Monarch Power Granted Patent for Solar Powered Turbine | 2015-06-11 | ACHRNEWS

From www.achrnews.com | June 11, 2015 The turbine uses solar energy stored in molten salt for power generation day or night SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Monarch Power announced it has been granted a U.S. patent for a new turbine that can power, heat, and cool homes and businesses using solar energy or natural gas. The Hui turbine is the invention of Monarch CEO Joseph Hui, professor emeritus at Arizona State University. Hui, aka Solar Man on social media, believes his turbine will be a “game …

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule – The Globe and Mail

By Valerie Howes | June 10, 2015 The tiny-house movement has been gaining traction ever since U.S.-based architect Sarah Susanka published her bestseller The Not So Big House almost two decades ago. And a growing number of people are rejecting the mortgage trap to live pared-down lives in 100- to 400-square-foot spaces. But in early 2016, the small-minded can go next level, in an off-the-grid, 86-square-foot micro-house. Slovakian architecture firm Nice Architects Studio is taking pre-orders for …

Organic Food Finds Footing in Growing Chinese Market : News : Yibada

By Alvin Ybanez | June 6, 2015 Organic food is seeing increasingly high demand in China, as the country’s middle class gains stronger purchasing power and awareness of healthy living and dietary concerns increase. Chinese urbanites are seeking alternative options to purchase safe and healthy products, partly spurred by recent food scandal incidents, the China Daily newspaper said in a report on Friday. “Even though imported organic food can be expensive, it’s an investment …

Do you want healthier food? Start demanding it | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

From www.kansascity.com | June 7, 2015 Can Big Food turn over a new, healthier leaf? Perhaps — if the marketplace demands it. The real power to eat healthily lies in the hands of consumers, but some help from retailers can go a long way. Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Subway recently announced they would cut back on the use of artificial flavors, colors and other ingredients “where possible.” No more Yellow No. 6 or Blue No. 1 dye for the taco cheese and avocado ranch dressing. Taco Bell will …

The Dutch Are Planning a Giant Wind-Turbine Tourist Attraction – CityLab

By John Metcalfe | April 7, 2015 The bladeless “Windwheel” would have a hotel and an odd kind of roller coaster. Medium-level boosters of ecofriendly living might power their homes with residential wind systems. But for those who want to go all the way, nothing screams “green” more than using wind turbines and residing in one, too. Making this sustainable habitat is the dream of the Dutch Windwheel Corporation, a group of Rotterdam companies that wants to install homes on …

Can organic foods and GM-like technologies ever go hand in hand?

By Nathan Gray | April 24, 2015 The use of certain biotechnologies could support organic production in the future – although the currently approved ‘cross-species’ GM technologies are the biggest threat to the organic food system, says Christopher Stopes. “The biggest threat to organic food is GM,” said Christopher Stopes, IFOAM EU president, during a presentation at the Natural & Organics Products Europe Show in London. Stopes warned the audience that Europe has already taken …

Greenville moms launch organic baby food company

By Lillia Callum-Penso | April 14, 2015 It was a couple months into their friendship when Jessica Gates and Julie Hines decided to go into business together. Their product would be wholesome, nutritious, organic and delicious. Neither woman had previous business experience, but they had a strong desire to provide kids, theirs included, better food choices than they found on the shelves. A year later, Gates, 37, and Hines, 35, have started Harvest Moon Baby Food. The baby food company specializes …

Beware of the Corporate GMO Spin Doctors | Food & Water Watch

By Wenonah Hauter, Posted March 18th 2015 You may have heard that popular scientist Bill Nye has mysteriously revised his outlook on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Several years ago, the children’s show host advocated for the labeling of genetically modified foods, citing concerns about what GMOs could do to ecosystems. But now his position on the controversial technology has flipped. This development is the latest in a trend spearheaded by agribusiness giants to discredit the GMO …

Should the UK be subsidising the world’s first tidal lagoons? | Environment | The Guardian

By Karl Mathiesen, The Guardian, Posted 3rd March 2015 The company planning to build a series of massive tidal lagoons in the UK claim their project can generate electricity that will be competitive with offshore wind and nuclear power. But experts have urged the government to take a cautious approach to the massive capital investment. The world’s first tidal lagoon power station is ready to begin construction in Swansea, Wales should it attain planning approval. The project has been …

Dark Horse May Outdo Lithium-Ion Battery Storage

Andrew Burger | Tuesday February 17th, 2015 Leading battery storage technology developers and emerging market players, including Elon Musk’s SolarCity and Tesla, are investing billions of dollars to improve the performance and lower the costs of manufacturing lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Along the way, they are promoting Li-ion battery storage as a cleaner, more efficient, sustainable and significantly less costly solution across a wide range of applications, from electric vehicles, homes …