Saturday, October 11, 2008

Zuumer Electric Scooter: Hands-On, First Drive

It’s official - I’m buying one. After just a single ride on Zuumcraft’s new Zuumer Electric Scooter, I’ve just put my $250 down payment for my very own unit. Why? Because the Zuumer is the single most innovative, most useful, and most fun VLEV (Very Light Electric Vehicle) that I’ve ever ridden, and I’ve tried a few. Check out the review.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Indian Tribes See Profit in Harnessing the Wind for Power

Native American tribes in South Dakota are hoping to build turbine farms to take advantage of some of the country’s strongest and most reliable winds.

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Top 5 Green Myths

by Maria Colenso

Colenso, Maria. "Top 5 Green Myths." 24 September 2008.

Green Myth 5: When Appliances Are Off, They Don't Use Power
Green Myth 4: Energy Conservation and Energy Efficiency Are the Same
Green Myth 3: Organic Is Always Better
Green Myth 2: Hybrid Vehicles Are Better Choices Than Standard Cars
Green Myth 1: Planting Trees Will Fix Global Warming

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Many of us have adopted small, easy habits to help make our lives a little more environmentally friendly. Maybe you've given up bottl­ed water, switched to eco-friendly household cleaners, started recycling or switched the lightbulbs in your home to the more energy-efficient compact fluorescent alternative. Each of these decisions is a good way to help combat global warming. But how do you choose which green living changes are right for you? And how can you be sure your choices are right for the planet?

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­It can be hard to sort out the facts about leading an eco-friendly lifestyle, and there are many shades of green. What you think you know is true may turn out to be more turquoise than shamrock. The big offenders in the global warming crisis are in the news all the time -- coal-burning power plants and high levels of fossil fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, the number of cars on the world's roads. But let's consider the not-so-obvious offenders. Trees, for example. Good for the planet, right? In many respects, yes, but we bet you didn't know that planting trees to offset atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO­2­) might actually cause a net warming effect. Yes, you read that correctly: warming.

­What other myths are out there? In this article, we'll look into the truths behind five common green myths, including how to drive a stake through the heart of vampire power.

Biofuels are Here To Stay: What To Do About Food Supply?

So, if biofuels are here to stay, how can the global community prevent millions of people from falling into famine due to competition of food land with biofuel land when biofuel land turns out to be more profitable?

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Geothermal Sources Could Add Significant Power Generation

A study released last week from the U.S. Geological Survey reports that geothermal power production could significantly add to electric power generating capacity within the United States.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hitting the Recycle Button

by Trey Granger on October 6th, 2008

Pop quiz: what is the fastest growing sector of the electronics industry?

Cell phones? Wrong number.

Televisions? Adjust your picture.

Personal computers? Error 404.

If you said video game consoles, then get ready to warp to the next level. There were over 60 million consoles sold last year alone, according to John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of Electronic Recyclers International, and they contain many of the same harmful materials as the electronics mentioned above.

Powering Up the System
Much of the attention for electronics recycling focuses on computers and televisions. Video game consoles get lumped into “personal electronics,” or some similar term, by many e-waste recyclers.

Consoles also receive less attention from manufacturers when it comes to recycling. In Greenpeace’s annual ranking of green electronics that rates manufacturers on the use of toxic materials and recycling measures, Microsoft and Nintendo scored the lowest.

These companies represent two thirds of the “Big Three” of video game console production, although the third company, Sony, ranked second highest on Greenpeace’s list. One of the major reasons cited for low scores for Microsoft and Nintendo was the lack of recycling options provided.

“These products get discarded at an alarming rate as modern advances in gaming technology continue to present us with better games,” said Shegerian. “More often than not, these consoles are not recycled responsibly and contribute to our e-waste stream.”

Choose Your Character
So what is the harm in adding a few consoles to landfills? According to Shegerian, video game consoles contain some of the most hazardous chemicals used in the electronics industry.

This includes polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalates, beryllium, bromine and lead. Keep in mind that consoles have motherboards just like your computer, which is where several of these are found.

While game players are not affected by these materials, they can cause health issues for scrap yard workers as well as leach these toxins into soil and water when landfilled.

Alternate Ending
One thing to consider is that working video game consoles and games can be reused instead of recycled or landfilled. You can find electronic retailers that will give you cash or store credit for bringing in your old system. Just remember that there’s no reset button to push once your video game equipment ends up in a landfill.

You can get a high score with the environment by finding out where to recycle video game consoles using Earth911.

Trey Granger is a staff member at

The True Costs of Renewable Energy

As utility costs mount ever higher, Americans now have real options to take home energy matters into their own hands with "green" systems that can pay for themselves in as little as a few years.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

15 Futuristic Green Housing Innovations In Use Today

15 amazing examples of futuristic innovations in green housing that are being used in modern homes and greenhouses today.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

12K Barrels (500K Gallons) in Dumped in Massive Oil Spill

At least 500,000 gallons of oil -- nearly 12,000 barrels -- spilled into the ocean and tidal wetlands along the Texas and Louisiana coasts after Hurricane Ike ripped up oil platforms, and ruptured tanks and pipelines, according to an Associated Press investigation.

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How green is your computer?

Reusable tote bag? Check. Prius? Check. Rooftop solar panels? Check. In the bid to secure your green bragging rights, you have the usual suspects covered. But what about your personal computer?

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Sunday, October 5, 2008

New Solar Cell is as Cheap and Easy to Make as a Pizza

An Australian scientist has developed a new method of manufacturing solar cells using nothing more than some nail polish remover, a pizza oven and a standard inkjet printer. The iJET technique is so easy and cheap to carry out that it could revolutionize access to solar technology in the developing world.

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Anything Into Ethanol

Forget about corn—future biofuels will be made of wood chips and trash.

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