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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Leading 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.
International 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.
The 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.
Toyota 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.
Although 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.
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)
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.
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.
In 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.
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.