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    With its experience in safely operating subway line -Tokyo Metro to cultivate safe-to-eat vegetables under tracks

    tokyometro_Vegetable Growing Business Under TracksWhen Remi Takahara joined Tokyo Metro, she never expected to end up growing vegetables for the subway operator. But that has emerged as a new business venture for the company to cash in on underneath elevated railway track in Japan’s busy capital. Tokyo Metro, in cooperation with Metro Development is hydroponically growing Korean lettuce, basil, chicory, arugula and other leafy vegetables without the use of pesticides in a prefabricated warehouse near the Tozai Line Nishi-Kasai Station in Edogawa Ward. According to Tokyo Metro officials, user can eat the vegetables without rinsing them, and has a long shell life.

    Posted in Featured, Other Stuff on June 8, 2015
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    Jaw-dropping map shows the population of trees in US

    usa-tree-populationWe’ve seen maps and satellite pictures of countries before. None of them have fascinated and left us as awestruck as this one though. Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods Hole Research Center in conjunction with the U. S. Geological Survey Science Center‘s Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and the US Forest Service, this map literally shows the density of greenery in the United States. Simply put, the map tells you which places in the country have more trees and which don’t!

    Posted in Featured, Other Stuff on October 31, 2014
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    Chinese student creates art installation that displays wind-energy generation in real time

    打印Art does not necessarily need to stay static and never-changing. Instead, with a little bit of innovation and a whole lot of creativity, art can be mixed with modern-day technology to churn out installations that are eye-catching and pretty useful too! Jiavu Liu, a student at the Royal College of Art (RCA), designed one such installation called the Within Invisibility, which is essentially an LED installation that reacts to wind pattern data collected from 40 Chinese cities in real time!

    Posted in Alternative Energy, Featured on July 9, 2014
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    An environment-lover’s nightmare, we present the world’s thirstiest cars!

    While the rest of us prefer to jump aboard the green bandwagon and drive energy efficient and sparkly green Chevrolet Volts and the lovable Toyota Prius, a few car owners still prefer to stick to the more environment-chocking side of affairs. While looking at the statistics of some of the greenest cars around us recently, we decided to also draw up a list of the world’s most inefficient cars. Here it is!

    Posted in Featured, Transport on February 22, 2014
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    Amazon shows off its plans to build glass dome-shaped HQ in Seattle

    The Amazon has always been a place synonymous with greenery and the company that has adopted the name of this region has decided to follow suit too. in a move that has left us pleasantly suprised, Amazon has added a dash of green to its futuristically eco-friendly headquarters destined for Seattle. The building will house about 1,800 of the company’s employees and will make use of grenhouse-like domes. The structure uses three interconnected glass sphere, up to 30m tall, and will be surrounded by enough greenery.

    Posted in Architecture, Featured on December 27, 2013
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    Replacing 250,000 street lights with LEDs could save $14mn for NYC

    The city of New York accommodates about 250,000 street lights. It goes without saying that these are heavy consumers of power and also a necessity that not city in the world could do without. Mayor Bloomberg and transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan recently announced that all these pretty city lights were soon to be replaced by LED lights in the next few years, which are more energy efficient. This isn’t something novel that has been adopted by a major city. Los Angeles and Buenos Aires are already on the way with their energy conservation efforts. Bloomberg’s PlaNYC could be one of the key inspirations for this move, with its original target of cutting down the city’s carbon footprint by 30 percent.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype, Featured on December 18, 2013
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    US Navy to miraculously make fuel out of sea water

    The fuel reserves in the world are depleting at an alarming rate. This means one thing for sure! We need a substitute. Given that most recent substitutes also need to salvaged from other sources, where production time is another barrier. So, the US Navy that depends more on fuels than most other offices is in the works of creating a fuel source out of sea water. The Navy has already pledged to cut down petroleum use by half in 2015 and create alternative sources for its jet fuel by 2020. Now, a team led by analytical chemist Heather Willauer ‘is currently developing technology that sucks up the gases necessary to produce synthetic jet fuel for ships right out of the seawater they tread.’

    Posted in Featured, Other Stuff on December 18, 2013
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    China to execute environment polluters!

    China has begun taking its environment a little more seriously than the rest of the world and has taken up a shocking way to reduce environmental harm. The country, also the world’s biggest and fastest growing economy, will now begin handing out death sentences and execution punishments to those breaking environmental regulations and polluting the environment.

    Posted in Featured, Other Stuff on June 26, 2013
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    Singapore’s Gardens By The Bay – The World’s Largest Climate Controlled Greenhouse

    Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay opened in the summer of 2012 and was quickly recognised for its innovative design. Awarded World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival 2012 and best display buildings for the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay are examples of eco friendly architectural initiative.

    Posted in Featured, Other Stuff on January 18, 2013
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    World’s largest ships emit as much pollution as 760 million cars

    If you’ve been under the impression that your SUV is a gas-guzzler and environment killer unlike any other, here’s a bit of respite. Your metal-chunk-on-wheels certainly isn’t the most polluting modes of transport today. James Corbett, professor of marine policy at the University of Delaware, recently figured ships to be one of the major causes of environmental pollution, a fact we’re sure is true!

    Posted in Featured, Other Stuff on December 5, 2012
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