• Category Archives: Awareness and Hype

    The top 10 clean energy producing states in the USA

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    So here’s the verdict, the cleanest states in the United States of America. A research and advisory firm called Clean Edge has come up with a list of the top 10 states portraying clean energy leadership, based on 80 different state-level indicators and more than 4,000 public and private data points across all 50 states. Besides just considering which state produces the maximum amount for clean energy, the ratings list also makes a note of government policies, venture capital, patent activity and a lot more, according to state size. Topping the list is California, way ahead from the rest with a score of 91.6, owing to all its technological innovation and abundance of natural sources to producing energy. Following California are the states of Oregon, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, New York, Illinois, Connecticut, Minnesota and New Jersey.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on December 9, 2010
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    Acqua Viva is a rainwater collection system plus a work of art

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    Now rainwater collection systems usually aren’t too much of a visual treat, and the most basic way of collecting rain is by simply lining buckets outdoors. This is why, this rainwater collection system designed by Italian, Araceli de la Parra, left us with our jaws dropped in awe and amazement. Basically using a series of flowforms cleverly arranged one beneath the other, naturally channeling water using eddies and vortices, the Acqua Viva as it is called is indeed beautiful. All this is attached to a building structure with the help of cables and positioned below a gutter. The water collected can then be used to replenish plants.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on December 8, 2010
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    A green Christmas, with recycling and energy saving lights

    Christmas.jpgThe holiday season is just around the corner, and everyone’s making plans for that jolly good time of the year again, Christmas. Well, besides all the celebrations and festivities, this time of the year has its toll on the environment, and here’s just what you can do to keep it green this Christmas. Well to start off with, you can recycle all that gift wrapping you usually tear out, too eager to look what’s inside. Reusing 2 feet of ribbon by every family could help save up 38,000 miles of ribbon, enough to tie a bow around the planet. Also, this might seem a bit out of the Christmas spirit, but buying an artificial tree just once, instead of having to bring a live one every year could help save some green. That’s not all. You can also opt for low energy lights to string up, instead of the old one’s you’ve been using that suck in juice.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on December 2, 2010
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    Tag Heuer turns to the sun for energy, as suggested by Leonardo CiCaprio

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    Besides just drowning off the Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio has helped changed the perception of Tag Heuer for the greener. A short while ago, the Hollywood star decided to take a walk through a factory La Chaux-de-Fonds and ended up pointing out some green ways the company could adopt to go green, and Tag Heuer sure as hell has considered them. Signing up with Swiss energy distributor VITEOS and Planair, the watchmakers will now have solar panels installed on the rooftops of four of their buildings. 500 photovoltaic panels will be installed, as part of the deal signed between the two firms, for a minimum of fifteen years.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 30, 2010
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    China accepts being a major contributor to world pollution

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    The best way to go around your mistakes is to own up for them. China thought so too, and has decided to own up. After a load of finger pointing and blaming one and other, the country courageously stood up and accepted the fact that it really is the world’s largest greenhouse emitter. And that really is a great start to going green. And it isn’t much of a surprise either. We’ve all known all along just how polluting China has been and is. So now that the country has finally admitted, its time China takes a leap towards turning green and cut down emissions. Busy developing cleaner and greener technologies by the day, we’re pretty sure China will make up for all its carbon footprints left behind, or at least hope it will.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 25, 2010
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    An Emirati to travel across seven emirates on a solar powered wheelchair

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    Traveling 11 days in a wheelchair does seem to be a remarkable task, and that’s exactly what this Emirati will accomplish to help spread a bit of green awareness. 47-year-old Haidar Taleb is all for renewable energy and innovation and plans to help spread the word around by traveling around the UAE with a solar powered wheelchair. To travel across seven emirates in his chair, Taleb is known for setting a Guinness World Record for the longest distance traveled in a motorized solar-powered wheelchair, all the way from Masdar City to Sharjah. The journey to kick off at Fujairah will have Taleb travel to schools, universities, police stations, social centers and help raise awareness of disability and sustainability, at the same time.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 22, 2010
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    LA County imposes ban on plastic bags in certain areas

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    LA County is sick of all that plastic chocking the environment and has set up a ban on plastic bags, the biggest in the United States. The LA County passed a ban wherein disposable, single-use plastic bags will be pulled out of the lives of roughly around 1.1 million people. These bags when thrown away show in landfills in tons and remain there, being un-degradable, for long periods of time causing substantial harm to the environment. Paper bags are a much safer option being recyclable and bio-degradable. So, for 10 cents a pop, shoppers can now buy paper bags instead. For now, the ban has been imposed only on some places in the LA County.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 17, 2010
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    The biggest loser amongst them all, colleges across US and Canada

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    Now being the “Biggest Loser” has never been all that great before. We’d probably hide our faces in shame for that. It does depend on what you’ve lost though. For about 40 colleges across the United States and Canada, the “Biggest Loser” title is something impressive. What they’re losing out on here is water and energy use. The colleges are busy trying to cut down on all the energy and water they’ve been using, as part of the Campus Conservation Nationals. The results of their efforts are being flaunted using an online app called Building Dashboard. This helps the colleges compare their results with others around.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 8, 2010
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    Bikini models pose with solar panels for the Renewable Girls Calendar to create awareness

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    Some people go that extra mile to drive their point home. While going green is not an idea that suites everybody’s taste and a greener planet might not make it high on their list of priorities, there are people trying to make shift easy for such souls. What else could possibly explain getting an out a bikini model calendar with solar panels? Tagged as the “Renewable Girls”, the calendar features skimply clad women posing with a solar panel in some weird poses.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on October 14, 2010
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    Americans walk less and avoid public transport harming their environment and health

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    Finally a research had opened the eyes of the average American to his obese truth. Dr. David R. Bassett from the University of Tennessee headed a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise has revealed that Australians walk an average of 9,695 steps a day; the Swiss walk 9,650 steps while tiny-tot nation Japan walks as much as 7,168 steps in a day. And Americans? A measly 5,117 steps. Not only are they unhealthy, but the reason behind this is extremely eco-hazardous as well. 34 percent of American obesity is blamed on the huge amount of cars that grace the country’s roads. Besides this, most American commuters do not prefer taking mass transit options like buses, trains or subways, adding to the pollution levels too. I guess a bit of walking will go a long way not just for a healthy lifestyle but a healthier planet. Time to get walking guys!
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    Posted in Awareness and Hype on October 13, 2010
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