Daily Archives: February 16, 2011

Ultra-thin coating could help airlines cut fuel consumption, costs

Read the full post at SmartPlanet. In an attempt to reduce its fuel consumption and overall prices, U.K.’s budget airline EasyJet is planning to apply a ultra-thin hi-tech coating on its planes.

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Lighting the world with LEDs

Watch the video at SmartPlanet. According to analyst estimates, by 2020 the LED lighting industry will be close to a $25 billion market worldwide. LED lighting manufacturer Bridgelux wants to be on the forefront of this shift. SmartPlanet correspondent Sumi … Continue reading

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Forceful Fluid: Scientists Discover a Starchy Substance with Oily Applications

Read the full post at EnergyBlog. Bachelor kitchens are rarely known for their cleanliness. One reason is that bachelors can make a complete meal of condiments. Another is that when faced with a sudden spill, bachelors become instant innovators, grabbing … Continue reading

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President Obama Announces Plan for Community-Based Conservation through the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

President Barack Obama today announced the administration’s action plan, under the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative, to achieve lasting conservation of the outdoor spaces that power our nation’s economy, shape our culture, and build our outdoor traditions. This initiative seeks to … Continue reading

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Lesson Plan: How Green Is My School? Conducting an Energy Audit

Read the full post at NYT Lesson Plan. How can new buildings be designed in ways that minimize their energy use? How can energy be used more efficiently in existing buildings? In this lesson, students learn about green building design, … Continue reading

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Almost Genius: A Rain-Gathering Farm House for Migrant Workers

Read the full post at Fast Company. Endemic Architecture’s proposal for a rainwater-collecting, farm-worker hut seems like a good idea. We just doubt anyone would shell out for it.

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New journal: Greenhouse Gas Measurement & Management

The first issue of Greenhouse Gas Measurement & Management is now available online at no charge. About the journal The world is now beginning to recognize the fundamental role of measurement, reporting, and verification (MRV) to the success of any … Continue reading

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Cuddle Up to This Power Monitor

Read the full story at Earth911. Note that it isn’t a real product yet, but I think it’s a really nifty idea. The only downside as far as I can tell is if your child prefers pink to green. It … Continue reading

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If Greenhouse Gas Emissions Stopped Now, Earth Still Would Likely Get Warmer

Read the press release. While governments debate about potential policies that might curb the emission of greenhouse gases, new University of Washington research shows that the world is already committed to a warmer climate because of emissions that have occurred … Continue reading

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From the junkyard to the clothes rack

Read the full story from MSNBC. One man’s discarded cellphone is another man’s polo … or pants or T-shirt. At least that’s how one Boston startup sees it. The LiveProud Group recycles trash taken from landfills and uses it in … Continue reading

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