Is the Electrification of Transportation a Good Thing? (Part 2)

August 23, 2010 by  
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Electric Cars are Coming – Is it a Good Thing? In part 1 , we looked at why it’s important to get our cars off oil and what the first part of that transition might look like

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Does Obama Really Support Sustainable Agriculture?

August 23, 2010 by  
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Image credit: The WHO Farm When Michelle Obama first announced her White House garden , locavores everywhere rejoiced. Here was a highly symbolic, yet practical, indication of where the administration stood on sustainable agriculture. Yet while the First Lady has since enlarged the White House garden , and even

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Just What We Needed Dept: More Useless Kitchen Accessories and NSFW Yet

August 23, 2010 by  
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“Don’t be someone who needs help carrying a banana. That’s not who you are” You don’t need a lot of stuff to be a good cook; Mark Bittman says “”A stove, a sink, a refrigerator, some pots and pans, a knife and some serving spoons,” I answered. “All else is optional.” But what amazing options there are, those single purpose kitchen gadgets that take up so much space

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The Mother Of All Traffic Jams, 9 Days And Counting

August 23, 2010 by  
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Xinhua via Global Times The Beijing-Tibet Highway has been having a bit of a traffic jam- for nine days so far. The Traffic Bureau says the cause is “insufficient traffic capacity”, which Bike Portland thinks is “hilarious….too many cars maybe?” Other wags have noted that “it’s quicker to wok.” But drivers aren’t leaving.

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How Can Technology Reduce Global Shipping’s Fuel Consumption?

August 3, 2010 by  
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Car transport ship, photo: Rennett Stowe via flickr. If we’re going to start this great transition off of oil we really need to start thinking hard about how we’re going to move ourselves and our goods around the globe . Part of that is thinking conceptually about it–how to change our habits and usage patterns for long-distance travel.

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GM to Boost Volt PHEV Production Capacity by 50% in 2012

August 3, 2010 by  
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Photo: GM From 30,000 to 45,000 Units Thanks to strong interest by the public, GM has decided to boost production of the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid by 50% in 2012. This means that instead of making 30,000, they’ll make 45,000 at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The company is probably hoping that it can improve the economics of the Volt by reaching economies of scale faster than initially planned, and it no doubt feels Nissan breathing down its neck with its cheaper LEAF el..

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Stop Eating Fossil Fuels, Start Eating Food

August 3, 2010 by  
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Whenever one discusses the idea that buying local food saves fuel, the naysayers show up. After all, there is the study from New Zealand’s Lincoln University that proved New Zealand lamb transported to the UK to have a carbon footprint of only 688 kg per tonne shipped, vs the purported 2,849 kg footprint of UK raised lamb. (They evidently use a lot less fertilizer and feed in New Zealand).

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