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    Indian coal-fired power plants kill more than 120,000 people a year

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    While most of the countries around the world are realizing the true potential of clean and green energy, a few countries are struggling to keep up, including the economic superpower, India. The country is one of the most populated in the world and to keep the lives of its people powered up, the nation continues to resort to coal-fired power plants. However, this has led to the deaths of nearly 120,000 people a year, says a report by Greenpeace!

    Posted in Other Stuff on March 13, 2013
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    Chinese man uses pink bra as a makeshift face mask!

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    Citizens in Beijing, China, have been suffering rising air pollution levels and in an attempt to keep their lungs safe from the pollutants, a few people have resorted to somewhat innovative yet amusing ways. Recently, this Chinese man was spotted with a padded bra strapped across his face. A make-shift face mask, this pink color bra seems to have worked its charm on the wearer.

    Posted in Other Stuff on February 22, 2013
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    NRG Launches Solar Installation in New Orleans School


    NRG Energy Inc has unveiled a solar photovoltaic installation at the new NRG Playground. Taking centre stage at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology in New Orleans, the installation is intended to enhance the learning experience for children studying at the school. It includes 397 solar panels, which can generate 112 kilowatts of power – around 1/3 of the school’s energy needs. On the fun and functional side, it also has drinking fountains, an irrigation system, prisms and ‘inspirational sayings’ for teachers and students.

    Posted in Other Stuff on February 11, 2013
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    Panasonic Launches First Artificial Photosynthesis Labs


    Artificial photosynthesis has been on our minds for some time now. We first reported developments in this area back in 2008. Now, Panasonic is working on an artificial photosynthesis system which works on a level with real plants used for biomass energy. It works exactly like natural photosynthesis, using sunlight to make oxygen and water and CO2 to make organic materials. The materials produced artificially can also be manipulated to suit different needs. In the future, Panasonic plans to build artificial photosynthesis plants to absorb CO2 emitted by whole factories.

    Posted in Other Stuff on February 7, 2013
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    Floating Labs Generate Power on Water


    Three floating research labs are being powered by concentrated solar power (CSP) in an effort to discover whether CSP on water could be a viable energy source. Each lab has 100 panels, which always face the sun, as the anchored labs can revolve to face it. The watery location also means that solar energy captivation is maximized. Plus, all parts can be recycled after the 25 year life expectancy has passed. Swiss energy company Viteos is investing over $108 million in the project in the hope that more than 80 million kilowatt hours if energy will be produced by CSP on water in the next decade.

    Posted in Other Stuff on February 6, 2013
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    China Resorts to Inhaling Air From Cans as Pollution Levels Soar


    Instead of tackling the dreadful fossil fuel and smog problem blanketing China right now, the Chinese are resorting to buying air in cans! A clever businessman has started selling fresh air in drinks cans as levels of pollution in China continue to raise danger alarms. The concentration of PM2.5 particles, which are the smallest and deadliest have gone off the scale twice this year, already. The Air Quality Index is showing numbers 20 times more dangerous than US Environmental Protection Agency ‘safe’ standards.

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 31, 2013
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    China is Burning More Coal Than The Rest of The World


    China is burning more coal than the rest of the world put together, and their consumption is continuing to grow. 20% global greenhouse gases are due to coal burning, making it one of the biggest offenders in the climate change debate. Although coal is responsible for huge health problems, as well as climate changing effects, it is still a popular fuel source in China because it is so cheap. Tighter air pollution restrictions in developing countries mean that coal is being sacrificed for cleaner energy and renewable sources, but while it remains so cheap and readily available in developing countries, there is no pressing reason for them to switch to other means.

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 31, 2013
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    San Francisco Bay Bridge Celebrates 75 Years With LED Light Up


    To commemorate 75 years of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, an $8 million public art installation will light up the iconic structure for the next two years. Conceived by creative agency head, Ben Davis, and designed by New York-based artist Leo Villareal, Bay Lights will see the San Fran bridge illuminated by 25,000 white LED lights. The lights are programmable, so that different animations and abstract patterns can be created and will be visible from afar. They will cover a massive 1.5 miles along the length of the bridge, and 500 feet in height.

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 24, 2013
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    Victoria’s Secret Becomes Detox Angel


    Victora’s Secret has pledged to detox its underwear, in response to a Greenpeace investigation that revealed the lingerie retailer has been lacing its dainties with harmful substances. Limited Brands, which also owns La Senza, has promised to remove all traces of phthalates – endocrine-disrupting baddies linked to all kinds of sexual health problems, genital deformities, and ironically, premature breast development in girls, by 2020. This isn’t the first time Victoria’s Secret has been in trouble for toxic underwear. In 2003, the label hastily removed carcinogenic chemicals from its bras and panties. In 2008, they were taken to court after women suffered scarring and rashes due to formaldehyde contaminated products.

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 24, 2013
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    President Obama Goes Green at His Second Inauguration


    At yesterday’s second inauguration of President Obama, the newly re-elected President did his best to prove his awareness of environmental issues, with the creation of a 10,000 square foot inauguration platform made from wood harvested using methods that protect water quality, biodiversity and habitats for endangered wildlife. Not only was it environmentally friendly, but it was also strong – holding the President, his cabinet, former Presidents, Beyonce and her large rear end. Attention was also given to waste reduction, recycling and diversion plans during the ceremony.

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 22, 2013
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