Archive for the 'environment' Category

Green tech conference set for San Francisco

September 24, 2010

Going green? If so, you might want to attend the fourth annual West Coast Green conference, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 in San Francisco. The three-day event will showcase more than 300 green initiatives, including numerous new products and technologies, from both startups and mature companies.

Green computing survey results

August 22, 2010

In the latest results from an online survey of 13,829 PC users, slightly over half say they’re not currently using their PCs’ power management capabilities, such as sleep and hibernate modes, to save power when they’re not actively using the systems. Fortunately, nearly all participants who aren’t currently using power management acknowledge that they’d like to change their ways.

Could “straddling buses” solve China’s traffic problems?

August 3, 2010

In an effort to battle China’s growing traffic, air pollution, and energy consumption challenges, Chinese researchers are contemplating giant “straddling buses” capable of carrying up to 1200 passengers at a once along motorways, and without reducing the road space available to cars.

“Green ITS” project targets 20 percent fuel savings

June 15, 2010

eCoMove, a new EU research project, is developing “green ITS” (intelligent transport systems) technologies and applications for energy-efficient driving. The project plans to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent, through the use of the latest cooperative communication, traffic control, and infrastructure technologies.

How to kick the fossil fuel habit

July 1, 2009

A new book by University of Cambridge Prof. David J. C. MacKay aims to provide a roadmap for kicking our fossil fuel habit. “Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air” is available for free download in PDF form and is released under a Creative Commons license.

EPA moves to plug major Energy Star leak

April 28, 2009

DeviceGuru recently reported on a reader’s discovery that his “Energy Star compliant” Sony HDTV was consuming 200 times its advertised standby power. Now, he’s back with good news: the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to plug this gaping energy-draining hole via a new release of its Energy Star TV specification.

HDTV’s DAM pops Energy Star’s bubble

February 7, 2009

DeviceGuru recently reported on a reader’s so-called “Energy Star compliant” Sony HDTV that consumed 150 times its advertised standby power spec. After communicating with both Sony and the EPA, the reader eventually managed to put his insomniatic TV to rest. Here’s how.

Energy Star or black hole?

January 18, 2009

DeviceGuru received an interesting email describing several less-than-satisfactory experiences with the power-saving modes of “Energy Star compliant” consumer devices. The writer’s observations suggest a pressing need to amp up regulations governing consumer electronics power management.

Make a ‘green’ New Year’s resolution

December 17, 2008

It’s time to start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. If you’re one of millions who’d like to help fight global warming in 2009, the U.S. Energy Star initiative invites you to make a non-binding online pledge.

Top-ten ways the world could end

December 8, 2008

Has the recent financial melt-down got you feeling like your world’s coming to an end? CBC Radio’s list of the “top ten” ways life on earth could end might make you feel better about what’s still going right.