Google wind farm

Apple isn’t the only tech giant making waves on the renewal energy front. Google is making a big commitment to wind power, enough to provide its Mountain View, Calif.-based headquarters with enough electricity for their operations. My colleague, Jaikumar Vijayan, over at eWEEK reports: As part of the agreement, NextEra will install new turbines at its […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on February 11, 2015 · 0 comments

E-waste recycling - Flickr User David Morris

If you’ve been nice, you probably got some neat new gadgets and gear upgrades. Congrats! Now it’s time to responsibly recycle your old, unwanted gadgets. They may have overstayed their welcome with you, but chances are good that someone, somewhere can use it for years to come. Gizmodo, in an update to its holiday recycling […]

Read more Happy Holidays! Now, recycle your old gadgets…

by Pedro Hernandez on December 27, 2014 · 0 comments

USA and China forge historic climate pact

Big, indeed. The world’s economic superpowers have essentially agreed that we can’t keep dumping carbon into the atmosphere. On Nov. 12, the White House and the Chinese government had a nice surprise for people that like to breathe pollution-free air and dream of one day owning oceanfront property, minus the risk of losing it to rising sea […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on November 13, 2014 · 0 comments

Venture capitalists are pumping money into smart grid startups. Mercom Capital, a cleantech and healthcare research firm, released a report revealing that VCs have poured $142 million into smart grid companies in 26 deals during the third quarter of 2014. By comparison, smart grid investments totaled 81 million across 13 deals during the second quarter. But funding is slightly […]

Read more Smart grid investments top $140M in Q3: Mercom

by Pedro Hernandez on October 20, 2014 · 0 comments

Fusion brings us this excellent, if saddening look at the effects of over-fishing in the Sea of Cortez. The area, which rests between the Baja California Peninsula and the Mexican mainland, also known as the Gulf of California (see the map below), was once hailed for its biodiversity and the sheer amount of fish and wildlife under […]

Read more Watch: ‘Aquarium of the World’ turning into underwater desert

by Pedro Hernandez on July 30, 2014 · 0 comments

Tesla Motors open sources its patents. Is it the start of the EV revolution?

This is big. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, today announced that his company is open sourcing all of its patents. Could this be the spark that sets off the electric vehicle (EV) revolution? In a post on the company’s blog, cheekily titled “All Our Patent Are Belong To You,” Musk explained the rationale behind […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on June 12, 2014 · 0 comments

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey — which follows in the footsteps of Sagan’s 1980 masterpiece — closed the book on the so-called “debate” on global warming. Point by point, he shot down each of the counterarguments for reducing carbon emissions… using SCIENCE! (Sorry for the all-caps.) Sunday’s episode, “The World Set Free” tackles climate […]

Read more Must watch: Cosmos – Global warming case closed

by Pedro Hernandez on June 2, 2014 · 0 comments

Internet streaming is greener than DVDs - Credit: Geoffrey Fairchild - Flickr (gfairchild) - CC

Go dematerialization! The  term, which sounds like what the transporters do in Star Trek, is one of the great benefits of the Internet. Instead of CDs, folks have turned to iTunes and Spotify. Rather than heft around a tome or two, they head to Amazon and order e-books for their Kindles. The data centers that serve […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on May 31, 2014 · 0 comments

Xbox One

Well this is a little disappointing, although not without precedent. Both Sony’s PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s Xbox One (the Kinect-less version pictured above, obviously) scarf down a lot more electricity than their immediate predecessors (their respective “slim” versions), according to a report from The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In fact, they consume “two […]

Read more Xbox One, PlayStation 4 are more power hungry

by Pedro Hernandez on May 19, 2014 · 0 comments

Fujifilm Recording Media USA Solar Array

Exiting news out of Massachusetts today. Fujifilm Recording Media USA has cut the ribbon on a big rooftop solar panel installation located at its Bedford, Massachusetts manufacturing facility. The solar array, made up of 1,870 modules, will generate an estimated 644,000 kWh of electricity each year, resulting in a yearly carbon offset of about 444 metric tons of CO2. Columbia […]

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by Pedro Hernandez on May 13, 2014 · 0 comments