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earth hour

March 30, 2008

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Critics might label Earth Hour gimmicky and deride it as the work of a few activists which would not have much long-term effect on slowing down the earth’s destruction from global warming. But with the pretty dire situation the earth is facing, they should instead look on the bright side — every little gesture can […]

the people’s car, the people’s nightmare

January 14, 2008

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Tata Motors’ launch this week of the Nano, a little car that can seat 5 and costs $2,500, has attracted much attention for its potential to bring mobility to the masses. Technologically, it is significant, capitalizing on India’s plentiful labor and cheaper materials to build a car that could be affordable to people of lesser […]

nobel sell-out?

October 14, 2007

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I like Al Gore and have nothing against him. I also like the premise behind the Nobel Prizes, especially the Peace Prize. But is the Nobel winners’ selection committee getting it wrong in awarding the Peace Prize to Gore and the United Nations climate change panel? No doubt Gore’s efforts and his movie that wowed […]

the battle against bottled water

July 10, 2007

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It’s truly heartening to see the spread of the movement to ban bottled water in cities, with the cities’ governments taking the lead on the matter. First, it was Los Angeles, whose mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made city agencies stop buying bottled water for employees in 2005. Villaraigosa was prompted to take that step after finding […]

is the evil empire turning *gulp* good?

May 8, 2007

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Is the evil empire finally coming into the light? Literally at least, Wal-mart is. Rooftop solar panels will be installed on 22 of its stores, such as Wal-mart and Sam’s Clubs, in California and Hawaii to provide electricity. Generating up to 20 million megawatts-hours of electricity annually, the solar power provides 30 per cent of […]

tower of power

May 3, 2007

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Amidst the doom and gloom of global warming and its catastrophic consequences, Seville in the south of Spain is shining a light on alternative energy. There, a new power plant using solar thermal power employs 600 giant mirrors to reflect light from the sun to a 40-floor tower. The heat activates a boiler at the […]