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Polar Bears On the Edge


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Since 1979 more than 20% of the polar ice cap has melted away; more than a million square miles of sea ice have disappeared. NRDC is “mobilizing one million Americans by April 9, 2007 to show their strong support for a final decision that designates critical habitat for the bear and addresses human-caused global warming as the main threat.”

Personally speaking, environmental issues are non-political. No matter which party you support, reach out and tell the current administration to protect the world’s largest bear — the polar bear, and its Arctic habitat. These majestic creatures are in peril, and on NRDC’s BioGems WatchList. It only takes a moment to show your support, click here.

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Sunday, March 4, 2007

sunday’s mixed bag of green news


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Natural Area Rugs – custom-fit


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Natural Area Rugs‘ Sisal Rugs are made from agave plant fibers that are spun into a smooth textured yarn — creating durable, flame retardant, sound-absorbing rugs. They’re backed with non-slip natural latex and bound in the USA. With dozens of styles to choose from, Tuscany is pictured here. Reasonably priced & free shipping @ naturalarearugs.com

They also offer eco-friendly Seagrass, Mountain Grass, Bamboo and Jute Rugs some in standard sizes-only. Also check out their lightweight yet robust doormats made from Coir, a fiber made from coconut shells.

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Osisu – form meets function


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Thailand-based Osisu design innovations are handcrafted from materials that have been left to waste. From their PMC Collection, the concrete-looking legs of this piece are made from thermal pressed cartons (milk/juice/sauce packaging materials) and the top is made from rescued wood scrap. (w 40″ x d 32″ x h 12″)
I also am intrigued by the LINI Collection, created from off-cuts rescued from lumberyards.

Have a look at their many eco-friendly lines @ osisu.com. Contact them directly to inquire about purchasing; their prices are not available online.

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Wave power plant goes online


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Australia based Energetech will soon begin supplying clean electric power from Australia’s first commercial wave-generated power station located 100 yards off shore in the beach community of Wallongong.

Wave power generation, a developing technology, holds tremendous potential for clean energy production. An added benefit of the Energetech technology is its capability to create both clean electrical power and drinking water. The Wallongong station will eventually supply power to up to 500 nearby homes and can desalinate water, a precious commodity in drought ravaged Australia, for almost an equal number.

Ocean waves provide the densest and most constant of all natural power sources. In the Engergetech prototype, electricity is generated when waves wash into a funnel facing the ocean, driving air through a pipe and into a turbine.

When fully operational the plant will create 500 kw of clean energy while producing 2,000 litres of desalinated water per day.

Plans are to build 10 additional plants off the south Australian coast. The ultimate hope for the technology is to produce power at less than the cost of fossil fuel powered generation without the accompanying emissions and with the tremendous added benefit of the creation of drinking water for coastal communities.

Another innovative company in the wave energy area is AW-Energy, a Finnish company that is developing a different approch to wave power with its WaveRoller system. WaveRoller captures the kinetic energy created subsurface by the motion of waves, using a specially designed bottom-mounted moving ‘wing’. The captured energy is converted to electricity using traditional technologies. The beauty of this system is that the device remains sub-surface with no above surface structure. The technology is currently in being tested and expanded in the Gulf of Finland.

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more on Energetech @ enn

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