Tag: Green Blues

ehighway fossil free
Suburban Utopia

eHighway: a Fossil-Free Alternative

A (small) revolution just happened in Sweden. The inhabitants of the coastal town of Gävle woke up to the world’s first electric-powered highway, a 1.2 mile road meant for trucks called eHighway. The electric cables feed the trucks with electricity, allowing them to travel at speeds up to 55 mph. The trucks, which carry a natural gas hybrid engine, have an antenna that collects the power and that is lowered when it’s time to disconnect.

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The Ocean Cleanup Foundation
Plastic Planet

Getting Rid of Plastic in the Oceans

The level of plastic in the oceans lately became an urgent topic. Getting rid of it is the aim of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a dutch company founded by 21-year-old inventor Boyan Slat four years ago, when he was 17. He created a prototype of an advanced clean-up system which will be installed in the North Sea approximately 12 nautical miles off the Dutch coast, where it will remain for a full year for a performance tests. This prototype is the first ocean cleanup system even tested at sea.

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TREEWifi Amsterdam startup
Suburban Utopia

Good Air Quality? You Get Free WiFi

TreeWiFi is an innovative project by an Amsterdam-based startup. They are building birdhouses equipped with a sensor to measure the quality of the air. The sensors used are much cheaper than regular sensors, allowing them to keep the installation of such birdhouses quite low-cost, with the only addiction of a WiFi router.

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Vacation in the Era of Sea Pollution
Plastic Planet

Vacation in the Era of Marine Pollution

Have you ever been to the beach and been attacked by a seagull for a potato chip? These birds choose this food over their natural selection because people-food is in more abundance and relatively easy to get. Think about it. Seagulls and other shore animals can rely (not that they should) with a steady supply of food from June – August. And every year we flock to beaches in ever-growing numbers. To meet the demands of so many consumers, towns have developed their fragile coastal and marine ecosystems into housing and recreational facilities.

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ecovillage self-sustanable almere
Suburban Utopia

ReGen, the Autarchic Off-Grid Village

It is well-known how modern agricultural methods are damaging our surroundings, environment and the quality of the goods we consume. Is it possible to truly liberate us from this burden while keeping the same quality of life? A Danish architecture firm, EFFEKT, developed the creation on California-based builder ReGen Villages, which envisioned an utopian future where self-sustained communities could be completely autonomous by producing their own food and energy.

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Plastic Bottle Village
Plastic Planet

A Village Made of Plastic

Probably the house in which you live was built using some kind of plastic. In fact, plastic of all types is all around us, from our computers to our water bottles. It’s one of the most flexible materials known to man. But, as you probably know, the amount of plastic waste humans produce is immense, and most of it ends up polluting the environment and endangering wildlife. Yet in this case, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A canadian entrepreneur is trying to help reduce plastic pollution by building a village made out of plastic in Panama.

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cyclist path commuters
Suburban Utopia

Fitness Trackers Help Improve Cycle Paths

How safe is it to cycle in your town? In most cities daily cyclists are stunningly increasing, but they also face quite some risks and unexpected events on their way. More and more towns are investing on improving bicycle paths, also hoping to decrease the number of car-users. To do so, some cities are taking advantage of technology, a very handy tool when it comes to data and information collection.

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Drones and agriculture
Manufactured Animals

Drones in Agriculture

It seems drones are everywhere these days. They became known as a way for unmanned aircraft to carry out military surveillance and attacks, and now hobbyists use them to take stunning photos and videos from the sky. Amazon has even tinkered with the idea of using drones for home delivery. As is the case with most new forms of technology, more and more uses for drones will become available over time. Here’s a look at how drones can and will impact the agriculture and farming industry.

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the salt factory
Manufactured Landscapes

No-Waste Architecture From Seawater

Erosion and desertification are two of the biggest changes we are facing today. According to the United Nations they are “the greatest threat to our planet”. Intensive agriculture and urbanization are among the causes of this emergency state of climate shift. This causes yearly losses of 12 million hectares of land, right when our population is highly increasing. Given this actual status, Dutch innovator Eric Geboers came up with a solution to use only locally available resources. His idea is to pump seawater to establish a well-functioning, independent ecosystem in desertified areas.

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