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Officially, UK carbon emissions have been falling for the past decade, but when you count the carbon outsourced to China and other countries, the UK's emissions have actually gone up by around a fifth. Much the same is true for most developed countries – China's emission have gone up rapidly mainly because of their exports to the West. In this short animation, Guardian columnist George Monbiot teams up with Leo Murray and green charity PIRC to explain the UK's 'carbon omissions':
Brazillian designer, João Lammoglia has come up with a couple of renewable energy sources that we hadn’t thought of: The Aire converts the energy of the user’s breathing into electrical energy. Inside the device, small wind turbines produce the electricity which is transferred through a cable to charge a electronic device. The Doormate converts the energy supplied by the user wiping their feet to power an electric doorbell. To enhance the efficiency of the system, the wooden door is used as a sound amplifier.
A new GreenBiz Cafe video is now on YouTube. Take a look:
Partridges and turtle-doves are endangered, gold rings cost $1,600 an ounce, milk maids and leaping lords haven’t been seen for years – it’s time for a sustainable Christmas list: On the first day of Christmas, my true love brought to me … Food that was grown locally; On the second day of Christmas, my true love brought to me … Two rain tanks And food that was grown locally; On the third day of Christmas, my true love brought to me … Three bins recycling Two rain tanks And food that was grown locally;
I’ve previously lamented the recent lack of protest songs but the Occupy movement seems to be taking things to the other extreme. Here are just a few: "We Are the Many" by Makana "Proud To Be a Sucker for the Rich Man" by Entropy on Tap "Occupy Wall Street" by Spencer Livingstone
base jumping platforms:
Why does this volume of ink need this much packaging? This is a HP 564 Colour Ink Value Pack (which HP promotes as "avoiding wastage") and a HP 564 Black Ink Value Pack, which contains the same ink as one HP 564XL cartridge but in three cartridges with three times the packaging plus a large bubble pack. The Value Pack with three cartridges is $45; the single high capacity cartridge is $52.
Experts estimate that 25% of the world’s remaining fossil fuel reserves lie under the Arctic seabed. Melting of Arctic ice has allowed access to parts of the Arctic Ocean and seabed that have been blocked for centuries. As a result, several countries are trying to lay claim to parts of the Arctic in the hope of getting some of the oil and gas. The leading claimants are, of course, the current inhabitants of the area. Spokesman for the group, Mr Santa Claus, confirmed his interest in the area’s resources but denied rumours that he would be changing his name to … Continue Reading