Archive for February, 2010


February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

A report on Green-washing (link to website), one of the worst things to have emerged from the rise of “green consciousness”.

Categories: Environment

Cities prepare for electric cars

February 16, 2010 2 comments

From a New York Times article:

In nearby Silicon Valley, companies are ordering workplace charging stations in the belief that their employees will be first in line when electric cars begin arriving in showrooms. And at the headquarters of Pacific Gas and Electric, utility executives are preparing “heat maps” of neighborhoods that they fear may overload the power grid in their exuberance for electric cars.

Full article here.

Categories: CleanTech

“Smart” Packaging

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Biomass-based packaging and edible film coatings explored at the Best in Packaging blog.

Categories: Environment

Traditional charities on the back-foot

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The signs of a massive charity shakeout are already under way. Donor trust continues to slide, according to recent survey data, and donations are down, government funding is falling and traditional nonprofits – from arts councils to food banks – are locked in painful restructuring, including mergers, acquisitions, collaborations, cutbacks and closings. Industry estimates suggest a 30 percent rise in merger activity among nonprofits since this time a year ago, and rising.

Read full article: Are traditional non-profits becoming obsolete?

Tidal Energy Turbine Exceeds 1000 hours of Operation Feeding to the Grid

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

SeaGen, the world-leading prototype commercial tidal energy turbine designed and deployed by Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT) has exceeded 1000 hours of operation in Northern Ireland’s Strangford Lough. It is the first and only tidal current or wave energy system in the world to have achieved this milestone.

Continue reading at the Ocean Power magazine.

Categories: Tidal Power

Windows kaput!

February 15, 2010 1 comment

Finally, finally, finally! I got my Reliance broadband card is working on Ubuntu 10, and so Windows has NO reason to exist on any PC that I use (except a small partition on my home PC to run Total War).

Listening to some medieval Serb music, performed by Renesans (founded in Belgrade in 1968). Pretty trippy.

Categories: Open-Source

BoPEEI in Loksatta

February 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Ashish Gawade and Aniruddha Atre, founders of BoPEEI (Bottom of the Pyramid Energy and Environment Innovations Ltd), featured in Loksatta.

BoPEEI is a Pune-based, triple-bottom line start-up that seeks to provide cost-effective energy-generating platforms to unserved and underserved communities. A detailed write-up in a  subsequent post

Categories: CleanTech, Environment