Skip to Content

All items from Inhabitat

Are You Ready for the Blackout Epidemic Coming Our Way?

blackout, blackouts, epidemic, power, failure, energy, usage, sustainable, byrd, matthewman, auckland, univerity, lincoln university

A new study shows extreme weather events and increasing usage of unconventional fossil fuels will leave national energy grids unable to keep up with increasing demands for energy, Motherboard reports. Research published by the Journal of Urban Technology in September reveals that 50 major power outages have happened in 26 countries over the past 10 years. Over that same period the number of blackouts in America had affected 50,000 people and more than doubled. The main causes of these outages are rapid population growth in big cities combined with a growing “addiction” to power-hungry lifestyles that depend on electricity.

Scientists Identify Virus that is Wiping Out Thousands of Starfish on the Pacific Coast

sea stars dying, Sea Star Associated Densovirus, SSaDV, sea star dying, starfish dying, starfish virus, starfish wasting disease, starfish populations, sea star populations, Sea Star Virus, Sea star virus, sea star wasting disease,

A horrifying disease is making thousands of Starfish in the pacific ocean rip themselves apart, and the cause has left scientists baffled – until now. A team of researchers was recently able to isolate the virus, and they are calling it Sea Star Associated Densovirus (SSaDV). The pathogen was identified after eliminating bacteria, protozoans and fungi as possible culprits.

Another Giant Sinkhole Opens Up in Russia

Environmental destruction, Uralkali mine, Uralkali sinkhole, Uralkali potash mine, Uralkali mine collapse, mining, collapsed mines, Louisiana sinkhole, Russian sinkhole, Russian mine Sinkhole, potash mine sinkhole, Siberian sinkhole, Russia mysterious holes, Russia sink hole, mine sinkhole, mine holes, collapsing mines, potash mining,
It hasn’t been a good year for the land in Russia. Earlier this year a gaping 262-foot wide hole opened up in Siberia and now a second hole, this time a giant sinkhole in the Perm region, has marred the ground. Unlike the last hole, which still baffles scientists, this hole is the result of a collapsing potash mine which left a hole right in the middle of an abandoned mining town.

UK’s First Poo-Powered Bus is on the Road

Bio-Bus 1

The Bio-Bus, the U.K.’s first poo-powered bus, just hit the road and is going into active service for a four-week trial period starting Monday 24 November, 2014. The 40-seater bus runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that’s unfit for human consumption, and produces fewer emissions than a traditional diesel engine. The bus is being run by the Bath Bus Company, covering the Bath to Bristol Airport service along the A4 motorway.

Read the rest of UK’s First Poo-Powered Bus is on the Road

Petition: Don’t Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of U.S. Environmental Policy!

Sen Jim Inhofe

When Senate majority is handed to the GOP, a Republican will become the chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee. And Senator Jim Inhofe, one of the most outspoken climate change deniers in government, is set to lead environmental policy starting in January. A petition has been launched to demand that Senator Inhofe isn’t given this appointment. Why? Senator Inhofe has publicly declared that God, not people, is responsible for changes in the climate. He has compared the EPA to the Gestapo, and even says that climate change might have a “beneficial effect on how we live our lives.”