sustainable technologies

the potential of poor people is lost in capitalism. people are so smart, dedicated, passionate, and talented, and it’s beat out of them, or turned into something they don’t care for too much … when it doesn’t have to be this way.

Life has been constructed this way, because the capitalists have content lives, so they do not care for bettering the world anymore than it already is. The world is functioning as they need it to, the poor, technological advancement, sustainability: decimated. all so they can live lavish lives at the top.

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If you weren’t already aware, Apple had a keynote yesterday announcing various exciting products and software advancements. But about 20% of the keynote was incredibly important but overshadowed by hype over new products, and that was Apples dedication to leaving the planet better than they found it.

2 years ago Apple made the lofty goal that they wanted to reach 100% renewable energy in 100% of their operations worldwide, and yesterday they shared their progress:

  • Currently they are at 93% renewable worldwide. 
  • They are at 100% renewable in the U.S. and China.
  • 99% of their paper packaging is used from recycled paper, or pulled from sustainably managed forests.
  • They’ve saved and reserved 36,000 acres of working forest in the U.S. and are currently working with the World Wildlife Fund to improve the management of 1,000,000 acres of forest in China.
  • They’ve also created a robotic system called LIAM to ensure as many parts of Apple products are recycled responsibly as possible.

I share this because not many companies out there are as transparent as Apple is around their responsibility to the environment. Although there is so much more progress to be made, we should be challenging more companies to be more open and more bold in their role in protecting our planet. E-mail these companies, call, make it known that change is necessary for everyone.

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Yes yes yes! What a wonderful idea! A 100% biodegradable six-pack ring, plastic-free and made of barley and wheat leftover from the brewing process. 

We need every beer company to support and switch to these edible six pack rings! In the meantime and if you must purchase a six-pack with plastic rings, don’t forget to cut it up before you throw it out, That way, if it accidentally ends up in the water, no animals will get entangled in the rings. 

The key to a cleaner future.

Drive the Mercedes-Benz B 250 e.

[Electric energy consumption: 16.6 kWh/100 km | CO₂ emissions: 0 g/km | http://mb4.me/EfficiencyStatement]

Solar Cell Self-Repairs Like a Plant

When leaves are damaged by intense ultraviolet light, they’re able to repair themselves, constantly producing new cells to replace the damaged ones. If only solar cells could do the same thing, they’d last a lifetime. Luckily, scientists have found a way to replicate that natural process using proteins, bacteria and water. These solar cells can’t compete with silicon cells just yet – it will take decades of research to improve them – but it’s an impressive start that could improve ‘artificial leaf’-type solar cells even further.

Water-Based ‘Artificial Leaf’ Produces Electricity

Solar cells that mimic nature could be less expensive and more environmentally friendly than current solar technology. In 2010, researchers at North Carolina State University developed water-gel-based solar devices that are essentially ‘artificial leaves’ that couple plant chlorophyll with carbon materials, mimicking the way nature harvests solar energy. They’re flexible, which is a huge improvement over today’s problematically brittle cells.

1. Equal No. 1 goes to Emma Watson, Margot Robbie and Lupita Nyong’o!

All wearing Calvin Klein Collection, designed in collaboration with The Green Carpet Challenge. I know Emma’s ensemble was made from fibres woven from recycled ocean plastic, sustainably sourced, produced and organic cotton. The bustier  and trousers can both be worn separately, emphasising the sustainable need to reuse our resources. Lupita’s amazing peppermint green, sequin tiled dress compliments her beautiful complexion and her hair pushes the ‘futuristic’ element. Margot’s sleek, modern and simple design really emphasises modernity and technology. These women and the team behind them work so hard to collaborate sustainably, ethically and responsibly and for this reason they are No. 1. We live in a world where the solution to resource managment is being grasped with both hands by these women and they deserve every bit of recognition for their efforts and effortlessness cool

Picture: Vogue UK

Habitat 2020’s Breathing Leaf-Like Skin

Just like the surface of a leaf, the ‘skin’ of the Habitat 2020 building reacts to external stimuli, opening, closing and breathing throughout the day through a system of ‘cellular’ openings that allow light, air and water into the apartments contained within. Designed for China, Habitat 2020 improves indoor air quality and provides natural air conditioning – the skin can even absorb moisture from the air and collect rainwater before purifying and filtering it so it can be used by the building’s inhabitants.

things to look forward to in the next 10 years:
  • the worsening of global warming despite available sustainable energy technology and major refugee crises, first from arctic peoples being unable to practice their ways of life, then another from the flooding of islands in the south pacific. both of these will cause massive political turmoil, despite being preventable.
  • probable collapse of the european union
  • Democracy™ coming to cuba once raul castro dies
  • the united states losing all pretenses of democracy under the fully bipartisan rule of hillary clinton, with all dissenters from the left being silenced by the shrieks of “do you want trump to win??”
  • a high risk of nuclear war between the US and russia
  • turkey either becoming a conservative islamist state under supreme leader erdogan, or having a communist revolution
  • rojava becoming a target for NATO once da’esh and assad are no longer threats
  • tigers go extinct in the wild, among countless other species
  • a growing left in the united states as clinton’s lack of charisma prevents her from glossing over state violence as well as obama did
  • japanese militarism and nationalism grows; the japanese constitution is rewritten to allow a standing army and navy and offensive wars
  • major political assassinations in the west
  • fascism comes back to europe

anyone got any more?

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Article from the sustainable business section of the Guardian highlighting 10 inventions that can have a significant impact on the future sustainability of our cities.

Including, Planted walls, algae powered buildings, underground bike storage, and smart paving able to produce electricity from the kinetic energy of pedestrian footfall.

http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/apr/16/ten-quirky-ideas-for-making-our-cities-more-sustainable

Our civilization is literally built on sand. People have used it for construction since at least the time of the ancient Egyptians. In the 15th century, an Italian artisan figured out how to turn sand into transparent glass, which made possible the microscopes, telescopes, and other technologies that helped drive the Renaissance’s scientific revolution (also, affordable windows). Sand of various kinds is an essential ingredient in detergents, cosmetics, toothpaste, solar panels, silicon chips, and especially buildings; every concrete structure is basically tons of sand glued together with cement.

Sand—small, loose grains of rock and other hard stuff—can be made by glaciers grinding up stones, by oceans degrading seashells, even by volcanic lava chilling and shattering upon contact with air. But nearly 70 percent of all sand grains on Earth are quartz, formed by weathering. Time and the elements eat away at rock, above and below the ground, grinding off grains. Rivers carry countless tons of those grains far and wide, accumulating them in their beds, on their banks, and at the places where they meet the sea.

Apart from water and air, humble sand is the natural resource most consumed by human beings. People use more than 40 billion tons of sand and gravel every year. There’s so much demand that riverbeds and beaches around the world are being stripped bare. (Desert sand generally doesn’t work for construction; shaped by wind rather than water, desert grains are too round to bind together well.) And the amount of sand being mined is increasing exponentially.

Though the supply might seem endless, sand is a finite resource like any other. The worldwide construction boom of recent years—all those mushrooming megacities, from Lagos to Beijing—is devouring unprecedented quantities; extracting it is a $70 billion industry.

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The Deadly Global War for Sand

By Vince Beiser in WIRED

BATTLEBORN  |  GALILEA, THE WRAITH OF BLISS

A sacred order within the Eldrid, the Arbiters of Being were charged with undermining the Jennerit Empire’s technology, and Galilea was its most promising warrior. Entrusting her with a long undercover mission, Galilea was embedded within the Jennerit and worked her way through the recruits of the Silent Sisters.

During an attempt to sabotage their Sustainment technology, Ambra discovered and attacked Galilea, mortally wounding her. Once a close friend, Ambra attempted to use Sustainment to save Galilea’s life but it was only partially successful. Now unstable, immortal, and reeking of life-draining dark energy, Galilea is at war with herself and her new powers as she hopes to find a new purpose among the Peacekeepers.

So I’ve been binging on solarpunk stuff this morning and something occurred to me. I am behind this 10,000%, but I feel the need to point out that while we strive for sustainable technology, agriculture, architecture, etc., we need to advance eco friendly batteries.

Currently, solar panels work by charging a battery which is used to power whatever you need powered. Those batteries are about as advanced as your cellphone battery, using lead-acid and sulfuric acid, both of which are toxic and corrosive. There have been some experiments done with biodegradable batteries, and eco-friendly options exist, but not at the capacity needed for massive solar panels all over the world. We need to pump more money and attention into that idea, so that all other solar-based technology can be actually sustainable.

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Elon Musk is probably the most interesting character in the engineering field today. His vision of the future is ambitious but despite the many skeptics it is slowly coming to fruition. Watch and learn the story of how Elon Musk came to be. Doesn’t matter if love him or despise him, it’s an interesting watch.

For Those Curious: The Story of Ambra and Galilea

Galilea was meant to infiltrate the Order of the Silent Sisters, the keepers of the Jennerit’s Sustainment technology that makes their elite immortal. Ambra was the head of it at the time, and the two of them became great friends; Galilea even earned their trust so much that she became a candidate for Sustainment.

A VERY important distinction, as it requires mining SEVERAL planets for dark energy to work.

During Galilea’s Sustainment ritual, she tried to destroy the device and ensure that no one would ever use it again. Ambra tried to stop her, ended up mortally wounding her, and tried to use the device to save her.

Unfortunately, it malfunctioned, and Galilea is now a walking depot of life-draining Dark Energy. She can’t be near anyone for too long lest she literally suck the life out of them, without meaning to.

What’s even worse is that based on some of their lore, Ambra is either incredibly pissed and hurt that Galilea turned out to be a traitor, or she’s hiding her pain of her best friend lying to her through anger and insults, trying to distance Galilea from herself.