This year, EPA, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, is celebrating its 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act with the slogan “Water is worth it” and is inviting you to this exciting journey! People around the globe are able to participate in the conversation about clean water with activities, networking, news and information; all available in EPA’s webpage! (more…)
Fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, is the technique where water, sand and chemicals are injected under high pressure deep into the earth, to crack the shale rock; releasing in that way petroleum and natural gas. What’s new in this field? Just yesterday, Vermont’s governor has signed a bill making it the first U.S. state to ban fracking! (more…)
Last Thursday, we embraced Europe’s third cargo vehicle docking with the International Space Station (ISS)! The ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) was successfully attached to the ISS to provide supplies both to the crew and the station. It is scheduled to stay docked for a 5-month period; afterwards it will be detached and destroyed. But, what happens with all the remaining parts, the so-called space rubbish? (more…)
Last Thursday, Britain’s new Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey opened the world’s biggest offshore wind farm in the Cumbrian coast of the UK. He strongly stated: “Britain has a lot to be proud of in our growing offshore wind sector. Our island’s tremendous natural resource, our research base and a proud history of engineering make this the No 1 destination for investment in offshore wind. And Walney is the newest, biggest and fastest-built jewel in that crown, providing clean power for hundreds of thousands of households.” (more…)
Last week, we enjoyed the ISU European Figure Skating Championships 2012 in Sheffield, UK. I’m actually a huge fan of this sport, although I lost the chance to watch closely and warmly support my favorite skater; for the 7th time European Champion Evgeni Plushenko! However, having searched almost everything in the internet about this exciting sport, I surprisingly came across with some not so green information.
January is already coming to its end, but it’s not late to wish you a Happy New Year. Let’s not forget the Chinese New Year just began a couple of days ago! Hopefully the year 2012 will exceed the previous one in every possible way achieved by eco-friendly means! But…what happened last year in the world from an environmental perspective? Let’s see the green highlights of 2011 split into 4 parts…
We are only few days away from Christmas holidays…and all of us have strolled around our city roads, watching the lights bringing out the Christmas spirit year after year. Some of us may have also read articles about the most beautiful Christmas decorated cities or about the tallest Christmas tree ever and so on… But what about the energy consumed during the holidays and how can we all cut down some electricity use?
This week the Canadian Environment Minister announced the country’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. There has been a great deal of criticism on this decision; with many analysts pointing out it was quite expected. For sure, Canada became the first nation, out of 191, to ditch the accord. But, let’s take things from scratch… (more…)
How would you feel if you‘d know that you have the chance, from your home’s convenience and no matter where you are located, to take classes in one of the world’s most prestigious universities? Either you are an undergraduate, postgraduate student, educator, or even self-employed being able to “consume” your spare time by learning from the top instructors in your field, is something quite unique! Stanford’s free of charge online course program makes all these possible!