Welcome To Nature Reel

Hey everyone, welcome to our new site! Sarah and I came up with the idea to share interesting stories, links, and ideas that we find  on the internet that impact our communities near and far. Primarily we will be focused on positive content that centers around the environment, sustainability, and other words of activism. We may also post tips, tricks, and general geek wisdom that may be beneficial to your everyday life in this fast paced world of technology as the yin to the natural yang.

The site is in the beginning stages and will have a facelift in the near future as we continue to build on our ideas.

Apple data center helps fuel Bloom Energy move to East Coast | Cutting Edge – CNET News

Bloom Energy

On the day Bloom Energy officially opened shop on the East Coast, the company’s CEO confirmed Bloom will supply fuel cells to Apple’s North Carolina data center.

Bloom Energy today is breaking ground on a factory in Newark, Delaware to build its Bloom Energy Servers, or Bloom Boxes, which produce electricity from natural gas or biogas.

The facility, which was a former Chrysler plant, will have the capacity to turn out 1,000 Bloom Boxes a year, Bloom Energy CEO K.R. Sridhar said in an interview with CNET. Each fuel cell, which is the size of few refrigerators, can generate 100 kilowatts of electric power.

Sridhar also confirmed that Apple’s Maiden, North Carolina data center will use Bloom’s fuel cells. The data center, now under construction, will have 4.8 megawatts worth of fuel cells powered by biogas. It is expected to be the largest corporate fuel cell installation.

Read More at: Apple data center helps fuel Bloom Energy move to East Coast | Cutting Edge – CNET News.

Microsoft Designing Landfill-Fueled, Off-Grid Data Center : TreeHugger

Microsoft Data Center

Microsoft has launched a new research project that it’s calling its Data Plant program where the tech giant will design and prototype a data center fueled by biogas, located right at the source. The data center will be powered by fuel cells that run on biogas captured directly from an on-site landfill or wastewater treatment plant, both rich sources of methane, instead of using biogas from the grid.

For more read: Microsoft Designing Landfill-Fueled, Off-Grid Data Center : TreeHugger.

Bart’s Blinky? Three-eyed Fish Found Near Nuclear Plant

3 eyed fish

¡Ay, caramba! A three-eyed fish was caught in a reservoir in Argentina, reported Cadena 3, an Argentine news service.

The fishing hole where the mutant fish was caught may be more of a fission hole. The reservoir, named “Chorro de Agua Caliente,” receives water from a nuclear plant in the province of Córdoba.

“Simpsons” fans will remember the same thing happened in Springfield. Bart caught Blinky, a three-eyed fish, in the pond fed by Monty Burn’s nuclear power plant in the episode “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish,” from the second season of the hit series.

For More -> Bart’s Blinky? Three-eyed Fish Raises Nuke Fears : Discovery News.

Chicago Aviation to Install 60 Acre Solar Farm at O’Hare Airport

 

solar farm

 

What do you do with vacant area in and around airports without much utility?

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has some great ideas. How about a massive solar panel installation, and an alternative fueling station for private and commercial vehicles at O’Hare International Airport? A new composting program for some restaurants operating at Midway International Airport can’t be too bad either!

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined CDA Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino to announce the new sustainability initiatives that will make Chicago’s airports greener than ever during the kickoff of the 2011 Airports Going Green conference in Chicago on October 31st.

For more check out -> Got Vacant Area? Chicago Aviation to Install 60 Acre Solar Farm at O’Hare.

Is Our Technolust Actually Greener?

Sarah and I have been discussing the environmental impact of gadgets and if our technolust is indeed greener. So I set out to find out what I could and this article sums it up pretty well. If you were to buy a iPad and use it for nothing but reading books, you would have to read 60-70 books over the lifetime of the gadget to balance out the environmental impact. The study doesn’t account for everything such as the energy used by lightbulbs while reading paper books is actually greater than the power consumed by the iPad. Nor does it note the use of the iPad for other activities such as emailing and watching movies would help offset the impact. It also doesn’t account for reading news and magazines which would definitely offset in my case.  It does account for transportation, production, and resources used to make the corresponding products.

It does put the greening of gadgets into perspective, considering the average person in the U.S. reads 9 books a year. A fact that may raise other questions about how technology affects our society.

for more check out Is Reading on Your iPad More Green Than Paper Books? — Apple News, Tips and Reviews.

Matt Briggs Environmental Solutionist – Organic Connections

 

Provided by Organic Connections

“Solutions, not problems.” The link below will take you to a story about Deep Green, “a film that takes a positive approach instead of leaving us scared senseless concerning the condition of our environment.”

Matt Briggs Environmental Solutionist – Organic Connections