Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
- What - Carbon footprint is a measure of the greenhouse gases we individually produce in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.
- Why care - Two reasons: 1) Fossil fuels are limited - they are being used faster than they are formed (formation takes millions of years!), so they are referred to as non-renewable. 2) The rate we are burning fossil fuels is twice the rate that natural processes can only absorb, resulting in a net increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide, one of the greenhouse gases that contributes to global warming. (Why care about global warming, you ask? That's another discussion....)
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Monday, September 22, 2008
Here a sample from an article they contributed to for The Nest magazine:
- Today: Unplug any electronics that you're not using. Leaving them plugged in - yes, even if they are turned off - wastes lots of energy and ups your monthly bill as well.
- This month: Buy a vacuum that sucks...dust particles, that is. It needs a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to collect and trap dust.
- This year: If you're painting, shop around for no-VOC and low-VOC formulas. Most paints have VOC's, such as formaldehyde.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Congress can spend less money than it did on the last economic stimulus package, create more jobs and help stave off catastrophe via climate change. That's the gist of an authoritative new report from U-Mass Amherst and the Center for American Progress.
Green Recovery outlines how to spend $100 billion over two years to create nearly 2 million new jobs. Invest the same money in the oil industry, and you get just 542,00 jobs (and a commitment to more fossil fuel pollution). Invest the same money in tax rebates and you get 1.7 million jobs (and a whole lot more consumption).
The report recommends investing in four priority infrastructure projects:
- Retrofitting Buildings
- Mass Transit and Freight Rail
- Smart Grids
- Renewable Energy
Enough jobs, its authors say, to drive down unemployment from the five-year high of 6.1% to 4.4%!
Read more at: http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/blogs/shapley/green-collar-stimulus-47090905
Monday, September 15, 2008
Weighing in at just 1,170kg its 260bhp four-cylinder biodiesel engine is enough to give a top speed of around 150mph too. Even the body work is eco friendly, being made of a pioneering bio-composite made up of natural fibres soaked in what are called 'bio-plastics' to create a strong, light and totally recyclable bodywork.
“From a business point of view, a focus on the environment is no longer optional. Virtually every company and every industry face environmental issues that are business imperatives.”
- Daniel C. Esty, co-author with Andrew S. Winston of Green to Gold: How Smart Companies Use Environmental Strategy to Innovate, Create Value, and Build Competitive Advantage
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Full story - http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/carbon-offset-47091002?src=nl&mag=tdg&list=dgr&kw=ist
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wikia announced the launch of a new eco-focused wiki featuring everything in the environmental and sustainable universe. Founder Jimmy Wales believes sustainable living will soon be seen as something that is integrated into everything in mainstream society, as opposed to merely a separate category. READ MORE