Going green isn’t limited to the towering metropolises of the urban world. In fact, the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, better-known as the real life Shangri-La, has decided to take a step towards a greener future. The Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, recently stated his dream to give the country’s capital city of Thimpty a greener shade. To begin with, all government vehicles that currently run on petrol and diesel will be replaced with clean and Nissan Leafs. Once this big and ambitious move is completed, taxis and private cars will also be gradually replaced with electrics!
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Cutting down a harmless tree for whatever cause can never be truly justified, given that these friendly green living beings contribute more to the environment than us ever-polluting humans. For those who know the Endeavour, this space shuttle is best remembered for its service in the Space Shuttle Program by NASA. The retired space shuttle will soon be moved to a new home at the California Science Center, though, moving this will cause the cutting down of nearly 400 trees along the route! And as expected, locals and environment-lovers are infuriated; to make up for the loss, the institution has promised to plant twice as many trees, though the ones being replaced are fully grown and are considered to be one of the main reasons of heightened property values in the area. Cutting these will not only bring down property prices but will also cause subsequent harm to the environment; a sacrifice the California Science Center seems fit to bring home a retired space shuttle.
New York City will soon begin enjoying the benefits of the world’s largest ultraviolet light-disinfected drinking water system, scheduled to begin operation in less than two months. The plant makes use of 56 massive UV units that will in turn neutralize waterborne pathogens in water sourced from Delaware County and Catskill watersheds and will help further purify the water after being pre-treated with chlorine. Priced at $1.6 billion, the plant was built keeping in mind the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new requirements and is also an environmentally-sound and comparatively inexpensive way to water treatment.
Retailers around the globe are quickly realizing the need for more environment-friendly business practices and Marks & Spencer has paved the way for the same in the United Kingdom. The retail giant is now the first in the United Kingdom to go carbon neutral and has adopted a bunch of energy efficiency measures to reduce its carbon footprint. Apart from that, the retail chain has also purchased carbon offsets, enabling its stores, offices, warehouses and delivery fleets in the UK and Ireland to reach net-zero! Also, the company has slashed carbon dioxide emissions by 150,000 tons since 2007, imposing green energy tariffs for its stores and warehouses. Electricity purchases are now made from small scale electricity generators, making the Marks & Spencer retail chain an example to look up to!Continue reading
As the Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee, a team of lighting-designers and electricians decided to commemorate the memorable day by setting the iconic Tower Bridge in London aglow, in a green and responsible fashion that has left us awe-struck. Using 6,500 feet of energy-efficient LED linear lights, 1,800 LED lamps, 1,000 junction boxes and 16,500 feet of cable GE, the team managed to give the Tower Bridge a glittering diamond-like appearance when the sun goes down. The Tower Bridge will continue to gleam through the weekend as celebrations continue and will be adorned for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The lighting used for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee uses 40% less energy than traditional lighting used earlier for similar occasions.
If you love the environment just as much as we do, here’s a reason that’s bound to have your drop your PlayStation controller. According to a new study by the Carnegie Mellon University, video game consoles are energy suckers that are bound to lengthen your electricity bill. This particularly is because most gamers hate to switch of their consoles when unused, and hibernation mode alone sucked in 68%of all game console energy consumed in the year 2010. That’s roughly about $1.24 billion in electricity costs. Also, 1% of the total U.S. residential energy consumption in 2010 was used by gaming consoles alone, and small as it may seem, the figure is indeed significant!Continue reading
Electronics giants around the globe have discovered Africa to be an exploitable market to sell a range of eco-friendly and energy-efficient electronics these days. Manufacturers including South Korean electronics bigshot Samsung are now considering Africa as a great market to sell products including solar-powered lighting systems, energy-efficient televisions and appliances and a lot more. Also, given the fact that the African market contains a variety of consumer-types including those belonging to lower income groups and the brand-conscious middle class, manufacturers now have this continent in the spotlight.Continue reading
The first ever TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) event to be powered by solar energy will finally kick off on the 6th of March at the South Pole. With hopes to prove to the world the usability of solar energy in one of the harshest environments ever, the TEDx Antarctica will be headed by Darren McGann from KPMG. To be broadcasted life from the Neko harbor, the TEDx event is eager to prove the fact that if alternative energy works efficiently even at the south pole, the rest of the world, particularly equatorial regions shouldn’t find it so hard to power up with solar power. We wish the participants in this event all the luck in send across a powerfully green message to the world as a whole.
One thing’s for sure. The President sure prefers green renewable energy to oil and gas power. President Barack Obama in his speech at the University of Miami recently mentioned the efforts to solve power shortages that have been put into place recently. Apparently, the United States alone uses 20% of the world’s oil and has only 2% of the world’s reserves. Efforts are being put to expand oil and gas drilling, though according to the President, this isn’t the answer to energy woes. Also, the President spoke about wind and solar energy harvesting being carried on in the country and mentioned the fact that algae-based biofuels developed at home, could pretty much replace up to 17% of the oil being imported for transport purposes. All in all, the President seems to understand just how bad the global oil crises has turned out, and seems adamant on setting the United States free from complete reliance on international oil.