Sustainable Engineering News
Peak Oil Review - July 6
A weekly review including Oil and the Global Economy, The Middle East & North Africa, China, Russia/Ukraine, Greece, The Briefs.
The "Sixth Extinction" Adds Urgency to Habitat and Climate Protection
It’s now unequivocal: the sixth great spasm of species extinctions has begun. We – homo sapiens – are its cause. And only we can slow it down.
Greece and the Limits to Growth
Certainly there is reason to pause and to question the idea of infinite economic growth on a finite planet.
What''s the Best Way to Grow the Co-operative Economy?
Regional cooperative development based on grass-rooted practitioner wisdom has become more than an aspiration...
An Interview with Agroecologist Jairo Restrepo
My mission now is to defend life. This is my purpose, my instinct, but also to protect the conditions that encourage perpetual and healthy life.
Staying Human in a Time of Climate Change: New Author on Science, Grief, and Hope
I think we can create the very best science out there about the problems of climate change, yet if we aren’t filtering that science through our hearts, there remains—as we see today—a disengagement.
Abandoned golf courses becoming solar farms in Japan
The cleared spaces are going unused and they make a perfect setting for solar panels.
Eat well for the sake of your body AND the planet
A growing number of consumers are paying attention to how their decisions about food affect the planet''s wellbeing.
Sustainable solutions for old toys
From reuse to recycling, there are a variety of ways for the eco-minded parent to clean the house of old and broken children''s toys without ever touching the garbage bin.
Burt Shavitz, co-founder of Burt''s Bees, dies at 80
Was he a role model or a victim?
Could prefabrication solve our housing affordability crisis?
The problems are with two other Ps: planning and politics.
Why are they flooding the Grand Canyon?
The U.S. Department of the Interior has taken to releasing massive amounts of the Colorado River from dams, here''s why.
Infinyte I4: A Purely Electric Catamaran Cruiser
Electric Cars | Future Technology | TransportationWhile solar-power electric hybrid vehicles are a proven success story on the roads, the time is ripe for the appearance of solar-electric watercraft. Already a pontoon boat – Loon – is available in the market. It is solar-electric powered...
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Greenest Destination in New York City
Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar PowerNew York City’s Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting even greener with the addition of a solar powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station - the first of its kind in New York City. Brooklyn Bridge Park has already added a number of gr...
Oriental Hornet: Expert Solar Power Harvester
Environment and Sustainability | Photovoltaic Cells | Solar PowerDo you know who is the most competent solar power expert, according to a research team from Tel Aviv University? It is the humble common Oriental hornet found in our gardens! Much to the astonishment of the scientists and researchers, ...
Lab rats and the corruption of how we count
The numbers that come our way are calculated and disseminated by people who have an agenda. It may be to be as objective as they can be given the constraints under which they labor. It may be to satisfy the views of financial supporters of a think tank or university research laboratory. The informat...
Oil Spill Costs BP $18.7bn
The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened in 2010, but BP has only now reached a settlement with the Department of Justice. The agreement states that BP owes $5.5bn to the United States as outlined in the Clean Water Act, and that this money will be paid out over fifteen … The post Oil Spill...
Solar Impulse 2 Finally Reaches Hawaii
The world’s first?solar energy?plane landed in Kalaeloa Airport around six AM this morning after flying all the way from Japan across the Pacific. Andre Borschberg, the pilot, reportedly made the landing?very gently. He has gotten almost no sleep this week, but he has just broken the record fo...
London's First Electric Bus Announced
A special announcement was made at the Clean Bus Summit that will change, as of now, a good number of cities from around the world. This announcement was made by the mayor of London, Mayor Boris Johnson, in the first Clean Bus Summit to take place in London. He announced … The post London̵...
Solar Powered Noise Barriers Installed on Dutch Highway
In the Netherlands, new solar powered noise reduction barriers have been installed along the side of the A2 highway. These new solar energy innovations are particularly interesting because the barriers, which are brightly colored and pleasant to look at, will also collect solar energy. The barriers ...