Archive for the ‘Sustainable Living’ Category

Apr25

How we fill the breadbasket

Tomato in Sun

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Everything we eat can be traced back to the Sun. Sunlight powers plant photosynthesis, which yields the grains that we eat in bread, cereal, and rice. Plants feed the animals that provide us with beef, pork, and poultry. And the fishes of the sea feed on tiny phytoplankton that photosynthesize in the upper layers of the ocean’s waters. (more…)

Apr24

Utility-scale solar power

Solar Power

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Utility-scale solar power projects now provide nearly 5,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the United States.  Another 27,000 megawatts is under development.  This is enough to power more than 5 million homes. (more…)

Apr23

One word: Plastics

Danube

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Plastics, Mr. Robinson advises the young Ben Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the Graduate more than 40 years ago.  And, he was right: the production of plastics increased from 1.7 to 280 million tons per year during the past 60 years.  Plastics are found in nearly all products we buy, either as central components or in the packaging that contains them.   (more…)

Apr22

Scarce water

Water Scarcity

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Water poverty – the lack of access to clean, fresh water – is a much-discussed problem in the developing world.   However, problems with water scarcity are in no way limited to third-world countries. (more…)

Apr21

Volcano power

Volcano

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For decades, geothermal wells have been used to power turbines to generate electricity.  These wells utilize heat from the earth’s core by tapping into underground sources of hot water.  Recently, scientists have made progress drilling directly into volcanoes and using molten rock – or magma – as a much more potent energy source. (more…)

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