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I would really like to buy one, if true, this can be an excellent problem solver for us who generate a lot of plastic garbage due to ridiculous over packing culture in France.

Be-h Desk-top Waste Plastic Oiling System

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Convenient Home Recycler Turns Plastic Garbage Back Into Ready-To-Use Petroleum

A Japanese inventor has figured out a way to convert plastic grocery bags, bottles and caps back into the petroleum from whence they came, providing a ready fuel source for individual homes that also diverts waste from landfills.

Akinori Ito’s plastic recycling machine heats up waste plastic, traps vapors in a system of pipes and water chambers, and condenses the vapors into crude oil, explains the website Clean Technica. It’s not the first machine to do this — a massive plant outside Washington, D.C., is testing the process, for instance — but it’s small enough for household use.

Ito’s machine turns two pounds of plastic into a quart of oil, using only one kilowatt-hour of energy. The crude oil can be used in some types of generators or it can be further refined into gasoline, Clean Technica reports.

Ito is selling it through his Blest Corp., but buyer beware: As of now, it will set you back about $10,000. Ito hopes the price will drop as demand and production increase.

Other plastic-recycling methods find creative new uses for the material, for instance turning oil booms into new Chevy Volts or building new boats to sail the Pacific. Ito’s invention is interesting because it puts the plastic back into the pipeline, as it were. This is definitely not carbon-neutral — burning the oil releases greenhouse gases — but it’s environmentally friendly in that it can divert non-biodegradable waste from landfills. And make you feel less guilty next time you forget your canvas grocery bags.

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Capacity:Max 1kg/Time

【 Result of Plastic-to-oil Experiment 】

Equipment : Desk-Top Type Be-h

Lactic Acid Beverage Container
Plastic : PP or PE / Weight : 400g
[Material]

[Produced Oil]

[Result]

Produced Oil:337g(422ml)
Oil Ratio:84.4%
Residue:40g

DVD Case
Plastic : PP / Weight : 1000g
[Material]

[Produced Oil]

[Result]

Produced Oil:808g(1010ml)
Oil Ratio:80.8%
Residue:107g

Artificial Lawn
Plastic : PP / Weight : 860g
[Material]

[Produced Oil]

[Result]

Produced Oil:380g(475ml)
Oil Ratio:44%
Residue:390g

Flexible Container
Plastic : PP & PE / Weight : 700g
[Material]

[Produced Oil]

[Result]

Produced Oil:520g(650ml)
Oil Ratio:74%
Residue:90g

Toy Case
Plastic : PP(Soft Type),PS(Hard Type) / Weight : 600g
[Material]

[Produced Oil]

[Result]

Produced Oil:560g(700ml)
Oil Ratio:93%
Residue,Hydrocarbon Gas:40g

School Meal Plastic(Straw・Wrap of Bread)
Plastic : PP(Straw),PP or PE(Wrap) / Weight : 400g
[Material]

[Produced Oil]

[Result]

Produced Oil:412g(515ml)
Oil Ratio:82.4%
Residue,Hydrocarbon Gas:103g

Photos: Lake Urmia-Iran, the third largest salt water lake on earth

Photos: Lake Urmia-Iran, the third largest salt water lake on earth

The lake (in northwestern Iran) is named after the provincial capital city of Urmia, originally a Syriac name meaning city of water.

Lake Urmia has 102 islands, the second largest island, Kaboudi, is the burial place of Hulagu Khan, the grandson of Genghis Khan.

One of the early mentioning of Lake Urmia is from the Assyrian records from 9th century BCE.

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Due to drought and increased demands for agricultural water in the lake’s basin, the salinity of the lake has risen to more than 300 g/L during recent years, and large areas of the lake bed have been desiccated.

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One Tonne Life: A Swedish Family’s Green Lifestyle Experiment Begins : TreeHugger

One Tonne Life: A Swedish Family’s Green Lifestyle Experiment Begins

by Leonora Oppenheim, London, UK on 01.21.11
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One Tonne Life family moving in photo
All images via One Tonne Life

This week in Sweden an unprecedented low carbon lifestyle experiment has begun. The Lindell family have moved into a solar powered prefab house in the suburbs of Stockholm that is specially designed to minimise energy consumption. The family’s aim is to see if they can radically reduce their average carbon footprint of 7 tonnes per year, down to 1 tonne. TreeHugger was in Stockholm this week to meet them and hear the One Tonne Life story.

One Tonne Life house family car photo

Ready for the low carbon challenge
Nils Lindell, 52, his wife Alicja, 51, daughter Hannah, 16, and son Jonathan,13, are enthusiastically gung-ho about their One Tonne Life challenge. They say they don’t know exactly what changes they will have to make to their normal routines, but they are ready to embrace the new lifestyle programme and are keen to learn as much as possible about low carbon living through the process.

“We will do whatever it takes” says Hannah, who is really the driving force in the family, being the one who discovered an advert for the project in the local paper, then persuading her family that taking part was a great idea. It helps of course that living in a beautiful, spacious, new designer home, with a Volvo electric car at their disposal, is part of the deal.

Nils and Alicja cooking photo

Corporate collaboration
While it is up to the Lindells to transform the One Tonne Life project from high concept to everyday reality, their ability to do so comes from a broad range of technological and lifestyle support in the form of some of Sweden’s largest brands.

The big names behind the One Tonne Life project are Volvo, who have supplied a C30 electric car that will be charged in the solar powered car port next to the house; A-Hus, the prefab housing experts, have manufactured a design by Gert Wingårdh, one Sweden’s most successful architects; The country’s biggest energy provider Vattenfall have supplied the energy monitoring equipment in the house; Siemens have installed a full range of energy efficient white goods for the family to use; and the national supermarket chain ICA will be guiding the family through a healthy low carbon eating plan.

Lindell family in kitchen photo

PR or R&D Exercise?
It’s quite a roll call of big brands that haven’t always been celebrated for their dedication to sustainability. Quite a few eyebrows have been raised at Vattenfall’s involvement, as the third largest greenhouse gas emmitter in Europe last year. But while on the outside this looks like an highly polished PR exercise, on the inside it’s a really rather ground breaking R&D project for everyone involved.

Alicja plugging in Volvo C30 Electric photo

The data and information that will be diligently collected from the house over the next six months will be extremely useful to see just how close we are to being able to live a One Tonne Life and will help all these companies develop their sustainable innovation strategies. Everyone I spoke to was excited about the learning that will come out of the project.

Committed to the cause
Though the Lindell family are aware of the commitment they have made to this social experiment, and will be blogging throughout their time there, it is somewhat reassuring that the whole endeavour stops short of being a media circus. Hannah Lindell looked shocked when I asked if they would have got involved if this had been a reality TV show.

“No, of course not” she says, “this is a serious project. This is not about us, we are just the tool, it’s really about this whole house and its footprint.”

Hannah looking at the Energy Watch monitor photo

Watch the BBC feature on the One Tonne Life project.

We will be posting a series of interviews with the One Tonne Life partners on TreeHugger over the next few weeks.

I usually don’t put anything from the Daily Mail since their credibility is like the Fox News of the US, but this brings some valid points about the danger of the changes in our world and how fast things are going change when the temperature rises only one or 2 degrees.

The sun rises two days early in Greenland, sparking fears that climate change is accelerating | Mail Online

The sun rises two days early in Greenland, sparking fears that climate change is accelerating

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:29 PM on 14th January 2011

The sun over Greenland has risen two days early, baffling scientists and sparking fears that Arctic icecaps are melting faster than previously thought.

Experts say the sun should have risen over the Arctic nation’s most westerly town, Ilulissat, yesterday, ending a month-and-a-half of winter darkness.

But for the first time in history light began creeping over the horizon at around 1pm on Tuesday – 48 hours ahead of the usual date of 13 January.

The mysterious sunrise has confused scientists, although it is believed the most likely explanation is that it is down to the lower height of melting icecaps allowing the sun’s light to penetrate through earlier.

Climate change? The sun rose in Ilulissat, Greenland, two days early on Tuesday, ending a month-and-a-half of winter darkness. One theory is that melting ice caps have lowered the horizon allowing the sun to shine through earlier

Climate change? The sun rose in Ilulissat, Greenland, two days early on Tuesday, ending a month-and-a-half of winter darkness. One theory is that melting ice caps have lowered the horizon allowing the sun to shine through earlier

Thomas Posch, of the Institute for Astronomy of the University of Vienna, said that a local change of the horizon was ‘by far the most obvious explanation’.

He said as the ice sinks, so to does the horizon, creating the illusion that the sun has risen early.

This theory, based on the gradual decline of Greenland’s ice sheet, is backed by recent climate studies.

A report by the World Meteorology Organisation shows that temperatures in Greenland have risen around 3C above average over the last year.

It also reported that December was much warmer than usual with rainfall instead of snow recorded for the first time in Kuujjuaq since records began.

Low horizon: The fishing town of Ilulissat is Greenland's most westerly habitation. Temperatures in Greenland have risen 3C above average over the last year

Low horizon: The fishing town of Ilulissat is Greenland’s most westerly habitation. Temperatures in Greenland have risen 3C above average over the last year

It has even been suggested that the sun’s early appearance could have an astronomical explanation.

But Wolfgang Lenhardt, director of the department of geophysics at the Central Institute for Meteorology in Vienna, scotched this theory.

He said: ‘The constellation of the stars has not changed. If that had happened, there would have been an outcry around the world.

‘The data of the Earth’s axis and Earth’s rotation are monitored continuously and meticulously and we would know if that had happened.’