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Kent Allen Halliburton

Environment
9th June 2017

Donald Trump, Corporate Corruption and the Paris Climate Agreement

What is the Paris Climate Agreement? The Paris Climate Agreement is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance starting in the year 2020. The language of the agreement was negotiated by representatives of 196 parties at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on December 12th, 2015. As of June of 2017, 195 UNFCCC members have signed the agreement, 148 of which have ratified it. In the Paris Climate Agreement, each country determines, plans, and regularly reports its own contributions it feels it should make in order…
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Gardening
16th January 2017

Growing Your Own Vertical Garden

What is a Vertical Garden? A vertical garden is very similar to a vertical farm, which is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container. The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture, or CEA technology, where all environmental factors can be controlled. These facilities utilize artificial control of light and environmental controls such as humidity, temperature, gases, and fertigation. Some vertical farms use techniques similar to greenhouses, where natural sunlight can be augmented with artificial lighting and metal reflectors. The only real difference between a vertical farm and a vertical garden…
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Gardening
16th January 2017

What is Vertical Farming?

What is Vertical Farming? The term vertical farming was coined by Gilbert Ellis Bailey in 1915 in his book of the same name. He wrote about farming with a special interest in soil origin, its nutrient content, and the view of plant life as vertical life forms, specifically relating to their underground root structures. His use of the term differs from the current meaning - modern usage of the term vertical farming usually refers the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container. The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment…
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Health
16th January 2017

How Green Space Benefits our Wellbeing

Why do we need Green Space? No matter how one defines a green space, it is clear, given the present state of modern humanity - obese, bored, and depressed - that green space is vitally needed. Here, we explore a multitude of different types of green space which are beneficial our wellbeing. The final section will include a measureable look at the health and urban cost reduction benefits of urban green spaces. A Greenway A greenway is a strip of undeveloped land near an urban area, set aside for recreational use or environmental protection. However, the term can in fact include a scenic…
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EnergyTech
22nd December 2016

The Reality of Not Investing in Renewable Energy

Let’s look at some of the effects of humanity’s inability to adapt to the use of Renewable Energy, so far. Poor air quality can kill. Ozone pollution can cause respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, throat inflammation, chest pain, and congestion, which results in innumerable deaths each year. Water pollution is purely genocidal. On average, it accounts for 14,000 deaths per day, around the world. This is mostly related to the ingestion of contaminated drinking water or exposure to untreated raw sewage. Biomagnification describes the situation where toxins in the environment, such as heavy metals, pass through trophic levels, ecosystem hierarchies, in…
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EnergyTech
22nd December 2016

The Role of Hydroelectric Power

What is Hydroelectric Power? Flowing water creates energy that can be captured and turned into electricity. This is called hydroelectric power. The most common type of hydroelectric power plant uses a dam on a river to store water in a reservoir. Water released from the reservoir flows through a turbine, spinning it, which in turn activates a generator to produce electricity. However, hydroelectric power does not necessarily require a large dam. Some hydroelectric power power plants just use a small canal to channel the river water through a turbine. Another type of plant, called a pumped storage plant, can even store power. The…
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EnergyTech
22nd December 2016

Electricity Can Be Harnessed from Your Recycled Waste

Recycled Waste Can Be Turned into Renewable Energy When most people consider renewable energy, they think mostly along the lines of solar, wind and geothermal energy. However, there is another very important source of potential renewable energy that is produced daily, around the globe – garbage. The consumption habits of the modern consumer lifestyle are causing a huge worldwide waste problem. Having overfilled local landfill capacities, many post-industrial nations are now exporting their refuse to developing nations. This is having a devastating impact on ecosystems and cultures throughout the world. Some alternative energy companies are developing new ways to recycle…
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EnergyTech
22nd December 2016

The Limitless Power of Geothermal Energy

What is Geothermal Energy? Geothermal energy is the thermal energy that is generated by, and stored within, the Earth itself. In fact, it is the primary source of energy that determines the mean temperature of all matter on Earth. The innermost core of the Earth is a fairly heated, but solid, ball of iron and nickel. The outer core, however, is the definition of fire and brimstone. At its hottest points, this outer core has been measured at nearly 8,000 degrees Celsius. This extreme heat fuels a process that moves all of the matter resting on top of this liquid…
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EnergyTech
22nd December 2016

The Benefits of Harvesting Biomass Energy

What is Biomass Energy? Biomass energy is organic matter harvested from living, or only very recently deceased, organisms. This can be logs, as pictured above. It can be leafy matter fallen from trees. Biomass can also be the leftover waste materials from any number of human activities. This, depending on the source of the energy, can be converted into a very highly concentrated form of Biofuel, which can then be used to power vehicles and small motors, or converted into electricity. The purification process from collection point to point of use removes most of the toxins that would normally be…
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Energy
5th December 2016

What Can Wave Energy Do?

What is Wave Energy? Wave energy is the harvesting of the naturally occurring kinetic energy produced by the impact of land and water. Like tidal power, this source of energy is not in as wide use as it really should be, but the concept has been around since the 1890s. The most effective example of modern wave power production is currently operating in Portugal, at Aucadoura Wave Park. It opened for operation in 2008 and has produced exciting results. All large bodies of water, no matter their location on the planet, produce waves when they interact with land barriers. Who…
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