Humane Society’s ‘Seals Need Our Help’ Video.

Seals Need Our Help - HSIBelieve it or not, they’re still clubbing harp seal pups in Canada. The “Seals Need Our Help” video is a reminder that even though demand for products containing seal fur is down, and even banned in many countries, the hunt continues. Calling it a hunt is a stretch; it’s more like real-life Whac-A-Mole with a hakapik instead of a padded mallet.

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Reduce: Offloading Three Tons Of Bamboo In 30 Seconds Without A Forklift.

Televisions, your next. [RocketNews 24]


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Solarclave Sterilizes Medical Equipment In Remote Areas Using Sunlight.

Solarclave from MIT's Little Devices groupIn hospitals, an autoclave is an electric-powered device that is used to sterilize medical equipment and supplies. The Solarclave, designed by MIT’s Little Devices group, is an autoclave that is solar-powered and can be used cheaply and repaired easily by remote clinics in developing countries. Here’s a description of the Solarclave from the Little Devices group:

“With a bucket, a pressure cooker, and 140 pocket-sized mirrors, IIH researchers have invented a device that uses sunshine to sterilize surgical tools. Solarclave provides reliable surgical sterilization for rural clinics outside of the grid – enabling healthcare workers to provide basic, life-saving services for patients.”

And here’s how it works (SmartPlanet):

“Under a clear sky, the system takes 45 to 60 minutes to heat up to a sterilizing temperature (250 degrees Fahrenheit) and then 20 minutes to carry out the sterilization cycle.”

The final design of the Solarclave was modified based on feedback from rural users in Nicaragua. [SmartPlanet]

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If Jubbling Made A TV Show It Would Be Like Norway’s 12-Hour Prime Time Show About A Fireplace.

Norway Public Television 12-Hour Fireplace Show With Lars MyttingProduction value, production value, production value! Hard to beat Norwegian public television’s programming – especially when it’s only showing a burning fireplace for 12 straight hours with firewood expert Lars Mytting providing commentary. It’s the TV equivalent of the one-scene film “My Dinner With Andre” only 6 times Jubblinger. From Rune Moeklebust, producer for NRK [Reuters]:

“We’ll talk about the very nerdy subjects like burning, slicing and stacking the wood, but we’ll also have cultural segments with music and poems. It will be very slow but noble television.”

It’s hard to beat slow but noble television. The only way to make the 12-hour fireplace show more Jubbling: simulate the fire with computer graphics and dump the firewood expert Lars Mytting. I’ve heard firewood experts are total divas. [Reuters]

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Hachikyo Restaurant In Northern Japan Fines Customers Who Don’t Eat Everything In Their Bowl.

Hachikyo Restaurant Sapporo JapanAmazing! Hachikyo restaurant in Sapporo Japan has a signature dish, tsukko meshi or salmon roe on rice, and if you order it and don’t eat your entire meal – you have to make a donation.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

Rules for eating tsukko meshi at Hachikyo Restaurant.

From RocketNews 24:

“According to the explanation in the menu, the working conditions for fishermen are harsh and so dangerous that it’s not unknown for lives to be lost. To show our gratitude and appreciation for the food they provide, it is forbidden to leave even one grain of rice in your bowl. Customers who do not finish their tsukko meshi must give a donation.”

We need to port this idea stateside. Have you ever been to a Vegas buffet and seen the amount of food thrown out? Even closer to home, have lunch at your kid’s school and check out the amount of uneaten food that gets tossed. It’s mind numbing.

The way the Hachikyo restaurant limits food waste is by bringing their customers closer to the fisherman that catch their food. And taking it further, staff members at the restaurant are trained to appreciate what they’re serving by working on the fishing boats.

Maybe every restaurant should have a trash monitor or servers that reward customers for eating all of their food. For more information on food waste, check out Jonathan Bloom’s WastedFood.com. [RocketNews 24]

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Global Solar Capacity Now Exceeds 100 Gigawatts. Wind Farms Break Records And Want Some Lovin Too.

Record breaking solar and wind power capacity.Not too shabby. Since 2011, over 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar capacity has been installed worldwide. The last 30 GW installed in 2012 push the total solar capacity to 102 GW total. From Smart Planet:

“The preliminary results of the EPIA report shows that growth isn’t just concentrated in well-known solar regions, such as Germany. This year, there was a shift towards a more global PV market, with 13 GW of PV installations occurring outside of Europe, compared to just under 8 GW in 2011. The top three non-European markets were China with at least 3.5 GW and possibly as much as 4.5 GW, the United States with 3.2 GW and Japan with 2.5 GW.”

And not to be forgotten, wind farms added 44.7 GW of capacity in 2012 – beating the industry’s single year record, set in 2011, by 10%. Great to know 2012 was win win for renewable energy and not the end of the world. [Smart Planet and Smart Planet]

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