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    China sells 500,000 breathing masks in two days


    We recently reported on Beijing’s environment being choked out of life recently. As air pollutions soared to a hazardous 993 micrograms per cubic meters, the city was engulfed with pollution. This led to traffic pulling off streets, flights being cancelled and people locking themselves indoors.

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 18, 2013
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    Beijing experiences hazardous air-pollution levels!


    And as the rest of the world is diligently moving towards a greener tomorrow, folks in Beijing are suffering from a terribly polluted environment. The city experienced extremely high pollution levels that actually led to the government setting up emergency measures. The city was choked with smog with air pollution levels crossing the 300 mark, considered dangerous by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), finally touching a hazardous 755 level!

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 16, 2013
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    NASA develops new compression technique to dispose trash in space


    Tossing out waste on earth is a breeze. Tossing waste while out in space isn’t such a smart idea however! Instead, researchers from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California have come up with a fantastic way to put waste to rest. The team has designed a compactor that melts waste without incineration. An extremely efficient process, this compactor is capable of transforming a day’s worth of waste into an 8-inch diameter tile.

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 9, 2013
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    MOSS by Victor Vetterlein: Concept office units to work from home


    All of us would love to work from home if given the opportunity. American designer Victor Vetterlein has explored this possibility with his conceptual office units. The concept units are designed to be bought up by companies and sent out to employees’ back gardens to enable them to work from home. The conceptual project is dubbed MOSS – Micro Office Systems Space, and is described by the designer as a “self-contained auxiliary office unit.”

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 8, 2013
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    Cermak road in Chicago earns the title of the greenest street in America


    A street in Chicago has paved the way for future environment friendly streets. Earning the title of the “greenest street in America” is Cermak road in Chicago. The title was conferred upon this street by Chicago Department of Transport (CDOT). A fine example of a green street, it comprises of natural landscaping, bicycle lanes, wind powered lighting, storm water diversion for irrigation, drought-resistant native plants and innovative “smog-eating” concrete. Opened to public in 2012, this first phase two mile stretch is part of the Blue Island/Cermak Sustainable Streetscape project in Pilsen, which was launched with an aim of reducing overall energy usage by 42 percent.

    Posted in Other Stuff on January 8, 2013
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    Playgrounds of Toxic Waste: Superfunds In The U.S. Increasing


    Superfund sites are not “super fun,” as the name may suggest. A Superfund is an unsafe hazardous waste site that can negatively effect local people and ecosystems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. There are thousands of known Superfund sites in the U.S. alone, and over half of the population lives within 10 miles of one or more, and most of us live blissfully unaware…that is unless the unthinkable happens and symptoms of exposure start to be noticed.

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 28, 2012
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    PowerCutter keeps energy from flowing through plugged-in cables


    If you haven’t heard of this yet, electricity continues to flow through cables if left plugged in, even after the device connected is switched off. Leaving devices plugged in at home could indeed increase the length of your electricity bill and burn a deeper hole in your pocket. As a solution to this problem that could otherwise be easily avoided with a little bit of effort on our parts, designers Soheyl Ghiami, Kourosh Mahdavi, Elmira Cheraghi, Saba Saboursadeghzadeh & Yasna Kalantar have come up with an efficient device called the PowerCutter.

    Posted in Other Stuff on December 20, 2012
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    World’s largest ships emit as much pollution as 760 million cars


    If you’ve been under the impression that your SUV is a gas-guzzler and environment killer unlike any other, here’s a bit of respite. Your metal-chunk-on-wheels certainly isn’t the most polluting modes of transport today. James Corbett, professor of marine policy at the University of Delaware, recently figured ships to be one of the major causes of environmental pollution, a fact we’re sure is true!

    Posted in Featured, Other Stuff on December 5, 2012
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    BP pleads guilty; pays $4.5 billion penalty for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill


    Two years ago, the marine life in the Gulf of Mexico was made to face one of the worst man-made calamities, an oil spill. Caused by a Deepwater Horizon explosion and massive oil spill on the part of BP, one of the world’s biggest oil companies, this leak damaged the ecosystem substantially. The company has finally agreed to pay a $4.5 billion penalty after pleading guilty for the incident.

    Posted in Other Stuff on November 17, 2012
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    Sweden runs out of trash to feed its incinerators; imports 800,000 tons of garbage!


    When it comes to putting trash to peace in the best possible way, Sweden deserves a standing ovation. The Nordic country has recently stepped into the spotlight with its energy generation program that uses garbage! The program has in fact been so successful, that Sweden has nearly run out of trash to feed this green monster! Currently, only 4% of Sweden’s trash ends up in landfills with the rest being used to generate electricity.

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 31, 2012
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