Saturday, July 12, 2008

All-Electric Truck Costs $3 for Full Charge w/ 100Mile Range

Since commercial delivery trucks run similar routes every day and return to the same spot after all the work is done, they can charge overnight. A plug-in hauler like this one (which could hit 200-mile range soon) might be a model for cutting greenhouse gases worldwide

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Russians listed among world’s cleanest nations

Russian citizens take the third place in the world among clean and neat nations, following the Hindus and the Americans. Ecologists say that a habit of daily showers and baths may lead to an ecological disaster, since the planet runs out of its fresh water reserves very quickly. One should keep in mind the fact that a regular shower

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Will West Virginia Go Green or Go Backwards?

The choices we make now will make or break our collective environmental future. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than with the dispute over West Virginia’s Coal River Mountain, one of the last mountains still intact in the Coal River Valley.

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momma, mr peter and mr tom discussing recycling

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Plastic recycling affects a range of products, from drink containers to shopping bags to pipes. Plastic is almost always the product of petroleum, a non-renewable resource. This makes recycling plastic even more important.

Curbside programs often make recycling plastic containers easier than other plastic products. You’ll likely be unable to recycle plastic bags, packaging and Styrofoam at the curb. This material is very recyclable at a qualified center; use Earth 911’s recycling locator to find one.

Some plastics are part of our daily lives whether we realize it or not.

To know the best way to recycle these products, let’s learn more about their lifecycles including where they are used, tips to recycle them and what happens to them next.

Plastic Bottles
Facts • Benefits of recycling • Tips on recycling • How it gets recycled • What’s next?

Plastic Bags
Facts • Benefits of recycling • Tips on recycling • How it gets recycled • What’s next?

Facts • Benefits of recycling • Tips on recycling • How it gets recycled • What’s next?

Plastic Packaging
Facts • Benefits of recycling • Tips on recycling • How it gets recycled • What’s next?

Plastic Casing
Facts • Benefits of recycling • Tips on recycling • How it gets recycled • What’s next?

Facts • Benefits of recycling • Tips on recycling • How it gets recycled • What’s next

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Proper Disposal and Recycling of E-Waste

by Justin K. Holcombe

Used electronic devices, known as e-waste, are increasingly becoming a larger part of our waste. Fortunately, there are a number of options available to those who want to recycle their old electronic items.

To address the increasing amount of e-waste, many state and local governments, electronics manufacturers, and non-profit organizations have created comprehensive recycling programs. Several states, including California, Maine, Maryland, Texas and Washington, have even enacted laws requiring the collection of certain electronics.

E-waste recycling options vary across the country. So, the first step to determine what options are available in your area is to review information about your local recycling program. This information is available on Earth 911 (using the recycling locator database at the top of this page), some local government websites and the following websites:

E.P.A. Product Stewartship
National Recycling Coalition
E Recycling Central (includes a list of questions to ask recyclers)
Basel Action Network
Computer Take Back Campaign
In addition to “traditional” recycling programs, some electronics manufacturers and retailers also offer e-waste recycling. Many manufacturer-sponsored programs will accept and process their brand for free. Some accept other brands for a small fee.

After determining what options are available, it is important to determine whether a recycler is operating under strict environmental controls and high worker safety protections. A few general questions to ask include:

Is the recycler certified (such as an ISO 14001 environmental management certification) and does it follow a set of industry recognized guidelines?
Does the recycler actually recycle most of the e-waste materials collected (It is best if the company can recycle 90 percent or more of the materials)?
Does the recycler have written procedures for removing and disposing of mercury lamps in electronic products? Many manufacturer and government sponsored programs have extensive online information detailing the way in which recycling is handled.
In addition to choosing a recycler, it is also important to prepare your e-waste for recycling. For computer recycling, one important concern is to erase all data from the computer before sending it off for recycling.

However, this should be a factor regardless of what one does with an old computer because electronic data can be retrieved from hard drives. There are many options (such as software) to ensure that the data is permanently erased.

In fact, many recycling firms will scrub the hard drive and certify that all data has been erased. Before sending your computer to a recycler, check to verify that this option is available.

Manufacturer Specific Programs
Toshiba Trade-In and Recycling Program
Lenovo/IBM (will also accept other e-waste of other computer manufacturers)
Retailer Programs
Circuit City (Easy-trade in program)
Best Buy
Staples (accepts computers, monitors, laptops, and desktop printers, faxes and all-in-ones)
EPA Plug-In Partners (lists manufacturers, retailers and service providers that offer recycling of e-waste)
EPA–lists options for donating or recycling e-waste
Techsoup–lists non-profit organizations and recyclers of e-waste
Goodwill (some locations accept computers)–website includes tips on how to donate computers
Cell Phone Recycling/Donation
Motorola (accepts all brands for free)
Nokia (accepts all brands for free)
Call to Recycle
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (donation of cell phones)
Call to Protect
Verizon Wireless (accepts phones at Verizon stores)
AT&T Wireless (accepts phones at AT&T stores)
T-Mobile Wireless (accepts phones in stores and by mail)
Sprint Wireless (accepts phones in stores and by mail; recycling proceeds go to charity)

90% of Israeli Homes Are Equipped With Solar Water Heaters

Hawaii just made it a law... But, apparently, approximately 90% of Israeli homes already have solar water heaters and have had them for a long time. It began in the early 1950’s when the Israeli government encountered a fuel supply shortage, and restricted the times when water could be heated.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Australian climate becoming like a disaster novel

Australia is facing severe drought and heat waves on an unprecedented scale, a "disaster novel" of a government report has warned.

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Greenest Island Runs Completely on Renewable Energy . . .

The Danish isle of Samsø, over the past 10 years, has gone from exclusively using fossil fuel energy sources, to living exclusively off renewable energy. Using a combination of onshore &offshore turbines, private mini-turbines, solar panels, straw-burning furnaces & biofuels, the 4,300-resident island has become a sort of a sandbox for green . . .

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Insane Garage Sale Sign. Woman's Revenge on Ex. Comical[PIC]

Not a garage sale or sign you see every day, if ever. Gives whole new meaning to the July 4th term, "Independence Day." At least the woman has a sense of humor--though her ex may not think so.

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The World’s Electronic-Waste Dump

Guiyu was once a peaceful rice-growing village located in the eastern province of Guangdong, southern China – that is - until a surge of broken computers and laptops arrived from the Western World. Since then, Guiyu has been proclaimed the World’s electronic-waste capital.

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HVAC boot cleared of Asbestos in Los Angeles