Environment

Plant-Based Bottles by PepsiCo and Coke are Plastic

June 20, 2011 / 1 Comment

Extremely sorry to let you know that we can’t rely on plant-based PET bottles to solve our plastic woes any more. Some recent reports indicate that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo's plant-based bottles are just the very same plastic. The companies have merely replaced the fossil fuels (petroleum and natural gas) traditionally used to make their plastic bottles with ethanol from renewable sources ...

UK Likely to Ban Heavily Polluting Traffic to Meet EU Standards

June 15, 2011 / No Comments

In order to control deadly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions and avoid unlimited fines from European Union, the UK government is likely to force local authorities to ban heavily polluting traffic in most British cities. However, a consultation document released by Defra [Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs] days before admits that Britain will not be able to meet its ...

India’s Jaitapur Gearing Up for Another Chernobyl?

May 3, 2011 / 1 Comment

India is witnessing an uproar over a proposed nuclear power project, this time at Jaitapur. The project has received a setback, especially after the nuclear tragedy in Fukushima, Japan, due to the tsunami which struck the Japanese coastline. The proposed nuclear power project is a serious cause of concern for reasons manifold. First of all, the Jaitapur plant is on ...

Empire State Building Turns Green!

March 11, 2011 / No Comments

The Empire State Building in New York is by far the city’s most famous landmark, and now with a little funding of $100 million the building is almost self-sustainable as far as energy needs are concerned. In January, reports had suggested that the building will be able to make for itself all the energy needed through wind. Now the building ...

Deforestation Touches Alarming Levels in Amazon Rainforest

February 24, 2011 / No Comments

Latest statistics indicate that deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil has increased nearly 1,000 percent from the same period last year. The report on the world's largest rainforest is from the Amazon Institute of People and the Environment (IMAZON). It goes in detail and says that 175 square kilometers (68 mi²) of forest were cleared during last December. In ...

Taiwan’s Visitors’ Centre Pays Homage to Nature

February 22, 2011 / No Comments

Integrating nature, literally, with the architectural marvels, that is what could be seen at the Sun Moon Lake in Taiwan. No wonder, how it won the first prize winner of the New Taiwan International Competition called the “Landform Series,” which challenged architects to design buildings integrating nature.

West Hollywood First US City to Ban Fur?

February 8, 2011 / No Comments

Could West Hollywood be the first fur free city in the U.S? Well that is what the residents and animal rights organizations are pushing for. Anand Ramanathan IDA’s CEO prompted the city council of West Hollywood to ban the sale of fur in the city in a rally at Matthew Shepard Human Rights Triangle Park on Friday.

Princeton University to Install the Largest Solar Collector Field on Any Campus

February 7, 2011 / No Comments

Princeton University has initiated plans to build the largest PV installation on any college campus by 2012. According to the plans, they expect to partially power the campus for the next 50 years with the help of the mass PV installation.

Expanding & Connecting Reserves Could Save Tigers from Extinction

January 29, 2011 / 1 Comment

Conservationists say that if the tiger population needs to expand, the tiger reserves should increase both in area and numbers. Tiger range countries’ goal is to double the existing population by 2022. It’s a pity that only some 3200 tigers are left in the entire world. It is calculated that Asia could support 10,000 tigers, three times the current population ...

Cacti Find New Home, Thanks to Rachel Mahlke’s Designs

January 25, 2011 / No Comments

Bay Area artist Rachel Mahlke is transforming stilettos to plant cacti and other succulents, and she does so by conveying a message recycling symbols of sexuality in to objects of utility. These creations occupy her “femme-feminist” belief.