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New Labels for TVs Go Beyond Energy Star

A large consortium that includes electronics retailers and sale cialis manufacturers, the EPA and the cialis online order Natural Resources Defense Council has agreed to start labeling TVs with environmental impact ratings that are based on criteria beyond energy efficiency such as mercury, lead and other toxic content.

The labeling system is being called E-PEAT-for-TV after the E-PEAT labeling system for computers that is used for all government computer purchases. The rating system will be developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and administered by the Green Electronics Council and should start appearing on TVs in the next 18 to 24 months.

The labeling system met a lot of resistance from manufacturers, but the long timeline to get the labels in place will most likely be to their benefit. Many consumers will be buying new digital TVs as the switch from analog to digital broadcast signals takes place on June 12, which means lots of sales long before the levitra low price labels show up.

No word yet on the exact criteria and ranking system, but it will likely be similar to the standards used for the original E-PEAT.

via Green Inc.



Peak Coal May Happen as Soon as 2025

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology and the University of can i get viagra in mexico Washington have come to the conclusion that the world's coal supply has been vastly overestimated. The researchers believe that coal production could start dwindling as early as 2025, creating a world-wide energy crisis - yet another reason that renewable energy sources need to start replacing fossil fuels around the world, and soon.

The research is based on actual coal production patterns in the world's five greatest coal regions compared to what governments have self-reported to be their maximum extractable coal. The researchers have found that minable coal reserves have been overestimated by at least four times what is actually minable. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates maximum coal reservesto be 3,400 billion tons, while the new calculations put maximum coal reserves at just 666 billion tons.

Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute in California estimates that we'll see peak coal somewhere between 2025 and 2035 and he warns of not only an energy crisis at that time, but also an economic decline.

So while we've long been advocating for a switch from coal to prevent further climate change and to protect the planet, it seems the switch may be even more dire than we thought.

via Discovery News


London Testing Technology to Control Drivers' Speed, Reduce Emissions

Transport for London is beginning a six-month trial of a speed control technology called Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) as a means to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and traffic accidents.

ISA works with GPS systems to import current speed limit maps for the city and to stop vehicle acceleration once the current speed limit is met. The technology can be set to an advisory mode where the current speed limit is simply displayed on the dash or a manual override switch allows the driver to turn the system off completely.

Transport for London is trying out the technology in taxis, buses, and select service vehicles. The trial will monitor the effect that the system has on emissions and road safety. The trial report will then go to the Mayor of London and the technology may be made available to other organizations.

It's expected that the technology will benefit road safety much more than it will reduce emissions or fuel consumption, but the organization is hoping that to see improvements in those areas too.

via Green Car Congress


New York State Agencies Switching from Bottled to Tap

Earlier this week, New York Governor David Paterson ordered all state agencies to levitra england stop buying and using bottled water and instead make water fountains and tap water dispensers available for employees, if they aren't already.

Large, cooler-sized water bottles are to be phased out as well as the single-serving bottles. Paterson cited economic and cialis 50 mg tablets environmental reasons for enforcing the switch, saying that taxpayers pay for clean drinking water and it should be used and that bottled water is wasteful and requires large amounts of energy to transport.

State agencies will be monitored to make sure they are complying with the new rule.

The New York State government follows the San Francisco city government, New York City Council and other jurisdictions in prohibiting bottled water. With environmental and economic concerns weighing on most city and state governments, it's likely many more areas will require the switch to tap water.

via New York Times


Congress Stops Burning Coal, Should Also Install Solar Panels

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid announced yesterday that the almost-century-old Capitol Power Plant, which provides heat and hot water for congressional buildings, has stopped burning coal. Over the viagra shop uk past few years, the plant has used increasing amounts of natural gas in place of coal and since March, the plant has solely used natural gas.

This news is definitely something to cheer about, but Congress could take this even further. While any reduction in the amount of buy levitra in canada coal being burned around the globe is viagra online generic a good thing, if Congress really wants to set an example, they should be switching to online order levitra renewable energy sources, or at least integrating them into the current plant. Natural gas is far better for the atmosphere than coal, but solar, wind, geothermal and overnight levitra generic biomass are even better than natural gas.

Switching lightbulbs and updating government fleets to more fuel-efficient vehicles are all helpful and necessary changes, but the government could make a much more dramatic change that shows that they are fully invested in the climate and energy bills they are writing by using renewable energy technologies and making the Capitol more sustainable.

via Boston Globe

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