Ethics of Bio-Diesel?

| Wednesday March 9th, 2005 | 0 Comments

As with all energy sources, hidden negatives lurk. Something I never considered: Could a rise in bio-diesel production result in a food shortages?

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When Going out of Business is the Only Option

| Wednesday March 9th, 2005 | 0 Comments

Any company’s business can be made more ecologically sound and socially progressive. Unless of course you’re manufacturing landmines. Worldchanging has some powerful comentary about new efforts to erradicate this scourge, including a very powerful TV ad that may never be broadcast.

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DOE Report on Peak Oil Uncharacteristically Pessimistic

| Wednesday March 9th, 2005 | 0 Comments

When the generally optimistic US Department of Energy starts viewing rosy reports on oil production with “considerable skepticism”, then you know consumers and industry had better start listening. The Future is Green has more details.

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Starwood Hotels Looking at Fuel Cells

| Wednesday March 9th, 2005 | 0 Comments

corp_logostar.gifLeading hotel chain Starwood is planning to fire up two 250kw fuel cell systems at hotels in New Jersey. The company expects payback within two years, and a pollution reduction exquivalent to removing 118 cars from the road. The only caveat – no mention of where the hydrogen for the cells will come from or how it will be generated.

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Women Continue Their Search for Equal Rights

| Tuesday March 8th, 2005 | 0 Comments

womensymbol.jpgInternational Women’s Day started today with a march for equal rights. 30,000 people were expected in Sao Palo, Brazil to begin the world march in search of an international charter for women’s equal rights. The sexual revolution may have changed the lives of millions, but it has not yet reached much of the world’s female population living in exploitation, oppression and violence.
According to a report published Tuesday by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, 70 percent of the 1.3 billion people living in poverty are women. And although women hold 39 percent of the world’s 2.8 billion jobs, a higher proportion than ever before, “the best paid jobs are overwhelmingly reserved for men,” the confederation said.

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Old Containers Come to Aid in Sri Lanka

| Tuesday March 8th, 2005 | 1 Comment

aidstation.jpgThe Seattle-based firm, Team Hybrid, in partnership with non-government organizations Asiana Education Development and Doctors of the World, is transforming shipping containers into well-designed health clinics that can be put into long-term use in Sri Lanka. The aid stations will be outfitted with medical supplies and moved to a new location every four months. The team hopes to have them in place by April. Sustainable Metropolis has more on this story.

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New Water-Based Paint Reduces VOCs, CO2 Emissions

| Tuesday March 8th, 2005 | 0 Comments

toyota.jpgToyota Motor Corp. and Daihatsu Motor Co. have jointly developed a new environment-friendly, water-based paint and new painting methods. These new technologies are expected to reduce VOC emissions by about 70 percent and CO2 emissions by about 15 percent compared with conventional processes, resulting in the lowest emission levels in the world. Daihatsu began selling cars painted with these new technologies on December 20, 2004. Learn more about this innovation in this months Japan for Sustainability.

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Debunking the Hydrogen Economy

| Tuesday March 8th, 2005 | 2 Comments

h2.jpeAlthough praise is being sung from all corners about the potential savior hydrogen, there is a major issue that is often forgotten: How do you produce it and at what cost? Energy Bulletin points out:

Hydrogen isn’t an energy source – it’s an energy carrier, like a battery. You have to make it and put energy into it, both of which take energy.

Coming up with a way to produce it that is climate neutral and economically efficient is a lot more challenging than you might think.

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Bringing Things Together in Wisconsin

| Tuesday March 8th, 2005 | 0 Comments

John Imes is director of the Wisconsin Environmental Initiative who strive to better economy and ecology alike. Among his recent “home runs” are massive reductions in ink waste at printing plants which saved half a million dollars in the first year, and a succesful ‘green’ bed and breakfst, exemplifying the principal of ‘win win’. His is a strictly-business approach that’s not palatable by some environmentalists, but progress is progress in my book. (via Sustainablog)

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Coca Cola vs. The Villagers

| Tuesday March 8th, 2005 | 0 Comments

Coca Cola has gone up against the parched Indian village of Plachimada and lost in court. The issue – water rights. The village successfully denied groundwater rights to coke on the grounds that there isn’t enough to sustain both entities.

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Nissan Inceasing CVT Fourfold

| Tuesday March 8th, 2005 | 0 Comments

nissan.jpeWhat’s CVT? It’s “Continuously Variable Transmission” which operates with pulleys and belts instead of multiple gears. That means a much smoother opertation and 10-20% better fuel economy. A small, but welcome improvement!

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More Cash From Trash

| Tuesday March 8th, 2005 | 0 Comments

Methane gas that builds up in landfills is not only a useful source of energy, it can also be a money saver when used to power busses and other other easily convertable vehicles – useful for a municipality and helpful to taxpayers.
A new method of methane extraction will make it practical to extract usable quanities of the gas from even small landfills. As long as we’re using landfills, getting a few benfits on the side is a great idea.

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Walmart Dodging Big Box Laws by Splitting Stores

| Monday March 7th, 2005 | 0 Comments

walmart.jpeIn what’s quickly becoming a cat-and-mouse game, Walmart has found a way to dodge “big box” legislation in Calvert, MD by building two stores side by side. Cheeky.

Walmart officials say there is nothing Calvert can do to prevent construction of the stores. Mark Davis, a lawyer for Charlotte-based Faison Enterprises, which is developing the Walmart site, said the county can regulate only the size and nature of buildings. He said it would be illegal and discriminatory to create laws that regulate the owners of specific buildings.

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The Decline of the Cantarell Oil Field

| Monday March 7th, 2005 | 0 Comments

pemex.gifThere’s been a lot of talk about Mexico’s Cantarell Oil Field (8th largest in the world) going into a decline to the surprise of Pemex, the state oil company. Green Car Congress has a good synopsis of the situation.

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A Lesson in Framing

| Monday March 7th, 2005 | 1 Comment

How you frame a idea makes a huge difference in how receptive people are to it. George Lakoff made this clear in his landmark book, Don’t Think of an Elephant, pointing out the leap in GOP support when Republicans started referring to the federal estate tax as “the death tax”. Clint Wilder points out today that the time has come to reframe clean energy. “Alternative” isn’t cutting it.

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