Monthly Archives: January 2009

31 01, 2009

@WorldChanging – From Nuisance to Asset: The Greening of Alleyways

By | 2009-01-31T19:22:46+00:00 January 31st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Picture for yourself a concrete-laden alley, with rainwater pooling in its eroded depressions. Tall buildings border the alley, making it a dark and potentially dangerous place. Constructed for cars, trucks and trash, the space is covered in filth. Few people find reason to walk here, save to toss their trash or take out their dogs. [...]

31 01, 2009

@WorldChanging – New International Body to Promote Renewable Energy

By | 2009-01-31T18:57:10+00:00 January 31st, 2009|Environmental Blog|

A new international body to promote renewable energy is to be established today, in a move that its supporters insist has the potential to replace the global dominance of conventional power with wind, solar and other sustainable sources within a matter of years. Fifty-five governments have said they will commit themselves to full membership of [...]

30 01, 2009

Wind Power Means Green on Many Levels.

By | 2009-01-30T17:50:15+00:00 January 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Wind Power has come along way despite skeptics and is gaining speed as a major player in energy production. In just two years, wind energy production has doubled in the U.S. and its growth is second only to natural gas. A milestone achieved in 2008 propelled the U.S. ahead of Germany as the world's leader [...]

30 01, 2009

@IdealBite – Out of the Closet

By | 2009-01-30T17:22:43+00:00 January 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Wanna "out" the plastic and wire hangers in your armoire? The Bite Don't chuck your current ones, but as you break or lose them, orient yourself with eco-friendly hangers made from bamboo, corn, or wheat. It's the greener lifestyle option. The Benefits A gayer (er, as in happier) Earth. Bamboo is a highly renewable plant, [...]

30 01, 2009

Wind Power Experiences Record Growth in 2008

By | 2009-01-30T16:48:55+00:00 January 30th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

2008 saw the largest amount of wind power capacity ever installed in the United States in one year: 8,358 megawatts (MW). According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the news is good, but tempered by the reality of economic uncertainties. Last year's projects increased U.S. wind power generating capacity by 50%, for a total [...]

29 01, 2009

@IdealBite – Holey Underwear, Batman!

By | 2009-01-29T16:45:12+00:00 January 29th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Could Christian Bale's spandex skivvies really save the day? The Bite They can if he recycles them when they're worn through. Recycling your old tighty whiteys gives your undies a new life and helps save landfill space - one panty at a time. The Benefits More space to expand Wayne Manor. Help reduce the nearly [...]

28 01, 2009

@IdealBite – Sticks and Stones…

By | 2009-01-28T17:41:30+00:00 January 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

What words won't break your bones? The Bite Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamin D. Eat tasty foods, such as yogurt, that contain these nutrients to keep your bones strong enough to withstand even the nastiest trash talk - no supplements (and no meat, for you vegetarians) necessary. The Benefits Less hurt. Deficiencies in calcium or [...]

28 01, 2009

Ethanol Fuel Cells Receive Spark from Catalyst

By | 2009-01-28T17:06:49+00:00 January 28th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

Scientists have developed a catalyst that overcomes some major obstacles to using ethanol in fuel cells called direct ethanol fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel cells hold great promise for applications in transportation and power storage because they convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, giving off only water as a byproduct. But hydrogen is not an easy [...]

27 01, 2009

Wind Turbine Invention Enters Google Contest

By | 2009-01-27T19:53:33+00:00 January 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

West Seattle resident Chad Maglaque entered his wind-turbine invention in Google's "Project 10 to the 100th" contest and people are talking. The Google contest, to celebrate the company's 10th birthday, will award $10 million to develop five innovative ideas that aim to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Google has been [...]

27 01, 2009

@ IdealBite – Metrics System

By | 2009-01-27T17:08:14+00:00 January 27th, 2009|Environmental Blog|

How does your energy use measure up? The Bite Use a home energy reader as your yardstick. These gadgets make gauging your pad's power - down to the last night-light - easier than converting Fahrenheit to Celsius (and when you know how much you're using, you're way more likely to conserve). The Benefits Saving your [...]