Archive for the ‘Sustainable Living’ Category

Sep16

Throwing away fish

trawling nets

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The worldwide fishing industry is in danger.  If current trends continue, it could collapse by 2050 because three-quarters of the world’s fish stocks are being harvested faster than they can reproduce.  Some 80% of fish species already are fully exploited or are in decline and the great majority of all large predatory fish already are gone. (more…)

Sep15

Turning food waste into biogas

Rotting Apples

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Turning food waste into fuel is not a new idea, but it is one that is finally starting to catch on in a big way.  A growing number of wastewater treatment plants across the country are participating in the effort to recycle food waste and produce biogas. (more…)

Sep10

Organic flow batteries

wind turbines

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The rapid expansion of the use of solar and wind power is driving a growing interest in energy storage systems because in order to fully exploit these sources we need to be able to store the energy they produce for use when we need it. (more…)

Sep09

Coral and sunscreen

Coral

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Summer is in full swing. With temperatures at their peak and beach vacations underway, most of us have probably stocked up on sunscreen. We slather it on children to prevent painful burns and apply it to ourselves to avert skin cancer. But as much as sunscreen protects our skin from harm, it can do just the opposite to coral reefs. (more…)

Sep08

Energy scavenging

microwave

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In recent years, we have become familiar with the concept of energy vampires:  small devices around the house like phone chargers that steadily use up energy a little at a time.  We’ve all been encouraged to avoid wasting energy in this way by unplugging these things. (more…)

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