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Prime Wine Growing Land in California May Shrink By 50% in 30 Years

July 1, 2011 / No Comments

Extremely sorry to let you know that some recent reports indicate that the climate change may shrink the amount of prime wine growing land in California by 50% in just 30 years. The research report published in Environmental Research Letters looked at California's premium wines (the 25% most expensive wines sold) and examined how a 23% increase in greenhouse gases ...

Los Angeles County to Implement the Largest Ban on Plastic Bags in the US

November 17, 2010 / No Comments

The Los Angeles County is going ahead with the largest plastic bag ban ever to be implemented in the US. The ban in the LA County indicates that it will be enforced among a population of 1.1 million people, which is not a small number.

Cogenra Solar Arrays at California Winery Generate Electricity & Hot Water

November 16, 2010 / 1 Comment

Cogenra Solar’s recently installed solar arrays at a northern California winery not only generate electricity but also heats water. The arrays combine conventional photovoltaic solar cells with a system for collecting waste heat. Several parabolic dishes, each 10 meters long and three meters wide and lined with mirrors have been installed at the winery.

American Solar Industry Shows Incredible Growth

October 15, 2010 / 1 Comment

The American solar industry has recorded substantial growth, generating more job opportunities in the sector. This is noticeable in the backdrop of the dismal performance of the US economy. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) along with GTM Research released a report indicates that the solar installations in 2010 are more as compared to its previous year.

Ecotality-BestBuy Deal for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

October 12, 2010 / No Comments

Ecotality will be installing electric vehicle charging stations by 2011. The company has announced a deal with electronics retailer Best Buy. As per the agreement, Blink EV charging stations will be installed at twelve of the Best Buy locations in Arizona, California, and Washington by March of 2011.

Google Self-Driving Robot Car is an Innovation to Note

October 11, 2010 / 1 Comment

Google has secretly been developing an autonomous, self-driving robot car. The company has driven their fleet of intelligent robot vehicles over 140,000 miles around California for test drive. These vehicles use artificial-intelligence software which helps it in sensing nearby objects and make decisions like that of a human driver. The innovative idea, which is still in its earlier stages, is ...

Clothing Swaps to Cut Carbon Footprint & Aid Domestic Violence Shelters

October 5, 2010 / 1 Comment

Here’s a great idea. Clothing swaps can prove to be a move towards going green, and the effort could also help endeavors to raise money for a charity initiative. Swap for Good, a grassroots, volunteer-led campaign aims at encouraging people to host clothing swaps, as a way to raise money for local domestic violence shelters.

Wal-Mart Plans More Energy-Efficient Stores

September 24, 2010 / No Comments

Wal-Mart plans to start a series of new stores designed to be 25 to 30 percent more energy efficient and produce up to 30 percent fewer greenhouse gases. The company has already opened three stores designed to use 20 percent less energy, four stores designed to use 25 percent less energy and one store designed to use 45 percent less ...

First Solar Opens Power Plant in California

December 21, 2009 / 1 Comment

First Solar, a company that produces solar modules, just opened the largest photovoltaic solar power station in California on Monday. The company have announced plans to replicate this technology, in order to grow its utility business to a larger extent.

California’s Drought Threatens US-wide Food Shortage

June 15, 2009 / 1 Comment

The entire United States faces the threat of a shortage of food because of the severe drought in California, the state which meets about a third of the country’s food needs. [caption id="attachment_5559" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Farms in California - aerial view"][/caption] The farmlands of California are irrigated by diverted rivers and streams that are filled yearly with runoff from the Sierra Nevada ...