Japan’s Solar City

November 13, 2008 / 2 Comments

Ota City is Japan's Solar City. Three-quarters of the town's homes are covered by solar panels. The panels are distributed for free. They are also a draw for new residents keen to minimize their power bills. "We moved here because of the panels -- it was something we wanted, but not something we could afford on our own," said a resident. Ota ...

Japan “Plans” to Miss Kyoto Protocol Commitment

November 13, 2008 / No Comments

The latest data about Japan's greenhouse-gas emissions cast a serious doubt over the Japan's commitment to its Kyoto Protocol efforts. The Environment Ministry reported Japan's emissions hit a record high of carbon dioxide, 8.7% more than what Japan spewed in 1990. The 1997 Kyoto treaty calls for Japan to reduce its emissions to 6% BELOW the 1990 level. Japan is going ...

Solar Bridge in Copenhagen by Steven Holl

November 12, 2008 / No Comments

The Copenhagen waterfront will soon have a stunning green jewel that will steal the spotlight with its incredible architecture, high class design and green features that compliment its beautiful structure with elegant ease. It is not very often that you get architectural pieces such as the LM Project by Steven Holl Architects which blends in utility, profitability and eco-friendly enterprise in such ...

Lepidodactylus buleli – New Species of Gecko Discovered by French Scientists

November 12, 2008 / No Comments

The French have discovered there is something else besides new species of cheese to be discovered. Some scientists have hatched a new gecko species - Lepidodactylus buleli, from an egg taken from its nest in a South Pacific island, then transported 12,000 miles to Paris in a Kleenex box. What is remarkable is not just that there is a new species ...

Seville Builds Largest Solar Park in Europe

November 12, 2008 / 1 Comment

You can call this a celestial show on earth or probably the most eco-friendly display of dazzling light aimed at producing clean energy. The Solucar solar park, near Seville, Spain, has been designed to produce 11 megawatts of electricity from the sun's rays, collected by 624 giant movable mirrors. This is the first in a set of a solar power generation ...

1833 Device Might Help in Production of Cheap Hydrogen

November 12, 2008 / No Comments

A team of Italian scientists have discovered a device crafted by G. D. Botto in 1833 that could help change the way we produce hydrogen and usher us into a tomorrow with clean hydrogen energy that is available cheaply. Uncovered by a team of scientists the Botto device, uses thermocoupling of two metals to produce electricity that can electrolyze water and ...

20,000 Homes to be Powered by Mini Nuclear Plants

November 12, 2008 / 2 Comments

The US government laboratory in Los Altos is saying they will have nuclear power plants smaller than a garden shed that will be able to power 20,000 homes within five years. The mini reactors will be factory-sealed contain no weapons-grade material have no moving parts be nearly impossible to steal be encased in concrete and buried underground. The technology is licensed to Hyperion, a New Mexico-based ...

When Mother Nature Gets Really Mad

November 12, 2008 / No Comments

If the Earth had a personality of its own, if Mother Nature were a real entity ... we would be able to see the results of when she gets mad. Really really mad! The Dasongshu Village of Xishelu Township in Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture of southwest China's Yunnan Province was cut in half by a landslide. From the pics I can ...

What’s the Zap Electric Car?

November 10, 2008 / 6 Comments

A redesigned 2009 Zap Electric Car with a hatchback will make its debut in Sacramento. Performance • 0 – 60 mph : 7.7 seconds • Vmax: 100 mph • EV range: 100+ miles (160.9 kilometer) • Vehicle curb mass: 1612.6 lbs (733 kg) MSRP - $32,500 ZAP is a leader in electric transportation and has been since 1994. They have delivered over 100,000 ...

Schwimmhaus the Modern House Boat

November 10, 2008 / 1 Comment

Living in a house boat is a very unique experience and when the boat is surrounded by a spectacular scenery that steals your heart, then it becomes even more special. Schwimmhaus is a modern house boat constructed by German architects at Confused-Directionthat, that provides the perfect holiday on still waters. Designed to float and made of prefab, the house boat upholds ...