Cadillac Converj: Luxurious Electric Concept

January 11, 2009 / 2 Comments

The 2009 Detroit Auto Show just opened gates to press and there's good stuff for eco-minded people. GM just officially unveiled their beautifully styled, sleek, and clearly aerodynamic Cadillac Converj. It's a two-door front-wheel-drive coupe extended range electric concept that uses E-Flex technology - now known as Voltec, that is expected to deliver a 40-mile range from a set of lithium ...

New Battery Technology in the 17-inch MacBook Pro

January 7, 2009 / 1 Comment

Usually, the annual MacWorld keynote speech always brings in some goodies for the eco geeks. This year they managed to please everyone by announcing that new battery in the all-new 17-inch MacBook Pro is now 60% more efficient. The battery is expected to run for more than 8 hours on a single charge, allows more than 1000 charges (that's like 5 ...

Vintage 1910 Warehouse in Virginia, Becomes First LEED Condos Building in the State

January 7, 2009 / No Comments

Alexandria is an old city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, located along the Western bank of the Potomac River. An old 1910 warehouse in the city managed to get a Gold level certification and got converted in eight beautiful condos, the first LEED units in the state. Dubbed the Cromley Lofts, with large, wall-less, light filled spaces that brings in the ...

Geothermal Projects Pick Up Steam in Japan

January 7, 2009 / No Comments

Mitsubishi Materials Corp, Electric Power Development Co, or J-Power, Nittetsu Mining Co Ltd and Kyushu Electric Power Co are stepping up efforts with the help of Tokyo to make more geothermal power stations. Why not? Japan has more than its share of active volcanoes. And Japan needs a home grown source of energy. What's more, geothermal power plants emit far less ...

Pacific Areas Turned Protected Monuments by Bush

January 6, 2009 / No Comments

Though George W. Bush is not the best friend of those caring about the environment, he's going to do the right thing days before stepping off. Some 200,000 square miles of the amazingly beautiful and biologically diverse areas in the Pacific, are going to be declared "marine national monuments" preventing oil drilling or other extraction procedures. The protected area which includes ...

Hong Kong Smog, 20-percent Consider Moving

January 6, 2009 / No Comments

When people consider relocating simply because of the health threats air pollution brings up, there is something wrong with that city. We're talking about large metropolis like Hong Kong where a study conducted by the think tank Civic Exchange revealed that 1 in 5 citizens - a total of 1.4 million - are considering fleeing the city, while 500,000 of ...

Solar Powered Toyota Prius in 2010

January 6, 2009 / 1 Comment

Toyota is coming out with a new Prius, a solar-powered Prius. The car will have solar panels in its roof that will be used to run the car's air conditioning. And, when does a car need air conditioning? Right! When the sun is out. The 2010 Prius is expected to get 55+mpg, be plug-in-able, smaller, a wagon, and even Li-ion battery ...

Fuel Cells from Human Waste, Cookie Dough

January 6, 2009 / No Comments

Two Japanese companies have come up with alternative ways to get hydrogen for fuel cells - one from dough and the other from human waste. Kajima suggests microbes can created hydrogen from human waste. A prototype has alread been created that generated 130W from a cubic meter of waste. Commercially available by about 2020. [caption id="attachment_3390" align="aligncenter" width="386" caption="Not sure what she ...

China’s Carmakers Challenged to “Think Small” Learn from Mistakes of America’s Big Three

January 5, 2009 / No Comments

China wants its car makers to develop smaller, fuel-efficient models NOT the gas guzzlers that the US Big Three produced despite all the warnings to the contrary. "We used to believe medium-sized cars would have the biggest market in China, but actually small cars have the greatest potential in terms of energy efficiency and price," said a senior engineer  of the ...

New Polar Bear, New Year, New Hope

January 5, 2009 / No Comments

Taotao is just ten months old. He has a sad story. His mama left him when he was a little guy, much like Knut in German, except that Taotao is in China. Taotao's keepers smeared polar bear urine and crap all over themselves so that Taotao would be fooled and let them help him. It worked. Taotao eventually sucked the fingers ...