Official Vehicles in Madrid to Use Clean Fuels by 2011

May 14, 2008 / 1 Comment

photo by vr2006 With 1.8 million cars counting for 75-percent of the air pollution, Madrid is one of Spain's most polluted cities. Recently the City Hall announced that their official vehicles will "turn green" by 2011 using clean fuels like bio-diesel, ethanol, natural gas or even running on electricity. Madrid also joined the BEST (BioEthanol for Sustainable Transport) European project to ...

Kid’s Playground, Perfect For Bears to Have Some Fun

May 14, 2008 / 2 Comments

When you build a playground for you children, the first obvious thing you think of is that it should be safe for them to play there. A family from Anchorage, Alaska, built an outdoor playground for their two sons but they missed out on one thing, the nearby bears. "They finished building it on Saturday evening, and the following morning, as ...

Feeding Pigeons in Venice, Banned! Is it a Real Problem?

May 14, 2008 / 1 Comment

With just a hand full of birdseed every Venice tourist in the historic St. Mark's Square is able to gather around an avalanche of pigeons. photo by Dimitry B Vendors in the area used to sell corn to visitors which enjoyed what seemed to be the most entertaining activities in the plaza. They are now out of jobs, because a municipal ordinance ...

Eco-Funerals, Are You Green Enough?

May 13, 2008 / 3 Comments

Not using plastic bags, installing a solar power roof or taking your bicycle instead of your car when you leave to work, is no longer enough to prove that you're trying to live a greener life and help the environment. And though planning a funeral may be the last thing on your mind right now, if you want to be ...

African Farmers, Solution for the Spiraling Food Prices

May 13, 2008 / 2 Comments

There are so many reasons why food prices sky-rocketed during the last twelve months, but more important than blaming, is to find a viable solution. Jeffrey D. Sachs, head of Columbia University's Earth Institute and adviser to the U.N. chief, talked on Monday about the food crisis in developing countries. He said that simple reforms could double Africa's food production in ...

Workers needed in the solar industry

May 13, 2008 / No Comments

A new survey by two Californian college researchers proved that companies in the solar power business will need more and more workers. The attractive domain of turning the sun light into energy is very active in California where 16,500 to 17,500 people are employed to work for such companies. The study estimated 5,000 more jobs next year and most of these ...

Village on South Korean Jeju Island Runs Completely on Solar Power

May 13, 2008 / No Comments

Solar power seems to be the future or at least this is what a South Korean village teaches us.  Donggwang is getting all its power directly from the sun and is totally energy independent with clean technology. Today, Donggwang is a solar town because in 2004 the government subsidized the installation of solar panels on all of the 40 buildings ...

Eat Insects, If You Want to Help the Environment

May 9, 2008 / 2 Comments

David Gracer is a guy that thinks consuming insects is both pleasing to the palate and good for the planet. He's a bug eater and likes his creatures sautéed, filleted and roasted. Most importantly, Gracer thinks we all should do it. Though most societies associate insects with an unclean creature that cause diseases, entomologist Florence Dunkel said that this is just ...

Booming Natural Gas Industry, Destroys Air Quality

May 9, 2008 / No Comments

City of Boulder, Wyoming, and its 75 souls that live there have something in common with much larger cities across North America: high levels of air pollution. The root cause for the bad air is the region's booming natural gas industry because the Sublette County is home to one of the largest natural gas reserves in the United States. Craig Jensen, ...

Earthrace, Biodiesel-Powered Trimaran Around the World

May 8, 2008 / 1 Comment

Designed as "a rally car but for oceans", Earthrace is a trimaran running on 100-percent pure biodiesel that wishes to set an around-the-world speed record with a net zero carbon footprint. They tried to break the record in 2007, but mechanical problems kept them from finishing the race. The boat is famous not only for being featured on lots of news ...