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LET THERE BE LIGHT..

How can a plastic bottle filled with water bring free light? A wonderful, simple, practical solution.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14967535


 


Water Powered Car

Is this what we have been dreaming of?


genepaxIt doesn’t matter if it’s tap, bottled, ocean or lake water, any type of water can make this car run. The cell needs only water and air, eliminating the need for a hydrogen reformer and high pressure hydrogen tank.

For more see  Water Powered Car
 






Japanese man turns plastic back to oil

 

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/a-machine-that-turns-plastic-back-into-oil--2

 


Wind and Solar Powered Cargo Boat


The idea is to create a new type of low-cost, zero-emissions small cargo ships that use environmentally clean and sustainable sail and solar power, to provide needy coastal communities around the world with an affordable means of transport. Such ships can help impoverished coastal and island regions improve their standards of living, while preserving their traditions and protecting the environment. In addition, we will use the publicity generated by such an inspiring enterprise, to promote Fair Trade, renewable energy and international cooperation.


Mr.Kunikata's drawing of a possible vessel application in the developing world



The first vessel a prototype solar- and wind-powered sailing ship, will sail around the world, completely independent of fossil fuels, visiting both developed and developing countries on a multiple mission of sustainable development, environmental protection, Fair Trade and education

http://www.greenheartproject.org

 


Ecuador: Justice for Sarayaku


Kichwa girl with flowers in her hand in Sarayaku

Kichwa girl in Sarayaku

Jul 26, 2012


Good news from the indigenous community of Kichwa, who live in the region Sarayaku in Ecuador. After ten years they have won their legal dispute against the government.


For nearly thirty years oil companies have been interested in the regional oil reserves of Sarayaku. The well organized community has been able to stand up against the pressure from government and companies. 2003, soldiers and oil workers stormed the region, destroying 260 hectares of woodland and placed 1,5 tonnes of explosives. To this day a large part of these explosives lie underground.


Now a statement of the Inter-American-Comission on Human Rights (IACHR) confirms the responsibility of the government for the violation of the rights of the Kichwa. They will receive a compensation, their land must be cleared of explosives. Furthermore the court of justice has affirmed their right of self-determined, equal development.


”We thank all those who solidly united stand up for the rights of indigenous people“

The natives had sued the Ecuadorian government for violation of their land right, human right and their legitimate autonomy. They demanded for their legal right of free prior informed consent (ILO 169).


The license for oil production, given by the government, endangers the Kichwas cultural and territorial integrity. Sarayaku is located in the Amazonian region, in the midst of still intact jungle in the South-East of the country.


 


World's Largest Solar Boat En Route to Complete Historic Lap Around the Globe

 


© PlanetSolar

 For more see Solar Boat



The Future of Wind Power: 9 Cool Innovations

Makani Airborne Wind Turbine: The Makani Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT) can access stronger and more consistent wind at altitudes near 1,000 feet, which means that 85% of the US could have viable wind resources using the device (compared to just 15% using current turbine technology). The Makani turbine could also be deployed in deep offshore waters, which could lead to access to a renewable energy resource four times greater than the entire country's electrical generation capacity.



© Altaeros Energies


 For the other 8 amazing wind innovations see

 


ZEOFORM

Zeo International is dedicated to the development and manufacture of new eco-friendly materials that will halt the increasing pace of environmental damage caused by increasing global consumption.

Plastic, metal and glass damage the environment in manufacture, use or disposal. Wood and stone, while natural, also have environmental costs. Zeo International's mission is to replace these materials with alternatives that are sustainable, non toxic, biodegradable and recyclable.

 
 


"Zeopod poufs are eco-friendly furniture pieces made from Zeoform, a 100% biodegradable plastic with an eco-foam cushion in an eco certified wool cover."


http://www.zeo-international.com/




Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic


The Amazon is home to more species than almost anywhere else on earth. One of them, carried home recently by a group from Yale University, appears to be quite happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

The group of students, part of Yale’s annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory with molecular biochemistry professor Scott Strobel, ventured to the jungles of Ecuador. The mission was to allow "students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way." The group searched for plants, and then cultured the microorganisms within the plant tissue. As it turns out, they brought back a fungus new to science with a voracious appetite for a global waste problem: polyurethane.


The common plastic is used for everything from garden hoses to shoes and truck seats. Once it gets into the trash stream, it persists for generations. Anyone alive today is assured that their old garden hoses and other polyurethane trash will still be here to greet his or her great, great grandchildren. Unless something eats it.


The fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is the first anyone has found to survive on a steady diet of polyurethane alone and--even more surprising--do this in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment that is close to the condition at the bottom of a landfill.

   


Student Pria Anand recorded the microbe’s remarkable behavior and Jonathan Russell isolated the enzymes that allow the organism to degrade plastic as its food source.

The Yale team published their findings  in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology late last year concluding the microbe is "a promising source of biodiversity from which to screen for metabolic properties useful for bioremediation." In the future, our trash compactors may simply be giant fields of voracious fungi.

 
Fungi eat plastic


German power plants

 



Your Divine Gift to the World

We all have a gift to the world. A lovely friend has just set up this site so if you are feeling a little lost or not fulfilling your potential to make the world a better place visit

http://www.findyourdivinegift.com


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