Archive for May 11th, 2010

Oil executives shift spill blame in Senate

BP America President Lamar McKay, Transocean President Steven Newman and Halliburton Global Business President Tim Probert are sworn in at a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on Tuesday in Washington.Executives of the three companies involved in the Gulf oil disaster — BP, Transocean and Halliburton — testify before senators and are quick to blame each other for the disaster.

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Eco-Friendly Wedding Dress Dissolves in Water
dissovling dress photo Photo via The Telegraph

Just in time for the fast approaching wedding season, brides-to-be may finally be able to add a touch of green to their white gowns–with a new dress that dissolves in water. Created by a group of British fashion students, this special type of wedding dress finally offers an eco-friendly alternative to this classic garment, which in many cases only gets worn once. Let’s just hope it doesn’t rai… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Think EVs Coming to U.S. By End of Year

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Think Global has come back from teetering on the brink of bankruptcy in a big way.  The Norwegian automaker just raised $40 million in investments that will drive their expansion into North America.

It was just last year that the electric car manufacturer had to stop production of their TH!INK City EV while scrambling to make ends meet.  Now it’s planning to introduce the compact EV to North American shores by the fourth quarter of this year, which is good for the company and the U.S.

While the first cars to reach our cities will be built in Finland, in 2011, Think is moving their production to Indiana.

Europeans have embraced the cute, affordable EV that has a 100-mile range and max speed of 62 mph; here’s hoping Americans do too.

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Native Plants in Brooklyn’s Backyard

Native Plants in Brooklyn’s Backyard
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Cooped up in an apartment with nothing but a small container garden or balcony-box planter providing a spot of green it’s easy to begin thinking the city is nothing but an unbroken sea of asphalt and concrete. It only takes a simple short walk to a park or public garden, as one Good contributor did, however, to remember there is life in the city—it might just be hidden…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Native Plants in Brooklyn’s Backyard

Native Plants in Brooklyn’s Backyard
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Image credit: Good

Cooped up in an apartment with nothing but a small container garden or balcony-box planter providing a spot of green it’s easy to begin thinking the city is nothing but an unbroken sea of asphalt and concrete. It only takes a simple short walk to a park or public garden, as one Good contributor did, however, to remember there is life in the city—it might just be hidden…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Bill would allow states to veto offshore drilling
A long-awaited energy and climate bill to be made public on Wednesday would allow states directly affected by offshore drilling to veto drilling plans of nearby states if they can show significant negative impacts from an accident.

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Dear G-20: Stop Overfishing Subsidies

Dear G-20: Stop Overfishing Subsidies
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This guest post was written by Andy Sharpless, CEO of Oceana.

Last month I participated in the Mission Blue Voyage to the Galapagos, a first-of-its kind conference hosted by TED and led by legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle. There were 100 of us on board, including celebrity environmental advocates, marine scientists and…
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Bird Washing Machine Removes Oil in 7 Minutes (Video)
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It’s no question that animals – particularly birds – are being severely impacted by the Deepwater oil leak. The oil has already reached shorelines, and marine… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Today on Planet 100: Neanderthals R Us (Video)
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Protected Bike Lanes Increase Cycling by 30% on Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge (Video)
Other Cities Should Take Notes…
About a year ago, we wrote about the trial of new physically separated bike lanes on Vancouver’s Burrard bridge. Time has passed, wheels hav… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Stewart + Brown’s Green Fashion For Summer 2010
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When our friends over at Stewart + Brown asked if we wanted to release exclusive, never-before-seen photos of their summer 2010 collection, we jumped at the chance to see their designs for the upcoming season and to share the images with you, dear readers. The fresh summer looks center on the artist as muse, and the artist’s space as inspiration. Here, creativity rules the day in bold colors–amethyst, jade, and crimson–pho… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Aloha! LEAF Electric Car to be Available Early in Hawaii
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Nissan Picks Hawaii as an Early Launch State
Hawaii residents will be able to get their hands on the Nissan LEAF electric car a bit earlier than the rest of us. Nissan has selected the state to be part of its early launch of the LEAF because of the state’s “strong commitment to clean energy” and probably also because people don’t drive quite as far on islands, making the LEAF’s 100 miles electric range less problematic….
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Norwegian Electric Car Maker Think Raises $40 Million to Bring Its EVs to U.S.
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Think Global (aka THINK, TH!NK, Th!nk, etc) has just completed a $40 million equity increase to invest into product R&D and expansion into North-America. The Norwegian company expects to become cash-flow positive in 2011. That’s good news, because the last time we wrote about THINK, they were on the verge of bankruptcy and even <a href=”http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/12/think-city-e…
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BREAKING: Senate Climate Bill to Have Offshore Oil Drilling Veto Provision
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We’ll know the exact details tomorrow, when the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill is actually announced, but the Washington Post is reporting that the bill will have a provision for states to veto offshore oil drilling in neighboring states. Here’s what we know now:…
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