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The closing keynote speaker of the Netroots Nation convention in Austin last month was environmental and social justice activist Van Jones. Following his Sunday morning speech TPMtv caught up with Mr. Jones and asked him about the perception of the environmental movement in the black community and how to alter that perception for the better in creating a full-blown eco-populism movement.The closing keynote speaker of the Netroots Nation convention in Austin last month was... more
THE NEWS GOES SOME THING LIKE THIS, I FIRE AN IDEA ACROSS YOUR BOW AND WAIT FOR RETURN FIRE, WHEN RETURN FIRE OCCURS CONTINUE VOLLEY UNTIL A BETTER IDEA IS CREATED. GET- IT - GOT - IT - GOOOD >>>>>>
TONIGHT WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING TRASH, WE GOT LOTS AND IT'S NOT IN THE RIGHT SPOTS.
THE NIGHTLY IDEA / ZINGER,
( possible solution ?)
IF I WAS TO CHOSE, I WOULD CHOSE A ADVENTURE,
AN ADVENTURE IS THE STRAIGHTEST PATH TO KNOWLEDGE,
YOU MEET WHO EVER GOD IS TO YOU,
OLD USED UP IDEAS FALL AWAY,
THE WORLD IS FRESH,
IF I WAS TO CHANGE THE WORLD I WOULD MAKE IT AN ADVENTURE,
EVERY ADVENTURER CLAIMS THE WORLD AS THEIR OWN, TO THEM IT'S.
IDEA PHASE 1
SOME TIME, LOOK ALONG THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, WHAT DO YOU SEE????
TRASH, RUBBISH,JUNK,CRAP, BABY DIPPERS,CIGARETTES, PLASTIC EVERY THING,CELL PHONES, DRINKING STRAWS ,BILLIONS OF DRINKING STRAWS,LIGHTERS,PLASTIC SODA BOTTLES AND ALUMINUM CANS. +++
WELL THAT IS WHAT I USE FOR TRAVELING FUNDS,FOOD AND NECESSARY ITEMS.
WHEN I WAS BUILDING MY BOAT, I RAN OUT OF MONEY, FAR FROM FINISHED,
I LOOKED TO THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE AROUND ME TO FILL THE GAP.
I FOUND THE ALUMINUM CAN, MANY IN FACT, I LOOKED FOR PATTERNS,
LOOKING FOR WHERE THE MOST ALUMINUM CANS COULD BE FOUND,
I WAS WORKING ALONG HIGHWAY 20 THAT FOLOWS THE MISSISSIPPI NORTH AND SOUTH,
EVERY TIME I CAME CLOSE TO A RECREATION AREA I WOULD FIND TRASH AND ALUMINUM CANS. ( CAMPGROUND,BOAT RAMP,ECT.)
AS FAR AS I CAN FIGURE, SOME GUY PULLS OUT OF A CAMPGROUND
ON TO HIGHWAY 20 ,NORTH OR SOUTH, FINISHES HIS BEER AND TOSSES HIS EMPTY CAN OUT THE WINDOW,
TO ME THIS IS MONEY ON THE PORCH, RIGHT NEXT TO WHERE I MIGHT BE SLEEPING, THE CAMP GROUND,SHOWERS AND ALL.....COOL I'M IN.
OTHER PLACES YOU CAN FIND HIGHER DENSITY'S OF ALUMINUM CANS, ARE ON-RAMPS TO MAJOR FREEWAYS FROM RURAL ROADS, LARGE PULL OUTS, AND BEACHES ALONG RIVERS.
SAD BUT TRUE I PICK MY MONEY UP IN PARADISE.. HA..HA..L O L.
MORE TOMORROW,HAD TO WORK TODAY,HANDY MAN FOR A FRIEND.
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It’s summer, and you are sitting outside on the Great Lawn of Central Park, listening to a concert in New York City. You are surrounded by friends, you are enjoying a delicious picnic, and the music is great. The only way to improve this event would be to devise a smarter way for you and the thousands of other people at the concert to dispose of the plastic cups they are using to drink beer, soda, and water.
Enter Emery Goossens and Evan Eichorn, two New York Univeristy college students.
Concerned about the amount of plastic waste generated by outdoor concerts, they were looking for a way to offer more opportunities for concert-goers to recycle. Unlike plastic bottles and soda cans, however, plastic cups traditionally have little or no value, and so recycling services do not offer to recycle them. Emery and Evan needed to find another way to generate revenue to pay for the recycling of plastic cups, and they co-opted a traditional corporate path to make money: sell advertising space. Based on this idea, they founded a business that combines recycling, advertising, and charitable giving. Wecycle sets up recycling facilities at outdoor concerts in New York City, and generates revenue by selling ad space on its recycling bins. This revenue helps run Wecycle and pays for waste haulers to remove the plastic cups and take them to recycling facilities. The co-founders also donate a percentage of their profits to a local food bank.It’s summer, and you are sitting outside on the Great Lawn of Central Park,... more
why do we not have a conversation about what makes news ?
it would be interesting to reflect on what makes news, it is what we find interesting ? why do we not have a conversation about what makes news ? it would be interesting... more
When you think about it why did we ever start flushing toilets with fresh water? Surely we can do better than that? Can there be any problem with using grey water for flushing if for no other area? I think in CA you can use some grey water for watering outdoor lawns and plants. Need to check regulations for your area. When you think about it why did we ever start flushing toilets with fresh water?... more
A new report by Environment Colorado shows that developing solar power plants will reduce global warming pollution from U.S. electricity generation.
Denver, CO; Colorado's sunny skies are an endless vein the state can tap to supply clean renewable energy to meet growing U.S. demand for pollution free power, this according to a panel of energy advocates, industry experts, and legislators at a briefing today at the Colorado state capitol.
Our state's energy future rises every morning. By investing now in solar power plants, we can make sure that we ride this rise to cheaper energy, cleaner skies, and good paying green-collar jobs said Keith Hay, Energy Advocate at Environment Colorado. Colorado's sunshine is a new goldmine. Solar power plants can keep Colorado's energy economy growing while cutting the state's global warming pollution.
Joining the briefing were Senator Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass Village) and Representative Judy Solano (D-Brighton), both of whom sponsored legislation this year directing the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to consider the economic and environmental benefits of solar power plants when making resource decisions about where and how we get our electricity.
While investment in solar power plants has been stimulated by state initiatives to reduce global warming pollution, the report argues that reaching science based goals will require federal action. On the Rise highlights several policies that would increase the development of solar power plants in the United States, including: Enacting a national Renewable Electricity Standard Enacting a cap on global warming pollution Expanding and extending tax credits for investment in renewable energy Providing transmission access for central-station solar power
Nationally, we have the resources to meet new energy demand with solar power plants. The question is not one of resources, but of creating the markets and putting in place the policies that will get those resources to market, stated Holly Gordon, Vice-President of Regulatory and Legislative Affairs for Ausra Inc.
Concentrating solar power plants are finally having their day in the sun. Right now over 4,500 MW of concentrating solar power plants have signed power purchase agreements and, if the Federal investment tax credit is extended by Congress, they will be built said, Scott Frier, COO of Abengoa Solar. This technology has been producing reliable power for more than 20 years in the U.S. Because these plants can meet our future energy needs with pollution free, dispatchable power, we are seeing more and more utilities making the smart decision to purchase their output for their present and future energy needs.
As part of the state's Climate Action Plan, utilities agreed to voluntarily reduce global warming pollution by 20 percent by 2020. Reaching this goal will require a combination of energy efficiency and the use of central station solar power plants. For the first time, On the rise shows that replacing just half the state's current electricity demand with pollution free solar power would mean cutting global warming pollution by an amount equal to taking almost 2 million cars off the road.
A new report by Environment Colorado shows that developing solar power plants will... more
MARGOT ROOSEVELT, The Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2008
California issued new building standards Thursday, which state officials said would push developers to reduce the energy use of buildings by 15% and target a 50% reduction in water for landscaping.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hailed the new standards as groundbreaking, adding in a statement that they “will ensure that California remains in the forefront of reducing our carbon footprint and conserving valuable natural resources while also protecting our economy.”
However, the new green building language, which was heavily influenced by the construction industry, fell far short of the stringent rules that environmental advocates had sought.
Schwarzenegger staffers headed off what threatened to be an embarrassing full-throated condemnation by meeting with environmentalists Wednesday and agreeing to last-minute revisions of the draft.MARGOT ROOSEVELT, The Los Angeles Times, July 18, 2008 California issued new... more
Garbage technology maybe in its infancy yet it has already been demonstrated that it can work.
According to an article in Daily Galaxy, "Who can forget the historical sci-fi moment when the Dr Emmet Brown of “Back to the Future” fame shoved some garbage into his time car to make it run? It was such a memorable moment in sci-fi history because it had a truthful ring to it—why can’t we power the world with garbage instead of expensive, polluting oil? We can, according to new research. In fact, a garbage-fueled society is a smart alternative. It’s like killing two birds with one stone. You can take common sources of organic waste products such as human sewage, animal waste, or agricultural runoff that isn’t being used for anything and convert it into cheap, renewable electricity.
“Performing double-duty of energy generation and pollution prevention is a huge advantage of an microbial fuel cell,” researcher Andrew Kato Marcus told The Daily Galaxy. He and his colleagues recently published a study featured in the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering, which offers some key insights into the process. According to Marcus, in may ways “garbage power” is the ideal solution. And it’s already being done notes, “last year by a group in Harbin Institute, China actually used landfill leachate as the fuel for an MFC [microbial fuel cell].”Garbage technology maybe in its infancy yet it has already been demonstrated that it... more
Working on a small scale sometimes makes all the difference in the world. Witness the latest idea in wind energy from NY Chautauqua company.Working on a small scale sometimes makes all the difference in the world. Witness the... more
According to the Economist,"EVERYONE loves a booming market, and most booms happen on the back of technological change. The world’s venture capitalists, having fed on the computing boom of the 1980s, the internet boom of the 1990s and the biotech and nanotech boomlets of the early 2000s, are now looking around for the next one. They think they have found it: energy.
Many past booms have been energy-fed: coal-fired steam power, oil-fired internal-combustion engines, the rise of electricity, even the mass tourism of the jet era. But the past few decades have been quiet on that front. Coal has been cheap. Natural gas has been cheap. The 1970s aside, oil has been cheap. The one real novelty, nuclear power, went spectacularly off the rails. The pressure to innovate has been minimal.
In the space of a couple of years, all that has changed. Oil is no longer cheap; indeed, it has never been more expensive. Moreover, there is growing concern that the supply of oil may soon peak as consumption continues to grow, known supplies run out and new reserves become harder to find.
The idea of growing what you put in the tank of your car, rather than sucking it out of a hole in the ground, no longer looks like economic madness. Nor does the idea of throwing away the tank and plugging your car into an electric socket instead. Much of the world’s oil is in the hands of governments who have little sympathy with the rich West. When a former head of America’s Central Intelligence Agency allies himself with tree-hugging greens that his outfit would once have suspected of subversion, you know something is up. Yet that is one tack James Woolsey is trying in order to reduce his country’s dependence on imported oil.
The price of natural gas, too, has risen in sympathy with oil. That is putting up the cost of electricity. Wind- and solar-powered alternatives no longer look so costly by comparison. It is true that coal remains cheap, and is the favoured fuel for power stations in industrialising Asia. But the rich world sees things differently.
In theory, there is a long queue of coal-fired power stations waiting to be built in America. But few have been completed in the past 15 years and many in that queue have been put on hold or withdrawn, for two reasons. First, Americans have become intolerant of large, polluting industrial plants on their doorsteps. Second, American power companies are fearful that they will soon have to pay for one particular pollutant, carbon dioxide, as is starting to happen in other parts of the rich world. Having invested heavily in gas-fired stations, only to find themselves locked into an increasingly expensive fuel, they do not want to make another mistake.
That has opened up a capacity gap and an opportunity for wind and sunlight. The future price of these resources—zero—is known. That certainty has economic value as a hedge, even if the capital cost of wind and solar power stations is, at the moment, higher than that of coal-fired ones...."
According to the Economist,"EVERYONE loves a booming market, and most booms... more
Clear graphics showing ways that run off pollution could be incorporated into all new building if government and environmentalist were on the same sideClear graphics showing ways that run off pollution could be incorporated into all new... more
Puget Sound is an incredible gift of bounty and beauty and is in danger. Puget Sound needs your help. Orcas are dying. Puget Sound is an incredible gift of bounty and beauty and is in danger. Puget Sound... more
'Most buildings are designed to shed rain, and as such are built with hard, impenetrable roofing surfaces. As a result, rainwater bounces off and collects as runoff, picking up impurities—including infectious bacteria from animal waste as well as harmful pesticides and fertilizers—on the way to municipal storm sewers, which in turn eventually empty out into local bodies of water.
Minimizing this run-off means that more impurities will remain in local soils where they can be broken down more easily into their constituent elements than if they are concentrated downstream. In order to achieve this goal, landscape architects have developed so-called “green roofs,” which utilize living plant matter and soil on top of a building in order to absorb, collect and reuse rainwater while preventing run-off. Many buildings employing green roofs are able to find abundant uses for the water they collect, from watering exterior plantings at ground level to flushing toilets inside.'
How cool would it be if major cities, like NY, Boston, London, had gardens on all the rooftops? Think about all of the benefits from environmental, to fresh produce being available at food pantries. Work release programs could maintain the gardens, not to mention the therapeutic effect gardening has on the soul!'Most buildings are designed to shed rain, and as such are built with hard,... more
Discovery-News.com: Mixing almost everything but the kitchen sink into concrete can make it more durable. James Williams gets the details.Discovery-News.com: Mixing almost everything but the kitchen sink into concrete can... more
Yurts that are solar powered make a great deal of sense and are quite beautiful. For many homes are no longer affordable. Why not live in yurt communities? Solar so they are off the grid. Composting toilets. Living close to earth where reflection on what is truly necessary and important is easier to do than when surrounded by urban sprawl.Yurts that are solar powered make a great deal of sense and are quite beautiful. For... more
CEO talking about changing consumerism as we know it?