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19-year-old MIT freshman invents one-wheeled zero-emissions electric motorcycle

19-year-old MIT freshman Ben Gulak invented an electric motorcycle with one wheel

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Ben Gulak invented an electric motorcycle that landed the 19-year-old freshman on the cover of Popular Science magazine for developing number one of their top 10 inventions of the year.

Uno electric motorcycle

Uno electric motorcycle  read more »

Brazil a leader in green power: 50% of cars able to use 100% biofuel, 70% of electricity sourced from hydropower

Brazil has 40% of its cars being run on bioethanol from sugarcane and 70% of its electricity sourced from hydropower

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*update* Mar 15, 2018
Brazil is the third largest renewable energy generator
In addition to clean energy, Brazil stands out for its biofuel production. Influenced mainly by ethanol, Brazil is the second largest biofuel producer in the world.

Ethanol Biofuel

The largest national use of ethanol biofuel exists in Brazil (gasoline sold in Brazil contains at least 20% ethanol and hydrous ethanol is also used as fuel). In order for ethanol (ethyl alcohol) to be suitable for use as a replacement to petrol in its pure form, it must be distilled to at least 70-80% purity by volume before use.

Today almost 50% of Brazilian cars are able to use 100% ethanol biofuel, that includes ethanol only engines and flex fuel engines. Flex fuel engines are able to work with all ethanol, all gasoline or any mixture of both, giving the buyer a choice between price and performance.

Biodiesel is diesel fuel made from animal or vegetable materials. ..fewer pollutants than petrodiesel, although they also generally get slightly fewer miles per gallon  read more »

Earth must be happy to see world's first heavy traffic road bridge made of wood, non-toxic, sequesters carbon

world’s first heavy traffic road bridge made from Accoya wood

first wooden bridge in the world that can support the heaviest load class of 60 tons

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On Saturday November 29th, the successful transportation and installation of the world’s first heavy traffic road bridge made from Accoya wood took place. The bridge, located in Sneek in the Netherlands, is the first wooden bridge in the world that can support the heaviest load class of 60 tons. Spanning 105 feet and rising more than 50 feet in the air, the structure will serve as a grand entrance to the city of Sneek.

at the end of November 2008, a 360 tonne wooden bridge was positioned over the A7 national trunk road near Akkerwinde in Sneek (the Netherlands), completing the first phase of a unique project  read more »

Satellite solar panels in orbit to capture sun's rays 24/7 & wirelessly beam energy down to Earth

an artist's impression of the planned solar array which will be launched into space on a rocket and will transmit solar power back to Earth in radio waves

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Pacific Gas and Electric, which serves San Francisco and northern California, is to seek approval to buy 200 megawatts of energy from solar power firm Solaren. Within seven years, Solaren plans to send a satellite equipped with solar panels around 22,000 miles into space on board a conventional rocket.

Satellite solar cells would capture the sun’s rays 24 hours a day, without fear of cloudy mornings or dark nights. The orbiters then convert this solar power to radio-frequencies that transmit to ground stations in Fresno County, Calif. Once received, the radio energy would change into electricity and flow into the grid.

PG&E wants to put solar cells above the clouds, where they don't need to worry about anything blocking their view of the sun

Sunlight in space is at least ten times more powerful than that on Earth, making orbiting solar panels far more efficient than those which are land-based. Solaren believes the technology could provide enough clean electricity to power at least 150,000 Californian homes.

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Images courtesy of Mafic Studios and Newscom  read more »

Antarctic ice shelves (some intact for 10k yrs) loss may shift axis of Earth. Wilkins Ice Shelf diminished by 30%

the Wilkins Ice Shelf has been cracking in new places recently and images released by the European Space Agency show that it will probably very soon break off entirely. A 62 square mile piece broke off in May 2008

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The Wilkins Ice Shelf has been cracking in new places recently and images released by the European Space Agency show that it will probably very soon break off entirely. A 62 square mile piece broke off in May 2008.

Angelika Humbert of Muenster University stated, “During the last year the ice shelf has lost about 1800 square kilometers (694 square miles), or about 14 percent of its size.” The Wilkins Ice Shelf is currently about the size of Jamaica, though it has already been diminished by about 30 percent.

A seal swims by icebergs off the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera base January 23, 2009. Companies are getting more interested in research into Antarctic life, which has yielded patents helping everything from medicines to ice cream production even though a 47-nation treaty says all science should be made freely available  read more »

Arctic tragically losing ice, losing peace: Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia, US all claim a piece of Arctic circle

North Pole ice extent and natural resource deposits

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Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States are all laying claim to a piece of the Arctic circle, hoping to be able to cash in on the vast natural energy resources believed to lie beneath. Each season the ice gets thinner, and the prospects of riches grows. Russia goes one step further - plans for dedicated Arctic military presence intensifies dispute with Canada.

contested borders

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Original Source: Globe and Mail

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