Greenland, that icy land that even the Vikings had trouble colonizing, plays a pretty crucial role when it comes to our planet's climate.Approximately 125,000 years ago, Earth was 3 to 5 degrees Celsius warmer on average than it is today, and sea levels were 4 to 6 meters higher. The ice sheets covering Greenland's land mass have trapped a significant amount of the water that used to be in the sea, thereby lowering sea levels, Susan Solomon, senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (and the co-chair of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) … Read more
Don't expect the weather patterns you remember from when you were a kid to persist.
Increasing global temperatures are, and will continue, to alter the world's water cycles, Susan Solomon, senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (and the co-chair of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) told attendees at the American Association for the Advancement of Science taking place in San Francisco.
"The places that are wet are going to get wetter, and the places that are dry are going to get drier," she said. In particular, that means … Read more
But we had a soft spot for this one, as it brought back old memories from junior high and our first stereo. 45 iPod Cases is an outfit that recycles old 45-rpm records and brings them into the digital age to adorn the iconic music players of the 21st century. Outblush says the cases are fashioned from plexiglass, cork and felt, in … Read more
One of the really refreshing things about the green-technology industry is that people are willing to argue with each other on stage. It's a new industry, after all, and no one knows whose shiny vision of the future is going to be right.
Case in point: Hermann Scheer, a member of the German Bundestag and the author of Energy Autonomy, taking venture capitalist Vinod Khosla down a peg during a roundtable discussion at Pacific Gas and Electric in San Francisco this week.
Khosla began by saying alternative technologies will have to provide energy for a lower price. "If … Read more
I have a funny story about this Electrolux Vege that I read about on GadgetCandy. It's a prototype for a fridge-sized hydroponic plant-growing cupboard that will allow you to grow your own plants and herbs in the comfort of your own home. If you want to be mega-eco-friendly but don't have the time or space for a full-fledged garden or greenhouse, here's a solution. Cool, right? So I decided to Crave it.
Then it occurred to me that the Vege might gain more popularity as an incubator for plants that are a little bit more on the … Read more
On our next trip to South Korea, one of the first things we want to see is the laundry rooms. When Samsung came out with its designer washing machine last October, we thought it was just an ill-advised attempt to create a new market. But then we spotted these other colorful models on Techie Diva from Korean rival LG.
These machines have brains as well as beauty, with a environmentally friendly steam-cleaning system controlled through an LCD. They're not exactly our taste, but we do appreciate that they're on display at Harrods. (Any excuse to do some shopping … Read more
We're starting to get hyped for the Geneva auto show, and Toyota has helped us out with a little preshow tease about its Hybrid X concept car. Unfortunately, it's only a tease, with very little information. According to Green Car Congress, Toyota will use the show to reaffirm its commitment to building more environmentally-friendly cars. The Hybrid X is supposed to display a new design language for hybrids and showcase new technology. Toyota's development of the Hybrid X suggests the company is looking beyond the Prius for future uniquely hybrid cars.
From the picture released by Toyota, … Read more
While driving to work or eating breakfast today, you probably jerked up and thought, "How much inedible tallow gets produced in the U.S. every year?"
Alternative energy is one of the primary topics of the day. Hobbyists now use old vegetable oil to run their modified Mercedes diesel cars, but that's a drop in the bucket of the industry. A number of meat companies and start-ups now want to methodically collect fat and used oil and turn it into millions of gallons of fuel. (Most biodiesel refiners now concentrate on fresh oil.)
So how much waste … Read more
From Basra to Kabul, no environmentally aware burkha babe is going to be able to resist this 4x4, turbo-charged, hybrid, diesel-electric recon hotrod.
Created by General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS,) the Shadow RST-V (Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Targeting Vehicle) boasts stealth, survivability and low mileage. That's big, considering that about half the military's money--and a third of its manpower--is devoted to hauling stuff around, 70 percent of that stuff being fuel.
EoPlex Technologies, which has come up with a way to manufacture fuel cells and other hardware devices by printing them has raised $8 million more in funding.
The company has, in a very ornate way, combined ceramics and metals with ink-jet printing. The printer jets are programmed to spit out very intricate layers of materials. Pile up enough of them and you get a completely integrated mechanical device. It's actually similar to how black light posters get made, says CEO Arthur Chait.
The company, which News.com wrote about first back in early 2006, still isn't in full … Read more