Archive for September, 2011

Online Game Helps Households Go Green

 A new online game lets you see how much energy you use as you choose the time of day and whether to use hot water when you do the laundry or whether you use the toaster or oven to heat the rolls.

Read Huffington Post article..

September 30, 2011 at 12:08 am Leave a comment

A Way to Make Motor Fuel Out of Wood? Add Water

 Using water super heated to the “supercritical phase” to convert the sugars in wood into fuel.

Read the New York Times article.

September 28, 2011 at 1:58 am Leave a comment

Pretty Amazing

September 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

24 Hours of Climate Realty: Al Gore, Hour 24: New York

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Presented on September 14 and 15, spanning 24 hours, 24 time zones and multiple languages, 24 Hours of Reality features a new multimedia presentation about climate change created by Vice President Gore and delivered by an army of personally trained slide show presenters from around the world. Beginning in Mexico City and proceeding westward around the globe, 24 Hours of Reality offers a round-the-clock snapshot of the global climate crisis in real time, sharing unique perspectives on the crisis from Tonga to Cape Verde, Mexico City to Kotzebue, Alaska, Jakarta to London. With one event scheduled in each time zone at 7 p.m. local time, the entire 24 hours was streamed live online from start to finish, and culminated in this final ‘Hour 24’ presentation by Vice President Gore in New York at 7 pm.

See other parts of this 24-hour, world-wide presentation..

September 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

Return to Public Utilities?

 The citizens of Boulder Colorado will vote this fall on whether to fire the private utility company that supplies their electricty, and start their own, green-oriented public utility. Could this be the start of a movement to un-privatize?

Read the article, Power to the People, from the Coloradan Magazine..

September 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

The Mayor’s Environmental Initiatives

 On Wednesday, September 14, Rob Parsons will discuss Mayor Arakawa’s current environmental projects and initiatives, including the Mayor’s recent Charter Commission proposal to expand the County’s focus on sustainability. Topics will include an axis deer management plan, Hawaiian monk seal recovery efforts, win-win solutions for community and local agriculture, and renewable energy updates.

Rob is the Maui County Executive Assistant for Environmental Concerns, a 33-year Maui resident, a well-known writer and environmental advocate who has also twice run for political office. From 2003 to 2007 Rob was the first-ever Maui County Environmental Coordinator. He has authored nearly 200 articles on topics such as renewable energy, biofuels, local food production, water resources, conservation, planning issues, and politics—many of them in his Maui Time Weekly’s “Rob Report.” Parsons also served as Hawaii consultant to Food & Water Watch, doing education and outreach on open ocean aquaculture issues.

Rob’s presentation will be shortly after noon on Wednesday the 14th at the Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea meeting at Mulligan’s On The Blue at the Blue Course in Wailea. All are welcome. Meeting cost is $10, with lunch $15.

September 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm 1 comment

Solar bottle lights in the Philippines

Using recycled plastic bottles and a little ingenuity to bring light into dark homes.

September 6, 2011 at 12:51 am Leave a comment

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