August 14, 2009

Orange County Choppers Build an Electric Motorcycle

The popular TV show American Chopper has built an electric motorcycle! The Smart Chopper was built for Siemens and tops out at 100 mph. It can travel 60 miles on a charge. This clutchless chopper takes five hours to charge and will be auctioned off for charity.
Via: Dvice

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July 23, 2009

Green Blog Recommendations:

ecofriend.png We've discovered a new green blog we'd like to recommend to you! features many great posts on environmental trends. From Eco Homes to Eco Cars, Ecofriend has you covered. Recent posts include:
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June 25, 2009

Bamboo Computer Keyboards

bamboo_keyboard.jpg From rugs to dinnerware, it seems that almost anything can be made from bamboo. A Chinese company is making bamboo computer keyboards! According to Sustainablog:
Jiangqiao, which began manufacturing the green keyboards last October, has already received orders for 40,000 finished units, and is China's sole producer of bamboo keyboards. The company says the product is as strong as its plastic equivalent...Jiangqiao faced the same difficulties typical for adapting bamboo for industrial use, including keeping the bamboo keyboard frame from cracking, preventing the bamboo bottom plate from distorting and firmly fashioning the buttons with the main board.
On one of my many posts about how much I hate plastic because of its negative effects on our environment and health, a commenter pointed out that I was typing on a plastic keyboard. Thanks to the Chinese, I now have a greener option; however, there is no reason to replace my perfectly good keyboard with a new one. That would not follow the adage "reduce, reuse, recycle."
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June 15, 2009

Solar and Hand Cranked Radio Perfect for Camping and Emergencies

kikkerland-solar-radio.jpg This little alternative energy radio is only about 3 x 2.2 x 3.2 inches! Powered by either a solar panel or hand cranking a dynamo, you don't have to go without tunes when the power goes out or you are off in the woods camping with the Kikkerland Dynamo Solar and Crank Emergency Radio. When cranking the dynamo when solar energy is not available, this radio is quite efficient with one minute of human power producing half an hour of tunes. Also, it also won't break the bank at a price of about $30.

Via: Gizmodo

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May 28, 2009

Is the Internet Bad for the Environment?

email.gif Most people, including myself, don't consider the carbon footprint of the internet. According to NewScientist:
One estimate suggests it takes a whopping 152 billion kilowatt-hours per year just to power the data centres that keep the net running. Add to that the energy used by all the computers and peripherals linked to it and the whole thing could be responsible for as much as 2 per cent of all human-made CO2 emissions, putting it on a par with the aviation industry.
Just one internet search on Google creates 200 milligrams of CO2.  This may not sound like much, but think about how many internet searches are done each day across the world.
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March 17, 2009

Solar Panels in the Sahara Desert Could Power ALL of Europe

brightsource-thermal-solar.jpgAll of Europe's energy needs could be provided by a very large solar array in the Sahara Desert, according to researchers. Dr. Anthony Patt, a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, explains:
It [North Africa] could supply Europe with all the energy it needs. The Sun is very strong there, and it is very reliable. There is starting to be a growing number of cost estimates of both wind and concentrated solar power for north Africa... that start to compare favorably with alternative technologies. The cost of moving [electricity] long distances has really come down.
How large a solar array would be needed to provide Europe's energy needs? Dr. Patt estimates the array would be the size of a small country (a fraction of the size of the Sahara Desert) and it would cost approximately $70 billion.

Via: Consumer Energy Report
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March 5, 2009

12-Year-Old Boy Builds Recycled Shelter for Homeless

12-year-old Max Wallack has created a "Home Dome" from plastic, wire, and packing peanuts. The Home Dome is designed as a homeless shelter and was created for the show Design Squad's Trash to Treasure contest. Max won $10,000 and a Dell laptop for his invention. Max explained his inspiration:

When I was six. I won an invention contest that included a trip to Chicago. While there, I saw homeless people living on streets, and beneath highways and underpasses. I felt very sorry for these people, and ever since then, felt that my goal and obligation was to find a way to help them. My invention improves the living conditions for homeless people, refugees, or disaster victims by giving them easy-to-assemble shelter.

Via: Green Building Elements

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March 3, 2009

Is Your TV Prepared for Climate Change?

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Sony has developed a TV that can withstand the severe weather conditions of climate change. For $20,000, you can have a 65-inch LCD television that will survive torrential rain and freezing temperatures.

Via: Wired

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February 24, 2009

LED Bulb Fits Standard Incandescent Sockets and Lasts 50,000 Hours!

ledbulbchinavision.jpg It's amazing what technology has done for lighting. This LED bulb made by Chinavasion will last for 50,000 hours! That's 2,083 days if left on 24 hours a day!
The design and manufacture of these LED lights is beyond compare - from the all metal die cast cooling fins to the IC boards that drive the diodes, every part has been manufactured to exceed world performance standards. You simply cannot find a better built 7 watt screw in LED lamp than the G08!
Besides just looking cool, this LED uses only 7 watts of electricity. Via: Gizmodo
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February 12, 2009

New Satellites to Monitor Carbon Emissions From Outer Space

satellite.jpgLast month, the Japanese space agency JAXA launched Ibuki, a satellite dedicated to monitoring carbon dioxide and methane. NASA will launch Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) this month for a similar purpose. According to the Economist:
These new satellites will work as carbon accountants, by keeping a close eye on how the Earth breathes and returning regular audits--which are awaited with trepidation. Ibuki, which means "breath" in Japanese, orbits the Earth approximately every 100 minutes at an average altitude of 667km. It will gather data from 56,000 points around the globe with two detectors.
Currently, there are only 260 places on Earth where such data is collected to study global warming. I just wonder why it has taken so long for satellites to dedicated for this purpose, when James Hansen warned us over twenty years ago about climate change.
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