Al Bredenberg

 

Al Bredenberg is a writer, analyst, consultant, and communicator. He writes about the environment, energy, innovation, management, and sustainable business and design. Al is a lifelong learner with intense curiosity and no off-switch. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, with his wife Virginia.

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Rogue Geoengineering Experiment Creates Massive Algae Bloom in Pacific Ocean

Rogue Geoengineering Experiment Creates Massive Algae Bloom in Pacific Ocean

Photo via Shutterstock The Guardian is reporting that a July dump of 100 tonnes of iron sulphate in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, by California businessman Russ

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Medina Mosque photo from Shutterstock The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in

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Nathan Myhrvold’s New Digital Rights Management Patent Could Restrict 3D Printing

Nathan Myhrvold’s New Digital Rights Management Patent Could Restrict 3D Printing

A company run by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold has obtained a patent for a technology that could be used to impose digital rights management (DRM) on 3D printing. According to Antonio

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JAMESPLUMB Transforms Vintage Suitcases Into Elegant Chests of Drawers

JAMESPLUMB Transforms Vintage Suitcases Into Elegant Chests of Drawers

The British design team JAMESPLUMB is known for its ingenious one-of-a-kind furnishings and interiors created from antiques, cast-offs, and found objects. We were struck by these beautiful and

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Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

Malaysia’s Stunning Green Diamond Building Wins Southeast Asia Energy Prize

The Diamond Building (Bangunan Berlian in Malay), so named for its unique shape, is topped with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which generate about 10 percent of the building's energy.

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New Yale Survey Finds Americans Increasingly Believe Climate Change Is Driving Extreme Weather

New Yale Survey Finds Americans Increasingly Believe Climate Change Is Driving Extreme Weather

Photo from Shutterstock A new report from Yale and George Mason University finds that 74 percent of Americans now believe global warming is changing the weather in the United States. A

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Polar Opposites: Why the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice is not Balanced Out by More Ice in the Antarctic

Polar Opposites: Why the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice is not Balanced Out by More Ice in the Antarctic

In September, news media widely reported the record-breaking drop in Arctic sea ice extent. The National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) reported that the extent of Arctic sea ice reached a

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Richard Hutten’s No-Waste Eco Lampshade is Cut From a Single Piece of Material

Richard Hutten’s No-Waste Eco Lampshade is Cut From a Single Piece of Material

This ingenious lampshade created by Dutch designer Richard Hutten for office-furnishings company Gispen is laser-cut from a single piece of material, resulting in no waste. The lampshade was

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Scientists Warn That Arundo Donax ‘Giant Reed’ Biofuel Crop Could Become an Invasive Species

Scientists Warn That Arundo Donax ‘Giant Reed’ Biofuel Crop Could Become an Invasive Species

Arundo photo from Shutterstock The Biofuels Center of North Carolina, a state-funded non-profit organization working to develop a large-scale biofuels industry in the state, lists the plant

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Student Invents Doorless Refrigerator That Saves Energy and Reduces Food Spoilage

Student Invents Doorless Refrigerator That Saves Energy and Reduces Food Spoilage

Ben de la Roche, an industrial design student at Massey University in New Zealand, has designed a doorless refrigeration wall, called Impress, that prevents food waste and saves energy. De la

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The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

The Xfire Safety Light Creates a Laser-Generated Bike Lane for Safer Night Cycling

If you've ever been freaked out over the dangers of riding your bicycle at night, the Xfire Bike Lane Safety Light might be able to offer you a little more security. This battery-powered safety

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New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

A new study has found that 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors in various parts of the world are at high risk from tsunamis like the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan in

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New CDC Study Links Highway Noise Pollution to Widespread Sleep Disturbances, Risk of Heart Attack and High Blood Pressure

New CDC Study Links Highway Noise Pollution to Widespread Sleep Disturbances, Risk of Heart Attack and High Blood Pressure

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has found that 2.3 percent of people in Fulton County, Ga., where the city of Atlanta is, are exposed to significant levels of highway

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MIT Study Predicts Every 1-Degree Increase in Temperature Will Cause 10 Percent Increase in Rainfall Extremes

MIT Study Predicts Every 1-Degree Increase in Temperature Will Cause 10 Percent Increase in Rainfall Extremes

Climate scientists have long projected that increases in global temperatures will result in higher rainfall and flooding in tropical regions. But now a MIT study has put some numbers to the

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New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

New Study: Feds Underestimate Social Cost of Carbon Pollution by as Much as 12 Times

Industrial Emissions photo from Shutterstock A new study just published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences calculates that the U.S. government is using a faulty model for

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National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Test House is Inhabited by a Virtual Family

National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Net-Zero Energy Test House is Inhabited by a Virtual Family

Researchers will use the house to test energy-efficiency technologies and alternative energy systems. NIST Director Patrick Gallagher believes that the facility will “allow development of new

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DualWash: Waterless Dishwasher Doubles as a Kitchen Cabinet!

DualWash: Waterless Dishwasher Doubles as a Kitchen Cabinet!

A team of industrial design students at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey, has developed an ingenious design for a bipartite, or two-compartment, waterless dishwasher

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More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

More Than One-Third of Global 500 Companies Now See Climate Change as a Real Danger to Their Business

Floods and flooding the streets via Shutterstock A study released on Wednesday by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) finds that 37 percent of the world's largest companies now see extreme

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Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House’s New LED Lantern Runs on Saltwater and Doubles as a USB Device Charger

Green House Co. Ltd., a Japanese electronics firm, has developed a new “power-generation LED lamp” called GH-LED10WBW that runs on salty water. Requiring no batteries, the lantern

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Climate Change Is Threatening Eskimo Archaeological Sites in Alaska

Climate Change Is Threatening Eskimo Archaeological Sites in Alaska

Warming arctic temperatures are threatening sensitive Eskimo archaeological sites in Alaska, according to researchers from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. At a September 7th press

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DryBath: Waterless Bath in a Bottle Tackles Hygiene and Water Shortage Problems for Poor Populations

DryBath: Waterless Bath in a Bottle Tackles Hygiene and Water Shortage Problems for Poor Populations

South African entrepreneurial firm Headboy Industries has developed a germicidal gel product called DryBath that is formulated as a solution to the dual problems of hygiene and water scarcity

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Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Researchers Connect Common Household Chemical PFOA to Heart Disease

Teflon Frying Pan photo from Shutterstock Researchers from the West Virginia University School of Public Health in Morgantown have found a strong correlation between human exposure to a

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Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Bionic Vision Australia, a government-funded research consortium in Carlton, Victoria, announced Thursday that it has successfully implanted and tested an early prototype bionic eye. Dr. Penny

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TareWare Labels Turn Recycled Containers Into Attractive “Unpackaging” for Bulk Foods

TareWare Labels Turn Recycled Containers Into Attractive “Unpackaging” for Bulk Foods

Backyard Agrarian, a consultancy and resource focused on sustainable living, has released TareWare – a set of colorful food labels that allow consumers to turn used containers into

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PNC’s Net-Zero Energy Bank Branch Incorporates 211 Solar Panels, Daylight Harvesting

PNC’s Net-Zero Energy Bank Branch Incorporates 211 Solar Panels, Daylight Harvesting

PNC Bank has announced that it is building a bank branch that will produce more energy than it uses. Gary Saulson, the company’s director of corporate real estate, cites the new net-zero

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John Magee’s Native Landscape Designs Create Habitat for Wildlife

John Magee’s Native Landscape Designs Create Habitat for Wildlife

Many of Magee's designs have qualified for the National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Certified Wildlife Habitat program, which rewards homeowners, schools, parks, businesses, or other entities

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NASA’s James Hansen: Data Proves Global Warming is Causing Crazy Weather

NASA’s James Hansen: Data Proves Global Warming is Causing Crazy Weather

James E. Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, declared Aug. 3 that a new study by him and colleagues Makiko Sato and Reto Ruedy proves global warming is causing the

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