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January 13th, 2015

When we think of hydro-electric power, we usually envision massive structures – - mighty dams that pump vast amounts of water into energy production.  What if bigger isn’t always better?  Here’s a story out of Colorado in the United States that shows how you can be small and mighty!

“A fledgling industry is taking shape, focused on putting small electricity generation on already existing water infrastructure – known as small hydro.”  (Check out the related content links at the bottom of the story for more information…)


Small Hydro Is Renewable


Energy The New Congress


Might Just Get Behind


Colorado Dam

The outlet at Button Rock Dam on Ralph Price Reservoir, near Lyons, Colo.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

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January 7th, 2015

Water – one of natures most amazing and powerful forces – has long been harnessed to produce energy.  Dikes, dams, water wheels, canals, paddle-wheel steamers…the list is endless.  I’m sure that somewhere in your youth you watched, fascinated, as raindrops splattered against your windowpane.  The plonk-plonk as the drops beat faster ~ gradually diminishing to single plops as a storm spent itself ~ were a lullaby in themselves.  The whoosh of ocean waves is soothing ~ until they strengthen and become terrifying.  Water can be a gift…or an enemy…

Humankind is re-establishing its love affair with water’s gift of energy.  In seeking alternative means to power our planet, we are turning to the natural resources that surround us.  Read one tactic here:

Turbines Float Like Kites In


New Ocean Energy Project


The project demonstrates once again how legacy companies are transitioning to new clean tech.  In this case, it’s a partnership between Japanese companies Toshiba and IHI Corporation.

The new ocean energy project comes under the auspices of NEDO, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.

Do you have any innovative solutions to offer on water usage for power production?


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September 17th, 2014

Heard this story on the radio and thought of boyfriends past who were SO into StarWars; perhaps they are still…  It was all about the Rebel Forces, and how the Death Star pulled them in – but I digress…

“Sci-fi” references aside, this is genuine Tractor Beam Technology that is currently being explored by scientists in Australia.  News has been released that physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) ‘have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach‘.

Here’s three takes on the subject:

ANU     BBC News   IFL Science


P.S.  I hear the surfing is great down under. Maybe you want to head off and join the Aussies to do some water research…

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Sink hole, worm hole, pole shift, big earthworm, UFO, meteorite – what do these things have in common?  They are some of the theories swirling around how the GIGANTIC HOLE which was recently spotted in Siberia was created.

The massive hole which may span about 262 feet in diameter, was spotted recently on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia, commonly known as the “end of the world,” The Siberian Times reported.

blog sinkhole

Geologists and researchers have just returned from a trip to study this strange occurrence – read all about their scientific explanation

Do you have any expertise in this arena?

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Building a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.  That is the mission of  World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), of which I’ve been a supporter for many years.

One of their initiatives currently underway is the pilot of a Payment for Environmental Services (PES) program.  PES is the practice of offering incentives to farmers or landowners in exchange for managing their land to provide an ecological service.  In this instance, a watershed plan is being undertaken for the Mara River Basin.  (60% located in Kenya and 40% in Tanzania.)

The goal of PES for the Mara River Basin is improved water quality as well as improved flow regime that will catalyze sustainable watershed management and create a win-win situation between the community (the land-owners) and the private sector partners. Furthermore, the upstream farmers will see an improvement in livelihoods as slow down of soil erosion and reverse of forest loss leading to an increase in agricultural productivity.

Read all about it:  Piloting PES in the Mara River Basin

Click on the panda & get informed on all of the global good being done by WWF!  WWF logo

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