March 21, 2008

Counting Carbon with Craggers

Filed under: Environment,Lifestyle — Tony @ 10:44 am
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Calculating your carbon footprint is not hard. There are hundreds of websites that offer calculators and some even offer ways to offset your sins. Kind of like the church. Its neutral and its up to you to make the difference. In the future that may not be left up to you.

The International Herald Tribune reports in its Blog the Business of Green” that there is a British movement “CRAG”, or a Carbon Rationing Action Group based in Islington, North London which has started a radically different different movement. They hold each other to account!. This may be be the birth of a trend.
Read the article and let me know if you think this will work in North America . Also check out your own carbon footprint. In North America. try the EPA’s calculator. Then there is the “COOLCLIMATE CALCULATOR” offered up by Berkley.


March 20, 2008

A 300 mpg Car ?

I have a reason to love what is happening in some circles of car design. Radical new ideas for cars are emerging as

ff_100mpg1_6301.jpga result of the good work of the X Prize Foundation. Some of the results are in Wired reports in a recent article “1 Gallon of Gas, 100 Miles — $10 Million: The Race to Build the Supergreen Car”

And far as I can tell its brilliant news while these X cars have a very limited oil dependency. Way to go . This are a step in the right direction. Where is GM and Ford asleep again at the Switch ?
Check the Alpera company .

Its Official Spring is here

Filed under: Environment — Tony @ 8:37 am
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Spring is here, or so they say. That was confirmed this morning by a cacophony of bird songs. Yup the birds are already out singing. Why they do that is a mystery that researchers, poets and authors have pondered over for many years. According to researchers, its because the birds are exposed to light for longer periods, certain brain cells trigger a series of hormonal reactions telling them to find a mating partner, which they do by singing.
Lot of pre-mating was going on outside my window. I have seen glimpses of the same behavior in my fellow humans. Colors are coming back and clothing is getting creative again. For now, toss aside the market and other worries and lets enjoy the spring build up.

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