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It’s a cold winter day and Ruth Kassinger is eating fresh kumquats that she’s just picked from a tree inside her suburban Washington home. The kumquat is among a variety of tropical plants in the sunroom Kassinger calls her conservatory.

A chance visit to the National Botanic Garden in Washington gave her the idea to build her more modest version. “I walked in and the glass doors opened and I stepped into a beautiful green lush, warm and humid jungle, and I walked around for a while, and was just stunned by how beautiful and full of life this place was.”

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19 Global Climate Action Projects to be Honoured at the UN Climate Conference COP23 in Bonn

Nineteen ground-breaking initiatives from around the world were announced today, as recipients of the United Nations ‘Momentum for Change’ Climate Solutions Award.

The winners underline how Global Climate Action is accelerating, two years after the Paris Agreement was universally adopted and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Representatives from the following three winning activities spoke about their innovative solutions at a special event in Berlin, Germany, on October 12:
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Wind turbines are an increasingly popular way to generate clean energy with large-scale wind farms springing up all over the world. However, many residents near proposed wind farm sites have raised concerns over the aesthetics and the low frequency vibrations they claim are generated by wind turbines. An interesting Windstalk concept devised by New York design firm Atelier DNA could overcome both these problems while still allowing a comparable amount of electricity to be generated by the wind.

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New research shows that wind turbines may help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-enhancing carbon dioxide from the air and soil

AMES, Iowa—Wind turbines in Midwestern farm fields may be doing more than churning out electricity. The giant turbine blades that generate renewable energy might also help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-enhancing carbon dioxide [CO2] from the air and soil.

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Thanks to Voive of America for this story.

The United States and other nations say they are committed to a greener future. That’s been helped in recent years with millions of dollars of investment in cleaner fuels technology – and as VOA’s Rebecca Ward reports, the investment seems to be paying off.

The winner of a $5 million prize for the best production-capable vehicle that’s able to run the equivalent of 160 kilometers without recharging is – surprisingly – not electric.  The Very Light Car runs on ethanol based E85. It has an internal combustion engine, like a regular automobile.  But the VLC is anything but regular. Brad Jaeger, an engineer on the Edison 2 team, describes its features.

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From eroding coastline to depleted fish stocks, the effects of climate change are being felt along West Africa’s coast and governments and environmental groups are coming together to talk about what can be done to mitigate its impact.

The ocean breaking on southern Senegal’s coastline does not look much different from any other beach. But a closer a look at the Palmarin peninsula, reveals a different story, uprooted palm trees mark eroded coastlines and vestiges of buildings mark where a village was washed away two decades ago.

An island visible from the tip of Palmarin used to be connected to the peninsula, but rising waters and a tidal wave in 1987 separated the two with the gap getting wider and deeper with each year, according to local residents.

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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

A new volunteer network has been set up to distribute free food to those in need, from unsellable farm crops that would otherwise go to waste

Up to half of the world’s food production is going to waste, according to a report by the Institute of Mechanical Engineering published earlier this month. However, the new network is hoping to help combat this in the UK with the help of volunteer gleaners.

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How does a car maker settle the problem of deciding to make an all-electric car, a hybrid electric car, or a diesel engine car? They can only make one vehicle so which will it be? Volvo has decided… all three! Yep, the car maker has come up with a new model that can go from an all-electric car with a 30-mile range to hybrid to diesel with just the switch of a button. We heard last October that the company was planning a V60 diesel hybrid, but a vehicle that can be all three? Seemingly, the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid can be everything for everyone.

“Wired” reports that the Volvo V60 Plug-In Hybrid can switch modes all during a single trip, moving from all-electric to hybrid to diesel, and sending power from front wheels to rear wheels to all four wheels. And it is done with just a simple set of buttons on the dashboard.

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It’s been a winter of some of the heaviest snowfalls on record, but Spring has sprung and people are being urged to use the UK’s first interactive website to make the most of its arrival.

VisitWoods.org.uk has been developed by the Woodland Trust to ensure that no one who wants to see Spring’s early signs will miss out. It maps nearly 14,000 woodlands giving easy access to information on nearly all publicly accessible woods.

Anyone can enter a postcode and generate a map of all woods in the surrounding area that are open to visit, regardless of who owns them.

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Three years ago, Virgin Atlantic Airways grabbed some headlines when it experimentally ran one of its 747s on a mixture of standard jet fuel and biofuel. While some called it a publicity stunt, it was the first time that a commercial airliner had flown using biofuel – albeit only in part of one of its four fuel tanks. Today, however, the airline announced that it’s developing an aviation fuel that will have half the carbon footprint of conventional fuel. The carbon savings won’t result from how cleanly the fuel burns, but from how it’s obtained.

One of Virgin’s partners in the project, LanzaTech, begins the process by capturing waste gases from steel mills. These gases, which would otherwise have been burnt into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, are instead fermented and chemically converted into jet fuel, using technology developed by another partner, Swedish Biofuels. It is estimated that the system should work with about 65 percent of the world’s steel mills, and that it could also be applied to metals processing and the chemical industry.

Virgin plans to begin using the fuel in two to three years, on flights from Shanghai and Delhi to London Heathrow. A pilot plant is currently producing the fuel in New Zealand, with a larger demonstration plant scheduled to be commissioned in Shanghai later this year, and the first commercial plant to begin operation in China by 2014. After that, if all goes according to plan, additional facilities could be built in the UK and other locations around the world.if (document.currentScript) {