Friday, July 31, 2009

How Man Trillions of Dollars can Energy Efficiency Save Us?

"We Could Save $1.2 Trillion Over Next 10 Years
According to the latest figure put out by McKinsey, if we invested $520 billion over 10 years in energy efficiency measures from weatherizing homes to better power systems, we'll see a savings of $1.2 trillion by 2020 - a return of $680 billion. Plus, that other great side effect of making big strides towards saving the planet"

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Toyota Denies Hybrid Yaris Claims


After Reuters leaked out the information of a new Hybrid version of the Toyota Yaris for 2011, a Toyota spokesperson denied the claims. I personally believe they are denying it and haven't officially announced it so their competitors won't find out and also so their sales don't go down. For instance, who in the world would buy a Toyota Prius at $30,000 when you can wait a year or two and get a more fuel efficient Yaris for half the price?
We will have to wait and see what transpires but if this vehicle does release, it will be a huge hit. You would probably see everyone driving around a Yaris due to it's economic price tag of $15,000 and an amazing 65 miles per gallon. This will then force other auto manufacturers to release their own economic Hybrids. I predict in 10 years everyone will be driving Hybrids/Electric cars.

What do you think? True or False?

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How Bad is China's Pollution?

"officials in China have sought to reassure 1,200 factory workers in the city of Jilin that their symptoms of nausea, numbness, dizziness, convulsions, breathing difficulties, vomiting and temporary paralysis were not the result of chemical poisoning from a nearby factory, but rather of "hysteria."

After a chemical plant began production in the spring, workers from a nearby yarn factory began piling up in the city's hospital beds. The factory happens to produce aniline, a highly toxic chemical used in the manufacture of polyurethane, rubber, herbicides and dyes."

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sen. Inhofe Denying Pollution

"Everyone's favorite climate change denying senator is at it again--but this time he's taken anti-science views further then even most die hard skeptics would be willing to do. He flat-out announced, on the floor of Congress, that oil and gas don't cause pollution. As in, the idea that burning oil and gas causes any pollution at all--not just carbon emissions--is a myth. You simply have to see it to believe it. Video after the jump."

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India's Solar Mission

India is planning on installing solar panels on over 3 million home by 2o20. This information got leaked yesterday and is only a draft of the plan. It is supposed to be officially announced in September of this year...we will see.

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Finally an Affordable Hybrid

2011 Toyota Yaris

Priced at around $15,000, this Hybrid gets 65 MPG!

"Should have Better MPG Than Prius
There's a new kind of arms race on the road, except that this one doesn't involve bigger vehicles and more horsepower. Instead, the goal is to make hybrids with higher MPG and/or lower prices. The cheaper-than-the-Prius Honda Insight was the first salvo, even outselling the Prius in Japan in February, and coming down the pipeline is the even cheaper Honda Fit hybrid. Preliminary reports tell us that Toyota's counter-attack will take the form of a next-generation Yaris-based hybrid. Read on for more details."

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Electric Cars Without Having to Charge

"If plugging in your EV every night strikes you as a hassle-and-a-half, Nissan may have you covered. The Guardian has reported that Nissan is working on induction charging for electric cars, meaning no direct physical contact between vehicle and charging node. Nissan is investigating induction charging for stationary applications such as in a garage or parking spot. But the company is also looking at embedding plates into roadways, so that battery powered cars could charge while driving."

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Climate Bill Update

"The Senate's stab at a climate bill won't take place until after the September recess, but for some insight into how it's going to be framed and what passage of it will mean going into the Copenhagen climate talks in December, Yale Environment 360 is running an interview with Sen. John Kerry that's really worth checking out":

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"Zero Carbon" Camp

"Offering further proof that the best design is sustainable, the US military's latest pursuit has little to do with weapons or basic training--it's creating a "zero carbon" camp. But it's not necessarily because of any desire to curb emissions or to protect the environment--it's to make military operations more efficient."

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Cleaning Up The Greek Air

"That's what the city of Athens, Greece, seems to have realized. They have ordered 108 Mercedes-Benz Econic natural gas vehicles to use for trash collection. On top of the PM and CO2 reduction mentioned above, the Econic "fulfils the stringent EEV (Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicle) emission standard, which is stricter than the current Euro 5 emission standard."

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hybrid FedEx Trucks

"An Impressive 96% Reduction in Particulate Matter Emissions
FedEx is announcing today that it has converted 92 of its trucks to diesel-electric hybrids (using lithium-ion batteries), bringing the total number of hybrids the company has to 264. There are a few reasons why these conversions are noteworthy."

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Fighting Climate Change is More Economical

"It's pretty much conventional wisdom in the green community that the cost of preventing climate change now will be less than the cost of doing nothing and trying to adapt later, even if it costs 1-2% of global GDP. Well, IPCC chairman Dr Rajendra Pachauri has take one more step, The Guardian quoting Pachauri saying "the cost [of tackling climate change now] could undoubtedly be negative overall." As in the economic benefits are greater than the costs incurred"

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Radiohead is Rockin' New Recycled Jackets

Known to be not only one of the best bands in the world, but also as one of the greenest bands. Radiohead is now going to be sporting their new ecological rain coats that are made up of approximately 15 waterbottles as shown here on the right. They have always been known to wear clothes made out of recycled material but 15 water bottles? Thats just does not look too bad for a raincoat. Raincoats are usually tacky...
Here is a song from Radiohead for those who don't know of them:

The Shweeb

A fun way to get around town with zero carbon emissions:

"The result is the most efficient vehicle on earth, the most inexpensive infrastructure of any proposed urban transit and one of the highest capacity systems available – potentially delivering thousand's of people per hour in a very small airspace. All this with zero carbon emissions and no parking worries or cost!"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Key Holder Cuts Power When You Leave The House

"The idea is simple - the router is on when your keys are hanging from it, marking you're home and will need it to function. But when the last person out the door grabs their keys to go, the router cuts power and saves energy."

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Monday, July 13, 2009

London Bridge with Solar Farm??

"London Bridge isn't falling down, it is just really boring. It used to be an exciting place, an inhabited bridge full of shops and taverns, but they got rid of all that centuries ago and then shipped the thing off to Lake Havasu in Arizona. But the idea of London Bridge is 800 years old this week, and the Royal Institute of British Architects and the wonderfully named Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects ran an architectural competition to design a new inhabited bridge."

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AIG's latest Failure is Climate Change

"The stunning fall of AIG has left a number of things in its wake: billions of dollars in bailout money, big questions about federal regulation of investment, and, of course, layoffs. But the latest thing to get the axe might be the most surprising of all: global climate change."

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

GM Changing logo to Green

"According to MSNBC, GM is considering (nothing decided yet) changing the background color of its logo from blue to green. Literally, I don't think it would be possible to change GM in a more superficial way than that. It would almost be the textbook definition of greenwashing. Come on GM, let your actions speak for themselves. If you want to be seen as greener, you have to earn it. No logo change is going to accomplish that."

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Barcoding Trees Save Forests?

"In tropical forests across South America, Africa and Southeast Asia, over a million hardwood trees have had plastic barcodes hammered into them, with the hope that IDing the trees will help with sustainable forestry practices and importation to countries like the US, as well as prevent illegal logging of the coveted hardwoods. Could going the grocery store route slow worldwide deforestation? Check out a video on how the technology works."

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Stopping Deforestation Could Be Enough To Prevent Global Warming

"A new report from the UN Environment Programme says what many small-t treehuggers have been saying for quite some time: Stopping deforestation, restoring marshes and peatlands, and practicing more sustainable agricultural techniques are probably a better bet for combatting climate change, not to mention less expensive, than investing tens of billions of dollars in carbon capture and storage at power plants."

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Climate Bill Update

"After the Waxman-Markey climate bill historically passed the US House of Reps, many saw their hopes renewed that legislation, however flawed, could actually be passed to combat climate change. But there's a long road ahead--now, the Senate must craft its own climate bill that parallels the House version. And, like proceedings in the House--it'll be tough, maybe even tougher, going. Here's how the Senate climate bill is beginning to shape up."

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Paper is GREENER than Pixels

Facts by International Paper proving that printed products are more eco-friendly than computers
(Click on Picture to view full 6-page PDF)

Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Silenced by Media

"As early as 1998, the dangers of genetically modified food (GMOs) have been recognized by numerous scientific studies. Yet, no mainstream media included stories warning of these studies. Even today, the general North American public remains ignorant of their daily food’s dangers due to the mainstream press’s continual disregard of the topic."

Monday, July 6, 2009

Honda FC Sport Concept

The honda FC sport is actually a hydrogen powered three-seater which aims to give the hot rod crowd
a more environmentally friendly option. honda integrated their racing technology in this car to prove the
viability of hydrogen cars to traditional fossil fuel.

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Another Side to The Story

On this blog we offer both sides of the story and the Climate Bill is no exception. Here is an article against the Climate Bill contrary from yesterday's. Make a decision in order to make a difference:

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Dear Certified Green Partners,
It is your opportunity now to make a change and help our
climate crisis.

Click here:
this is CNN reporting on both sides of this bill that just passed in the
House of Representatives with a narrow margin.

Please study it and after
making a decision, call your congressman and ask him to vote for what you believe is the best for your children and grandchildren.

Working together we can make a difference,

Gus Casamayor,
Founder Certified Green Partners

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Have a Red, White and Green 4th of July!

We all know what the beauty of July 4th is... its Fireworks! Along with the mesmerizing florescent colors we will be seeing on this Holiday, we will also see gunpowder fall out to smoke and dust that contain various heavy metals, sulfur-coal compounds and other noxious chemicals.
I'm sure all the fun we will be having on this day with stuffing our faces, blowing crap up and spending time with people you hate, I mean family, should be well worth the pollution and the destruction we will be causing upon the atmosphere. I mean blowing things up is an American Pastime!
Though we could all replace Fireworks with ribbon streamers, but who is going to do that? I mean Ribbon Streamers... really? Just make sure the paper used in those ribbon streamers is green certified. I personally believe we should all work together and start pushing for the mass manufacturing of gun powder-free biodegradable fireworks for next year.

but let's not fool ourselves...there is no Green on 4th of July

Friday, July 3, 2009

Water Fueled Car

“One liter of water will keeps the car running for about an hour at a speed of 50 miles an hour.”

12 year old Silences the UN (1992)

” can’t bring back the forests that once grew, where there is now a dessert, if you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it!..." - Severn Suzuki