Adam S. Brooks

technologist / geek . entrepreneur . marketer . presenter / speaker . developer . consultant . innovator . educator . community advocate . author . adambrooks.org

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Geo-engineering to fix our mistakes and rebuild the planet

In the 1960s, two Russian scientists set out ambitious plans to reshape the world around us: to reverse the flow of rivers, shoot tiny white particles into space to illuminate the night sky, and melt the Arctic to water fields of Soviet wheat. "If we want to improve our planet and make it more suitable for life," wrote NP Rusin and L Flit, "we must alter its climate." Four decades later, we have done plenty to alter the climate, but not for the better. "Geo-engineering" – using technology on an almost unimaginable scale to tinker with the environment and correct our mistakes – could move from fantasy to necessity. Read More

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China Abandons Environmental Clean-Up Efforts

With the global economy at the edge of recession, China appears to be turning away from previous pledges to improve its record on environmental protection. In this, China is hardly alone: A climate-change proposal in Europe that a few months ago seemed like a sure thing has now divided the continent because of its anticipated expense, and worldwide, money for the development of renewable energy sources has been drying up. But the impact of China’s pullback from environmental protection efforts could be the most far-reaching. Home to some of the planet’s most polluted cities, China last year hit a dubious milestone: It surpassed the United States to become the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Its factories release so much toxic waste that they have created black clouds thousands of miles away. Its waterways are no better off — poisoned with industrial runoff ranging from arsenic to acid. READ MORE

Clean industry costs and these costs will be passed to the consumers. With markets spending less, we can’t have everything that we want without giving up on something. Will America, and other countries of course, change to a perspective that respects paying for quality, not quantity? AB

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Pininfarina reveals the B0 Electric Car with a 153 Mile Range and 80 MPH Top Speed!

With its superb body styled by Pininfarina, Italy’s renowned vehicle design shop, the B0 electric car will be an elegant four-seater, four-door hatchback with an automatic gearbox. Its LMP battery, which will be rechargeable in a matter of hours from a standard domestic main socket, will provide it with a range of 250 km (153 miles). The B0 will have a top speed that is electronically limited to 130 km/h (80 mph) and will feature potent acceleration, reaching 60 km/h from a standing start (0 to 37 mph) in 6.3 seconds. The B0 will also feature solar panels on its roof and hood, so as to help recharge its electrical power reserves.

“To think, draw, design and build cars is not only an enthralling mental process. Nor is it simply a business choice. It is also and above all a great social responsibility.”

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Yale Student to Bring Her ‘Tiny House’ to Campus

With $11,000, a Yale grad student is building a house and bringing it with her to campus, the Hartford Courant reports. An incoming student at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Elizabeth Turnbull has built an 8 by 18 foot "Tiny House" atop a flatbed trailer. The space has a mini-sleeping loft, a storage loft, a study nook, a kitchen area, a living area, and a bathroom—and was built as environmentally friendly as possible. It is completely solar-powered and is made almost completely from green, recyclable, used, and leftover parts. Think: recyclable aluminum roof, recycled sailboat sails for ceilings, soy insulation, and leftover fixtures, tiles, lumber, and hardware. [more]

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Convert your car to run on water

Want better gas mileage? The answer to one Hocking County resident’s gas woes has turned out to be as simple as H2O and cheaper than most people’s monthly gas budget. Water fuel cells have been used to power vehicles for years; and the supplies needed for the conversion to a water-hybrid vehicle are only about $200. [read more]

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U.S. farming policy leads to ‘dead zones’ where nothing can grow in the Gulf of Mexico

Each spring, the cycle of death begins anew. Nitrogen and phosphorus, leached from fertilizer, pass from farmland into streams, from streams into rivers—the Mississippi, the Potomac, the Susquehanna—and then, finally, into some of the country’s great bodies of water: the Gulf of Mexico, the Chesapeake Bay. There the chemicals collect each summer, spawning the growth of algae, which deplete the water of oxygen and lead to ghostly aquatic wastelands. Marine life, if mobile enough, will swim away; the rest will suffocate and die. [more]

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Geoengineering to combat global warming: Fact, fiction, and fringe of altering the planet on a global scale

Faced with the potentially devastating consequences of climate change—including sea level rise and an ice-free Arctic—some scientists and policy experts have begun to consider an equally drastic countermeasure: geoengineering. By physically altering the planet on a global scale, geoengineering projects would theoretically offset warming caused by the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The concept was dismissed as fringe science when it was first introduced in the 1960s. Now, what once seemed like science fiction is not only being deemed feasible, but necessary, said experts at a panel convened here Tuesday by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank. Read more!

I remember watching a sci-fi show on PBS when I was a kid. We geoengineered another planet to sustain human life. We inadvertently killed an alien species that we did not know was there. I don’t know that I trust man’s judgement and ability to control this world like a "fish tank." It also takes away some of the personal responsibility for problems that exist. Of course, if it comes down to a choice between death and engineering, what do you think most people will pick?

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Green Energy: Rock Port Becomes The First 100% Wind-Powered Town in the United States (US)

Rock Port only has a population of 1,316 but last week they threw the switch as America’s first ever community completely powered by the wind. "With wind you need a windy area. Fortunately for northwest Missouri, the bulk of it is here, but there are other places where this can be done, " Carnahan said. Yes, northwest Missouri is windier than central Missouri. It takes winds of up to 9-miles per hour to get those blades spinning. Rock Port is now powered by four wind turbines. In all, 79 turbines are operational in northwest Missouri. [read more]

Yes, this is a great leap and case study. Certainly, it’s viable for a small town but is it realistic for a large city? It’s exciting to see so many new development in alternative energy. AB
 

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Old NYC Subway Cars Become Artificial Reef Off Of Delaware’s Indian River

Hundreds of retired New York City subway cars are being sunk sixteen nautical miles off Delaware’s Indian River Inlet and about 80 feet underwater, continuing the transformation of a barren stretch of ocean floor into a bountiful oasis, carpeted in sea grasses, walled thick with blue mussels and sponges, and teeming with black sea bass and tautog. ‘They’re basically luxury condominiums for fish,’ says Jeff Tinsman, artificial reef program manager for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. [more]

Got your Metro Card ready? AB

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