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Eben Bayer and Ecovative have created an all natural and low-energy alternative material to styrofoam packaging made from mycelium.

As plastic waste continues to pile up in landfills and natural ecosystems, innovation in material resources and alternatives are desperately needed. Eben Bayer of Ecovative hopes to push manufacturers away from using plastic, specifically Styrofoam, by offering a low-tech and environmentally benign material called EcoCradle.

Bayer presented the story behind his mycelium based material this past July at the TED conference in Oxford, England.

See more on this from crispgreen.com

An initiative which has reduced 10,000 tonnes of carbon emissions in the UK is seeking the next big carbon cutting idea, to reward it with a £440,000 boost.

The Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2011 offers funding and expert business support to help bring a winning carbon-cutting idea to the global market.

Now in its fifth year, the global eco-innovation competition has produced four winners from across the world, including one winner and one runner up from the UK. Entrants must submit a creative, eco-friendly idea and business plan for a product or service that helps reduce CO2 emissions.

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On Wednesday Iceland flipped the switch on the world’s first power plant that eliminates more CO2 than it produces. The pilot program, which is operated by Climeworks, can remove an estimated 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air each year. The gases aren’t just contained; rather, they are turned into limestone where they will remain for at least one million years.

New source:

https://inhabitat.com/worlds-first-negative-emissions-power-plant-opens-in-iceland/

Led by the 72-year-old Yasuteru Yamada, the Skilled Veterans Corps, a group of some 250 able-bodied seniors, are offering to go in and clean up the radiation-contaminated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. Among the 250 seniors are retired engineers and nuclear technicians, but also two chefs – and a singer. “It’s for the sake of entertainment”, says Yamada.

Yamada is claiming that “Elders have less sensitivity to radiation” since the cells of an older person’s body divide more slowly than a younger individual. In a pragmatic concern Yamada also says that “I am 72 and on average I probably have 13 to 15 years left to live, … Even if I were exposed to radiation, cancer could take 20 to 30 years or longer to develop. Therefore us older ones have less chance of getting cancer.”

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PANASONIC INITIATES PILOT HEARTLAND E-WASTE RECYCLING PROGRAMME FOR HOME APPLIANCES IN SINGAPORE

·  The programme, running from July to December 2013, functions as an integrated platform for convenient recycling of home appliances and electronic waste, with the South East District as its launch pad

·  Panasonic collaborated with young local artist, KC Gan, to turn e-waste into art

·  Panasonic will donate 5,000 energy-efficient light bulbs to less privileged families in Marine Parade and Mountbatten

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What”s next for the energy generation? We won”t keep you in suspense!

Don Quixote famously—infamously—tilted at windmills.

Were his story set today, though, Cervantes might have to change things up a bit: the monsters the self-styled knight battles might be set in the sky. Soon, in the airs above Fairbanks, Alaska, a wind turbine will be launched. It will use helium to hover above the ground, obviating the need for poles—and, for that casino matter, for land. The massive balloon will be, Gizmodo reports, the world”s first floating commercial wind turbine.

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If the Twin Cities-based Coalition for Sustainable Rail (CSR) has anything to do with it, trains will soon run carbon-neutral.

This week, the Coalition, a project of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Environment, teamed up with Sustainable Rail International, a non-profit advocacy group, to announce the launch of an initiative to build the world’s fastest biofuel-powered steam locomotive.

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Positive TV are looking forward to partnering with Resurgence and Ecologist Magazine to cover The Resurgence 50, One Earth, One Humanity, One Future conference from 22nd September to 25th September at The Worcester College, Oxford.

Here is a link to the event information.

One Earth One Humanity One Future

 

Japan is set to announce incentives for renewable-energy generation on June 18 and will endorse the rates proposed by a government panel, an official said today.

Trade Minister Yukio Edano will confirm the subsidized tariff of 42 yen (53 US cents) a kilowatt-hour for 20 years for solar power, Masato Yasuda, an official in charge of the incentive program at the ministry, said by telephone today.

The decision is needed for Japan to start a so-called feed- in tariff program on July 1 to increase clean-energy use following the March 2011 nuclear accident.

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How can you make a green form of transportation even greener? Bryan McClelland may have the answer: bamboo bikes.

McClelland has created the BamBike, a bicycle made out of bamboo. The bicycles are made in Manila, Phillipines, which Reuters reports is one of the most polluted capitals in the world. The bikes, costing around $500, are built by local skilled laborers, and the company advertises that as “a company that is interested in helping out people and the planet,” their bicycles are made with fair-trade labor.

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2013 sees the launch of the Solar Power Portal Awards, recognising the best in solar in the UK.

Focusing on all areas of the solar industry, the purpose of the awards is to recognise and celebrate good practice, professionalism, quality, safety and innovation, with the aim of being a marker of the brightest and best that UK solar has to offer.

The awards will be judged by a panel of industry experts and leaders from the solar, renewable and business worlds.

See their website here

SAN FRANCISCO –- An environmental group has filed suit against the state of California for doing what it deemed an insufficient job of regulating the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

In a complaint filed in Alameda County Superior Court earlier this week, the Arizona-based Center For Biological Diversity charged that the agency tasked with regulating energy production, the California Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has “[issued] permits for oil and gas well operations…without tracking, monitoring or otherwise supervising the high-risk, unconventional injection practice.”

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