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Cities Fess Up to Emissions with New Project

A cool new leg of a cool nonprofit is helping cities reduce their emissions across the board by linking cities’ emissions data to its effect on climate change. In all, 21 cities are starting out reporting their emissions data to the Carbon Disclosure Project, including some biggies like New York, Las Vegas, and New Orleans. They will describe their major sources of greenhouse gas emissions to the project, which compiles the purchase cialis soft tabs info and overnight canadian cialis publishes reports.

 

The project isn’t a see-how-much-these-cities-suck type of effort, but rather a look-at-where-we-are effort that gets people talking about what has become the c-word…Change. The cities are voluntarily supplying their info so that they can make changes. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m in California, but as I watch the Olympics (non-stop since they started) I’ve noticed that every single commercial break includes at least two renewable energy commercials. Renewable energy and “Going Green” are trendy. And to see cities heading in to projects like this show that it is actually moving beyond trendy and niche-y, into serious analysis, accountability, and action. And that is needed.

 

"Over 70% of total global emissions are generated from cities, and if you don't measure these emissions, you cannot manage them," said Paul Dickinson, CEO of Carbon Disclosure Project, in a statement.

 

The project has been collecting corporate emissions info since 2003, and moving on look there levitra price to buy canadian levitra online cities is a great expansion. The results of this city info collection will be published in January, and will help us see what’s going on in cities, and start up dialogues about what can be changed now and in the future.

 

The other cities participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project are Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Anchorage, AR.; Arlington, VA.; Burlington, VT.; Denver, CO; Dubuque, IA; Edina and St. Paul, MN; Fairfield, IA; Haverford, PA; North Little Rock, AR.; Pacific Grove and Rohnert Park, CA; Park City, UT; Portland, OR.; Washougal, WA.; and West Palm Beach, FL.

 

Via Cnet

 

Giant Balloon Tells Parisians Their Air Quality


Parisians would make smog alerts pretty, wouldn’t they. In a far more artistic way than a freeway-side scrolling marquee, a giant helium-filled balloon changes color to tell passers-by the ambient air quality.

Created by Aérophile, the AERO30NG Aérophile 550 model was launched in the Parc Andre Citroën in Paris. Using data registered by the air quality organization in Airparif, the balloon changes colors depending on pollution levels in the air. Green is it's great! order cheapest levitra online crystal clear air, light green is clean, yellow is moderately icky, orange is breathe shallowly, and red is put-on-your-gas-mask. It also displays the air quality at major traffic intersections, so you know where to hold your breath.

It is as much eco-PR effort as practical alert system, which I like, and is such a clever way to alert a whole lot of buy ultram online without rx people at once since it can be seen as far as 12 miles away. Farther than that, though, and you’ll need to check out pollution levels on Google Earth.

What is really neat is look here canadian online pharmacy levitra it actually functions as a balloon and can lift as many as 30 passengers up to 150 meters above the city. So I guess if the wffisher.com balloon is glowing red, you can hop on to try and cheap levitra on line get above the junk into some cleaner air. No matter what the http://jesperoffice.com/getting-viagra color, it'd be pretty awesome to see Paris from a balloon.

Via PhysioOrg, Ecofriend

 

Green Gadgets Shown To Be Eco-Hazards


With everyone and their mother jumping onto the green bandwagon, we’re bound to buy now online levitra have a whole bunch of non-sustainable junk items pawned off as “green” by the loosest of standards, and a whole bunch of greenwashing. It’s something we have to be wary of and keep a diligent eye out for posers. An art project, “Subverting the Green Aesthetic,” helps us remember this and gives us a few IDing skills.

Creator Nick Bampton is a design student in Middlesex who encourages people to take a closer look at green labels through his project of pairing green and un-green products with graphics that show there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the details of so-called green products. For instance, he shows two MP3 players, one that looks like it has sustainability on the brain, but in actually can’t be recycled, can’t be upgraded, and toxic substances are used in its manufacturing. The other MP3 player looks sleek in a non-sustainable way, but is more durable, can be upgraded, and recycled.

We seriously dig this here at EcoGeek, since one of the greenest things to do is make what you have last as long as possible, and if you have to get rid of the best choice best price on cialis it, recycle. Gadgets that are made to be unfixable or disposable – especially when they’re supposedly “green” or from a “green” company – are just completely uncool and are the buy viagra online canadian phamacy essence of greenwashing.

Bampton pulls the same comparison trick with a pair of chairs and several other objects. This kind of project is a good reminder that there are a whole slew of factors that go into evaluating the sustainability of products that claim a green lineage.

Via Ecofriend, Inhabitat

 

Germany Is Europe’s First Underground CO2 Storage Site


We have our issues with carbon capture and www.enshift.com storage, the least of which is where we should put captured CO2. However, no amount of tramadol sale nit-picking has stopped Germany from trying out a way of storing CO2 to see if it’ll work. A project named CO2SINK will capture CO2 and store it in salt water-filled porous rock about 600 meters underground in Germany at Ketzin – located just outside Berlin – with the goal of pumping 60,000 tons over two years into the earth to see if large-scale carbon storage is viable.

While planning of the project started back in April of 2004, the first injection happened recently in June, 2008, and with that injection began close study to cialis best buy measure the safety and effects of subterranean CO2 storage. However, the project of carbon storage is used to slow global warming enough that it’ll buy us time to figure out improved low carbon-emissions technology.

I have a feeling this project will simply open up a whole new can of worms in terms of nassmc.org the environmental impacts of CO2, and do little to help us get off coal. But, we’d never make progress if we didn’t try - and the demand for ideas is indeed there - so at least some people are giving it a shot. And I suppose you just never know what technology this could be combined with to maximize effectiveness. We’ll keep our ears out to see what the project discovers.

Via GoodCleanTech, Physorg; Photos via tboard and GoodCleanTech

 

Are LCD TVs Worse Than Coal Plants?


As they say on TV, “Coming up next: Why TVs are hazardous to the environment.”

Just when you think we are getting a handle on buying cialis emissions issues…Plasma and LCD flat screen televisions are contributing to i use it viagra online canada global warming, a new study has found. A gas used in the manufacturing of flat screen TVs called nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) is estimated to be 17,000 times more powerful than C02.

The production of the gas is equivalent to 67m tones of carbon dioxide. In a study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, Michael Prather, director of the environment institute at the University of California, Irvine, wrote that the widespread use of robert-alonso-photos.com the greenhouse gas is a concern.

Prather and his colleague Juno Hsu said this year’s production of the gas has “a potential greenhouse impact larger than that of the industrialized nations' emissions of PFCs or SF6, or even that of the world's largest coal-fired power plants.” The claim is a bit questionable though, because Prather admits to not knowing whether the gas is captured on sight, or broken down before release into the atmosphere.

The scientists are particularly concerned because levels of this gas have not been measured. NF3 is not covered by the Kyoto protocol but it should be included in any future emissions cutting agreement, says Prather. At the time the protocol was signed in 1997, NF3 was produced only in tiny amounts, but the widespread popularity of plasma and LCD screens has increased the production and use of the greenhouse gas. Prather estimates 4,000 tons of NF3 will be produced in 2008 and that number is likely to double next year. With hopes that the price on OLEDs will decrease, organic LEDs may help reduce this problem. But even with efficiency and buy tramadol online no medical records greenification of LCD TVs, this is a major issue considering the popularity of the screens, and the potential scale of viagra legal online the emissions problem.

“We don't know what's emitted, but what they're producing every year dwarfs these giant coal-fired power plants that are like the cialis australia online biggest in the world," he said in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “And it dwarfs two of the Kyoto gases. So the real question we don't know is how much is escaping and getting out.”

Via the Guardian, ABC, Earth2Tech

 
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