Archive for September 24th, 2009

Why Kofi Annan is Skeptical About Electric Cars
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Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary General, has some good reasons to be skeptical about all the ambitious plans and ideas floating around the Clinton Global Initiative. There’s a lot of talk about exciting, futuristic ideas: the mass deployment of electric cars with matching infrastructure! Gigantic solar power plants in the Sahara Desert that pipes clean energy to Europe! But as a panelist on a discus…
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Going to San Jose? Bring Your Own Shopping Bag

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Reusable shopping bags have become ubiquitous.  They’re available at almost every retail store you walk into, but the majority of Americans still aren’t using them.  That may change soon as more and more cities are taking away the choice and making them a necessity.

On Tuesday, the City of San Jose voted to place a ban on all plastic and paper bags at stores.

The ban won’t go into effect until 2011 – after a lengthy environmental review of its impact.  This will allow all retailers and consumers to become prepared in time.  For stores who still want to offer shoppers a one-time use option, bags made from at least 40 percent recycled materials can be made available, but at a fee.

Other cities, like San Francisco, have banned plastic bags or levied a tax on them, but San Jose is the first to take action on paper ones.  China’s ban on plastic bags, while not strictly adhered to, still resulted in 40 billion less bags being used and cut their petroleum use by 1.6 million tons.

We might see more cities inacting these types of bans very soon. It seems plastic bags are starting to go the way of the incandescent bulb.  In June, the U.N.’s Environment Program Chief called for a global ban on plastic bag production.

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Battery maker A123 Systems charged from IPO
Lithium ion battery maker A123 Systems had a rousing debut on the public stock market on Thursday, giving some good news to legions of energy investors and entrepreneurs.

The Watertown, Mass.-based company, which was spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, saw its share prices rise over 50


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EPA Looking at Regulation of Gender Bender Chemicals in Drinking Water
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The Environmental Protection Agency continues to surprise and amaze; after eight years of sitting on the science and doing very little protection, it is on the move. Now it is looking at what is in our drinking water, and considering regulating chemicals used in hormone replacement therapy and in birth control pills, where about 85% of the hormone is peed out into the waste water system. Some scientists believe that these hormones can affect children in the parts per trillion level, and are causing men to have smaller penises, low sperm count, bigger breasts, testicular cancer and even possibly fewer boys being born. Girls get obesity and early puberty. As one scientist s… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Canada’s Prime Minister Prefers Donuts to Diplomacy
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Everybody who is anybody in politics was in New York to discuss climate change, world peace, listen to Obama and watch Gaddafi hog the mike. But not Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper; he was doing a photo op in a donut shop. The Climate Action Network is outraged, demanding that Harper apologize for putting donuts before the planet. They have started a Facebook page and a petition….
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HollyBeth’s Natural Luxury Offers 20% Off Refreshing Natural Products
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HollyBeth’s Natural Luxury has a great start-up story. And we love when people incorporate personal stories with their businesses and seem to go back to their “roots.” As a little girl, during long walks in the woods with her Grandmother, HollyBeth began a lifelong affair with the natural world. She learned that flowers, trees and herbs had names – and uses. She discovered that ordinary looking plants could be made into scented soaps, aromatic teas and flavorful salads.

Now, all the ingredients that HollyBeth uses in her products are <a href=”http://www.holly… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Honda Rolls Out Electric Unicycle

Honda Rolls Out Electric Unicycle
Moves like a Segway, glides like a robot. It may look a little awkward despite the smooth ride, but apparently this alternative “personal mobility device” is a cinch to zip around in. Well, there’s no zooming exactly, at four mph–that’s a brisk walk. The U3-X prototype, just unveiled by Honda yesterday, has “in… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Electric Cars for All: REVA and GM India to Join Forces
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The flagship REVA electric vehicle (marketed as the G-Wiz in the UK) may have drawn scorn from some circles, most notably Jeremy Clarkson of BBC’s Top Gear, but this plucky EV has also been hugely popular in cities like London. The company is now stepping up its offerings in a big way. Having just launched <a href=”http://www.treehugger… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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GE CEO: "We Must Put a Price on Carbon" to Succeed
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Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, spoke out in favor of putting a price on carbon to instigate the “entrepreneurial spirit” in the US. He was one of the panelists at a key session at the Clinton Global Initiative today, where he shared the stage with the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and the CEOs of Cisco and Nissan. The topic was developing infrastructure, and Immelt talked at length about his faith in a clean energy economy: he said a mass shift to electric cars is imminent, …
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Transformers: The Genya Chair Folds Up Into Elegant Sloping Slab
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Seen at IIDEX: The Genya Chair is designed for auditoria, but I think would fit well into small apartments. This elegant sloping slab opens up to a very comfortable chair.

A cushioned gas device automatically retracts the arms and seat and folds them into a sleek, rectangular compartment that also functions as the structural framework.

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Transformers: The Genya Chair Folds Up Into Elegant Sloping Slab
sedia folding chair iidex photo lloyd open

Seen at IIDEX: The Genya Chair is designed for auditoria, but I think would fit well into small apartments. This elegant sloping slab opens up to a very comfortable chair.

A cushioned gas device automatically retracts the arms and seat and folds them into a sleek, rectangular compartment that also functions as the structural framework.

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Buckeye Bullet 2 claims land speed record for fuel cell vehicles, 300.992 mph

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We first heard about the Buckeye Bullet 2 about two years ago when we were covering the Ford Fusion 999 land speed record project. The student engineering team from The Ohio State University was collaborating with engineers from Ford and the two teams shared data on improving performance of the fuel cell and electric motor system. While Ford finished the Fusion program after setting a 207 mph record, the OSU team has soldiered on.

This week at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the Buckeye team made another attempt at hitting their target of 300 mph. After making the required two passes in opposite directions, the hydrogen-fueled streamliner finally topped the magic mark. Over the flying mile, the car averaged 299.900 mph. In the flying kilometer, the average was 300.992 mph with a top recorded speed of 304 mph. That makes this the first hydrogen vehicle to top 300 mph and the fastest FIA recorded speed for an electric drive vehicle. The original battery-powered Buckeye Bullet 1 has a national record of 314.958 mph and maximum recorded speed of 321.834 mph.

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Green IPO Watch at Renewableenergystocks.com- Lithium Battery Company A123Systems, Inc. (NasdaqGM: AONE) Comes to Market; 28.1 Million Shares at $13.50
POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC – September 24, 2009 – www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com, a leading green investor news and research portal for the renewable energy sector within www.Investorideas.com,reports on lithium battery company A123Systems, Inc. (NasdaqGM: AONE) 28.1 million share IPO, priced at $13.50 per share, well above original share pricing.


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