According to ancient Romans, across the Mediterranean are places where mortals can access the underworld. These “gates to hell” are marked by stone structures, and some of them, like the gate in Hierapolis (now modern-day Turkey) seem to have supernatural powers.
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/scientists-solve-the-mystery-of-turkeys-deadly-gate-to-hell
In 2017, the price for high-efficiency solar panels dropped from 72¢/W to 45¢/W, representing a 37% decline in cost. The falling price of high-efficiency solar panels is driven by several factors, including American consumer demand for higher solar efficiency to compensate for the higher-than-average energy consumption of the average American and Chinese state investment in high-efficiency solar panel production. The shift is also a result of technological change as solar panels have shifted from poly…
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/in-2017-price-for-high-efficiency-solar-panels-fell-37
The Seychelles, an island nation in East Africa, recently announced the creation of two new Marine Protected Areas nearly the size of Great Britain. It’s part of what The Telegraph called a debt for nature swap: the island nation gets a $20 million debt relief plan backed by investors including our favorite eco hero Leonardo DiCaprio, and according to the Nature Conservancy, the organization that designed the deal, will protect areas from nearly all human activity.
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from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/the-seychelles-creates-debt-for-conservation-deal-with-leonardo-dicaprio
Since the start of February, Yellowstone National Park and its supervolcano have been hit with a wave of at least twenty earthquakes and a number of smaller tremors. Although the largest earthquake only registered a 2.9 on the Richter scale while all have struck about five miles below the Earth’s surface, this so-called earthquake swarm is noteworthy, though likely not reason for alarm. “While it may seem worrisome, the current seismicity is relatively weak and actually represents an opportunity…
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/wave-of-earthquakes-shake-yellowstones-supervolcano
Clean water. Housing. Storing renewable energy. These are just a few of the issues facing us today that design can take on. Around the world, people have applied design to tackling life’s problems, and some have dreamed up solutions that won’t break the bank. Check out our list of seven simple designs to meet these challenges and more.
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/7-simple-designs-that-solve-modern-problems-and-dont-cost-a-fortune
Addis Ababa, home to over three million people in Ethiopia, has one landfill: the Koshe dump site. It’s about as large as 36 football pitches, according to the United Nations Environment Program. A waste-to-energy plant, Africa’s first, could transform the site, burning around 1,400 tons of trash every day.
from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building https://inhabitat.com/africas-first-waste-to-energy-plant-to-supply-30-of-addis-ababas-household-electricity-needs
- A high estimate of the number of birds killed by collisions with US wind turbines and their towers each year is 573,000, though researchers said the actual number is probably between 140,000 and 328,000. Even the highest of those numbers is very small compared to the number killed generating the same amount of power from fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]
- A study found that the methane escaping from oil and gas industry sites in Pennsylvania “causes the same near-term climate pollution as 11 coal-fired power plants.” And that is “five times higher than what oil and gas companies report” to the state, according to Environmental Defense Fund analysis based on 16 peer-reviewed studies. [ThinkProgress]
- According to Autocar, Porsche has stopped installing diesel engines in any of its vehicles, effective immediately. The move is certainly tied to recent developments that have tarnished the once glittering reputation of diesel. German regulators ordered Audi to recall 127,000 cars fitted with the latest Euro 6 spec diesel engines last month. [CleanTechnica]
- California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co, part of PG&E Corporation, announced that it has achieved its home state’s 2020 renewable energy goal three years ahead of schedule. The company said that 33% of its electricity in 2017 came from renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and small hydroelectric sources. [Renewables Now]
- The High Court in London ruled the UK government’s current stance on air pollution is “unlawful.” It is the third court case the UK government has lost to ClientEarth, an organization of environmental activist lawyers. According to the Royal College of Physicians, air pollution contributes to nearly 40,000 deaths in the UK each year. [Futurism]
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from Green Energy Times http://www.greenenergytimes.org/2018/02/22/february-22-green-energy-news-5/