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There’s no denying it: California is one of the most important car markets in the world for manufacturers, and the state’s $2,500 zero-emissions vehicle rebate is very helpful for competing there. There are several specific requirements a car must meet to get the full $2,500 rebate, and most plug-in cars that aren’t 100% electric can’t […]
Electric cars have many benefits: excellent efficiency, a super smooth ride, amazing acceleration, no tailpipe emissions, no reliance on foreign oil, the great convenience of never having to visit a gas station again (ability to charge up at home overnight instead), and unquestionably quiet transportation. Nissan recently highlighted that last point by running a race between […]
Bicycling for transportation is one of the greenest things you can do in your life, and it also boosts your health. In a time when obesity is a genuine epidemic in the United Stated and global climate change is the greatest challenge modern society has ever faced, we need a huge push for more bicycling. […]
SolarCity, the largest solar power provider in the United States, has just entered the Nevada market. As elsewhere, homeowners can get solar panels installed on their roofs for free from SolarCity, and then just lease the solar panels (er, the electricity from them) from SolarCity for a lower estimated rate than they would pay the […]
Plastic — can you imagine a day without it? It has come to be a component of nearly everything we buy and use, it seems. On the one hand, plastic has made things possible that might not have been possible. On the other hand, there are a few major problems (at least) with its widespread use….
I’ve written about parks on Green Living Ideas before, since parks are a key feature of the city that help to keep people living in a much more energy efficient urban environment. Plus, “green living” and “parks” just seem to go together. Peter Harnik has a new book out, Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent […]
The Global Environment Facility (GEF), in an effort to lessen desertification and drought in Africa, is helping to plant a living wall of trees across Africa. The “wall” will be huge — 9 miles (14 kilometers) thick and 4,400 miles (7,081 km) long. The “Great Green Wall” will go through 11 countries in the Sahel-Saharan […]
Recycled Plastic Soccer Jerseys for Major International and Professional Soccer Teams — the Netherlands, Brazil, Barcelona, Arsenal, and More
First, before I get into this cool development in the world of soccer, I want to say that if these teams can get recycled plastic jerseys that are a good enough quality for players makings millions upon millions of dollars a year, hopefully it won’t be long before everyone can, and if you are a […]
The WorldWatch Institute is a stellar independent research organization helping to create “an environmentally sustainable society that meets human needs.” When I was doing research for my Master’s thesis on the relationship between bicycle facilities and bicycle travel, I ran across a great WorldWatch Institute publication from 1989 (before bicycling was so hip) titled The […]
One of the biggest environmental topics of the century might well be the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (and the toxic dispersants being used to “clean it up”). However, another one that some say might have a bigger impact on our babies than the BP oil spill but that is off the […]
Want to be a green cyclist? Forget the cycling apparel and go naked! That’s what thousands of riders around the world did on this last Saturday as cycling activists in the 7th Annual World Naked Bike Ride.
About 300 oils spills a year occur in the Niger Delta. In fact, a large one from an ExxonMobil pipe occurred on May 10th, 2010. Have you heard of it? You probably haven’t heard of it because there is practically no US or European coverage of it. Just as there is practically no coverage of […]
I love this idea. Sort of obvious once you think about it, but hardly considered or discussed when talking about ways to reduce climate change, obesity, driving, and so on. Why do people think life in the suburbs sounds so nice? One major reason is because they think of the benefits of a nice big […]
You’ve probably heard of green roofs before. And if you have, you’ve probably even thought of the possibility of gardening on your own roof. But this project below by a group of teachers, parents and green roof advocates brings us one step further. A large school building in the Lower East Side of New York […]