As the heart of the festive season fast approaches, we think it’s time to review the top 10 most read good news stories we’ve published in 2012, as voted by your pageviews. There is of course always plenty of bad news to go around, but hey, who really wants to read a lot bad news at this time of year? Besides, we are all about working towards a positive future here at The9Billion.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to extend a very big thank you to all those who have visited and supported The9Billion thoughout the year. We would not have been able to carry on for this second year without you.
Now, as far as sustainability goes, and especially clean technology, there have been quite a few good news stories this year, so let’s get right to the roundup.
Mike Roberts, former president and CEO of McDonaldâ€™s, has co-founded a restaurant called LYFE Kitchen, aiming to bring a health-conscious approach to the fast food world.
What do you do when youâ€™re in the desert and in dire need of drinking water? According toÂ Eole Water, it’s wind turbines that could be the secret to creating water with dry desert air.
NASAÂ has released a new Blue Marble image of Earth. NASA says itâ€™s the â€œmost amazing, highest resolution image of Earth everâ€ (see feature image above).
Armed with only a computer, a printer, and 820 sheets of plywood, Danish architects Frederik Agdrup and Nicholas Bjorndal, and collaboratorsÂ Facit Homes, were able to construct a 1,345 square foot (125 square meter) home. The new â€œprintable houseâ€ calledÂ Villa AsserboÂ is located in a forest North of Copenhagen and took only 4 weeks to build.
In Andalusia,Â Spain, the worldâ€™s biggest solar power plant has fired up. The solar plant, Andasol, includes and incredible 600,000 parabolic mirrors, all electronically following the sun on its daily path across the sky. The lines of solar mirrors cover an area about the size of 210 football fields.
A group of Serbian architects haveÂ created a concept for some underwater skyscrapers. The concept isÂ called the Lady Landfill Skyscraper, and itâ€™s proposed that a number of them could be placed near in garbage patch zone to collect trash and turn it into energy.
Recently we reported that, for a highly industrialized country, an impressiveÂ 20 percent of Germanyâ€™s electricityÂ now comes from renewable resources. Now, even more impressively, it has been pointed outÂ that 51 percent of renewable energy generation in Germany is owned by the countryâ€™s citizens, not by power utility companies.
AlthoughÂ vertical farmingÂ has been talked about for over a decade, technical barriers have prevented construction of these unique urban farming solutions. But for the new Swedish company Plantagon, vertical farming is no longer an elusive architectural feat. In fact,construction has just begunÂ on the Plantagon vertical farm in LinkÃ¶ping, Sweden, with the hopes that urban dwellers will soon be enjoyingÂ food produced on a large-scale in their very own city.
Are hugeÂ 3D printersÂ the future of construction? In the embeddedÂ TEDx video, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis from USC explains and demonstrates how building customized, eco-friendly houses with large 3D printers is not only possible, he and his team are already showing how it can be done.
A team of MIT researchers has developed a new, less chemically-invasive way to separate oil from water that could be used to clean up oil spills in the future.
So there you have it, some of most read good news stories we’ve published in 2012. Thanks again for visiting The9Billion throughout the year, and we look forward to continuing to bring you many more good news stories in 2013.
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