Pamela Anderson goes green, or pink

June 2, 2008 / 1 Comment

It doesn't matter if you're a star, have a huge bank account or if your name is Pamela Anderson, because high gas prices shouldn't be ignored. The paparazzi recently caught the blonde actress in Malibu, California, pedaling on a pink bicycle with some Starbucks goodies in her hand. We at Greenpacks are going to take a bow to Pamela Anderson, and no ...

Underwater “Wind Farms” will Create Energy from Ocean Currents

June 2, 2008 / 1 Comment

After completing their $6 million capital raise the Australian company, BioPower Systems, is working hard on testing what could be the undersea equivalent of a wind farm that will turn wave energy into clean, eco-friendly, renewable electricity. Using a lightweight design in harmony with the ecosystem, the bioWAVE and bioSTREAM devices will reside beneath the water surface, moving and swaying ...

Next time you need fuel, go and rob a bank

June 1, 2008 / No Comments

Gasoline prices continue to rise and since we don't expect it to go down, here's a great song to listen to. Assume the position if you still need (expensive) fuel for your car or let's pressure car companies to make electric vehicles sooner. What do you think guys? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkLOlzjs0-0[/youtube] via Celsias

Solar Rickshaws by SolarLab

May 30, 2008 / 2 Comments

Though I've seen eco-cabs and electric rickshaws by now, this new solar rickshaw by SolarLab have something to be proud of. Most of the energy, 75-percent, will come from the roof-mounted photovoltaic cells while the rest of 25-percent will be delivered through pedaling so better be prepared if there's no sun outside. I can see a battery in this sketch but ...

“House” Made From Umbrellas

May 30, 2008 / 1 Comment

Though they have their reasons, I can't figure out why they've built such a big umbrella "house". The project uses modified umbrellas and was put up by Kengo Kuma who did it for the Milan Triennale Museum of design. The umbrellas are zipped together along their outer edges to form the modular shape you can see in the pictures, and each ...

Disease Risk: The Tiger Mosquito Invades Britain

May 28, 2008 / 11 Comments

The tiger mosquito, native from Asia, became a recent threat to European countries a few years ago when they discovered it already established itself in northern Italy where it has transmitted chikungunya fever to local population. The same mosquito is responsible for the dengue and yellow fever plus 20 other viral diseases. More than a dozen other countries including Germany ...

The Flintstones, Got Arrested in Brussels

May 28, 2008 / 3 Comments

Not sure what you will think but the pre-historic family we all know, The Flintstones, got arrested in Brussels, Belgium, while driving towards the European Parliament building. It wasn't Fred or Wilma to get the penalty, but six Greenpeace activists dressed as cavemen driving the "Flintstone car", that protested on the influence of the auto industry on proposals to curb carbon ...

Wind Power: Norway Could Become Europe’s Battery

May 27, 2008 / No Comments

World's number 5 oil exporter, Norway has big energy resources and by 2025 it could become "Europe's battery". The island of Utsira, Norway - image by tualatin A recent study talked about developing sea-based wind parks that would allow access up to 8,000 megawatts of renewable energy, equivalent to about eight nuclear power plants. Exporting green energy would actually help the ...

Czeers MK1: World’s First Solar Speedboat That Does 30 Knots

May 27, 2008 / 1 Comment

If you're an environment friendly sailor and have a passion for speedboats check out Czeers MK1, a 10-meter boat that packs 14 square meters of solar panels and an 80kw electric motor. It was showed off at the Millionaire Fair last year and though it's just a prototype, this baby goes up to 30 knots on water. Made 100-percent of carbon ...

Fishing Spider Can Eat Frogs,

May 27, 2008 / 1 Comment

Boy oh boy, nature either changes or we never knew such things can happen. Here is a fishing spider from Africa that lurks near water and feeds on fish or in this particular case, with a live frog. Could that be the way nature responds and is it possible for these spiders to invade cities in the next centuries for a ...