Monday, 10 December 2012

Grid getting by on Grass?

'Residents of St. Croix, the largest of the US Virgin Islands, will soon see their electricity coming from a novel source - towering fields of grass. 1,000 acres on the wetter west side of the Caribbean island have already been sown with Giant King Grass, a proprietary variety of tall-growing elephant grass that will be harvested to feed an anaerobic digester. The digester will produce bio-gas that will, in turn, power a 6MW turbine.'

Read more at new post on Hot House Islands:

Virgin Islands break Ground on Power-from-Grass Project

 

 

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Little island has big EV plans..

"Island grids may increasingly be coursing with greener, cleaner electricity but power generation isn't the only source of planet-warming emissions. Globally, nearly a fifth of CO2 emissions come from cars, vans and trucks plying the roads. So if the target is zero emissions, then a solution needs to be found for road transport.

And the Spanish island of El Hierro has just such a plan - taking all of its 6,000 cars over to the electric side of the road...
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New post on HotHouse Islands:

Canary Island, El Hierro, plans for 100% EV goal

 

Saturday, 3 November 2012

OSSA Monocasco - An Electric Bike Concept too far?

A cool study in the art of pose? Or a design doodle, unfortunate enough to be have been breathed into chrome, plastic and rubber?


New article written for ElectricBikeE:
'The OSSA Monocasco Gets an Art-Tic Makeover'

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Fukushima - the gift that keeps on giving...

While eyes are on disasters unfolding elsewhere, the Fukushima nuclear disaster skips along the brink of catastrophe...


Fukushima - the nuclear emergency that won't go away. New article written for the Earth Times

Friday, 26 October 2012

As sea-ice shrinks, oil companies leap in..

Some may see a global emergency in plummeting sea-ice in the Arctic:



















Arctic drilling platform; Credit: © Shutterstock
The oil industry sees a major financial opportunity. New article for The Earth Times:

After the Big Melt: The Big Rush to Exploit the Arctic

Monday, 1 October 2012

A Pair of Electric Bikes Wheeling your Way

... electric-bikes breaking out of the hobby shed, freeing themselves from fustiness, and creating a Third Way for clean green personal transport. New reviews for ElectricBikeE:

Eye-catching Smart is far from Pedestrian








Oh yeah, and a whole mess of FUN! The Stealth Bomber – Good, Bad and Ugly








Monday, 24 September 2012

The hole-in-the-ground syndrome

Got some waste, don't know where to put it? Easy, just pump it back underground, no-one will notice.. new article written for The Earth Times on Oil Industry's free pass to pollute:

The toxic dumps flowing under your feet


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Green light for GMO's in Europe?

The science may be chalking up black marks against genetically modified food on health grounds, but the EU bureaucractic system rolls on regardless..

New article written for The Earth Times: EU judges wrong-footed as GM worries grow

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Starting a fire to save the elephant..

Ivory being burnt in Gabon © WWF-Canon / James Morgan
Ivory trading is fueling the genocide of Africa's elephants. So Gabon has decided it is time to turn the heat up - new article written for The Earth Times.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

A hint of silver outside of Rio+20..

.. as all was doom in the conference halls of the Rio+20 summit - are the chinks of light to be found outside? Another opinionated-piece out on The Earth Times today.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

The octopus, the ice and the mile-deep pools..

Ice sheets just keep looking more fragile with every peek and poke - new article published on The Earth Times looking at West Antartica's newly discovered vulnerable side: West Antarctic ice shelf - a nudge and a push from collapse?











And the octopus? You'll need to read this one to find out..

Friday, 4 May 2012

Honda getting all electric with Fit EV

How Fit is Honda's entry to the EV race? New article published by SemaConnect  


Honda Fit EV: Taking the Wrap Off

Towering green..

From 150-year old water tower to Holland's most sustainable office - the curious tale of the Bussumse Watertoren; article just written for SemaConnect.

The New Sustainable Office Environment

Thursday, 26 April 2012

People and the Planet and the end of (I) want

The Royal Society paints a picture of how to get 10 billion people and one planet to play nicely with one another. The catch? The world has to stop playing wannabe rich-world resource hogs..



New article written for The Earth Times:

"People and the Planet: Crowded planet must change its ways"




Monday, 16 April 2012

Logging the loggerheads..

... new article in praise of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and its wandering star, Lightning McQueen, the loggerhead turtle: "The magnificent meanderings of Lightning McQueen", just published on The Earth Times.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

The alternatives to alternative energy..

Now that solar and wind are mainstream - and feeding a growing portion of our appetite for energy - let's take a little peek at some of the more 'far out' clean energy ideas.. new article written for the Earth Times this week : "Getting exotic with clean energy technology"

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Green lights for Charlotte?

From motorway city to beacon of sustainability? If Charlotte in North Carolina can do it, maybe anywhere can.. News article written for SemaConnect yesterday "Sustaining the change in Charlotte"

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Senseless slaughter must stop.

In central Africa, right now, the wrinkled, trunked, flapping majesty of the elephant - those powerful movers, shapers and shakers of the savanna - are being reduced to lumpen charnel. Not in ones and twos, but in three and four hundreds. All for dead and useless ivory ornaments, vulgar trophies that speak nothing of the raw beauty of the wild world, and everything of the void in some people's hearts.

New post on the Earth Times: "Elephant killing cannot continue' says WWF

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Friday, 9 March 2012

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Digging deeper to find the dry spots..

A report passing a finer tooth-comb over water supply, for hundreds of rivers, finds water scarcity affecting more people than previously thought. "Water scarcity affecting billions", new article on The Earth Times

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Europe, US shiver, as global warming ramps up..

Counter-intuitive, nonsensical, crazy - but true. Who ever said the planet's climate meanderings had to make sense? 


Certainly not the climate scientists who have linked the melting sea-ice of a warming Arctic to snowier winters all-round, in this post published on Wyrd Climate - When Arctic ice goes, the North wind blows..