Archive for June, 2008

Bugs that excrete oil?

19Jun08

It was widely reported that LS9, a startup company in Silicon Valley, claims to have genetically modified E.coli to excrete crude oil, and they further claim the process is carbon negative:
LS9’s bugs are single-cell organisms, each a fraction of a billionth the size of an ant. They start out as industrial yeast or nonpathogenic strains […]

Books page, Ecology of Commerce

16Jun08

I have added a new Books page, and I’m opening the floor with an excellent book by Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce. You can read a full review on the Books page, but here is one from the Editor-In-Chief of Inc. magazine, that does a better job:
This book, like the vision of capitalism it […]

Battery shortage triggers hybrid gridlock

10Jun08

Carmakers in the US are currently scrambling to meet the demand for hybrids and smaller, fuel efficient vehicles, as gas prices continue to surge.
Trucks and sport utility vehicles accounted for 47% of Ford’s sales as recently as February but only 34% in May, as consumers opted for compact and subcompact passenger cars. General Motors is […]

GM kills gas guzzler factories

10Jun08

General Motors made international news recently by closing four of its truck and SUV plants across the US, Canada and Mexico, as part of a rapid move to embrace the demand for smaller vehicles in the US.

The world’s largest carmaker said it was making the moves “to aggressively respond to growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles […]

TIME: The War on Global Warming

09Jun08

TIME Magazine has an interesting piece in its April 28 issue where it equates the energy crisis facing the US with a war like any other. They compare it to the Great Depression, the construction of the railroads, the space race, the fight against polio, and so forth. If the US stood up to the […]


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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