We linger in the dark after coffee, among deserted café chairs of bleached wooden slats, tables and simple benches. The air smells of seaweed, salt and garlic. The night cries of wheeling gulls float across Moeraki Harbour – ‘sleepy sky’ in Maori – as little blue penguins nest between waterline rocks at our feet.
The café waitress has suggested we seek out a guide: “an odd loner who drops by every year.” So today we meet Neville; a pasty-faced, man with a confident, slow-talking manner offset by that peculiar Kiwi lilt. “You’re wondering what I’m doing down here?” We’re not, but my girlfriend... Read More
The Elephant Bird egg was expected to fech around $50,000 though sold for over double at a Christie's auction on April 24th.
If you aren't familiar with Elephant Birds, you're not alone, elephant birds were a family of large to enormous, flightless birds that once lived on the island of Madagascar. They became extinct, in the 17th or 18th century, for reasons that are unclear, although some believe that they were hunted by humans out of existence.
Experts at Christie's say Elephant Bird eggs are the largest the world has ever seen, even larger than those laid by dinosaurs. The... Read More
Arnold Schwarzenegger is turning into a climate action hero.The Hollywood actor and former California governor recently launched the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy, whose stated mission is "advancing post-partisanship, where leaders put people over political parties and work together to find the best ideas and solutions to benefit the people they serve."
One of the five policy areas the Institute focuses on is energy and the environment and since one of their guiding principles is that "science and evidence have an important role... Read More
In december 2010 General Motors introduced the Chevrolet Volt, a plug-in hybrid vehicle! Also known as "Opel/Vauxhall Ampera" in Europe and "Holden Volt" in Australia. The Volt is powered by a lithium-ion battery and a 1.4 liter engine, acting as a generator to extend the range to 400 miles. Recharging takes up to 4 hours on a 240-volt supply. That's how the newest member of the Chevy family was introduced in 2010."The best sign of a great product is when your customers are the most satisfied in the industry. Volt owners have found the Volt is not only fun to drive, but provides technology... Read More
A lot of people are detached from the world and taking cold showers while their basements are filled with mud and worse as many people are smelling and seeing oil as well. People are getting in fights at gas stations over who is next, as human emotion is getting the best of people. Very chaotic time in NY/NJ, many people lost their cars from this storm as they just floated away. I saw a report that the subways could be partially back tomorrow, but some are still under water still right now. As I look in the East River right now it has been high tide for days in a row here. Hopefully it goes... Read More
Record melting of Arctic ice, it had never before dropped below 4 million square kilometersIn less than one generation, we have altered the way in which the planet looks from space and soon the North Pole will be completely ice free in summer, probably within the next 5 years or at the most the next 20, depending on the forecast.
The annual melting of Arctic ice is reaching a level that is reducing the extent of sea ice to the lowest level ever recorded since satellite monitoring began in 1979. Scientists from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) have raised the alarm.... Read More
An American jail's new anti-blackout system combines several renewable energy sources.Thanks to a fuel cell system, solar panels, wind turbines and an energy storage system, the Santa Rita jail's smart grid is considered one of the most reliable in the United States and will enable the jail to save approximately $2.2 million in utility bills over the next 25 years.
Not far from San Francisco, California, the Santa Rita jail, with 4000 inmates, has recently completed an energy system that combines a 1 MW fuel cell system, solar panels, wind turbines and a 2 MW energy storage system in... Read More
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