Costa Rica has successfully ditched fossil fuels for over two months! 

The Latin American country of Costa Rica has achieved an impressive milestone in green energy production by generating 100 per cent of its energy from renewable resources, with a combination of hydropower and geothermal for 75 days in a row.

Thanks to the favorable rainy conditions in the first months of the year, four of Costa Rica’s hydropower plants — Arenal, Cachí, La Angostura and Pirrís — are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. Using a mix of geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the nation of 5 million inhabitants hasn’t needed an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on since December of 2014.

What an extraordinary effort by a small nation! Way to go!


The push for renewable energy in the U.S. often focuses on well-established sources of electricity: solar, wind and hydropower. Off the coast of California, a team of researchers is working on what they hope will become an energy source of the future — macroalgae, otherwise known as kelp.

The Pacific Coast is known for its vast kelp forests. It’s one of the fastest-growing plants on Earth, and farming it requires no fertilizer, fresh water, pesticides, or arable land. “It can grow 2 to 3 feet per day,” says Diane Kim, one of the scientists running the kelp research project at the University of Southern California.

Kelp is transformed into biofuel by a process called thermochemical liquefaction. The kelp is dried out, and the salt is washed away. Then it’s turned into bio-oil through a high-temperature, high-pressure conversion process.

Some small companies are growing kelp as a substitute for kale in the U.S., but that’s exactly the problem – very, very few are doing it. Thus, the infrastructure and investment isn’t in place to make other products from kelp, like biofuel.

Scientists Hope To Farm The Biofuel Of The Future In The Pacific Ocean

Photos: Courtesy of David Ginsburg/Wrigley Institute, Monika Evstatieva/NPR (2) and Anjuli Sastry/NPR


1. Do you turn water into electricity through hydropower because DAM
2. Are you an element because i’d periodically do you on a table
3. Are you an atom because ive got my ion you
4. I want you more than Leonardo Dicaprio wants an Oscar
5. I might be the left shark but youre the right shark for me
6. Do you have an iphone i can borrow? I just really need google maps because im completely lost in your eyes right now
7. I like you more than kanye likes kanye
8. Are you hot topic because im uncomfortable when i enter you
9. Are you from starbucks because i like you a latte
10. The club isn’t the only thing goin up on a tuesday
11. Do you want to get chipotlaid
12. Minerals aren’t the only thing I crave
13. I’d share my tots with you
14. I see youre drinking skim milk. Is that because you think youre fat? Because youre not. You could drink whole if you wanted to.
15. Is your name Neville because I long for your bottom
16. Tea won’t be the only thing i’m dropping into your harbour
17.U just (nicholas) caged my heart
18. Are you tired? Youve been running through my mind all day
19. If i was a superhero, id be YourMan
20. Tags arent the only thing i’m gonna be poppin
21. Vincent van gogh out with me
22. If you were my homework i’d do you
23. Are you my pinky toe because i want to bang you on every piece of furniture in my house
24. Are you spahgetti because i’d love you to meat my balls
25. Youre the hottest pocket
26. My heads in the game but itd rather be between your thighs
27. Are you playing mario golf because you just won this hole
28. In west philadelphia, born and raised, on top of you is how i’ll be spending most of today
29. Roses are red violets are blue like the titanic im going down on you
30. Your soul isnt the only thing i wanna suck
31. If im mozart, will you be my baethoven
32. All this cream cheese and i still want you in my bae goals
33. Do you play sims because YIPKEE BANAKATOO! NABO BAZEDDD
34. Do you want creme bru laid for dessert
35. Are you from hogwarts because id love to slytherin your pants
36. Catching the golden snitch isnt the only thing i can do with my mouth
37. Hell ive fallen for you and cant get up
38. Are you raven because i’ll be your lil nasty
39. Are you Robin Thicke because get the fuck away from me
40. Are you instagram because i’m likin what i see
41. Is that a cellphone in your back pocket because dat ass is calling me
42. Are you tumblr because im gonna be on you all night
43. Tonight, im gonna put a snake in YOUR boot
44. Is your name wifi because im feelin a connection
45. If you were a sharpie youd be ultra fine
46. A dolla aint gonna be the only thing that makes you holla tonight honey boo boo child
47. You can hakuna my tatas
48. Youre the obi-wan for me
49. Are you feelin it now mr krabs
50. You make my life les miserables

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone
Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours
By Arthur Neslen

“Watson said: “The age of inflexible and polluting technologies is drawing to an end and power will increasingly be provided from clean, renewable sources.”

among-the-ivy  asked:

Have you seen anything about CopenHill in Copenhagen? Do you know of any other buildings that produce energy and/or are waste management plants but are also aesthetically pleasing at the same time?

CopenHill by BIG (above) combines a waste-to-energy plant with an ski slope but there is a long tradition of energy plants that strive to raise above the industrial aesthetic, check out these projects:

Hydro-electric Powerstation becker architekten

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Voith Hydro                                                

Employees use a torch inside a spiral case for a hydropower plant as they take measurements at the Voith GmbH factory in Heidenheim, Germany, on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Fast facts:

  • Using hydropower avoids nearly 200 million metric tons of carbon pollution in the United States each year – equal to the output of over 38 million passenger cars.
  • Between 98% and 115% of Norway’s annual electricity demand is covered by hydropower (depending on rainfall)
  • More than 35 countries obtained more than half of their total electricity from hydropower
  • Using hydropower avoids nearly 200 million metric tons of carbon pollution in the United States each year – equal to the output of over 38 million passenger cars.

Source: Voith.com

Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

© 2014 Bloomberg Finance LP

All the Time in the World (Sanders Sides Time Travel AU): Chapter One

Summary: When Roman heads off into the past on a “grand adventure”, his twin brother Logan must follow to ensure he doesn’t drastically change the future.

Warnings: None for this chapter (maybe mentions of missing person/mention of drugs?)

(Prologue here)

Patton stapled yet another “MISSING” flyer to yet another post.  He’d been all over the city, asking people if they’d seen his brother, putting the flyers everywhere he could reach.  It was late, and he was tired.  He turned to dejectedly start walking home, and immediately collided with a man rushing in the other direction.

“Oh dear, I’m so sorry,” the man said, bending to help Patton pick up the papers that had fallen from his arms.  He frowned as he looked at the face on the papers.  “Your brother?”

Patton nodded, finally looking into the stranger’s face and gasping.  “Y-you! It’s you! You were with him last!”  His eyes filled with tears.  “What happened to him? What did you do?!”

The stranger looked at him with concern and…something else.  It wasn’t pity, Patton would have noticed that.  “Are you quite sure it was me?  I feel I would have remembered if I saw someone that looks like you…”

Patton blinked.  “Did you just…flirt with me? Now?”

The man blushed.  “I…that was not my intention, I apologize.”

Patton shook his head.  “Whatever, it’s ok.  He looked exactly like you, except he didn’t wear glasses…I just thought…”

The man’s eyes softened.  “No harm done.  I, um…I do have a twin brother.  I’ve been looking for him as well, he ran off on another one of his reckless adventures.”

Patton looked at him curiously.  “Maybe they’re together?  I just don’t understand why Virgil wouldn’t text me or call me…”

The stranger seemed lost in thought.  “I…I must go.  I’m afraid my brother may have taken your brother somewhere unsafe.  I’ll try my best to retrieve them both.”

Patton blinked in surprise and grabbed the man’s arm as he turned away.  “I’m going with you.”

The man stared at him nervously.  “I don’t think that’s wi–”

“Did I ask?”

He blinked again.  “N-no, I suppose you didn’t…I’m not sure how you will react, however…”

Patton looked at him.  “React to what?  And what’s your name?  I can’t run off with a stranger whose name I don’t know.”

“Logan…but you knowing my name doesn’t change the fact that I am a stranger…”

“It doesn’t, but at least you’re a little less strange now.”

“Debatable,” Logan muttered under his breath, before continuing at normal volume.  “Very well, allow me to buy you a drink.  There are some things I must explain before we go.”

“Can’t you explain on the way?  We’ll be wasting time…”

Logan smiled at him for the first time, and Patton couldn’t help but admire the sight for a moment before mentally slapping himself, reminding himself there were more important things at the moment.  “My friend, we have all the time in the world.”


A couple of months earlier, and three hundred years later…

“Roman.  Roman, get up!”  Logan hissed into his brother’s ear.

Roman had fallen asleep at the worktable again, the device he had been working on pressed to his face.  He jerked up.  “No! Mom! Logan!”  Logan blinked, rubbing Roman’s shoulder.  It appeared he’d been having one of his nightmares again.  Roman shook his head, somewhat disoriented.  “I’m up!  What’s happening?”

“I figured out what we did wrong.  I know how to fix our machines!  Instead of using hydropower, we use magnets!  It would allow us to alter Earth’s magnetic field around us, while still being renewable energy.”

Roman blinked up at him, astonished.  “What?!”  He jumped up.  “Logan, you know what this means?”

Logan smiled softly and nodded.  “Dad’s work will be done, after all.”

Roman blinked back tears.  “After seven years…”  He hugged Logan closely, happy to feel his hug returned.

“What do you plan on doing with yours?”  Logan asked.

Roman shrugged.  “Go back to the past.  I want to go to the Renaissance and see all the greats in the process of their paintings…Oh! Or the twentieth century, the first boom in photography.  I could get a polaroid!  Oh, but first, I’m gonna go to the twenty-first century.  The ultimate cultural boom.  Globalism was taking off, people were exploring old forms of art and creating new ones, or reimagining creative processes, cultural fusions were happening…”

Logan chuckled.  He and Roman had their passionate ramblings in common, albeit about different subjects.  “I think I might just go witness how some architectural feats of the past were constructed.  Be careful not to mess with history.  Don’t do anything drastic.”

Roman grinned at him, eyes sparkling.  “Of course not!  What do you expect me to do, fall in love?”


“So, let me see if I have this all correctly.  You and your brother are from three centuries in the future, where you’ve both built the first time machines, and you think your brother got a crush on my brother and whisked him off to some kind of adventure in the past?”

Logan bit his lip, realizing how crazy he sounded, but nodded.  Patton sighed, staring at his strawberry daiquiri.  “Did you put something in my drink?”

Logan knitted his eyebrows in confusion.  “Pardon?”

“What, you don’t have drugs in the future?”

“Er…we do, but they’re highly regulated.  To get any without a prescription is borderline impossible.  Besides, they’re rarely needed anymore.”

Patton looked at him curiously.  “Medical advances?”

Logan shook his head.  “More like disease advances.  Diseases began to be able to withstand the strongest antibiotics around…mid-22nd century, maybe?  The world population dropped severely around that time, and many people tried going back to more holistic medicinal approaches, which ended up working.  Now, that’s what most people use, and synthetic drugs are saved for incredibly rare and severe illnesses.”

Patton had been listening raptly, and Logan blushed as he realized he’d been rambling.  He opened his mouth to apologize, but Patton simply murmured, “Interesting.  I’d love to hear more when we’re in a less urgent situation.  But, if you are telling the truth about time travel…” he sighed and finished off the rest of his daiquiri, “I’m gonna need stronger alcohol…”  Logan smiled and flagged down the bartender for two glasses of good scotch, and Patton raised an eyebrow.  “More expensive tastes, huh?”

Logan shrugged, “On me.  To finding our brothers before they ruin history.”

Patton laughed, touching his glass to Logan’s.  “Agreed.”

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[Korrasami] Theory of Operation

Original Prompt: “Korra getting lessons in engineering so that she understands Asami’s work, and hopefully impress her.”

Notes: For @the-fragile-knight​. I can’t figure out how the reply option works on Tumblr, so here you goooo. Shoutout to @anonymousclone for the abstract algebra bits.

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Having a genius as the love of your life is pretty great, most of the time. But sometimes Korra wished she could understand what Asami was saying.

“I really think hydropower is the most reliable and cost-efficient energy source available to us right now,” Asami said, as she rolled open her blueprints. “I mean, employing firebenders to power electrical engines is great, but—if you have an automated device that combines the rapid response load-following and balancing capabilities of hydroelectricity generation, as well as its peaking capacity and power quality, plus the accessibility of combustion energy, hydropower can surpass coal power plants in no time.” Asami beamed at Korra. “An invention like that would be a game-changer.”

“Uh-huh,” Korra replied.

Asami blushed. “Sorry, this is boring, isn’t it?”

“No, no, it’s not. Uh, I really like the part about—planting. Powerful planting. That sounds really interesting.”

Korra knew she had said the wrong thing when Asami smiled kindly instead of lighting up in excitement.

“Why don’t we go over what the the president wanted for the Republic City Aquatic Center?” Asami asked.

“Yeah,” Korra said, secretly grateful, because it involved repositioning spirit vines—something Korra understood—instead of this newfangled thing known as engineering

“Why don’t you just try to—I dunno, learn it?” Bolin asked her, when they were getting drinks at Swamp Munches the next day. “Like, pick up a book from the Central Library—”

Korra shot him an irritated look. “I did. But they had all these—letters. Mixed in with weird symbols. And I couldn’t read any of it, even though the librarian swore the book wasn’t written in a foreign language.”

“What about metal benders?”

Korra threw her hands up. “I mean. I asked Chief Beifong if she knew what Asami meant by ‘hydrodynamic stability,’ and she looked at me like I was possessed.”

Which was a legitimate concern, given Korra’s line of work.

“I don’t think metal benders know anything more about this ‘engineering’ than we do,” Korra concluded.

“Huh.” Bolin tapped his chin. “Well then. There’s only one way out of this, isn’t it?”


“Consult the only other guy we know who understands this—” he made jazz hands, “—engineering.”

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