Category Archives: Industrial Ecosystems

New materials, “Cradle to Cradle” designs, recycling, and systems that enable closed loop sustainable cities and manufacturing.

Canada’s dead trees to build ‘plyscrapers’

Climate change warmed up Canada’s winters for so long that pine beetles destroyed billions of trees across Canada’s vast forests. Those trees are dead or dying. They will release billions of tons of CO2 when they rot. What to do with … Continue reading

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Elon Musk becomes even more like Iron Man

Elon Musk designs a hand-gesture 3D Cad interface similar to, you guessed it, Tony Stark (Iron Man).

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Can we do better than Sweden?

Sweden is so efficient at burning their rubbish for waste that they’ve run out of their own and are importing other nation’s waste to help meet their energy needs. It’s a good story, but we can do better!   1. … Continue reading

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Giant council waste compost

Gardening Australia recently *so* challenged my approach to waste management I’m thinking of taking the kids on a weekend excursion out to Western Sydney to see this beast. It challenges my ideal of just taking all household rubbish and throwing … Continue reading

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Hippies with Powertools

They’re still at it! Marcin sounded a little disappointed that he hadn’t finished his “Civilisation starter kit on a DVD” already, but that was always pie-in-the-sky idealism like mine! I’m just excited that he now has funding, and such a … Continue reading

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I emailed Susan Freinkel on Eternal Plastics

Hi all, I just listened to a Long Now foundation talk by Susan Freinkel on her book on plastics and our ‘toxic love story’ with them. It’s a great talk, and I encourage you all to listen to it. (I … Continue reading

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The quest for life invented death and carnage

Being New Year’s Eve I was just briefly checking the history of fireworks, and noticed this quote from the wiki. The prevailing academic consensus is that gunpowder was formulated in the 9th century by Chinese alchemists searching for an elixir … Continue reading

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