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Falling Off Fiscal Cliff: Good for the Environment? Tumbling from the fiscal cliff would likely be a disaster for the United States. Some economists fear it could send the country back into recession with repercussions shaking the global economy. But the effects of a renewed recession could have some positive (and negative) effects on the environment.

Posted at 6:15pm and tagged with: Economy, Finance, United States, Environment,.


Falling Off Fiscal Cliff: Good for the Environment? Tumbling from the fiscal cliff would likely be a disaster for the United States. Some economists fear it could send the country back into recession with repercussions shaking the global economy. But the effects of a renewed recession could have some positive (and negative) effects on the environment.

theatlantic:

5 Charts About Climate Change That Should Have You Very, Very Worried

[Images: World Bank, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences]

Posted at 2:45pm and tagged with: Climate Change, Environment, Science, Meteorology,.

wnyc:

Map by Data News: Actual flooding from Hurricane Sandy versus projected flooding. (Click for interactive, address search.) 

Posted at 7:45am and tagged with: Climate Change, Environment, Mapping, Data Visualization, Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Sandy,.

wnyc:

Map by Data News: Actual flooding from Hurricane Sandy versus projected flooding. (Click for interactive, address search.) 

fastcompany:

Architects Danny Mui and Benjamin Sahagun have come up with a novel concept: buildings that scrub CO2 emissions from the air.

Posted at 7:38am and tagged with: Green Tech, Green Buildings, Sustainability, Sustainable Living Innovations, Sustainable Design, Design, Architecture, Chicago, Environment,.

theweekmagazine:

New laundry detergent makes your clothes remove pollution from the air

In an unusual collaboration of form and function, scientists from the University of Sheffield and designers from the London College of Fashion have teamed up to create a liquid laundry additive, CatClo (Catalytic Clothing), that turns your clothes into pollution magnets using the magic of nanotechnology. 

The laundry additive coats your clothes with minuscule particles of titanium dioxide, which, when exposed to daylight, attract nitrogen oxides — a major source of pollution — from the air. You only have to use CatClo once per clothing item, the developers say, as “nanoparticles of titanium dioxide grip onto fabrics very tightly.” The additive can remove 5 grams of nitrogen dioxide a day — the same amount as emitted daily by an average family car, says the University of Sheffield’s Tony Ryan — and the pollutants wash off your clothes the next time you do the laundry. “Not a bad haul for simply getting dressed in the morning,” says Clay Dillow at PopSci.

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Posted at 3:44pm and tagged with: Science, Technology, Environment, Innovation, University of Sheffield, London College of Fashion,.

theweekmagazine:

New laundry detergent makes your clothes remove pollution from the air
In an unusual collaboration of form and function, scientists from the University of Sheffield and designers from the London College of Fashion have teamed up to create a liquid laundry additive, CatClo (Catalytic Clothing), that turns your clothes into pollution magnets using the magic of nanotechnology. 
The laundry additive coats your clothes with minuscule particles of titanium dioxide, which, when exposed to daylight, attract nitrogen oxides — a major source of pollution — from the air. You only have to use CatClo once per clothing item, the developers say, as “nanoparticles of titanium dioxide grip onto fabrics very tightly.” The additive can remove 5 grams of nitrogen dioxide a day — the same amount as emitted daily by an average family car, says the University of Sheffield’s Tony Ryan — and the pollutants wash off your clothes the next time you do the laundry. “Not a bad haul for simply getting dressed in the morning,” says Clay Dillow at PopSci.
Keep reading…

Academics and business figures gave a grim warning at the Resource 2012 conference, but defended the Rio+20 outcomes

Posted at 7:18am and tagged with: Environment, Sustainability, Natural Resources, Food, Water, Clean Water,.

Apple Inc. AAPL +1.01% said it was re-registering its products with a voluntary registry of green electronics, reversing course after a flood of criticism.

Apple, in an open letter from Bob Mansfield, the company’s senior vice president of hardware engineering, said the company would relist its products on the U.S. government-backed registry, called Epeat, potentially putting an end to the controversy that led at least one city government to tell its employees no longer to purchase the Cupertino, Calif., company’s products as a result.

Posted at 11:32am and tagged with: Apple Inc., AAPL, Technology, Environment, Sustainability,.

Two years ago this month, an oil pipeline burst in Michigan, contaminating 38 miles of the Kalamazoo River. It didn’t get much national notice because everyone was focused on the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

But the mess created by that Michigan spill was so great that it’s become the costliest onshore spill in history — with a price tag of more than $800 million. On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board blamed the spill on the failure of the pipeline operator, Enbridge Inc., to follow its own safety rules.

Posted at 3:39pm and tagged with: Environment, Business, Disaster, Michigan, National Transportation and Safety Board, NTSB, Enbridge Inc.,.