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  • Air and noise monitors to be placed throughout Buenos Aires

    Air and noise monitors to be placed throughout Buenos Aires


    Smart. These poles have gear mounted on them to detect pollutants and humidity, and they detect noise as well. They’ll be scattered throughout Buenos Aires as part of an ongoing push towards being eco-friendly down there in Argentina. There are only 42 sensor-poles at the moment so the data won’t be too rich, but it’s enough to get some rough gradients and identify… Read More

  • Samsung E200 Eco: Its corn-derived case is environmentally friendy

    Samsung E200 Eco: Its corn-derived case is environmentally friendy

    Do you have eco guilt? That is, are you anxious that the planet is slowly dying like in every JRPG ever because of human activity? If that’s the case then Samsung has a phone for you. The E200 Eco is the company’s latest “eco-friendly” cellphone. What makes it so friendly to the environment is that its outer case is made out of bioplastic, a material that’s… Read More

  • Plasma TVs face tough 'green' regulations down under

    Plasma TVs face tough 'green' regulations down under

    Most gadgetphiles know that plasmas use more energy than LCDs but the Australian government want all of their citizens to know too. The government is rolling out a system currently in place for other household appliances but aimed this time at televisions. The vast majority of plasmas aren’t going to fair very well, and even some might be banned from sale. A Panasonic director indicated… Read More

  • Q and A on the subject of clean tech legislation

    Q and A on the subject of clean tech legislation

    Here’s a panel I attended at the recent Pacific Crest Technology Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado. There were two experts on the panel: Steven Kalland, Director of the North Carolina Solar Center and Gregg Rothschild, Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I found this presentation to be very interesting and informative – kind of a… Read More

  • Dell carbon-neutral, let's all give them a hand

    Dell carbon-neutral, let's all give them a hand

    How nice! It’s a good day for corporate responsibility. Dell has achieved its goal of carbon neutrality that it set several years ago. And several months early, to boot! It’s corporate responsibility gone wild! By a combination of company-wide energy efficiency policy, investments in renewable energy, and work with various environmental and conservation groups, they say… Read More

  • Is a LiFe battery going to power your electric car?

    Is a LiFe battery going to power your electric car?


    Battery technology is a complicated and frustrating field, I’m sure. There are only a few sectors of technology where you’re limited by the actual physical characteristics of the elements you work with. But NiMH and Lithium Cobalt are not meeting power demands, to say nothing of the toxic and environmental effects of something like Cobalt being in all our electronics. An… Read More

  • Recycling: Inside Panasonic’s ‘Eco Technology Center’

    Panasonic’s “Eco Technology Center” sits in a little town outside of Osaka, Japan and is unique in that it’s one of the only recycling centers that has an on-site research and development lab and allows public tours. Check out the above video to see more. In Japan, the Home Appliance Recycling Law (HARL) was passed in 1998 and then fully enforced by 2001. The law calls… Read More

  • Dell Studio Hybrid gunning for Mac Mini, EeePC

    Dell Studio Hybrid gunning for Mac Mini, EeePC

    Dell has a new, rather odd-looking desktop that might tickle your computer bone. It’s called the Studio Hybrid, and it’s the company’s first foray into the trendy yet utterly useless realm of “green” and ”eco-friendly” computing. The Studio Hybrid partly uses laptop components, such as a smaller power supply (65 watts v. 300 watts) to achieve its… Read More

  • Silent washer/dryer, low-flow toilet, and a heat pump

    Here are a few more strange and wonderful inventions from the Far East – this time from the Panasonic Center in Osaka, Japan. First up is a dead-ass silent washer/dryer combo, which I thought was pretty amazing. It’s a washer and dryer in the same unit, so you can pile all of your unmentionables inside, then set it and forget it. When it’s all done, your clothes will have… Read More

  • Electric Minis on sale next summer

    Electric Minis on sale next summer


    Nobody knows exactly when, how many will be available, their price, charge time, range, or pretty much anything about the electric vehicles BMW is planning on selling. But we do know that they plan on selling them, probably in about a year. Not really big news unless you were one of those people planning on investing in an electric car sometime in the middle of 2009. Oh wait, that’s… Read More

  • Biodegradable shoes, sounds great if they don't rot while you walk

    Biodegradable shoes, sounds great if they don't rot while you walk


    I presume that the time scale on these Brooks Trance 8 runners biodegrading is along the lines of years (as opposed to decades) and not months. Wouldn’t want them sloughing off while you run. It’s a nice move towards waste reduction, but as usual they carry a “Conscience Tax,” in this case bringing up the price to $140. I know you ballers pay more than that for your… Read More

  • Japanese company unveils solar-powered wireless keyboard

    Japanese company unveils solar-powered wireless keyboard

    It seems Japan is getting greener every day. Now Buffalo announced they will start selling a wireless keyboard [JP] powered by solar energy from next week. The BSKBW01SB will be priced at $120. The 2.4GHz wireless device features a small solar panel located above the numerical keyboard block and can alternatively be powered using 2 AAA batteries. Read More

  • The iPhone line: The freaks come out on day one

    The iPhone line: The freaks come out on day one

    Dear Diary, It is day one of the iPhone line and our small team, the Who Farm, has made base camp at the Apple store on 5th Avenue. The natives have thus far been curious and friendly, offering us something called “hotter dogs” and asking us to go “fugourselves” when we inquired as to why they were not composting. As environmental activists, it’s important to… Read More

  • HDTV gas worse than carbon dioxide

    HDTV gas worse than carbon dioxide


    Wha happen?! Bloops! It seems the gas inside flat-panel displays, Nitrogen Trifluoride (NF3), is 17,000 times better than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat in the atmosphere. The gas isn’t very prevalent yet but just wait until we start throwing away our old HDTVs to get OLEDs. Best of all, “has a characteristic mouldy smell and is thought to be highly harmful to the liver… Read More

  • Plasma torch garbage processing produces usable gas, electricity

    Plasma torch garbage processing produces usable gas, electricity


    Taking another step towards using our trash for fuel, Plasco Energy Group is putting up a large-scale plant in Ottowa that will use plasma torches to essentially vaporize trash into usable “syngas.” If it sounds too good to be true, that’s kind of the case because it’s quite expensive to run. But the technology works: the trash goes in and is reduced to simple gases… Read More

  • Ricoh plans to erect a "green" billboard in New York's Times Square

    Ricoh plans to erect a "green" billboard in New York's Times Square

    Ricoh Japan is planning to set up a  billboard powered by natural energy in New York City’s Times Square in December. The sign will be equipped with 45 solar cell panels and four wind power turbines, producing a maximum of 98 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day. Ricoh’s American subsidiary says the billboard (47 feetx126 feet) might not be illuminated in case there is not… Read More

  • Flipswap: Send in your old phone for $$$, plant a tree and donate to charity

    Flipswap: Send in your old phone for $$$, plant a tree and donate to charity

    Sending in your old phone or iPod for money isn’t anything new, but I recently found Flipswap and they’re a little bit different than other services out there. For one thing, everything is free and they even pay for your shipping costs. I’m not sure how their algorithm works, but they claim to give the highest trade-in value for your phone. Simply input your info, answer a… Read More

  • G8 summit won't touch global climate issue

    G8 summit won't touch global climate issue

    This is obviously off topic but an important issue nonetheless. This months’ issue of GQ (Hello Gisele!) has a fairly interesting feature, “You can’t save the planet”, that touches on a handful of issues surrounding the whole green movement and what we can do to help bring about change. The gist is that we’re basically screwed. One particular fact was astounding… Read More

  • Mercedes aims to be entirely petrol-free in 2015

    Mercedes aims to be entirely petrol-free in 2015


    I don’t think I give Mercedes enough credit. I’ve never really liked the styling on their cars and they always seemed a little too rich for me. But the fact is they have a history of innovation and smart business decisions. So it shouldn’t surprise me as much as it does that they’re making such a ridiculous push for total nonreliance on gasoline within seven… Read More

  • McCain proposes government offer $300 million for new car battery

    McCain proposes government offer $300 million for new car battery


    Dear Diary, Whilst lying in bed this morning I decided to check the news from my BlackBerry and found out that John McCain thinks the government should offer up a prize of $300 million to anyone who can engineer a new car battery that surpasses current technology. While I like the idea of this, I really don’t think McCain gives a damn about the current state of the planet’s health. Read More