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Delayed Flights Wasted $1.6 Billion of Fuel in 2007

May 29, 2008 23:34 by human
            
You think you hate sitting on the runway couped up in a plane that seems to be going nowhere. Well, the airlines (and the planet) hates it too. In 2007 $1.6 billion of jet fuel was burned by planes waiting in line to take off at airports. That's 740 million gallons of fuel.

And from the perspective of climate change 7.1 million metric tons of CO2.

And those numbers aren't going down. As fuel costs and delays increase, they're expecting about $2 billion to be wasted in 2008. All of this is from research by a U.S. Congressional Committee researching ways to decrease the costs of air travel.

Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be too much the airlines can do to decrease these numbers. The top suggestion of the committee is a billion dollar program to update America's RADAR system to a satellite pased system. This would allow flights to travel more direct paths, instead of having to alter course to stay on RADAR screens. And it would also allow air traffic controllers to keep an eye on planes constantly, instead of a blip every 12 seconds, as is currently the case.

satellite systems are already used all throughout the world, and the efficiency gains are obvious. Of course, the costs are tremendous. Just outfitting the planes with the new technology would cost $15 B. And then you need upgrades to the air traffic control stations as well as new satellites.

But it would apparently be more than worth it. While the cost of wasted fuel is only $2 B, the total cost to the economy, in lost productivity is around $41 B per year.

Via InsideCleanTech

Via EcoGeek

Custom Crank Up Emergency Light

May 28, 2008 22:42 by Admin
            

Crank Up Emergency Light

Custom Printed Crank Up Emergency Light

The perfect item to have in case of an emergency; this powerful emergency flashlight doesn't need batteries and has a built in compass. This custom imprinted emergency light is a great way to pro mote being eco-conscious as well. If everyone used crank powered flashlights we would add millions fewer harmful batteries to landfills each year.

Buildings Are More Responsible For CO2 Emissions Than Cars

May 27, 2008 10:56 by human
            
While most people think global warming is primarily caused by traffic, the fact is buildings- from skyscrapers to the family home are responsible for more CO2 emissions than automobiles. More than twice as much.

Buildings need to power lights, power mechanical systems, even what we call "plug loads" for computers, and other various electronic devices. All of that power is being demanded by a power plant that emits Co2 into the atmosphere.

In order to encourage better building design, the Green Building Council now rates construction and land management practices and hands out coveted gold certificates to those buildings that measure up to their global-friendly criteria. One of this year's winners is an automotive assembly plant in Lansing, Michigan. The 6-month old plant also preserves a 75 acre wildlife site across the street, has drought-resistant landscaping to eliminate the need for irrigation, and collects rainwater from its one-point-five million square-foot roof to flush the toilets.

To learn more about green buildings to go USGBC.org
Produced for General Motors

The power of wind

May 27, 2008 10:35 by Steve
            
A funny tv ad by Epuron Energy Company of Germany that does a great job in interpreting the meaning of wind energy into image and sound. 

Personalized eco friendly grocery bag

May 23, 2008 09:29 by Admin
            

Personalized eco friendly grocery bag

Personalized eco friendly grocery bag 

Providing an eco-friendly bag at your next promotional or corporate event sends a positive message to recipients about your concern for the state of our delicate ecosystem. These handy totes can be used daily to carry your essentials or be even more eco-friendly and use totes in place of plastic shopping bags.

Making the Digital Switch

May 22, 2008 12:46 by Admin
            

In case you haven’t heard, the TV world is changing on February 17, 2009. Television stations will begin broadcasting only in digital format, and analog TV users will have some adjustments to make.

With 10 months until the switch, this is no time to panic. Instead, find out if you will be affected. Equally important, how will the environment be affected by this digital switch?

Identifying the Issue

Digital TV (DTV) is a newer form of technology for receiving TV broadcasts. It offers better picture and sound, as well as interactive features like online program guides.

Broadcasters are already making the transition, sending TV in both analog and digital forms. TV manufacturers have also prepared for this, meaning you may already have a digital TV and not even know it.

There are certain code words to look for in your operating manual when figuring out if your TV is digital, such as:

  • ATSC
  • Digital Tuner
  • Digital Receiver
  • DTV
  • HDTV

If your TV is labeled “Digital Ready,” this doesn’t mean you are safe. It means you will need to buy a digital-to-analog converter box, which costs $50-$75. There’s a $40 coupon to help offset this cost from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Be aware: there may not be enough money to provide enough coupons for everyone. If you plan to buy a converter, get yours ASAP.

Environmental Impact

Buying a converter might be the most eco-friendly option because it creates less waste, but this doesn’t mean TV recyclers aren’t taking precautions.

“We’re definitely preparing for the potential capacity more than anything,” says Carey Levine of ASL Recycling, a California recycler of electronic waste. “We expect electronic manufacturers to take advantage and offer great deals on digital TVs, so we’re ready to recycle extra TVs in the coming months.”

The keyword here is “recycle.” While it’s currently legal to throw out your electronics in all but five states, TV sets contain lead inside the glass tube. In a landfill, this lead can contaminate both our soil and our water supply.

Luckily, it’s becoming easier every day to recycle not only televisions, but other electronics like cell phones and computers. Use Earth 911’s recycling locator to find:

  • Places to donate your still-working televisions
  • Local community events to recycle electronics
  • Retail locations that accept electronics for recycling
  • Qualified recyclers that specialize in electronics
  • Manufacturer take back programs

The picture will be ultra-clear once you go digital. Almost as clear as your conscience for adjusting to the digital switch in an eco-friendly way.

Via: Earth911.org

To Dishwash or Handwash...THAT is the Question

May 21, 2008 15:13 by Steve
            
Via Treehugger

 We recently covered a tip on dishwasher efficiency, but may have left you still feeling guilty or at least wondering about whether you should be pampering yourself with this labor-saving appliance. Now, thanks to a scientific study at the University of Bonn in Germany, you can have your cake and eat it too-relaxed in the knowledge that the cleaning up with your trusted machine will be a piece of cake and the eco-friendly thing to do...

The Bonn study proves that the dishwasher uses only half the energy and one-sixth of the water, less soap too. Even the most sparing and careful washers could not beat the modern dishwasher. The study also rated the cleanliness achieved, again in favor of the washing machine (sorry grandma). There have been studies before, but this is one of the few that stands (wo)man against machine and it sets itself apart by including a thorough analysis of the effect of half-loads and the whole demand range from your cake plate to the grimiest pots. Surf to research under household technology at U. Bonn's site for more. :: U. Bonn Household Technology

Custom Bic Round Stic Ecolutions Ballpoint Pen

May 21, 2008 08:54 by Admin
            

 

 Custom Eco Friendly Bic Round Stic Ecolutions

Printed Eco Friendly Bic Round Stic Pen

The imprinted Round Stic Ecolutions Pen from Bic is a fine offering from their Ecolutions collection. This promotional pen is the perfect example of a functional yet eco-friendly giveaway. Pens are a necessity, so why not brand your logo on a product that will be seen in a variety of places.  Made with 76% pre-consumer recycled material, originally used in the production of automotive part trays.  Most popular stick pen in promotional products.  Patented cap design.  Over 1.2 miles of writing ink makes it long lasting!

Proper Disposal and Recycling of E-Waste

May 20, 2008 11:12 by Steve
            

In addition to “traditional” recycling programs, some electronics manufacturers and retailers also offer e-waste recycling. Many manufacturer-sponsored programs will accept and process their brand for free. Some accept other brands for a small fee.

Manufacturer Specific Programs

Retailer Programs

  • Circuit City (Easy-trade in program)
  • Best Buy
  • Staples (accepts computers, monitors, laptops, and desktop printers, faxes and all-in-ones)
  • EPA Plug-In Partners (lists manufacturers, retailers and service providers that offer recycling of e-waste)

Donation

  • EPA—lists options for donating or recycling e-waste
  • Techsoup—lists non-profit organizations and recyclers of e-waste
  • Goodwill (some locations accept computers)—Web site includes tips on how to donate computers

Cell Phone Recycling/Donation

Recycling Preparation

After determining what options are available, it is important to determine whether a recycler is operating under strict environmental controls and high worker safety protections. A few general questions to ask include:

  1. Is the recycler certified (such as an ISO 14001 environmental management certification) and does it follow a set of industry recognized guidelines?
  2. Does the recycler actually recycle most of the e-waste materials collected (It is best if the company can recycle 90 percent or more of the materials)?
  3. Does the recycler have written procedures for removing and disposing of mercury lamps in electronic products? Many manufacturer and government sponsored programs have extensive online information detailing the way in which recycling is handled.

Recently, the issue of electronics being exported overseas has become both an environmental and a health concern. The Basel Action Network and the Electronics TakeBack Campaign have qualified a group of electronics recyclers known as e-Stewards that have met criteria for globally responsible recycling.

In addition to choosing a recycler, it is also important to prepare your e-waste for recycling. For computer recycling, one important concern is to erase all data from the computer before sending it off for recycling.

However, this should be a factor regardless of what one does with an old computer because electronic data can be retrieved from hard drives. There are many options (such as software) to ensure that the data is permanently erased.

In fact, many recycling firms will scrub the hard drive and certify that all data has been erased. Before sending your computer to a recycler, check to verify that this option is available.

Taken From Earth911.org

Support earthquake relief in China

May 19, 2008 11:53 by human
            

Join the recovery efforts underway to assist earthquake victims in southwest China. Your donations to the organizations listed below will help survivors and other disaster victims rebuild their communities and their lives. 100% of contributions will help support emergency relief efforts in China.  

Google China Earthquake Relief

Here are others agencies that are working to provide emergency relief in China:

U.S.-based organizations

Chinese Philanthropy Global Partnership
Global Giving: China
World Vision
Mercy Corps
Save the Children
Half the Sky Foundation:

Global organizations

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Red Cross Society of China (RMB)