While the world is still looking for feasible ways to generate energy from renewable sources, Germany has already begun shattering world energy records by generating a whopping 31% of its energy from renewable sources in the first half of 2014. A report from the Fraunhofer Institute claims that Germany has produced a whopping 81 TWh of renewable electricity since the beginning of 2014. The report states that nuclear energy production declined while on the other hand, solar and wind increased by 28% and 19% respectively.
There are green buildings, and then there are buildings like this one, currently being constructed by Vietnamese design firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects. The new PT University’s administrative building is a seven-story prefab structure with a checkerboard façade that incorporates live trees! Located at Thach That just outside Hanoi, the building is unlike any we’ve ever seen before and has lush tree-filled balconies that double up as indoor gardens.
California is currently at the forefront in the United States, bringing home new renewable energy options and stepping away from conventional coal-fired power plants. Not so surprisingly, the state could soon be powered 100% by renewable energy and Stanford has recently presented a “roadmap” to accomplish this goal by 2050. Using wind, water and sunlight to its benefit, California could soon begin basking in clean and green energy, while reducing emissions and its carbon footprint.
What else can a soccer stadium do, besides enabling a bunch of soccer-heads from kicking a ball around? Store water of course! Nestled in Kenya, this fantastically thoughtful soccer field actually stores water! Constructed by PITCHAfrica, the rainwater-harvesting soccer and volleyball stadium has been set up at a school in Kenya. The stadium is capable of storing 1.5 million liters of fresh water, gathered from rainwater harvesting.
Where there is a wheel, there is a way, or in this case, a tire! There was a time when human kind thought of burning tires as the only way to get rid of all the punctured waste. However, with a little bit of innovation and thought, these waste tires can actually be used for several practical purposes! Tiny companies in Kenya have realized the potential in recycling tires and have begun refashioning old tires into sandals that sell for $2 to $5. In the United States, about 35,000 used tires were recycled into $25 flip flops by Detroit Treads and University of Michigan students.
Nothing can stop the United Kingdom from soaking in some green juice, and that includes the tide! Very recently, an underwater turbine off the coast of Pembrokeshire at Ramsey Sound was unveiled. This project is currently on a 12-month long trial period and will generate clean and green renewable energy for homes in St. Davids. Built by Mustange Marin, the structure that stands seven storeys high will generate energy from tidal currents on the sea bed.
Cigarette butts may be considered waste for now, but soon, these could very well be used for the development of technology! Researchers from Seoul National University recently stumbled across a process that could help convert cigarette butts into a material comparable to graphene or carbon nanotubes. When perfected, this process could very well help mankind store more energy into this new material, instead of graphene.
Beijing has been coughing up dirty black smoke from its lungs and whining in pain since quite a while now. After suffering the bane of air pollution, the city authorities have finally decided to ban the use of coal in its six main districts by the end of 2020. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau hopes to combat and curb air pollution and this move is one of its first significant steps to do so.
Tesla Motors CEO, Elon Musk, has the knack of shaking up the automobile world with nearly everything he says. Most recently, this eccentric individual announced that the car company he heads will deliver 100,000 electric vehicles in 2015! This simple and very practical and attainable announcement sent up Tesla’s stock five percent. In 2013 and 2014, Tesla delivered 22,000 vehicles and 35,000 vehicles respectively and this jump to 100,000 is a big leap for the electric car manufacturer.
Sir Richard Branson is known for many things. Now, he’ll be best remembered as the flag bearer of a “don’t eat so much beef” idea! According to a recent blog that surfaced online on the Virgin website, Branson states that giving up on beef could reduce carbon footprints more than giving up on cars! He basis his decision to keep away from steaks on a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that “has found beef production results in five times more climate-warming emissions than pork or chicken – and 11 times more than potatoes, wheat and rice.” The study states that beef production needs 28 times more land to produce than chicken or pork.