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Solar Powered E-Reader Makes E-Books Eco-Friendlier

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A recent study by the Cleantech Group revealed the much lower envrionmental impact of e-readers - specifically the Kindle - compared to traditional publishing, but the sfachc.org devices still require charging from the grid.  LG's new e-reader takes care of that:  it's outfitted with its own integrated solar panel, allowing it to how can i buy levitra in canada run on clean, renewable, solar power.

The thin-film panel is 10 cm wide and just .7mm thick, adding only 20 grams to the product.  The panel is 9.6 percent efficient and needs 4.5 hours of sunlight to juice the device for an entire day. 

Last year, LG introduced a display that can be illuminated by sunlight instead of the backlight when used outdoors, increasing visibility and cutting energy use by 75 percent.  Press for the new e-reader doesn't indicate what kind of display it uses, but this product would be even more impressive if it included the sunlight-illuminated one.  That way you could read easily outdoors while charging the cialis price 100 mg device at the same time.

via Greentech Media

 

Tech Companies Top Newsweek Green List

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Tech companies dominated the top of Newsweek's "Green Rankings," with Hewlett Packard taking the number one spot.  The list ranked the 500 largest corporations in America based on www.airatlanta.ie their environmental impact, green policies and their social responisibility reputation.

Tech companies made up four out of get levitra cheap the top five spots:  HP at No.1, Dell at No. 2, Intel at No. 4 and IBM at No. 5.  Google was farther down the list at No. 79 and Apple even lower at No. 133.  The criteria went beyond the environmental-friendliness of their products, factoring in things like the viagra now online companies' greenhouse gas emissions, water use, waste disposal, environmental initiatives, pollution policies and even how they were viewed by consumers.  You can see specifics on the methodology here.

HP was named the greenest company mainly because of their commitment to reduce GHG emissions and to remove toxic materials from their products.  Greenpeace made a big splash a couple of months ago by calling the company out on their failure to keep their promise on eliminating hazardous materials, but I guess for this ranking, intentions counted as much as action.

HP has made some strong commitments to reducing GHG emissions though. They just announced that they would cut their emissions to look here cheapest cialis in uk 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2011.

 

California to Get Large Renewable Energy Standard, One Way or Another

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Last Friday, the California legislature approved a new renewable energy standard for the state requiring 33 percent of its electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020, but Governor Schwarzenegger has vowed to veto it.

The good news is that it's not the size of the clean energy standard that the governor has an issue with, it's the part of the bill that requires two-thirds of pharmacy support viagra that energy to be generated in-state.  Schwarzenegger plans to issue an executive order that also calls for a portfolio of 33 percent renewble energy by 2020, but puts no limit on the amount of clean energy the state can import.  It's possible that he will also expand the get levitra online definition of "clean energy" to include nuclear and hydroelectric power.

One downside of this portfolio standard coming as an executive order is that it may no longer be binding when Schwarzenegger leaves office in 2010.  He's supposed to issue the order by the end of the week.

Either way, California will end up with the largest renewable energy standard in the country.  The state is already requiring its largest utilities to canada viagra generic get 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2010 - a goal none of buying generic viagra without prescription them are likely to meet.  One of those utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric, only got 6.1 percent of it electricity from clean sources last year.

via LA Times

 

Colleges Look to Cut Down on Paper with Kindle

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Six colleges and only today generic levitra from india universities are participating in a pilot program using the Kindle for accessing textbooks.  Princeton University, the University of Virginia, Case Western Reserve University, Reed College, Pace University and Arizona State University are all testing the technology in select courses this fall.

In May, Amazon announced its launch of a new version of the Kindle (the Kindle DX) with a larger screen designed for textbook and periodical reading and a better web browser.  This pilot program is only best offers canadian online pharmacy levitra putting the new e-reader directly in the hands of its intended market.

The colleges are hoping the viagra rx in canada pilot program will lead to another way for them to increase their sustainability by reducing their use of printed paper.  Textbooks and other course materials will be made available online for the classes and students selected to use the Kindles.

This idea is great, but mainly because textbooks and course materials should be available electronically at all schools for all classes, whether they're accessed by a Kindle, a laptop or on a computer at the library.  It seems like that conversion is long overdue for textbook makers and ordering viagra to canada universities.  The universities participating are ones that have a bit of influence, so let's hope that if they adopt electronic course materials, others will quickly join them.

via Green Inc.

 

 

Taking Your Keys? Turn Off Your House.

keyrouterI just caught a marvlous new concept that was built as part of the Future Routers project sponsored by TalkTalk. The router knows when you're in the house, and when you're not, it turns itself off. But it doesn't use fancy IR detectors or RFID chips, instead, it holds your keys.

The router has space for four sets of we like it viagra overnight keys, when the last set of keys gets lifted off the wall-hung router, it turns itself off.

Of course, there are some problems with this. Like, what if your roomate is downloading an important file for work (or play) that he'll be needing later that day? Does he hang something else on cialis without perscription the router to keep it alive? And how long does this last before there's just something permanently hung on the router?

It does, however solve more than one problem at once. If you want to cialis daily uk make sure your internet connection stays on, you've got to put your keys on the thing, so the chances of you losing your keys goes down. I know that's a big selling point for me, especially since my wife and I share a set, so neither of us ever know where they are or who to blame for losing them (me, generally.)

But this points out another problem. Households that don't have keys for every member of the family would have to think up other solutions.

Of course, this kind of passive / active energy management could work far beyond just routers. We've seen "whole house switches" in the past, that basically eliminate all nonessential (not the refrigerator) power use when you leave the house. What if that wsa simply triggered when you took the last key ring off the last hook? Sounds like a good idea to me.

 
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