From Hawaii to Japan using only the power of the waves

March 17, 2008 / 1 Comment

Japanese yachtsman Kenichi Horie, decided to go from Hawaii (Honolulu Harbor) to Japan in a 7,000 km (4,400 miles) journey on the deck of his wave-powered boat Suntory Mermaid II, Reuters reported. His catamaran-like boat has two wings in front that will convert energy using the vertical motion of the waves in a movement similar to a dolphin's kick. This is ...

Warning: Glaciers are melting faster than ever

March 17, 2008 / 1 Comment

The results of the latest World Glacier Monitoring Service report, showed that 30 glaciers around the world lost a record amount of ice in 2006. These are the obvious repercussions of global warming and Professor Wilfried Haeberli, director of the monitoring service, told The Observer that "glaciers melt at fastest rate in past 5,000 years". Glacier melting into the sea ...

Green Vertical Garden (wall) in Madrid

March 17, 2008 / 8 Comments

photo by juanpg The newest museum in Madrid, CaixaForum, got a vertical garden on one of the exterior walls. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog & Meuron, there are 15,000 plants from more than 250 different species that are now covering a 1899 converted former power station. They managed to get a "very unusual encounter between the rough and the natural" with a ...

Tony Blair is now UK’s Al Gore?

March 14, 2008 / No Comments

"Hello". Tony Blair has become an ambassador for action on climate change in the ‘Breaking the Climate Deadlock’ initiative. Climate change is a serious problem and a new deal is going to be signed when the Kyoto protocol expires. The former prime minister is working with the independent not-for-profit organization The Climate Group. Blair is arriving in Tokyo today and ...

Portable Biorefineries Turn Trash Into Fuel

March 14, 2008 / 2 Comments

"Tactical Biorefineries" is what they call these new portable generators roughly the size a small moving van that weighs about 4 tons and turn trash into electricity. They've been mainly designed for the U.S. military and could be used outside the military shortly after, when the technology evolves (translated: "when they want to") in the future. The biorefineries are designed to ...

Nickelodeon Campaign Will Turn Kids Green

March 14, 2008 / No Comments

If we want our kids to become environmental conscious citizens, campaigns like Nickelodeon's "The Big Green Help" are great. It was designed to make children aware that we need to live a greener life and use gaming and grassroots activities to teach them about recycling, reusing waste and so on. "We know that kids can truly be agents of change on ...

Roll to roll printing of OLEDs by General Electric

March 13, 2008 / No Comments

General Electric has been working for the last four years to get their project involving roll-to-roll printing (like a newspaper) of OLEDs, live. The newly printed Organic Light Emitting Diodes are extremely energy efficient, with high performances and are supposed to be pretty cheap. I already have a few ideas of using the prints from extremely big sizes to very ...

Oversized fishing boats threaten tunas in the Mediterranean

March 13, 2008 / No Comments

Tuna is a very expensive fish for sushi restaurants and the staggering price it sells for is the main reason why more and more boats are fishing in the Mediterranean. Environmental group WWF published their report yesterday and noticed that the legal international agreement quotas regarding the number of fishing boats is higher by 35%. This is why the ...

I am Paul McCartney, and I am a Vegetarian

March 12, 2008 / 2 Comments

... this is what you can read on the newest print ad Paul McCartney did for PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals). He's also telling people why he wanted to choose a vegetarian lifestyle and it has something to do with fishing. “Many years ago, I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realized, I ...

Beijing Air Pollution : Marathon champ fears for his health

March 12, 2008 / 1 Comment

Haile Gebrselassie a 34 years old Ethiopian runner, the guy that managed to break over 25 world records and won numerous Olympic and World Championship titles, has recently declined going to the Beijing Olympics because of air pollution. The marathon champ who suffers from asthma told Reuters in a phone interview: “The pollution in China is a threat to my health and ...