Thursday, June 30, 2011

Toyota develops low-priced EV charging stand

Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Media Service showed their jointly developed G-Station, a charging stand for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, at the Smart Grid Exhibition 2011.

G-Station verifies and communicates via a non-contact IC card, and then can connect to Toyota's own Toyota Smart Center energy management system via the Internet.

TEDxMaastricht 2011: Meet e-Patient Dave by Dave deBronkart

When Dave deBronkart learned he had a rare and terminal cancer, he turned to a group of fellow patients online -- and found a medical treatment that even his own doctors didn't know. It saved his life. Now he calls on all patients to talk with one another, know their own health data, and make health care better one e-Patient at a time.

FairTrade USA mentioned on PBS NewsHour

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Energy Matters Video News - Episode 34

In this episode, Virginia covers a report stating home solar power can be a better investment than shares, the Climate Institute calls for a stop to the scapegoating of renewable energy and two major projects to receive funding under the Australian government's Solar Flagships program.

Google Announces Plans to Shut Down PowerMeter

Google has announced plans to shut down its PowerMeter and Google Health services as it has been unable to turn them into mass-market propositions, the company announced recently.

PowerMeter, which lets people monitor their energy contrast usage online, was available to users in the UK and the US. In a blog post by Google Health senior product manager Aaron Brown and Bill Weihl, Google’s ‘green energy czar’, the company said PowerMeter and Google Health “didn’t catch on the way we would have wanted”. However, they promised to help users of the services extract their data before shutdown.

Source: Energy Business daily

Energy Matters Video News - Episode 35

In this episode, Virginia covers changes to South Australia's feed in tariff, solar heading for grid parity in 100 countries by 2020, solar power poised to trump fossil fuel on cost and and rooftop solar now as economical as large scale PV.

1 Million Square Foot Rooftop Solar Power System Announced by Holt Logistics

Holt Logistics has announced it will work in partnership with SunPower Corp to build the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic installation in North America at Holt’s Gloucester Marine Terminal in New Jersey.

The massive 1.1 million square-foot system will be installed on Terminal's refrigerated warehouse near the Walt Whitman Bridge and will utilise 27,528 SunPower solar panels, producing nine megawatts (MW) of clean energy - enough to power 1500 homes. Upon completion later this year, the Gloucester installation will supply the equivalent of nearly 80 percent of the Terminal's power demand and offset more than 9,500 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Source: Renewable Energy News :

Synthetic Fuels; Recent Breakthrough Holds Huge Promise

2GreenEnergy Editor Craig Shields interviews David Doty, Ph.D., whose recent breakthrough in synthetic fuels using off-peak wind power holds huge promise for clean, carbon-neutral energy.

Olar Impulse at the 2011 Paris Air Show: Solar Plane Can Fly Day or Night

One of the main attractions at the 2011 Paris Air Show was the Solar Impulse, a prototype aircraft powered exclusively by sunlight

Warning: Predictions for June 27- July 2 by Piers Corbyn

Piers Corbyn gives his account of what to expect in the next few days and why.

Nuclear Update: Los Alamos - Evacuates 12,000

Fort Calhoun, Not Fukushima? Picture's Worth 1,000 Words!

NY Times Knowledge Network: Nuclear Power after Fukushima

Join for an up-to-the-minute Webcast about developments at Japan's damaged Fukushima Daichi nuclear reactor and the accident's effect on the nuclear industry around the world. Matthew Wald, a NYT correspondent who has covered the nuclear power industry for 30 years, and teaches a course on nuclear power for The Times Knowledge Network, will lead this Webcast. He will also convey the latest information from Times reporters covering the reactor story in Japan. Ken Belson, recently returned from Tokyo, will participate. Self-paced lessons on nuclear energy will also be included.

Concern over nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Nuclear Plant continues

Executives at the Japanese utility behind the nuclear power plant sent into meltdown by the March have quake apologised to investors who repeatedly interrupted the annual meeting of shareholders with heckles, yells and outraged questions.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata promised that the company was doing its utmost to bring radiation leaks under control. He said it would speedily compensate people forced to evacuate the area around the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant and farms whose products were banned because of radiation contamination.

Source: 3 News

VW: The Dark Side Episode II

VW is threatening Earth by opposing cuts to C02 emissions. Join the Rebellion and turn Volkswagen away from the Dark Side.

The rebellion against Volkswagen continues, are you a jedi yet?; Austrians against nuclear power; Indian forest campaign boosted by Bollywood; Greenpeace asks Bharti Airtel for a Diesel phase-out; we’ll meet Aliens before 2031.

A Shocking Look in the Pork Industry: Animal Abuse Exposed

A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation provides a shocking look into one of the nation's largest pork producers -- Iowa Select Farms in Kamrar, Iowa. At this factory farm, mother sows and their piglets are forced to suffer brutal abuse and lives of unrelenting confinement and misery.

Between April and June of 2011, an MFA investigator documented: Mother sows confined to barren metal crates barely larger than their own bodies -- unable to turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives. Workers ripping out the testicles of conscious piglets without the use of painkillers.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

'Goodbye' to Fossil Fuels by 2050 by Lykke Friis, Energy Minister of Denmark

LED Tree Sculpture Aurora Video

Google Science Communication Fellows Workshop: Conveying the Climate Story

Andy Revkin is the senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace University's Academy for Applied Environmental Studies and writes the Dot Earth blog for The New York Times. A prize-winning journalist, online communicator and author, he has spent nearly three decades covering subjects ranging from the assault on the Amazon rain forest to the troubled relationship of climate science and politics.

From1995 through 2009, he covered the environment for The Times as a staff reporter. His quarter century of coverage of global warming has earned most of the major awards for science journalism along with the John Chancellor Award from Columbia University. Revkin has been a pioneer in multimedia communication, blogging and shooting still and video imagery in far-flung places. He has also carried his journalism to a new generation in The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World, the first account of Arctic climate change written for the whole family. His other books include The Burning Season and Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast.

Costs of Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan: 225,000 Lives and up to US$4 Trillion

Nearly 10 years after the declaration of the War on Terror, the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan have killed at least 225,000 people, including men and women in uniform, contractors, and civilians. The wars will cost Americans between $3.2 and $4 trillion, including medical care and disability for current and future war veterans, according to a new report by the Eisenhower Research Project based at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. If these wars continue, they are on track to require at least another $450 billion in Pentagon spending by 2020.

The Costs of War report by this major multi-university research project reveals costs that are far higher than recognized. Its findings are being released at a critical juncture. As Project Co-Director and Institute Professor Catherine Lutz puts it: “Knowing the actual costs of war is essential as the public, Congress, and the President consider the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan and other issues including the deficit, security, public investments, and reconstruction.”

Join the rebellion and turn VW away from The Dark Side

Volkswagen opposes key European laws that we need if we're going to save our planet from climate change. All is not lost. We feel the good in Volkswagen. Help Greenpeace to turn VW away from the Dark Side.

How Do We Protect Our Children In An Age of Environmental Crisis? Living Downstream Trailer

Raised in small-town Illinois, cancer seems to run in Sandra Steingrabers family. Sandra was diagnosed with bladder cancer when she was just twenty years old. Her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when Sandra was in high school. Many of her aunts and uncles have struggled with the disease. One aunt even died from the same form of bladder cancer that Sandra had. But while cancer runs in her family, she cannot say that it runs in her genes. Sandra is adopted. This unusual twist led Sandra to ask what else families have in common besides their DNA. The answer is all around us: our environment.

Skoll Foundation Awardee VisionSpring featured on ABC News and CNN

Skoll awardee VisionSpring, which gives glasses to the poor around the world, was recently featured as part of ABC News’ global health series “Be the Change: Save a Life.” Watch the segment. Dr. Richard Besser visits VisionSpring in Bangladesh and discovers how cheap, drugstore reading glasses can transform the lives of the poor, such as one carpenter who kept hammering his fingers and could no longer work because of his failing vision…until he got the glasses he needed.

The CNN segment featured the Globetrotters, who demonstrated their special “4-point shot,” live. They give money for four pairs of kids’ glasses to VisionSpring each time they make one of these special shots on the court — 35 feet from the basket.

Source: Skoll Foundation

Gemasolar: The world’s first day & night Solar Plant

This video by "Solar Trillions" author Tony Seba shows Gemasolar, the world's first commercial utility-scale solar power plant. Gemasolar is a 19.9-MW plant with a 15-hour 'battery'. Gemasolar's expected production is 110,000 MWh per year—or about enough to fully power 25,000 households. Gemasolar to produce electricity about 6,400 hours per year - a capacity factor of 75%. Gemasolar's power tower has a height of 140 meters (459.3 feet.)

The receiver on top of the tower is like a radiator that is heated to a temperature of about 565 degrees Celsius (1,050 degrees Farenheit) by the sunlight reflected by 2,650 heliostats with a total reflective surface of about 300,000 square meters (3.32 million square feet.)

Ma di Tau, star of The Last Lions Movie vs. the World

Ma di Tau, star of The Last Lions movie, is built to kill, but she faces a gauntlet of enemies — buffalo, hyenas, and even the other lions who would kill her cubs — and it's a fight to the death.

Spain-UNEP Partnership: Marine Mammals Corridors and Critical Habitats -...

The Marine Mammals Corridors and Critical Habitats Project, supported by the Spain-UNEP Partnership for Protected Areas, works to reduce the negative impacts of current human practices such as fishing, pollution, noise and habitat degradation on marine mammals.

In this short film, get to see how this initiative will strengthen marine mammals protected areas networks, conserve the biodiversity of endangered species and increase income generation through ecotourism.

Flood Challenges Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant

The nation's top nuclear power regulator says both of Nebraska's nuclear power plants have remained safe as they battle floodwaters. There is more concern about the Fort Calhoun plant because floodwaters are close.

TED 2011: A Rosetta Stone for the Indus script by Rajesh Rao

Rajesh Rao is fascinated by "the mother of all crossword puzzles": How to decipher the 4000 year old Indus script. At TED 2011 he tells how he is enlisting modern computational techniques to read the Indus language, the key piece to understanding this ancient civilization.

Wayne Bickley (Mo's) 1996 Electric Corvette

This is a walkaround of my 1996 Electric Corvette. 18 XS Power XP1000 batteries. ADC 9" electric Motor, Zilla HV 2000 Amp controller QA1 coilover springs ZF6 6 speed clutchless. 288V Nominal volts Floats at 315V , Electric Power Steering, Gast Vacuum pump for Power Brakes

UN declares deadly cattle plague eradicated after global campaign

The United Nations declared that the world has completely eradicated a cattle disease that has killed millions of bovines for millennia. It is the first animal disease to be officially declared eradicated -- and only the second disease ever, after smallpox.

A resolution approved by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at its meeting in Rome today stated that the world was free of rinderpest, or cattle plague, but also "called on the world community to follow up by ensuring that samples of rinderpest viruses and vaccines be kept under safe laboratory conditions and that rigorous standards for disease surveillance and reporting be applied."

Climate Change Natural Disasters in America: Floods 101

No natural disaster in America has caused more death and destruction than floods.

Professor Green Does His Thing at Glastonbury

British rapper Professor Green talks about playing Glastonbury and reveals how his new album has been done on his terms

The Google+ project: Explore Circles

Learn how Circles in Google+ can make sharing on the web a little more like sharing in real life. Find out more at

The Google+ project: A quick look

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

RSA Animate: Choice by Professor Renata Salecl

In this new RSAnimate, Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice. Does the freedom to be the architects of our own lives actually hinder rather than help us? Does our preoccupation with choosing and consuming actually obstruct social change?

Yankees Pitcher Makes History With a Nonleather Glove

New York Yankees pitcher Brian Gordon recently became the first player in Major League Baseball history to use a nonleather glove. If you ask me, that's much more newsworthy than Derek Jeter's 3,000th career hit quest or future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera's pursuit of the most saves in the majors.

Gordon’s non-leather glove—handcrafted by Carpenter Trade Company out of microfiber that is breathable, memory retentive, and wicks away moisture—is 10 ounces lighter than a standard leather glove. Gordon raves that his glove, which is already broken in and doesn't require oiling or heating, as leather gloves do, feels "locked in." Source: PETA

The Future of Light: OLED, an natural artificial lighting choice

Light-emitting wallpapers and windows sound like the stuff of science fiction, but they are actually not far from becoming a reality. A team of researchers in Dresden is working to make it happen.

Michael Volkema of Herman Miller: Consumers are demanding safe and healthy products

Tammy Ayers of Steelcase: Cradle to Cradle is a rigorous certification

Michael Braungart speaking with William McDonough

Michael Braungart discusses the importance of the C2C Products Innovation Institute in changing the industrial system.

William McDonough discussing the purpose of the C2C Products Innovation Institute at Climate One

See also: Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute C2CPII: Train 100 Assessors, Certify 1,000 Products

Products for Life, Customers for Life: Cradle to Cradle by William McDonough

"McDonough + Partners lead William McDonough points out that manufacturers can utilize the same resources repeatedly, and build a lifetime buying relationship with their customer in the process. By closing the product cycle - that is, designing goods with their deconstruction and reconstruction in mind - product developers are uniquely poised to deepen their customer relationship. McDonough cites a case study of a carpet manufacturer that employs Cradle to Cradle design. Customers ""lease"" the carpet, and are offered financial incentive to return it after its term of use, where the manufacturer can strip it, reuse the backing, and replenish the fibers into new design - keeping toxic chemicals out of the environment, and unwanted product from the landfill."

Business Sense of Cradle to Cradle

Think that C2C doesn't make business sense? Think again. Listen to testimonials that validate the potential of C2C to increase the bottom line.

Wildfire Forces Evacuations in New Mexico

Thousands of residents calmly fled Monday from the mesa-top town that's home to the Los Alamos nuclear laboratory, ahead of an approaching wildfire that sent up towering plumes of smoke, rained down ash and sparked a spot fire on lab property.

Dutch calls for ban on religious slaughter

In the Netherlands, an animal rights party and the far-right Freedom Party are pushing for a ban on kosher and halal slaughter methods which critics say inflict unacceptable suffering on animals. The parties say ritual slaughter should only be allowed on the proviso that Jewish and Muslim groups can prove the process is humane.

Inside Story: China & Europe - who benefits?

Inside Story discusses with, Jonathan Holslag, head of research at the Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies; Jan Randolph, head of Sovereign Risk at IHS Global Insight; and Lok Sang Ho, professor of economics at Lingnan University, HK.

Internet of Things conference speech by EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, gives a keynote speech to the 3rd annual Internet of Things Conference in Brussels. She outlines how the internet of things should be governed in the future - with respect to object identification, user privacy and empowerment, and legal liability - including the idea of "Silence of the Chips".

Australian Double-Decker High Speed Train (A-HSV) Connecting Melbourne and Sydney

Design studio HASSELL has revealed its conceptual design for an Australian High Speed Vehicle (A-HSV) in response to national debates on environmental, economical and social issues.

Aquaskipper Hydrofoil Human Powered Watercraft

The AquaSkipper's patented design, hydrofoil wings and fiberglass spring let you fly across the water by hopping up and down. The secret to your awesome power? Hydrofoil wings have very little drag in the water. Plus, the aircraft aluminum frame weighs a mere 26 pounds. So take on the surf. Try new tricks. Race your friends. And turn heads everywhere you ride.

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Nanga Vhuthilo Community Center

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Nanga Vhuthilo Community Center, in Soweto, South Africa to join with participants from the Young African Women Leaders Forum for a service project.

First Lady Michelle Obama Visits Baylor Center

In Gaborone, Botswana First Lady Michelle Obama visited Baylor Center to participate in a service project at the local teen center dedicated to combating HIV/AIDS in the community.

Carousel Horse Race by Improv Everywhere

For the latest Improv Everywhere mission we turned a carousel into a horse race. A single jockey was joined by two announcers, a roaring crowd, and a trumpeter. The children on the carousel had no idea what was going on. The mission took place at Le Carrousel in New York's Bryant Park.

Green Overdrive: Riding Brammo's Electric Motorcycle

UNICEF and Special Olympics usher in new era of protection for children ...

UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on the opening of the Special Olympics in Athens.

China's new high speed train in final testing

China is doing the final testing on its high speed rail network, linking Beijing and Shanghai - the countries two most important cities. The new trains will cut the trip to five hours, making it twice as fast as the existing kind. The project cost more than $220bn, the sacking of the railways minister and four years of work to happen.

EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard of Climate Action

Video message from Commissioner Connie Hedegaard of Climate Action presented at the Summit on 23/6/11 as part of the Our Future Mobility Now event at Autoworld museum in Brussels.

Missouri River Flood Waters Rise on Two Nebraska Nuclear Plants

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission is closely watching conditions along the Missouri River where floodwaters are rising at Cooper Nuclear Station and the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant in Nebraska.

Unusual Event declarations remain in effect at both plants, the lowest of four levels of emergency notification. NRC officials are maintaining close contact with the National Weather Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and both plants.

Source: Solar Thermal Magazine

Climate Denier Steve King Decries "Unprecedented" Flood

Rep. Steve King, who denies the existence of global warming, spent 30 minutes on the House floor explaining the "unprecedented" flood of the Missouri River, without mentioning climate change.

Wave Energy Technology New Zealand: WET-NZ

An animation of a WET-NZ wave energy converter in operation and transmitting the generated electricity to shore.

SeaGen: Sea Generation Tidal Turbine

Virtual Tour of the Wavestar machine

Get a unique peek of the indside of the Wavestar machine and how it produces electricity from harnessing the energy of waves.

The Energy Island

The Energy Island, a joint venture lead by Dominic Michaelis, draws on the broad range of research activities being conducted across the University of Southampton in a number of specialist research groups. A virtual team, collaborating with industry and academics internationally is working towards the goal of a floating energy island capable of delivering gigawatt levels of energy from renewable sources. The modular structure of the Energy Island permits scaling and adaptation to suit a variety of different locations, climates and demands while facilitating economic feasibility through shared infrastructure, volume production and low operating costs. The flexibility of siting offered by a floating platform also offers a critical advantage to the more densely populated countries such as the United Kingdom where obtaining environmentally and socially acceptable locations for the siting of large renewable energy capture installations is a major hurdle for any new development.

Monday, June 27, 2011

OTEC Energy Island Animation by H4 Group

By accessing the worlds biggest solar thermal collector, our seas, OTEC is a system that is capable of producing enough energy and water for the entire planet and with a net cooling effect on our increasingly heating oceans.

Video of Solar Islands by CSEM, Switzerland

Hands Across the Sand at Seaside Florida for Clean Energy

Hundreds gathered to take a stand, hold hands, and draw a line in the sand in Seaside, Florida with "Hands Across the Sand" founder Dave Rauschkolb.

Hands Across the Sand is a movement made of people of all walks of life and crosses political affiliations and the borders of the world. This movement is not about politics — it is about the protection of our coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife and fisheries. The accidents that continue to happen in offshore oil drilling are a threat to all of the above. Expanding offshore oil drilling is not the answer; embracing Clean Energy is.

Making Algae Fuels: Algae 'The ultimate in renewable energy'

TED 2011: Different ways of knowing by Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet has linguistic, numerical and visual synesthesia -- meaning that his perception of words, numbers and colors are woven together into a new way of perceiving and understanding the world. The author of "Born on a Blue Day," Tammet shares his art and his passion for languages in this glimpse into his beautiful mind.

Impressive time lapse of Nuclear Explosions since 1945 by artist Isao Hashimoto

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing" the fear and folly of nuclear weapons."


Lady Gaga's message of support to Japan

Lady Gaga tells quake and tsunami-hit Japanese fans "never give up on the dream of Japan".

Thousands work to clean up Fukushima plant

For the nearly two thousand workers trying to clean up Japan's crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima, lending a helping hand is a highly personal mission.

Nuclear Trouble Intensifies in Japan and USA

"Fukusima Still A Ticking Time Bomb"

General Electric solar powered station for electric cars

Solar Tower Energy

How it Works: Solar PV

Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can generate clean, cost-effective power anywhere the sun shines. This video shows how a PV panel converts the energy of the sun into renewable electricity to power homes and businesses.

Onyx Ashanti: This is beatjazz on an iPhone and a mouthpiece

Musician and inventor Onyx Ashanti demonstrates "beatjazz" -- his music created with two handheld controllers, an iPhone and a mouthpiece, and played with the entire body. At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, after locking in his beats and loops, he plays a 3-minute song that shares his vision for the future of music.

TEDxBG 2011: A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond by Steve Keil

At TEDxBG in Sofia, Steve Keil fights the "serious meme" that has infected his home of Bulgaria -- and calls for a return to play to revitalize the economy, education and society. A sparkling talk with a universal message for people everywhere who are reinventing their workplaces, schools, lives.

Pioneer 3D Floating Display

Pioneer 3D Floating Vision display, interacts with humans using AR

TEDxBaltimore 2011 The Future We Make by Frank Kolarek

Frank Kolarek has an extensive sports background as a professional player and coach with the Oakland Athletics and scout with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles. After 15 years in professional baseball Frank returned to his alma mater, the University of Maryland to coach and teach. Frank has served as the Director of Baseball and Softball for Special Olympics International with programs in 152 countries as well as the National Special Programs Director for the USA/Amateur Softball Association. He continues to be regarded as one of the countryʼs top clinicians in baseball and softball presenting to schools, training centers, camps and youth groups. Mr. Kolarek has an outstanding background in marketing; he has held positions as Corporate Marketing Director for the University of Phoenix, the Cal Ripken Sports Training Center with Sinai Health Systems and Vice President of Navy Run, Jump and Throw. Frank is currently President and Founder of the League of Dreams, Inc. which is a National Organization whose mission is to provide baseball, softball and volunteer outreach opportunities for all individuals regardless of their physical or mental challenges. Last summer Major League Baseball and People Magazine selected and recognized Frank at the Major League Baseball All Star game in St. Louis as one of only 30 individuals from the entire country as their "All Star Among Us" for his League of Dreams Foundation.

Pilkington solar field operational in Northwood

Pilkington North America cut the ribbon Thursday on its new 3,000 panel solar field in Northwood. The $1.6 million solar field is expected to generate 250-kilowatts of energy, or about 10 percent of what the factory uses every year. The Rossford glass plant used panels made by Perrysburg's First Solar.

A Crude Awakening Trailer

Israel unveils first of 50 solar power fields

Israel's Arava Power Company unveils the country's first commercial solar field in a bid to start a "Solar Revolution" in the mainly arid country.

Belgium launches Europe's first solar train

Europe's first ever solar-powered train is being launched in Belgium. The energy comes from 16,000 solar panels, installed on the roof of a rail tunnel running along an Antwerp motorway. The panels produce enough electricity to power all of Belgium's trains for one day per year. A joint public-private partnership, the project is partly financed by Belgium's rail network manager and is expected to prevent considerable carbon dioxide emissions.

Sunny days ahead? New solar panels may clean up toxic lake

Google & SolarCity Partner to Make Solar Affordable

SolarCity and Google announced the creation of a new $280 million fund to finance residential solar projects. The Google-backed fund is the first collaboration between the Internet giant and the nation's leading solar power service provider, and represents Google's largest investment to date in the clean energy sector.

The fund is SolarCity's largest project financing fund and the largest residential solar fund created in the U.S. SolarCity has now created 15 project funds with seven different partners to finance more than $1.25 billion in solar projects.

Intentium Offshore Wavepower Animation

An animation of our Offshore Wave Power concept.

Stop Tar Sands

The tar sands also called oil sands are one of the largest remaining deposits of oil in the world. Developing the tar sands has created the biggest industrial development project, the biggest capital investment project, and the biggest energy project in the world. It has also created a literal hell on earth. The tar sands are what unrestrained fossil fuel use and unchecked greenhouse gas emissions look like. They are pushing us towards runaway climate change.

Gas Flares, Oil Companies and Politics In Nigeria

Every year, millions of dollars are literally going up in smoke in Nigeria, Africa's top crude oil-exporting nation, as companies burn off unwanted natural gas released during oil production.

This flaring and venting produces more greenhouse-gas emissions than any other single source in Africa south of the Sahara, and many who live in Nigeria's oil-producing communities complain of chronic health and environmental problems associated with the gas flares.

TED 2011: How I became 100 artists by Shea Hembrey

How do you stage an international art show with work from 100 different artists? If you're Shea Hembrey, you invent all of the artists and artwork yourself -- from large-scale outdoor installations to tiny paintings drawn with a single-haired brush. Watch this funny, mind-bending talk to see the explosion of creativity and diversity of skills a single artist is capable of.

SEATEL: The Offshore Hotel

SEATEL is a brand new accommodation solution for the offshore renewable sector which has been developed by market leaders Svitzer UK and Sanderson Maritime. The specially designed vessel enables offshore staff to be located safely and comfortably on-site, reducing the costs and downtime associated with transferring crew from an inshore location.

SEATEL offers significant advantages over conventional accommodation ships and other forms of offshore accommodation: Accommodation is significantly cheaper than other alternatives. Flexible offering with single and twin occupancy available in all 70 rooms. Easily moved between locations.

Source: SEATEL

Tar Sands and Oil Shale

Canada's Dirty Oil: breaking our addiction

Canada's Alberta tar sands produces the world's dirtiest, most expensive, and dangerous fossil fuel. Locked up in sand and clay, extracting tar sands crude consumes 3 barrels of water per barrel of bitumen produced, produces 5 times the greenhouse gases of "normal" crude oil, and leaches enormous volumes of toxics into North America's second largest watershed.

Photographer Chris Jordan: Polluting Plastics

Photographer Chris Jordan specializes in large-scale works that depict the magnitude of our consumerism and its impact on our environment. In one of the most emotional presentations at PopTech 2009, Jordan shares heart-wrenching images of birds killed by ingesting plastics that increasingly pollute our oceans.

Japanese outraged with govt keeping truth in the dark about radiation danger

The Japanese government is starting radiation checkups for more than two million people living near the crippled Fukushima plant. It's part of a long-term health monitoring programme - launched over 3 months after the nuclear crisis started.

TEDxSanMigueldeAllende: A civil response to violence by Emiliano Salinas

In this passionate talk from TEDxSanMigueldeAllende that's already caused a sensation in Mexico, Emiliano Salinas, son of former president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, confronts the current climate of violence in Mexico -- or rather, how Mexican society responds to it. He calls on ordinary citizens to move from denial and fear to peaceful, community-based action. This is the first talk posted on that was delivered in a language other than English. (It has English subtitles by default.)

TED Talks: A circle of caring by Jok Church

In this 3-minute talk, cartoonist and educator Jok Church tells a moving story of the teacher who cared for him when no one else did -- and how he returned the favor.

Shell Oil: Human rights go up in flames

Gas flaring happens when oil is pumped out of the ground, producing gas. The gas is separated out and, in Nigeria, is usually burnt as waste. This practice, combined with numerous oil spills, has left communities in the Niger Delta with little option but to drink polluted water, eat contaminated fish, farm on spoiled land and breathe in air that smells of oil and gas. It also makes a mockery of Shells much-flaunted business principles.

TED 2011: A future beyond traffic gridlock by Bill Ford

Bill Ford is a car guy -- his great-grandfather was Henry Ford, and he grew up inside the massive Ford Motor Co. So when he worries about cars' impact on the environment, and about our growing global gridlock problem, it's worth a listen. His vision for the future of mobility includes "smart roads," even smarter public transport and going green like never before.

Nigeria Delta on Fire by Shell Oil

Slideshow containing pictures of the struggle faced by those living in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Oil War in Nigeria

Nigeria's lucrative oil reserves may have enriched its politicians but they've brought little but misery to ordinary people. Now, a rebel group is fighting for a share of the profits. "I need help. I need help," begs a woman, clutching her young children in despair. Her home has just been demolished to create luxury housing for foreign oil workers. "The oil boom has turned into the oil doom!" laments Pastor Lekia. Across the Niger Delta, there's growing resentment at the oil industry. "Corruption pervades the whole place, starting with the way contracts are awarded," complains lawyer Ledum Mittee. "There seems to be some sort of collusion between the oil companies and those in power." But militia leader Asari Dokubo has vowed to sever that link. He's fighting to seize control of the oil and give it back to the people. "We own the oil!" he proclaims. "The thieves are the people in Abuja." And across Nigeria, young men are flocking to his call. Last September, he spooked the international markets and forced the price of oil to $50 a barrel by threatening to attack foreign oil companies. The government was forced to agree a truce but he's threatened to rearm unless oil companies leave. Nigerians no longer expect help from their own government. It's militia leaders like Asari who are winning their trust.

TED 2011 The Last Iceberg: Haunting photos of polar ice by Camille Seaman

Photographer Camille Seaman shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. Dive in to her photo slideshow, "The Last Iceberg."

Australia bans logos on cigarette packs

Australia is banning logos on all cigarette packets starting next year. It's the first move of its kind globally and it's provoked big tobacco companies into taking action.

TED: Joshua Walters on being just crazy enough

At TED's Full Spectrum Auditions, comedian Joshua Walters, who's bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental "skillness." In this funny, thought-provoking talk, he asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?

Construction Tech: Hemp As Building Material

High on a hill, this looks like many other examples of elegant modern architecture. But this house is built with a special ingredient.

Wind turbines on the Stena Jutlandica

Stena Line is the first ferry company in the world to have wind turbines on a passenger ferry. The turbines will both supplying energy and reduce fuel consumption by lowering air resistance.

The two turbines will be mounted on 4 meter high masts on the prow of the ship. The two turbines will produce current for the ship's electricity grid. Since they are to be placed on the prow, they will also contribute to a reduction in the air resistance.

Plastic Beaches

Leslie Moyer from 5 Gyres shares her experience of traveling to beaches all over the world by showing us her common findings. Plastic. Help by disposing of your items properly. Pick up items found near storm drains and reduce your consumption of plastic based products.

Buildings and mountains appear in China

2011 Hangzhou World Leisure EXPO

In Chinese culture, leisure has some philosophical meaning-- a man learning against wood indicates rest which integrates human and nature and gives the meaning of truth, goodness and beauty to life. Nowadays, with the china's economic take-off, the leisure lifestyle of china walks out of the country and becomes more and more internationalization. In 2011, Hangzhou, a city of culture, silk, tea and a land abundant with fish and rice, will held the 2nd World Leisure Expo.

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, is the provincial center in economy, culture, science and education. It is a famous city in history and culture and also an important national tourist city with the beautiful scenery. Located at the southern wing of the Yangtze River Delta, the west end of Hangzhou Bay, the lower reaches of Qiantang River and the southern end of the Grand Canal (Beijing-Hangzhou), it is one of the most impor tant central cities in the southern wing of the Yangtze River Delta and a hub of transportation in southeast China.

Top Nuclear Regulator Tours Nebraska Nuclear Plant

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says utilities running both of Nebraska's nuclear plants appear to be doing a good job battling Missouri River floodwaters.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Witness - Witness: To the Last Drop Part 2

A small town Canada is facing the consequences of being the first to witness the impact of the Tar Sands project, which may be the tipping point for oil development in Canada. Filmmaker Tom Radford describes witnessing a David and Goliath struggle

Witness - Witness: To the Last Drop Part 1

The First Lady Speaks About Meeting Nelson Mandela

At the Young African Women Leaders Forum in Soweto, South Africa, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, speaks about meeting Nelson Mandela and gives advice to young women in a breakout session.

First Lady Michelle Obama & Desmond Tutu Do Push-Ups

Raw video from the Cape Town Youth Soccer Event in Cape Town, Africa of the First Lady and Archbishop Desmond Tutu participating in a push-up activity with local youth.

Water: The Basics of Use, Pollution, and Our Health in 5 minutes

A look at the planet's water, how it's being used, and the increasing strains on this vital resource. In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an exponential rate as population and technology grows, resulting in the desertification of the earth. We must begin to manage our water more efficiently and keep our limited freshwater supplies pure. Learn about your local watershed. Find out who owns your water. Take control of your water. Discover how industry pollutes local water sources in my other videos: Health Effects of Coal and Gasland: Dangers of Natural Gas Extraction.

Dirty Oil Trailer

Dirty Oil goes behind-the-scenes into the strip-mined world of Alberta, Canada, where the vast and toxic Tar Sands deposit supplies the U.S. with the majority of its oil. Through the eyes of scientists, big oil officials, politicians, doctors, environmentalists, and aboriginal citizens directly impacted by the largest industrial project on the planet today, the filmmakers journey to both sides of the border to see the emotional and irreversible toll this black gold rush fueled by Americas addiction to oil is taking on our planet.

Tar Sands Oil Extraction: The Dirty Truth

Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England, Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.

Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world.

Shell Oil: The Awful Truth

Shell Nigeria is one of the largest oil producers in the Royal Dutch/Shell Group. 80% of the oil extraction in Nigeria is in the Niger Delta, the southeast region of the country. The Delta is home to many small minority ethnic groups, including the Ogoni, all of which suffer egregious exploitation by multinational oil companies, like Shell. Shell provides over 50% of the income keeping the Nigerian dictatorship in power.
Although oil from Ogoniland has provided approximately $30 billion to the economy of Nigeria, the people of Ogoni see little to nothing from their contribution to Shell's pocketbook. Shell has done next to nothing to help Ogoni. By 1996, Shell employed only 88 Ogoni (0.0002% of the Ogoni population, and only 2% of Shell's employees in Nigeria). Ogoni villages have no clean water, electricity, abysmal health care, no jobs for displaced farmers and fisher persons and face the effects of unrestrained environmental molestation by Shell everyday.

Witness - Witness: To the Last Drop

A small town Canada is facing the consequences of being the first to witness the impact of the Tar Sands project, which may be the tipping point for oil development in Canada. Filmmaker Tom Radford describes witnessing a David and Goliath struggle.

'No Japan without nuclear energy' Hidehiko Nishiyama

Despite concerns over Japan's government hushing up the dangers, the second highest-ranking nuclear official in the country thinks the issue is simply too complicated for the general public to come to terms with. ­RT takes a closer look at the nuclear crisis in Japan in an interview with Hidehiko Nishiyama, a spokesman for the Nuclear Industry and Safety Agency.

Video: Solar Impulse Plane takes off & flies exclusively on sunlight

One of the main attractions at the 2011 Paris Air Show was the Solar Impulse, a prototype aircraft powered exclusively by sunlight. It's only a single seater and is regularly delayed by either too much wind or too little sun, but it is a remarkable aircraft, solar powered and able to fly during day or night. And luckily for onlookers, conditions at the Paris show on Sunday were perfect for the Solar Impulse's first public demonstration flight. The aircraft flew for 20 minutes in front of large crowds at Bourget airport, where the world's aviation industry is gathered for the biennial Paris Air Show. The Solar Impulse is powered by the sun through 10-thousand solar cells which cover its 63-metre (207-feet) wingspan and generate about 40 horsepower, about the same power a small scooter uses, according to the flight team.

See also: Solar Impulse HB-SIA Flying on Solar: International Flight Le Bourget Paris – Payerne Switzerland

Japan's gargantuan clean-up continues

It has been months since Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, but officials say the clean-up work has only just begun, and will likely go on for years. Reconstruction cannot begin until the rubble and junk swept up by the massive natural disaster are first cleared away.

The Fight to Save a Flooded Minto, North Dakota School

As North Dakota residents continue to fight off rising flood waters, some community schools just can't be saved.

Thousands evacuated amid North Dakota floods

Thousands of people have been evacuated from the flooded US state of North Dakota, but officials say there is some good news. The Souris River is set to peak in the next several hours, which means the worst of the flooding is over. But with heavy rain overnight, it looks like the water will stay for some time.

Solar Panels Destroyed by Tree

Small tornado and severe weather lifted and carried trees. 100 foot tree lands on and destroys solar panel array. Homeowner's insurance covers additional structures.

New Studies show Flight Path for Aviation Biofuels

Alaska Airlines says it, like the rest of the aviation industry, has done everything it can to improve fuel efficiency but that can only do so much. The Seattle-based airline says a concerted effort to develop sustainable aviation biofuels is critical. Two new reports find that if policy makers take action, locally-grown sustainable biofuels can become a viable industry to power air travel.

For years, Bill Glover, Boeing's environmental guru, has flown around the world trying to sow the seeds for sustainable aviation biofuels.

The Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation (ZEHST) by EADS: Hypersonic passenger jet to run on clean fuel unveiled at Paris Air Show

Super-fast speed — think Tokyo to L.A. in 2 1/2 hours — isn’t the only cool feature of the Zero Emission Hyper Sonic Transport proposed by EADS. At the Paris Air Show this week, the aircraft manufacturer and Airbus parent revealed its proposed passenger aircraft, which would be run on, among other sources, liquid hydrogen and biofuel.

The aircraft, which EADS said could be standard by 2050, would cruise at Mach 4 speeds nearly 20 miles high — inside the Earth’s atmosphere. Demonstration technologies could be ready by the end of this decade. Source: Los Angeles Times

European aerospace giant EADS its studying a Mach 4 airliner able to fly 50-100 passengers from Paris to Tokyo in 2.5 hours. Not expected to emerge before 2040, the Zero Emission Hypersonic Transportation (ZEHST) concept has three modes of propulsion: turbofans from take-off to Mach 0.8, rocket boosters from there to Mach 2.5, where ramjets would take over and accelerate the aircraft to Mach 4. The ZEHST would descend in a glide until the turbofans take over for the return to the runway.

MH-60S Algae-Based Biofuel Helicopter Test Flight

Navy reports another successful test of a biofueled helicopter! A U.S. Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter became the first Navy aircraft to fly on a 50/50 blend of algae-based and petroleum-based JP-5 May 20, 2011 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md. Last year an MH-60S completed a test flight using a 50/50 Camelina seed-based biofuel blend at NAS Patuxent River.

Beautiful jumping frogs in slow motion

Fort Calhoun nuclear plant new Fukushima?

Much of the mainstream media has passed by the case of a nuclear plant in Nebraska that suffered from a fire two weeks ago. Officials there say it was extinguished in about 20 minutes, but now there is cause for a new concern - water in the river is rising and specialists believe it could pose a whole new problem. There has been an ongoing no-fly zone there as well, but the officials say it has nothing to do with potential radiation, yet the public remains skeptic. Tyson Slocum, director of the Public Citizen's Energy Program, explains whether Americans should be suspicious about the nuke plant.

Suspicious Minds: Fukushima fallout behind closed doors

To talk more about the possible implications of the IAEA's current forum on Fukushima, RT is joined by Malcolm Grimston, a policy analyst from the Chatham House think tank in London.

Radiation sends water cleaners running from Fukushima

Work on decontaminating water at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant has been halted after radiation surged well above safe levels. Authorities are anxious that the water inside the damaged facility could spread further radiation into the environment. Meanwhile, a UN Atomic Energy Agency report has criticized Japan for failing to put essential safety measures in place in the wake of the disaster.

Radiation spike halts Fukushima clean-up

The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has suspended an operation to clean up radioactive water only hours after it had begun as radiation levels rose faster than expected. The plan had got under way on Friday after being delayed by a series of glitches.

Fukushima Daiichi workers speak out about the nuclear disaster

The nuclear plant at Japan's Fukushima may be leaking radiation, but people are still going there daily to look for employment where about 2,200 of the 2,500 working there are subcontractors.

In the last three months, at least eight workers have been exposed to high levels of radiation and removed from duty but this has not deterred others. It's a vocation with little job security, few benefits and no insurance for injuries or radiation poisoning but many are still lining up.

'THEY LIED TO US' The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is Worse!

A young emperor penguin stranded in NZ offered a lift home

A young emperor penguin stranded in New Zealand has survived two medical procedures and now has an offer of a lift home.

Water contamination threatens Mexican capital

Water contamination is threatening residents in Mexico City, the Mexican capital. Many in the city rely heavily on surrounding water basins for fresh water. One of the main sources is a series of canals constructed during the time of the Aztecs. But booming expansion in the much hailed "mega city" is polluting the canals at an alarming level.

David House Pleads the 5th at Wikileaks Grand Jury

David House, a supporter of Bradley Manning was subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in Alexandria Virginia. He compared this grand jury to The Pentagon Papers criminal investigation that was a scandal back in 1971. While the government has worked hard to keep this grand jury secret, there are those individuals, like David House who will continue to exercise their first amendment rights to tell the rest of the country what the government is actually doing.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Wikileaks shows how USA is bullying Haiti

While Julian Assange recieves awards for factual journalism - USA is revealed as the bullying suppressor of the poorest country in the western hemisphere!

Sega ToyLets Bathroom Video Game Concept: Urinate and Play

Sega displayed a new game concept for male bathrooms at Digital Signage Japan 2011. They actually displayed it in the bathrooms at this show, getting a lot of attention from attendees.

The system comprises a game unit that includes a speed sensor and LCD screen. The speed sensor attached to the urinal measures the speed of the stream, and the game play progresses according to that speed.

Rare Cranes Get Second Chance

The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute doubles as a center for troubled cranes, and researchers hope their breeding efforts could help the massive birds avoid extinction.

If the world were 100 People: A World Portrait 2011

If the world were 100 people, what would it look like? The 100 People Foundation is committed to simplifying and humanizing complex global statistics by looking at the world as a community of 100 people. We provide media and educational tools to teachers around the world to help them teach a global view, and inspire their students to learn more about their global neighbors.

Whale Wars: Dangerous Underwater Mission

Julian Assange Six Months House Arrest: WikiLeaks Exclusive Insider Video

In December 2010 Sweden issued two international warrants for Julian Assange's arrest. He has been detained without charge since. This is a guide to the events, investigations and court proceedings that are connected with his extradition.

Hu's in Town: China wants Siberian gas, not sustainable

Energising relations and boosting trade is what the leaders of Russia and China have been discussing in Moscow. Negotiating a 30-year gas deal is the next stop on the Chinese leader's trip to the capital.

Basketball stars visit UNICEF-supported malnutrition treatment centre in Haiti

UNICEF reports on the visit of basketball stars Samuel Dalembert and Nykesha Sales to a hospital nutrition programme in Haiti.

Sharp Aquos L Series TV Featuring Smartphone Integration

Sharp has announced that sales of the AQUOS L Series LCD TV with enhanced smartphone connectivity will begin on July 15, 2011. In addition to the company's 4-primary-color technology Quattron and high-speed UV2A LCDs, the latest series utilizes a new 240Hz scanning technology.

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

Lockheed Martin is progressing with Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion. Known as OTEC, this technology leverages the oceans natural thermal gradient to generate power. In geographical areas with warm surface water and cold deep water, the temperature difference can be leveraged to drive a steam cycle that turns a turbine and produces power.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fukushima Daiichi Reactor Enclosure Construction - framework

Computer generation depicting the evolution of the construction process for the girder framework for the reactor building enclosures at Fukushima Daiichi plant. This video specifically shows No. 1 plant's reactor building.

Fukushima Fallout: Radioactive Material in Sludge at 16 Prefectures

NHK has learned that 16 prefectures in Japan have detected radioactive material in sludge since the crisis began at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March.

NHK has found through interviews that at least 22 of Japan's 47 prefectures have been testing sludge for radioactive material. 16 of them, ranging from Hokkaido to Osaka, have actually detected radioactive substances. The level of radioactive cesium was highest in Fukushima city, at 447,000 becquerels per kilogram. This was followed by Tokyo at 55,000 becquerels and Maebashi, north of Tokyo, at 42,800 becquerels.

FUkushima Daiichi Not Looking Good: Exploding Steam

Outline of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1 Reactor Building Covering Plan

Outline of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant unit1reactor building covering plan

The TEPCO Diaries: How We Ignored Fukushima For the First 5 Days

Honda Releases the Fit Shuttle and Fit Shuttle Hybrid

Honda has released the new wagon-style compact car Fit Shuttle, which was delayed due to effects from the Tohoku Earthquake. The gasoline model starts at 1.61 million yen and the hybrid model at 1.81 million yen.

The Fit Shuttle Hybrid features Honda's proprietary 1.3L i-VTEC + IMA (Integrated Motor Assist) system that delivers 30 km per liter in 10-15 mode, which is equivalent in gas mileage performance to the Fit Hybrid.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Turning the Moon Blood Red: How it Happens

At least twice a year, the lunar eclipse provides parts of the world with the beautiful, yet frightening, glimpse of a crimson lunar surface. Next occurrence will be June 15, 2011, find out how it happens. Source: Space

Total Lunar Eclipse View from Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Are Sea levels Rising?

"Our planet is definitely changing and we're definitely causing it" says NASA oceanographer Josh Willis. NASA scientists describe their findings on ice melt and sea level rise. Source: Space

The Big Fix Trailer

Trailer for the important documentary on the TRUTH behind the oil spill which premiered at Cannes 2011

'Libya war driven by O.I.L.: Oil, Israel & Logistics' by Cynthia McKinney

As NATO attacks continue in Libya, ex US Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney went to the country on a non-governmental fact-finding mission to see what exactly is going on in the war-torn country. ­Cynthia McKinney believes the bombardments of Libyan cities and other measures taken by NATO, causing civilian casualties, represent the idea of "collective punishment".

Wikileaks: Fallout, Qaddafi and US Oil Co.'s

The House of Representatives voted on and passed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill to prohibit the use of funds for American military operations in Libya, invoking the War Powers Resolution. A Wikileak state department cable, as reported by the Washington Post, has shown the relationship between major US oil companies and Muammar Qaddafi had been souring for a time prior to the beginning of the war.

TEDxYYC: Kirk Sorensen about Thorium

Kirk Sorensen is chief nuclear technologist at Teledyne Brown Engineering in Huntsville, Alabama and is an advocate for nuclear energy based on thorium and liquid-fluoride fuels. For five years he has authored the blog "Energy from Thorium" and helped grow an online community of thousands who support a renewed effort to develop thorium as an energy source. He is a 1999 graduate of Georgia Tech in aerospace engineering and is also a graduate student in nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee. He has spoken publicly on thorium at the Manchester International Forum in 2009, at NASA's Green Energy Forum in 2008, and in several TechTalks at Google. He has been featured in Wired magazine, Machine Design magazine, the Economist, the UK Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, and on Russia Today.

He also taught nuclear engineering at Tennessee Technological University as a guest lecturer. He is active in nonprofit advocacy organizations such as the Thorium Energy Alliance and the International Thorium Energy Organization.

Russia builds first floating nuclear plant

Russia is building the world's first floating nuclear power plant for mass production. The plant is designed to create enough electricity for 45,000 people and will have the added ability to purify sea water into fresh water. But the plan is drawing criticism from environmental groups.

Debris Removal System For Food Processing

Hitachi Zosen displayed a new sorting machine which uses a color image detection system at FOOMA Japan 2011. This sorter uses a camera to constantly monitor food products traveling on a conveyor belt at 1.5m/s. Any foreign matter such as plastic or plant debris is detected and removed with an air knife.

Fully Charged Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and Nissan

New electric supercar: the Inizio

At the 2011 Detroit Auto Show NASCAR driver Leilani Munter introduced the new electric supercar of the year, the Inizio. Capable of speeds of up to 170mph (RTX model), the Inizio goes from 0-60mph in 3.4 seconds, faster than it’s competition (Tesla Roadster), which reaches 60mph in just about 3.7 seconds. Source: Tomorrow is greener

The future of the electric car by Shai Agassi.

As debate rages in Australia over how best to reduce carbon emissions & our dependency on oil, the question still remains as to what to do about our addiction to gas guzzling cars. An Israeli man thinks he has the solution; an ambitious global plan to drive the electric car further than it's ever gone before.

Vaccines Save Lives by Bill Gates

Bill Gates discusses the incredible lifesaving power of vaccines. In particular, he highlights the case of polio, which is 99 percent eradicated and within reach of being the second disease to ever be completely eliminated from the world.

Face to Face Debate on Education, human rights and conflicts

The Face to Face debate on "Education, human rights and conflicts" (4 July at 3 p.m. Geneva) will attract experts who will highlight the challenges surrounding access to education, particularly in high-risk environments. It will also introduce new ideas about how to improve the educational system and achieve human rights and educational access, as a contribution to the Millennium Development Goal 2. Ms. Imogen Foulkes, the BBC Correspondent in Switzerland will moderate the debate. For more information, see the link: /

Follow the Bag of Maize by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Three-quarters of the world's poorest people are farmers. Follow the bag of maize, and learn how new programs are helping them overcome poverty and hunger.

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