Monthly Archives: April 2011

The dance between the US and Japan in making our earth a happy home

A few months back Japan along with the US Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs took part of a workshop, as they discussed how less common elements from the earth may play a part in eliminating additional outputs of carbon, for energy efficiency’s sake. For these out of the ordinary type elements of scandium, lanthanum […] … learn more→

Preschoolers\’ eco-friendly ideas win U.S. ecology competition

How do you convert your school to an eco-friendly environment? Just ask these 5 and 6 year old students and their enterprising Kindergarten teacher. … learn more→

Study links ozone hole to broader climate change

Study links ozone hole to broader climate change

A study co-authored by Professor Lorenzo Polvani shows the first link between ozone depletion and climate change in the entire southern hemisphere. In a study published in the April 21 issue of Science magazine, researchers at Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science report their findings that the ozone hole, which is located over […] … learn more→

The world after consumerism….

‘There must be more to life than having everything!’ ~Maurice Sendak So what\’s next? What happens when the debt entrenched masses decide that they no longer \”need\” another Abercrombie shirt or that their house already is to larger? What happens when the youth decide to avoid consumerism and the lifestyle of debt that accompanies it? […] … learn more→

More details released on U.S prison in Guantanamo Bay, Courtesy of WikiLeaks

The Daily Telegraph was the first newspaper to release a new set of 700 WikiLeaks docs last Saturday, and once again, WikiLeaks\’ sources delivered substantial insight into American hegemony in the 21st century. This particular slew of files exposes some interesting new information on the Guantanamo detention facility. Here\’s a roundup of the results: »Roughly 29% […] … learn more→

Changing climate makes cell phones easier to come by than drinking water in South Asia

In South Asia, people have more access to cell phones than potable water. Water has become an increasingly scarce resource as climate change and excessive pumping lower water tables, glaciers that feed the region\’s rivers disappear, and more frequent and violent storms affect water\’s quality and quantity, said experts April 8 at the Cornell conference […] … learn more→

Studies say natural gas has its own environmental problems

Natural gas, with its reputation as a linchpin in the effort to wean the nation off dirtier fossil fuels and reduce global warming, may not be as clean over all as its proponents say. Even as natural gas production in the United States increases and Washington gives it a warm embrace as a crucial component […] … learn more→

Not just hot air

When Claire Reardon was growing up in Rhode Island, she regularly reviewed the family’s shopping lists to make sure her father avoided buying shampoo brands that had been tested on animals. Now she is a Northwest Building lab manager, working to ensure that one of Harvard’s most energy-intensive activities is as green as possible. Before […] … learn more→

CU-Boulder leading study of wind turbine wakes

While wind turbines primarily are a source of renewable energy, they also produce wakes of invisible ripples that can affect the atmosphere and influence wind turbines downstream — an issue being researched in a newly launched study led by the University of Colorado Boulder\’s Julie Lundquist, assistant professor in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences department. […] … learn more→

MIT researchers use virus to improve solar-cell efficiency

MIT researchers use genetically modified virus to produce structures that improve solar-cell efficiency by nearly one-third. … learn more→