers and choking on plastic pollution. The mammals accumulate carbon in their bodies throughout their long lives, with some species living for up to 90 years, and then when they die they take that carbon to the bottom of the ocean, where it is stored for centuries. {youtube}                                                                        How Whales Change Climate                                             Climate Change Stop, Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales? Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales What is the purpose of phytoplankton? Phytoplankton are microscopic marine algae.  Phytoplankton is the base of several aquatic food webs. In a balanced ecosystem, they provide food for a wide range of sea creatures including whales, shrimp, snails, and jellyfish Each whale can lock almost 30,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide on average out of the atmosphere. A tree, meanwhile, absorbs only up to 21 kilograms of  carbon dioxide a year. As well as this, whales also support the production of phytoplankton, which contributes at least 50 per cent of all oxygen to the Earth’s atmosphere and captures as much carbon dioxide as 1.7 trillion trees, or four Amazon forests. Recommended:  Breaking: Did You Know, All You Read About CO2 Rise Is Half The Truth They do this as when they swim up to the surface from deep waters, their large bodies move nutrients up with them. Bringing nutrients to the surface increases the food source for the tiny but crucial organisms. Whales bring minerals up to the ocean surface through their vertical movement, called the 'whale pump', and through their migration across oceans, called the 'whale conveyor belt'. Increasing phytoplankton productivity by just 1 per cent would have the same effect as the sudden appearance of 2 billion mature trees, according to the study. Ralph Chami and Sena Oztosun from the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development, along with professors from Duke University and the University of Notre Dame said increasing whale populations 'could lead to a breakthrough in the fight against climate change'. Recommended:  Climate Change Efforts On Reducing CO2 Why Not Recycle It? “Coordinating the economics of whale protection must rise to the top of the global community’s climate agenda,” they wrote. “Since the role of whales is irreplaceable in mitigating and building resilience to climate change, their survival should be integrated into the objectives of the 190 countries that in 2015 signed the Paris Agreement for combating climate risk.” What is the Paris agreement and why is it important? The Paris Agreement is a landmark environmental accord that was adopted by nearly every nation in 2015 to address climate change and its negative impacts. ... The agreement includes commitments from all major emitting countries to cut their climate-altering pollution and to strengthen those commitments over time. Recommended:  Climate Agreement Paris And The Denial Of President Trump The authors put the value of one animal at more than $2 million (£1.54m), taking into account the value of carbon sequestered over the whale’s lifetime as well as other economic contributions such as fishery enhancement and ecotourism. They recommended that governments compensate those causing the threats to the whale population if they stop doing so, a group that includes countries, businesses, and individuls. Before you go! Recommended:  Algae-Based Bioreactor Swallows CO2 Faster Than Trees! How? 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 sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Climate Change Stop, Store CO2, Add Phytoplankton By Whales?
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