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10 Steps to Green Your Day in Ten Minutes from Your Computer

Thursday, April 21, 2011

In honour of our wonderful pale blue dot of a planet, I challenge you to join me in devoting ten minutes to a greener existence. Here are ten things to make your day a whole lot more granola, and you don’t even have to stand up! Just so I’m not lying or over committing your time, I... more

Property of Electricity You Didn't Learn in School

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Electricity – the cleanest and most versatile form of energy the world has ever known – is not what you were taught in school. (It’s actually much cooler…) You won’t believe this… Let’s take the simplest example of electricity I can think of: a... more

Wal-Mart, Catholic Church among Organizations Using Alternative Energy

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

When we set out to see what major organizations are making serious use of green energy, the last folks we thought we’d run into were the world’s biggest company and the world’s oldest Christian church – albeit one location in Toronto. But that’s exactly who we found... more

6 Alternative Energies You'll Only See in Movies (So Far)

Friday, April 8, 2011

When in-doubt, we could do worse than asking “what would they do in the movies?”  While some of Hollywood’s most imaginative plot devices may not offer anything more than fun entertainment and a lot of scientific dead ends, others “just might be crazy enough to work... more

Are Electric Cars Finally in the Fast Lane?

Friday, April 8, 2011

When I first saw it, I thought it was a parking ticket machine. It was big, shiny and rectangular and sat on the pavement next to the curb. But, as I got closer, I made out the words on its sign: ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATION The moment I realized what it was, I broke into a grin and got... more

Where Does Energy Come From? (And Where Is It Going?)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Word is there’s a worldwide energy problem. Apparently, if we don’t change our ways, worst-case-scenario pundits talk about an ELE (for non-texters, that’s an Extinction-Level Event). Not a big deal considering that life on Earth has already survived several ELEs, but it would be... more

Power Plants That Eat Their Waste? What's Not to Like?

Friday, April 8, 2011

When the atomic age dawned in the 1950s, we were promised clean, abundant, safe energy. Instead, the splitting of the atom locked us into an endless debate over nuclear waste, meltdowns, inefficiencies, cost over-runs, and the weaponization of plutonium. Decades down the road, what if we could... more

Looking at Energy from Above for Earth Hour

Friday, April 8, 2011

Switch off the lights and get your candles ready because Earth Hour happens tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 in your local time-zone. During the event, WWF invites you and over a billion people worldwide to turn off your lights in support of a global environmental cause. In honour... more

Ever Wonder...What's in a Watt?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Just flick a switch and let there be light (or boiled water, or Blu-ray, or a night’s charge for your smartphone):  A lifestyle that would have seemed like magic to many people even 100 years ago is now something we pretty much take for granted. In all your daily hustle (and... more

Can Pond Scum Save the World

Friday, April 8, 2011

In labs around the world, plastic bags of green water are quietly basking in sunlight. The water’s filled with what’s commonly known as ‘pond scum’. Its official name is green algae- a tiny, unicellular organism found in ponds, rivers and oceans worldwide. It looks slimy,... more

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