Does 261 MPG Sound Good to You? VW is Introducing the XL1 Prototype in Qatar

January 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: VW 1-Liter Car V.3 Volkswagen’s 1-Liter Car started out as a slippery 660 pounds diesel , evolved into a more futuristic-looking 840 pounds diesel-hybrid , and is now – in its third generation – a plug-in diesel hybrid that looks a lot like the second generation but now has a plug. VW rates it at 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US) and 24 grams of CO2 per kilometer. Read on for more details…

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Polar Bear Observed to Swim Continuously for 9 Days Over 426 Miles

January 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: Wikipedia , CC Give that Bear a Gold Medal in Endurance Swimming We’ve known for a while that the increasing melting of the Arctic sea ice cover during the summer was posing big problems to polar bears, forcing some to swim for extended distances, using up their precious reserves of energy and reducing their chances of surviving harsh winters and reproducing. A group of scientists has tracked on bear who swam continuously for 9 days over 426 miles of almost freezing water! ..

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Climate & Energy Czar Carol Browner Leaving White House

January 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: Arch1Design Carol Browner, the Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change — i.e., the administration’s top climate post — is stepping down . Speculation had long swirled that she was going to give up the job, but beltway rumor had it it that she was moving to another in the administration.

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Obama Should Talk Climate Change in His State of the Union Address

January 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: Zimbio As per usual, the intertubes are awash with speculation of what President Obama will say during his State of the Union address — along with plenty of friendly advice on what he should say, too! And who am I to sit on the sidelines while the internet chatters away? Here’s my two cents: Obama should use the momentum from a recent uptick in the polls and take the opportunity to talk firmly about the realities of climate change — and how American innovation is more than able to tackle the problem, while creat…

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UK Town to Heat Public Pool with Neighboring Crematorium

January 25, 2011 by  
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According to the Guardian , a public swimming pool will be heated by the neighboring crematorium . While called “strange and eerie,” the plan could save the city $23,000 a year in energy costs by using waste heat. It’s not the first time we’ve heard of crematorium waste heat being put to good use , though it might be the strangest..

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Weekday Vegetarian: Curried Tofu Scramble

January 25, 2011 by  
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Jules Clancy , author of the website Stonesoup , cooks all of her meals using only five ingredients, not counting salt, pepper and olive oil. The recipes are clever in their simplicity and every one I’ve tried has tasted great. She split this recipe into two, giving the spice mix a separate recipe and fulfilling her mandate, but I’ve listed them all as one recipe here…

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Liberia has Lost 95 Percent of its Elephants to Poachers

January 25, 2011 by  
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Liberia is home to African forest elephants, like those seen here. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons Since civil war broke out in Liberia in the 1980s, 19,000 elephants have been killed by poachers. Today, only 1,000 elephants remain, meaning the country has lost 95 percent of its elephants in only a few decades…

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NYC Apartment Has Recycled Subway Doors, Deli Counter Floors

January 25, 2011 by  
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Photos credit Sothebys Architect Adam Kushner was fortunate enough to be able to design his own New York apartment, and did so with some style. It is a bit eccentric, what with a jacuzzi in the middle of the ground floor living space and a glass floor in the bathroom above, but it does make clever reuse of the parts of New York subway cars

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BMW Spending $560 Million on EV Development

November 5, 2010 by  
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BMW has been lagging behind other carmakers by not having solid plans for a mass production electric vehicle.  There have been auto show concepts and there’s the Mini E conversion, but that’s about it.  The European Federation for Transport and Environment even called out the automaker recently for not doing enough to meet new EU emissions targets (130 grams of CO2 per kilometer by 2015).

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