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Archive for January, 2008

35mpg - Source of Opportunity


TreeHugger has compiled some facts related to the positive effects of the new 35mpg mileage requirements introduced by the US. The numbers are quite impressive, and illustrate that many Americans may easily overlook the beneficial effects of such initiatives for their country as a whole, as their only concern is their own immediate comfort. I […]

Honda envisions 10% Hybrid Sales, 2010


In his year-end speech, Honda’s CEO has announced the company’s vision to make hybrid vehicles responsible for 10% of its global sales by 2010. This would require 400′000 units to be hybrids - quite a lofty target. In 2006, hybrids represented a mere 1.5% of global sales.
Their success will depend greatly on the introduction of […]

Silly Solar Gadgets: Sun Table


At $3′600, the Sun Table might be a bit ridiculous, but it will definitely impress your friends and could be an stylish addition (albeit quite decadent) to outdoor workstations on remote sites, where laptops are used. Capable of charging electronic devices and providing lighting, the device can also do away with the need for long […]

Bush Backs Alaskan Oil Exploration


A handful of days after the BBC reported the US government’s decision to offer exploration rights for oil and gas in Alaska, George W. Bush has further boosted the initiative, to the horror of environmentalists. Bush has lifted a ban on drilling in Bristol Bay, an area known for its wildlife, which includes endangered whales.
Bristol […]

Cars: A Waste of Space


Carectomy brings word of a poster in Muenster, Germany, that illustrates the difference in space taken by Cars vs. a Bus vs. Bicycles. Whereas they clearly zoomed in in the first shot to emphasize their point, it doesn’t make any difference to the truth.

In addition to polluting our air, contributing to global warming, being unsafe, […]

SciAm’s Grand Plan for Solar


Scientific American Magazine has published what it calls a “Solar Grand Plan“, a vast and comprehensive blueprint on how to switch the United States to solar power in the coming decades. If the immense demands in funding and political willpower are met, it could mean that 90% of the US’s energy and 100% of its […]

Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.


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