Annual Final Score: Sharks Kill 12 Humans, Humans Kill 100,000,000 Sharks.

Crazy infographic from Joe Chernov and Robin Richards that shows, through finning and other wasteful practices, how we kill more sharks in 4 seconds than humans are killed by sharks in one year. Whether or not the actual number is 100 million, the final score is definitely not in the shark’s favor.

Shark Attack Stop Finning Infographic

[Laughing Squid]

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Drink Your Soup And Then Eat Your Spoon With Triangle Tree’s Edible Spoon.

Edible Spoon from Triangle Tree.

Why not? Triangle Tree’s Edible Spoon makes it easier to enjoy a to-go meal with less waste. The Edible Spoon comes in 3 flavors – plain, spicy, and sweet. Eating your Edible Spoon’able meal out of an edible Edibowl is an unbeatable Jubbling moment. Need a napkin? Use your shirt. [Laughing Squid]

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It’s Not A Painting – It’s A Picture Of A Polluted Lake In China.

Lake algae bloom caused by chemical fertilizer pollution in China.That floating stuff may look like paint but it’s lake algae that has bloomed from chemical fertilizer pollution. The Chinese government is spending $77 million to restore the lake.

Lake algae bloom caused by chemical fertilizer pollution in China.

Do you think this doesn’t happen in the US? Think again…

Algae bloom in Wisconsin's Lake Tainter

Algae bloom in Wisconsin's Lake Tainter (2010)

We’re doing some painting of our own. [RocketNews 24]

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Non-Food ‘Cellulosic’ Ethanol Could Be Price Competitive With Gasoline By 2016.

Cellulosic ethanol production.According to research company Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), ethanol produced from non-food materials (inedible parts of plants, woods, and grasses) will be price competitive with corn-based ethanol and gasoline by 2016. It’s a second generation biofuel called cellulosic ethanol and for years, figuring out how to cost effectively produce ethanol from non-edible plants has been a challenge. From BNEF:

“The survey collected data and predictions on the production costs of 11 leading players in the cellulosic ethanol industry. All use a technique, commonly called enzymatic hydrolysis, to break down and convert the complex sugars in non-food crop matter, and a fermentation stage to turn the results into ethanol. The results showed that in 2012, the cost of cellulosic ethanol production was $0.94 per litre, around 40% higher than the $0.67 per litre cost of producing ethanol from corn, which dominates the US biofuel market and is competitive with US gasoline. By 2016, respondents thought the price of cellulosic ethanol would match that of corn-based ethanol.”

Why is the move to cellulosic biofuels so important? From BusinessGreen:

“Cellulosic biofuels are widely regarded as critical to the development of the biofuels industry, as they allow developers to produce fuels from waste material or fast-growing grasses removing the need for energy crops that have been blamed for eating into agricultural land and driving up food prices.”

Another benefit of cellulosic ethanol is that its production can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by up to 85% over reformulated gasoline according to a study conducted by Michael Wang of the Argonne National Laboratory. Starch-based ethanol made from corn reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 18-29% over reformulated gasoline. [BusinessGreen and BNEF]

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Dennis Hope Will Sell You A Plot Of Land On The Moon. Jubbling Helps Pick Its First President.

MoonShop's Dennis Hope with his moon lots for sale.Dennis Hope has been selling $24.00 plots of land on the moon for 30+ years. To date, Mr. Hope’s MoonShop has sold just under 600 million acres of moon properties and he has approx 9.4 billion acres left to sell. How is he selling property on the moon? According to Mr. Hope, he’s found a loophole in the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and he filed a claim on it. Here’s a NY Times video on Dennis Hope:


Of course a moon colony is going to need a leader and we’ve got just the person – Northwest Ordinance for Space advocate Newt Gingrich.
New Gingrich - first President of Moonsylvania.
Mr. Gingrich is qualified and a nice bonus is that he’ll push for statehood once the moon’s population reaches 13,000. Be sure to give Governor Gingrich time; he might complain a little at the start about wanting to come back to earth and that he’s a changed man but he’s done that before and eventually, he’ll come around to moon life.

So how does buying land on the moon fit with Jubbling? It’s a reminder of how important it is to take care of the planet we actually live on and it’s a reminder that we need to reduce the amount of money we waste on bad ideas. [Gizmodo]

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BIG’s Waste To Energy Ski Slope In Copenhagen Breaks Ground. Hooray For Hedonistic Sustainability!

Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant
Artificial ski runThe Bjarke Ingels Group [BIG] just broke ground on their waste-to-energy / ski-slope in Copenhagen. It’s called the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant and in addition to sporting a ski run, it’s also an efficient waste conversion plant that will generate electricity and shoot a smoke ring out of its smokestack each time a ton of carbon has been released. It’s all part of designer Bjarke Ingels’ desire to incorporate Hedonistic Sustainability into his projects – building sustainable, useful structures that can also be used for pleasure.

From A/N Blog:

“Against all odds, BIG-founder Bjarke Ingels is actually building a mountain-slash-ski-slope-slash-waste-to-energy-power-plant in his hometown of Copenhagen. Announced in 2011, the project nearly stalled during the approval process, but officials in the Danish capital broke ground on the facility on Monday. Called the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant, the structure represents Ingels’ concept of Hedonistic Sustainability, the notion that a sustainable building shouldn’t only be green, but should also be fun.”

Watch Bjarke Ingels TED speech below for more info on this project. I have to admit, I wanted to not like this project but it’s pretty amazing. Thank you BIG.dk for introducing us to hedonistic sustainability. [A/N Blog]


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