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USBCELL – USB rechargeable batteries


usbbattery_1.jpgHere’s an idea whose time has really come. Plug a couple of these USBCELL AA batteries into your computer’s USB ports, charge them up and be on your way. Stop chucking out traditional Alkaline batteries and start recharging these while you doodle around the net.

£10.99 or around $18 @ usbcell.com
Europe, USA, Canada , Australia, Asia (JP, SG, KR), South America, Africa.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

a moment of ZENN


ZENN Zero Emissions No Noise –  great name for an electric car — and it hails from Toronto, Canada.

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With 250 of these babies on the road since its debut in 2006, ZENN’s top speed is 25 mph – great for driver ed classes, campus cruising, geezers or making the neighborhood rounds. With an electric re-charge time of 4 hours, the big upsides are zero emissions and you get to spend zero on gasoline, since it’s 100% electric powered. (check out the corporate video on YouTube or several videos on the home Website.)

Fall of 2009, ZENN Motors is scheduled to release a highway-oriented e-powered vehicle with a top speed of a respectable 80mph and with a range of 250 miles. According to company CEO Ian Clifford, the new car’s “EEStor’s technology is a tenth the weight and volume of lead-acid batteries, and significantly smaller than the most advanced chemical batteries today.” Charge time will be a mere 5 minutes.  Now we’re talking.

Remind me again – who killed the electric car?  And who’s looking for a handout in Washington right now? (via Cleantech)

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Calendar of Climate Change 2009 — banned from London Museum


What keeps track of time, promotes awareness of climate change, and was recently banned by the Natural History Museum in London?
A calendar from Flipside Vision, that’s what.

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The environmental publisher’s annual Calendar of Climate Change contains two images the decision makers at the museum deem “possibly offensive.” One is a picture of hundreds of naked (gasp!) volunteers standing against the chilly backdrop of the Aletsch glacier in Europe, which has retreated considerably in not a lot of time. The other unwelcome image shows the World Naked Bike ride, an annual promotional initiative to raise awareness of fossil fuel dependency.

It’s hard to imagine how either of these images could be considered offensive, especially compared to what children see every day on the T.V., in movies, or even at the newsstand. It’s not as if the people are in compromising positions or engaged in lewd behavior; they’re not even the as big as the main image on the page. Flipside says that the photographic calendar is a work of art and an educational tool; its purpose is to show the synergy between man and planet as global warming intensifies. While the museum argues that the calendar is not “on brand” because the naked bodies could be deemed offensive, its own human biology gallery contains a range of pictures of naked bodies and is widely visited by little English chaps. Seems like a wasted opportunity to use to teach the importance of our inherent interconnectedness with the planet. Better to keep things covered up.

Thankfully, you can buy the calendar in the USA now from www.changingworld.com for $17.95.  See “Whatever the Weather” – all 12 months for yourself at www.flipsidevision.com. Also available in the U.K. from The Recycle Warehouse, (£10.99)

Hmmm, what could be more natural than the natural human form? The first person to leave a comment on this post telling us which months contain the “controversial photos” will receive a copy of Green Christmas a new book by, Sander and Sander.

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a mixed bag of green news


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