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Sun, Mar 23, 2008
from ZDNet:
The lightbulb of the future?
Silicon Valley's Luxim has developed a lightbulb the size of a Tic Tac that gives off as much light as a streetlight. News.com's Michael Kanellos talks to the company about its technology and its plans to expand into various markets. ...


Great! Now work on solar energy of an equivalent 10:1 ratio of efficiency!

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Sat, Mar 22, 2008
from Mongabay.com:
Markets could save forests: An interview with Dr. Tom Lovejoy
"Market mechanisms are increasingly seen as a way to address environmental problems, including tropical deforestation. In particular, compensation for ecosystem services like carbon sequestration -- a concept known by the acronym REDD for "reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation" -- may someday make conservation a profitable enterprise in which carbon traders are effectively saving rainforests simply by their pursuit of profit. Protecting rainforests and their resident biodiversity would be an unintentional, but happy byproduct of money-making endeavors." ...


We haven't been impressed with the market system's results so far, but heck,
let's give it a try!

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Sat, Mar 22, 2008
from Toronto Globe and Mail:
Wal-Mart move 'a powerful symbol' for organic
"Organic food proponents will remember Thursday as the day the ground shifted. Giant food retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced that its store brand milk in the United States will now come exclusively from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones. The move sends a powerful signal to food manufacturers about the growing mainstream demand for health food products. With Wal-Mart already the largest retailer of organic milk in the U.S., it has been clear that consumers interested in greener food products are no longer the narrow group of back-to-the-earth types and wealthy urban yuppies. "It's reached the tipping point," said Ronnie Cummins, director of the Organic Consumers Association in the U.S., who has spent years campaigning against the use of hormones designed to boost milk production by up to 15 per cent in dairy cows. ...


Cows and tipping have long gone hand and hand here in the Midwest.

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Tue, Mar 18, 2008
from Agence France-Press:
Japanese baseball joins fight against global warming
"TOKYO -- Japanese professional baseball players have vowed to shorten playing time per game as part of the national pastime's contribution to the fight against global warming. They will aim to cut playing time by six percent, or 12 minutes, from the average of three hours and 18 minutes per game, the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) commissioners' office said. "When a professional baseball game is staged, a huge amount of carbon dioxides, a cause of global warming, is discharged because it requires use of energy to move players and spectators, supply electricity for lighting and other purposes and dispose of food and drink waste," NPB said in a statement." ...


Hey, this could work out great in the United States, too! Less steroid use...less innings to play...

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Tue, Mar 18, 2008
from Hartford Courant:
Carbon Dioxide Up For Sale
"For the first time in the U.S., carbon dioxide goes on sale in September and the bidding will start at $1.86 a ton. A consortium of 10 states, including Connecticut, said Monday it will hold the first auction of carbon emissions "allowances" on Sept. 10, part of a plan to curb greenhouse gases from the region's power plants and slow global warming. Subsequent auctions will be held quarterly, and power plant operators who until now have been able to emit without paying will have until the end of 2011 to acquire enough credits to account for all of their CO{-2} emissions. "It's a new model not just for the region but for the nation," said state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Gina McCarthy. "It's a way we can make greenhouse gas reductions achievable but do it in way that costs are contained, that protects the interests of the consumer." ...


Kinda reminds us of the birth of our nation, when all of New England and states south of it banded together.

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