environment

  • Greenpeace targets Nintendo again for its poor environmental policies

    [photopress:greenpeacestill.jpg,full,center] How could a company that makes this hate the environment? Greenpeace still hates Nintendo. The environmental organization has once again turned its sights on the Wii maker, which it ranks at the bottom of its latest Guide to Greener Electronics. Unlike last time, when it gave Nintendo a zero rating in all nine categories it rates, Nintendo earns itself… Read More

  • Apple makes 'Toxic Ten' list: Lousy recycling program, possibly dangerous chemical found in headphones

    [photopress:appletoxicten.jpg,full,center] Apple hates the environment? Condé Nast seems to think so, placing the company on its “10 Worst Corporate Polluters” list. Interesting, then, that Condé Nast accepted Apple’s cash, despite its hatred of the environment, to advertise the MacBook Air on pages two and three of March’s Portfolio magazine. That’s kinda odd, no? Read More

  • X Prize for 100 mile per gallon car at NY Auto Show

    [photopress:thetango.jpeg,full,center] The Tango The New York International Auto Show starts later this week, but the best in show may not be something from BMW or Ford. (I hope you laughed at that.) A car contest is being held that’s sponsored by the X Prize Foundation, the same group responsible for that earth-to-the-moon contest. This particular contest aims to spur people to create an… Read More

  • Fuel cell-powered Lifecar has 250 mile range: 0-60 in seven seconds

    [photopress:lifecar.jpg,full,center] A hydrogen-powered sports car will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show that begins on Thursday that’s expected to go from 0-60 mph in seven seconds. (It tops out at about 90 mph.) The car, called the Lifecar and based on the Morgan Aero-8 (look at me, talking like I know anything about cars), has a range of 250 miles. It’s being touted as a… Read More

  • Electric car prototype can sell power back to utilities

    Electric car prototype can sell power back to utilities

    Faculty members at the University of Delaware have built an electric car that’s capable of selling back excess stored energy to utility companies depending on the demands of the electrical grid. "A car sitting there with a tank of gasoline in it, that’s useless. If it’s a battery storing a lot of electricity and a big plug that allows moving power back and forth quickly… Read More

  • Solar-powered taxi making its way around the world

    Solar-powered taxi making its way around the world

    Fueled by a 65-square foot trailer covered with solar panels, this three-wheeled, two-seat taxi is making its way around the world without stopping for gas. It was developed by a Swiss teacher named Louis Palmer and the whole taxi thing is more or less a gimmick, although he is actively picking people up and giving them free rides. Palmer says that if the car were to be mass produced, it would… Read More

  • Forrester Research finds some consumers like the green

    Forrester Research finds some consumers like the green

    Like all things, any "green" product will enjoy success when it costs less yet does more than its competition. I’m all for using products that consume less electricity but that’s more because I hate paying my electric bill and wish it was lower each month. One of the great promises of green products is that they save people money over time. Not all of them do, though. The… Read More

  • Honda's hydrogen-fueled car coming to California

    Honda's hydrogen-fueled car coming to California

    Honda will be leasing a limited number of its FCX Clarity sedans in California this upcoming summer. The cars use hydrogen fuel cells that’ll be topped off via a "home fueling station that uses a home’s existing natural gas supply to produce hydrogen." Read More

  • ZeroHouse concept: totally self-sufficient for a cleaner environment

    ZeroHouse concept: totally self-sufficient for a cleaner environment

    ZeroHouse represents an effort to have a house “go green.” Conceptually, at least. Solar panels generate electricity that can last up to one week, provided you live in an area with sufficient sunlight. Gravity pumps replace traditional electrical pumps, sending 2,700 gallons all over the house from bathroom to kitchen to water slide room. ZeroHouse is so green that it doesn’t… Read More

  • iPhone does not kill fawn pee pees, you

    iPhone does not kill fawn pee pees, you

    I put a call into Apple yesterday but I couldn’t get anyone but it looks like Macworld beat me to the punch anyway. Here is what Apple had to say about the Greenpeace video that circulated yesterday suggesting that the iPhone contained PVC and BFRs, two products that could make you lose your ween. “Like all Apple products worldwide, iPhone complies with RoHS [Restriction of Hazardous… Read More

 
  • iPhone will kill you, fawn pee pees

    Bromine! PVCs! Death-dealing substances! Yes, friends, the iPhone isn’t so green after all. According to Greenpeace, the iPhone contains a number of chemicals that most cellphone manufacturers have already gotten rid of including bromine, PVCs, and toxic phthalates. Best of all? While many geeks believed the iPhone would get them laid, some chemicals in the headphone cables may actually… Read More

  • Pure Digital Evoke 1S DAB Radio: Where Old Meets New (Radio-Wise)

    Pure Digital Evoke 1S DAB Radio: Where Old Meets New (Radio-Wise)

    Blogging here in the morning, I’m either listening to house and/or trance mixes or to talk radio, be it NPR or the Norton and Friends show. If I lived in a DAB-friendly area, I might be using something like the Pure Digital EVOKE-1S. Not because it’s “revolutionary” or anything, but because it looks like it’s straight out of 1954. That’s not to say that the… Read More

  • Greenpeace Rates Electronics Companies: Nokia Best, Sony Worst

    Greenpeace Rates Electronics Companies: Nokia Best, Sony Worst

    The tree-huggers at Greenpeace published their list of best and worst companies for the environment (specifically as it releates to harmful chemicals) last week and Nokia came out on top. Citing its policy of “eliminating the worst chemicals from many products,” Greenpeace gave the Finland-based cellphone an eight out of 10. Greenpeace rated Sony the worst, claiming that it has double… Read More

  • Camouflage Hummer HT1 Cellphone: Let's Be Reckless

    Camouflage Hummer HT1 Cellphone: Let's Be Reckless

    Finally, a cellphone for people like me who don’t give a damn about the environment and spend their free time burning rubber tires for fun. It’s the Hummer HT1 and it comes in a few choice colors. The best is the camouflage since it evokes all the emotions and instincts that make being an alpha male fun, like sneaking up on enemies and acting before thinking. It’s the type of… Read More

  • Nokia Offers A Little Green Fairy That Tells You To Unplug Your Phone

    Nokia Offers A Little Green Fairy That Tells You To Unplug Your Phone

    Ok, maybe it’s not a little green fairy, but it is a notification that tells you to unplug your phone when its charged. They’re basically saying that this little notification will save save “enough electricity to power 85,000 homes a year.” It will appear in the 1200, 1208, and 1650 and is targeting India, China, and Latin America. Us Americans can suck up all the energy we… Read More

  • Soltronix Solar Powered AM/FM Radio: Save the Environment, Listen to Hot Talk

    Soltronix Solar Powered AM/FM Radio: Save the Environment, Listen to Hot Talk

    From the looks of it, going “green” is set to become the next SoHo fashion trend, following the micro-sized dog fad that’s all the rage right now. One way to get jump on the bandwagon is with the Soltronix Headphone AM/FM Radio. It’s a pair of solar powered headphones whose solar cells are sensitive enough to run with just 30 percent light exposure. It sort of works like… Read More

  • Ontario to Ban Edison's Folly

    Ontario to Ban Edison's Folly

    Ontario, a place to live and a place to grow, is outlawing incandescent bulbs in 2012 in a move to encourage energy savings on a national scale. The switch would save six million megawatt hours per yer. The ban wouldn’t effect special use cases, like medicine, and will encourage the use of compact florescents that use 75 percent less energy than the older incandescent bulbs. Good on ya… Read More

  • Lego's Solar-Powered Helicopter Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation

    Lego's Solar-Powered Helicopter Teaches Kids About Energy Conservation

    Lego plans to teach kids about the importance of energy conservation (to help stop “global warming” I’m sure) with its solar-powered helicopter. There’s literally no information on the device, but we can make wild, haphazard guesses. It would be wonderful if the blades rotated when exposed to the mighty power of the sun, but that might not even be the case. here, so… Read More

  • DiscEraser: One Swipe For Total CD/DVD Data Destruction

    I recently had to destroy 200 CDs due to a mistake from a reproduction company and a file mix up. I ended up throwing the discs through a home shredder, which not only took forever, but is bad for the environment. (Doubly so, since my local recycler wouldn’t take the shredded bits, just whole discs and the dye used on the discs is a contaminant.) If only I had had the $12.99 DiscEraser. The… Read More

  • Plextor PlexEraser Destroys Discs So You Don't Have To

    I get a considerable amount of pleasure from throwing the countless AOL discs I receive in the mail through the Fellowes shredder I have in my office. Unfortunately, this creates a huge pile of plastic shards and allows the organic dye coating the discs to escape and possibly cause environmental damage. Plextor aims to solve the problem with its standalone PlexEraser PX-OE100E drive. Designed for… Read More