Eco-Friendly

Environmentally friendly, environment-friendly, eco-friendly, nature-friendly, and green are terms referring to goods and habitats, services, laws, guidelines and policies that inflict reduced, minimal, or no harm upon ecosystems or the environment

UK About to Test Roads That Charge Electric Cars as They Drive

Written by on August 24, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
UK About to Test Roads That Charge Electric Cars as They Drive

Would you drive an electric car that charges itself while it drives? How cool is this!

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10 Tips For Living With Less Plastic

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 3 Comments
10 Tips For Living With Less Plastic

Striving for a plastic-free life remains a noble and worthwhile goal – and it’s becoming easier with every year that passes, as more people demand plastic alternatives and refuse to participate in the grotesque plastic waste that’s filling our planet’s landfills. Do you find yourself refusing plastic or do you carry on as usual?

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Google’s Project Sunroof Can Help You Figure Out if Solar Is Best for You

Written by on August 18, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
Google’s Project Sunroof Can Help You Figure Out if Solar Is Best for You

Project Sunroof takes a similar approach to what other solar installers have been doing by using aerial imagery combined with clever software to give a pretty good estimate of how much solar radiation is falling on a particular roof, how big a solar array you would need to generate as close to possible to 100% of your needs, and how much clean power would be produced on an average year based on multiple factors, which then feeds into financial calculations based on local electricity rates.

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America’s First Hemp House Pulls CO2 From the Air

Written by on August 16, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 34 Comments
America’s First Hemp House Pulls CO2 From the Air

The gorgeous, eco-friendly home costs only $133 per square foot to build. Hemp is making a major comeback around the world. In the US, five states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis, and hemp-based building materials are now gaining in popularity. The first house built in America with Hemp Crete was constructed in Asheville, North Carolina, and the 3,400 square foot Push House boasts a number of Eco-friendly features.

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How the Dutch Are Generating 100% Sustainable Electricity From Plants

Written by on August 15, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
How the Dutch Are Generating 100% Sustainable Electricity From Plants

Tests show that the plants will continue to grow normally in the presence of electrodes, providing a constant source of power day and night.

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New Design Could Finally Help To Bring Fusion Power Closer To Reality

Written by on August 13, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
New Design Could Finally Help To Bring Fusion Power Closer To Reality

Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor—and it’s one that might be realized in as little as a decade, they say.

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Feeding People on Our Stressed Planet Will Require Revolutionary Political, Economic and Social Shifts

Written by on August 7, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 25 Comments
Feeding People on Our Stressed Planet Will Require Revolutionary Political, Economic and Social Shifts

The amount of humans on Earth is growing—projections point to an extra 2.5 billion people by 2020. But tangled within the problem of more hungry mouths is environmental degradation, social injustice and humans pushing toward the very boundaries of the planet when it comes to resources such as food, water and energy, according to Ehrlich and Harte.

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Why We Need to Retire the Word “Eco-Friendly” Once & For All

Written by on August 2, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
Why We Need to Retire the Word “Eco-Friendly” Once & For All

Because as anyone who gives two hoots about “the environment” knows, it’s not about hugging a tree or saving fuzzy animals. What’s at stake when we talk about “environmental issues” is the ability of human beings to breathe and eat. If we can’t feed ourselves real food because we’ve degraded our topsoil to such an extent that we’re “soylent greening” it up, or if we change the climate so massively that much of our history ends up under water, these seem like criminal acts to me — acts by people today on the people of the future.

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‘Unplugged Nation’ Takes City Folk Off The Grid

Written by on July 29, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
‘Unplugged Nation’ Takes City Folk Off The Grid

 The Bastelli family pose next to a chicken coop they fashioned out a trampoline in an episode of ‘Unplugged Nation.’ (Photo: ‘Unplugged Nation’/FYI) By Gerri Miller | MNN.com Many urban dwellers fantasize about living a simpler life in a secluded place, severing ties with the power grid and the trappings of ever-connected 21st century life. […]

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Study: When Human Consumption Slows, Planet Earth Can Heal

Written by on July 23, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 1 Comment
Study: When Human Consumption Slows, Planet Earth Can Heal

What the researchers found was that 71 percent of the rise in carbon emissions from 1997 to 2007 was due to “economic growth.” Alternately, “83 percent of the decrease during 2007-2009 was due to decreased consumption and changes in the production structure of the U.S. economy,” with just 17 percent related to changes in the type of fuels used.

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WiFi Backlash Trend Accelerating – Café Owners Are Starting to Limit or Ban WiFi

Written by on July 21, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment, Environmental Hazards with 0 Comments
WiFi Backlash Trend Accelerating – Café Owners Are Starting to Limit or Ban WiFi

Cafe owners in Sydney are realizing that “Free WiFi” comes at a cost. As The Syndey Morning Herald reports, cafes are starting to limit or ban WiFi so that people will actually have real interactions.

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5 Countries That Prove the World Doesn’t Need Fossil Fuels

Written by on July 19, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 2 Comments
5 Countries That Prove the World Doesn’t Need Fossil Fuels

Today, environmentally-minded nations of the world increasingly embrace alternative energy sources. These countries now lead the way toward a future free of petroleum and dirty energy. In the process, they save significant amounts of money on national energy costs while preserving and protecting the world’s natural resources.

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Good News: Coal as an Energy Source Is On Its Way Out

Written by on July 17, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
Good News: Coal as an Energy Source Is On Its Way Out

A recent analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) found that about 17 percent of U.S. coal-fired power production generation will cease to exist within the next few years, with Bloomberg Business stating that “the industrial age was built on coal. The next 25 years will be the end of its dominance.”

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Bulletproof, Fireproof, Environmentally Friendly Homes Are Being Made From Plastic Bottles

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
Bulletproof, Fireproof, Environmentally Friendly Homes Are Being Made From Plastic Bottles

In Nigeria, 16 million housing units are required to address a shortage problem. Recently they found an inventive way to address the shortage problem, cut costs and help the environment – by building plastic bottle homes.

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The Rapid Rise of Community Solar Gardens and How They Could Change Everything

Written by on July 13, 2015 in Eco-Friendly, Environment with 0 Comments
The Rapid Rise of Community Solar Gardens and How They Could Change Everything

Known as community solar, solar gardens, or more simply shared solar, GTM researchers found that the U.S. “market is approaching a tipping point.” With a total of 66 megawatts installed cumulatively by the end of 2014, the report predicts that installations will grow five-fold in 2015, with 115 megawatts installed. By 2020, there will be 1.8 gigawatts, nearly equivalent to the total amount of solar power installed in the United States in 2012.

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