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Bring Fuel Cells Home With This Sweet Toy

Paradigm shifts require that we start educating our youth on the advantages and importance of green living.  Educating our children is getting easier with new media and technology.  This super-cool toy teaches the science behind fuel cells in an easy-to-understand way. Your kids (or you) can put together a car powered by water (via fuel cell technology).  As you of course know, fuel cells combine a fuel like hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity.  For a more in-depth description, read this. I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid, there was no kit that would allow me to build a car that runs on water.  Who knows, that could have made all the difference. Read the full …

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The $672 Electric Car for the Rest of Us

Look, I want an electric car as much as the next guy.  My commute is inside of 25 miles, like 99% of us, so distance isn’t an issue.  Neither is recharging, I live in a very progressive state with a row of electric-car charging stations at my favorite grocery store.  I just can’t swallow the price tag of a new car.  Here is one solution I found that may just be how I spend my next few weekends. Ingredients: 1 Geo Metro 1 Electric forklift 1 Electric motor a dash of spare parts a smidge of random batteries Bake for a few weekends of hard work, and voila!  The result is a medium speed, medium range, cheap-as-heck electric commuter car.  …

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LED Traffic Lights are (almost) the perfect solution

We all know LED’s are better than regular bulbs due to their longer life, smaller energy consumption, less maintenance requirements and brighter light.  As municipalities start switching over to the more energy efficient technology, we are seeing a lot of benefits.  But road maintenance workers across the country have run into another problem they may not have anticipated. Because LED’s burn with less heat, keeping them free of ice and snow is a bit trickier.  Drivers are finding their traffic lights completely covered with blowing snow.  State’s like Wisconsin have converted 90% of their traffic lights to LED’s.  Whatever the solution, LED’s are a technology that is pivotal to our environmental progress.  We will find a way to make this …

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Merry Christmas from the Hippie Network

We wish that we all can some day enjoy peace on this beautiful earth.

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2009 in review: how far have we come?

Everyone seems to be writing “Year in Review” posts right now.  We considered that too, but since everyone else is doing it, why would we? We settled on a different idea.  We looked back on 2008 year in reviews to compare between then and now.  We asked: How far have we come? Are we where we hoped to be? Is our slope of innovation steep enough?  There are so many more questions to ask but these were enough to get started. T. Boone Pickens was getting some press.  His plan is still out there: to use our domestic wind resources to power the country.  Although this hasn’t happened yet, it is catching on as a realistic idea.  But coming from …

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Apple calculates the real environmental impact of their products

Many companies start with this “We package our products in 20% post-consumer content materials” and end there.  Apple took it about 12 step further by evaluating their products’ environmental impact form sourcing materials to consumer use. When Apple identified that 53% of their environmental impact is in the use of their products by the consumer.  Instead of just claiming to have “made our products as efficient as possible”, they outline exactly what that means. They break down energy usage to “milliwatts” and describe how processors stop computing between keystrokes to save minute but important amounts of energy. Read much more at Apple’s website.

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Amazing new transportation center will be super-green

There are some amazing eco-innovations going on right now.  Although some are somewhat greenwashed by their corporate real estate developer backers, they are at least conversation starters amongst you and your environmentally friendly friends. The new Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) will be a high-speed hub for Amtrak, regional trains, buses, taxis, etc.  The pricetag is $180 million but saves two birds with one stone.  a) It makes public transportation more accessible which drastically cuts greenhouse emissions and b) replaces an older set of transportation resources with an environmentally friendly structure. Plus, what’s super cool about this building is the steel beams will be coated with a membrane that expands and contracts to control light.  This will help with …

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Please welcome The Greenwashing Blog to the Hippie Network

The Greenwashing Blog has joined the Hippie Network.  The network strives to bring relevant, helpful and interesting information to readers. The Greenwashing Blog has developed a reputation for looking at eco-claims with a critical eye. Do you have a popular eco blog?  We still have some limited room in the network for interesting blogs that focus on the environment.  Contact us to start a discussion.

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Eco car could be our commute solution

The common fear is that electric cars don’t offer the distance necessary to support the average commuter. However, the average commute is only 24 miles and the typical electric car gets over 60 miles out of one charge. This eco car is just one of many examples and gets 120km range out of a single charge, doubling the previous limit. The car claims to help gridlock by measuring just 2.5m in length. That seems like a lofty claim but it’s the thought that counts.

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Super cool solar balloons coming to a sky near you

These are one of the most viable options for quick, easy, cheap and dependable renewable energy. Scientists have developed balloons coated with solar panels that could generate significant amounts of energy without much risk or maintenance. We have the technology, the resources and the infrastructure to place these balloons anywhere. Since they only require an anchor, they could be placed in both urban and rural areas without complicated right-of-ways or easements. Read more here.

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