Sci/tech

The E: Mini’s New Electric Car
October 22, 2008 11:03 AM - , Low Impact Living

The BMW Group is about to become the first manufacturer of premium automobiles to deploy a fleet of nearly 500 all electric vehicles for private use in daily traffic. Powered by a 150 kW (204 hp) electric motor and fed by a high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the vehicle will be nearly silent and emissions free.

The 120MPG Electric Aptera Unveiled
October 22, 2008 10:12 AM - , MetaEfficient

I first mentioned the Aptera last year, when it was being test driven. This car’s eye-catching design isn’t just for show — it’s designed to be a very, very efficient vehicle. Just check out the video below you’ll see what I’m talking about:

GM crops deserve more reasoned debate
October 20, 2008 10:24 AM - , SciDevNet

The World Bank recently estimated that a doubling of food prices over the last three years could push 100 million people in low-income countries deeper into poverty. And the future does not look brighter. Food prices, although likely to fall from their current peaks, are predicted to remain high over the next decade.

New Guide on Sewage Sludge Use in Food Production
October 15, 2008 02:13 PM - , Organic Consumers Association

Minneapolis - Consumers should choose foods produced without sludge and avoid use of sewage sludge-based fertilizer products in home gardens, concludes a new guide by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Sewage sludge can contain disease-causing microbes, synthetic chemicals, and heavy metals that can cause acute and chronic disease, finds the "Smart Guide on Sludge Use in Food Production" by IATP's Marie Kulick. Many of these contaminants can persist in soil for centuries and can enter the food system through crops grown on sludge-treated land, as well as through food animals that graze on sludge-treated land.

Researchers find new use for biomass
October 15, 2008 09:36 AM - , SciDevNet

A China–US team has developed a new catalyst to directly convert cellulose, the most common form of biomass, into a useful chemical.

What the Chemical Industry Doesn't Want You to Know About Everyday Products
October 14, 2008 09:13 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

The global chemical industry annually produces about 6 billion pounds of bisphenol A (BPA), an integral component of a vast array of plastic products, generating at least $6 billion in annual sales.

Recycled Rain Barrels
October 14, 2008 08:52 AM - , MetaEfficient

Aaron makes rain barrels out of recycled plastic, and runs an informative web site about rain water harvesting.

Green Nanotechnology Is Ready To Come Of Age
October 13, 2008 10:41 AM - , Global Warming is Real

Alongside renewable energy, green tech is tipped to become employment sector number one in the next decades if you believe reports by major organizations covering green jobs. But my hunch is to keep a check of nano technology as well. Because green technology's tendency to thrive on clever solutions to reduce energy usage is all great but it boils down to a rather finite activity.

Exotic climate study sees refugees in Antarctica
October 13, 2008 10:38 AM - Reuters

Refugees are moving to Antarctica by 2030, the Olympics are held only in cyberspace and central Australia has been abandoned as too dry, according to exotic scenarios for climate change on Monday. British-based Forum for the Future, a charitable think-tank, and researchers from Hewlett-Packard Labs, said they wanted to stir debate about how to avert the worst effects of global warming by presenting a radical set of possible futures.

Kenya elephants text rangers
October 13, 2008 09:52 AM - The Press Association

Elephants in Kenya are sending text messages to warn wildlife rangers that they are heading for the crops of neighbouring villages.

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