Archive | April, 2009

Check out Green Energy World Map

Where in the world is Al Gore?? Unfortunately, you will not be able to track him down with this new green search engine (complete with map) site but the cool thing about “reegle” is that users can click on a specific location and get the latest events, news, and a sampling of green energy development […]

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Price is king even in green

Be green all you want but admit it – the amount in your wallet(especially at times like this) is more important than your greenconscience. A study from consulting firm Deloitteconfirmed the same sentiment among shoppers although Deloitte said someof the low green purchasing numbers are also driven by lack ofmarketing initiatives. More than 6,400 shoppers […]

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Arizona gets into the sun market

It’s about time that Arizona invests in solar technology given that they have plenty of raw materials to start with. Nonprofit group Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is spending $4 million for five new solar investments and the establishment of their Solar Technology Institute (STI), which aims to catalyze solar technology breakthroughs and commercialization of products […]

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Solar energy still bright

Investments might be down a bit this year but it seems the outlook for the solar energy industry is still pretty darn bright, according to this study from SRI Consulting. SRI said the global solar energy market is projected to more than double to reach $70 billion by 2013. Solar cell efficiencies of organic photovoltaic […]

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Move away DEET! Here comes catnip insect repellent

For the first time in eight years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved a new biopesticide, this time made from catmint plant – a feline’s favorite catnip, according to its developer DuPont. The refined Oil of Nepeta cataria can reportedly repel a broad range of biting insects with effectiveness similar to synthetic ingredients such as […]

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Cow dung brick from Indonesia

First we had the elephant dung paper products, and now Indonesia’s Prasetiya Mulya Business School developed high-quality bricks made from abundantly available cow dung. The school won this year’s top $25,000 top prize at the 10th annual Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) hosted by University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. This year’s competititon […]

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Recycling market declines

Market research firm IBISWorld reported that amid growing green businesses, the recycling market seems to be the only one that has really been hit by the economic recession. Compared to green industries such as natural products, biotechnology, environmental consulting, hydroelectric and renewable power generation, the recycling market this year is expected to decline after growing […]

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Natural polyol in Mexican green sandal

Dow Chemical, Wal-Mart Mexico and Grupo Ravi have joined forces to create “Green Comfort” sandal for women in Mexico. The companies said the shoe soles and insole is made up of Dow’s natural oil-based polyols. “The eco-sandal is produced with vegetable pigmented leathers, zero solvents in the manufacturing process and is sold with 100% recyclable […]

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Europe favors eco-tire labeling rule

The European Parliament proposed last week for tire manufacturers starting November 2012 to label the fuel efficiency/performance as well as the wet grip and noise performance of tires (or ‘tyre’ as they spell it in Europe). According to EU lawmakers, the new tire label will use a fuel-efficiency classification similar to the energy label for […]

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Weekly News Roundup

The buzz last week was the adoption of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)regulation by California Air Resources Board. The LCFS targetsreduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation fuelsto 16m tonnes/year in the state by 2020. The standards are alsoexpected to be a template for federal policy makers as they seek toimplement national renewable […]

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