Israel’s Project Better Place Looks to Make Oil-dependent Vehicles Obsolete

If the United States were to trade places, economically and physically with Israel, isolating ourselves from our neighbors with constant war and no oil supply would we become as resourceful as the Israelis? The Israelis have always been on the leading edge of technological advances but beginning in 2008, a project, that once implemented could quite literally save the planet from harmful car emissions and oil dependency, was started. It is Project Better Place and its intentions are to turn all oil-motor transportation to electric.

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Waterloo, Ontario’s Light Rail Transit System Implementation

In June 2003, the Ontario Government’s Regional Council met to begin addressing the issues of urban sprawl, population growth and the future needs of Waterloo, Ontario and its surrounding areas. Their answer in the oncoming years will be in the construction of the Light Rail Transit beginning in 2012. The anticipated completion date is in 2014.

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Biodiesel is the Fuel of the Future Not the Alternative

We need alternatives to the fuel we consume so rapidly. We have alternatives to both gasoline and petroleum diesel in the forms of ethanol and biodiesel. We have the technology to make these products and we can gain the education needed to encourage the use of these products in a very short time so that everyone knows the benefits and is willing to make the change. Biodiesel can be derived from new or used ingredients. It is vegetable oil not alcohol.

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Indian Jugaad Urbanism Exhibit Explores Traditions Merged with Sustainability

Currently the US is exploring and researching how other countries and communities maintain traditions and are working towards a sustainable future in development. The first exhibit in the US on contemporary Indian urbanism is the Jugaad Urbanism Exhibit at the Center for Architecture in New York City. It is a non-traditional architecture exhibit because it is not based on high design or high technology but rather on designs that people have and can make to survive on their own.

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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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Solar Panel Garage Door

Hybrid cars are gaining in popularity thanks to sporty models like the Toyota Prius. These vehicles prove to the average consumer that you can drive a more fuel efficient vehicle without making a big trade off in style or power from a traditional gas only vehicle. These types of hybrids, known as parallel hybrids, still rely on gasoline. At low speeds they use an electric motor which is charged when the car breaks. At high speeds, however, the regular gas…

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Carbon Sciences Names Scientific Adviser

Carbon Sciences, Inc., a developer of technology to transform greenhouse gases into gasoline and other portable fuels, has announced the appointment of a scientific adviser, Dr. Howard Fong, to its staff. Fong worked at Shell Development Company (Shell Oil Company) at the Westhollow Technology Center in Houston, Texas in 1975, and rose to the rank of Managing Engineer, the highest technical rank of the Royal Dutch Shell Group, until retiring this April.

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Amsterdam Public Transportation Gets an Artistic Inspiration

Greenies tout that one of the best ways to help save the Environment is to utilize the public transportation system. Well, Amsterdam Metro gets this stunning makeover which should encourage riders to ride more often. Theses creative and stunning designs are truly a work of art. Dutch design group Million Dollar Design won a competition to give a 30-year-old Amsterdam metro train a face-lift. Taking a worn-out grey background as a canvas, they transformed an old subway car into an…

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World’s First Convention Center to Achieve LEED Platinum Rating

No doubt the current Olympics has and continue to dazzle people with the drama (some outside of the venues) but somehow lost amongst the sports accomplishments remains the face that Vancouver touted this Olympics as the Greenest ever. It seems that China also made that claim a couple years ago. Instead of getting into a comparison of this green aspect versus that sustainable item, we took a look at the Vancouver Convention Center West, which marks the World’s First Convention…

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