Engineer loses his cell phone charger, decides to create an eco-friendly adapter for all
By Holly OtterbeinPosted 07.08.2008 at 5:33 pm 9 Comments
It’s about time we get the adapter equivalent of the Universal Remote Control. Ever since engineer Doug Palmer lost his cell phone charger (a hardship that has practically become part of the shared human experience), he has sought to develop an adapter that supplies power to every last iPod, laptop and digital camera.
Electronic manufacturer Sharp showcases a flatscreen that can run off-grid and with one-third the power of its counterparts
By Jaya Jiwatram Posted 07.08.2008 at 1:21 pm 2 Comments
Watch your carbon footprint grow fainter with Sharp's completely solar-run LCD TV. The sleek 26-inch wide, 20 mm-thick prototype made its grand debut this week at the G8's Summit's Zero Emission House. Appropriate timing considering what a hot topic the environment has been at this year's summit.
A new report shows that biofuels are linked to higher food prices and increased poverty, but European Union doesn’t take heed
By Holly OtterbeinPosted 07.07.2008 at 4:38 pm 17 Comments
Are Biofuels Starving the World?
It's common sense—people need food first, fuel second.
But today, Britain became the first Western nation to announce that its biofuel production will be curbed, since it's likely causing rising food prices and rainforest destruction.
Some environmentally sound approaches to getting rid of garden pests
By the Editors of E - The Environmental MagazinePosted 07.07.2008 at 3:58 pm 2 Comments
Dear EarthTalk: What green-friendly lawn and garden pesticides are available today? I'm particularly interested in options that won't harm my cats.-- Nancy Blanchard, via email
Pesticides have greatly boosted agricultural yields over the last half-century, so it is no wonder, given the commercial availability of many of these synthetic chemicals, that American homeowners apply 100 million pounds of the stuff each year to make their own gardens grow bigger and faster, too.
Green your office five ways thanks to these Web services
By Eric MikaPosted 07.02.2008 at 3:27 pm 3 Comments
Staying green may be a priority for most people, but offices rarely share that concern. If you find yourself buried daily in an avalanche of paper, printers, and chemical-laden supplies, fear not—help is here. Below, five Web services to green even the reddest of workplaces.
Even supercars are going green. Can you burn rubber without torching your conscience?
By Lawrence UlrichPosted 07.01.2008 at 12:59 pm 3 Comments
The 200mph Raptor runs on ethanol.
It's hard to think about the planet when you're hurtling across it at 150 mph. Yet recent auto shows from Geneva to New York have unveiled concept sports cars that pursue power in hybrid, hydrogen, ethanol or diesel form.
Russ George knew how to fight global warming: Grow rainforests' worth of plantlife in the open ocean, plantlife that would suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. He had the boat, the money and the team to make it happen. Everything was going according to plan—that is, until the environmentalists mobilized
By Kalee ThompsonPosted 07.01.2008 at 11:53 am 9 Comments
When the Weatherbird II cruised up the Potomac River and into the nation's capitol in March of last year, spirits were high. The freshly painted 115-foot research vessel was about to set sail for what would be the world's first for-profit effort to "fertilize" the ocean with iron, growing a vast forest of marine plant life that would pull the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The lap through Washington was an effort to drum up support for the voyage to the iron-deficient waters west of the Galápagos Islands.
Scientists invent a uranium-eating molecule that could help turn nuclear junk into fuel
By Ker ThanPosted 07.01.2008 at 11:40 am 5 Comments
With global warming grabbing headlines, carbon-free nuclear power is gaining popularity—and with it, concerns over what to do with the spent uranium fuel. The largest long-term burial project, Yucca Mountain, has stalled, and even though uranium's first trip through a reactor extracts only 5 percent of its energy, power plants in the U.S. don't reprocess fuel. This is mainly because the most common form of uranium, an ion called uranyl, is extremely difficult to extract from the spent fuel rods. But a new Pac-Man-like molecule could change that.