Nike Opposes US Chamber of Commerce & Leaves Board, over Climate Change

from Green Options by Zachary Shahan

Nike just announced that it is leaving its position on the US Chamber of Commerce board of directors because of the business organization’s opposition to climate action.

Nike doesn’t beat around the bush on why it is leaving the board.

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Green roofs save on carbon overheads

from New Scientist – Online News

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A sprinkling of nanotubes makes plants shoot up

from New Scientist – Online News

Adding carbon nanotubes to synthetic soil makes tomato seeds sprout sooner and the seedlings grow fastermf.gif

Oil Company To Use Tallest, Greenest Building In Europe As Its HQ

from Gizmodo Australia by Rosa Golijan

It looks like a modern version of a van Gogh painting rather than the future headquarters of an oil company, but with its concert hall, museum, hotel and business centre Gazprom Tower will be the tallest, greenest building in Europe. (more…)

Elite Military Hacker Squad Would Stop Wars With Bits, Not Bombs

from Gizmodo Australia by John Herrman

Efforts to drag the US military’s cybersecurity into the 21st century are well underway, but John Arquilla, professor at the Naval Postgraduate School, wants more: a preemptive international hacker force, which would cripple enemies before they even become a problem. (more…)

Biggest Wind Farm in World — in Texas

from Green Options by Zachary Shahan

European energy giant E.ON “turned on” what is reported to be the largest wind farm in the world this week, in Texas.

The farm contains 627 wind turbines on almost 100,000 acres of land near Roscoe, Texas.

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Facebook Prototype Measures Gross National Happiness, Confirms That We Hate Mondays

from TechCrunch by Jason Kincaid

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With over 300 million users and 40 million daily status updates, Facebook has an immense amount of data that could potentially be used to gauge any number of things, from the hottest up-and-coming bands to the most discussed political issues. Earlier this week some of the site’s engineers decided to use this dataset to measure something a bit more fundamental: happiness. Dubbed Gross National Happiness, this

Nevada Dairy Cows are Ready for Cap-and-Trade with New Biogas Digester

from Green Options by Tina Casey

A new biodigester will let Desert Hills Dairy double its herd without adding more manure to the waste stream.

Desert Hills Dairy of Nevada has joined with Carbon Bank Ireland, an emerging leader in cap-and-trade carbon emissions markets, to build the state’s first biogas facility to convert cow manure into electricity. Along with producing enough sustainable methane to power itself and other equipment at the second largest dairy inNevada, the high tech digester will produce liquid fertilizer and mulch.

Carbon Bank Ireland specializes in harvesting certified emissions credits from sustainable energy projects, which can be traded in the European carbon markets. While some pundits claim that cap-and-trade is “socialism on a grand scale” (whatever that is), that doesn’t appear to bother the cows. It also doesn’t appear to bother Nevada, which sees a lot of green in its future. As reported by Nevada Appeal writer Kirk Caraway, interest in the state’s rich solar, wind and geothermal resources is surging, and it is becoming a desirable location for start-ups that are developing sustainable projects such as the capture of waste heat and the development of hi tech batteries. Green jobs, anyone?

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FUTURAMA Mon Amour

from Archinect.com Feed

The voice gets increasingly emotional toward the end… elseplace more @ Futurama 2 obvious In 1964, the World Fair returned to New York, about twenty years after the first event. Taking the opportunity, GM once again marked its presence with its pavilion where it revisited the future with the Futurama II exhibit, in an up-to-date and improved version. This time, though, its forecast didn’t have the same twenty-year reach, nor did it limit itself to cities and roads: the future that was idealized was located at a sixty-year distance, in 2024, and the imagined world also included space conquest, in which the Americans deposited all their strength and enthusiasm. Just like in the first edition, the exhibit was located in a building whose futuristic and aerodynamic lines resembled the Enterprise spaceship, from the StarTrek series. The visiting ritual remained the same, with the public touring the space sitting in chairs that moved over a railway line, from which the model cities and the diaporamas could be seen. There were simulations of underwater cities, cities in Antarctica and on the Moon, even. Even though it was devoid of any kind of ecological conscience, they proudly showed vast areas of deforestation in the Amazon jungle to build roads and cities, as well as crops in the desert. Over 26 million people visited this unique exposition and, like in the first edition, they went home with a I saw the future badge. And, most likely, those who saw the future in 1964 won’t survive to see the future in 2024; those who get there, though, will no longer expect a wonderful and perfect world, promised by the optimistic view of Futurama.3540522875_5fe113458d.jpg

More water evaporates from reservoirs than is consumed by humans

from Random graphic of the day: UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics Library by UNEP/GRID-Arendal <mapmaster@grida.no>

More water evaporates from reservoirs than is consumed by humansThroughout the 20th century, global water use has increased in the agricultural, domestic and industrial sectors. Evaporation from reservoirs has increased at a slower rate. Projections indicate that both global water use and evaporation will continue to increase.

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use

from Random graphic of the day: UNEP/GRID-Arendal Maps and Graphics Library by UNEP/GRID-Arendal <mapmaster@grida.no>

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land useChanges in land use have negatively affected the net ability of ecosystems to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. For instance, the carbon rich grasslands and forests in temperate zones have been replaced by crops with much lower capacity to sequester carbon.

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