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solar energy bucket


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Designer Stefano Merlo has created this bucket of glowing solar light. A solar collector atop the bucket collects the sun’s energy during the day powering this testament to renewable energy and art for use at night. Illuminated by 1w LED’s.
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Sunday, October 14, 2007

a mixed bag of green news


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Climate Change is Hot at the Birch Aquarium


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Scripp’s Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, CA has proven its dedication to ocean research, conservation, and education since 1903. As one of the leaders in global warming research, it is fitting that their very own Birch Aquarium’s newest exhibit features climate change. A walk through this part of the museum is similar to a trip through a more interactive version of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.

birch4.jpgExhibits focus on a basic understanding of the science behind global warming and are solution-oriented, with turnable tiles that indicate CO2 sources and sinks, alternatives to fossil fuels, simulations of heat in the atmosphere, a graph projecting CO2 levels to rise to a height even taller than me (and I’m pretty tall), and more.

My favorite exhibits included one featuring two light bulbs of varying efficiencies that you can light by turning a handle, and a newsroom in which anyone can read a teleprompter as an anchorperson and then watch the movie they have just created. Today’s breaking news? Global warming.

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