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  • This Could Change Everything
    09/21/2006 12:03AM
    Eestor, a privately held Texas company (no website) has [a new battery technology][1] . They plan on producing a high output solid state battery with a million+ charge cycle capacity, and a recharge time of minutes instead of hours (already tested). It is expected to be cost competive with lead acid batteries. I ... Read Full Article
  • You go, Clinton!
    09/23/2006 10:14AM
    As reported on Slashdot:* "ABC news is reporting that former President Bill Clinton has announced the creation of a $1 Billion [investment fund devoted to renewable energy][1]. This will be an investment fund as opposed to charity, and Clinton has said that 'The Green Fund would focus on reducing dependence o ... Read Full Article
  • Renewable Energy, Green Building, etc. Conference in DC Oct 14th + 15th
    09/24/2006 2:42PM
    Got a flyer in the mail for a "Green Festival" at the DC Convention Center on Oct 14th and 15th. Exhibitors include companies from the Green Building and Energy world in addition to renewable energy companies including a fuel cell company. More information on the [greenfestivals.org site.][1] [1]: http ... Read Full Article
  • Honda Claims Clean Diesel Breakthrough
    09/24/2006 11:50PM
    Honda may have done it again. They are announcing that they've developed a new diesel catalyst system that eliminates NOX (nitrogen oxide) emissions, the primary component of concern in diesel exhaust. Get the details [here.][1] They say that they plan to start selling vehicles equipped with the new technolo ... Read Full Article
  • The Next Logical Step: Biomimicry
    09/27/2006 11:23AM
    Biomimicry: the art/science of life imitation. Proponents quite logically believe that instead of trying to reinvent the wheel (which we've been doing in most cases with technology since the beginning of the industrial revolution), why not do what already works? By studying nature's existing processes (which ... Read Full Article
  • California Steps Up In the Climate Battle
    09/28/2006 9:04AM
    The governor of California signed [landmark lesgislation][1] on Wednesday that aims to cap and then reduce the state's greehouse gas emissions. Let's hope they can make it stick and that other states quickly follow--not surprisingly, Washington remains asleep at the wheel on this issue--and continues to duck respo ... Read Full Article
  • Offshoring.
    10/02/2006 11:18AM
    As reported by slashdot:* "According to Ronald Reagan's former deputy secretary of the treasury in this article in Counterpunch, [globalization is destroying US I.T. jobs][1]. From the article: 'During the past five years (January 01 January 06), the information sector of the US economy lost 644,000 jobs, o ... Read Full Article
  • Technology May Save Or Destroy Us This Century
    10/05/2006 9:08AM
    According to this [article:][1]  "The continual advancement of [technology][2] will be critical in determining whether humanity will evolve into a true global civilization or destroy itself in the next century, a panel of experts said this week." [1]: http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20060930/sc_space/expert ... Read Full Article
  • Copper Theft.
    10/20/2006 10:27AM
    A picture is worth a thousand words: [http://www.yml.com/uploaded\_html/albums/2006-10-17\_CopperTheft][1] [1]: http://www.yml.com/uploaded_html/albums/2006-10-17_CopperTheft ... Read Full Article
  • GAO Chief Warns Economic Disaster Looms
    10/29/2006 10:13AM
    As reported on Yahoo Finance: "What they don't talk about is a dirty little secret everyone in Washington knows, or at least should. The vast majority of economists and budget analysts agree: The ship of state is on a disastrous course, and will founder on the reefs of economic disaster if nothing is done to ... Read Full Article
  • Book: An Argument Against Software Patents
    10/30/2006 2:45PM
    As reviewed on slashdot, a book that I will have to read: " ... he keeps the theory pretty simple: patents are supposed to maximize the size of the market. If nobody is providing a good, patents should induce somebody to provide, but if many people are providing the good, then a good patent regime shouldn't d ... Read Full Article
  • Seafood Population Depleted by 2048, Study Finds
    11/02/2006 3:03PM
    According to the Washington Post: "The world will run out of seafood by 2048 if steep declines in marine species continue at current rates, according to a study released today by an international group of ecologists and economists." Read the [article at the post.][1] [1]: http://www.washingtonpost ... Read Full Article
  • The Ocean's Food Chain is Collapsing
    12/07/2006 8:12AM
    A study published in the Journal Nature concludes that there is a drastic decrease in the phytoplankton in the world's oceans which is a direct correlation to the increase in global temperatures. Since all food chains begin with photosynthetic organisms this could signal the beginning of the collapse of the food ... Read Full Article
  • Doomsday clock moved to 5 min before midnight.
    01/17/2007 12:52PM
    As reported by the BBC: ** ** **Experts assessing the dangers posed to civilisation have added climate change to the prospect of nuclear annihilation as the greatest threats to humankind. ** As a result, the group has moved the minute hand on its famous "Doomsday Clock" two minutes closer to midnight Y ... Read Full Article
  • 02/12/2007 2:41PM
    I've been paying attention to honey bee population stories for some time. More than most critters, humanity relies on the work on honey bees to maintain the population levels we have. As reported on AOL News: A mysterious illness is killing tens of thousands of honeybee colonies across the country, threateni ... Read Full Article
  • Bee Colony Collapse Disorder in Germany
    04/11/2007 1:25PM
    As reported by Der Spiegel, As far back as 2005, Haefeker ended an article he contributed to the journal *Der Kritischer Agrarbericht* (Critical Agricultural Report) with an Albert Einstein quote: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more b ... Read Full Article
  • Practical Atmospheric C02 Scrubbing
    04/26/2007 9:16AM
    Looks like a small startup in Arizona has gotten through the first stages of testing an atmospheric C02 scrubbing device; Get the details [here.][1] If they continue to be successful, one can only hope they go public... [1]: http://www.physorg.com/news96732819.html ... Read Full Article
  • Millions Of Chickens Fed Tainted Pet Food
    05/02/2007 2:52PM
    As reported by the Washington Post: "At least 2.5 million broiler chickens from an [Indiana][1] producer were fed pet food scraps contaminated with the chemical melamine and subsequently sold for human consumption, federal health officials reported yesterday." You can read [the full article here.][ ... Read Full Article
  • Buying Into Patent Lawsuits
    05/03/2007 12:16PM
    A glimmer of hope from the WashingtonPost: "The most grating fact about many of these lawsuits is that they were brought by companies with little or no record of doing much with their patented innovations. It can seem that patent lawsuits are the last refuge of the incompetent -- and an annoyingly effective ... Read Full Article
  • The Oil Gap Hits The Main Stream
    05/22/2008 2:09PM
    The IEA (the Paris based Independent Energy Agency) is in the middle of an across the board evaluation of the condition of the world's oil fields. The study results won't be released until November, but already, industry insiders and analysts are suggesting that the results may describe a much tighter world oil su ... Read Full Article
  • IEA Calls For Tight Oil Through 2013
    07/02/2008 9:54AM
    An IEA study released on 1 July says world oil supplies will likely remain stretched with little excess capacity through 2013. This does not bode well for consumer prices, as the cost of energy generally cascades into multiple sectors of the economy; The Wall Street Journal has the details [here][1]. [1]: http:/ ... Read Full Article
  • Supplies of Rare Earth Elements Exhausted By 2017
    07/02/2008 1:45PM
    *Nothing like a little very serious doom and gloom from slashdot: "While we bemoan the current oil crisis, I ran across an editorial that led me to research a more immediate threat. [Ramped-up production of flat-panel displays means the material to make them will be 'extinct'][1] by 2017. This goes for other ... Read Full Article
  • Open Source Climate Change Mitigation
    07/21/2008 5:18PM
    Looks like an old idea for fixing excess atmospheric CO2 levels is gaining new life, and may prove to be practical after all: seeding the oceans with treated limestone. Supporters claim this approach would not only increase the ocean's ability to absorb CO2, but fix the PH problem (acidification) created by the i ... Read Full Article
  • Biochar-Agrichar: New/Old Technology As A Weapon Against Climate Change
    09/11/2008 9:30AM
    A new take on 2500 year old technology could help make a huge dent in the greenhouse gas problem, while simultaneously improving soils and agricultural output. See the video introduction [here][1]. [1]: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzmpWR6JUZQ&feature=related ... Read Full Article
  • First Jet Flies Powered By Algal Fuel
    01/09/2009 3:56PM
    Algae makes far more sense than any other source for transportation fuels (given its 30:1 yield advantage over any other biofuel crop) so this is big news. Aside from being carbon neutral, algal sourced fuels carry the additional benefit of not competing with food crops for arable land. Get the details [here ... Read Full Article