From green business and new environmental legislation to how nature impacts our environment in ways never before considered, Earth Wise offers a look at our changing environment.

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Aug29

Energy from humidity

Humidity

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The majority of methods we use for generating electricity convert mechanical energy into electrical energy in some fashion.  We may utilize nuclear power or burning coal or rushing water or wind but we end up spinning a turbine to create electricity.  Over time, we have developed numerous ways to initiate the motion in a generator. (more…)

Aug28

Cigarette butts

Cigarette Butts

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When we talk about the hazards of cigarettes, we typically focus on health risks – lung cancer, heart disease, or the dangers of secondhand smoke. (more…)

Aug27

Tesla-powered buildings

Tesla

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The symbiosis between solar energy and energy storage technology is driving an emerging market.  Analysts predict a multi-billion dollar market will evolve in the US over the next several years, dominated by residential solar systems that use storage to provide power when the sun isn’t shining or during blackouts. (more…)

Aug26

Storing carbon in the soil

Soil

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The effort to reduce the amount of carbon in the atmosphere is primarily focused on the sources of carbon, such as emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.   This can be called a supply-side approach.  However, there is also the important issue of carbon sinks, which are termed demand-side approaches to the problem. (more…)

Aug25

A solar landfill

Example of Solar Array

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When landfills have reached their capacity, their contents are capped in order to isolate the wastes and contaminants within.  Hazardous waste landfills utilize specialized liners in order to prevent leakage and once they are capped off, they are monitored for decades for any gas or leached materials.  Sometimes the sites can be reused for such things as parks or parking lots, but all too often they become no-mans-lands that serve no purpose. (more…)

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