World’s First Solar Cycle Path Is Performing Better Than Anticipated




May 13, 2015 | by Justine Alford




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If you can remember as far back as November, you may recall the announcement that the Netherlands had just designed and installed the world’s first solar cycle path in the town of Krommenie. At just 70-meters (230 ft) long, the SolaRoad project has been a proof-of-concept pilot to test out feasibility and practicality of such installations. Now, six months on, Dutch engineers have reviewed its performance and, perhaps surprisingly to skeptics, it has reportedly been more fruitful than anticipated.



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Carbon Dioxide Levels Hit Record Of 400ppm


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The planet has hit a new high. This March, our monthly average carbon dioxide concentrations surpassed 400 parts per million globally. It’s the first time this has happened since we started tracking the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, according to figures released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this week.



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Refrigeration Battery is a cool idea for saving energy at the supermarket


Supermarket-refrigerator.jpg.662x0_q70_crop-scaleElon Musk gets all the pixels for his new Powerwall battery system, but here's another cool battery that is making a splash. It's the Refrigeration Battery from Axiom. Apparently those giant coolers and fridges full of all that unhealthy frozen prepared food eat up 56 percent of a grocery store's electricity. The refrigeration battery, like the Powerwall, works by storing energy when power is cheap, smoothing out the demand curve. However it does it with water, not lithium.


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Organic Nearly as Productive as Industrial Farming, New Study Says

organic studyIndustrial agriculture has huge, unsustainable impacts on our environment. And while organic and other ecologically based farming systems (agroecology) have huge benefits, some have suggested that it will never produce enough food. Production is only one of the challenges for food security. But, according to new research, even by this measure, critics seem to have substantially underestimated the productivity of organic farming. (more…)

Romantic tiny forest home built in 6 weeks for $4,000

tiny-house-4000-dave-herrle-1.jpg.662x0_q100_crop-scaleMoments of eye-opening insight can come into our lives unexpectedly like a clap of thunder, and when they do, we are usually not the same person, enabling us to go forth on new paths. Carpenter Dave Herrle of Westbrook, Connecticut is one of these people; suddenly emboldened by a walk down an unfamiliar path in the woods: (more…)

Toyota Garden

toyotaBy Angie Barmer

This Fall, residents from Blue Springs will have an outdoor space to go to for education, relaxation, reading, gardening, and more.

Sean Suggs, vice president of administration at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Mississippi, Inc., said, “We thank the community of Blue Springs for the warm welcome shown to our team members and are pleased to give the town something in return.” (more…)