Google Announces Revolutionary Flying Wind Turbines – but will the cost to wildlife be too high?

Google X's prototype flying wind turbine. What impact will this have on birds?

Google X’s prototype flying wind turbine. What impact will this have on birds?

Less than 15 percent of land around the world meets the criteria to support wind turbines, namely  where winds routinely reach speeds of between 5-8 meters per second. Astro Teller, the head of Google X, announced a new and innovative solution.

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Self-driving cars waiting for legislation to lead the way

Google's  driverless car

Google’s driverless car – a daydream that is moving (slowly) our way

Recently I met a car dealership owner and, during our brief conversation, I asked what he thought about self-driving cars and if he thought they’d take off here in the U..S.

Surprisingly, his response was “they’ll need to get the legislation passed first.”

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Here it comes – Earth Hour!

Help celebrate Earth Hour on March 23rd

Help celebrate Earth Hour on March 23rd

Tomorrow is Earth Hour. This world-wide event, launched in 2008 by the World Wildlife Fund and Leo Burnett, is an effort to encourage households and businesses to turn off non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.

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Business Group pushes for climate and energy legislation through advertising

EnvironmentalNational companies and grassroots organizations 3,000 strong have launched a national advertising campaign calling for swift action on energy and climate legislation. The group includes a wide range of companies – from American Businesses for Clean Energy (ABCE) and the US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) and mom-and-pop companies, to brands ranging  from national brands  like Google, Nike and Timberland.

The print ad, titled A Question of American Leadership will run in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina and Florida. It calls on the U.S. Congress to enact bipartisan climate and energy legislation that “…increases our security and limits emissions, as it preserves and creates jobs.”

The group represents a a broad spectrum: 

  • American businesses
  • faith-based groups
  • national security organizations
  • labor unions 
  • and environmental NGOs. 

These entities believe that strong action on climate and energy legislation can lead to a stronger economy, job creation and energy security.

The ad may be viewed and downloaded

Are you listening Congress? If not, how loud and how many people will it take for you to get the job done?

Speaking for the Rainforest

Surui ChiefAmong the speakers at the opening sessions of this morning’s Bioneers conference, perhaps the one that moved me most was by Chief Almir Narayamoga Surui, chief of the Surui (pronounced suhr’ ye) tribe of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

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