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Monday, March 28, 2011

Liquid gold the green answer for the natural energy resources of tomorrow

Exquisite sample of urine produced after a lon...Image via Wikipedia  Pee power?Many environmentalists dream of a 'green future' - a world in which cars, homes and industries can rely on a clean, abundant and  renewable  resource such as wind and solar radiation. But that future may be as much mellow yellow as grassy green, thanks to another  natural resource that most of us would not think of - urine.

Planet earth's nearly 8 billion people flush away an estimated 10 billion litres (2.6 billion gallons) of urine daily. Domestic animals such as cows and pigs contribute twice as much. Add to that the millions of sheep that make their own contribution as well.

Geraldine Botte, a chemical engineer at Ohio University in the US, thinks throwing all that money away is a waste of (literally) a golden opportunity. What urine contains is something that many scientists have called the fuel of the future - hydrogen.

Professor Botte claims they have made a breakthrough,, because hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. However it does not exist alone but in combination with other elements. An economical method must be found to break  those chemical bonds. And that is just what she and her team at Ohio University are actually doing; they are confident that success is just on the horizon. Pee power is close to a reality! --gold-color.pdf
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Coal mines selling like hotcakes among power hungry Indian and Chinese companies

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Australian, Indonesian, and African Coal Mines Selling like Hot Cakes amongst Power Hungry Indian,Chinese Companies...

 Africa, Australia, China, Coal, Energy, Indonesia:

Coal Mines in Indonesia,Australia,Africa and North America are selling like hot cakes as Indian,Chinese companies as well as mining conglomerates like Rio Tinto,Vale,BHP Billiton fight to secure raw materials.Note India and China are consuming huge amounts of coal to power their thermal plants.While China consumes a monstrous 3 billion tons,Indian demand is rising at more than 10% a year though on a smaller base.Coal is the cheapest form of power despite its polluting and health hazardous affect.Though Coal Plants in Developed countries are becoming much more expensive to build due to taxes and opposition by environmental groups,there is no stopping their furious growth in countries like China and India.Though India too faces some environmental opposition,massive ultra mega power plants with capacity of 4000 MW are getting built by new Indian private utilities.

Acknowledgements: Abkishek Shah

Green World  Investor

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Planet Green Bikes in India...

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Let’s save our planet by exploring the magic of Cycling...

Cycling is a highly efficient mode of transportation and optimal for short to moderate distances. Compared to motor vehicles, cycles have numerous benefits including the provision of exercise, generating renewable energy and thus no air pollution, reducing traffic congestion, minimizing noise pollution (nearly silent operation), easier and less costly parking, much lower likelihood of causing a fatality, high maneuverability, ability to travel on roads or special paths, and lower user cost as well as societal costs (negligible damage to roads, and less pavement required).

Planet Green Bikes intends to encourage people to use cycles, in order to develop an eco-friendly environment near Metro Station and at the BRT Corridor in Delhi by discouraging petrol/diesel driven vehicles on roads.

Planet Green Bikes also intends to launch Cycle Shelters along with Sub Shelters forming a network all over Delhi that allows you to hire and return a bicycle from different places in Delhi. It is proposed to provide eco friendly and economical alternative travel solutions to the commuters of Delhi

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Prehistoric mammoth scanned...

Full size life reconstruction of a mammoth (Ma...Image via Wikipedia As they may have been...
Prehistoric mammoth scanned.

Russian scientists recently obtained detailed images of a mammoth's internal organs. The animal - three to four months old when it died many thousands of years ago - was found intact in the ice of the Yamalo-Nenets region of Arctic Russia.

"This is the best preserved specimen not only of the mammoth, but of any prehistoric animal," said Alexei Tikhonov,the deputy director of the Russian Academy of Science's Zoological Institute. Computer tomography, similar to that used to scan human patients, showed no sign of injuries.

That the mammoth's airways and digestive system were "clogged" with what appears to be silt leads scientist to the conclusion that the animal must have drowned. The mammoth is a prehistoric ancestor of the modern elephant.

Acknowledgements: Awake magazine,June 2010


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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Bee deaths linked to memory loss...

UNEP logo.Image via WikipediaFrom Britain comes this latest report: A mixture of chemicals found in modern pesticides may be killing bee colonies around the world, according to a United Nations report.

Seeds are being coated in systemic  insecticides that spread throughout the plant, from the roots to the flowers and into the nectar and pollen. The report says that the highly toxic chemicals in the insecticides, collectively known as neonicotinoids, can cause loss of sense of direction and memory  on which bees  rely to find food.

The United Nations Environment Program (Unep)report says that when neonicotinoids are combined with certain fungicides, the toxicity becomes a thousand times stronger.
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The Google Worldwide Science Fair...

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Welcome to the Google Science Fair! Google is looking for the brightest young scientists from around the world to submit interesting, creative projects that are relevant to the world today.
Who can enter?

The competition is open to students aged 13 to 18 from around the world working on their own or in a team of two or three. For more details, visit the Science Fair Rules page.
How to enter

If you don't already have one, create a Google Account. You will need a Google Account to complete the sign up form.
Complete the Google Science Fair sign up form. After you submit the form, you will see an important link on the confirmation page. This link will create the Google project submission site where you will post your science fair project details. Signed up but can’t find the link? Click here to create your Google project submission site.

Plan your science project, conduct your experiment, and write up your results.
Complete all of the sections of your Google project submission site (see sample project submission site).

Create either a two-minute video or 20-slide presentation giving an overview of your project and embed it on the Summary page of your project submission. A video or presentation is required to enter.

When your project site is done, make sure to submit it via this form by 4 April 2011.

Detailed instructions and tips for building your project submission can be found in the Resources section of this website.

Please note: Entries and supporting documentation must be submitted in English. Google Translate is a free tool that may be useful for students who don't speak English as a first language.


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Planet Green @Green Global - ecoimagination - climate community...

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@ Planet Green Global

Planet Green .com  offers practical everyday tips on how to live a greener lifestyle. We offer actionable advice across a variety of topics: green made real


@ecoimagination is GE's commitment to imagine and build innovative solutions to today's environmental challenges while driving economic growth

The Climate Community

@Climate Tweet  Los Angeles. CA

Climate education, discussion, and Awards
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