CNN: Urban Homestead

CNN: Urban Homestead

May 11

CNN’s Thelma Gutierrez reports on a family living the ultimate green lifestyle on an urban farm in Pasadena, California…

TED: A Next-Generation Digital Book

TED: A Next-Generation Digital Book

May 05

Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad — with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with. The book is “Our Choice,” Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Masdar City – Futuristic Green City Rises In The Desert

Masdar City – Futuristic Green City Rises In The Desert

Apr 27

A dusty construction site on the edge of an Arabian desert is an unlikely place for a model of green living. But this is Masdar City, an $18bn (£11bn) Norman Foster-designed project where just a few hundred people are guinea pigs in the world’s most advanced laboratory for hi-tech environmental technology. Here, residents live with driverless electric cars, shaded streets cooled by a huge wind tower and a Big Brother-style “green policeman” monitoring their energy use. Conceived in 2006, phase one of the city is now complete. The development, near Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, consists of six main buildings, one street, 101 small apartments, a large electronic library, and the Masdar Institute…

Algae: A Single Source For Clean Water And Fuel

Algae: A Single Source For Clean Water And Fuel

Apr 14

Algae are being put to work performing a unique double duty: cleaning up sewage waste while simultaneously producing biofuel…

‘Wave Disk Generator’ Could Reduce Auto Emissions By 90 %

‘Wave Disk Generator’ Could Reduce Auto Emissions By 90 %

Apr 12

Researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids. Their so-called Wave Disk Generator could greatly improve the efficiency of gas-electric hybrid automobiles and potentially decrease auto emissions up to 90 percent when compared with conventional combustion engines…

Great Ideas: Powering iPods With The Human Heart

Great Ideas: Powering iPods With The Human Heart

Mar 29

The human heartbeat could be used to power an ipod after scientists developed a tiny chip which uses the body’s own movement to generate power. Scientists hope that as the nanotechnology used in the chip evolves, it could lead to electronics which don’t require batteries or mains power. Hailed as a milestone, it can use tiny movements such as the pinch of a finger to generate power…

Germany Set To Abandon Nuclear Power For Good

Germany Set To Abandon Nuclear Power For Good

Mar 23

Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done. The world’s fourth-largest economy stands alone among leading industrialized nations in its decision to stop using nuclear energy because of its inherent risks. It is betting billions on expanding the use of renewable energy to meet power demands instead. The transition was supposed to happen slowly over the next 25 years, but is now being accelerated in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant disaster, which Chancellor Angela Merkel has called a “catastrophe of apocalyptic dimensions.” Berlin’s decision to take seven of its 17 reactors offline for three months for new safety checks has provided a glimpse into how Germany might wean itself from getting nearly a quarter of its power from atomic energy to none…

Making The Impossible Possible: The X PRIZE Foundation

Making The Impossible Possible: The X PRIZE Foundation

Feb 20

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit organization whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity thereby inspiring the formation of new industries, jobs and the revitalization of markets that are currently stuck. Today, it is widely recognized as the leader in fostering innovation through competition…

Great Ideas: How The iPad Is Helping Businesses Go Green

Great Ideas: How The iPad Is Helping Businesses Go Green

Feb 18

Apple’s iPad tablet device is helping businesses take on more environmentally friendly habits, enabling them to cut costs and save resources. Energy usage, environmental auditing and paper reduction are all areas where businesses are seeing improvements as a result of adopting the iPad…

Magnifying Film Increases Solar Panel Efficiency By 300%

Magnifying Film Increases Solar Panel Efficiency By 300%

Feb 13

HyperSolar’s optical layer can increase PV efficiency by up to 300 percent! This is a great example of a disruptive technology that could get us to the holy grail of “grid parity” — meaning that solar would be as affordable as other sources of energy like coal and natural gas. And no more polluting coal mines or fracking for natural gas! The sun (for at least the next 5 billion years) will provide free and abundant energy…

Study Claims 100 Percent Renewable Energy Possible By 2030

Study Claims 100 Percent Renewable Energy Possible By 2030

Jan 23

New research has shown that it is possible and affordable for the world to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, if there is the political will to strive for this goal…

Little Homestead In The City: Two New Videos

Little Homestead In The City: Two New Videos

Jan 10

Fresh vegetables, herbs, honey and new eggs every day; Jules and his family are living the farm life. It’s also a most unconventional lifestyle given that their home is in the middle of Pasadena, California. The family struggles to be as self-sustainable as they possibly can — their car drives on biogas (biodiesel), solar panels power their television, and each day they have fresh food from their own meticulously well-maintained crops…

News: Bill Gates Seeks Inexhaustible Supply Of Carbon-Free Energy

News: Bill Gates Seeks Inexhaustible Supply Of Carbon-Free Energy

Oct 31

Bill Gates is investing millions to halt global warming by creating an inexhaustible supply of carbon-free energy…