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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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.
Read more here
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…
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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Long before recycling became a household word, a Paris prefect called Eugene Poubelle, introduced three separate containers for household waste – glass and pottery, oyster and mussel shells, and the rest – and had horse-drawn carts empty them. Six years later, his surname entered the Academy dictionary as the word for “dustbin”. Now, over a century later, a growing number of French towns are returning to horse-drawn kerbside waste collection, as a better way to recycle.
Aeroplanes could be far better for the environment, create less noise and be safer for passengers thanks to the development of new software.
The programme FLIGHT, developed by a University of Manchester academic, can apparently predict the true level of emissions released and help the industry improve its environmental reputation – one of the issues about which it’s most criticised.
This from the BBC:-
US President Barack Obama is to install solar panels on the White House roof, a move lauded by climate activists as symbolic of the nation’s energy future.
The panels will heat the Obamas’ water and provide some electric power.
In 1979, President Jimmy Carter installed solar panels later removed by Ronald Reagan. George W Bush put panels elsewhere on the White House grounds.
In response to global demand for innovations in public transportation, Google has pledged $1 million to a New Zealand company with an elevated opinion of urban commuting.
Two years ago, the search engine giant, Google Inc., made headlines by announcing Project 10^100: a global call for ideas that would change the world by helping as many people as possible. Over 150,000 ideas were submitted, and “drive innovation in public transportation” was voted one of the five winning concepts.