Solutions on the horizon
Everybody seems to be concerned about the environment these days. Maybe it’s all the hype surrounding global warming, or maybe it’s just the price of gas. Either way, LiveScience.com has compiled a list of 10 emerging environmental technologies that could help ease the strain we put on the environment. Here are some of the cooler ones. For the whole list, check out www.livescience.com/environment/top10_ emergingenvironment_technologies.html
Electronic paper: Yes, you read that right. And maybe sometime in the not-so-distant future, you could be reading it on the same sheet that could later serve as a novel or your shopping list. The coolest thing about it is that it looks like normal paper. And it would certainly cut back on unnecessary paper waste.
Burying CO2: While it’s not financially feasible at this time, it could be possible to gather all that bad CO2 that’s contributing to global warming, and inject it into the Earth before it hits our atmosphere.
Planting your roof: Based on one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, this concept would mean saying goodbye to shingles. Scientists claim that roof gardens can cut back on air-conditioning while also helping with the whole CO2 problem. You might have to install sprinklers on your roof, though.
New sources of oil: Apparently we can make oil from just about anything simply by using the right combo of heat and pressure. A ton of turkey waste, for example, could be turned into 600 pounds of petroleum. Neato.