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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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    Samsung to open Korea’s first offshore wind farm in Jeju Island

    Samsung has been leading the world of technology and has turned into one of the world’s largest consumer electronics giants lately. The Samsung Heavy Industries has now moved towards the greener horizon and has announced plans for an 84-megawatt offshore wind farm. This will be Korea’s first and will be built jointly with Korea Southern Power Co in Jeju Island.

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 31, 2012
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    The Transformation House uses solar energy to power up

    Whoever said you need a plush apartment to satisfy all your residential needs! Designer Michael Jantzen’s latest design beats the traditionally designed home and is in essence a huge transforming house made up of 5 modular sections! Each of these rotate to change the function of the home’s interior, allowing users to mix and match their homes as per their preferences!

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 30, 2012
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    Sky Greens Farms develops vertical vegetable farm in Singapore

    In a land-strapped urban world where searching for a little greenery is like a treasure hunt in vain, vertical gardens are quickly turning into an acceptable and practical way to keep the ecosystem alive. This vertical garden in Singapore at the tip of the Malay Peninsula is an oasis in a concrete jungle. Built by Sky Greens Farms, this vertical garden includes 120 aluminum towers and stands 30 feet high.

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 29, 2012
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    IKEA chalks out “People & Planet Positive”, the sustainability plan for 2020

    The world’s largest furniture retailer, IKEA, has just unveiled plans for a greener tomorrow. The company has come up with the “People & Planet Positive” initiative that will make IKEA more sustainable. As part of the plan, IKEA will invest nearly $1.95 billion in renewable energy by 2015, hoping to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes. Also, the company aims to improve the energy efficiency of its operations by at least 20% by 2020.

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 25, 2012
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    Bye Bye Laundry hangers use activated charcoal to keep your clothes odor-free

    Washing clothes in a laundry machine is an energy consuming process. If you’ve been looking for a way to keep your sufficiently clean clothes from smelling, British designer and recent grad Lisa Marie Bengtsson is worth a look! A simply clothes hanger concept that uses activated charcoal to keep your clothes odor-free, this one keeps away the need to toss your clothes inside a washing machine time and again. Called the Bye Bye Laundry concept, these hangers keep your clothes fresh by simply having them hung! The charcoal in particular is processed oxygen, making it super-absorbent. Also, the Bye Bye Laundry hangers are available in a host of colors to suit your tastes and are indeed a great way to store your clothes after a single wear.

    Posted in Other Stuff on October 12, 2012
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