San Diegans could get $20,000 off price of electric car

August 15, 2017 by  
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Elon Musk might have just ushered in the era of affordable electric vehicles with the first Tesla Model 3 cars rolling off the production line, but south of the Fremont factory in San Diego there is another great deal going on. Starting this month and running through the end of September, San Diego Gas & Electric customers can take advantage of a $10,000 discount off the purchase of a 2017 Nissan Leaf or a 2017 BMW i3. When the state of California’s $2,500 EV rebate and the $7,500 federal tax credit are added, SDG&E customers could potentially get $20,000 off the price of an electric car. The utility also offers an annual bill credit of up to $200 for driving an electric vehicle. Related: New lithium-ion battery from Japan could double electric vehicle range “All-electric cars have fewer parts which result in no oil changes and less maintenance costs,” the SDG&E website states. “Electric cars on freeways and neighborhood streets in the San Diego region reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality. Moreover, when EVs plug into SDG&E’s grid they receive 43% renewable energy and no coal.” According to SDG&E, there are more than 1,100 public charging stations in the utility’s territory with plans to reach 3,500 charging stations. Charging infrastructure is increasing across the state — the California Energy Commission has awarded nearly $65 million to pay for more than 7,800 electric vehicle charging stations. + SDG&E Via The Verge Images via BMW and Nissan

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‘Trump Forest’ plants trees to offset president’s climate ignorance

August 15, 2017 by  
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President Donald Trump is notorious for his ignorance on climate change . So instead of sitting by while his administration harms the planet, a British climate scientist, American PhD candidate, and French and Kiwi sustainable hat company founder decided to take action. They started Trump Forest to encourage people to plant trees , and have seen a huge response: so far hundreds of people around the world have pledged 130,999 trees . “Where ignorance grows trees” is the tagline of the Trump Forest project. Dan Price, Jeff Willis, and Adrien Taylor initiated the project in March of this year in New Zealand with a contribution of 1,000 native trees from Taylor’s company Offcut (which plants a tree for every cap sold). From there, hundreds of people in places as far-flung as Malawi, Japan, and the United States pledged to plant trees too. Related: Meet the teen planting 150 trees for every person on Earth Trump Forest isn’t after money, according to their website. Instead, they hope people will pay for and plant trees where they live in the name of America’s president, or donate to charity Eden Reforestation Projects . Taylor told the BBC of Trump, “Only a small percentage of the world voted him in, but we all have to deal with the consequences of his climate ignorance.” The organizers told the BBC they would need to plant a forest as big as Kentucky to offset Trump’s policies. They also estimated they’d need to offset 650 megatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025 to make up for the actions of America’s commander-in-chief – that’s over 100 billion new trees. They think it’s feasible. Wouldn’t a forest named after Trump just bolster his already large ego? The organizers say people have complained about that, but they’d prefer if the president got on board. Taylor told the BBC, “We kind of want him to love the forest; this is his forest after all. We would love it if he tweeted about it.” Price said, “All we’re trying to do is pick up the slack he created and do the work for him.” If you want to get involved, you can check out the project here . + Trump Forest Via BBC Images via Pixabay and Ozark Drones on Unsplash

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How Mealworms Could Eat Away Plastic Waste

April 12, 2017 by  
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The plastic consumption culture in the United States is getting out of control. Everywhere we turn, we’re surrounded by plastic. Plastic is such a versatile material that it’s used in the production of nearly everything these days. Even if you try…

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Lollyphile’s Breast Milk Lollipops Are a Surprising Treat for Adventerous Candy Lovers

June 8, 2013 by  
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Texas-based candy company Lollyphile has created an unusual treat for adventurous candy lovers: breast milk lollipops . Following in the wake of breast milk ice cream, cheese, milkshakes, cupcakes and what would appear to be just about any other typically dairy-based product you could imagine , Lollyphile has taken an unusual step in the production of their breast milk lollipops—they aren’t made with real breast milk. Rather, they accepted donations of milk from willing moms, and determined that breast milk has a “sweet, semi-almond flavor,” which they recreated for their candy. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: breast milk , breast milk candy , breast milk foods , breast milk lollipops , breastmilk lollypops , human milk , lactating , lollyphile , unusual candy        

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World’s First Renewable, Bio-Based Polyester Developed by Japanese Scientist

December 18, 2011 by  
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The sun set on the disco era decades ago, but polyester is still just as prevalent as ever. Roughly 40 million tons of polyester fiber is produced worldwide each year, and studies have linked some of the chemicals used in conventional polyester to testicular atrophy and early breast development. So we’re excited to learn that ccientists at Toray Industries in Japan have developed samples of the world’s first renewable, bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber, which is what polyester is made of. The discovery could open the door to the production of a new type of polyester that is both better for the environment and safer for people. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bio-based clothing , eco textiles , eco-fashion , Japan , polyester , renewable resources , science , Toray Industries

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Nissan Announces Racing Version of LEAF

April 18, 2011 by  
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Nissan has announced that it will unveil a racing version of its all-electric LEAF called the NISMO RC at the New York Auto Show on April 20. The NISMO version will feature a carbon fiber body, rear-wheel drive, a shorter wheel base and will sit about a foot lower than the standard LEAF.  It weighs in at 2,068 pounds – about 40 percent less than the standard version.

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September 4, 2010 by  
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We all agree that junk mail is the worst.

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September 3, 2010 by  
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If you’re currently unemployed or are just looking to do something new, consider working in the green sector.  If you’re reading this tip, you must already have an interest in making the planet a more livable place for all of the people, animals and plants on it, so why not make a career out of it?  You may not have a degree in Environmental Science or know how to install wind turbines, but eco-focused companies still need Accountants, Admins, Marketers, Fund-Raisers, Human Resources staff and a host of positions in between to function, right?   Typing the words “sustainability”, “environmental” or “conservation” into a standard employment search engine could help set you on the right path, but using a specific site like GreenJobsReady.com will make it that much easier.  Help make the world a greener place and earn a little green at the same time by lending your talents and skills to a green minded organization.     Photograph by Holger Ellgaard Thanks to Katy for suggesting this tip!

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10 Rhymes to Remember for Sustainable Water Management

June 21, 2010 by  
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Water has a range of important roles in the production of just about everything, yet has often been overlooked as a free resource. When you factor in the variations in local availability and the potential impacts of wastewater discharges, the topic can be complex and overwhelming.

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What is the Matrix? Four Appliances In One.

April 19, 2010 by  
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Image from CMX-CIPHEX , Lloyd Alter 27% of North America’s greenhouse gas comes from the production of electric power, so it makes sense to use as little of it as possible.

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