URB-E Fold-Up Electric Scooter Looks Fun And May Be Green But Is It Jubbling? [Video]

The URB-E Commuter Fold-Up Electric ScooterThe URB-E fold-up electric scooter is pitched by its creators as “The Ultimate ‘Last Mile’ Vehicle” because it fills that gap for commuters before and after mass transit. URB-E’s collapsible frame and portability (27 lbs) make it a great solution for toting on a crowded train or bus and it’s currently on funding site Indiegogo in an effort to raise $150,000.

The URB-E would definitely make users look forward to their commute and it’s being touted as a ‘green’ solution.

From URB-E.com:

“This is not only a more convenient and cost effective way to travel, but it is also a much greener approach to commuting.”

The URB-E fold-up electric scooter is a lot of things: portable, fun, electric, rechargeable and green but it’s not Jubbling. Why isn’t it Jubbling? Based on the videos and website info, it sounds like the URB-E was designed as an alternative to walking; it’s a portable Segway. Why do we need to replace walking with another appliance? [TC]



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Annual Final Score: Sharks Kill 12 Humans, Humans Kill 100,000,000 Sharks.

Crazy infographic from Joe Chernov and Robin Richards that shows, through finning and other wasteful practices, how we kill more sharks in 4 seconds than humans are killed by sharks in one year. Whether or not the actual number is 100 million, the final score is definitely not in the shark’s favor.

Shark Attack Stop Finning Infographic

[Laughing Squid]

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Stadium Lofts: Repurposing Indianapolis’s Art Deco Bush Baseball Stadium Into 134 Residences.

Stadium Lofts - Bush Stadium Indianapolis.Jubbling loves the Stadium Lofts project. Adaptively designed by Heartland Design, the Stadium Loft complex is turning Indianapolis’s old Bush Stadium into 134 residences.

Bush Stadium was built in 1931 but hasn’t seen any baseball action since 1996. More recently, the art deco stadium was used as a parking lot for Cash for Clunker cars. Now, as part of Develop Indy redevelopment project, the normally demolished stadium is being turned into housing. From The Architect’s Newspaper:

“Bush Stadium’s stone art deco entrance and flanking brick walls have been incorporated into the new building, and the stadium’s steel canopy forms the roof. The existing structure has been shored up and windows added to the brick walls.”

Other features include creating common areas out of the original ticket booths and the baseball field (with concrete replacing base paths) will remain as an open green space for residents.

The Stadium Lofts will have easy access to pedestrian paths and trails and convenient access to shopping, restaurants and downtown. What’s not to like? [The Architect’s Newspaper]



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Top 10 Solar States of 2012.

Top 10 Solar States in 2012From the Solar Energy Industry Association


New Jersey is a solar star with 1GW of installed solar. And Texas? Texas is the state with the most potential. [SEIA]


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Utah Div. of Oil, Gas & Mining’s Earth Day Poster Contest Theme: Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas & Mining?

Clean energy rally in UtahStealing a page from the Westboro Baptist Church’s handbook on being dickish, the Utah Division of Oil, Gas & Mining is now promoting a poster contest for elementary school age kids with a “Where Would WE Be Without Oil, Gas & Mining?” theme and the winners will be announced at (drum roll)… an Earth Day Awards luncheon on April 26. The timing is no accident and the contest sponsor list is a veritable who’s who of the fossil fuel industry operating in Utah (Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Arch Coal Sufco Mine etc.). Here are more details about the contest from Climate Progress:

“Any child in Utah between Kindergarten and sixth grade is eligible. The contest’s primary objective is ‘to improve students’ and the public’s awareness of the important role that oil, gas, and mining play in our everyday lives. Last year’s contest winners made posters that detailed how dependent we have become on fossil fuels. To their credit, the grand prize winner detailed both ways we use products created by fossil fuels and ways we can reduce our consumption.

The children were not asked to make posters about the climate impacts caused by those same fossil fuels: drought, wildfires, and warmer winters.”

Fair enough. The contest by itself is not too extreme – especially when Utah’s economy depends so heavily on the fossil fuel industry. But what is unfortunate is that they’re making it a state-sponsored Earth Day Poster Contest that is about everything Earth Day isn’t – the benefits of oil, gas & mining. It’s like they’re attempting to hijack Earth Day. Why do it? Maybe they’re just dicks.

In related news: Monty Burns wants to promote the positives of nuclear power with a poster contest for the schoolchildren of Springfield. Finalist will be announced on August 6 and the winners will be announced on August 9. [Climate Progress]

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Suntech Power Declares Bankruptcy.

Suntech Power Declares Bankruptcy

“You made your bed, now lie in it.”

The expression kind of nails it. What was great for consumers and solar panel installers was slowly killing solar panel manufacture Suntech Power. Once the world’s largest solar panel manufacture, Suntech Power is now being forced into bankruptcy. Over production and the corresponding price drops were just part of Suntech Power’s problems. [USA Today via Greentech Media]

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