Archive for November 28th, 2010

Emerging East Asia bonds hit $5.1 trillion in 3Q
The Asian Development Bank report released Monday said the value of local currency bonds outstanding was up from $4.8 trillion at the end of the April-June quarter and 17.2 percent higher than a year earlier.
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Gray runs for 223 yards, Texas A&M beats Texas
Cyrus Gray rushed for 223 yards and had two long touchdowns, helping No. 17 Texas A&M beat Texas 24-17 on Thursday night, sending the Longhorns to their first losing season since 1997.
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Gray runs for 223 yards, Texas A&M beats Texas
Cyrus Gray rushed for 223 yards and had two long touchdowns, helping No. 17 Texas A&M beat Texas 24-17 on Thursday night, sending the Longhorns to their first losing season since 1997.
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: Interest in alt-energy vehicles on the rise; buyers deterred by drawbacks

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Consumer Reports recently surveyed 1,713 car owners in the U.S. and discovered that 39 percent of them will consider buying a hybrid or electric vehicle (EV) for their next vehicle. Out of that group, 60 percent are leaning towards a conventional hybrid, 16 percent are considering a plug-in hybrid and 14 percent are contemplating purchasing an EV. Of course, it bears noting that ‘consideration’ doesn’t necessarily translate to actual sales. With all that said, CR found that 94 percent of those surveyed found fault with green cars, citing drawbacks such as high prices, inadequate infrastructure and limited driving range.

In addition to hybrids and battery-powered vehicles, CR discovered that new-car buyers show a varying degree of interest in several other alternative-fuel vehicles:

  • 35 percent said they would consider a flexible-fuel vehicle, one that can run on either gasoline or E85, which is a mixture of 85 percent renewable ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
  • 19 percent said they would consider natural gas or propane-a fuel resource that is abundant in North America. Currently, there are very few vehicles equipped to run on natural gas and the infrastructure is limited.
  • 16 percent would consider a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. This, despite that fact that only a tiny number of fuel-cell cars are being leased to customers in selected regions, and no automakers have announced imminent plans to mass produce such cars.
  • Only 14 percent said they would consider a diesel-powered vehicle, despite the well-developed infrastructure and relatively broad model selection.
  • Of those who would consider a diesel, more than half (57 percent) said they would use biodiesel fuel.

Eric Evarts, associate automotive editor for CR, recapped the survey results like this:

In the end, the survey shows that consumers are willing to consider alternative power sources for their next vehicles, but they have real practical concerns.

But it was this survey finding by CR that immediately grabbed our attention:

Only 67 percent (of those surveyed) said they are considering a traditional gasoline engine in their next new-car purchase, which may reflect a growing optimism regarding the availability of competitive green cars.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

Consumer Reports: Interest in alt-energy vehicles on the rise; buyers deterred by drawbacks originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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: Interest in alt-energy vehicles on the rise; buyers deterred by drawbacks

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Consumer Reports recently surveyed 1,713 car owners in the U.S. and discovered that 39 percent of them will consider buying a hybrid or electric vehicle (EV) for their next vehicle. Out of that group, 60 percent are leaning towards a conventional hybrid, 16 percent are considering a plug-in hybrid and 14 percent are contemplating purchasing an EV. Of course, it bears noting that ‘consideration’ doesn’t necessarily translate to actual sales. With all that said, CR found that 94 percent of those surveyed found fault with green cars, citing drawbacks such as high prices, inadequate infrastructure and limited driving range.

In addition to hybrids and battery-powered vehicles, CR discovered that new-car buyers show a varying degree of interest in several other alternative-fuel vehicles:

  • 35 percent said they would consider a flexible-fuel vehicle, one that can run on either gasoline or E85, which is a mixture of 85 percent renewable ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
  • 19 percent said they would consider natural gas or propane-a fuel resource that is abundant in North America. Currently, there are very few vehicles equipped to run on natural gas and the infrastructure is limited.
  • 16 percent would consider a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. This, despite that fact that only a tiny number of fuel-cell cars are being leased to customers in selected regions, and no automakers have announced imminent plans to mass produce such cars.
  • Only 14 percent said they would consider a diesel-powered vehicle, despite the well-developed infrastructure and relatively broad model selection.
  • Of those who would consider a diesel, more than half (57 percent) said they would use biodiesel fuel.

Eric Evarts, associate automotive editor for CR, recapped the survey results like this:

In the end, the survey shows that consumers are willing to consider alternative power sources for their next vehicles, but they have real practical concerns.

But it was this survey finding by CR that immediately grabbed our attention:

Only 67 percent (of those surveyed) said they are considering a traditional gasoline engine in their next new-car purchase, which may reflect a growing optimism regarding the availability of competitive green cars.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

Consumer Reports: Interest in alt-energy vehicles on the rise; buyers deterred by drawbacks originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Fair Trade Artisan-Made Silk Scarves Support Education in Cambodia

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A young Cambodian student wears Cambodian Threads’ silk scarf. Photo: Cambodian Threads

For Cambodian Threads, a small, socially responsible company that sells fair trade silk scarves, they’re set set on making a difference in the small Cambodian village that inspired the founding of their company: for every silk scarf they sell, they purchase basic school supplies for ten chi… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Fair Trade Artisan-Made Silk Scarves Support Education in Cambodia

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A young Cambodian student wears Cambodian Threads’ silk scarf. Photo: Cambodian Threads

For Cambodian Threads, a small, socially responsible company that sells fair trade silk scarves, they’re set set on making a difference in the small Cambodian village that inspired the founding of their company: for every silk scarf they sell, they purchase basic school supplies for ten chi… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Fiat MultiAir captures Popular Science "Best of What’s New" award

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We’ve discussed Fiat’s revolutionary MultiAir technology several times before and admit it’s simply a shame that this fuel-saving system is unavailable in the U.S. right now, but that’s about to change. When the Fiat 500 hits your local Chrysler dealer, MultiAir technology will have officially made its U.S. debut. MultiAir cuts fuel consumption by up to ten percent and reduces emissions by the same amount through a simple, cost-effective system that makes on-the-fly adjustments to the engine’s intake valves. Its simplistic design means that millions of vehicles sold by both Chrysler and Fiat will soon feature the award-winning technology.

Did we say award-winning? You bet. Fiat’s MultiAir system was recognized by the editors over at Popular Science as one of the top automotive technologies of the year and captured the magazine’s “Best of What’s New” award. Increased efficiency and reduced emissions are worthy achievements, but MultiAir is also credited with cranking up the power of Fiat’s 1.4-liter turbocharged mill. Our wait to sample this award-winning technology is almost over. A full description of the inner workings that make MutliAir an innovative technology is pasted, for your viewing pleasure, after the jump.

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Scientist sets out to recreate Ice Age park

Semi-wild Yakutian horses are seen at the Pleistocene Park, a 40,000 acre wilderness in northern Siberia, Russia. Russian scientist Sergey Zimov is trying to recreate conditions from the end of the Ice Age when this area was rich in wildlife and summer meadows. Wild horses have returned to northern Siberia. So have musk oxen, hairy beasts that once shared this icy land with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. Moose and reindeer are here, and may one day be joined by Canadian bison and deer.

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Istanbul Treats Its Famous and Beautiful Bosphorus Strait Like a Trash Can, Turkish NGO Says
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Istanbul’s Bosphorus: It looks nice and clean. Photo: Jennifer Hattam.

From the deck of a boat bobbing on its surface, Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait seems to flow fresh and strong, breathing air and energy into the city it divides into two continents. When anchored in a secluded cove near the Black Sea end of the strait, it even feels clean enough to swim in. But what lies underneath the waves is apparently another matter altogether….
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Sahara Solar Breeder Project Would Power World With Sand
Sand as the solution to the world’s energy woes? Or, more precisely, silica? The Sahara Solar Breeder Project is a plan by universities in Japan and Algeria to provide 50 percent of the world’s electricity by 2050.
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Green Residential Products Showcased at Greenbuild

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This year’s 2010 Greenbuild Conference and Expo offered the usual enormous hall filled with displays of all kinds of products and building materials that can be used to create greener buildings.

Eco Home Magazine has a slideshow of 14 of the products that were on display at this year’s Greenbuild. These are more residentially-oriented products, compared to the rather many more products aimed more at the commercial building market.

Some are fairly prosaic, and will still be chiefly of interest to builders and professionals (unless you happen to be a fan of drywall or plumbing fixtures), but others are more interesting, like a Freewatt Plus microCHP unit (PDF) that is available both for forced air as well as hydronic installations in homes, although EcoGeek readers have known about microCHP plants for years.

Another new item is the Modlet, a web-addressable module that plugs into a conventional outlet and then allows you to monitor and control energy use through a browser. This should be reaching the market in the coming year with both online sales as well as retail.

Of course, it should still be noted that making a greener building is far more than just buying a few green products. The basic operation of a building can be enhanced by added green hardware, but a bad design can’t be redeemed simply by including a few green elements. Fundamentals of good green design are still the most important part of creating an environmentally appropriate building.

via: Eco Home Magazine


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ShopNothing Helps You Buy Nothing

ShopNothing Helps You Buy Nothing
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How was your “buy nothing” day? Did you really buy nothing? Did you miss that rush, the unmistakable high of exchanging your musty old cash for something you can brag to your friends about, or for the gift that will simply take the breath away when your intended recipient discovers your thoughtful extravagance? Are you forced to face the facts that you have a consumption addiction? That you may have honored buy nothing day, only to push the next consumption “fix” off until another day? Then you need to check out ShopNothing. Where you can “buy nothing”, or buy “not…
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Two New Cancer Studies Point to Seaweed and Sunlight For Prevention
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Recent University of South Carolina (USC) studies have outlined two important tools in cancer prevention. The studies, which were carried out at USC’s Arnold School of Health and the South Carolina Cancer Center, found that seaweed and sunlight both had a huge impact on cancer prevention, according to The State. … Read the full story on TreeHugger
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