Here are some heroes who need to be recognized for their work. From George Monbiot at The Guardian
Green heroes working for the right kind of environmental change
These 50 green pioneers only scratch at the surface of those whose work is not yet widely known. Who else should we be celebrating?
Faced with the mind-numbing bad news about the environment over recent months, a couple of us at the Guardian decided to try to cheer ourselves up by finding examples of the right kind of environmental change. We set out to find 50 green pioneers, people who are making a practical difference but whose work is not yet widely known.
This from Inhabitat.com:-
“We write a lot about wave power here at Inhabitat, but functional wave farms are few and far between.
Now Ocean Power Technologies has hooked up its PB40 PowerBuoy to the grid at the Marine Corps Base in Hawaii, marking the first time waves have provided energy to the U.S. electrical grid.”
Read more: Renewable Energy | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World
This article from inhabitat.com interested us at PTV.
Motivational speakers tend to say that if you’re going to aim for anything, aim high and think big. Alex Salmond, the first minister of Scotland, has done precisely that. Again.
Over the past five days, Salmond has doubled his government’s target for generating “green” electricity. Last Thursday he tore up the Scottish government’s goal of making half of Scotland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2020, and replaced it with a new target of 80%.
Today at an international low carbon investment conference in Edinburgh, he set a higher goal, claiming Scotland could actually generate all of its electricity – currently about 6.8GW – from green sources by 2025.
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This from our friends at optemistworld.com:-
A plant compound in watercress may have the ability to suppress breast cancer cell development by ‘turning off’ a signal in the body, thereby starving a growing tumour of essential blood and oxygen.
The research suggests that the watercress compound is able to interfere with the function of a protein which plays a critical role in cancer development. As tumours develop they rapidly outgrow their existing blood supply. So they send out signals which make surrounding normal tissues grow new blood vessels into the tumour which feed them oxygen and nutrients.
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Remember all those oil absorbent booms that were used to clean up the massive Gulf Coast oil spill?
Despite looking like long tubes of overstuffed socks, they’re great for absorbing and containing oil-based liquids. They were definitely useful for the Gulf Coast oil spill, and now they’re going to be useful for General Motors. GM has decided to reuse these booms and turn them into car parts such as air dams and water deflectors.
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This from CNN:-
London, England (CNN) — The world’s largest offshore wind farm opened Thursday off the British coast, with 100 wind turbines capable of supplying enough electricity for 200,000 homes a year.
The farm, off the coast of Kent in southern England, is part of a major renewable energy initiative spearheaded by the previous British government.
Swedish energy company Vattenfall will operate the farm after having invested around 880 million pounds ($1.38 billion).
Wildlife rescue workers in Florida have discovered a common sandwich ingredient is perfect for cleaning toxic crude from the skin of oiled sea turtles.
Just days ago, government officials announced that the BP well responsible for the worst oil spill in American history is finally dead. Unfortunately, the crisis has only just begun for wildlife that lives in and around the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
The staff at The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida are still seeing new oiled turtles come in from areas affected by the spill, and they are using an easy-to-get, safe, and effective kitchen condiment to save their lives…
Wealthy Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett say they are encouraged to see that China”s super-rich have enthusiasm for philanthropy.
Philanthropy was at the top of the agenda for America”s richest man, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who met with about 50 of China”s wealthiest people at a highly publicized banquet in Beijing.
On Thursday, he compared the United States and China, and said wealthy donors in both countries have similar concerns, such as how to make an impact and how family members should be involved. But he says there are important differences.
Using fallen leaves and discarded plastic bottles, two designers have created a recycled material that could turn buildings into automatic rainwater collection systems.
Thousands of gallons of free water fall on roofs, parking lots, and sidewalks every day only to flow directly down the drain. Rainwater collection systems are often bulky and (in some regions) illegal. But with the Save Water Brick, your home and other buildings could collect this precious resource automatically.
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The UN has launched a $40bn (£25.5bn) health initiative aimed at saving the lives of 16 million women and children over the next five years.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said women and children “play a crucial role in development”.
About eight million under-fives die every year and more than a third of a million women lose their lives during pregnancy or childbirth.
In the heart of the bustling capital of Cairo, Egypt, a lone female taxi driver navigates her bright yellow cab through the unforgiving traffic.
“I wanted to take this adventure, as I consider it an adventure, rather than an experience. Thank God, I believe it is a nice adventure so far and I feel happy with it,” Inas Hassan Ali says.
Ali is one of only eight female cab drivers in a city where the profession is dominated by men.