Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

Iceland is Turning Greenhouse Gas Emissions into Stone

Human beings are producing dangerous amounts of greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by burning fossil fuels for power, transportation, and industrial production. If CO2 production isn’t decreased and stabilized fast, we can expect climate change to escalate to alarming levels, affecting all life on Earth — including humans. The good news is that carbon capture storage (CCS) technology exists to help get us out of this  mess.  Here are three promising new technologies paving the way to saving the planet:  1 – Iceland is turning carbon into Stone Many existing methods of storing CO2 as a gas are marred by...

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Las Vegas Is On Its Way To 100% Renewable Energy

Las Vegas, famous for its ubiquitous shimmering lights, uses a massive amount of energy daily. But despite this obvious hurdle, the city is emerging as a model for clean energy transition. Officials began the process of going green in 2008, when they placed solar arrays on and around public facilities. More recently, they have been purchasing more solar power and arranging to use hydroelectric. The city has also reduced its energy consumption by more than 30 percent, according to Tom Perrigo, the city’s Planning Director and Chief Sustainability Officer. All of Las Vegas’ city government buildings are now powered by green energy, and...

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Harnessing Electricity From the Moon

Windmills and solar energy are on the rise as the world attempts to decrease fossil fuel usage. But there’s another renewable energy source that’s getting far less press: hydroelectricity. Modern marine turbines have been in an experimental stage for over a decade, and countries around the world are looking at them as a new option for clean energy. Marine turbines harness energy from a constant source: the moon. The moon’s gravitational pull creates tides so the ocean is always in motion – providing ultimate reliability. Above0ground windmills only operate when wind is blowing. Solar panels can’t charge without sunshine. But...

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This App Tells Kids Exactly How Their Meals Affect the Planet

Was your kid’s last meal sustainable? Were gallons of water and a huge tract of clear-cut forest used to produce it? How about toxic emissions that contribute to climate change? The truth is that food does affect the planet, and simple adjustments to your diet can help preserve the environment and de-escalate global warming. It’s never too early to start learning sustainable eating habits, and an app called Food For Thought aims to help kids understand the true impact of their vittles. Professor Emma Mercier developed this educational app and tested it with a group of eighth graders. They...

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Therapy Cats Bring Joy To Nursing Home Residents

Whether it’s a smiling, tail-wagging dog bursting with contagious happiness or a cat pulsing with purrs in someone’s lap, animals soothe us, amuse us, and bring us joy. The symbiotic human-animal bond also has a host of health benefits. Having a pet lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, decreases stress and the occurrence of heart attacks, and alleviates depression. Purr vibrations are 20-140 Hz, and can reportedly promote bone growth and healing, pain relief, swelling reduction, wound healing, muscle growth and repair, tendon repair, joint mobility, and dyspnea (shortness of breath) relief. Kitties can stimulate memory in Alzheimer patients; people on the autism spectrum also respond...

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