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Bomb/Asteroid calculator

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A Googlemaps utility to calculate the dimension of a nuclear bomb or asteroid, in any location.

http://www.carloslabs.com

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ReBlogged by gabo on Dec 9, 2008 at 10:21 AM | Comments (0)

Power to (or from?) the music!

If you are in Rotterdam and you wanna have an "energetic" dancing night, Watt is finally open and the Sustainable Dance Floor is a reality.

During the last workshop at Fabrica, Cameron Sinclair asked the students to imagine a soccer team club for young people in Zambia. Thinking of the importance of music and dance in that country, Lars, Pushkar, Priya and I tried to think of how to produce electricity and save consumptions.
That's how I discovered Sustainable Dance Club.

SDC invented an Energy Generating Dance Floor that converts the movement of the dancing
crowd into electricity and uses this power to change the
appearance of the floor’s surface.
All visuals are a continuous real-time interaction between the
clubbers on the floor made visible, allowing every individual’s
actions to contribute to the collective experience.

Doing your part for the environment doesn’t have to be boring

they say...
but that's spectacular isn't it?

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ReBlogged by giulia on Sep 23, 2008 at 12:16 PM | Comments (0)

Stop making crap

We present 1000 -very well used- words: A Manifesto for Sustainability in Design by Allan Chochinov.

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A little bit of good reading for our own benefit. Like the author said: The power of design is an amazing thing. Let's wield it wisely.

Our interview with Sophie Thomas also has a lot of interesting material.

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Some things are bigger than politics

Part of the Green Party campaign based in New Zealand.

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Great concept, useful information and very well done site.
I have always said that Kiwis are awesome people!

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Continent of Plastic

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A heap of debris is floating in the Pacific that's twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists. The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an enormous stew of trash - which consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons. It floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man's land between San Francisco and Hawaii.

Click here to read more

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ReBlogged by Priya Khatri on Oct 26, 2007 at 11:20 AM | Comments (2)

Wipe Yourself With South America

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Saatchi & Saatchi of Copenhagen created this effective paper dispenser which visually and clearly conveys that the use of paper contributes to the destruction of natural forests in South America. I'd personally hate to be the one taking the last piece.

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ReBlogged by Michael Ciancio on Oct 18, 2007 at 01:34 PM | Comments (2)

Bad News

As graphic designers, we’re involved in the destruction of forests as well as fuelling the need for oil and increasing air pollution by choosing petroleum-based inks. More information on www.lovelyasatree.com.

Via CR Blog.

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Pigeons Write A Smog Blog

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When Beatriz da Costa releases 20 pigeons into the smoggy skies of San Jose, California in August, the flock will be writing what might be the world’s first avian blog—one offering a bird’s-eye perspective on air pollution. Each pigeon will be equipped with a tiny backpack loaded with devices that will measure pollution data and transmit the information to the web, creating a real-time air pollution index. Da Costa, an assistant professor in the graduate arts, computation and engineering program at University of California-Irvine (UCI), plans to release the pigeons twice a day during the 9-day conference of the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts, which begins August 5th. But the “Pigeonblog” is more than a cutting-edge art project—it also points to a more egalitarian future for environmental monitoring, when the ubiquity of communications networks and increasingly small and powerful personal electronic gear will let anyone assess the quality of the air they breathe.

Read the article from Plenty Magazine

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Great Britain: Hunt for shade becomes the new national pastime

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A man cools down in the fountains in Derby city centre. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

From Guardian

Britain's favourite summer pastime, strange to recall, used to be complaining about the drizzle. Happily, we are nothing if not adaptable. As a week of blistering weather intensified further across most of Britain yesterday, pushing temperatures to record-breaking July levels, the country was demonstrating its mastery of a new hobby: trying to keep cool as roads melted and train tracks buckled

Read the full story

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Italy Leads Way With 'Green' Goods

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Italians have a lot to crow about today: a brilliant last minute victory over Germany in yesterday's World Cup match and recent news that the country leads the European Union in the number of companies making goods that qualify for the EU "Eco-label." The daisy symbol label is granted to products that pass Eco-label environmental impact tests and is placed on products ranging from cleansers to appliances. Ninety-two of the 309 European companies that passed the test are Italian, followed by Denmark with 53, France with 48 and Spain with 21. The country that gave birth to the "slow food" movement often associated with sustainable agriculture, also produces more organic crops than any other country in the 25-nation bloc, according to the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements. Via: Hugg

go Italy!

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SolarVenti: A Solar Powered Dehumidifier

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SolarVenti is a solar powered ventilator and dehumidifier from the U.K. The device works by warming cold night air, and moving it inside your home or vehicle. The designer explains the operation this way: "After a cold night all of the atmospheric moisture is lying on the ground as dew or frost leaving a very dry but cold atmosphere. SolarVenti takes in this cold dry air and warms it before pumping it into your house where it sucks out moisture from the fabric of your property and replaces the colder damper atmosphere." The device has no operating costs, and it can be fitted to any South, South West or South East facing wall where there is little or no shade. Prices start at £323. :: SolarVenti via Red Ferret

i wish i could afford one of these...

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Old Plastic is New Again

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iD-L inspired innovations, in collaboration with Conserve (a Delhi-based organization), has been recognized with the European Business Award for developing Ragbag - a new brand for fashionable products made from recycled plastic bags.

"Plastic rags are collected, washed, dried and separated by colour. The plastic bags then go into a machine, which presses them into thicker and more durable sheets. No dyes or inks are required. It takes about 60 plastic bags to make one sheet. The sheets are then cut, lined with cloth and stitched or moulded into the various products. The project is already creating jobs for 100 ragpickers, people at collection centers and fabricators (mainly woman) in New Delhi, providing them and their families 'means of livelihood' and gain access to more opportunities."

...

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Let's go down with Venice

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The first time I went to Venice some newfound friends invited me to a party on the lagoon. And in all honesty, it was the greatest party I've ever been to. Food, drinks, dancing, drugs, unabashed sex in the hallways... it felt like the last night on earth.
But perhaps that's how most Venetians feel. Their city is litterally sinking. 10 cm a year is what they say.
During the first decade of the 20th century, St. Mark's Square flooded only 10 times a year. These days it's immersed at least 60 times a year.
Even the Campanile di San Marco isn't the original one. That tower fell in 1902 because of what Venetians say was "old age." These days a 20th century imitation stands.
All of this proposes a question.

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If the vineyards get the nuclear waste

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France is the most nuclear dependent country on earth, relying heavily on it for nearly 80% of its electricity. The wastes are stored in storage sites that do not and cannot guarantee that the radioactive wastes are kept dormant. Greenpeace has announced that evidence of the wastes had contaminated vineyards. Despite the arguments against nuclear energy, France has not come to a better alternative.
Read more

this sound like it would make for a great protest chant: \"no nuke waste in my wine! no nuke waste in my wine\"

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Sweet! The Chocolate-Powered Hydrogen Fuel Cell

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It’s getting harder to stay on top of all this. Just as news of reality of climate crisis appear to be appearing daily, so too are stories of alternative energy breakthroughs. This one should put a smile on any face. Researchers at the UK’s University of Birmingham fed Escherichia coli bacteria a feast of waste caramel and nougat from chocolate giant Cadbury Schweppes. The bacteria subsequently burped out hydrogen gas, which was harnessed via a fuel cell to power an electric fan. Of course it was slightly more complicated than that, but you get the picture. Professor Lynne Macaskie, who led the research team said, “Although only at its initial stages, we’ve demonstrated a hydrogen-producing, waste-reducing technology that, for example, might be scaled-up in 5-10 years’ time for industrial electricity generation and waste treatment processes.” Can imagine we’ll soon hear of bacteria organising unions to negotiate working conditions, as the reports also indicate they were put to additional work recovering the metal palladium from spent catalytic converters from old cars. (A riveting, thrill-a-minute movie of the fuel cell in action can be seen here.) ::University of Birmingham, via ::ABC Online.

Via Treehugger

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Drink Water to Help Others

belu.jpg Drinking bottled water is a controversial topic (see Treehugger) but here is an English company that has developed a biodegradable bottle for its water AND donates its profits to projects with WaterAid in India and Africa. First the bottle: this is the first biodegradable bottle on sale in Britain. It is made of corn and breaks down by commercial composting methods in 12 weeks, and by home composting in about a year. The corn is grown in 100 days and can return to the soil in 100 days. The water is from deep wells in Shropshire and is sold in some major supermarket chains. Belu is a small company founded with a goal to finance clean-water projects around the world. They are part of a growing group of ethical entrepreneurs who are turning their businesses and profits towards having an impact on the world’s problems. Their intention is to generate one million £ profit and spend it on water projects. The first is in India where they are building wells and hand pumps and sanitation facilities. The second is in Mali Africa where they are providing clean water and sanitation to a community of 10,000 people. :: Belu via :: Independent

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ReBlogged by ann p on May 31, 2006 at 09:47 AM | Comments (0)

"LifeStraw" Brings Drinkable Water to the Developing World

From the innovations-so-obvious-it's-amazing-no-one-thought-of-them-before department comes the LifeStraw, a plastic tube with an iodine/carbon filter designed to allow people to drink water safely.



Created by a Danish inventor, the LifeStraw can be used in developing countries and disaster zones where potable water is rare. To use, the drinker simply sucks through it; the water passes through the filter, which kills bacteria, and blocks parasites and other contaminants. The list price is around $3.50 (though considering that many in the developing world subsist on less than a dollar a day, the cost would have to be subsidized somehow). Each filter could last from six months to a year.

Many futurists fear that the worldwide lack of fresh water will be one of the great global crises in the coming years. Already, an estimated 6,000 people die of water-borne diseases each day, and many throughout the world travel miles on foot in the search for fresh water.

Source: BBC

Via FutureWire - futurism and emerging technology

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Ethanol Car Beats Fuel Cells to Win European Eco-marathon

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From Environmental News Service newswire: -- “NOGARO, France, May 22, 2006 (ENS) - An ethanol powered car engineered by French high school students has achieved the best fuel efficiency at the European Shell Eco-marathon 2006, winning the race at the Nogaro auto racing circuit in southwest France. It also took the Climate Friendly prize for producing the least greenhouse gas emissions in the process”. Energy consumption was equivalent to traveling 2,885 kilometers (1,792 miles) on a single liter of gasoline. This did not best last year’s record, however. TreeHugger recommends reading the full story to take advantage of the photos and especially to read about the Danish engineering team’s invention of a 100% efficient hydrogen propulsion technology.

Entrants’ photo shown is by European Shell Eco-marathon 2006.

go high school students!

Via Treehugger

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Vasco: India's Plastic-Free Town

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In an attempt to avoid the above scenes, a town in India has gone plastic-free. Vasco (shortened from Vasco de Gama), a city in Goa state on the west coast of India, has been the first council to implement the "Zero Garbage Town Scheme" following a high court judgment in late 2003. The scheme was launched on January 26 of this year; in anticipation of the difficulty that the ban would bring, many incentives have been built in to the system. Jute and paper bags have been distributed free of charge, citizens are awarded one liter of milk for free for every 100 empty milk packets returned, and 20 women living below the poverty line have been employed to help collect plastics. The ban on plastics has been strictly enforced; 20 businesses have been fined for violating the new edict. It seems most citizens in Vasco support the idea, though difficulty arises in finding suitable alternatives for things like large volume garbage bags and other supplies that have traditionally been plastic. Still, with both the government and the majority of citizens behind the idea, it seems they're off to a great start. ::DaijiWorld via ::Hugg (site in Beta)

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Solar Lampion by Damian O'Sullivan

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Unlike many solar lamps, this one by Damian O'Sullivan, has the solar panels incorporated into its design.

(This post continues on the site)

beauty

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Battery Recycling Laws for European Union

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A week ago the European Union agreed to make battery recycling compulsory within two years. The new law allows for customers to return dead batteries to retail stores, who forward them back to the manufacturers, who must in turn arrange and pay for their recycling. The proposal will also ban batteries containing more than a trace of cadmium and mercury. Initially the plan sets out to recover 25% of all batteries sold by 2012, with this rate rising to 45% by 2016. This will challenge some EU members like Britain, who currently recycle less than 1% of their battery stock. Whereas countries such as Belgium, who’ve been managing 59% recovery rates recently, will be less pained. It appears that batteries in consumer products must be removable by the user, so they can be returned via retail channels. Will this see a change in the design of electronics, like Apple’s famed iPod, which has a fixed battery? According to the EU, about 800,000 tonnes of automotive batteries, 190,000 tonnes of industrial batteries and 160,000 tonnes of portable (consumer) batteries are placed on the European market annually. And as they rightly observe thousands of tonnes of metals, such as nickel, cobalt and silver, will be recovered when batteries are recycled. ::EU Commissioner for the Environment via The Times and BBC News.

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Solar Powered Electric Bicycle. Now We're Talking.

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For all those nay sayers, who love to point out that electric powered vehicles probably get their juice from coal or nuclear power plants. Not with this curious beastie they don’t. Photovoltaic panels are built in to the wheels, sort of like those aero discs used in racing bikes to reduce wind drag. Anyhow, the press release for the Canadian developed E-V Sunny Bicycle suggests it is the “first all Solar electric bicycle driven completely from power derived from the Sun’s Rays.” For about $1300 CAD you can apparently coerce dear old Sol to drive the bike along at speeds up to 30kph (19 mph) via the 500 watt motor. A kit is available for $800 CAD, which we assume allows for retrofitting of existing bicycles. Sounds almost too good to be true. Can't see the motor in this pic, nor is there any explanation of how the power is extracted from the spinning wheels. We do hope it turns out to be bona fide though, could be an intriguing development in urban transport. ::E-V Sunny Bicycle, via EV World.

but wouldn\'t you just blind everybody? maybe that\'s the gimmick...

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Air Pollution Guerrilla Marketing in Chicago

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"The shape and text was created by power-washing filthy sidewalks using a large stencil form. [..] Sidewalks are usually very filthy and just the thought you could make your point by creating a clean spot instead of a dirty one is one to cherish. This is a form of non-destructive guerrilla marketing in it’s purest form." What a good idea! Any readers from Chicago saw them? Via ::Coolz0r, ::Ads of the World

smart!

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Quietrevolution

bristol_2.jpg The UK-based low-carbon engineering and consultancy firm, XCO2, has brought visual art to wind-energy generation with a new vertical-axis wind turbine called quietrevolution.

quietrevolution is silent, vibration-free, and well-suited to both dense urban areas and open spaces. With a single moving part and a compact helical S-blade, the turbine makes wind power simple and durable.

It also makes windpower beautiful -- XCO2 has a model which they call "windlights" that contains LEDs embedded in the blades. The spinning, self-generating light creates a colored light show. What better way to get people excited about wind energy and LEDs?

Energy yield and payback projections can be found in this brochure.

via: Transmaterial

(Posted by Sarah Rich in A Newly Electric Green – Sustainable Energy, Resources and Design at 01:13 PM)

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Worldmapper

Their tagline: "Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before"

If you really think about it, that's quite easy to say about everything. Even the normal world map that we've all come to use as navigation reference isn't quite exactly like how we see it with our own eyes. However, this project does have some interesting statistics, if you're the kind of person who wonders about the world at large. It actually reminds me very much of the big spread in the Colors #4 issue that reconfigured the world map according to the population (thus India was way huge) and GNP (which made Japan and the US five times larger) -- tho I have to admit that the Colors' maps looked much better, more impressive, and made a bolder statement in print, but good design usually start with good information. so here's to good information.

Worldmapper's land area (regular map as we know it)

Worldmapper's population

Browse all 56 different maps here

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The World's Highest Eco Station

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Where’s the best place to measure all the pollution blowing in from smog-producing factories in China and India? How about Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain. This month, Italy opened an eco station on Everest’s 16,600-foot level, as reported by the ANSA news agency. The Italians carted 18 tons of equipment up the mountain by hand—a feat necessary due to the sensitivity of the measuring devices.

Italians? really??

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