Are Auto Tires Headed In The Right Direction?

July 25, 2016 by  
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The year 2015 was the best year in American automotive sales on record, with The Wall Street Journal reporting there were 17.5 million cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. Americans are also paying more on average for their vehicles. The booming…

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Electric Plane Flies 200 Miles in Two Hours, Wins NASA Challenge

October 7, 2011 by  
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Pipistrel-USA , a team from Pennsylvania has won the NASA CAFE Green Flight Challenge by flying an electric plane 200 miles in less than two hours. The Google-sponsored contest was created to spur development of electric airplanes and efficient aircraft designs and with a first-place prize of $1.35 million, it could very well succeed at that. The contest took place at the Sonoma County Airport in California and required entrants to fly 200 miles in two hours while using less than one gallon of fuel per occupant or the electricity equivalent. Pipistrel-USA’s plane , the Taurus G4, had two occupants and used less than a two-gallon equivalent of electricity.  Check out the video above of a flight demonstration of the Taurus G4. Both the winning Pipistrel-USA and the second place team flew electric airplanes . Only three teams out of 14 that registered met the contest’s requirements. via Wall Street Journal  

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USDA Study Says Wood Is the Greenest Building Material

October 7, 2011 by  
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Green building advocates and construction product marketers have different views of what the greenest building material is. Different ways of determining what green means will lead to different results. But according to a recent report from the U.S. Forest Service, wood is the greenest building material. This analysis seems to rest largely on the carbon footprint of various construction materials. “The argument that somehow non-wood construction materials are ultimately better for carbon emissions than wood products is not supported by our research,” said David Cleaves, the U.S. Forest Service Climate Change Advisor. “Trees removed in an environmentally responsible way allow forests to continue to sequester carbon through new forest growth. Wood products continue to benefit the environment by storing carbon long after the building has been constructed.” Wood is also unique as a renewable resource that actively sequesters carbon from the atmosphere. As they grow, trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and lock it into the structure of the wood. In doing so, wood is a carbon storage material, and that carbon is locked away until the wood decomposes or burns. The report additionally recommends that USDA further its outreach efforts to educate the construction industry and the general public to be more aware of the suitability of wood for non-residential construction and to further study of the carbon benefits of the use of wood in construction. image: CC-SA 2.5 by Andreas Trepte , www.photo-natur.de via: Architect magazine

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Predictive Parking in Pittsburgh

October 7, 2011 by  
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Finding a parking space in downtown Pittsburgh is an easier prospect with the use of a new system called ParkPGH . The system, which is connected to 10 lots which together comprise 25 percent of the parking structures in the downtown area, monitors and predictively determines the best parking location for drivers looking for a place to leave their cars. Unlike other parking monitoring systems which only report on current conditions at local parking lots, ParkPGH uses an algorithm designed by Dr. Robert Hampshire at Carnegie Mellon University that considers historical data as well as current conditions to predict where spaces will be when the driver arrives. While at this point it may be more a convenience for drivers than a significant tool for cutting emissions and reducing drive time, developing systems like this to help route traffic can lead to more efficient travel, with the correspondingly reduced emissions and time savings. image: CC 2.0 by Snowmanradio via: Architect magazine

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Why Software Is Eating The World

August 22, 2011 by  
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There is an excellent article by Marc Andreessen on the Wall Street Journal about how the world’s goods and services are morphing into software programs. We discuss the idea of digitalization and dematerialization, looking at the environmental pros and cons of moving from physical objects to information on computer screens. This article will open your eyes to how quickly the world as we know it is making this very shift. Andreessen points out how today’s dominant book, video rental, and music companies are all dominated by software — … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Elk Horn, Iowa: Eliminating Range Anxiety in the Midwest

September 29, 2010 by  
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Here’s a surprise statistic:  the nation’s largest concentration of electric vehicle charging stations is in Elk Horn, Iowa.  Not anywhere in California or Oregon, but in Iowa.

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The Case Against the Case Against CSR

September 3, 2010 by  
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Contrary to a recent opinion article in the Wall Street Journal , corporate social responsibility is not only a good idea but — like breathing — somewhat necessary.

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Tesla Roadster Featured in Popular XKCD Comic

July 14, 2010 by  
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Image: Randall Monroe, XKCD, Creative Commons license. Non-Geeks Can Skip This One Geek-favorite XKCD has a new strip that features the Tesla Roadster electric car. It’s about the ” Green Flash ” phenomenon, as described by the evil Hat Guy (you can see him use eBay here and nerd sniping here ).

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The New York Times’s Green Inc. Has a New Name and Mission

April 22, 2010 by  
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Image: NYT A few months after the Wall Street Journal shut down its green blog, Environmental Capital , the New York Times forging ahead in the opposite direction by broadening the coverage of its green blog. To highlight the change in mission, Green Inc. will now be known as simply Green (not exactly a standout name, but we’ll probably refer to it as NYT Green or something like that)

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iPad Version of Wall Street Journal Priced at $17.99 A Month – Too Expensive, or Right on Target?

March 25, 2010 by  
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Photo via Infrogmation Magazines and newspapers have been in their death throes for years now , and it seems like the iPad is not only the final stake in their heart, but also the very thing giving them the launch they need to rise from the dead in a new digital body. However, the pricing of the new format of favorite magazines and newspapers could leave some readers gawking. If things are going digital, shouldn’t they cost pennies on the dollar for what they’re priced at in hard copy form…

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