• Smart cars whizzing by North America’s streets will soon be all electric

    Posted in Transport on February 15, 2017

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    The streets of North America will soon be a platform for electricity-powered, a.k.a. green smart cars.

    In a recent letter, (obtained by publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and reviewed by Reuters), German auto giant Daimler claimed that shortly, their gas-powered smart vehicles being sold in the US and Canada will be replaced by electric versions of their micro cars. However, markets outside USA and Canada will continuing having access to gas-powered vehicles.

  • H&M’s Conscious Exclusive Collection creates new, super soft Bionic Yarn from discarded plastic

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on February 8, 2017

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    Despite the fact that sustainability isn’t restricted to fabrics and needs to be incorporated into production practices and waste reduction (while also weighing the human impact) as well, it is also true that recycled materials can make a huge, meaningful difference in the world of fashion apparel.

    Japanese train station Kayashima skilfully constructed around a seven-century old sacred camphor tree

    Posted in Other Stuff on February 4, 2017

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    In Neyagawa, a north-eastern suburb of Osaka, the skilfully constructed Kayashima train station stands around a giant camphor tree – a tree that’s been around for seven centuries! When the station was built in 1910, the massive tree stood directly to the building’s right.

    A $1,200 credit to buy electric bikes to commute – One of Norway’s many green initiatives

    Posted in Transport on February 2, 2017
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    Doing rounds of the news recently was Finland conducting a ‘social experiment’ wherein a sizable number of its population were given USD 600 per month. Close on the heels of this Finnish initiative, the Oslo Government announced on February 01, 2017, that it would offer its residents exactly double, i.e. USD 1,200 credit, to promote a revolutionary ‘green’ cause. The funds will be given to residents to purchase electric bikes that can easily accommodate things that would otherwise need to be put in car trunks, such as groceries, bags, etc. This credit will cover 25 – 50% of an E-Bike’s total cost, which lies in the USD 2,500 to USD 6,400 price range.

    New breakthrough in clean energy – A hummingbird-inspired flapping wind turbine

    Posted in Alternative Energy on January 25, 2017

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    In Tyer Wind’s opinion, scientists’ ability to precisely apply human and animal movement understanding to the working of machines has not met with much success so far. Ordinary and not so effective turbines have therefore dotted the wind energy sector. By leveraging his self-pioneered 3D Aouinian kinematics, Anis Aouini therefore decided to disrupt and revolutionize that space with a unique wind turbine, modeled on articulations of the hummingbird, a bird that exhibits ‘sustained hovering’. The final outcome is an impressive new breakthrough – an ingenious flapping wind turbine from Tunisia.

    Electric Bug of the future – The clean, power-driven Beetle by Volkswagen

    Posted in Transport on January 23, 2017
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    By the year 2025, German automobile giant Volkswagen says that they will roll out over 30 electrified vehicle models, one of which would possibly be a zero-emission version of the Beetle.

    Volkswagen unveils I.D. Buzz – A futuristic self-driving electric microbus concept

    Posted in Transport on January 10, 2017

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    Recently at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen launched the I.D. Buzz concept – a modern eight-seater, all-electric drivetrain/van with a 600 km range and integration with impressive futuristic self-driving technology.

    World’s first solar panel road officially opened in France’s Normandy village, as part of clean energy trial

    Posted in Alternative Energy on January 6, 2017

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    One kilometer and 2,800 square meters of solar panels in French village Tourouvre-au-Perche was officially inaugurated by Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Ecology, on December 22, 2016. Marking the launch of the world’s first solar panel road, this is also part of France’s ultimate aim to cover 1,000 kilometers of roadways with solar panels. Royal stated that she’d like to see solar panels installed on one in every 1,000 km of French highways.

    Solar technologies that are brightening our future

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 17, 2016

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    Solar power and its associated technologies have traditionally been expensive, inefficient and difficult to maintain.  Nevertheless, since its early years it has been vastly improved by innovators who are finding new ways, and improving old ways, of harnessing the power of our sun.  The following are a few of these innovations that are giving this renewable energy source a bright future.

    India now houses the largest solar power plant of the world, massive enough to power 1,50,000 homes!

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 1, 2016

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    Winning over the title of the world’s largest solar plant at a single location from California’s Topaz Solar Farm, is India’s Kamuthi Solar Power Project in Tamil Nadu. Having been completed two years ago, the former has a capacity of 550 MW, while Kamuthi augments our country’s generating capacity by a whopping 648 MW, and is expected to be powerful enough to provide electricity to 1,50,000 homes.

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