Archive for July, 2013

Grow Your Own … Car?

The Ford company continues to push the boundaries by using unusual materials in car manufacture – soy based seats in the new 2014 Taurus, for example.


See this story on the Earth911 website,


Dolphins Use Names

A new study at St Andrews University confirms that dolphins use their signature whistles in the same way humans use names, as identity tags for addressing individuals.

Researchers at St Andrews’ Oceans Initiatives studies Bottlenose dolphins off the East Coast of Scotland and published their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Credit: The Guardian

“The way you see who is responding is to listen for the signature whistle to see if the animal produces its own whistle back to you when you play its whistle”

Vincent Janik, Biologist

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1 skyscraper, 6 climbers, 15 hours for the Arctic


Last week, for Greenpeace, 5 women – Victo, Sandra, Sabine, Liesbeth, Wiola and Ali – scaled Europe’s tallest skyscraper: 

to show our leaders and Shell that we don’t want Arctic drilling. Now we need you to add your voice to the movement and sign up to protect the Arctic

Click here to sign the petiton to Save the Arctic.

Victo continues:

“This feat took us 15 hours of climbing. Despite our exhaustion, the outpouring of support from tens of thousands of people all over the world kept our spirits high. When we reached the top, we waved a flag for the Arctic in direct view of Shell’s three London headquarters.

There were only six of us up there, but there are millions of us in every corner of the world who want the Arctic protected. The most effective action we can do now is to make everyone else care for the Arctic as we do, and to do that we need to make it big news. 

This is not a niche subject. This affects every single person on our planet.

Everyone should know that we’ve lost 80% of the Arctic sea ice in the last 30 years, the sea ice that cools our planet and provides a home to unique species like the polar bear. That should make people want to protect it — not to drill for more oil, one of the fossil fuels that caused the melting in the first place.”

Shell doesn’t want us talking about their dangerous Arctic oil drilling plans. Together we can shout about them from the rooftops  😉


The ultimate re-use of waste

Image: The Guardian

PM on Radio 4 reported this story yesterday (Wednesday 17 July).  Researchers at the University of the West of England have invented a method of charging mobile phones using urine.  The report said that the quantity of one bladder of urine could charge a phone to give full use – minutes, texts, internet use etc – for 24 hours.

“The beauty of this fuel source is that we are not relying on the erratic nature of the wind or the sun; we are actually reusing waste to create energy. One product that we can be sure of an unending supply is our own urine.”

Dr Paul Ioannis Ieropoulos,Engineer at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory where the fuel cells were developed.