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A Photosynthesis Curtain on Buildings

Positive Future #322 (Feature photo – Photosynthesis – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) A recent article in Designboom, hints of the beginning of solutions to combat climate change. A plastic curtain with tubes that takes in polluted air. The pollutants feed the algae in the tubes and out comes fresh oxygen on top. The first curtain has the equivalent effect of 20 large trees. Now efforts are underway to expand and commercialize the technology. You can read the full story here: https://www.designboom.com/technology/ecologicstudio-photo-synth-etica-11-09-2018 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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ReTuna – The World’s First Secondhand Shopping Mall

Positive Future #321 (Feature photo – ReTuna Mall – Courtesy of ReTuna) In the little city of Eskilstuna, Sweden, the world’s first secondhand shopping mall is flourishing. The popularity of the mall has driven a quadrupling of sales in its first three years. Not only do they sell upcycled, reused and recycled goods, they have craftsmen that fix things and help customers fix things. The mall has a large donation center adjacent to the mall and most items sold come from public donations. You can read the full story here on Inhabitat: https://inhabitat.com/introducing-retuna-the-worlds-first-secondhand-shopping-mall/ There could be more to this story in time. If people want to step lighter on the…

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Urban Transportation – Is A Big Change Looming?

Positive Future #320 (Feature photo – The Electric Car SIN – Courtesy of Biomega) The major components of a transportation vehicle are becoming more simple – electric motors and new high-tech batteries. Going away are the more complicated gas engines, heavy transmissions and the like. Currently, cars have an average of 28,000 to 30,000 parts – many of which are moving and need lubrication. The simplification of the car means that even small nations can now get involved in re-inventing cars and transportation. The bicycle company called Biomega, from the small nation of Denmark (less than 6 million people), is actually taking a run at re-inventing urban vehicles. Its new…

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It’s Winter Here – But People Still Need to Eat

Positive Future #319 (Feature photo – Deepwater Farms Aquaponics – photo courtesy of Deepwater Farms) Calgary, in province of Alberta, Canada, is a city far north. It is about 165 miles north of the America’s northernmost border in Montana. Calgary is the center of a metro area of 1.4 million people. In short, if they are not bringing in truckloads and truckloads of food every day, the city’s ability to feed itself is virtually non-existent. Making news recently, the Calgary Herald reports on the opening of Deepwater Farms which is operating in a 10,000 square foot building. Deepwater Farms combines the science of hydroponics with aquaculture to bring its new…

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Is The Debate Over Fuel Efficiency the Wrong Debate?

Positive Future #318 (Feature photo – Proterra Electric Bus – CCA SA 4.0 International) While the debate rages over fuel efficiency in the U.S., one wonders: Is this the wrong debate? A growing number of high tech companies outside the U.S. and foreign nations are totally circumventing this debate. For example, the city of Santiago, Chile just ordered 100 fully electric buses from Chinese industrial giant Yutong. Yutong sold almost 25,000 new energy buses around the world in 2017. There is no company in the U.S. that can manufacture this volume of electric buses. The cost of a fully-electric bus can range from $700,000 to $1,000,000. You can read the…

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Shipping Container Housing on the Rise – Literally

Positive Future #317 (Feature photo – Shipping Container Apartments – By Philippe Alès – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37512755s) Inhabitat recently covered a story that takes shipping container building to the next level. The project entails that stacking and connecting of 140 shipping containers, Even though the project is in South Africa, the need for affordable housing in America is just as strong. You can read the full story here: https://inhabitat.com/lot-ek-upcycles-140-shipping-containers-into-an-apartment-complex-in-south-africa/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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A Floating Dairy?

Positive Future #315 (Feature photo – A Holstein Dairy Cow – Public Domain) The Netherlands – a nation known for their dairy farms – is home to the newest dairy innovation. It will be a floating dairy farm. At a cost of $3 million, the floating facility will house 40 cows that will be milked by robots. Plans are to be open to the public by March 2019. Part of the drive for a floating dairy farm is the global tendency of populations living close to the coastline. In America, for example, 70 percent of the nation’s population lives within 100 miles of a coast somewhere. Floating dairies can provide…

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The “Electric” Tide is Moving Faster

Positive Future #316 (Feature photo – A BMW I-3 Getting Charged – CCA SA 4.0 International) It was only about three years ago when the world achieved 1 million electric cars on the road. The non-profit Veloz, just issued a press release that estimates California will have 500,000 electric cars (cars with a plug-in option) on the roads by the end of November. You can access the full story here: http://www.veloz.org/news/# While there is still some number gathering and a little time to go, it would not be too much of a surprise if global sales of electrics in 2018 reach 2 million units. As we speak, nations, cities and…

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Colorado is Tipping the Scale of Power to Reduce Air Pollution – Pollution That Will Always Land on the Food We Grow

Touch the Soil News #1180 (Feature photo – The Seal of the State of Colorado – Public Domain) America is embroiled in a controversy that pits pollution against health. At the center of this controversy are car emissions. On the one hand, the fear is that low emission cars will eliminate jobs. On the other hand is the fear that high emissions cars will eliminate people. Colorado recently decided to adopt California emissions standards in an attempt to stay the Federal Government’s intent to weaken standards. CleanTechnica journalist Jake Richardson covers the story which has implications for virtually every American. Will America be ruled totally from the Federal Level or…

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Armed Conflict – Food is the First Thing That Collapses

Positive Future #314 (Feature photo – Food – courtesy of the U.S. Agricultural Research Service) The World Food Programme is the primary “point” organization that brings food to places of famine and hunger. At the bottom of the World Food Programme’s main page http://www1.wfp.org/ is a map that indicates places of extreme emergencies – marked with a red pointer. The driving common denominator for nations having a red pointer is mostly armed conflict – armed conflict that respects no person or economic safety nets. Essentially the story is the same – the warring factions of the countries with the red pointer (regardless of which side they are on) are essentially…

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