Water has emerged as one of the main pillars of the clean technology market. And, to put it bluntly, we are in a whole heap of trouble, people. Water consumption increased by 7x in the last century. Groundwater supplies are rapidly being depleted in China and elsewhere, according to scientists. In large cities in Northern India, a large portion of … Read more
Carbon offset company TerraPass on Tuesday announced a deal with online shipper uShip which will allow shippers to advertise their services as "carbon neutral."
TerraPass is one of several companies to offer services to balance an individual's carbon emissions stemming from driving or home energy use. People pay offset companies to purchase carbon credits which are investments in renewable energy or energy efficiency projects.
The idea with uShip is that shippers can differentiate themselves to green consumers by being carbon balanced, said Tom Arnold the chief environmental officer of TerraPass.
The company established a similar deal with … Read more
With all due respect to the monochromatic rants of Craving colleague Caroline McCarthy, we think there's actually some use to objects that occasionally change colors, as noted yesterday with the "Luxeed" disco keyboard. Just today, in fact, we found yet another example.
This weather forecaster, according to Gizmodiva, changes colors depending on the state of meteorological affairs--something that comes in handy for those of us who like to keep the drapes fully drawn even at midday, especially after a particularly late night out. And it doubles as an alarm clock, so you don't even need to … Read more
File this in the "not there yet" folder. A bunch of blogs have covered a new, solar-powered system for NEC monitors, yet none show how it looks. My mind's eye pictured a tidy, laptop-size solar panel. But when I received this photo from NEC, I couldn't stifle a chuckle. Who wants to claw their way to a corporate window seat only to have mammoth solar panels block the view? Oh, and try not to kick that battery pack.
The equipment is designed for big businesses that aim to cut costs with clean, off-the-grid energy sources, but … Read more
Camero, a company out of Israel that has developed a camera that can "see" things through solid walls, has raised $14 million, bringing the total is has raised to $20 million.
The investment comes about four months after it showed off a prototype of the Xaver800 and began to sell systems to customers. Investors include Greylock Partners, Motorola Ventures and Walden.
The Xaver800 doesn't technically capture images directly. Instead, it issues ultrawideband signals and the data harvested is then used to create 3D models of things the signals bounced off of. The trick is that the camera … Read more
A Vespa Granturismo might get 64 miles per gallon, but this little guy sure one-ups it. I read about it on ThisNext: it's called the GreenEmotor, or GEM (there does not appear to be any relation to the GEM electric car brand), and it's a zero-emissions electric scooter that gets the equivalent of 1,350 miles per gallon. More specifically, you'd get 1,350 miles of electric charge (a single charge will cost about 12 cents on your electric bill) for the $3 that you'd spend on a gallon of gas. The various GEM models range … Read more
Venture capitalists poured $2.9 billion into clean technologies, including energy, in 2006, representing a 78 percent increase over the year before.
The Cleantech Venture Network on Thursday published investment data for 2006, reflecting a surge in investment in technologies related to energy generation, storage, recycling and waste, and transportation.
Energy-related investment was 74 percent, or $2.1 billion, of the total invested in 2006, almost double the amount put up by venture capitalists in 2005.
Recycling and waste deals totaled $192 million, almost three times the amount in 2005 and transportation was $164 million, up two and a half … Read more
You know, we track some wacky trends here on Crave. There are the Color-Changey Things, and the Stupid USB Devices, and of course Anthropomorphic Audio. And recently I've been spotting another one: things shaped like UFOs. There's that bug-killing gadget that flies, and a cute little saucer to manage hands-free electronic activity in cars. The latest in this emerging trend is the Neues Licht UFO Light, a German lighting concept that is shaped like something that might have appeared in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000.
The Neues Licht UFO is made mostly out of glass fibers, … Read more
During his Macworld keynote speech, Steve Jobs played a congratulatory voice message from friend Al Gore on the droolworthy new iPhone, then used that device to locate the DVD of An Inconvenient Truth at the top of Amazon's bestseller list.
Outside the convention center's doors, however, Greenpeace activists handed out flyers painting Apple as less than hip to ecological problems, urging the company to remove toxicants from its products and set up free hardware recycling. Several blocks away, members of the environmental group also projected pictures of Asian electronics waste scrap yards onto a wall of the downtown … Read more
Ethanol is often cast as a cleaner fuel than gasoline, but how it is created can make actually make it a more polluting alternative--a conclusion recently confirmed by MIT researchers.
MIT on Monday published a press release detailing research meant to explore the nuances of an ongoing debate over the environmental benefits of ethanol. It was funded in part by BP America.
Overall, it found that current methods of making ethanol from corn consume about the same amount of fossil fuels as required for gasoline. Making ethanol from different sources, including corn stover (the corn plant and husks) and woody … Read more