Category Archives: Environmental News

11-Year-Old Invents Landmark Water Quality Detection Device

Featured image: Rao demonstrating her prototype. Credit: Fast Company

Gitanjali Rao says “I believe that everyone has a right to know if their drinking water is safe or not.”

By Amelia Kinney, True Activist

11-year-old Gitanjali Rao had a vision of making water quality easier to detect. Her invention, the Tethys, uses carbon nanotube sensors to detect lead. The device connects to a mobile app to instantly report the water quality information.

“Before I had the idea for my solution, I noticed articles about how there was no solution to detect lead in water that is fast, easy, and inexpensive,” Rao told Fast Company in an interview. Rao recently graduated from 6th grade at Brentwood Middle School in Brentwood Tennessee. Her invention earned her finalist placing in the 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Continue reading 11-Year-Old Invents Landmark Water Quality Detection Device

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China Successfully Cuts Use Of Coal By 40% To Reduce Carbon Emissions

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

China may soon lose its reputation as being one of the most polluting countries on the planet. This is because the Chinese government employed efforts in recent years to improve air quality and, as a result, was able to report that the use of “dirty” coal has dropped 40% over the past five years.

According to data from the Wood Mackenzie consultancy, the use of coal, known as sanmei, is expected to fall to 468 million tons in 2017, down from 774 million tons in 2012. As CNBC News relays, “Over 80 percent, or 650 million tons of this coal, was used in the industrial sector in 2012.” Reportedly, coal is most often used for heating purposes. Continue reading China Successfully Cuts Use Of Coal By 40% To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Abandoned Tennessee Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Solar Farm

The new project could provide solar energy to nearly 100 homes.

By Amelia Kinney, True Activist

The Phipps Bend Nuclear Power Plant in Hawkins County, Tennessee was abandoned mid-construction back in 1981, leaving behind a large area of waste and eroding installations. That was until Birdseye Renewable Energy and United Renewable Energy gave the plant a renewed purpose.

Construction of the plant originally started in 1978, and was stopped suddenly in 1981 by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), due to a sudden increase in the cost of nuclear power supplies. For years, the site remained intact, utilized only for safety training exercises. However, with the growing demand for renewable energy, authorities decided to transform the facility into a solar farm.   Continue reading Abandoned Tennessee Nuclear Plant Transformed Into Solar Farm

Bayer Accidentally Funds Study Showing Its Pesticide is Killing Bees, Promptly Denies Conclusions

By Justin Gardner, Natural Blaze

A large-scale study on neonicotinoid pesticides is adding to the growing body of evidence that these agricultural chemicals are indeed harming bee populations. Carried out at 33 sites in the United Kingdom, Germany and Hungary, the study found that exposure to neonicotinoids “left honeybee hives less likely to survive over winter, while bumblebees and solitary bees produced fewer queens.”

Bayer and Syngenta, makers of “neonic” pesticides who stand to reap massive profits if Europe lifts the neonic ban, promptly disputed the researchers’ conclusions—even though they partially funded the study. Continue reading Bayer Accidentally Funds Study Showing Its Pesticide is Killing Bees, Promptly Denies Conclusions

This Incredibly Rare ‘Pale Tiger’ May Be The Last Wild One On The Planet

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

While trekking through southern India, wildlife photographer Nilanjan Ray was fortunate enough to capture an image of a rare “pale wild tiger.” Reportedly, the beautiful big cat is the last one of its kind in the country, as no others have been reported for decades. To preserve the tiger’s whereabouts and prevent poachers from seeking it out, Ray agreed with wildlife authorities to not reveal its exact location. Continue reading This Incredibly Rare ‘Pale Tiger’ May Be The Last Wild One On The Planet

This Single “Tree” Can Absorb As Much Air Pollution As An Entire Forest

Moss cultures absorb more particulates than urban trees do.

By Brianna Acuesta, True Activist

Air pollution is currently one of the biggest threats against humans, and yet it’s highly underestimated in much of the world. According to the World Health Organization, air pollution causes seven million premature deaths per year because of the link between air pollution and health issues like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory diseases. Continue reading This Single “Tree” Can Absorb As Much Air Pollution As An Entire Forest

Solar Paint: An Innovation in Alternative Energy

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

I wrote the following for the 255th issue of the Weekly Awareness Guide, a written document distributed weekly via email that I offer for $11.11 a month.

Income from the guide helps me get by and ensures I can continue to offer free content, and every subscription is appreciated. The option to subscribe is given at the bottom of this post (learn about subscribing with cash/check here).

What if we had a way to spread clean, renewable energy that was as simple as painting it onto your house? Imagine the repercussions of a world where everyone has access to clean energy and we no longer need to devastate the environment for those fossil fuels we rely on.

Thanks to innovative research in the field of clean energy, this vision could be a reality in the future. Continue reading Solar Paint: An Innovation in Alternative Energy

Victory! Court Finds That Approval Of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated The Law

By Amanda Froelich, Truth Theory

In April of 2016, hundreds of people gathered near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to protest the development of the four-state Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe proclaimed that the pipeline’s development crossed through land promised to the Native American tribe centuries before, and that it could potentially contaminate the Missouri river. Until December 4, 2017, when the U.S. Army Corps denied an easement to the parent company of the project, Dakota Energy Transfers, did thousands of activists gather on the plains in solidarity. Continue reading Victory! Court Finds That Approval Of Dakota Access Pipeline Violated The Law

This Floating Off-Grid UFO Home Is Fully Powered By Wind, Water And Sun

By Amanda Froelich, via Natural Blaze

The Unidentified Floating Object is completely powered by renewable energy and allows one to thrive at sea for long periods of time.

Expect to see UFOs roaming the seas in the near future. Jet Capsule, an Italian boating company, recently unveiled a design for what may be the neatest way to live off-grid while enjoying a luxury lifestyle. The Unidentified Floating Object is completely powered by renewable energy — including wind, water, and solar — and allows one to perpetually thrive at sea. Continue reading This Floating Off-Grid UFO Home Is Fully Powered By Wind, Water And Sun

Oil Leaks and Militarized Police: The Legacy of the Dakota Access Pipeline

By Derrick Broze, Activist Post (via Anti-Media)

As the Dakota Access Pipeline nears operational status the project is marred with new reports of oil leaks and the presence of a private military contractor.

(ACTIVIST POST) — While protesters and water protectors battled against the Dakota Access Pipeline throughout the second half of 2016 the public was often left aghast at the brutal tactics employed by the Morton County Sheriff’s office and supporting police. LRAD sound cannons, tear gas, batons, tasers, and “less than lethal” ammunition rounds were fired at the opponents of Energy Transfer Partner’s DAPL. Now, new documents obtained by The Intercept reveal the presence of TigerSwan, a private contractor with origins as a U.S. military and State Department client in the global War on Terror. TigerSwan was hired for their experience dealing with “insurgent” movements in the Middle East. Continue reading Oil Leaks and Militarized Police: The Legacy of the Dakota Access Pipeline