Archive for the 'environment' Category

Vermicomposting Followup

Just wanted to give a little press to one of the commentors on our last thread. Molly Day wrote:

Hi –
Thanks for the lead on Terracycle. I’m raising compost worms to give away on Earth Day in Muskogee Oklahoma.
My goal is to give away 200 kits to try to spread the word to more people, especially young gardeners who don’t think about food scraps and landfills.

She has posted an update on the program at her blog, All the Dirt on Gardening. Check it out and if you are in the area and have kids. This would be a great chance to teach them something green.

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Wind Turbine Carnage!

You hate to see any type of renewable energy source taken out of commission, but it sure is cool to watch. The wind turbine self destructs after it’s brakes fail to slow it down in high winds. Story.

Urban Forestry

What do you think of when you hear the word “trees?” You may think of greenery, your favorite tree at the local park, or the sound they make when the wind blows through their leaves. These things are all pretty positive. You may even call trees soothing.

Now scientists are starting to measure the physiological impact that trees have on people. Not surprisingly, people’s heart rates have been shown to drop around trees. Even more intriguing are the studies that focused on patients with views of trees outside their hospital room and those without. Those with the views of trees required less pain medication and were able to leave the hospital quicker.

This University of Georgia article goes over all of this and discusses the relief that trees may provide in an urban setting.

There are many groups that are championing the cause of urban forestry. There is even one dedicated to improving and expanding urban forests in the north central Texas area. Texas Trees Foundation plants trees, ensures a healthy supply of plant-able trees, and provides education on the importance of trees in an urban environment.

Nanosolar

Solar’s day as an economical alternative to coal may have come. Nanosolar has started selling their “printed” solar cells.

http://www.engadget.com/2007/12/18/nanosolar-begins-shipping-world-s-lowest-cost-solar-panel/

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/18/technology/18solar.html?ex=1355634000&en=091b06819623f9d0&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

http://www.nanosolar.com/blog3/2007/12/18/nanosolar-ships-first-panels/

California Academy of Sciences

An amazing building is being built in Golden Gate Park. Check it out:

http://kimsteelegreenblog.wordpress.com/2007/11/08/california-academy-of-sciences/