Environmentally Friendly Skating Rinks Made from Resin Panels in Japan

December 9, 2008 / 3 Comments

Toyama prefecture is located in northern Japan. It gets cold there in the winter, but not really cold enough to freeze a lake or a pond. Not to worry, Japan has an answer to those who still want to go skating. There's a skating made out of resin, plastic. It's 300-square-meters square and  billed as environmentally friendly. The two reasons are ...

Plane Stupid Activists Taken Into Custody After Protest at Stansted Airport

December 9, 2008 / 1 Comment

57 activists belonging to an environment organization called Plane Stupid were taken into custody by the Police after they broke on to the Stansted Airport runway area and caused trouble in the restricted region. The protests lead to dozens of planes being canceled as the air traffic was halted for over 5 hours at the airport causing inconvenience to thousands ...

How to Recycle PET Bottles, the Stylish Way

December 9, 2008 / No Comments

Plastic is one of the biggest demons that plagues the environment today and while we would love to do away with it completely, it just isn't that simple. Swiss company Recycline is offering a very interesting and cute way to recycle and reuse plastic with its new range of products that transform PET bottles into newspaper racks, vases, napkin rings and ...

Pinon House Renovation by Designer Erik Sommerfeld

December 9, 2008 / 1 Comment

This 1950's home - the Pinon House, was reinvented into its modern form by designer Erik Sommerfeld, who carefully used simple design and lighting concepts along with green building material to blend in the old with the new. The wonderful and elegant use of wood along with the traditional concrete in the home helped give the home its modern look ...

World’s Fastest Land Animal Not Fast Enough to Stay off Endangered Species List

December 8, 2008 / 1 Comment

For some of us who have grown up watching the Cheetah hunt down prey in all its splendor and magnificence over prime time Discovery television, it is hard to even believe what we has been revealed by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Cheetah - the fastest land animal in the world, has now been officially added to the list of ...

To Think – Japan Wonders Why The Country Cannot Meet Its Kyoto Protocol Goals

December 8, 2008 / No Comments

he problem is not why Japan cannot meet its protocol goals. The problem is why Japan doesn't know WHY it's not meeting its goal. Consider these two most recent Christmas displays. This one is not technically a Christmas display, but it's Christmas, and here it is. It's called the Kobe Luminarie in central Kobe, home of Kobe Bryant and Kobe beef. ...

20 Environment Slogans That Will Get You Thinking

December 6, 2008 / 155 Comments

Have you ever come up with an environment slogan? I remember thinking about those special words that make people understand that we should be good stewards of our planet, our home. Even though most of the time facts are more important in changing people's minds; they need to see the harm done with their own eyes, often times words have ...

The First “Comprehensive Inventory” of Life in Antarctica

December 5, 2008 / No Comments

A research team from British Antarctic Survey and the University of Hamburg have completed the first "comprehensive inventory" of marine life and land species in Antarctica. While the rest of the world is worried about a recession, the critters on the seabed are teaming. The group's inventory includes over 1,200 marine and land species. Most of the creatures live on the ...

Europe Increases Demand for Solar Cells in 3Q

December 5, 2008 / No Comments

Business is bad? Where is business bad? Not in the solar cell industry is business bad. During the 3Q of this year, Japan's fiscal 2Q shipments of solar cells to the European Union grew 44% on the year in power capacity terms. It now reaches 304,500kW says the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association. Europe accounted for 60% of all shipments. Exports to the ...

Sanyo’s Electric Hybrid Bike: The Eneloop Bike

December 4, 2008 / 1 Comment

Sanyo Electric will release an electric hybrid bicycle that has a Lithium ion secondary battery and a twofold assist force, early next February 2009 in Japan. Dubbed the "eneloop bike (product No: CY-SPA226)" it's an industry's first product that reflects revisions in the Road Traffic Law Enforcement Regulations that came into effect on Dec 1, 2008. The maximum drive assist ratio ...