Humans cause growth in Antarctic sea ice

So it's not all bad: it seems human activity is as much to blame for the increase in Antarctic ice as it is for the melting of the Arctic ice cap. Unfortunately, the effect won't last.

Texas to fund half billion solar project

The Texas Senate approved a $500 million rebate scheme which householders and companies can use to install photovoltaic (PV) solar panels.

Why I won’t be celebrating Earth Day today, and instead every day

It’s April 22, and there is absolutely no way I could have possibly forgotten. For the past couple of weeks my e-mail inbox and unfortunately even my postal mailbox has been flooded with marketing materials. Promotions for eco-friendly and green products, sales in the name of the special day, it would seem that as many corporations and businesses as possible are trying to capitalize on the event, which was originally established in 1970 as a grassroots attempt to gain environmental awareness.

Scientists make gasoline from garbage

You never know what you might find when you go rooting around on a garbage dump, and US scientists reckon they have struck black gold.

World's greatest rivers dry up

Some of the world's greatest rivers - including the Ganges, the Niger, the Yellow River and the Colorado River - are drying up. The reduced flows are in many cases associated with climate change, say researchers, and potentially threaten future supplies of food and water

Sanyo releases powerful hybrid bicycle

Japanese firm Sanyo said it has released a hybrid bicycle which with the aid of its Eneloop battery can help you pedal half as hard to get where you want to go to.

The World’s first fully sustainable race car

With a vehicle body made from potatoes, a steering wheel made from carrots, the ability to run on waste chocolate and vegetable oil, the 140 mph Environ-MENTAL is the first formula 3 race car designed from materials that are both sustainable and renewable.

Time running out in fight to protect Arctic

World leaders need to get their skates on if they are to stop the central Arctic being turned into an industrial wasteland as its sea ice retreats.

Americans not green enough, Microsoft claims

A survey released by MSN Green claims that 70 percent of the population of the USA don't use a kitchen composter and don't limit toilet flushes to save water.

62 trillion spam e-mails = power used by 1.5 million homes

There is no day without some news about how many emissions are caused by a certain circumstance in our lives. So, it was just a matter of time when we would get some indication of how virtual spam is polluting our real environment. The numbers are convincing and yes, it is bad. But how much truth and real life usage is in those numbers?   

Beam me down: PG&E moves into space solar power

This one may make you speechless. It is so obvious in its idea that you wonder why no one else has thought of it before, yet it sounds like a plot from a 1960s science fiction movie: Collect solar energy in space, convert it into radio signals, send it down to Earth and change it into electricity. Fascinating.

100 mpg automotive X PRIZE contest underway, 136 vehicles, $10M

Progressive Insurance is hosting the Automobile X-Prize, which has now announced the full list of registered teams who have been accepted into the competition. The 111 separate teams include 136 vehicles, 14 different fuel sources, with 25 states in the U.S. represented, and 11 countries in all. The $10 million prize will be given to the team that not only makes it beyond 100 mpg in a four-passenger car, but also does it the fastest.

New technology extracts energy from moving vehicles

New Energy Technologies claims to have developed a device that is able to harvest the kinetic energy from moving vehicles and convert it into electricity. One day, the company believes, its MotionPower device could be efficient enough to be powering street lights and roadway signs.

Segway and GM develop two-wheeled city vehicle

Segway and General Motors (GM) describe it as Project PUMA, but there is really other way to describe this device as a Segway scooter with two seats and a roof. It is just a prototype at this time, but if this vehicle becomes a reality it may not only give GM better cards when dealing with the government and its bailout, but also make us rethink how we get around town.

Sea ice coverage down by 278,000 square miles

Earlier today we learned about the massive retreat of glaciers in Antarctica and now we are hearing from NASA that average Arctic sea ice coverage is decreasing at a stunning pace. Thin seasonal ice – ice that melts and re-freezes every year - now makes up about 70% of arctic ice in the winter, up from only 40 to 50% in the 1980s and 1990s.

Survey reveals massive loss of Antarctica glaciers

Antarctica’s glaciers may be retreating at a much faster pace than previously believed, a new study released by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) indicates. One major ice shelf has completely disappeared and another shelf three times the size of Rhode Island has broken off since 1986, the maps reveal.

UPDATED: Sharp introduces outdoor-use LED lighting, solar powered

Sharp has introduced a line of scalable 1800 lumen LED-based lighting fixtures appropriate for permanent outdoor use (roughly the same illumination as a traditional 250 Watt flood light per head). While two of the three models introduced are traditional AC power units which would sit atop utility poles, one model can operate on either AC power, or DC from power stored by an included solar panel and battery assembly.

Scientists confirm Cold Fusion experiment

It was reported and presented during a meeting of the American Chemical Society that researchers from the U.S. Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) have observed lab-controlled cold fusion. Whether or not it's possible to create and manage cold fusion is a subject debated endlessly since 1989 when Martin Fleishmann and Stanly Pons claimed to have achieved cold fusion within the confines of their laboratory.

Taiwan government helping solar and LED industries

Taiwan's government has approved a 5-year budget of US$8.8 billion (NT$30 billion) for the support of the nation's "renewable R&D projects". A specific focus is given to the solar energy and LED industries, according to DigiTimes.

Microsoft promises to cut carbon emissions by 30% by 2012

Microsoft jumps on the green train and says that it intends to cut almost one third of the carbon emissions caused by the company today.