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An interstate for renewable energy

The United States could slash greenhouse gas emissions from power production by up to 78 percent below 1990 levels within 15 years while meeting increased demand, according to a new study by NOAA and University of Colorado Boulder researchers. The study used a sophisticated mathematical model to evaluate future cost, demand, generation and transmission scenarios. It found that with improvements in transmission infrastructure, weather-driven renewable resources could supply most of the nation’s electricity at costs similar to today’s.

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#science #earth #renewableenergy   #carbon   #greenhousegas   #climate   #climatechange   #globalwarming  #usa #solarpower #windpower

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Earth-ships are designed to use the soil as natural insulation, and to catch storm water, maintaining an optimal temperature.

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The prominent 1,450 square foot vegetable garden on the roof supplies the family with more than enough produce, to the point where they’ve begun auctioning off tomatoes in the fertile season.

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They plan to include a wood fired hot tub for a newly-built deck, using lumber they milled themselves. Other features include an organic garden and a rain catchment system, all for mere pennies.

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Since 2014, the number of homeless people on the streets in America has dropped by about 40,000 people.

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Here is an interesting idea to combat the pollution of our oceans and waterways with a biodegradable six-pack ring. These are common in the United States and other countries and have become a problem for wildlife. The cool thing about these is they are created from an edible material that consists of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process.

Animals can consume the material without much harm. This technology may be big in the future as the costs come down. The plastic that is created from this material is just as strong and resistant as the normal plastic packaging that is will replace. As it stands right now though not many breweries and beverage companies are doing this but as more companies take advantage of this process the cost will come down.

So do you think this is a good idea? Would you pay a little more for your beverages if it meant helping out wildlife? Do you think this tech could be applied to other things? Can you see in another negatives about this tech?

#SixPack   #Sustainability   #FutureOfPlastic   #Biodegradable   #Enviorment   #Beer   #SaltwaterBrewery   #Bioplastic   #Plastic  

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A company called AeroFarms is looking to be a pioneer in the field of vertical farming with their new facility just outside New York City in Newark. The facility will produce 2 million pounds of food per year. It does this with a 70,000 square foot (6503 square metres) facility!

It also does this while being more efficient with water use- using 95% less water than traditional farms. It also will have a yield 75 times higher per square foot each year. I posted awhile back about the facility they opened in Japan and to put it in perspective this facility will be three times the size.

They plan on switching between 22 crops per year and take advantage of LED lights and climate control for all-season growing. This is all done with a technique called aeroponics. It also has the added benefit of not having to worry about pests.

So do you think this is the future of food? I like the idea of having the food you eat grown close to where you live. This will provide more options for actually fresh produce instead of produce that is brought in across the country. Do you see this taking off? If so how quickly? Do you think your city will ever build a vertical farm? It looks like it would be more cost effective for bigger cities? It'll be interesting to see how this turns out!

#Aeroponics   #VerticalFarming   #UrbanFarms   #FutureOfFood   #FreshProduce   #Produce   #Food   #FoodSecurity   #AeroFarm   #SustainableFarming   #Sustainability   #Vegetables  

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The battle for the future of how we get our meat is heating up. In the United States there has been a powerful lobbying group for the traditional food industry nicknamed "The DC Barnyard" and now they are going to be joined by a new group. The Good Food Institute (GFI) plans on lobbying for "clean and plant-based foods", think lab grown meats!

They say its mission is to help sustainably feed the more than 9 billion people that are projected to live on Earth in 2050. Right now the typical agribusiness spends more than $132 million US Dollars to get its special interests on the desk of lawmakers. GFI is a pretty small group right now but if food technology continues to grow it could be a powerful lobbying group in the future.

Many big groups are backing their effort including policy experts at the Humane Society and people at Whole Foods Market and Smarties Candy Company. So do you think the future of food will be lab grown meat? Do you believe this is a good thing? Will this dramatically impact the green house gases that are released by cattle production? Will you try it? Are there any other concerns about lab grown meat?

#LabGrownMeat   #GFI   #GoodFoodsInstitute   #FutureOfFood   #Lobbying   #UnitedStates   #LabGrownFood   #FoodPolicy   #Food   #ScienceOfFood  
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