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Coalition Vows to Reduce Computer Electricity Use by 50%


The tech industry has been on the cutting edge of green initiatives lately, with Dell, HP, Google and others all claiming different environmental achievements. Now, they're banding together to make a bigger impact: the aforementioned companies, along with a laundry list of other top tech firms including Intel, IBM, Microsoft, AMD, Sun Microsystems, Lenovo, and others - are partnering with The World Wildlife Fund and the Environmental Protection Agency to encourage efficient computer energy use.

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is nothing if not ambitious in its goals. Pat Gelsinger, a senior VP at Intel, says that they are aiming to reduce annual computer power consumption 50% by 2010, the equivalent of taking 11 million cars off the road. Their website asks consumers and businesses to participate, and informs them about steps they can take to what is lowest price levitra better viagra or levitra reduce their computer energy use. The group currently endorses Energy Star and the 80 Plus Program as labels to look for when buying computer parts, and they are also planning to roll out their own Climate Savers standards in the future.

It is great that these companies are coming together, though I am not sure how much of an impact they will have by only promoting going green. There are not a lot of mexican rx cialis low priced new ideas being brought to the table here, but perhaps the brand exposure will encourage consumers and businesses to think about the click now order levitra environment when purchasing their next PC.

via ars technica

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Google Follows Yahoo! Into Carbon Neutrality

Just a couple of months after Yahoo! announced it's plans to go carbon neutral, Google is laying down it's cards as well. Google has a bit of a head start, though, as they've just switched on their multi-megawatt solar installation and so automatically have less carbon to offset.
On their own, carbon offsets are not capable of creating the kinds of fundamental changes to our energy infrastructure that will be necessary to jesperoffice.com stabilize global greenhouse gas emissions to safe levels, but we believe that offsets can offer real, measurable, and additional emissions reductions that allow us to take full responsibility for our footprint today.
Strikingly similar to the language from Yahoo's announcement really. Google will obviously focus on africa-info.org decreasing emissions through efficiency and renewable energy first. And then they will fund projects that decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

One project Google will fund, for example, is a methane capture facility at Mexican and Brazilian farms. As Methane is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than CO2, it's an easy target for global warming offsets. Google has set it's neutrality date for early 2008.

Via Reuters
 

EcoGeek of the Week: Bill Mckibben


Since the publication of "The End of Nature" in 1987, Bill McKibben has been a premier mind in environmentalism. Bill's most recent book, Deep Economy, helped me re-think the world in powerful ways, by asking one simple question, "What is the relationship between 'more' and 'better.'" Bill came up with some pretty exciting answers, and they form the basis of the best choice buy levitra online uk what he calls the Deep Economy.

EcoGeek: What is the Deep Economy, and why do good choice levitra 50 mg tablets we need it?

Bill Mckibben: We need an economy that asks questions other than "how can I make it bigger?" the two key additional questions: "how can the buy viagra in new zealand economy make us more satisfied with our lives?" and, in an age of ecological peril, "how can the economy assure some durability for our communities?"

EG: What scares your pants off?

BM: Well, I wrote the first book about global warming, way back in 1989, and it was called The End of Nature. That was scary enough for one lifetime -- now I'm hard to rattle.

EG: What roll does the internet play in the Deep Economy?

BM: Crucial. It allows people to live in tight, close, more economically self-sufficient communities without being stifled--there's always a window open to the wider world. Earlier this year I helped organize the largest grassroots environmental protest since Earth Day 1970. But isntead of a march on Washington, we had 1,400 marches across the country. (see stepitup07.org). there's no way we could have organized it without the net, nor linked it together afterwards to be more than the sum of its parts.

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Bug Based Bio Fuel



The start-up biofuels company LS9, of San Carlos, CA, is using “synthetic biology” to engineer bacteria that can make hydrocarbons for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.  Their goal is to buy ing viagra in canada create designer bugs that produce and excrete hydrocarbons. LS9 Renewable Petroleum biofuel will be clean burning, carbon neutral, and has the potential to provide for a large portion of our long term energy needs.

Derived from diverse agricultural feedstocks, these new fuels will be compatible with current distribution and www.transitofvenus.org consumer infrastructure - unlike ethanol. The production process is also much simpler than producing conventional ethanol, and requires 65% less energy: while ethanol needs to be distilled at high temperatures, Renewable Petroleum gently floats to the surface of the reaction vats in which it's produced.

The company has $5 million in funding from Khosla Ventures, the venture capital firm of Vinod Khosla, founder of it's great! viagra on sale Sun Microsystems and passionate biofuel evangelizist.  LS9 CEO Noubar Afeyan cautions that no one can tell the cialis prescriptionsgeneric cialis sale extent to which any biofuel will displace fossil fuels. "That is a subject of great debate and great prognostication," he says. "The opportunity is so large that I don't have to believe in much more than a few percentage points of market penetration for it to be worth our investment."

If all goes to plan, LS9 fuels may be available as early as 2011. 

Via: Technology Review


 

Cell Phones: Repair or Replace?


Americans throw away over 125 million cell phones per year. Even more strange,  we have over 500 million retired cell phones sitting around our homes awaiting disposal. This not only is an expensive and wasteful habit, it represents an avalanche of e-waste which will hit our landfills sometime soon when we collectively realize its time for spring cleaning. Cell phones are complex assemblies containing the toxic metals lead, cadmium and berillyum plus a fire retardant that actually may retard the user.

So the question becomes, when these little buggers go on the fritz, what do we do? Search out the nearest trashcan? Or try and save ourselves the hassle of trying to lie our way into warranty protection, or the expense of just buying a new phone.

A friend of mine has repaired his phone several times...he even rode is bike over the thing, but somehow brought it back to www.calamusdesign.it life. Check out Jim Rees' web page devoted to repair of viagra on women his cell phone. If Jim can do it, we can too.


And then there's this article from Lance Ulanoff who gives tips on how to repair things. Read the levitra 25mg article and laugh, because most of the time Lance is fixing broken items in under 5 minutes. Is the “broken” cell phone in your drawer really beyond repair?

We can create an infrastructure for repairing cell phones, we just have to invite a few hundred DIY cell phone repair techs from China to work over here for a few years. They could open kiosks at malls, “Cell Phone Repair While U Wait”. Not quite as slick as the new iPhone, but a heck of a lot cheaper.

Via: EcoIron

 
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