Martin’s Beach – Green As Vinod Khosla Says Not As Vinod Khosla Does.

Blocking road to Martin's Beach
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“No one knows what Khosla plans to do with the land [at Martin’s Beach], but everyone has a theory—the term ‘McMansion’ figures prominently, alongside guesses about luxury hotels and exclusive nature preserves.”
From “Bummer Beach”

If you’re friendly to ‘green’ causes and make ‘green’ investments, does that excuse you from any ‘green’ responsibility in your personal life? Check out “Bummer Beach” and read about Martin’s Beach surfers losing public access to public waters and Vinod Khosla’s continued ‘behind-the-scenes’ effort to keep them off. [T]

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Hanging Potted Plant Light Fixtures – Meet The BucketLight Plant Lamp.

The BucketLight - A hanging plant and LED light.

BucketLight Plant Lamp, indoor ceilling-mounted garden and lighting.Do you want a whole mess of plants in your room but don’t have the table-top space? No problem – check out the BucketLight Plant Lamp from Dutch designer Roderick Vos. The space-saving, dual-purpose BucketLights connect to the ceiling and you don’t have to worry about electrocuting yourself when you water your plant lamp because they’re waterproof.

Jubbling? Sure, as long as the BucketLight Plant Lamp isn’t too expensive and thankfully, it’s only $2600… SWEET JESUS!

Sorry BucketLight Plant Lamp: you just gave me $2550.05 worth of reasons not to buy a BucketLight. [N]


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Using Imported Water In A Water Feature Is Green Because The Sign Says It’s Green.

Town Square Las Vegas Using Imported Water In Water Feature.The geniuses that brought you the saying: “The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves” now bring you the “Town Square Las Vegas cares about the environment and the community. We use imported water in our water feature.” sign. The beatings/morale message was laughable. The environmentally clueless water feature sign… unfortunate. [Sociological Images via Boing Boing]

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Billionaire Chen Guangbiao Is Already Selling A Cure For China’s Devastating Smog: ‘Pristine Tibet’ Canned Air.

China smog cure:  canned air.I sure hope the Onion is behind this story.

Beijing’s extremely hazardous air quality has been all over the news and billionaire Chen Guangbiao isn’t waiting for a Chinese version of the Clean Air Act – he’s already done something about it. He’s been producing canned air for several months and his hope is that China’s children and future grandchildren won’t have to wear gas masks and carry oxygen tanks around in order to breathe clean air. From The Sydney Morning Herald:

“Chen Guangbiao sells his cans of air for five yuan (75¢) each. It comes in atmospheric flavours including pristine Tibet, post-industrial Taiwan and revolutionary Yan’an, the Communist Party’s early base area.”

Jubbling’s take now is the same as it was when we first heard about canned air for sale: 蛇油 (snake oil). [Smart Planet]

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2.5 Million Kilograms Of CO2 Emitted Just Getting To Conference On Climate Change In Davos Switzerland.

Kloster Ski Resort at Davos SwitzerlandOne more screwed up example of “do as we say, not as we do” environmentalism. From Grist:

“The 2,630 attendees cumulatively traveled over 550,000 kilometers by plane; in doing so, they generated 2.47 million kilograms of carbon dioxide. 2,470 metric tons. Add in train travel — 57,860 more kilograms — and the total footprint for those jetting in to Davos is 2,520 metric tons of carbon dioxide.”

The Grist article points out that maybe we could excuse the carbon emissions created by world leaders and CEOs to attend the WEF Conference because their intentions, reducing the use of fossil fuels, are for the greater good. But I’m not buying it and I wouldn’t be surprised if a few attendees wore their ski boots to a meeting so they could cut out the middle step, changing, and go right to the slopes.

In a past career, I had to pick tradeshows to attend and the weather and location were very important factors. That’s why I wouldn’t be surprised if the primary motivation of leaders attending this conference was to expense a ski vacation in Switzerland and not tackling climate change. It’s hard to not be cynical but these kind of forums / events play right into the hands of FOX News. They’re chomping at the bit to show how hypocritical it is to host a conference on climate change that furthers climate change. [Grist]

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Students From Hiroshima University And Humanix Build iSAVE-SC1. An Electric Car That’s Soft On Humans And The Environment.

iSAVE-SC1 electric car.It’s an older story that we missed but it’s worth bringing back.

The iSAVE-SC1 is a three-wheeled electric vehicle that has padded protection both inside and out. Here are some selling points for the iSAVE-SC1 EV:

  1. Travels 18 miles on a single charge.
  2. Can reach speeds of up to 31 mph.
  3. Electric so it’s environmentally friendly.
  4. Expected price is $9300
  5. Has a mattress strapped to its hood.

Basically, it has everything you’d ever want on your next new “electric” car. (Check out the mattress-free ELF from Organic Transport) [RocketNews 24]


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