Archive for June 22nd, 2009

Timberland Introduces Earthkeepers 2.0, a Boot Fit to be Recycled
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Here’s a sneak peek at Timberland’s latest offering, which won’t be unveiled to the general public until early next week: The Earthkeepers 2.0 boot, the first shoe the company has designed to be disassembled and recycled—rather than tossed into the trash—when its pavement-pounding days are over. …
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60% Slash in Emissions During Jatropha Test Flight

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Air New Zealand recently released the scientific findings from the jatropha-fueled test flight they conducted in late December 2008.  The flight resulted in a 60-65 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the jatropha-jet fuel blend compared to traditional jet fuel flights.

The biofuel was responsible for a 1.2 percent savings in fuel over the 12-hour flight, which equaled 1.43 tonnes of fuel.  Scientists also estimate that the decrease in fuel consumption saved around 4.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions.  The biofuel used was a 50/50 blend of jatropha and Jet A1 fuel.

These findings make the test flight and the jatropha blend a huge success, but now there are lots of questions to be answered regarding the production of jatropha-based fuels.  Jatropha has, until recently, been considered a great source for biofuel because it could be grown on non-arable land and required little maintenance or water.  This is true of the plant in typical situations, but reports coming out of India show that jatropha crops need attention, water and fertilizer like any other crops in order to yield large quantities, like that necessary for biofuel production.  Now that we know that it’s use as a jet fuel is very promising, more research will have to be done to determine how it can be sustainably produced.

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Mount Allison U Students Vote to Increase Tuition With Green Fee
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In what we can assume probably won’t be the last of its kind, over 80% of the voting students at Mount Allison University (Canada) chose to pay $10 more each year to save the planet, reports the Sackville Tribune Post. …
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Quote of the Day: Marion Nestle on the Elitism of Organic Food
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I once heard Eric Schlosser answer a similar question aimed at his book, “Fast Food Nation.” He pointed out that social movements have to begin somewhere and that several began with elites but ended up helping the poor and disenfranchised—the civil rights, environmental and women’s movements, for example.


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Costs of climate bill? Estimates released
A nonpartisan congressional study projects only modest household cost increases as a result of a Democratic proposal to limit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

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Reindeer in sharp decline, study finds

Reindeer in sharp decline, study finds
Across the Arctic, people depend on caribou and reindeer as both food and a spiritual anchor. But a new study found that the animals have declined dramatically in recent decades.

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Bonobos Pants Are Tailored to Perfection
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Still on the hunt for the perfect lean, green men’s trouser? Bonobos offers several sustainable options for the discerning, well-tailored gent, including wool, cashmere, and organic cotton twill….
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Cleveland marks day river caught fire

Cleveland marks day river caught fire

A sailboat on the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland on Monday. On June 22, 1969 floating oil and debris caught fire on the river.The joke is no longer on Cleveland, with fish, jet skis, kayakers and boaters returning to the river that caught fire and helped spur the national environmental movement.

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Sea turtles get TLC from Thai navy

Sea turtles get TLC from Thai navy

Sailors are collecting eggs of the endangered green sea turtle and taking them to a hatching facility to increase the turtles' chance of survival. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.  (msnbc.com)Sea turtles have to battle humans hungry for their meat or eggs and fungal infections to survive, but in Thailand, the endangered species have the navy on their side.

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Nortel Sells Wireless Unit to Nokia Siemens Networks
Telecom gear vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has agreed to purchase Canada’s bankrupt telecom firm Nortel’s LTE and CDMA assets for US$650 million.
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Nortel Sells Wireless Unit to Nokia Siemens Networks
Telecom gear vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) has agreed to purchase Canada’s bankrupt telecom firm Nortel’s LTE and CDMA assets for US$650 million.
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Verizon Intros Web Center Voice

Verizon Intros Web Center Voice
Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications, reportedly has announced the introduction of its latest cloud centric, customer contact, and voice only solution, the Web Center Voice.
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Cisco, Saudi Telecom to Supply WebEx Web and Audio Collaboration Technology
Cisco has announced that it has entered into an agreement with Saudi Telecom Company (STC) for supplying Cisco WebEx Web and audio collaboration technology to businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This agreement is expected to improve productivity, reduce costs and enhance business opportunities and education.
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