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Sustainable Life A place to share the most creative and effective ways of consuming and wasting less energy and resources for a more sustainable world.

Established and curated by Roland Marconi. It's within everyone's power to live and consume in more sustainable ways, to help protect our environment and share the world's resources in more just ways. Even if it's just for today or for one day per week, please think of creative ways to consume less and waste less. Start with focusing on one day per week and try changing a habitual way of consuming or generating waste. Walk or cycle, avoid disposable containers for food or drinks, turn off unnecessary electrical devices. Most of the world's crucial resources may be finite but the possibilities for innovation are endless.

06/04/2019
etee

etee

Did you know 20 million plastic sandwich bags go to landfill every day in the US?

Say goodbye to plastic sandwich and produce bags. 👋

Choose reusable etee Foodbags instead.They last up to a year and are fully biodegradable.

05/31/2019
Mashable

Mashable

This desert farm is harvesting food using nothing but sunlight and seawater.

05/28/2019
Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary the country has run out of rubbish

Sweden’s recycling is so revolutionary the country has run out of rubbish

Sweden is so good at recycling that, for several years, it has imported rubbish from other countries to keep its recycling plants going. Less than 1 per cent of Swedish household waste was sent to landfill last year or any year since 2011. We can only dream of such an effective system in the UK, whi...

Unsustainable.
05/18/2019
Trump Cancels $929 Million Grant for California Bullet Train

Unsustainable.

The Trump administration officially canceled $929 million in federal grants earmarked for California’s ambitious high-speed rail project, escalating tensions between the federal government and the most-populous U.S. state.

04/25/2019
Cheddar

Cheddar

This waterwheel makes electricity.

Best Friends Build Their Own Tiny Town To Grow Old Together – Adorable Living Spaces
04/22/2019
Best Friends Build Their Own Tiny Town To Grow Old Together – Adorable Living Spaces

Best Friends Build Their Own Tiny Town To Grow Old Together – Adorable Living Spaces

Best Friends Build Their Own Tiny Town To Grow Old Together Posted on March 28, 2019April 12, 2019 by Adorable Living Spaces SHARE THIS CABIN IDEA WITH YOUR FRIENDS When people are young, they usually spend lot of time with their friends. But as they grow old, they have other responsibilities and th...

Lakota Country Times
04/04/2019

Lakota Country Times

Sane Energy Project
04/04/2019
Sane Energy Project

Sane Energy Project

We mention Puerto Rico passing this great renewable energy bill, however, many Puerto Rican’s we love to work with report this is a greenwashing scam to keep capitalist business as usual.

"This bill is a huge step in building a sustainable future for Puerto Rico", said Senator Eduardo Bhatia, a leading proponent of PS 1121, "now we can move forward in developing an economy built on strong foundations that will provide more opportunities for future generations. By embracing renewable energy, our islands can reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, benefitting both the natural environment and our economy."

Despite being one of the poorest parts of the United States, Puerto Rico is home to one of the highest costs for electricity in the country - islanders pay over double the rates paid by their relatives in Florida. This is largely due to the high cost of shipping in fossil fuels to run the highly polluting diesel generators.
The bill aims to reduce prices and reduce the risk of such (almost year long) outage happening again."

FL Senate gives right to grow veggies in the front yard a green thumbs up
03/28/2019
FL Senate gives right to grow veggies in the front yard a green thumbs up

FL Senate gives right to grow veggies in the front yard a green thumbs up

The Florida Senate voted 35-5 to give residents the right to grow vegetable gardens in their front yards. The bill only preempts local government rules, not rules set by homeowners associations or other groups.

French Broad Food Co-op
03/11/2019

French Broad Food Co-op

Very promising technology from a tech master.
03/11/2019
Digital Trends

Very promising technology from a tech master.

The new battery uses a sodium- or lithium-coated glass electrolyte that has three times the storage capacity of a lithium ion battery.

Sane Energy Project
03/07/2019
Sane Energy Project

Sane Energy Project

"How great would it be if there was a solar panel that would convert sunlight into clean burning zero emissions hydrogen to keep us all toasty warm at home and at work?
According to Belgian news source VRT NWS, scientists at KU Leuven, located in Flanders, Belgium, say they have created a solar panel that uses sunlight to make hydrogen from the moisture in the air. It can produce up to 250 liters of hydrogen gas a day. Professor Johan Martens and his team have been working on this for a decade."
"That’s ten years of work, always improving, looking for problems, so you end up with something that can work effectively.” Researcher Jan Rongé adds, “Over an entire year, the panel produces an average of 250 liters per day, which is a world record. Twenty of these panels produce enough heat and electricity to get through the winter in a very well insulated house and still have electricity left over.”

As the price of solar energy continues to drop, the R&D on the process continues. Improvements are always moving forward, such as these panels that converts sunlight to hydrogen for power. It's time for government to invest in good research on renewable energy and stop subsidizing fossil fuels completely.

03/04/2019
BBC News

BBC News

Could seaweed be the solution to our growing plastic problem?

bbc.in/2yCLFAT

Lakota Country Times
03/03/2019

Lakota Country Times

NaturalNews.com
02/28/2019

NaturalNews.com

Why not hemp toilet papers?

02/22/2019
Green World Warriors

Green World Warriors

These are the plastic rivers of Indonesia

#plastic #plasticsoup #planetplastic

Good News Network
02/17/2019
Good News Network

Good News Network

Instead of throwing tons of plastic into landfills, this Purdue University team wants to turn it into fuel...

United for Bernie II
02/04/2019
United for Bernie II

United for Bernie II

No matter how abundant or renewable, solar power has a thorn in its side. There is still no cheap and efficient long-term storage for the energy that it generates.

The solar industry has been snagged on this branch for a while, but in the past year alone, a series of four papers has ushered in an intriguing new solution.

Scientists in Sweden have developed a specialised fluid, called a solar thermal fuel, that can store energy from the sun for well over a decade.

"A solar thermal fuel is like a rechargeable battery, but instead of electricity, you put sunlight in and get heat out, triggered on demand," Jeffrey Grossman, an engineer works with these materials at MIT explained to NBC News.

The fluid is actually a molecule in liquid form that scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden have been working on improving for over a year.

This molecule is composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen, and when it is hit by sunlight, it does something unusual: the bonds between its atoms are rearranged and it turns into an energised new version of itself, called an isomer.

Like prey caught in a trap, energy from the sun is thus captured between the isomer's strong chemical bonds, and it stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature.

When the energy is needed - say at nighttime, or during winter - the fluid is simply drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy in the form of heat.

"The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years," says one of the team, nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen from Chalmers University.

"And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase which is greater than we dared hope for."

A prototype of the energy system, placed on the roof of a university building, has put the new fluid to the test, and according to the researchers, the results have caught the attention of numerous investors.

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(Chalmers University of Technology)

The renewable, emissions-free energy device is made up of a concave reflector with a pipe in the centre, which tracks the Sun like a sort-of satellite dish.

The system works in a circular manner. Pumping through transparent tubes, the fluid is heated up by the sunlight, turning the molecule norbornadiene into its heat-trapping isomer, quadricyclane. The fluid is then stored at room temperature with minimal energy loss.

When the energy is needed, the fluid is filtered through a special catalyst that converts the molecules back to their original form, warming the liquid by 63 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building's water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and much more, before heading back to the roof once again.

The researchers have put the fluid through this cycle more than 125 times, picking up heat and dropping it off without significant damage to the molecule.

"We have made many crucial advances recently, and today we have an emissions-free energy system which works all year around," says Moth-Poulsen.

After a series of rapid developments, the researchers claim their fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, which is double the the energy capacity of Tesla's Powerwall batteries, according to the NBC.

But there's still plenty of room for improvement. With the right manipulations, the researchers think they can get even more heat out of this system, at least 110 degrees Celsius (230 degrees Fahrenheit) more.

"There is a lot left to do. We have just got the system to work. Now we need to ensure everything is optimally designed," says Moth-Poulsen.

If all goes as planned, Moth-Poulsen thinks the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

The most recent study in the series has been published in Energy & Environmental Science.

A version of this article was first published in November 2018.

01/30/2019
Wake Up World

Wake Up World

Is vertical farming the future of urban agriculture?

EcoOasis CostaRica
01/24/2019
EcoOasis CostaRica

EcoOasis CostaRica

We do a lot of foodscaping at EcoOasis, interspersed with ornamentals and flowers to attract beneficial pollinators. We’d like to see more of this worldwide!

01/23/2019
Wake Up World

Is this the future?

This tower filters in smog particles.... and turns it into jewelry.

via Studio Roosegaarde

Bernie Sanders
01/18/2019
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

A revolution is taking place in renewable energy. The idea of going backwards to boost the short-term profits of the coal and oil industries makes no sense at all. The US has the opportunity to lead the world in combating the greatest crisis facing the plant. We cannot go backwards.

This Old Coal Plant Is Now a Solar Farm, Thanks to Pressure From Local Activists
01/10/2019
This Old Coal Plant Is Now a Solar Farm, Thanks to Pressure From Local Activists

This Old Coal Plant Is Now a Solar Farm, Thanks to Pressure From Local Activists

Peters writes: For more than half a century, a coal plant in the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts spewed pollution into the air. Now, the plant is closed, and 17,000 solar panels and a battery storage system - the largest in the state - send clean power to the grid.

How about installing these in Flint along with a whole new pipe system.
01/05/2019
Real Progressives

How about installing these in Flint along with a whole new pipe system.

“Portland goes green with innovative water pipes”

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