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Published: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 21:39:54 +0000

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The WaterNest: An Eco-Friendly Floating House

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:05:09 +0000

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power


Designed by renowned Italian architect Giancarlo Zema and produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials; including the laminate timber and aluminum hull. Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful […]

France Passes Green Rooftop Law

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:10:23 +0000

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power


France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […]

How Recycled CO2 is Changing the Manufacturing Landscape

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 07:24:09 +0000

Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Environment and Sustainability


Environmentalists have pushed greenhouse gases as being the leading cause of global warming. Carbon dioxide has been regarded as being the biggest contributor to the greenhouse effect. But what if there was a way to recycle the most abundant greenhouse gas in the Earth’s atmosphere? Carbon dioxide is a major byproduct of industrial power generation […]

Google Biodome: New Headquarters to Blend with Environment

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 09:32:47 +0000

Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Future Technology


Today Google announced their exciting proposal to redevelop four sites in Mountain View, California. Designed by Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio, the new headquarters will be the first time Google will design and build their offices from scratch. The concept is simple and genius: instead of building permanent structures with […]

The Benefits of Solar Power (Infographic)

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:23:06 +0000

Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar Power


Home Inspector Bill Barber recently created an excellent infographic that details how solar panels can power homes and help the environment at the same time. According to the infographic, “1 hour of Energy from the Sun = 1 Year of Power for the Global Population”. And as stated, solar power remains the 3rd most important […]

Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:37:21 +0000

(image) Do you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found in our gardens! Much to the astonishment of the scientists and researchers, the hornet utilizes solar power much like a plant and it produces electricity. [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power

Brooklyn Bridge Park: Greenest Destination in New York City

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 23:35:40 +0000

(image) New York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting even greener with the addition of a solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station – the first of its kind in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park has already added a number of green areas with lush grass, making it a great spot for both locals [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Politics, Solar Power

Pepsi’s New Green PET Bottle

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:20:45 +0000

(image) PepsiCo is one of the leading food and beverage businesses in the world. Since 2010, it has been focusing on protecting the earth’s natural energy resources with competent use of soil, water, power and finding and focusing on innovative ways to do so. Recently PepsiCo developed the world’s first plastic bottle made entirely from [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Industry, Inventions

South Saigon Yacht Park: Modern and Green Clean Living

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 07:42:14 +0000

(image) Vietnam is setting an example in setting up a stunning green center with the ongoing project called South Saigon Yacht Park. Right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, the state capital, plans are afoot to create a green oasis to spread the message of green revolution across the country. This Yacht Park [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Industry

The Empire State Building: Brighter & Greener

Mon, 04 Apr 2011 07:20:48 +0000

(image) Yes, as of 2011, The Empire State Building, one of the world’s largest buildings has achieved the distinction of becoming the largest buyer of green renewable wind power. The Empire State Building will be using more than 100 million kWh of wind energy in the coming couple of years approximately. It will be totally [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Solar Power, Wind Power

Flat Tower: Innovative Architectural Solution

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:04:12 +0000

(image) High-rise buildings and skyscrapers have been the most favored architectural solutions for highly populated cities. It is a commendable idea for combining height – growing more vertically – and for its small footprint without hogging precious soil which is at a premium in most cities. But sporadic eruptions of skyscrapers do not add to [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Industry, Inventions

Will Robots Clean Up Future Oil Spills?

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 07:01:17 +0000

(image) Cleaning oil spills can be costly business. If eco-friendly robots can take over and clean all the mess it will be good for marine life and humans too. MIT is developing Seaswarm robots that will utilize a special substance to absorb and collect oil from the sea surface. If everything turns out well, these [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Future Energy

Silver State Dishing Out Golden Geothermal Power

Fri, 24 Sep 2010 09:27:23 +0000

(image) Nevada is poised to lead in producing energy from geothermal heat sources in the entire US. Presently playing second fiddle to California, the day is not far off when it will overtake California in converting geothermal heat into electricity. Nevada is experiencing a rush of developers who have already companies producing power or with [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Geothermal Energy, Industry

USPS Goes Green

Mon, 09 Aug 2010 21:20:01 +0000

(image) In strict adherence to guidelines released by the Department of Energy, the United States Postal Service gets on a fast track to reach the goal for energy reduction. Green roofs, green buildings and an optimally efficient management system of energy consumption form part of the energy-reduction strategy. Power Guzzlers: Use of air conditioning is one [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Industry, Transportation

Synthetic Fuel from CO2 and Solar Energy?

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:09:54 +0000

(image) Really amazing are the innovative ways solar power is put into use. Now a team of scientists working in Sandia National Laboratories is focusing on exploring basic steps to make synthetic liquid fuel with the help of solar panels. The goal is that this will help considerably reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Conversion goals: The team [...] Read More...

Posted in: Biofuels, Environment, Solar Power

Solar Panels – Are They a Threat to Biodiversity?

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 07:01:44 +0000

(image) Solar panels are gaining more recognition as key ingredients to produce eco-friendly and renewable source of energy. With growing need for more energy, there will be in future, a plethora of solar panels all over the world. Now this has become a source of eco-conservative concern, according to Mr. Bruce Robertson, Research Associate, [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Industry, Solar Power

Coal Emissions from U.S. Could Stop in 20 Years

Mon, 17 May 2010 00:55:01 +0000

(image) Pushker Kharecha and his colleagues believe that we should follow some practical methods to do away with coal and conventional fossil fuel emissions. We all know that use of fossil fuels leads towards carbon emissions that cause immense damage to our environment. Pushker Kharecha and colleagues voiced similar sentiments in the American Chemical Society’s [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Industry, Politics

Carbon-based Solar Cells

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:48:44 +0000

(image) Solar panels need silicon for absorption of light. Silicon doesn’t come cheap.This cost-factor is preventing people from using solar energy on a large scale. Scientists utilize another substance i.e. ruthenium for solar cells. Rutheniumcan is cheaper than silicon but ruthenium is a rare metal on Earth. It is as rare as platinum. Naturally it [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, PhotoVoltaics, Solar Power

Abu Dhabi To Build First Full Eco-City

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 11:13:53 +0000

(image) When we talk about the Middle East Asia, we imagine harsh terrain, blazing sun and sand dunes. Abu Dhabi is a part of the United Arab Emirates. Its currently hostile area is being developed as the world’s first carbon neutral city in the coming 5 to 10 years. This city will be a green [...] Read More...

Posted in: Economy, Environment, Industry

Car Fuel from Carbon Dioxide?

Tue, 06 Apr 2010 06:37:24 +0000

(image) If a car is running smoothly on the road and its consuming carbon dioxide from air as fuel instead of petrol, what a dream world that would be. Researchers from the South West are working on a £1.4 million project to turn the above dream into a reality. This car of future will consume [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Future Energy, Transportation

New Design Strategy for the Artificial Leaf

Tue, 30 Mar 2010 07:02:40 +0000

(image) Scientists are quite optimistic that hydrogen will emerge as the fuel of the future and the world would be driven by ‘hydrogen economy’. The only byproduct of hydrogen fuel is water vapor. By using hydrogen fuel we can reduce the harmful effects of greenhouse gases. Currently many research labs are engaged in duplicating the [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Future Energy, Solar Power

Biofuels and Carbon Capture from Frog Foam?

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 07:17:05 +0000

(image) Since time immemorial human beings are trying to use solar energy for their survival and day to day use. We know that green plants create their own food and energy with the help of photosynthesis. Photosynthesis happens in the presence of sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. The end results are food, chemical energy and [...] Read More...

Posted in: Biofuels, Environment, Solar Power

Scientists use Visible Light to Break Down Carbon Dioxide

Tue, 16 Mar 2010 04:57:57 +0000

(image) We all are familiar with the effects of carbon dioxide on our environment. Carbon dioxide is responsible for causing the greenhouse effect. If scientists can breakdown this gas into other form it would lead us to reduce the concentration of this gas into environment substantially. It would mean dealing with the root cause of [...] Read More...

Posted in: Environment, Inventions

Climate-Friendly Childcare Center in Denmark

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 09:05:40 +0000

Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Environment and Sustainability


These days the world is looking at Copenhagen Summit, its agenda and how much carbon footprint it is generating. At the same time the most climate-friendly childcare center in Denmark is being established in Hørsholm. Hørsholm is situated in the north of Copenhagen. This childcare center will be opened in November 2010. The nursery, has […]

Computer Modeling the Effects of Alternative Fuels

Thu, 26 Nov 2009 08:16:06 +0000

(image) Stephens-Romero is a UC Irvine doctoral candidate in the Advanced Power & Energy Program. His 2060 analysis was published online recently in Environmental Science & Technology. Stephens-Romero is painting the picture of future for our benefit, “For the first time, we can look at these future fuel scenarios and say how they’re going [...] Read More...

Posted in: Biofuels, Environment, Industry

Green Heating and Cooling Technology from Carbon

Wed, 25 Nov 2009 09:04:15 +0000

Energy Inventions | Environment and Sustainability | Future Technology


Carbon is a substance environmentalists love to hate. It is the major ingredient of environmental damage. Scientists and environmentalists are working hard to decrease the amount of carbon emission in the environment. But researchers at the University of Warwick have invented a complete different use of carbon. They are using carbon for cooling and heating […]

German Smart Grid Leads the Way in Conservation

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 09:06:02 +0000

Energy Economy | Energy Industry | Environment and Sustainability


There is an obvious push on not only using less energy, but in finding other forms of energy that will allow the world to recover from the years of literally pillaging its natural resources. Germany has been using some pretty innovative techniques to lead the way and their designers are coming up with more energy […]

Harvesting Ambient Energy from Nature

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 09:05:40 +0000

Energy Inventions | Environment and Sustainability | Future Technology


We all know that energy can neither be created nor be destroyed but can only be transformed into one form to another. Duke University engineers are trying to utilize this simple formula. They are working on harvesting energy from the motions of everyday life. Normally our everyday motions get wasted and remain unused and dissipate […]

Sustainable Eco City Concept in Germany

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 07:55:58 +0000

Energy Inventions | Environment and Sustainability | Future Technology


It seems the canvass of clean and green energy is getting bigger with each passing day. More and more products, vehicles, gadgets, homes and cities are being added to this ever expanding canvass. Germany’s Hamburg Harbor has announced the development of a world class Eco City. This eco city will be designed by Tec Architecture […]

Studying Sea Waves with Radar

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 07:52:39 +0000

Environment and Sustainability | Wave Power | Wind Farms


Off shore wind is steady and blows harder. If a country is densely populated it is hard to find open space to install wind farms. That is why there are more and more offshore wind farms in densely populated Europe where there is limited space on land and relatively large offshore areas with shallow water. […]