Mountain Heroes cyclist aims for world record to fight climate change

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Michael Strasser, famous cyclist and the first to join the UN Environment’s Mountain Heroes Campaign, has now been cycling for just over 10 days and 19 hours. His goal? Establishing a new world record by cycling form Alaska to Patagonia through the longest overland route. The 14,300 mile (23,000 kilometer) and nearly 610,000 vertical feet (185,000 vertical meters) Ice2Ice expedition is not just about immense feats of strength and stamina, however. The expedition seeks to demonstrate how sustainable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Bering Sea ice is “at record low levels for this time of year”

Arctic sea ice is low, with Bering Sea’s sea ice extent “is the lowest recorded since at least 1979,” according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC). In April, Arctic sea ice extent was 378,400 square miles under the 1981 to 2010 average. And according to Earther, the Bering Sea has been something of a ground zero this winter, with sea ice disappearing when it was supposed to be growing in February, rebounding slightly in March, and then plummeting in April.

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Critical climate record satellite program at risk after Congress slashes funding

Scientists all over Earth depend on sea ice data from United States military satellites. But one of those satellites recently broke down – and only three ageing ones remain. Even worse, earlier this year the United States Congress said a backup probe had to be dismantled because they didn’t want to pay to keep it in storage. Nearly 40 years of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice satellite measurements could soon be disrupted. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s fastest electric car just shattered its own record

Critics have claimed clean technology lags behind fossil fuel-powered devices. They once said electric cars weren’t as powerful or speedy as gasoline-fueled ones, but one sleek clean car just showed vehicles can be super fast without polluting our planet. The Nio EP9 – which already put other cars to shame with a speed of up to 194 miles per hour – just smashed its own record. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Germany just generated a record 85% of its energy from renewable sources

Germany has outdone itself yet again when it comes to clean energy. On April 30 through May 1, the country set a national record when 85% of all energy consumed was created using renewable wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. And this isn’t just an anomaly – experts believe that this will be the new normal for Germany by 2030. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MIT’s fusion reactor sets new world record

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0SzyJr73uE

Related: Princeton experimental fusion reactor breaks after $94 million upgrade

Via MIT News

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Scientists record a human-like conversation between two dolphins for the first time ever

 

Yasha and Yana, two Black Sea bottlenose dolphins, have been chatting it up lately and scientists have been listening in. The recordings can clearly be heard to be conversations, as the mammals pause to let the other finish and can string distinct “words” together to form sentences. The research confirms for the first time that dolphins use an advanced form of communication similar to humans.

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California hit yet another record high in solar energy generation

In California, the solar power industry is having a field day. For the second time in as many years, the largest electricity grid in the state broke its own solar generation record with a whopping 8,030 megawatts (MW) output at 1:06pm local time July 12. California Independent System Operator (CAISO) reports that is the equivalent of the power consumed by 2 million households but, ironically, the solar energy generation record doesn’t actually include rooftop solar installations. This new record… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building