Five Ways To Celebrate Earth Day

by Antonio Pasolini on April 22, 2014

earth dayEarth Day is upon us, the day when we take stock of our relationship to the planet. Recent news have not been very encouraging as the levels of GHG in the atmosphere has reached record levels. Still, we must not lose focus because this is the only Earth we have and everyday is Earth Day. Here are some ideas on how to make Earth Day a daily fact in your life.

a) Consume less – with finite resources, curbing our consumption is the golden rule to lessen our impact on the planet. Buy what is necessary and of high quality, even if it costs more. Buy second hand whenever possible.
b) Act locally – Sometimes it is easier to think about the carbon in the atmosphere and forget about our immediate environs. The Earth is what you are stepping on. In every community there are ecological issues that need to be dealt with and it’s up to local people to deal with them
c) Recycle – Recycling is a mantra that we need to repeat every day. Re-cycle, re-use, re-purpose things.
d) Save water – Water resources are dwindling and we need to decrease our consumption of it. Turn off the shower while you soap, turn off the tap while you brush your teeth, say goodbye to sprinklers and hoses. Consider a rainwater collector if you live in a house.
e) Go vegan – Animal agriculture is the biggest source of GHG emissions, besides polluting waterways, causing deforestation, conflicts with wildlife and driving soil erosion. A vegan diet is healthier, too, not to mention more ethical. The web is chock a-block with recipes and advice on how to go vegan.

Happy Earth Day 2014!

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Toyota Test-Drives Its New i-Road in Tokyo

by Antonio Pasolini on March 26, 2014

toyota-i-roadA few lucky Tokyo drivers are currently test-driving Toyota-s new e-vehicle i-Road, a slick new vehicle that until recently seemed to exist only in science fiction.

The trial run will go on until June and will provide the company with feedback on how the vehicle, a cross between a motorcycle and a car, fares on real road conditions.

The i-Road was first unveiled at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013. It is available in five colors, besides improved visibility, ease-of-use and maneuverability, Toyota said in a press statement.

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Video: A Chronology of Fossil Fuel Dependency

by Antonio Pasolini on January 9, 2014

This super smart, visually stunning video tracks the rise of fossil fuels since the Industrial Revolution and the challenges we face now.

“While there’s a real risk that we’ll fall off a cliff, there’s still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future,” they say.

Watch it and be amazed.

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Solar Plays Key Role in India’s Energy Future, World Bank Says

by Antonio Pasolini on December 19, 2013

solar-power-IndiaIn a recent report, The World Bank said that solar power is one of the key elements of its Country Partnership Strategy with India. The organization said it will circulate the findings of the study to central and state governments to spread an understanding of the issues and analysis presented.
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Let It Shine Chronicles The History of Solar Power

December 8, 2013

The history of mankind’s technological use of solar power is thoroughly chronicled in a new book penned by John Perlin. With Let it Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, solar and forest conservation expert Perlin takes the reader on a journey that stretches back to ancient times, around 2,500 years ago, when Greek architects […]

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