Environmental Solutions

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10 earth saving solutions

Why ‘flammable ice’ could be the future of energy

This carbon-sucking mineral could help slow down climate change – Fast Company

San Francisco Leads The Way

From solar roofs to plastic bag bans, San Francisco, California is providing a model for cities that want to go green. Is your hometown follwing suit? #YEARSproject

A student accidentally created a rechargeable battery that could last 400 years. http://u.pw/2pCHQ8h

Nestle Makes Millions Bottling Free Water While Flint continues to struggle, Michigan is allowing Nestle to pump and sell millions of gallons of water for next to nothing.

Real Talk: There Is No Excuse for You to Casually Drink Bottled Water

Put down the plastic. It’s past time to stop.

China reassigns 60,000 soldiers to plant trees in bid to fight pollution Area to be planted by the end of the year is roughly the size of Ireland  https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-tree-plant-soldiers-reassign-climate-change-global-warming-deforestation-a8208836.html

Let’s build FDR’s national park instead of the border wall

Trees Talk to Each Other in a Language We Can Learn, Ecologist Claims

Scientist’s accidental discovery makes coral grow 40x faster

There might be hope for our oceans, thanks to one clumsy moment in a coral tank. https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/fast-growing-coral-discovery-could-revitalize-oceans?rebelltitem=3#rebelltitem3

A craft beer company and an ad agency brewed up a brilliant idea to save marine life if six-pack rings end up in the ocean. Are you aware that 80% of the plastic humans throw away ends up in the oceans? The sad reality is made worse when one learns that, as a result, billions of pounds of plastic are now swirling in convergences in the seas. In fact, 40% of earth’s total ocean mass is now covered by plastic…. Read More: https://www.whydontyoutrythis.com/2017/01/beer-company-makes-edible-six-pack-rings-that-feed-rather-than-kill-marine-life.html?fbclid=IwAR10G6Uyke_hu5WqP2ThmdNR7KsL7I0y1IGEWprHOtH7M5r3_E1K8Xv_N84&m=1

Mycologist Paul Stamets lists 6 ways the mycelium fungus can help save the universe: cleaning polluted soil, making insecticides, treating smallpox and even flu viruses.

Ikea is Switching to Biodegradable Packaging Made From Mushrooms And it’s not the only big company turning to this fungi packaging.

Fantastic Fungi

India cancels plans for huge coal power stations as solar energy prices hit record low ‘India’s solar tariffs have literally been free falling in recent months’ https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/india-solar-power-electricity-cancels-coal-fired-power-stations-record-low-a7751916.html


Robert Reich

‘Don’t feed the monster!’ The people who have stopped buying new clothes

Three Dogs Are Rebuilding Chilean Forests Once Devastated By Fire https://www.greenmatters.com/news/2018/02/19/2m3wBf/border-collies-forest

Invention of drinking water from air extraction 

Front yard garden can stay Nathan Athans simply wants to grow the produce that his young family eats – with what had been the front yard of his Sugar Creek house as the source. https://www.examiner.net/news/20160409/front-yard-garden-can-stay

Ocean plastic collector 

Ocean plastic cleanup

Moss exterior 

Moss for Acoustic Materials http://nordgrona.com

Self healing concrete 

Recycled plastic roads

Geometric shelters http://upliftconnect.com/solution-for-homeless-and-refugees/

 The Future of Protein Will Not Be Animal Meat http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/411802/our-meatless-morrow/

How To Regrow Fruit From Your Kitchen

Rippling Graphene Sheets May Be the Key to Clean, Unlimited Energy – Futurism https://apple.news/AYfAQhn4ATW2bG5zbre-0Twhttps://futurism.com/potential-clean-unlimited-energy

12 yr old environmentalist 

Badass Little Girl Confronts Climate-Denying Congressman With Brilliant Question

Opinion: To prevent pandemics, stop disrespecting nature — National Geographic

Yuca plastic bags

Plastic bags into speakers 

Biodegradable plates 

Highway wind turbines

France bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery Critics claim the new law violates European Union rules on free movement of goods https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/france-bans-plastic-cups-plates-cutlery-energy-transition-for-green-growth-a7313076.html?cmpid=facebook-post

Meet the bionic mushroom that can generate electricity

An oil company figured out how to curb carbon in 1991 – Bloomberg

Garbage In, Energy Out: Synova Power Turns Waste Into Electricity – Entrepreneur

EGEB: Green energy beats coal in US for first time since 1885 – Electrek

Renewable energy firms scooping up cast-off oil and gas workers

The World’s Largest Ocean Cleanup Has Officially Begun https://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2018/09/10/the-worlds-largest-ocean-cleanup-has-officially-begun/#10849d732738


Farmers and animal rights activists are coming together to fight big factory farms — Vox

These tiny urban forests could be a secret weapon against climate change – They generate 100 times more biodiversity. #environment #biodiversity #forest #sustainability #climatechange

Scientists create new super-enzyme that eats plastic bottles six times faster https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/28/new-super-enzyme-eats-plastic-bottles-six-times-faster?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1

Earth power: hemp batteries better than lithium and graphene – UKCSC

One Answer to America’s Recycling Problems—Make Big Brands Pay 

Rich countries should only eat synthetic beef, says Bill Gates

Kenyan Woman’s Startup Recycles Plastic Waste into Bricks That Are 5x Stronger Than Concrete

Clean waterborne public transport: the next big thing in smart mobility?