• In a world of shrinking forests, Peru creates 3.3 million acre national park in the Amazon

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 25, 2015

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    Imagine the creation of a national park that is 22 times the size of Chicago! Yes, that’s what just happened with the establishment of a 3.3 million acre national park in Peru’s Sierra del Divisor mountain range. This makes the Amazonian rainforest completely protected from any efforts to exploit the goodness of the riches it has to offer in terms of natural resources. The effort has been led by Chicago’s Field Museum and the Peruvian Government. The Field Museum invested the last fifteen years, studying the area and also discovered 20 species of formerly unknown flora and fauna. In addition to the various animal and plant life that is housed there, it also houses the Iskonawa group of people who have inhabited the lands for ages.

  • AutoPortal.com with details of Audi A4 Price in India

    Posted in Transport on November 24, 2015

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    In the Indian automobile market there is good demand for the entry level and mid-range luxury cars. The A4 is a mid-range premium sedan from the Audi AG. The Audi India has launched this car in India in 2012 in a segment where there is a tough competition between the German auto giants. The recent emissions controversies at the Volkswagen have affected the Audi A4 also which have been sorted out consequently.

    New York City plants its 1 millionth tree

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 24, 2015

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    A million trees could be an aspirational number to live up to for most cities who pledge to add a tinge of green to their respective portfolios. However, New York City, a city that many would envision as a concrete jungle has managed to surpass all expectations and plant their millionth tree. Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in the company of NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver and NY Restoration Project founder Bette Midler planted this hallmark tree. It is technically the 1,017,634th tree to be planted. The endeavor has already reached success a couple of years ahead of schedule and with more than a million trees already planted.

    Singapore’s Apple Store to use 100 percent renewable energy

    Posted in Gadgets and Tech on November 19, 2015

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    Apple Store makes its entry into the South East Asia region with quite a credential in tow. The store will be located in Singapore and will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. This is a promising entry point for the brand’s retail outlet that offers a more experiential treat for its patrons. In addition to this, all of Apple’s operations in the Singapore store will also be powered by renewable energy. The model isn’t novel. It has already been reflected and implemented in the US, Europe and China. Head after the jump for a statement by Apple.

    Piaggio introduces Electric Bike, adds smartness to cycling

    Posted in Alternative Energy on November 9, 2015

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    By integrating the chemistry between the cyclist and the rider and the environment and the latter, an experience on pedal and wheels can truly be enriching. This is the kind of experience that Piaggio want to deliver to riders of their all new electric bicycle. It serves as more than just an assisted pedal bike. In addition to a highly convenient speed-affecting gear changing pattern, the bicycle also leverages the advantage of geo location and capabilities to understand who the rider is as well as the latter’s preferences, thanks to the integration with a smart platform. Thanks to this you can also enable advanced data sharing so that your experiences are shared with your digitally connected ecosystem.

    Scotland’s plastic bag ban reduces 650 million bags in the landfill

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on November 5, 2015

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    Scotland have exemplified how possible it is for the world to cut down on the usage of plastic bags. Their endeavor took wings when shoppers were compelled to pay 5 pence per bag at stores. It goes without saying that there was not only a drop in the usage of plastic bags but a sharp one. Over 650 million fewer plastic bags were used across Scotland. The money earned from the 5 pence charges amounted to $10 million. This was given away to charitable institutions. Whoever would have thought that plastic brought so much good with it?

    Classic London Taxi gets TX5 electric avatar

    Posted in Transport on October 27, 2015

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    The London Taxi Company is a legacy in itself with the hallmark black cabs that have effortlessly topped the world’s most popular public transport charts for decades. However, with the world moving towards an eco-friendlier legion of cars, the cab will be seeing a transition into its all new electric avatar. The four-cylinder taxis will run on emission-free electric power and will also manage to do so for longer durations. The new cabs will match up to the performance requirements for London Cabs. The best part is that the electric renditions do not shed away the classic distinguishing characteristics that mark them in everyone’s memory.

    Panasonic develops most efficient solar panel ever, converts 22.5% sunlight

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on October 21, 2015

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    While the Teslas of the world are putting their best resources and brains forward to truly create a world with renewable energy, Panasonic has surprised many. The company has announced that their upcoming solar panels will be a lot more efficient. Their upcoming solar-power harnesser will offer an efficiency rating of 22.5 percent. The previous best was a record held by SolarCity, who have been ousted by 1.4 percent. While SolarCity’s 22.1 percent of sunlight converting technology seems to be coming our way by next year, we hope that Panasonic’s offering isn’t too far in the distant future.

    Sweden speeds towards being world’s first fossil fuel-free nation

    Posted in Awareness and Hype on October 15, 2015

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    Sweden has always been leading the charge of the green revolution with fellow Scandinavian nation, Norway. The country is not all set to comfortably settle in the position of the world’s first nation to be completely driven by renewable energy. The Ecologist reported the news that underlines the purpose of the $546 million investment by the country on creating renewable energy channels. Their climate change action is commendable. Solar energy alone has enjoyed a budget increase of up to 300 percent. “Sweden will become one of the first fossil-free welfare states in the world,” said Prime Minister Stefan Löfven at a press event. “When European regulations do not go far enough Sweden will lead the way”.

    This methane car modeled around cow’s digestive system

    Posted in Transport on October 8, 2015

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    When designers take their briefs too literally you can expect nothing short of a shocking concoction. While you may imagine this to be something strewn with bovine macabre but hey, when you look at the result it isn’t so bad after all. Yi-Wen Tseng, a graduate from the Royal College of Art has imagine a car that is powered by bio-printed organs! He has been inspired by a cow’s digestive process to fuel a car and set it in motion. Cows are known to expel large amounts of methane gas and this was the model used by Tseng in his model. He paired a cow’s digestive process with a 3D bio-printing process, which is normally used to develop artificial organs for transplants, he managed to create an alternative fuel system. The four synthetic stomachs of a cow are housed at the rear of the car and facilitates filtration, methane production and digestion.