Nuclear disasters are rare, but when they happen, they suck. This graphic by LiveScience compares the three big ones over the years and the effects (and potential effects) that each had on both the environment and the people close to them.
It’s a gadgetized world. Chances are, you use or interact with dozens of different gadgets every day. We don’t even notice anymore much of the time as the concept of living without them has become a distant memory.
There is a cost. Despite the fact that these household gadgets are more affordable and accessible than ever before, we are creating a tremendous strain on our power grid (and our wallets) that many may not notice. We add surge protectors to our wall sockets in an effort to plug in our ever-growing inventory of gadgets. We often run these gadgets non-stop. It all adds up.
To put it into perspective, we look to our green friends at 1bog to break down exactly what is happening, what the costs associated with gadgetizing are, and we look at different ways to prevent the over-consumption of energy.
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With Earth Day just one day away, many people are thinking about different ways that they can show their support for the environment. And a new Facebook app, called A Billion Acts of Green, lets users do just that.
The Denny's restaurant chain is testing out a new technology that could mean big savings and less energy use.
Called Cool-N-Save, the tech comes from Greenway Design and is a system that's mechanically added to existing air conditioners to help reduce energy consumption. Each system is custom made and Greenway claims it can reduce energy use by up to 30 percent.
Recycled plastic bottles have become many things, like other plastic bottles, bags made from recycled post-consumer plastic, and a variety of other products. The town of San Pablo in the Philippines had other ideas for recycling the bottles and have even built a new school using them.
Residents of the city helped gather thousands of plastic bottles which was later bonded together using a natural building material to form a school.
Wind turbines have been in the news a lot lately, especially as the push for alternative forms of energy increases. New news coming from a report from PhysOrg says that wind turbines are not only good for producing energy, they're also good for crops, too.
"We're confident that wind turbines do produce measurable effects on the microclimate near crops," Ames Laboratory associate and agricultural meteorology expert Gene Takle said. "In this case, we anticipate turbines' effects are good in the spring and fall because they would keep the crop a little warmer and help prevent a frost. Wind turbines could possibly ward off early fall frosts and extend the growing season."
The U.S. Military is finally looking into solar technology for it's essential gear. It's about time. They're creating solar powered tents that utilize flexible photovoltaics and have already been in use in Afganistan.
"They are ideal for charging up batteries, making sure your [communications], night vision goggles and computers are powered up. You don't want a generator on top of a mountain, and you don't want to have to bring fuel to a generator or haul batteries," Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, explained.
The very first Nissan Leaf has finally made its debut after being delivered to San Francisco resident and entrepreneur, Olivier Chalouhi. What a lucky guy?!
Though Nissan hasn't planned for a nationwide launch until 2012, we'll likely see Leaf's popping up all over the country.