Archive for May 29th, 2010

Cure Your Dog’s Gas, Anxiety, and Bad Breath. Accommodate His Gluten Allergy. Support Local, Organic Farming.
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Image Credit: Barkwheats Dog Biscuits

Your dog may or may not have a gluten allergy, but either way he’ll enjoy the wheat-free taste of Barkwheats Dog Biscuits. Replacing regular wheat with buckwheat (which is actually a berry- who knew?), Barkwheats is a Maine-based outfit whose tasty treats are 100% organic. All ingredients come from small family farms, and the treats … Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Mississippi Governor Barbour Opposes Widespread Beach Berm Building In Louisiana
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People are visible Wednesday, June 6, 2007, on the beach in Dauphin Island, Ala., where a section of the $4 million protective sand berm was washed away by higher-than-usual tides over the weekend. An intact section of the berm can be seen in the background.” Image & caption credit:Mobile Press-Register

This is not some inter-party squabble over Federal resource allocation. U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen on Thursday approved portions of Louisiana’s ‘wall of sand’ meant to prevent oily water from penetrating wetlands …
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Jobs In Solar: Solar Sales (Southern NJ)
Date: 2010-05-28, 7:55AM EDT
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Looking for an energetic individual(s) that are excited and passionate about Renewable Energy. Make a 6 figure income working part time. Responsible for generating own leads, following up and closing deals. We are a licensed electrical contractor with 8 years expereince in the solar industry. Dont work for the new guys on the block. Send in your resume today!

Location: Southern NJ

  • Compensation: commission based
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Solar-powered LED Lamps to Bring Green Energy to India’s Rural Areas

Two companies, MIC Electronics and Beltron Telecom Green Energy Systems Ltd (BTGES), have signed an agreement to distribute 330,000 LED lamps in the rural areas of the Indian state of Bihar. The aim is to distribute 10 million lamps in the nest three years.

MIC Electronics already has arrangements with one of India’s leading oil companies, the Indian Oil Corporation, to distribute these lamps in seven other states of the country. The lamps can be recharged by either solar panels or biofuel-powered generating centres.

Bihar is one of the least developed state of India with lack of basic facilities like power supply and economic opportunities of growth and development. This prompts people in rural areas to migrate to metropolitan cities like New Delhi and Mumbai. Like thousands of other villages in India several villages in Bihar do not have access to power supply. (more…)

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Old medication and the environment

Old medication and the environment
There are so many areas where we can lighten our environmental impact just a
little; and one of them is the way we deal with expired medication.

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Beehive Jacking More Lucrative Than Carjacking?
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photo: J. Novak

The UK Telegraph is reporting that German beekeepers are now using tracking systems to locate beehive bandits, that’s right, beehive theft is on the rise. Gaede & Glauerdt, a Hamburg-based insurer specializing in apiculture, reported over 300 hive thefts last year, an 85 percent increase…. Read the full story on TreeHugger
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GM India Launches CNG Version of Chevrolet Aveo

General Motors India recently launched the CNG version of its Chevrolet Aveo mid-size sedan. The Aveo CNG is a bi-fuel vehicle with a full-size gasoline tank.

The running cost of the CNG Aveo is approximately 54% lower than a similar vehicle powered by gasoline and 25% lower than a similar vehicle powered by diesel, according to GM. Under normal driving conditions, the Aveo CNG has a range of 180 to 200 kilometers (112 to 124 miles) on a full tank of CNG and is BS IV compliant.

The Chevrolet Aveo CNG is equipped with next-generation computer-controlled CNG injection technology from Italy. All “critical to quality” CNG kit components are fitted at the factory—including the CNG injectors, selector switch, modified wiring and suspension. In addition, the body is reinforced to carry the additional mass of the cylinder. Sequential injection represents the most advanced level of evolution of CNG kit technology. The ECU (Electronic Controller Unit) calculates the opening times of the injectors for each cylinder and acts separately on each gas injector with the highest precision.

Hardened valve seats and anodized pistons are used in the proven 1.4-liter VGIS (Variable Geometry Intake System) gasoline engine. This ensures no engine damage or reliability issues in CNG mode.

GM India engineers have done extensive testing and validation of the Aveo CNG. The Chevrolet Aveo CNG comes with a three-year/100,000-km standard warranty, which is an industry first in the mid-size sedan segment, and a service interval of 5,000 km or six months (whichever comes first). During the run of the Aveo in pure CNG mode will not impact the vehicle warranty.

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Obama: BP’s interests may not be aligned with the public interest

At Thursday’s press conference on the BP oil disaster, reporters discussed several of the issues raised by the Center for American Progress in “Calling the Shots in the Gulf.” The president was pressed on the relationship between the federal government and BP, and whether whether this criminally negligent foreign oil company can be trusted to manage so much of the response. Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson has the story in this repost.

NBC’s Chuck Todd asked why the president does not follow CAP’s suggestion to “ask BP to simply step aside on the onshore stuff” and “make it an entirely government thing.” Obama responded that BP had a system of contractors in place from the start but that the government is “potentially already in charge“:

I guess the point being that the Coast Guard and our military are potentially already in charge, as long as we’ve got good information and we are making the right decisions. And if there are mistakes that are being made right now, we’ve got the power to correct those decisions.

Even conceding the premise of depending on private contractors, is there any reason to believe that BP will give the government “good information”? Obama admitted that it’s in BP’s interest not to be open and forthcoming with the government or the American public:

Well, BP’s interests are aligned with the public interest to the extent that they want to get this well capped. It’s bad for their business; it’s bad for their bottom line. They’re going to be paying a lot of damages, and we’ll be staying on them about that. So I think it’s fair to say that they want this thing capped as badly as anybody does. And they want to minimize the damage as much as they can. I think it is a legitimate concern to question whether BP’s interests in being fully forthcoming about the extent of the damage is aligned with the public interest. I mean, they — their interest may be to minimize the damage and, to the extent that they have better information than anybody else, to not be fully forthcoming.

In other words, Obama recognized that although he as president is ultimately responsible for the response to BP’s devastating catastrophe, the government is only in charge to the degree they’re not kept in the dark by BP. And he knows that it’s in BP’s interest to keep the American people in the dark.

The president — and this nation — would be much better served if the foreign oil giant BP’s blatantly uncaring management were cut out of the response and people committed to the public interest were in charge of all operational decisions, from top to bottom. As MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said: “BP has got a business challenge; we have a national challenge.”

This Wonk Room repost is by Brad Johnson.

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What is Spirulina?

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae. It is a simple, one-celled form of algae that thrives in warm, alkaline fresh-water bodies. The name “spirulina” is derived from the Latin word for “helix” or “spiral”; denoting the physical configuration of the organism when it forms swirling, microscopic strands.

Spirulina is being developed as the “food of the future” because of its amazing ability to synthesize high-quality concentrated food more efficiently than any other algae. Most notably, Spirulina is 65 to 71 percent complete protein, with all essential amino acids in perfect balance. In comparison, beef is only 22 percent protein.

Spirulina has a photosynthetic conversion rate of 8 to 10 percent, compared to only 3 percent in such land-growing plants as soybeans.

Spirulina also provides high concentrations of many other nutrients – amino acids, chelated minerals, pigmentations, rhamnose sugars (complex natural plant sugars), trace elements, enzymes – that are in an easily assimilable form.

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MIT’s Green Airplane Uses Less Fuel, Emits Less Pollutants


MIT's Green Airplane Uses Less Fuel, Can Take-Off From Shorter Runway

An MIT led team has designed an airplane that will consume 70 percent less fuel and also emit less nitrogen oxide to the atmosphere than current planes. The design, commissioned by NASA, is known as the D series and features longer, skinnier wings, a smaller tail and a wide fuselage, meeting NASA’s long-term low fuel, emissions reduction and shorter runway length objectives from an aircraft.

MIT News explains the D series design concept:

The engineers conceived of the D series by reconfiguring the tube-and-wing structure. Instead of using a single fuselage cylinder, they used two partial cylinders placed side …

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Help Send a Message to the Future

Help Send a Message to the Future

“Children,” said John W. Whitehead, the founder of the human rights non-profit Rutherford Institute, “Are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.”

mama cares The message that non-profit emergency food manufacturer and distributor, Mama Cares Foundation, wants to send to that future is one of hope for the approximately 178 million children around the world living on the edge of starvation.

You read that right: 178 million starving children, with 20 million under the age of five, one in four of whom will die before he or she reaches six years of age. This translates to one …

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Why 21st Century Aid Needs to Be Bigger AND Better

The arguments on aid over the last few years seem to have fallen into three camps:

1. Aid is bad (Dambisa Moyo, Bill Easterly)
2. Aid is great (Jeff Sachs, various aid donors, and to some extent, Oxfam and other NGOs)
3. Hey, I’ve just had this great idea for making aid much better (CGD, Owen Barder, Paul Collier)

The first two focus almost exclusively on quantity (although pushing it in opposite directions). The third takes quantity for granted, and tries to improve quality.

But I have seen relatively few attempts to take on quantity and quality simultaneously. From …

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Dense, Walkable Urban Cities Create YIMBY Neighbors
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Not quite dead, but oversupplied. Photo via thegiantvermin @ flickr.

Looking at the massive build up of low-density, car-dependent housing over the last 50 years, real estate developer Christopher Leinberger says in his book The Option of Urbanism that developers simply supplied too much of the wrong product in the wrong location. Yup, But, good news. Density in walkable urban areas tends to create YIMBY’s neighbors (Yes, In My Back Yard) because quality of life and property values get … Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Ladies, TOMS Shoes Introduces The Wedge Heel! (Photos)
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Image courtesy of TOMS Shoes

TOMS Shoes hardly needs an introduction–especially this month they have already made fashion headlines with their on-trend men’s nautical styles and their new limited-edition Charity:Water kicks–but for those who aren’t familiar the philanthropic footwear brand <a href=”http://www.treehugger… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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