Sunday, July 31, 2011

Beyond 2012: Evolving Perspectives On the Next Age Full Length Feature

Never before has a time in history been so significant to so many cultures, religions, scientists and governments. Beyond 2012 looks past the apocalyptic world view of 2012 and presents a wide variety of evolving perspectives on the next age of global consciousness and techniques for social and ecological transformation. Topics include Shamanism, Sustainability, Ecological Design, Green Technologies, Alternative Energy Systems, the Mayan Calendar, Psychic Evolution, Synchronicity, and a host of other subjects that deal with the mysteries, wonders and challenges facing all of humankind during this unprecedented age of transformation.

Nibiru 2012: The end of the World Trailer

2012 How It Might End Trailer

There are lots of theories behind what will happen on December 21st 2012. We of course have ideas that the Earth will have its 25,000 year cycle of a Polar Shift causing catestrophic global weather changes, a meteor will hit the Earth causing a similar situation to what is believed to have happened to the dinosaurs, we'll all go through a new phase in our awakening as a species and reach higher levels of awareness, we have the most popular Nibiru theory of course in which either the planet/star will cause the Polar Shift or the Annunaki will return. With many theories out there its hard to decide which one is true. This is just a short video which shows what would happen if a meteor hit.

Mysteries of The Mayan Calendar

Between 2 Worlds: Mayan Calendar 9th Wave 2011-2012

"BETWEEN 2 WORLDS" is a film about revealing the purpose of the Gregorian calendar and the European notion concerning "Manifest Destiny." It is about all the unexamined assumptions and criteria upon which the world has based the daily life of mankind. It is by far the greatest and most profoundly unquestioned instrument of control ever perpetrated upon the people of Earth.

The use of this calendar is an artificial way of counting time; four months of 30 days, seven of 31 days, and one of 28 days. On the Gregorian calendar the accrued quarter day is handled by inserting February 29th every four years. There is no logical or scientific relation between the exact length of the year used by the Gregorian calendar to measure and divide a year.

Although the calendars for the Mayan, Hindu, Judaic, Islamic and Chinese people remain today; the Gregorian calendar measures daily affairs. The Gregorian calendar was codified after the "Doctrine of Discovery," and assumes that the power of the Christian Church around the planet had the power to take any land owned by non-Christian peoples. This doctrine led right into the codificiation of the calendar, allowing for a method to control people for economic and political measurement of time. The historical context in which this calendar became a fixed standard could be the greatest manipulation of our time.

Between Two Worlds, thus is a statement that the Gregorian calendar can only lead humanity to the place where we find ourselves today; a world of illusion, which is the old world, where disaster, ignorance, and error perpetuate themselves in grinding mindlessness. It is a statement that the world must understand that as long as people follow the Gregorian calendar, chaos, war and suffering will continue.

By comparison, this is not how the Maya intended the calendar, to be used. Therefore, "Between 2 Worlds" helps to understand our calendar as we evolve and become the people that were intended to grow in time to realize our origin and spiritual path toward humanness, not to regulate commerce in accord with religion. This film clearly will enlighten mankind about the history we were intended to follow. Today, we all follow the calendar as if this were the only way to deal with time.

In the early 20th Century, B.F. Skinner wrote about the effect upon mankind due to pure technological change. He said it would drive people to insanity. Has anyone else every considered the effects of living by the Gregorian calendar? Was it intended that this erroneous method of looking at time would have the effect it is having today. What if we lived under a different standard of time; especially one that would indentify the elements of our evolution as the Mayan Calendar does?

All concepts of commerce and religious worship are based on this error. The slavery of mankind is based upon this error of measuring time. As long as we are living in the old materialistic world, we will never understand what we were intended to understand and integrate into our lives, because we are doomed to a materialistic world and biosphere of self-destruction.

Mankind has always stood between two worlds because we have been purposely enslaved as tax producing units. Reintroducing the Mayan calendar thus is an emergency plan for the people of planet Earth. It is a road map to salvation using the information that has been missing. This is what the Mayans were trying to tell us in their prophecies. For the Mayan, all the order in the Universe, from its most minute to its whole system itself is governed by a universal constant and this universal constant is a single timing frequency of the new world that keeps everything in order, balance and synchronized in harmony with the Universe.

The new world brings us now the 13:20 timing frequency that was codified as the sacred calendar of the Maya. It is called Tzolkin or Cholq'ij. Now that we understand the nature of the problem ordered upon us by the old world, we can deduct those consequences of the 12:60 artificial frequency created by the Roman Catholic Church. Our path out of this situation is to reject the inaccurate, non-scientific and non-universal method of the Gregorian calendar. We have a solution and that is to return to the correct biological calendar, which describes the evolution of mankind toward consciousness; that is the Mayan calendar.

RSA Animate: The Secret Powers of Time by Professor Philip Zimbardo

Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.

Torrential Rain Hits Niigata & Fukushima - More Than 650mm of Rain Since Wednesday

Torrential rain in Niigata and Fukushima prefectures in northern Japan has caused rivers to overflow, raising the danger of landslides. Authorities have issued an evacuation order or advisory to about 389,000 people in 15 municipalities. In Niigata's Sanjo City, more than 10,000 people were ordered to evacuate after a dike collapsed.

SolarCity Working to Install Free Solar Panels

Lyndon Rive, chief executive officer of SolarCity Corp., talks about the company's initiative to provide free installation of rooftop solar power systems following Google's $280 million investment. Rive speaks with Lisa Murphy on Bloomberg Television's "Fast Forward."

Arabic-Web-Winemakers Far Niente Winery power vineyard with floating solar cells

For the Far Niente Winery located in California's Napa Valley, an acre of land is more valuable than gold, so finding space for solar panels is tough, and costly. The solution? To float the panels on their irrigation pond, using new photovoltaic technology. "Floating solar", backers say, could be a boon for farming and a range of other industries.

Vermount's Largest Solar Farm Now Tracking The Sun

In a meadow almost hidden from view from nearby Interstate 89, hundreds of solar panels silently follow the sun.

Wave energy farm animation

This is a short animation of an idea I have for a Wave Energ Device. They would be totally invisible, kind to marine life and cost effective. They work by absorbing oscillating wave energy in near shore areas of sea bed. The turbine turns the same way regardless of the surge direction. Limited testing on a model points to an efficiency of 28% of the available energy. The device would power an hydraulic pump to supply high pressure water to a shore based conventional pelton wheel generation system.

Wave Energy Converter by Reefpower

Tidal Wave Alternative Energy: The Tidal Barrage

Vertical wind turbines at Ritsumeikan University by Kyowind

The one here is the wind turbine that we designed for Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. Vertical axis wind turbines by Kyowind, a company located in Kyoto, Japan.

The 2 GW Maglev Wind Turbine

Maglev wind turbines, use full-permanent magnets to nearly eliminate friction by "floating" the blades above the base. The technology is capable of scaling to massive sizes. Additional benefits include the ability to generate power with winds as slow as three miles per hour, operational costs some 50 percent cheaper than windmills, and an estimated lifespan of 500 years.

Wind Power Generators in Chile: Parque Eólico Canela II

Wind Power Turbines in Canela, Coquimbo, CHILE, Southamerica: Parque Eolico Canela, as part of a system of Non-Conventional Renewable Energy, NCRE, using natural resources in Northern Chile, 300 kms North of Santiago, less than a couple of hours South of La Serena Airport. Their webpage annouces a power generation of up to 78 MW (Megawatts). This capacity was originally set up for 18 MW a couple of years ago. The region is marked by dense fog late in the night and possibly early in the morning; very likely more than 300 days per year, it is a semi arid zone by the desert, close to Atacama Desert. Low precipitation, almost 40-80 mm of rain per year.

The Wind Powered Flying Car

The jet engine doubles at a wind generator when driving. And according to google and ecotricity you get 2.8 times the efficiency from it. Like a land sail on wheels can travel 3 times the wind speed pushing it but its just the opposite the generator catches the wind and converts in to electricity. The turbine can also be used for thrust.

The Catherine Cook School of Chicago gets a wind turbine!

After quite a bit of planning and some beautiful weather, the Catherine Cook School of Chicago, IL, with the help of Earth Wind and Solar Energy, has installed a 13 foot wind turbine on the top of the school building. Students will be able to monitor the energy produced by the turbine and its carbon offset as they learn what it means to be a global citizen of a greener world!

133 Wind Turbines in Tippecanoe County, Indiana

Six rings wind turbine

New Wind Turbine Design Good for Rural and Urban Environments

Wind power is one of the fastest growing forms of alternative energy in the world. More and more, wind power mills are seen in the countryside, in large wind farms and for the most part, away from city life. But a new form of wind power is now designed to work in an urban environment. VOA producer Zulima Palacio has the story. Mill Arcega narrates.

Iowa's Largest Wind Turbine Project Under Construction

Solar Sister: This Little Light Of Mine, I'm Gonna Let It Shine

Solar Sister Entrepreneurs bring light, hope and opportunity to their communities through an Avon-style business model for solar lamps and phone chargers.

New Battery Material: New way to store sun’s heat indefinitely

Modified carbon nanotubes can store solar energy indefinitely, then be recharged by exposure to the sun. A novel application of carbon nanotubes, developed by MIT researchers, shows promise as an innovative approach to storing solar energy for use whenever it’s needed.

Storing the sun’s heat in chemical form — rather than converting it to electricity or storing the heat itself in a heavily insulated container — has significant advantages, since in principle the chemical material can be stored for long periods of time without losing any of its stored energy. The problem with that approach has been that until now the chemicals needed to perform this conversion and storage either degraded within a few cycles, or included the element ruthenium, which is rare and expensive.

MIT

Caltech Scientist Awarded Grant to Develop Solar-Powered Sanitation System

Environmental scientist and engineer Michael Hoffmann of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has received a $400,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build a solar-powered portable toilet that could help solve a major health problem in developing countries. The grant, announced July 19 at the AfricaSan 3 sanitation and hygiene conference in Rwanda, will be used to complete the initial design, development, and testing of the unique sustainable system. Designed for use by up to 500 people per day with minimal maintenance, the sanitation unit will have the added benefit of turning waste into fuel.

Caltech

The Silent Energy [R]evolution: 20 years in the making

A analysis of the global power plant market launched by Greenpeace International shows that since the 1990s, installations of wind and solar grew faster than any other power plant technology. In addition, renewable energy expanded rapidly, to reach its biggest market share in 2010 and providing enough capacity to supply electricity to the equivalent of one third of Europe.

Source: Greenpeace International

Energy Matters Video News - Episode 39 - July 27, 2011

Virginia covers Cadbury Chocolate's solar initiative, Energy Matters wins Australian Business Awards, solar savvy Queenslanders help the state power past targets and coal cries poor.

BMW i. Born Electric. The BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept

BMW unveiled the BMW i3 Concept and BMW i8 Concept -- What do you think? BMW i stands for visionary vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium that is strongly defined by sustainability. With BMW i the BMW Group is adopting an all-embracing approach, redefining the understanding of personal mobility with purpose-built vehicle concepts, a focus on sustainability throughout the value chain and a range of complementary mobility services.

Fully Charged: Renault Fluence ZE

"The most anti-environmental legislation ever to be considered by the Co...

Britain's first solar powered town? Wadebridge in Cornwall

The most ambitious project of its kind in the UK, Wadebridge in Cornwall aims to generate at least a third of its electricity from solar and wind power by 2015. They want to stop relying on utilities and make significant cash contributions to local community projects through generating their own electricity.



Human-Powered Drill Strikes Water in Tanzania

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Nike vs. Adidas Striptease in 29 cities in 10 countries: Nudity Warning

FLASHmobs in 29 cities, all at once! More than 600 people danced and stripped outside Adidas and Nike stores in 29 cities in 10 countries for Greenpeace's Detox Campaign to challenge the sportswear leaders to eliminate hazardous chemical releases from their supply chain and products.

Need To Know: Food safety |

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Urban Beekeeping: NYC

This short documentary explores the growing urban beekeeping movement in New York City and focuses on the stories of Tim O'Neal, creator of the Borough Bees blog, and Kazumi Terada, a novice beekeeper.

Adrian Bautista, Martha Glenn, and Brooke Tascona made this documentary for the Design and Technology: Sound and Vision course at Parsons New School for Art and Design during the summer semester 2011.

Urban Beekeeping: NYC from Adrian Bautista on Vimeo.

Miss Philippines Earth 2011 Supports "Isang Litrong Liwanag"

Isang Litrong Liwanag (A Liter of Light), is a sustainable lighting project which aims to bring the eco-friendly Solar Bottle Bulb to disprivileged communities nationwide. Designed and developed by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Solar Bottle Bulb is based on the principles of Appropriate Technologies -- a concept that provides simple and easily replicable technologies that address basic needs in developing communities.

Mega-quake could hit south of Vancouver Island

A new study says the next major earthquake to hit the Pacific Northwest could strike below Washington state's Olympic Peninsula, south of Vancouver Island.

Professor Andy Calvert of Simon Fraser University, the lead author of the study, says it shows the fault line between two tectonic plates in the Pacific Northwest is seven kilometres deeper than originally believed. He says the fault line underneath Washington state is actually 27 to 42 kilometres, not 25 to 35 kilometres as previously believed. Calvert and his team came to the conclusion by looking at how long it took seismic waves to spread throughout the Earth.

The findings were published recently in the journal Nature Geoscience. Questions about the possibility of an earthquake on the West Coast have been on the rise since early March, when a magnitude-9 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami killed thousands of people in Japan and resulted in a tsunami alert along the B.C. coast.

Underwater Discoveries in Arctic Inform Climate Debate

The ice-covered ocean at the North Pole is yielding secrets to scientists aboard the Coast Guard research ship Healy. During summer melts, remote piloted vehicles, cameras, sounders and scanners probe for subtle clues to Earth’s changing climate.

National Geographic Video: How The Earth Was Made

Hydrothermal vents near undersea volcanoes

Hydrothermal vents – near undersea volcanoes – are surprisingly nourishing homes to shrimp, crabs, worms and other invertebrates. Bacteria and primitive “archaea” offer clues to how life arose on Earth … and where it could form on other world.

Hottest, Deepest Volcano On Earth Found Underwater

Most volcanic eruptions take place thousands of feet below the surface of the ocean. Though immediately water-cooled, underwater volcanoes spew super-hot magma. 4000 feet down, scientists get clues to Earth’s deep structure and the rise of life.

Researchers Create Transparent Flexible Lithium-Ion Battery

Stanford researchers have invented a transparent lithium-ion battery that is also highly flexible. It is comparable in cost to regular batteries on the market today, with great potential for applications in consumer electronics.

The science behind new species

Every year 15,000 new species are discovered around the world. In this video WWF conservation science adviser Mark Wright talks about the latest discoveries as well as the very real possibility of finding new species in the UK.

The 2011 Google Science Fair

Follow the finalists as they explore Google Headquarters, launch payloads into space, ride in Teslas, present to the judges, and attend the awards dinner.

Sun-free photovoltaics by MIT

Materials engineered to give off precisely tuned wavelengths of light when heated are key to new high-efficiency generating system. A new photovoltaic energy-conversion system developed at MIT can be powered solely by heat, generating electricity with no sunlight at all. While the principle involved is not new, a novel way of engineering the surface of a material to convert heat into precisely tuned wavelengths of light — selected to match the wavelengths that photovoltaic cells can best convert to electricity — makes the new system much more efficient than previous versions.

Source: MIT

Take Action: Protect the Arctic From Oil Spills

The future of America’s Arctic Ocean is in your hands. The Department of Interior is making decisions this summer about whether to allow Shell Oil to drill ten wells in America’s Arctic over the next two years. Tell Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures – a vast, pristine place at the top of the world that polar bears, whales, walrus, seals, and Alaska Native communities all call home!

Source: Take Action

Nagasaki mayor: shift from nuclear power needed

The mayor of Nagasaki City will for the first time call for a shift away from nuclear energy in his annual peace declaration on August 9th, amid the ongoing nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

Mayor Tomihisa Taue told reporters on Thursday that the people of his city do not want to see more "Hibakusha," as the victims of the 1945 atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima are known. He said he will call for a move toward safer, renewable energy sources in this year's declaration, no matter how long it might take to achieve that shift.

Source: NHK

Geothermal energy hot in Japan after Fukushima

Japan is sitting on enough geothermal power to replace all of its planned nuclear power stations for the next decade. The naturally occurring alternative has received more attention lately, after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

But geothermal energy is both costly and culturally controversial. Japanese people have enjoyed hot springs for centuries and believe their waters provide medicinal benefits. Geothermal drilling is seen as a threat that could siphon off the springs sources.

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster Has Gone Beyond A Meltdown Into Worst Case Melt Through

Nuclear demand to rise despite Fukushima said IAEA chief

Demand for nuclear power will continue to grow in the world despite Japan's Fukushima crisis, according to the head of the UN's atomic watchdog. Yukiya Amano spoke after meeting Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan who wants his country to wean itself off nuclear power. Amano acknowledged that, post-Fukushima, demands for nuclear energy may not soar but they would gradually increase, he said, adding that the IAEA must be committed to ensuring safety.

Please listen to the plight of Fukushima people left behind by their own government

On the 19th of July 2011, people in Fukushima had a meeting with government officals from Tokyo to demand that the government evacuate people promptly in Fukushima and provide financial and logistical support for them. Also, they brought urine of children to the meeting and demanded that the government test it.

IAEA Chief Yukiya Amano visits Fukushima Daichi

At the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano received on 25 July 2011 an extensive briefing and visited key locations at the nuclear accident site. TEPCO officials and personnel that were directly engaged in the response to the nuclear accident gave Director General Amano eyewitness accounts of the accident. TEPCO experts detailed the company's efforts to implement its "Road Map" to contain and stabilize the situation in the accident's aftermath.

New 6.4 Earthquake Hits Honshu Coast of Japan

The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting that another strong earthquake has hit northeast Japan, the same region struck by March's massive quake and tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning is in effect. The U.S.G.S. says the earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 struck at 3:53 a.m. Sunday in the Pacific Ocean, about 11 miles (18 kilometers) east-southeast of Iwaki on Honshu Island.

The Brelli : Biodegradable AND Chic, Now let's Prove it! ( Street Interv...

Once again the Brelli street team is out in the streets of NY, with the mission to highlight how unique the Brelli is!!

President Barack Obama Announces New Fuel Economy Standards

Fungus infection could wipe out US chestnut tree

Once they covered the landscape of the USA, but now the American chestnut tree is on the verge of extinction.A fungus infection has all but wiped out thousands of chestnut trees. But a scientific discovery could save one of America's favourite trees from oblivion.

UN calls for more funds to save lives across Horn of Africa

The United Nations today appealed for a further $1.4 billion to save the lives of some 12 million people across the Horn of Africa stricken by a worsening drought, and to stop the crisis from becoming an "even bigger catastrophe."

"More than 12 million people -- in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti -- are in dire need of help, and the situation is getting worse," said Valerie Amos, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator and head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which issued today's appeal. "If we are to avoid this crisis becoming an even bigger catastrophe, we must act now."

Horn of Africa: on the brink of a humanitarian crisis by The Big Picture

One of the worst droughts in a century, compounded by high food prices and unremitting political strife, is spawning an immense humanitarian crisis on the Horn of Africa. Thousands of Somalis are fleeing their homeland each week; most of those who survive the brutal journey end up in refugee camps in neighboring Kenya. Aid agencies are calling it the worst drought in 60 years. Although centered on Somalia, which lacks a functioning government and suffers from constant battles with Islamic rebels, the crisis has also affected people in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. Reports suggest parts of Somalia may already be on the verge of famine, a repeat of the emergency situation two decades ago. Resources are woefully inadequate. "Desperate hunger is looming across the Horn of Africa and threatening the lives of millions who are struggling to survive in the face of rising food prices and conflict," World Food Programme executive director Josette Sheeran said in a release. – Paula Nelson (47 photos total)

The Pictures: The Big Picture

President Barack Obama Meets Leaders of Four African Nations

President Boni Yayi of Benin, President Alpha Condé of Guinea, President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, and President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d'Ivoire are in Washington to discuss the Administration's support for emerging democracies.

Horn of Africa Appeal: More Than 12 Million People are in Need

Washington Delusional on America's Massive Debt

In the U.S., the clock ticks towards Tuesday, but squabbling lawmakers still can't agree on how to stop America's massive debt from falling off a cliff and into default. And that's getting China angry. America's biggest lender thinks Washington's being 'dangerously irresponsible'. Dr William Anderson - Associate Professor of Economics at Frostburg State University

President Barack Obama on the Status of Debt Ceiling Negotiations

President Obama delivered a statement once again calling on Congress to compromise and avoid defaulting on the Nation's debt.

President Barack Obama: Compromise on Behalf of the American People

President Obama urges both Republicans and Democrats to take action to avoid defaulting for the first time in our nation's history.

Cities, States Worry About Impact of US Default

As lawmakers in Washington debate whether to raise the U.S. debt ceiling before the August 2nd deadline, state and local governments worry about the impact a U.S. default would have on their finances.

House OKs, Senate Nixes 11th-hour Debt Plan

Shrugging off warnings from President Barack Obama that it won't resolve the crisis, House Republicans muscled through a new plan to raise the debt limit, but the Senate promptly scuttled it.

National U.S. Cancer: 'No plan treats debt, just its growth speed'

The Democrat-controlled U.S. senate has shot down a Republican-led debt ceiling plan, just hours after it was passed in the House of Representatives. The plan, put forward by House Speaker John Bayner, would have raised the country's debt ceiling by 900 billion dollars along with a similar amount in spending cuts. And as the clock ticks down to August 2nd, when the debt limit is reached, there's less time to avert an unprecedented default crisis, which might prompt the U.S. to lose its top-notch credit rating. Senate Democrat leader Harry Reid now hopes his proposal will see a compromise, which could keep the government afloat. And, according to economist Max Fraad Wolff, this plan is more likely to get the green light.

Gerald Celente on US debt insanity: Collapse inevitable

While the politicians battle it out over who would be to blame if the American economy hit a brick wall, Gerald Celente from the US-based Trends Journal says the political elite will not recognize simple solutions to curb America's deficit. ­"The country is going bankrupt -- just look at the numbers. The numbers do not lie -- politicians lie," nails Celente. The bigger picture includes the long-predicted devaluation of the dollar, says the forecaster, recalling that gold gained $US 115 an ounce last month alone. And against that background the talks about deficit reduction do not mention the most obvious measures like cutting the military budget or slashing foreign aid, which topped $US 57 billion a year. "How about companies like General Electric that made $US 14 billion last year, paying no taxes?" says Celente, who is sure there is plenty of room to turn the deficit situation around and clean up the economy. "We do not have a representative form of government, we have a government that represents only the very powerful and the very rich and that is all this is about -- letting them keeping their perks.

Free choice: Schools for rich & schools for poor in India

More than a year has passed since the Indian government announced the unprecedented Right to Education Act. The law was aimed at stamping out illiteracy and battling the country's socio-economic divide. The concept was to provide compulsory, and free, education for all children aged 6 to 14. However the reform is facing tough challenges.

Pakistan braces for rainy season

This time last year, flooding in Pakistan submerged an area roughly the size of Britain. About 20.000 people died and 18m lost their homes. Now, survivors fear this year's rains could make things worse.

Price of solar panels to drop to $1 by 2013

The price of a solar panel is falling faster than was expected. According to a report from Ernst & Young prices of solar panels are falling so fast that by 2013 they will be half of what they cost in 2009. Ernst & Young also think that because of this development solar power will be an important energy source for the United Kingdom in the future.

The average one-off installation cost of solar PV panels has already dropped from more than $2 per unit of generating capacity in 2009 to about $1.50 in 2011. Those rates of decline will continue according to broker reports and industry analysis. Prices are expected to fall close to the $1 mark in 2013.

Source: Tomorrow is greener

Amsterdam starts with big solar project

In Amsterdam over 2800 solar panels are getting online in 27 different sites. According to the local government it is the largest urban solar power project in the Netherlands. The panels, which are installed on 21 primary schools and six other buildings, provide energy to power over 200 households. Replacing regular power with electricity from solar panels will reduce 310 tons of CO2 emissions per year. The electricity will first be used to provide energy for the schools, the excess power will be available for interested residents.

Source: Tomorrow is greener

Where Does all that E-Waste Go? Backtalk

What if our devices kept talking back to us after we disposed of them? Our cities, buildings and objects are getting 'smarter' and embedded with an increasing amount of electronic devices. Yet, new devices make old ones obsolete, and carry ever more batteries, rare metals, and other hazardous materials themselves. What happens to this digital refuse at the end of its life? What happens when we give it away, dispose of it properly, or just leave it on the curb? Does it get reused, or does it end up in a global e-waste dump?

We turned used laptops and other electronic devices into independent reporters that document their 'second life', sending us images and GPS coordinates from remote places. The information they report back offers first-hand perspectives - glimpses into e-waste recycling villages, local thrift stores, public schools and libraries - that prompt a reflection on our society's relationship with our electronic devices.

Planet Earth Natural Disasters 2011

A montage of the disasters in 2011 from January 1st leading up to the 9.0 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11th.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The World Need More Champions: Puma leaps ahead of Nike and Adidas

Hats off to Puma, the third largest sportswear company in the world, for publicly committing today to eliminate all releases of hazardous chemicals from its entire product lifecycle and across its whole supply chain by 2020. The move comes less than two weeks into our Detox campaign, and shows yet again what's possible when activists and consumers demand more from an industry. Source: Greenpeace International



12 Underwater Volcanoes Discovered around South Sandwich Islands

A chain of a dozen volcanoes beneath the sea surface in the southern Atlantic Ocean around South Sandwich Islands has been discovered, scientists from British Antarctic Survey said.

Some of the peaks tower nearly 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) above the ocean floor — nearly tall enough to break the water's surface. The group of 12 underwater mountains lies south of the South Sandwich Islands — desolate, ice-covered volcanoes that rise above the southern Atlantic Ocean about halfway between South America and South Africa and erupted as recently as 2008. It's the first time such a large number of undersea volcanoes has been found together in the Antarctic region.

Cheap Plastic Made from Sugarcane

Dow Chemical is building a plant to make polyethylene from sugarcane at costs that rival petrochemical production. Making plastic from sugar can be just as cheap as making it from petroleum, says Dow Chemical. The company plans to build a plant in Brazil that it says will be the world's largest facility for making polymers from plants.

The project will begin with the construction of a 240-million-liter ethanol plant, a joint venture with Mitsui, that is set to begin later this year.

Source: Technology Review

Canada’s “Pipeline Through Paradise”

One of the biggest problems for proponents of the tar sands (apart from frying the climate and polluting the local rivers and ripping up ancient boreal forests) is getting the dirty oil to hungry markets.

The route south from Alberta to America and the refineries of the Gulf coast hinges on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline securing approval, which could happen sometime later this year. But nothing is certain anymore and the pipeline could get blocked by the Obama Administration. What about the route west from Alberta to British Colombia so the oil could get shipped to Asia? This gives Canada a back-up to Keystone. The route west is yet another highly controversial pipeline called the Northern Gateway pipeline.

Source: The Price of Oil

GM's EN-V Concept Car Tackles Urbanization

Take a look inside GM's new EN-V concept car as Chris Borroni-Bird explains how this zero-emission, electric vehicle could serve as the automobile solution of the future. One major societal trend that GM is addressing with the EN-V is urbanization. Borroni-Bird touches on the six key issues facing the mobility of people living in big cities (Energy, Environment, Safety, Congestion, Parking and Affordability) and how the two-wheeled EN-V addresses each issue.

F1 Cars Will Pit as EVs in 2014

As part of a series of rules changes designed to spur green-tech innovation and promote sustainability within the sport, Formula 1′s sanctioning body recently announced that, as of 2014, cars must travel on battery power only while in pit lane. Effectively, the new rules will turn every F1 car on the grid into dual-mode hybrid electric car, and force designers to build reliability into each of the cars’ existing KERS-flywheel hybrid systems (which will, presumably, continue to charge the cars’ batteries).

Source: Gas 2.0

Fleeing From Famine In The Horn Of Africa

Thousands of people are in flight from the famine zone in Somalia, many of them walking for days without food and water to arrive by the thousands in refugee camps in Kenya and Ethiopia. Many have also gone to the country's wartorn capital of Mogadishu to escape the famine.

Look inside a Somalia feeding center

Join Executive Director Josette Sheeran as she visits a feeding center in Mogadishu, Somalia, where the World Food Programme is saving lives. Families affected by the famine are walking for days to get to this feeding center. Many children don't survive the trip. One look at the children in this video will show you why your support is urgently needed right now. WFP needs to continue expanding our food distribution to ensure more lives aren't lost.

Rep. Gerry Connolly: Climate Disasters And GOP Denial

Rep. Gerry Connolly railed against the efforts by the Republican majority to prevent action on climate pollution with their FY 2012 Interior and Environment appropriations bill, HR 2584. Connolly observed that the extreme weather disasters around the United States are the "symptoms of global warming," but Republicans are putting animals, ecosystems, infrastructure, and public health at risk with their denial.

US state of Alabama to enforce tough immigration bill

The state of Alabama in the US plans to introduce a new law against undocumented immigrants.

It comes into effect in September and is expected to be one of the toughest immigration bills to date. Critics of the proposed law say it could damage the very community it's trying to help.

Australia and Malaysia sign 'refugee' deal

Human rights lawyers say asylum seekers are getting a raw deal from a new agreement just signed between Malaysia and Australia.

In a bid to deter asylum smugglers, Australia will resettle four thousand registered refugees and Malaysia will receive 800 asylum seekers from Australia.

Parinee I: Sustainable 'Bollywood' offices project designed by James Law Cybertecture

In Progress: Parinee I / James Law Cybertecture International from ArchDaily on Vimeo.

Perceptions of Climate Change in Mongolia

Hari Sreenivasan talks to environmental journalist Daniel Grossman about his recent reporting trip to Mongolia. Grossman followed two research teams, one in the north and one in the south, each investigating how changing temperatures and weather patterns are affecting the nomadic herders.

A Fall From Freedom Trailer

Whales and dolphins have captured the imagination of people all over the world. They have come to symbolize not only an alien form of intelligence, but a sense of ultimate freedom in their marine environment and a comradery among their herd mates that we envy and admire.

A FALL FROM FREEDOM is the first film to expose the long and sordid history of the captive whale and dolphin business; a history that continues to this day. The illegal capture and transport of killer whales, the thousands of dolphins that are killed in order to provide marine parks and aquariums with replacement animals, and the ability of these facilities to miseducate the public about these animals.


Arizona Solar Tower 2X Taller Than the Empire State Building Will Produce 200 Megawatts

EnviroMission Limited is developing Solar Tower renewable energy technology on a global scale. The sun's radiation is used to heat a large body of air under an expansive collector zone, which is then forced by the laws of physics (hot air rises) to move as a hot wind through large turbines to generate electricity.

A single power station development will have the capacity to supply renewable energy to more than 100,000 typical American households or remove the equivalent of 220,000 typical motor vehicles from the roads.

She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... Hurting... Worth Dying for.

This is a non-commercial attempt to highlight the fact that world leaders, irresponsible corporates and mindless 'consumers' are combining to destroy life on earth. It is dedicated to all who died fighting for the planet and those whose lives are on the line today. The cut was put together by Vivek Chauhan, a young film maker, together with naturalists working with the Sanctuary Asia network (www.sanctuaryasia.com).

President barack Obama Addresses the Nation on Dangers of Default

With eight days until our nation faces an unprecedented financial crisis, the President addressed the nation on the consequences the stalemate in Congress could have on the stability of our economy. July 25, 2011.

Air-Conditioned Clothing Helps Japan Beat the Heat Amid Power Shortages

Air-conditioned clothes are an unprecedented type of clothing equipped with an air conditioning device that uses the natural physiological cooling process of humans when the clothes are worn.

The major feature is the small fans attached to the clothing. Air-conditioned clothes are also designed with environmental consideration and use dramatically less energy compared to equipment such as air conditioners. The product even provides cooling performance in environments where air conditioning equipment could not be used until now. Various types of air-conditioned clothing are currently being sold including a work jacket, a blouse, and a business shirt.




Hollywood to Spread Eco Message With Captain Planet Movie

Captain Planet, he’s our hero, gonna take pollution down to zero!” If you are over the age of 30, those lyrics may mean nothing to you – but for a generation of young adults, Captain Planet and the Planeteers was a TV show that sought to teach us about environmental issues. Now, 15 years after the show was cancelled, executives at the Cartoon Network have reached out to Transformers producer Don Murphy to resurrect the show for the big screen.



Source: Inhabitat

Amy Winehouse Funeral To Be Held On Tuesday

Amy Winehouse's distraught father has said he has been left "devastated and speechless" by her death. Mitch Winehouse made the comments as he arrived outside the north London house where the singer was found dead on Saturday afternoon.

A spokesman for the family said: "The funeral will take place on Tuesday and will be a family and close friends affair."

Source: Hufftington Post

100,000 attend Oslo anti-violence rally

At least 100,000 people, many carrying white or red roses, rallied in Oslo on Monday to show support for victims of attacks that killed 76 people.

Rep. Henry Waxman: We Cannot Rewrite the Laws of Nature

Rep. Henry Waxman criticizes the anti-climate provisions of the FY 2012 Interior and Environmental Agencies Appropriations Act (HR 2584) now under debate. He also calls out the Obama administration and the national news media for failing to explain the threat of global warming and extreme weather.

The Mp3 Experiment Eight by Improv Everywhere

At the latest Improv Everywhere mission, over 3,500 people downloaded an MP3 file and pressed play simultaneously. The event began at sunset in two starting points by the Hudson River. The masses converged on Nelson Rockefeller Park as twilight ended and participated in a series of synchronized activities involving flashlights, camera flashes, glow sticks, and masks.

The Race to Build the Most Efficient Solar Home

Beating heart-on-a-chip

Justin Williams pokes his brain with a sharp object, then watches what happens through a microscope. Needless to say, the brain Williams, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is needling is not his own. It is a small sample taken from a mouse and held in a "brain-on-a-chip" device: the tissue is suspended between two layers of plastic and surrounded by a nutrient-rich fluid.

Tortoises get a lift for their weigh-in

Riga zoo invites famous athletes to help weigh two rare giant tortoises. The once routine procedure is now a public show as the tortoises have grown in size.

Around the World with Monique Coleman for the International Year of Youth

United Nations, New York, 25 July 2011 - Throughout the year, Monique Coleman, UN first Youth Champion, travelled the globe working with local governmental agencies to conduct a series of youth events.

The events are created to bring together a group of people who addresses youth around the issues that affect them in their respective countries. During her world tour, she visited more than 20 countries of 5 different continents and met with thousands of youth, with the aim of listening to their aspirations.

Orphaned gorillas returned to Congo

Rwandan government officials return six orphaned baby gorillas to the DRC after various foiled poaching attempts by Rwandan and Congolese smugglers.

Just listen for 7 minutes and conclude nothing is changed yet since this speech

Her words are so true. Thank you in advance for your time.

‪Romulo Dantas singing in the General Assembly Hall, at the 2011 High Level meeting on Youth

UN forum on youth opens amid calls for improved dialogue, mutual understanding

Hundreds of young people converged on the United Nations in New York today as the General Assembly kicked off a high-level meeting devoted to tackling the challenges facing youth and exploring their potential to bring about change in their societies and in the world at large.

"We are seeking to promote a culture of dialogue and mutual understanding between young people and with young people as key stakeholders in today's world," Assembly President Joseph Deiss said as he opened the meeting.

Norway suspect makes first court appearance

Anders Breivik, the man accused of massacring 93 people in dual attacks in Norway, has made his first appearance in court - and refused to plead guilty. In a statement read by the judge he said that the deaths were necessary to save Europe from Marxism and the colonisation of Norway by Muslims. The judge then ordered Breivik to spend a month in isolation after he claimed that there are two other cells in his far-right organisation.

Aerial video: Norway shooting survivors in sea, search for bodies in Utoya

Footage aired by Norway's TV2 channel shows survivors of Friday's deadly attack on a Norwegian youth camp swimming away from Utoya island in an attempt to escape. Another video allegedly shows a 10-year-old boy rescued after hiding from the gunman in the cliffs. Meanwhile, the man facing 21 years in jail for carrying out the twin attack on Norway is due to make his first appearance in court to explain his actions. Prosecutors are set to ask for his trial to be closed to the public and media. 32 year old Anders Behring Breivik has admitted responsibility for a bomb attack in the capital, and a massacre at a youth camp. However he's denied any criminal guilt. 93 people reportedly lost their lives, but police say that number could be revised downwards.

First video of Anders Breivik: Norway shooter moved to Oslo court

The man facing 21 years in jail for carrying out the twin attack on Norway has admitted both atrocities and has been charged with terrorism. He will now be held in isolation for four weeks. 32-year-old Anders Breivik pleaded not guilty, saying he wanted to save Europe and send a strong warning signal. He also claimed there were two more cells in the organisation he belongs to.

Oslo explosion: Dramatic amateur footage minutes after Norway blast

A man who shot amateur video in the aftermath of the deadly Oslo bombing recounted the dramatic scenes he witnessed and recorded on Friday. "People had blood on their faces, I filmed most of it from the start, I walked around and tried to find the pulse on several people, some had a pulse, some didn't," Johan Kristian Tanberg told broadcaster NOTV2. The car bomb that exploded in the government district in central Oslo, killing seven was one of two attacks on Friday in Norway. The second, a shooting at a youth camp on Utoya island, claimed the lives of 86 people. More than 90 people were wounded, and others remain missing at both crime scenes. The suspect in the twin attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, was in court on Monday.

Android REGZA Phone IS11T With Full Keyboard

KDDI has shown for the first time a working prototype of the Regza Phone IS11T Android smartphone. Based on the previous model released earlier this year, this phone, running Android 2.3.4, features an upgraded 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor, 4-inch Full Wide VGA display and a slide-out, full qwerty keyboard.

"Floating Baseball" Batting Machine: Jet Hitter 2

The Jet Hitter from MRC is a batting machine that allows people to hit a ball that floats in mid-air. An industrial ring blower emits a fixed current of blown air, and a nozzle shaped and angled for optimized fluid mechanics floats a regulation hardball.

‪Electric Car Driven by Rare Earth Metal-Free Motor

Developed by Associate Professor Nobukazu Hoshi's Lab at the Tokyo University of Science, this is an electric car with a motor which doesn't contain rare earth metals.

TEDxAlAin: Beautiful Garden City by Mohammed Saeed Al Neyadi

Think About Our Future: Specially in Alaska

This song "Think About Our Future" talks about Alaska and the offshore drilling plan. It speaks of the past and present and the future in Alaska with the oil drilling. Listen to the lyrics to really hear what this song is about.

Monday, July 25, 2011

TEDxAlAin: Aerospace in the Desert by Ross Bradley

Air Conditioned Shoes Keep Japanese Salarymen Cool

Air conditioned shoes are the latest offering that any self respecting Japanese salaryman will want in his Super Cool Biz wardrobe. The Hydro-Tech men’s shoes in the “best seller” section of a prominent Tokyo shoe shop are advertised with the slogan, “My energy saving starts from my feet”! The Cool Breeze shoes will apparently keep your feet dry and aired in the 120% humidity that are the Tokyo summers. The shoes work through their new filter technology that releases the heat and humidity and allows air to flow in keeping feet “refreshed and clean”. Source: Japan Trends

Children call at the UN for a common fight for their future: Felix Finkbeiner is speaking

Val Verde High School from California Swoops KWN Grand Prize

The Kid Witness News (KWN) Global Contest 2011 Award Ceremony was held yesterday evening at the Globe Theatre in Universal Studios Hollywood, California. Six videos were selected from a pool of 26 regional winning entries by a judging panel comprised of movie production professionals, journalists, educators and Panasonic representatives. And on July 22, the long awaited Grand Prize and special awards were announced, with the local Val Verde High School from California sweeping the Grand Prize. Of course, other participating schools were recognized with categorical awards in the areas they excelled!

Department of Energy Announces Funding for Nationwide Student-Focused Clean Energy Business Competitions

As part of the Obama Administration's effort to support and empower the next generation of American clean energy entrepreneurs, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced $2 million in available funding for the National University Clean Energy Business Challenge. This nationwide initiative will create a network of regional student-focused clean energy business creation competitions whose winners will compete for a National Grand Prize at a completion held at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. in early summer 2012. The funding will support up to six regional competitions that will inspire, mentor, and train students from across the country to develop successful business plans to create a new generation of American clean energy companies. These regional competitions will take place before May 1, 2012. This national initiative will enable student participants to gain the skills required to build new businesses and transform promising innovative energy technologies from U.S. universities and national laboratories into innovative new energy products that will to solve our nation's energy challenges, spur business creation, create American jobs, and boost American competitiveness.

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Source: Department of Energy

Kirsty Bertarelli's 'Green' anthem to inspire and support harmony with nature

WWF International says it is “grateful and elated” that proceeds from Kirsty Bertarelli ’s new single, a remix of conservation anthem Green, will go to supporting WWF conservation projects around the world.



Source: WWF

Apple want to introduce a 55 inch OLED-TV ?

The australian website smarthouse reports that Apple want to use LG panels for its own APPLE OLED-Tv product. There is also speculation that Apple has held discussions with LG Display the Company that makes display screens for MAC products, about the possibility of getting access to a new 55 LG OLED panel that will be used in a new Apple TV that will be capable of delivering music, Video & TV shows over an IP network.

Source: OLED Display

The Secret Life of Beef by INFORM

How does eating beef contribute to the greenhouse gas emissions that are hastening climate change? Why does meat production have serious impacts on our soil, air, and water?

The Secret Life of Cell Phones by INFORM

Where do old cell phones and mobile devices go when you recycle them? Why should you take those phones out of your sock drawer and take them back? What toxins are in a typical cell phone? How much gold and silver is in a cell phone? How do I recycle my cell phones and mobile devices?

The Secret Life of Paper by INFORM

Where does paper go when you recycle it? Why should you change your paper habits? What can you do to reduce your paper footprint? How do I recycle paper?

A White Earthquake: Heavy Snow in Central Chile

In what the interior minister described as a “white earthquake,” heavy snow blanketed parts of Chile in July 2011. Snow was 2.3 meters (7.5 feet) deep in the city of Lonquimay, CNN reported. Santiago Times reported that some areas received four months’ worth of snowfall in just four days.

Source: NASA

Inhabitat's Jill Fehrenbacher talks to James Corner about the design of the High Line Urban Park in NYC

Inhabitat's Editor in Chief, Jill Fehrenbacher, sat down with James Corner of James Corner Field Operations to talk about his design for the High Line Urban Park Project.

High Line Park Section Two Opens in NYC!

Section two of New York City's High Line Park opened this week to great acclaim, and Team Inhabitat were among the first to catch a glimpse of the new space! The High Line is a renovated train track that has been turned into a gorgeous greenway in the sky on the West side of Manhattan near the Hudson River. Conceived of by Friends of the High Line and executed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller, Scofidio and Renfro for the City of New York, the High Line is one of our favorite urban spaces.


Naked Sunspots: Peek Under the Sun's Surface

A look underneath the Sun's magnetic plasma in filtered light shows the correlation between bright solar active regions and their sunspot sources.

Anders Breivik Claims Two More 'Cells' Involved, Will Be Held In Isolation

Anders Breivik, the man who has confessed to killing scores of people in a shooting spree and bombing in Norway, has claimed "two more cells" were working with him. The 32-year-old made the claims before a closed court hearing on Monday, where he also admitted carrying out the attacks but entered a plea of not guilty.

Source: Hufftington Post

Amy Winehouse Autopsy Results Inconclusive: Cause Of Death Waits For Toxicology Report

The cause of Amy Winehouse's death will remain a mystery for at least another fortnight as autopsy results found Monday were inconclusive.












Endangered Sumatran tiger dies in trap on APP concession in Indonesia

A Sumatran tiger becomes trapped in an animal snare on an APP concession in Sumatra, Indonesia. A Greenpeace staff member from Indonesia accompanied the rescue team to the scene as an observer. Tragically the tiger died during the rescue attempt.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Waterfalls flow upwards in extreme winds

Winds battering southern Australia over the last 24 hours have been so strong that spray from waterfalls south of Sydney has billowed up into the air. Nearly a month's worth of rain has fallen on the city in 24 hours, and wind speeds have reached 120km/h. The extreme weather has meant a rough ride on the city's ferries, and a high surf warning has been issued with waves expected to reach 5m.

Sewer geyser lifts car in Montreal

World's biggest fish converge on Cancun

Hundreds of whale sharks have arrived for their annual summer vacation off the Mexican coast of Isla Mujeres.

365grateful: The Documentary About the Extraordinary Power of Gratitude

365 Grateful - the Documentary is a film about uncovering what happens when ordinary people unlock the remarkable powers of gratitude - by filmmakers Toni Powell & Hailey Bartholomew.
This documentary was born out of a project created by Hailey - the '365 Grateful Project'. In early 2008, in an effort to fight depression, Hailey started a year long photographic project which involved taking one Polaroid photo a day of something she felt grateful for. Initially this was a chore but eventually it became a delight.

The discipline of having to look for the good things that happened every day changed her life in so many ways. Hailey found not only her marriage, spiritual life and health improved, but this project accidentally, wondrously spread and affected the lives of many others. While doing her project Hailey posted it on flickr. Gradually others began to do their own versions and over time 365 Grateful went viral. The 365 Grateful Project has been featured in newspaper articles and magazines, radio and blogs around the world. Many of those touched by doing their own version of the 365 Grateful Project have written to Hailey about the impact it has had on their lives.

‘365 Grateful – the Documentary’ will cover Hailey’s inspiring personal journey and we meet extraordinary people whose lives have been impacted by gratitude. Through interviews with world leaders, authors, artists, scientists, spiritual teachers and musicians discussing topics such as health, happiness, relationships, marriage, mental health and the environment, the film will explore the effect that gratitude has on all facets of life. With Hailey's eye behind the camera this will be a film filled with beautiful imagery. Combined with Toni's ear for story the end result will be an entertaining, visually appealing and personal film that will inspire people to have a second look at what they already have in their hands.

365grateful.com from hailey bartholomew on Vimeo.

6.4 earthquake hits northern Japan; no damage, no tsunami

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit northern Japan Saturday, but there were no reports of damage and no danger of a major tsunami, geologists said. The quake struck at 1:34 p.m. (0434 GMT) off the Pacific coast of Miyagi prefecture, around the same area as the giant March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the United States Geological Survey said. The Japan Meteorological Agency estimated the magnitude at 6.5.

Source: MarketWatch

Amy Winehouse's Last Public Appearance On Wednesday At ITunes Fest Before Her Death

Amy Winehouse delighted her fans with an impromptu stage appearance as recently as Wednesday this week, when she turned out to support her god-daughter Dionne Bromfield.

While Winehouse didn't take to the microphone as Bromfield launched into Mama Said, contenting herself with dancing, clapping and chewing gum, she looked much fitter than she had done for a very long time and appeared content, hugging her god-daughter and beaming at the crowd - giving no indication of the tragedy that was to occur only three days later. Source: Hufftington Post UK

Amy Winehouse: Kelly O's tribute

Kelly Osbourne's paid tribute to her BFF Amy Winehouse in an emotional tweet.

Amy Winehouse: A generation mourns

Tributes have been flooding in as people across the globe pay their respects to Amy Winehouse..

Amy Winehouse body removed from London home

The body of Amy Winehouse is removed after the singer is found dead at her London home.

Anders Behring Breivik: Oslo, Norway Bombing 'Necessary'

A suspected right-wing fanatic accused of killing at least 92 people deemed his acts "atrocious" yet "necessary". Police were hunting on Sunday to see if a possible second gunman took part in the shooting massacre and bomb attack on Friday that traumatized a normally peaceful Nordic country.

In his first comment via a lawyer since he was arrested, 32-year-old Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik expressed willingness to explain himself in court at a hearing likely to be held on Monday about extending protective custody. "He has said that he believed the actions were atrocious, but that in his head they were necessary," lawyer Geir Lippestad told independent TV2 news.

Source: Hufftington Post

Death toll rises to 91 in Norway attacks

At least 91 are dead in a Norway shooting at a youth camp and bomb blast in the Norwegian capital.

Norway Police Arrived At Island Massacre 90 Minutes After Firing Began

Police arrived at an island massacre about an hour and a half after a gunman first opened fire, slowed because they didn't have quick access to a helicopter and then couldn't find a boat to make their way to the scene just several hundred yards (meters) offshore. The assailant surrendered when police finally reached him, but 82 people died before that.

Source: Hufftington Post

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Amy Winehouse

In Memoriam: Amy Winehouse Performing Rehab Live At Glastonbury 2007

Amy Winehouse performs Rehab Live At Glastonbury Festival 2007.

Amy Winehouse (27) found dead in north London

Singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in north London

U.S. Postal Service: A Sustainability Leader Offering Go Green Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service now offers 'Go Green' postage stamps so you can deliver an environmental message with each card or letter you send. A sheet of postage stamps contains 16 different images, each one a clever reminder to reduce our carbon footprint.

Source: Go Green

IKEA Unveils 2012 Catalog with sustainable design ideas

Understanding the many factors influencing how people live and use their homes today, IKEA has filled this year’s catalog with innovative ways to improve life at home by offering new solutions to life’s everyday challenges, including smarter use of space. Additionally, to make it even easier to find inspiration and ideas for updating one’s personal space, IKEA is introducing new digital tools, including a Catalog iPad application and a new design-focused Twitter handle, @DesignByIKEA. IKEA also plans to launch a design blog and photo-sharing community in August to further inspire and engage with home design enthusiasts.

“Whether looking for solutions to save time or money, create space for family, or to be more sustainable, IKEA is committed to helping meet various design needs and dreams by making one’s space do more,” says Marty Marston, Product Public Relations Manager, IKEA U.S. “As the Life Improvement Store, our goal is to provide tools, products and solutions, at an affordable price, to help our customers address their unique challenges and to better enjoy life at home.”

In the 2012 catalog, readers will find a strong focus on the IKEA commitment to create a better life.

Source: Go Green

Solar phone chargers by Nokero

The Nokero solar phone chargers - dubbed the P101 and P102 Power Panels - are an ultra-low-cost option for people looking to charge their cell phones and other small devices with the power of the sun.

Only 3% of Denmarks Trash ends up in a landfill

OLED Process Tools UV Press

The M.Braun Vacuum Hotplate is designed to meet the demands of today's solution based high performance OLED/PLED materials. The area of application ranges from basic research up to sophisticated manufacturing processes.

Focused on exceptional temperature uniformity, temperature accuracy, process repeatability and with a temperature range up to 200°C, all commonly available organic materials can be cured under controlled process conditions. The combination of vacuum and heat transfer allows curing at modest conditions, addressing the sensitivity of organic materials to elevated temperatures.

OLED Process Tools UV Cleaner

The main purpose of the UV-O3- Cleaner is for the cleaning and activation of glass substrates or other optical surfaces. By simultaneous application of UV light and oxygen, a chain reaction is started which results in optically clean, hydrocarbon-free surfaces with significantly improved surface characteristics.

NeoCon Showroom Tour: Mechoshade Silver Cradle to Cradle Certified Systems

Susan Reiser introduces MechoShade Systems' Cradle-to-Cradle-certified solar shading and their innovative technologies for manual and automated shade controls.

Solar Lighting Boosts Safe Childbirth

WE CARE Solar is a non-profit organization promoting safe motherhood and reduces maternal mortality in developing regions by providing health workers with reliable lighting, blood bank refrigeration and mobile communication using solar electricity.

Announcing Guilded, A New School for Sustainable Design in New York Video

GUILDED from GUILDED on Vimeo.

What If Ecocide Was a Crime?

The Astounding Potential of a Solar Energy Tipping Point

Growing is Forever: Poetic Homage to the Redwood Forests of Northern California

Growing is Forever from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

A Forest garden Year Perennial crops for a changing climate by Martin Crawford

Forest gardener Martin Crawford, who recently appeared on BBC 2s Natural World programme A Farm for the Future, gives a taster of his DVD A Year in a Forest Garden, which will be out in April. Martin created a forest garden 15 years ago that is full of unusual edible plants trees, shrubs and ground cover plants which yield an abundant crop of food with minimum effort.

A Vision Of The Future of 3D Printing Video

Burned: Merthyr's Fight For Clean Air & Green Jobs

Bigger than the Millennium Stadium, emitting toxic chemicals and requiring 300 lorry movements a day - you can see why South Wales is rallying against plans for a huge incinerator

The Vauxhall Ampera Plug-In Hybrid, Fully Charged Test Drive

Exclusive Art::Fox News: Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Will Kill Us All!

Not only have conservative media falsely asserted that light bulb efficiency standards will require consumers to use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), but they have also spread false and misleading information about CFLs.

'Fragile' Ecosystem Sculpture Of 100% Recycled Materials By Roadsworth

Vortex Filter DIY: Organic Fertilizer on Demand

Abandoned Filipino nuclear plant to be cut

A nuclear plant has sat untouched for over a quarter century, since Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown by a popular uprising in the 1980s.

The fuel rods were sold off over 10 years ago and the plant is not well maintained, but energy officials say the Philippines will turn to nuclear energy in the coming years.

India: coping with population growth

With the world's population approaching 7 billion and India's population currently estimated at 1.21 billion, experts are predicting India will overtake China as the most populous nation on the planet within the next 20 years. New census figures will play a vital role in providing individuals with access to resources that can create sustainable conditions for India's growing population.

Food: There's Lots Of It by POP 101

The third episode of PRI's POP 101 series, this video takes a fresh, humorous approach to the demographic issues facing the world today.

2.1 Kids: Stable Population by POP 101

The second episode of PRI's POP 101 series, this video takes a fresh, humorous approach to the demographic issues facing the world today.

Overpopulation: The Making of a Myth by POP 101

The pilot episode of PRI's POP 101 series, this video takes a fresh, humorous approach to the demographic issues facing the world today.

Get Ready for Blue August with Ian Somerhalder on Planet Green

Rising Temps Bring Impromptu Showers

The extreme heat that's been roasting the eastern U.S. is only expected to get worse, and residents are bracing themselves for temperatures near and above boiling point. But many are taking a turn through the sprinklers to beat the heat.

The Big Heat, Visualized

From NOAA Environmental Visualization Lab: A shroud of high pressure has taken a foot-hold over the U.S. from the Plains to the Northeast, and with it has brought temperatures well into the 90's and 100's for half of the country. This animation shows the predicted daily high temperatures from NOAA's high resolution North American Model (NAM) from July 13-21, 2011.

Climate Change? Drought Impact on Oklahoma

Oklahomans are no strangers to the wrath of Mother Nature; we take look at the similarities of this year's drought to the dust bowl of the 1930's.

Carplane: A delightful fusion of electric car and low emission aircraft!m Flugzeug in 15 Sekunden

Silverback Gorilla turns cameraman at Durrell

This week one of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust's most photographed primates turned the tables and became cameraman for the day. Ya Kwanza the conservation Trusts 27 year old silverback gorilla became adept at snapping close ups of himself with a high definition camera which was encased in an indestructible box and covered with tasty honey and oats.

The fabulous footage shows the silverback investigating the device and meticulously picking out raisins with a surprisingly delicate touch, he then turns cameraman and takes a number of close ups and profile shots before peeling off the branding on the case, after realizing this didn't taste as good as the original flavoursome coating the inquisitive ape then happily returns the box to his keeper who was waiting on the outside of the enclosure.

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