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  • Green Roof FAQ
    12/09/2004 6:42PM
    Green roofs on commercial buildings offer substantial economic, environmental, and aesthetic benefits. Check out the [FAQs][1] for yourself. In light of the greenhous gas problem and [recently released climate change studies][2], this kind of technology is likely to become far more necessary and critical to the ov ... Read Full Article
  • Nuke Plants Needed Now
    02/01/2005 3:48PM
    One of the most effective ways that we can quickly act to avert environmental disaster from global warming is to go nuclear--that is, to start generating power with nuclear reactors on a large scale and abandon coal, oil and gas ASAP. Right now, the Chinese are racing to do exactly that--build a new generatio ... Read Full Article
  • Some Religious Conservatives "Get It"
    02/07/2005 11:20AM
    Apparently, environmental concern and thinking is no longer soley the domain of the political left and middle. Some religious conservatives are begining to conclude that global climate change and pollution are not just "secularist liberal" or "nutball environmentalist" issues. See the arti ... Read Full Article
  • Scientists Looking at Ways to Trap Greenhouse Gases
    02/22/2005 11:06AM
    From an article at Washingtonpost.com: "..if an ongoing experiment there succeeds, this unassuming basement facility near Phoenix could offer a partial way out of the nation's greenhouse-gas problems.' The article covers some aspects of carbon sequestering. Full article available at: Read Full Article
  • More On Thermal DePolymerization
    02/22/2005 4:08PM
    Thermal DePolymerization (aka TDP) is a promising new take on an old technology that converts waste streams (medical waste, old tires, sewage, etc.) into harmless neutral raw materials (clean water, minerals, light oil). Get the latest on the technology [here.][1] [1]: http://science.slashdot.org/science/05/02/ ... Read Full Article
  • Our Incredible Shrinking Curiosity
    04/10/2005 12:05AM
    Finally! Someone has noticed: Over at Washingtonpost.com: [Our Incredible Shrinking Curiosity][1] [1]: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39175-2005Apr9.html ... Read Full Article
  • IBM Calls for patent reform
    04/11/2005 2:23PM
    *From an article at slashdot.org: "IBM has called for [tighter regulation][1] of patents and a review of intellectual property ownership issues in collaborative software development. The company is one of the largest patent-holders in the United States. IBM executive Jim Stallings said examining patents for p ... Read Full Article
  • FCC Broadcast Flag Struck Down
    05/06/2005 1:44PM
    From Slashdot.org: *"CNet is reporting that [the courts have struck down the FCC's broadcast flag requirement][1]! 'In a stunning victory for hardware makers and television buffs, a federal appeals court has tossed out government rules that would have outlawed many digital TV receivers and tuner cards startin ... Read Full Article
  • Patent Reform Act of 2005
    06/09/2005 1:49PM
    From [Slashdot][1]: [The Patent Reform Act of 2005][2] has been introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives. From the article: *"Probably the most sweeping change would be the creation of a process to challenge patents after they are granted by the Patent and Trademark Office. 'Opposition requests' can b ... Read Full Article
  • A Congressman that gets it ...
    06/16/2005 2:09PM
    A rare outlier, someone who seems to make sense: "Rep. Rick Boucher is a rarity in Congress when it comes to digital media. He's taken the side of consumers -- not Hollywood and the music industry -- in the sundry controversies surrounding digital entertainment." The full article can be read at [Wi ... Read Full Article
  • How To Offset The Green House Gases From Your Car
    06/21/2005 5:04PM
    I've seen several other companies that were doing this overseas, but now there's one based in the US on the West Coast. What [TerraPass][1] let's you do is to buy certificates for the C02 emissions produced by your car. You simply look up your car's model and year and the number of miles you drive annually on thei ... Read Full Article
  • Europe rejects patent proposal
    07/06/2005 2:15PM
    Some much needed good news according to news.com: **"The European Parliament has rejected a controversial measure that would have legalized software patents in the European Union." ** You can read the [full article at news.com.][1] [1]: http://news.com.com/Europe+rejects+patent+proposal/2100-1014_3-577 ... Read Full Article
  • Ha! SCO UnixWare included Linux kernel code!
    08/09/2005 11:37PM
    This is a good one.  Apparently until some point last year there was actually GPLed Linux kernel code in proprietary SCO UnixWare!  Does anyone hear the pot boiling? [Full article on Groklaw][1] [1]: http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20050809082902461 ... Read Full Article
  • Rise Of The Diesel
    08/26/2005 12:53AM
    While [this article][1] is Eurocentric in its focus, the point is pretty clear. Diesel sales are rising dramatically around the world for a number of reasons. Modern diesels are quiet, non-smoky, and powerful. They also pollute less than their gasoline powered counterparts and and operate up to 40% more efficien ... Read Full Article
  • Does Oil Have Future?
    08/31/2005 8:54AM
    Even to the most conventional of thinkers, the answer is not as clear as it used to [be.][1] [1]: http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200510/oil-on-its-way-out ... Read Full Article
  • Expand Or Expire
    09/07/2005 2:51PM
    This is a development I'm certainly glad to see. I've been of the opinion for quite some time that if we don't start colonizing near planets and stars that our long term survival prospects aren't very good. [Wired][1] is running an article about a company called 4 frontiers that plans to actively pursue mars colon ... Read Full Article
  • More On Why Diesels Make So Much Sense
    09/09/2005 6:05PM
    Another article on why diesels make are starting to make even more [sense][1] now, though they've been a good choice for quite some time. [1]: http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/29/Autos/tipsandadvice/diesels/index.htm ... Read Full Article
  • It has to be a hoax, Slashdot reports a "story-line" is about to be patented.
    11/04/2005 12:51AM
    As reported on slashdot: *"The USPTO will issue the [first storyline patent in history today][1], with two others following in the next few monts. [Right to Create points out][2] that this was [anticipated several months ago][3] in a story by Richard Stallman published in the The Guardian, UK. With the publi ... Read Full Article
  • Truckers Take First Steps Toward Hydrogen
    11/17/2005 11:44PM
    It turns out that long haul truckers have been retrofitting their diesel rigs with on-the-fly Hydrogen generators. The hydrogen is injected into the fuel system of the truck for significant gains in power, fuel economy and pollution reduction. Get the details [here.][1] [1]: http://www.wired.com/news/autotech/0,2554, ... Read Full Article
  • How To Convert Greenhouse Emissions To Fuel
    01/11/2006 4:47PM
    As reported in the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, /. and elsewhere, a number of companies are now working on algae based systems that will convert smokestack greenhouse gases into algae with high oil concentrations (50% by weight). The algae is then converted in to Biodiesel and ethanol, after reducing CO2 ... Read Full Article
  • Mercedes Smart Car Finally Available In US
    05/18/2006 1:24PM
    ...but NOT through Mercedes. Rather, ZAPcars has become a direct importer for the cars and has the exclusive ten year distribution rights in the US. Only the gas two door version will be available in the US; you'll have to gray market a diesel model from Canada if you want one, and forget the four door model. The ... Read Full Article
  • Greening of Chicago Starts at the Top Floor
    08/10/2006 9:47AM
    This is a topic I've been thinking about alot recently. Global warming researchers seem to focus exclusively on CO2 concentrations. Few people are talking about localized warming due to the effects of all this tar, asphalt and concrete. It seems to me that in addition to sequestering CO2, planting trees and other gree ... Read Full Article
  • More on Compact Fluorescents
    08/29/2006 5:35PM
    According to slashdot: *"if every one of 110 million American households bought just one [CFL], took it home, and screwed it in the place of an ordinary 60-watt bulb, the energy saved would be enough to power a city of 1.5 million people. One bulb swapped out, enough electricity saved to power all the homes i ... Read Full Article
  • GM (!?!) Ahead Of the Crowd (?!?)
    09/20/2006 9:16AM
    Astoundingly enough, it appears that GM may have a [price competive fuel cell powered vehicle][1] available by 2010, jumping ahead of nearly all competitors. If they can pull this off, it would be huge for GM and for the fight against climate change. Supposedly, they will begin giving loaning out test vehicles to ... Read Full Article
  • 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