NASA Concludes July 2016 is the Warmest since Records Began

NASA Concludes July 2016 is the Warmest since Records Began

00 [Image Source: Philippe] Modern temperature recordings began 136 years ago, and as of now, July 2016 is the hottest month ever on record- since the records began. The study conducted by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York recorded the findings earlier this month. Not only was July the hottest month in recorded history, it also sets the year at a record breaking high as well. July 2016 was…

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10 Ways Humans Impact the Environment

10 Ways Humans Impact the Environment

00 We as humans have become dependent on luxuries such as cars, houses, and even our cellphones. But what does our love for manufactured metallic and plastic goods do to the environment? Human activity can be directly attributed to the cause of hundreds of extinctions in the last two centuries, verses the millions of years that extinctions naturally occur. As we progress through the 21st century, humans have changed the world in unprecedented ways. Here are…

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Building Regulations and renewable energy

Building Regulations and renewable energy

00 The City of Denver in the US recently changed its Building Codes in order to make it easier, and cheaper, for residents to charge electric vehicles at home. The new electric vehicle readiness requirement obliges all new single-family homes and duplexes in the city to incorporate the correct electrical wiring for electric vehicle (EV) plugs in their garages, the minimum requirement being electrical conduits leading to the electric panel. Those living in older homes…

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Temperature’s Rising: The effect of heatwaves on Australian climate discussion

Temperature’s Rising: The effect of heatwaves on Australian climate discussion

00 Currently, in Australia, it is late summer/early autumn. To many, that should be the cause of some celebration, but Australians are suffering from persistent extreme heat waves that are making them toss and turn in their beds, unable to sleep. People living around the town of Mildura, six hours to the northwest of Melbourne, have endured eight days with temperatures of around 40°C (104°F) while Sydney has experienced 30 or more days with temperatures…

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New projects demonstrate marine energy’s gathering momentum

New projects demonstrate marine energy’s gathering momentum

00 Maf Smith, the Deputy Chief Executive of trade association RenewableUK, believes that the global marine energy sector is at last riding a rising tide, although he believes the sector may not be receiving the attention and resources that other emerging industries enjoy. Mr Smith expressed his views about the sector at an industry conference in Edinburgh last month, the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 16), which was attended by at least 860 people…

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Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) systems

Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) systems

00 Compressed air energy storage (CAES) uses surplus energy to compress air which is then stored in an underground reservoir. The compression of the air generates heat. The air can be released to a combustor in a gas turbine to generate electricity. The aim of course, along with other forms of energy storage, and other approaches such as smart grids and demand reduction strategies, is to provide a means in which intermittent renewable energy such…

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Floating forest to be installed in in Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven

Floating forest to be installed in in Rotterdam’s Rijnhaven

00 There is great difficulty in maintaining green areas in densely populated cities, which are important for the environment and our health, both physical and mental. Dutch design collective Mothership has created an intervention for the city of Rotterdam that can relieve some of the harshness of living in concrete jungles: a floating forest, or ‘Dobberend Bos’ (Dutch for Bobbing Forest). Inspired by Colombian sculptor Jorge Bakker’s work, “In Search of Habitus“, which consists of an aquarium full of…

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Climate change: The false hope of Geoengineering

Climate change: The false hope of Geoengineering

00 In February 2015, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced that man-made climate change has now advanced so rapidly that options for planetary-scale intervention, in other words ‘geoengineering’, must be considered. The problem of how to solve man-made climate change has now become so serious that numerous voices around the world are starting to mention geoengineering as a possible solution. However, geoengineering approaches remain largely untested and are therefore potentially very risky, with a…

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23-year-old Engineer develops a drone to detect air pollution

23-year-old Engineer develops a drone to detect air pollution

00 Monica Abarca is a young 23-year-old Peruvian engineer who, despite her youth, is a specialist in Mechatronics. She invented a drone composed of sensors and algorithms capable of detecting air pollution, in order to study and fight it. The device has many possible applications, for example, it can be used in the mining-metallurgical sector by replacing fixed contamination measurement stations. Therefore, it makes it possible to inspect a much larger area and more efficiently detect if air pollution…

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Chinese activist-artist raises awareness by sucking up smog into bricks

Chinese activist-artist raises awareness by sucking up smog into bricks

00   If you live in urban areas, you are privy to toxins and air pollution surrounding your area, inhaling them probably 24/7. Unless you have access to more techy devices, you probably do not know how bad the air quality is, or maybe you prefer not to. China has a notorious issue with air pollution and the debilitating smog issue, with several attempts to bring awareness to government leaders, and hoping to improve the…

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