Indigenous inhabitants shaped the rainforest by domesticating tree species in pre-Columbian times. Trees that were domesticated by pre-Columbian peoples still dominate the forests of the Amazon Basin. The findings put a dent in the notion that the vast rainforests were untouched by human hands before the arrival of the Spanish explorers in South America. In an article published in Science, an international team including Florian Wittmann from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, the scientists report their findings. For instance, they domesticated palm trees and helped them propagate.
Forget light poles, British firm to build chargers from cable boxes
With a fleet of over 4, vehicles we cover a lot of miles and use a lot of fuel each year. The performance of our fleet will play a big role in achieving one of our 5 in 5 sustainability goals; to grow our business without increasing our carbon footprint. Encouraging our fleet users to drive more efficiently and more safely not only helps us to use less fuel and produce less emissions, it keeps them safer. In , we took it one step further by rolling out a new driver tool called Lightfoot. Lightfoot uses a traffic light system to advise the driver of how safely and efficiently they are driving via a small box which sits just below their windscreen. The aim for the driver is to try and keep the lights green. Follow us on social media facebook twitter you tube instagram.
At least British broadband provider Liberty Global hopes so. The company, which owns Virgin Media, plans to start a pilot project using Virgin Media's cables and trenches that run to thousands of neighborhoods around Britain. Since they already have power, Liberty Global says they can be used to bring that power to charging stations for electric cars. The effort could provide a charging solution for city-dwellers, even if they don't have access to a private parking space to install chargers. Finding a way to make it easier for urban apartment and condominium dwellers to charge is considered the next step in opening up the electric-car market to a wider range of buyers.