The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed

istock_000047735718_large.jpg__800x600_q85_crop

Better electricity sharing across states would dampen the effects of variable weather on wind and solar power

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/us-could-switch-mostly-renewable-energy-no-batteries-needed-180957925/#AEM2iyfs2w3hjEap.99

Viva la France! Country Bans Supermarkets From Tossing Out Food

3167508.large

In December the French government passed a law banning supermarkets from throwing away unsold food. The law requires stores there to donate unwanted food to charities or food banks.

Family Saves Roadside Piglet from Freezing to Death in Blizzard

Perry-Smith-and-Wee-Wee

It was during that blizzard that the Smith family was traveling from the Whitetail ski resort back to their hotel about 20 miles away when dad Perry spotted a white, pink mass by the side of the road in the freezing cold snow.

Large Hadron Collider restart is under way

_82084016_lhc_tunnel

The restart of the Large Hadron Collider is now under way, with protons circling the machine’s 27km tunnel for the first time since 2013.

Read more:  http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-32160755

Farms That Save Space for Flowers Give Bees a Boost

3135238.large

In 2005, England introduced incentives to farmers to plant more bee-friendly flowers on their land. Similar incentives also exist in the E.U. These agri-environmental schemes have been shown to attract bees a provide them with a good source of food, but the new paper shows for the first time that they are also associated with increased populations.

Costa Rica Has Gotten All Of Its Electricity From Renewables For 75 Days Straight

shutterstock_132190928-638x425

The Latin American country hasn’t had to use fossil fuels at all so far in 2015, due to heavy rains that have kept hydroelectric power plants going strong. Wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal energy have also helped power the country this year.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/03/21/3636823/costa-rica-renewables/

Not Dead Yet: The Bird That Cheated Extinction

MyanmarTizard

An Asian songbird long thought to be extinct has been rediscovered. … Finding species thought to be extinct is not that common.

Read more: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/03/05/jerdons-babbler-bird-rediscovered-not-extinct-myanmar-burma?cmpid=tp-ptnr-thinkprogress

Backpack Doubles As Reading Light So Children In Indian Slums Can Still Study During Power Cuts

The bags, which have solar panels attached to the sides, can be charged while the students walk to school, or play outside, Saha explained to the Hindustan Times. Salaam Balak Trust, an Indian NGO, agreed to partner with her, and so far, about 30 to 40 bags have been given to children free-of-charge, with the help of funding from Cheil India, The Better India reported.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/11/light-bag-india_n_6656444.html

 

Backyard beehive invention allows honey on tap

Article Lead - wide6652393413j3p3image.related.articleLeadwide.729x410.13lu72.png1424436886948.jpg-620x0

“One thing we hadn’t realised but that an experienced beekeeper pointed out to us is that it’s going to mean a lot to people keeping bees in an urban situation in their neighbourhood because most of the time bees take off and mind their own business, but they get upset and sting people when you open them up and disturb them. With our design the bees are busy at the front of the hive while we drain honey out of the back, making it much safer.”

Read more: http://www.goodfood.com.au/good-food/food-news/backyard-beehive-invention-allows-honey-on-tap-20150223-13lu72.html

World’s first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

_81320051_fe1ee29d-dd7f-4d1a-823d-6fa3de70efba

Plans to generate electricity from the world’s first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK. The six lagoons – four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria – will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31682529