Finally the broadcast networks are wising up and releasing their shows online and thankfully that includes National Geographic. Finally I can watch nature documentaries online. Which for me is great, I love learning about the world around me, but I wouldn’t buy the dvds and I don’t have a tv.
Tesla Motors has unveiled their first dealership in Santa Monica, California, reportedly “attracting a gaggle of reporters”. (Hopefully they weren’t obscuring actual consumers.) The chi chi location reflects the high taste of the consumer: the über slick Roadster retails for a cool $109,000. The second location, further north in San Carlos, is specifically aimed at the Silicon Valley elite.
With a range of 220 miles per charge and mileage equivalent to 135 mpg, the electric engine doesn’t lack in horsepower, going from still to 60 mph in less than four seconds. No wonder the demand has been high. 600 orders so far and another 400 on the waiting list. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
So, this weekend I was scouring the internet for the latest and greatest in green fashion and design as usual. When I came across a beautiful posting by the site inhabitat.com. The post was featuring a london based artist/designer Tom Dixon and his 500 CFL Art Installation in Trafalgar Sqaure in London.
So, what is the big deal about creating a 500 CFL bulb lighting Art Installation? Well, it turns out the point is to demonstrate how little energy these type of bulbs use and how beautiful they can be. The bulbs are a new design by the company Glowb. As you can see from the photo above, they don’t look like the standard ugly coil bulb we are use to seeing from manufactures of CFL bulbs. The new shape and light looks very modern with or without a lamp shade.
Glowb is hoping to make make a big impact with Londoners by giving away 1000 CFL light bulbs a day, totaling 3,500 light bulbs being given away and used over the course of the installation. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the 3,500 Glowb bulbs will save 754 tonnes of CO2 in their collective lives, the equivalent of filling 150 hot air balloons or 4,300 double decker buses, compared to the 60watt incandescent equivalent, this is the equivalent of £212,000 saved in electricity bills.
Tom Dixon will take over Trafalgar Square during the London Design Festival from Monday 17th September until Wednesday 19th September 2007. The Blow lights will be powered by a renewable energy source and lit for 3 hours per day from 7pm – 10pm Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday 19th from 5pm – 10pm.
About the Bulb: Glowb offer a complete environmentally-friendly product, including their innovative new packaging concept: the Glowb tube is not only 100% recyclable but also allows consumers to return their old conventional bulb in the tube by freepost for recycling and allows the packaging to be re-used again thereby avoiding unnecessary waste.
What comes to mind when you think of a deadly stampede? Cattle? Buffalo? A year-end sale at Barneys?
Certainly not walruses, right? But yet, thousands of them died this past spring on the Russian side of the Bering Strait — from a stampede that scientists say is a direct result of global warming.
Walruses are big-tusked mammals who, unlike seals, are unable to swim indefinitely, They typically use sea ice to rest or haul themselves onto land for a few weeks at time. (You may recall a poignant CG graphic in “The Inconvenient Truth” of a polar bear attempting to climb on various pieces of ice, only to have them crumble into pieces.)
Newspapers are making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Average daily circulations are down at most of the nation’s top 25 papers including The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and LA Times. The 3.6% decline “represents sales of around 50 million, the lowest level since 1949 when newspapers moved 50.9 million copies”. Good news for the trees; bad news for our brains. The only exceptions are the two largest national dailies, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal, which have enjoyed modest increases.
Falling circs are old news. Newspaper sales have been on the skids since the 80s. However, the magnitude of recent declines have been surprising and the ensuing staff cutbacks painful. “48.7% of the 102,120 jobs eliminated in the newspaper industry since 1990 were lost in the last three years”. A staggering statistic with no end in sight. Timothy Egan of the New York Times observes: “Last week, almost 1,000 jobs were eliminated in the American newspaper industry, perhaps the bloodiest week yet of a year where many papers are fighting for their lives. You read about the great names — the Baltimore Sun, the Boston Globe, the San Jose Mercury News — as if reading the obituary page. Rich cities like San Francisco can no longer support a profitable daily paper.” Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Apparently hairy mammals are not the only ones that fear the words “louse” and “lice.” Sea lice, the insidious parasite that infects adult salmon, is leaving many salmon farmers in the Broughton Archipelago northwest of Vancouver, BC scratching their heads.
In a report released last month in the Journal of Science, lice that flourishes on salmon farms is infesting juvenile wild salmon as they journey out to sea. The problem is pretty simple actually. Sea lice usually only infects salmon out at sea and dies off as adult fish make their way into fresh water where the lice cannot survive. Juvenile salmon are protected from contact with lice until they are out at sea where they are bigger and stronger. The large farms close to river mouths are exposing the juveniles to lice when they are too small to survive an infestation and wild populations are declining rapidly as a result.
We hear all this talk about our planet’s CO2 problem being solved simply by planting trees. Corporations that make and sell electronics and other carbon dioxide-producing goodies have even implemented so-called off-set programs in an effort to make their gadgets seem less harmful. Indulge in guilt-free shopping: buy a computer and we’ll plant a tree somewhere on your behalf. Problem solved.
But a recent Environmental Graffiti article suggests that additional greenery doesn’t solve the problem, it exacerbates it.
I always enjoy a good hypothetical survival story. Let’s say you were abducted by aliens and given the choice of mating with a greenie or dying a slow, painful death. Would you get it on with the martian? I bet you would.
Global warming seems to be putting the polar bear in a similar situation. As ice in the Arctic melts, the polar is finding itself forced onto the beach while the grizzly bear moves further and further north. And it’s not just their habitats that are overlapping. Scientists say mating of the two species has produced a hybrid they’re calling the “grolar bear”.
As a half-breed (Japanese/English) female, non-American citizen (and unable to vote), I feel I’m uniquely positioned to comment on the upcoming Presidential elections. I can tell you completely agree, so here we go.
First off, I know what your thinking, so what exactly are my qualifications? I have none. I just like the sound of my own internal monologue. Seriously, the only thing I have in common with Arianna Huffington is a European passport and a strong dislike of the Bush administration. In any case, here I go — a looksy at the candidates, with specific emphasis on race.
If global temperatures rise as predicted, the planet’s sobering message to tropical insects is: adapt or die. Scientists warn that a full blown wipeout is in the cards, altering the face the entomology forever as we bid adieu to a host of beetles, butterflies, aphids and others insects.
Researchers at the University of Washington explained that while temperature rises could deplete insect populations in the tropics, it could also result in an insect boom at higher latitudes as tropical insects are driven out of their normal habitats. The effects on plants pollination and the food supply are unknown. Says the BBC: “In the research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. scientists studied how temperature changes between 1950 and 2000 had affected 38 species of insects”.
Who would have guessed that a big pusher for a greener Britain would turn out to be none other than Prince Charles? The Prince of Wales, who published details of his personal carbon footprint in 2007 and is also trying to reduce those of the royal household, has long been a campaigner for the natural world. And it appears that his latest project will allow HRH to meld his interests in architecture, organic produce, sustainability and the environment, all into one… town.
Dubbed “eco-town”, planners from the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment and the developer Red Tree have been granted permission to build “Sherford, a brand new town for 12,000 people, in South Devon that is billed as Britain’s greenest settlement”.
When Brad Pitt engaged 14 of the world’s leading architects to submit designs for his Make It Right project to rebuild New Orleans, he requested a strict standard of sustainability and practicality.
Mixing local designers from New Orleans with various national and international firms, Pitt aimed to create smart urban planning that incorporated a modern feel while maintaining the spirit of the city’s culturally rich Lower 9th Ward.
From the Make It Right site: “MIR’s goal is to join the history of this tradition with creative new architectural solutions mindful of environmental and personal safety concerns in order to encourage both the evolution of aesthetic distinctiveness and the conscientious awareness of natural surroundings.”