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According to a report from GigaOM Pro research partner MindClick SGM (subscription required), in-store shopping on Black Friday is 50 times more carbon-intensive than Cyber Monday’s online shopping. The report suggests that the higher carbon emissions of in-store holiday shopping are largely a result of the store’s infrastructure, as well as transportation to and from the store.
LED traffic lights have many advantages over incandescent technology: They last a lot longer and require less maintenance, they use a fraction of the electricity, reducing the city’s power bills, and they are arguably easier to see (at least that has been my experience). But their high energy efficiency can go from upside to downside during certain types of snow storms; if snow somehow ends up covering the lights (heavy sticky snow being blown sideway by heavy wind, for example), LEDs don’t emit enough heat to melt it down.
Sony Ericsson Announces ‘Green’ Phones and Headset – Sci-Tech Today
The phones are the Hazel and the Elm, and the accessory is the Noise Shield Handsfree VH700. The green claim stems largely from the reduction in CO2 emissions. The GreenHeart strategy was announced in June, and, according to Sony Ericsson, is “a testament of our continued commitment to the environment” and to helping customers reduce their carbon footprint.
DOE’s Chu kicks off green-tech transfer fund – CNET Green Tech
Called the Renewables and Efficiency Deployment Initiative (Climate REDI), the goal is to promote the use of efficient and renewable energy products to cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life in poor countries, according to the DOE.
IT market-analysis firms predict a spending upswing. Gartner Inc. predicts a 3.3% increase in IT spending in 2010 following one of the worst years in IT spending history. And according to a recent survey by TheInfoPro, a New York-based research firm, IT budgets include optimization projects and a refresh of infrastructure components that support virtualization.
Plus, don’t forget more fresh-off-the-Web Green IT links at GigaOM Pro.