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Environmentalists Up In Arms Over New $2600 Car
January 7, 2008 02:25 PM - , Environmental Graffiti
An Indian firm is selling new cars for under $2,600, a move that has been criticized as a ticking time bomb by environmental groups. The so-called “People’s Car”Ě, the RS 1 Lakh, is manufactured by Indian giant Tata, which is reportedly in talks to buy British carmaker Jaguar from current owners Ford. Tata is marketing the car as a safer alternative to motorbikes for Indian families. Tata chairman Ratan Tata said: ”ėThat’s what drove me - a man on a two-wheeler with a child standing in front, his wife sitting behind, add to that the wet roads - a family in potential danger.’
Welcome to the Solar Century
January 4, 2008 08:42 AM - , Environmental Graffiti
New technology means solar power could one day provide all the world’s energy needs — but governments must do their bit. Until a few years ago the suggestion that solar power might provide the answer to the intertwined problems of long term energy security and climate change would have been dismissed as a pipedream. The high cost of solar cells, their inefficiency in converting the sun’s rays into electricity and the lack of state investment or assistance for renewable energy start-ups meant there was little hope.
Trees Are Not The Answer To Climate Change
January 3, 2008 10:07 AM - , Environmental Graffiti
A 20-year analysis of 30 sites in the frozen north has discovered that trees ability to take in CO2 is weakening. Whereas once it was assumed that just by planting more trees we could slow down the climate change tide. These results tell us unquestionably that we need to stop passing the buck, and stop creating CO2.
Biodegradable F1 Car
December 30, 2007 11:27 AM - , Environmental Graffiti
Work on the car will begin in the New Year, and it is going to be built out of coconuts. Already a sports car, which has a top speed of 150mph, and goes from 0 — 62 mph in just four seconds, has been built from hemp, potatoes and rapeseed.
Damien’s Gone Solar
December 27, 2007 11:26 AM - , Environmental Graffiti
Damien Hirst is once again making headlines, this time on the environmental scene. Following the path of Tracey Emin and Gavin Turk, who created a series of t-shirts to support the Global Ocean Charity. Damien Hirst is set to become the second biggest generator of solar power in the UK. The first being the CIS Tower in Manchester (Cooperative Insurance Society). He is set to spend up to ¬£1.5m on a 310kw solar power system for his studio buildings in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Florida's Manatees Almost Not Endangered
December 10, 2007 08:31 AM - Robert, Environmental Graffiti
In an incredible breaking news story it has been revealed that manatees are still on the Florida endangered species list.
The decision to not change their status was not taken lightly.
The Florida manatees’ numbers have more than doubled since the initial 1991 survey. The 1991 survey recorded only 1,300 manatees in Florida waters, although even this was an improvement on estimated lows before the 1979 inclusion of the animal on the endangered species list. The current manatee population in Florida is estimated at about 2,800 animals. Their population has raised questions about their status as endangered.
Scientists Discover How to Make Robots Bounce on Water
December 10, 2007 08:17 AM - , Environmental Graffiti
The way water striders walk on water was discovered years ago. The insect uses its long legs to help evenly distribute its tiny body weight. The weight is distributed over a large area so that the fragile skin formed by surface tension supports the bug on the water. However, the ability of water striders to jump onto water without sinking has baffled scientists, until now.
Grandma Dreams Up Big Solar Plan in Kitchen
December 7, 2007 08:39 AM - Marguerite Manteau Rao., Environmental Graffiti
Lisa Max is no ordinary 64 year-old grandma.
Tired of paying too much for her electricity, and also wanting to help the environment, she started a grassroots campaign out of her kitchen in San Rafael, a small town North of San Francisco, to lower the cost of solar power for people in her community. Initially, Lisa Max’s idea was to replicate an initiative from a group of 66 households in Portola Valley, another Bay Area town, who was able, last year, to buy discounted solar installations through a community purchase plan.
The Poo Theory of Life
November 30, 2007 09:06 AM - , Environmental Graffiti
The Cambrian period began a little over 500 million years ago. Before the Cambrian period, life on earth consisted of mostly single-celled organisms and bacteria. Afterwards the evolutionary ancestors of all the major groups of living things today were hanging around the planet. So what caused this evolutionary leap? According to one scientist, poop.
Biogeochemist Graham Logan published his opinion on the matter a few years ago. He points out that feces producing creatures, ones that ate food then excreted it like humans today, first arrived around 40 million years before the Cambrian period. He argued that their poo was what allowed oxygen levels to rise, and evolution to explode.
Chinese Villagers Battle Police Over Hoard of Fossils
November 29, 2007 09:05 AM - , Environmental Graffiti
Chinese peasants fought a pitched battle against police, using their tractors and farm equipment as weapons, over a cache of dinosaur fossils the villagers were intending to sell on the black market.
China is the site of several of the world’s most productive fossil sites, and the fossils are often seen as a key to riches for the poor villagers who find them. Seven residents of Shaping village in China’s Henan Province were arrested after the police attack and immediately charged with obstructing justice. The group may also be the first to be tried under a 2006 Chinese law on illegal excavation and sale of fossils. The seven are accused of organizing a “Dinosaur Protection Squad” to prevent government seizure of the fossils.