Environment

Walmart Commits to Massive Emission Cuts by 2015

February 25, 2010 / No Comments

Retail giant Wal-mart has announced massive greenhouse gas emission cuts from its global supply chain. In an effort to go green, the company will reduce 20 million metric tons of emissions by 2015. The larger goal of Wal-mart, as the company puts it, is to only use renewable energy and create zero waste.

Scientists Make Plastic Sweet, Easily Compostable

February 19, 2010 / No Comments

Plastics are evil, big villians in every environment story. They are made from fossil fuels, refuse to biodegrade for centuries, and the modern lifestyle ensures that mountains of plastic are produced every year. Nearly 150 million tons of plastic is produced every year, and 99% of that is made from fossil fuels. There are plant based plastics like PLA out ...

Artist Adds Colors to Nature

February 19, 2010 / No Comments

Nature is full of colors, be it plain or vivid, it's all there. Artist Norm Magnusson however, has found his skill in adding colors, or decoration to nature. While the idea of "decorating nature" is ambiguous and may well be termed an exercise in futility, it still seems to be a bit interesting and it does make for some intriguing ...

Cargo Fleet Massively Cuts Emissions by Slowing Down a Bit

February 18, 2010 / No Comments

Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk has found an easy way to save money by saving fuel, and drastically reducing its environment footprint; all by slowing down a bit. It is conventional wisdom that moving at optimum speeds can improve fuel efficiency, but when you're a shipping company, the most common way is to move at full throttle so that you deliver ...

Nanofiber Lamps show up to Heat the Lighting Wars

February 17, 2010 / No Comments

Incandescent bulbs have been in widespread use for as long as one can remember, without reaching the age of candles that is. Now, as the world becomes more aware of the environment, these low efficiency bulbs are on their way out; on an average, incandescent bulbs convert a mere 10% of the energy they use into light, the rest is ...

French Town Heats Pools With Sewage

February 9, 2010 / No Comments

The town of Levallois-Perret, near Paris in France has come up with a new way to heat water in pools; they use heat from sewage to do that. Sewage in the town's pipes averages to a temperature of nearly 68 Fahrenheit, and Sophie Deschiens, the town's Environment Councilwoman thought it was a bad idea to let all that go waste. ...

Soccer Ball Makes Energy Generation as Exciting as Play

February 1, 2010 / No Comments

Soccer is the most popular game in the world, and now it's one that will add fun to generating energy. The fun energy generation part is up to the sOccket ball, a soccer ball that can generate energy. Intended for use in Africa, about 15 minutes of play with the ball will generate enough electricity to power an LED light ...

Tiny Housing on a Trailer

January 28, 2010 / No Comments

Don't let the name fool you, Don Vardo isn't an Italian mafia chief, though it probably would like to be one. It is the tiny house you see above, the creation of Portland Alternative Dwellings, a company that specializes in creating tiny dwellings like the Don.

OfficePOD Works Well for Home/Work Arrangements

January 20, 2010 / No Comments

The OfficePOD promises a green work environment while in the luxury of your own home. As its name makes it amply clear, the pod is for those who work from home, but would like a more "professional" environment. Which, to me sounds like getting a cube to work in, even while at home.

New Coding Could Boost Internet Energy Efficiency by 99 Percent

January 13, 2010 / No Comments

A huge amount of energy is required to keep telecommunication equipment, and by definition the internet running. Right now, it would be very difficult, if not impossible to actually replace the equipment currently in use, because of the prohibitive costs involved, and the huge amount of investment already made to setup the said equipment. Researchers at Bell Labs however, seem ...