The Strangest Proposed Solutions to Global Warming

The Strangest Proposed Solutions to Global Warming

How do you prevent global warming? By convincing more people to ‘go green’ and generally live their lives in a more eco conscious manner right? Save energy by turning off lights when you’re not in a room, drive less when walking is an option, invest in double glazing… that sort of thing right?                 Well yes that’s one method but it’s not all that terribly interesting. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique though, there are many other suggestions as to how we can save energy that are considerably more… bizarre… Global warming is an extreme problem and so scientists have proposed some pretty extreme science fiction solutions. Here we will look at some of the most unusual and interesting suggestions so far. Space Shield                 One solution suggested by scientists is that we launch millions of tiny ‘shields’ into space that will block sunlight and cast a shadow onto the planet. Apparently this could potentially block around 2% of sunlight from reaching the Earth, which in turn would make a huge difference to the speed at which […]

Benefits of using solar panels in your house (and helping the environment at the same time)

Benefits of using solar panels in your house

Have you ever thought of installing solar panels in your roof? This may sound like something very expensive, very uncommon, and not very attractive, but the truth is there are many advantages to it. Believe it or not, the electricity you use in your house could completely depend on solar panels. Of course it sounds like a huge investment at first, but in the long run, this could become a great decision and save you a large amount of money.Those who have already installed these panels do not have any doubt about it.  One of my biggest concerns is protecting the environment and living accordingly, and that is why I would like to talk about the benefits of solar panels today. Whether you have or have not thought about it before, this could help you change your mind. First of all, as I already mentioned, it is a great way to protect the environment. We should never underestimate how much our planet is suffering from pollution, and you would be amazed at how much energy you can save by installing […]

Introducing The SP:01 – The World’s Fastest Electric Car

Introducing The SP:01 - The World's Fastest Electric Car

The SP:01 was unveiled recently at the Shanghai Motor Show with impressive specs that make it the fastest electric car in the world. With a beautifully sleek chassis and some real horse power at last, this could finally be a car to make electric vehicles sexy and desirable and to help encourage more people to adopt greener means of travel. Let’s take a closer look at the story… Introducing: The World’s Fastest Electric Car The SP:01 is manufactured in the US and comes from a company called ‘Detroit Electric’. The car is a limited edition, two seat sports car that looks great in an electric blue. In terms of design, it arguably is closest to the Lotus Elise and in terms of speed it will be capable of 155mph and 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. But will motorheads be okay to ditch the familiar roar of a petrol engine in favour of the silent-but-deadly electric? Either way, if you want one be prepared to dig deep as the vehicle starts at £135,000. Why the Shanghai Motor Show? As well as unleashing […]

Solar Panels for Your Home – Is it Worth It?

Solar Panels for Your Home - Is it Worth It?

Solar panels are something that are more and more ‘in vogue’ for use around the home. Drive to your local convenience store keeping an eye out and there’s a chance you’ll see one or two properties with panels on the roof, and home improvement shows often feature them heavily. The question is though, are they genuinely a worthwhile option for people looking to save energy, or are they in fact just a ‘fad’ that isn’t actually worth the cost? Let’s assess the situation… How They Work There are actually two different types of solar panel called ‘solar voltaic’ and ‘solar thermal’ panels and these each work quite differently. Solar voltaic panels are the kind that most people are familiar with, and operate by using sunlight to ‘excite’ electrons causing them to form a current and flow. From here a transformer then converts that current into one that can be used around the home. On the other hand, solar thermal panels are panels that work by heating up water. This water runs through the panels in very small tubes and are […]

Wind Turbines for Your Home – Are They Worth It?

Wind Turbines for Your Home - Are They Worth It?

In countless science fiction films, aliens visit Earth only to warn us about all the damage we’re doing to the planet. From Transformers who arrive on Earth because it’s rich in energy, to Omega Man who comes to destroy humanity before humanity destroys the planet, science fiction writers would have us believe that any alien race would have a bone to pick regarding our callous disregard for the atmosphere. But I think something else might happen. It’s my opinion that if aliens were to really arrive on Earth that they would just laugh at the fact we’re still reliant on fossil fuels – literally burning the dirt from the ground to power our machinery – it’s hardly very high tech. And this low efficiency and archaic nature is reflected in many of the drawbacks of relying on these forms of power. It’s costly, it cuts out, and it means we’re completely at the mercy of big companies. Rather than waiting for the energy industry to catch up with the 21st century then, why not consider using your own renewable energy […]