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    Americans walk less and avoid public transport harming their environment and health

    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!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on October 13, 2010
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    Marriott International cuts down on energy consumption and gas emissions

    Marriott_logo.jpg Marriott International has been keeping pace with the green revolution and is working effectively to lead it. The company has officially listed that they have reduced their energy consumption by 11% and greenhouse gas emissions by 10.7% since 2007. This progress only strengthens ambition to achieve their goal of reducing 25% energy and water consumption per available room by 2017. This is stated in a global report and Marriott has qualified as the first major U.S.-based hospitality management company in it.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on October 12, 2010
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    Green Italian town of Tocco powered by the wind and the sun

    Ancient Italy isn’t all about olive trees and merry-making. It isn’t all about architecture and spaghetti either. Ancient Italy has a touch of green; well at least some towns do, like the town of Tocco. This ancient Italian town is powered by four wind turbines that generate enough energy to power up 30% of the town’s needs. With a population of 2,700 people, the town of Tocco also generated a sweet $200,000 from these wind turbines just last year, saving on local taxes. The cemetery office isn’t as dingy and frightening as we though it to be, instead installed with some high-tech solar panels that save up as much as $2000 annually.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on October 1, 2010
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    The Global Smart Grid Foundation to work towards global smart-grid implementation

    Grid.jpgIn the future, the way the world generates energy, stores and uses it will be a lot different from the way it does today. Smart-grids in the future will help, as it is slowly being developed with more and more technologies being put to use today. To show their support for the smart-grid concept, seven countries with the environment on their minds and a whole lot of eco-consciousness have joined hands to form the Global Smart Grid Foundation. The GridWise Alliance in the United States, India Smart Grid Forum, Japan Smart Community Alliance, Korean Smart Grid Association, Smart Grid Australia, SmartGridIreland, and SmartGrid Canada will together work towards implementing the smart-grid globally.

    Posted in Alternative Energy, Awareness and Hype on September 29, 2010
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    Pacific Ocean’s island of trash might soon turn into diesel substitute

    Pacific.jpgOut there in the Pacific Ocean, a great patch of disgusting garbage has been bobbing its head up and down the waves all this while. Lovingly termed as the Pacific Trash Vortex, plastic debris taking up as much mass as a whole country resides in the North Pacific Gyre! Just a while ago, we came across an initiative by Electrolux, Vac from the Sea, put into place in order to help clear out all this plastic, using it instead to make vacuum cleaners. Now, an ocean clean-up company Kaisei has joined hands with Covanta to set up an initiative that could help recycle all the plastic waste into diesel fuel! Currently, Covanta is busy sketching out plans for a system that can convert the solid waste into a diesel substitute.

    Posted in Alternative Energy, Awareness and Hype on September 22, 2010
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    India walks the wrong way, chopping down forests to make way for coal mining

    India.jpgWhile the world’s moving forward, turning to greener and cleaner forms of energy, India is still sticking on to its bad old habits of powering up by coal. The Indian Government, completely ignoring the need for cleaner sources of energy, is now drawing up plans to chop down forests and make way for mining land. And it seems like they really mean it! No April Fools prank here! The Indian Government currently is making a serious “effort” to meet power needs and has planned the construction of several Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP). These will be among the largest power generation units in the country and will operate at efficiencies significantly higher than the conventional thermal power plants. That sure seems great, though the price at which the environment will suffer makes us cringe! Coal fires up around 50% of the 160 GW of installed power capacity and stamps a significantly dark carbon footprint too!

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on September 17, 2010
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    The Zero Emissions Race with solar powered cars circumnavigating the world

    One man showed the world, just how possible it is to circumnavigate the globe using renewable energy, Louis Palmer, a Swiss teacher. Five teams from four continents have picked up the trail and Palmer’s shining example and will set out on a race, all around the world, using electric vehicles. The Zero Emissions Race will have competitors from Australia, Germany, South Korea and Switzerland, starting off the race at Geneva and crossing the checkered flag there. To complete this journey, 18,642 miles (30,000 kilometers) will be traveled by road, all powered by electricity. Using solar panels to power up the vehicles, the racers will make around 150 stops in different cities around the globe and inspire people to go green! We wish the Zero Emissions Race competitors all the luck they’ll need while overcoming this green journey.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on August 16, 2010
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    Marinas in the blue get a shade of green Down Under

    A place for recreation and a chance to get closer to the oceans, marinas now go green too. The Marina Industry Association of Australia, or the MIAA, is planning to wipe out the carbon footprint left behind by marinas. Since marinas sell fuel and indulge in a few other carbon footprint stamping activities, certified carbon credits can be brought instead to clean up its act. Marinas nowadays are also playing a hand in the treatment and recycling of waste water, which can then be used for washing vessels and equipment. Take the Gold Coast City Marina on Queensland’s Gold Coast for example. This marina has implemented a rainwater harvesting system, in which water is collected and stored in large above ground tanks and pumped for use using taps.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on August 12, 2010
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    Nissan and Kagoshima Prefecture to develop a CO2-Free Island in Japan

    Automobile manufacturer Nissan recently joined hands with Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan and has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the same under terms that the firms together will develop a CO2-free island off the coast of Japan’s southern end. Christened simply as the “Development of a CO2-Free Island,” this project will help promote the use of electric vehicles and renewable energy on the island of Yakushima in Japan. The island boasts some amazing and breathtaking views and is filled with rich sceneries, century old trees and can easily generate energy from hydropower. Nissan also hopes that the vehicles it plans to develop for the future will be used on this island

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on August 11, 2010
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    Greenpeace slams Facebook for not being green enough

    3.jpgWriting on a wall and putting up pictures there hasn’t been so much fun, until Facebook, the good old social networking site that has turned out to be the newest addiction of the 21st century. Well, all said and done, Facebook is a great way to socialize from your PC. This isn’t really green though, and Greenpeace has brought it to the world’s notice. Constantly pinching Facebook for not being as green as it should really be, Greenpeace yet again has raised an eyebrow at the website that plans to expand its under-construction data center in Prineville, Ore. The current phase of the data center will be 147,000 square feet, to be completed by spring 2011, while the extension will boast an additional 160,000 square foot of facility space.

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on August 10, 2010
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