Chris Keenan

is a green and general blog writer. He also maintains a personal cooking blog.

Going Green 101: Transforming Your Home

You can gradually turn your home into a more energy efficient habitat through simple steps, one project at a time. For example, start with your garage door by checking to see what material it is made of, whether it is insulated, and does it have weather stripping.

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Robotic Bird: Nature & Tech Combine To Teach Efficiency

Inventors created a robot bird that has the ability to take off and fly by flapping its wings. The focus on the research involving this robot bird is learning how to maximize energy efficiency and how to conserve resources. The hope to be able to take the dynamics and qualities of this project and transfer them to create new technologies with hybrid vehicles.

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Green Cement: Near Reality Or Just A Dream?

Cement is everywhere. The foundations of our buildings, the driveways that lead beyond suburban garage doors, the walls of our schools, and the mortar joints between every brick we lay contain a binding substance we call Portland cement. Cement is the binding agent used to hold together the tough aggregate (rocky gravel) in the concrete we can use for just about everything in modern construction. It seems harmless enough. We don’t have to cut down trees to build with it.…

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Pervious Pavement – Rescuing a Reservoir Near You

For some reason, watersheds seem to be popular places to put down pavement. Housing developments, grocery stores, and shopping malls require places to drive and places to park, which means those places end up getting paved. Where water used to infiltrate into the soil, trickle down through natural water-filtering aquifers and rejoin the reservoirs that serve our thirsty civilization, now rain falls on oily pavement. Paved areas prevent water from sinking into the soil beneath them and create deluges of polluted runoff that strip away topsoil, contaminate waterways, and eventually disrupt ecosystems for miles around all paved human developments.

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New Prius Line Energizes Toyota

With tsunamis and earthquakes crippling cities and disrupting power in Japan, the Japanese are glad to have something to celebrate. Toyota’s new “Prius-a” or “Prius Alpha” series contains two models called “Prius V” and “Prius+.” The release event took place in a spacious Tokyo garden and celebrated the release of the models despite production delays. Executive Satoru Mouri said despite earthquake damage to key parts suppliers, their current production capacity of their new lithium ion batteries has reached one thousand…

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Microsoft’s New Green Agenda Includes Cloud Computing

Microsoft is considered one of the most recognizable global brands throughout the world. It is difficult to find a home or office globally without Microsoft products. In 2008, Microsoft hired Rob Bernard, the first ‘chief environmental strategist’ for this global brand. Bernard heads the study of cloud computing for the company which can reduce energy use and emissions in large organizations up to 30 percent.

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UN Report Predicts Eco-Farming will Double Food Production

The global population is estimated to stand at 6.7 billion, what’s more, this figure will rise to approximately 9 billion by 2050. How we go about feeding all of these humans is an increasing concern. What we do know is that our current farming methods are not efficient enough to produce adequate food for the world’s population. It is believed that eco-farming, or ‘agroecology’, could double the crop yield in poor countries over the course of a decade.

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What Are Eco-Friendly Garage Doors?

Most people are becoming more conscious of the effects human activity is having on the environment. So, many of us are attempting to live a ‘greener’ life and the truth of the matter is, small changes really can make a big difference. One such change is to choose an eco-friendly garage door, but what are eco-friendly garage doors?

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Thomas Edison: Pioneer of Green Energy

At first glance, the great American inventor Thomas Edison may not seem to have done much to help save the environment. After all, he developed the carbonized filament light bulb, which is now being replaced by more energy efficient models. But believe it or not, Thomas Edison was a pioneer in renewable energy.

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Prius Galore at Detroit Auto Show

This week at the Detroit Auto Show Toyota unveiled it’s latest incarnations of its popular hybrid vehicle the Prius. Multiple Prius (Priuses?) were demonstrated, greatly expanding the line to offer just about something for everyone. Three new models were unveiled by the automaker; a Prius crossover hybrid, a plug-in, and a concept car.

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Desalination Goes Greener

For over a billion people on our planet, fresh drinking water is hard to come by. In Africa alone over 50,000 people die each year from ingesting contaminated water. But thanks to the advancements in desalination by GE and MIT, clean water will be easier to come by.

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