Can Recycling be Fun?

November 11, 2009 by Rick
Volkswagon is working on an arcade game that accepts recycled bottles. Injinuity and innovation at work to solve trash and recycling issues.

Is Your Flower Pot Half Full? part 1

September 13, 2009 by Rick

Ray Kurzweil gave this presentation about the exponential effect of technology on the advancement of science and the standard of living. Listening to this you get a feel for where we have come from and where we could be going with the current and future advancements at hand. Definitely a glass half full presentation.

If you really want to get your hopes up read this story or listen to this recent NPR report. It states that scientists at MIT have developed a new, more environmentally friendly way to make batteries. Their approach employs an unusual component: genetically engineered viruses. These new batteries have the same energy capacity as other lithium batteries of the same size and show potential to develop even more powerful batteries. They can be made in water at room temperature without organic solvents or pollutants. Exxon owns the patents on nanotubes and buckminsterfullerene . I hope there is no conflict of interest with them on MIT developing major energy saving devices too quickly?

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Welcome to our Florida Friendly Plants Blog

January 19, 2009 by Rick

We plan to share through numerous posts our enthusiasm and experience as long-time Florida gardeners and horticulturists. Our hope is that your gardening efforts will be successful and enjoyable.  We’ll share ways to make your yards and patios beautiful while following the University of Florida's Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping:

 

1) Right Plant, Right Place: Plants selected to suit a specific site will require minimal amounts of water, fertilizers and pesticides.

 

2) Water Efficiently: Irrigate only when your lawn needs water. Efficient watering is the key to a healthy yard and conservation of limited resources.

 

3) Fertilize Appropriately: Less is often best. Over-use of fertilizers can be hazardous to your yard and the environment.

 

4) Mulch: Maintain two to three inches of mulch to help retain soil moisture, prevent erosion and suppress weeds.

 

5) Attract Wildlife: Plants in your yard that provide food, water and shelter can conserve Florida’s diverse wildlife.

 

6) Manage Yard Pests Responsibly: Unwise use of pesticides can harm people, pets, beneficial organisms and the environment.

 

7) Recycle: Grass clippings, leaves and yard trimmings composted and recycled on site provide nutrients to the soil and reduce waste disposal.

 

8) Reduce Storm water Runoff: Water running off your yard can carry pollutants, such as fertilizer, pesticides, soil and debris that can harm water quality. Reduction of this runoff will help prevent pollution.

 

9) Protect the Waterfront: Waterfront property, whether on a river, stream, pond, bay or beach, is very fragile and should be carefully protected to maintain freshwater and marine ecosystems.

 

More details can be found here: http://fyn.ifas.ufl.edu/homeowners/nine_principles.htm

 

 
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