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How to put an Army to really good use

October 16, 2008 / No Comments

Armies can do other things besides fight wars. A military might might be used for other things that causing harm. How about we use them to clean up the environment? Seriously. That's what's going on in China. [caption id="attachment_1823" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Chinese Soldiers "Cleaning Up""][/caption] Chinese frontier soldiers are picking up garbage on the Red Sea Beach. The frontier soldiers pick up ...

Monte Rosa Alpine Hut Turned Solar-Powered

October 13, 2008 / No Comments

The very modern Monte Rosa Alpine hut, outside Zermatt, is an exotic creation set atop the snow-clad Swiss Alps at 2,810m above sea level, overlooking the Matterhorn. This new 90% energy efficient solar powered hut is a creation of the Department of Architecture, at the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich, for the Swiss Alpine Club as a mountaineer’s retreat. The ...

US Army to Build a 500MW solar thermal plant

October 9, 2008 / No Comments

When the US Army takes a small break from those unnecessary and probably unnecessary wars, or don't plan new ones, they manage to amaze us. I'm talking about the latest initiative to build a 500MW solar thermal plant in the Mojave Desert near Fort Irwin, CA, that will help them cut down $21 million a year from their $3 billion ...

Washing Car at Home : Possible Ban in Washington

September 29, 2008 / No Comments

Washington officials are already discussing a possible ban on washing cars at home on the driveway, for environmental reasons. Apparently they're really concerned that the shampoo or whatever cleaning products people use, are going into the storm drains and then off into the rivers, seas, oceans where it poisons aquatic life and wreaks other ecosystem havoc. Though it sounds like a ...

Pedal-Powered Japanese Roller Coaster

September 24, 2008 / No Comments

Though I'd wish every little thing on Earth to be greener, a pedal-powered Japanese Roller Coaster part of a green amusement park (The Skycycle at Washuzan Highland Park in Okayam), is not exactly what I was thinking of. See who cares about the environment? Japan does! I'd would love to see how many ecogeeks or environmentalists would hop on for a ...

Most Sustainable Cities in the US (2008)

September 24, 2008 / No Comments

What are the key elements that would make your city life even better and best of all even greener? Well the guys at SustainLane judge 16 areas of urban sustainability ranging from the (new this year) water quality, to public transportation and environmental policies. The group ranked 50 of the United States' most populated cities according to their sustainability. SO what ...

Toilet Paper Used for Making Dresses

September 23, 2008 / No Comments

"A Touch of Pink" fashion show is happening in Toronto. Eight Canuck designers revealed their designs as part of "The White Cashmere Collection" and "Fashion with Compassion for a Future without Breast Cancer." GP picked up on this idea because we think making good use of recycled paper makes good sense. BUT!!! We don't want this kind of paper recycled, do ...

Carbon Footprint on Beer Labels in Japan

September 19, 2008 / No Comments

Beer maker, Sapporo Breweries, has decided to put the carbon footprint of making its beers on the labels of their suds. The company estimates grain output, fertilizers, transporatation and the production and recycling of the aluminum can itself. One 350 milliliter can of Black Label beer represents 161 grams of carbon emission says Sapporo Breweries. Now a person can get drunk and ...

Our Environmentalist Who Art in Trees

September 17, 2008 / No Comments

Yeah, I am a creationist and not ashamed to admit it. That is why I love our planet, our home (Earth) and advocate that we be the best stewards of the resources with which we have been entrusted. I live in the 'neighborhood' of the knuckleheaded tree sitters of Berkeley. They are north of the Bay and I am located to ...

UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, Commutes by Solar-Powered Taxi

September 15, 2008 / No Comments

If somebody is going to commute by taxi, a solar-powered taxi, you might want that somebody to be someone with influence, someone who can reach the world. Louis Palmer of Switzerland created a solar-powered taxi for use in New Delhi. Good for him, the UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon of South Korea commuted to work aboard the solar-powered vehicle to promote ...