October 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates 100 million Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution. Much of that can be attributed to the increased emissions from cars and trucks, which are also major contributors to climate change.
If driving a car doesn’t sit well with your green ideals, but is a necessity in your daily life, there are things you can do to make your actions more planet-friendly. From changing your driving habits to choosing a new, more environmentally-friendly vehicle, there are several ways to get from place to place while minimizing your impact on the environment
August 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Just ran across this great infographic on bicycling facts and the future of bicycling on our sister site sustainablog and, of course, wanted to share it on here. It's the feature green living "story" of the day. The infographic is from our friends over at Well Home Energy Audit. Check it out and enjoy!
July 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Here's some top green living stories from the past week or so (other than our own). Enjoy!
July 19th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Bicycling not fast enough for you? Well, it turns out that, in some situations, bicyclists are even faster than jets
July 13th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Yeah, that sounds pretty crazy, 2000 mpg?! Built by kids? But seems to be the case. Here's more from Jo Borras on our sister site Gas
July 12th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
One thing a lot of folks initially loved about electric vehicles (EVs) was that they were so quiet. However, that extreme silence also creates a problem -- it can make the cars more dangerous, especially for children and the deaf. So, sounds need to be added to EVs now. Ford wants some help choosing the sound of its upcoming electric Ford Focus. Read more below
June 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Now, there are some pretty high-speed trains out there these days -- in Europe, Japan, China, and even Turkey. But the maglev trains being developed in Japan are super, super fast! Not close to being fully developed, but moving along steadily and being tested in Japan already, keep your eye on these things (if possible)
June 12th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post
I’ve had this sitting in drafts for 3 months now — somehow unable to get to it every week. But I’ve saved it all that time to cover on here because it’s so amazing
June 12th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post
That last line might not seem so silly in the near future. In fact, the managers of Spain’s railway infrastructure (the ADIF, for Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias) have already pulled off a bit of a coup in electric vehicle charging tech when, a few days ago, a group of engineers succeeded in converting the kinetic energy produced by the the ADIF’s commuter trains under braking to charge electric cars. The “proof-of-concept” demonstration took place May 23rd, fully charging a Th!nk City car using only electricity generated by the train’s brakes
June 8th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post
I tried driving in today, and down that road lies madness, so I’m taking the train.
I wrote that email – those exact words – a few weeks ago, when a I started commuting from the ‘burbs into downtown Chicago on a regular (daily) basis. I stand by those words, too, as the stress, rage, and screaming fits I endured on the I-90 into Chicago left me exhausted and longing for home … and I hadn’t even started work, yet!
June 2nd, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post
More cities are implementing Bike to Work campaigns and using the outcomes from these events to find ways to support city planning for improved bicycle commutes. Delaware even has an interative database that allows green commuters to track the impact they are making. Nationally, Ray LaHood, Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation, promoted biking to work on his blog by highlighting this Year’s Clif Bar 2-Mile Challenge which runs from May through October
May 24th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
I have to say that I think I'd prefer a normal bike, like the human-powered machines, but this innovative new "bike" has some pretty cool features and practical benefits over most bikes. Learn more in the video above or post below. And drop a comments below to let us know what you think
May 23rd, 2011 | by Michael Ricciardi
A recent Harvard Medical School study took a long look at the entire industrial coal process – extraction, transport, processing and combustion -- crunched the numbers, and came up with a rather shocking tally:
“We estimate that the life cycle effects of coal and the waste stream generated are costing the U.S. public a third to over one-half of a trillion dollars annually.”
May 11th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Borrowing (or directing you over to) another article by bicycle experts over on BikeRadar, in honor of Bike Month (and one of the greenest forms of transport on the planet (if not the greenest), here's another great one....
BikeRadar highlighted some top tips from bike enthusiasts in its forum recently, tips on bike choice, riding, and gear. Below are a few of my favorites, but if you want to read all of them (recommended) just click on the link above
April 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
We all know that bicycling, walking, and maybe even roller blading or skateboarding are available, green modes of transport, but there are a few more out there. Eco-adventurer Boaz Frankel has traveled 12,000 miles across the U.S. using 101 different modes of transport and has a new series, the Un-Road Trip on Halogen TV, to share his experiences
April 22nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
I think most of us green bloggers get quite frustrated with Earth Day. It can be a struggle for us to stay positive at this time. Why? Because we write about critical environmental issues and solutions to them all year long, and we are confronted with how little others are aware of or interested in such issues when Earth Day comes around. All of a sudden, a large number of people 'care' about the environment,... but don't expect that to stay 'till tomorrow. We get numerous pitches from non-green companies who want us to feature them in our Earth Day posts (as well as pitches from truly green companies, of course). For one day, it is more "fashionable" to be green. But just for one day
April 7th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Top green news and commentary of the last day or so.