Day: August 5, 2011

Game On: Can Serious Games Help Inform Serious Environmental Challenges?

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EPA researchers partner with IBM to provide data and science for CityOne, a serious game with real-world potential.

Down the Drain: Wetlands as Sinks for Absorbing Reactive Nitrogen

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Duck hunters and those who fish, both recreationally and commercially, are already well acquainted with the value of wetlands. The economic benefits alone include providing essential habitat to some 75 percent of the fish and shellfish that are commercially harvested in the U.S. On top of that, wetlands absorb storm runoff, help prevent flooding, and naturally filter water.

EPA researchers are working to quantify another important value of wetlands: the ability to act as natural sinks that absorb “reactive” nitrogen (Nr). While perhaps not as obvious as providing sought-after recreational destinations or habitat for valuable fisheries, wetlands’ natural ability to absorb nitrogen released into the environment can be just as important.

Christie considers first-in-nation ban on ‘fracking’

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Environmentalists are watching New Jersey to see if Governor Chris Christie signs or vetoes legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the natural gas drilling technique that has sparked nationwide controversy amid claims that it may lead to poisoned drinking water.

Imagining a green American dream for Barbie

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Two female designers based in New York  have won the AIA Architect Barbie Dream House competition with a high tech, low energy load design. The design competition followed the release of the Architect version of Mattel’s I Can Be…Barbie line. The design team of Ting Li and Maja Paklar envision a home that reflects Barbie’s newest career as an environmentally responsible and design savvy professional.

Summer Fun: Watch a Movie at a Theater Made of Refrigerators

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Magnetic poetry is the go-to medium for people looking to get creative with their refrigerator’s white space. This summer, however, a group of East London creatives is upping the ante. “Films on Fridges” is a movie series and pop-up theater built out of discarded fridges. The project is a creative twist on the outdoor film screening concept that’s become synonymous with summer and taken over rooftops, parks, and even cemeteries in cities around the world.

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