Electric Mini Cooper – Plug-in is Ready

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

Starting next year, Los Angeles and New York City and surrounding areas will be able to lease from a fleet of 500 all-electric Mini-Coopers says BMW. The car is called the Mini E, rhymes with Mini Me. [caption id="attachment_2000" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Mini E - Electric Mini Cooper"][/caption] The car will be able to travel 150 miles on a single charge and has ...

TEPCO Builds Solar Power Plant in Kawasaki, Japan

October 21, 2008 / No Comments

TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co) will build two solar power plants on the waterfront in Kawasaki, Kanagawa (near Yokohama), that will have a capability of producing some 20,000kw - enough energy for 5,900 households. That's great news, only 24,994,100 households to go. TEPCO's investment will come to about Y10B ($100 million). [caption id="attachment_1989" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Solar power wind turbine ...

Cat Show in NYC! CRA-Iams Cat Championship

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

We love animals at GP, but this is ridiculous. NYC is hosting a cat show at Madison Square Gardens where cats representing John McCain ask visitors to "vote for your favorite DemoCat or Republicat." McCain's cat is called Renegade while the cat representing Obama is called Bombay. [caption id="attachment_1984" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A British shorthair cat named Renegade, representing John McCain"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1983" ...

Sarah Palin and Beluga Whales

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

The US Federal government listed the beluga whales as endangered. While the beluga swims off the coast of Alaska's largest city, Governor Sarah Palin called the listing "premature" saying she had pressed for more time to count the whales. It stands to reason that potlickers trying to gain points in Washington 5,000+ miles away would know more than a governor ...

Largest Wind Farm in Africa, to be Built in Ethiopia

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

The Ethiopian Electricity Corporation realized that they were falling short on energy resources and needed to add some extra sources to meet the demand. But instead of following the conventional method of installing huge power plants, they decided to build a wind farm instead. Built in north Ethiopia this 120 megawatt Ashegoba wind farm would generate 15% of the nation's power ...

White-headed Langur, Now Recovering

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

One of the numerous endangered species in the world, is the Asian white headed-Langur, also referred to as the leaf monkey because it only feeds on leaves and fruits. Previously found in 16 areas of the Guangxi Province of southern China this species is now limited to only three or four areas. The steep mountains and the valley below are its ...

Solar Powered Rickshaws Need Less Pedaling

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

This new solar powered rickshaw or the 'Soleckshaw' is a most convenient way to travel in the most congested of cities. Recently launched in Delhi, this electric rickshaw has a sturdier frame than the earlier models, features soft foamed seats that can comfortably seat three people and can travel at the speed of 10mph and up to 40 miles before ...

B Happy Bags Are Seriously Strong

October 20, 2008 / No Comments

B Happy bags which are made in the USA using upholstery weight fabrics or recycled water bottles are truly very sturdy. We don't know exactly what she does with them, but Christina Clark said that she had easily carried 30 pounds of apples in the bag with utmost ease (keep some apple juice/pie/etc for us, too, please :)) These bags have ...

Chinese Man Finishes Voyage in Paper Boat Using His Ping-pong Paddles

October 17, 2008 / No Comments

Here's a novel way to reduce our exploitation of the planet's resources, that is, no iron or steel use and no need for fossil fuels. A Chinese chemistry teacher built a boat out of paper, took it on an 800-meter voyage propelled by nothing but ping-pong paddles. He made the boat from everyday paper and used cooked flour soup for glue. ...

World Food Crisis Looms Says UN

October 17, 2008 / No Comments

The UN food agency - the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is warning of a looming food crisis in Africa. The reason - global increase in food and fuel prices. The reason - increase production in bio-fuel at the expense of food production. The reason - climate change. Kenyan agriculture assistant minister said, "that in as much as bio-fuel continues to ...