It's funny how the same study can spark slightly different, even contradictory reactions. Consulting firm Deloitte released a report Monday of consumers' attitudes about household energy costs and climate change. Here's how two publications interpreted the results.Read more
A Beijing Review article quotes a Hangzhou supermarket manager on the old days, when shopping didn't produce billions of bags worth of waste that will biodegrade only after 200 years, if at all.
"When I was a child, my mother always took me to the vegetable market with a bamboo basket. She put a bowl in the basket for holding bean curd. When we bought sugar powder or salt, the sellers would … Read more
A lot of ink gets spilled debating technology's next big frontier. I'll leave that to the clairvoyants, but this much is a no-brainer: figuring out ways to engineer a safer, cleaner environment is going to create a lot of new fortunes.
Last year, alone, venture capitalists poured some $3 billion into clean tech. And what's really interesting is that the battle against greenhouse gas emissions is no longer caricatured as simply a "greenie" obsession. In fact, there's no shortage of policy statements on the topic from CEOs at Fortune 500 companies like Duke Energy … Read more
I've had it. Watching years of endless debate over global warming play out without a final denouement, why not face the hard truth that we're going about it all wrong? Both sides invariably trot out reams of competing statistics or quote scientific tomes to support their positions in a conversation that goes stale fast.
But I've got a better idea. If you could sit down with a big global warming skeptic like United States Sen. James Inhofe, or even with President Bush, forget the "woe is us routine." Instead, why not appeal to their capitalist … Read more
WASHINGTON--The world is in the early days of an energy revolution for clean technology, a shift the United States is committed to for economic, political, and environmental reasons, President George Bush said in a speech here Wednesday.
The president spoke to delegates from more than 120 countries at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC) 2008, where he described what the United States has done to promote biofuels, fuel efficiency, and renewable power sources like wind.
"America has to change its habits. It has to get off oil. Until we change our habits, we are going to be dependent … Read more
When I bought my 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid, I realized that I was only going to achieve incrementally improved gas mileage. Nevertheless, I made the plunge because: 1) It felt good to do so, and 2) I knew that I would be getting a fat tax credit from the IRS.
Now that the IT industry has gone ga-ga over green technology, it makes me wonder where the heck Uncle Sam is in this process. Green is good for the environment, but it ain't free. Lots of large companies want to invest in green IT (and other green initiatives) but … Read more
San Francisco may have shaken some flowers from its hair since hosting the first Earth Day 38 years ago, but the city continues to be named one of America's greenest. Satirists mock its politically correct "smug cloud" of eco-hipness, but many other regions tend to follow the city's environmental lead. For instance, more than a handful of U.S. cities are now mulling a ban on plastic grocery bags, first passed in San Francisco last March.
Fresh into his second term, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson in January set goals for the city to become carbon-neutral … Read more
Coal is burned most days in my neighborhood in central Beijing. Even the newer electric heaters installed this year didn't stop my neighbors from cooking and keeping warm with smoke-spewing briquettes. Coal is a fact of life. But some businesspeople are marketing boilers that make the best of coal by burning it in a cleaner way, reports Feng Yongfeng of the Guangming Daily in a story republished at China Dialogue.
One such technology was developed by the Beijing Xiongcai Group, whose chairman, Wang Yongjiang, explains:
"Normally coal is burned from underneath," he explains, "but our boilers … Read more
Adobe Systems on Monday is set to finally release Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) software, which is on the leading edge of a movement to make Web applications act more like traditional desktop applications.
At the company's Engage event in San Francisco on rich Internet application design, executives will announce the availability of AIR 1.0, a free download for Windows and Macintosh.
Also on Monday, Adobe will release Flex 3.0, its application development tool that is now free and open-source. Another development tool, called BlazeDS, for linking Flex applications to back-end business applications, will also be released into open source as planned. … Read more
Has conspicuous consumption got you down? You could do as some green pack rats do, and keep the landfill very close to home.
Ari Derfel, shown right, quietly collected his garbage for a year. Except for food that he composted for fertilizer, Derfel refused to take anything he threw away outside of his Berkeley, Calif., home.
Click over to this CNET News.com image gallery to see the great lengths he and some other eco-bloggers are going to in order to reduce the waste they generate.