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Thanks to a new patent, one day, Google may be able to take the background noise during your seaside phone call and serve up ads for nearby beach rentals. Erik Isakson/Tetra Images/Corbis ven as Google overhauls its search engine , the tech giant is looking for ways to diversify its revenue streams. One possibility? This week, Google was awarded a patent for "advertising based on environmental conditions," suggesting that in the future, computers and handsets may deliver targeted ads tailored to fit with what you're seeing and hearing in the real world.
Ground or air? The age-old question has puzzled sustainable shippers for decades. And the decision to have an item shipped via ground or air mail is still the most important choice consumers make with regard to eco-friendly shipping, Hoover says. "Ground shipping is going to use less fuel than air," she says. "So, the more you can avoid having things shipped overnight mail (or whatever is going to require air), that's probably a good way to think about it."
This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch By Susanne Rust The cause célèbre of plastic litter in the ocean is the Texas-sized, swirling island of plastic debris thousands of miles off the coast of California in the Pacific Ocean.
From EarthTechling's Beth Buczynski: A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that bustling airports could serve a vital new function, doubling as alternative energy factories. The study findings, recently published in an Environmental Management article titled “Airports Offer Unrealized Potential for Alternative Energy Production [ PDF ],” indicate that airports might want to consider converting empty land into alternative fuel power plants where it is both economically and environmentally beneficial. Right now, many U.S. airports are surrounded by acres of empty grassland.
Greg Jaczko, who has proved a controversial chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images It could be the latest Inside the Beltway TV drama: the safety guardians of America's nuclear industry working in a political environment so toxic that the White House was compelled to appoint the bureaucratic equivalent of a marriage counsellor. Firstly, there have been testimonies to Congress of "outbursts of abusive rage" at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
Scientific studies are misrepresented all the time. But now and again the distortions get particularly bad. That was the case Monday, when Fox News ran the headline , “New Research Shows Wind Farms Cause Global Warming.” A number of other media outlets did the same thing. And it’s... not true at all. (George Frey/Bloomberg) The frenzy started after Liming Zhou, a scientist at the University of Albany, published a short study in Nature Climate Change.
Have you ever looked underneath your kitchen sink, or whoever you put your cleaning products, and marvel at all the bottles and containers you have there? I recently took a peek and went on a cleaning kick, trying to use as much of the stuff up as possible, and was amazed at how chemically some things smelled. My lovely wife is allergic to some artificial lemon scents so much of our stuff is absent any scent, which leaves our noses unprotected against the chemical smells. And almost just as annoying was how many products we had. How is a glass cleaner different than a counter top spray?
Photo by Hans Gerwitz. The International Energy Agency recently issued its annual progress report [PDF] on clean energy. Here’s the five-cent version: The transition to a low-carbon energy sector is affordable and represents tremendous business opportunities, but investor confidence remains low due to policy frameworks that do not provide certainty and address key barriers to technology deployment .
The Arizona House of Representatives on Wednesday gave initial approval to a bill that some proponents say is aimed at stopping a United Nations conspiracy to take away the rights of American citizens. Critics say the bill is not only based on crackpot “one-world-order” theories, but that it would make valuable state programs illegal and take away the state’s authority to manage natural resources. The bill, SB1507, sponsored by Sen. Judy Burges, R-Skull Valley, would make it illegal for any government entity in the state to abide by any tenet or principle of the non-binding United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development , adopted by the international group in 1992. The declaration includes 27 principles, such as promoting sustainable communities, managing natural resources and working toward the eradication of poverty.
n/a This means the Nissan, while only selling 1000 Nissan Leafs, took almost 2% of the total car market with this innovative electric car. Also the Nissan Leaf become the second best-selling Nissan in Norway and the ninth best-selling passenger car overall in month of February. This demonstrates the positive impact of comprehensive incentives by the government and developed charging infrastructure in Norway.
(NaturalNews) Amid all the controversy over genetically-modified (GM) crops and their pesticides and herbicides decimating bee populations all around the world, biotechnology behemoth Monsanto has decided to buy out one of the major international firms devoted to studying and protecting bees. According to a company announcement, Beeologics handed over the reins to Monsanto back on September 28, 2011, which means the gene-manipulating giant will now be able to control the flow of information and products coming from Beeologics for colony collapse disorder (CCD). Since 2007, Beeologics has been studying CCD, as well as Israeli Acute Paralysis Virus (IAPV), for the purpose of coming up with intervention-based ways to mitigate these conditions.
Apr. 27, 2012 — Physicists from the University of Zurich have discovered a previously unknown particle composed of three quarks in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator. A new baryon could thus be detected for the first time at the LHC. The baryon known as Xi_b^* confirms fundamental assumptions of physics regarding the binding of quarks. In particle physics, the baryon family refers to particles that are made up of three quarks.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog , is the “ Trojan Horse ” behind mandating that climate change denial (“skepticism,” or “balance,” in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms. Well, ALEC is at it again, it appears. Facing an IRS complaint filed by Common Cause , one of the leading advocacy groups working to expose the corporate-funded bill mill, ALEC has also launched an assault on renewable energy legislation, according to a well-documented report written by Bloomberg News . The two developments are worth unpacking.
Update Both Politifact and the Washington Post Fact Checker have given the ad their worst ratings of “pants on fire” and four Pinocchios, respectively. Politifact found all three examples used to be false, with the ad stringing together “alarming” soundbites that are “ultimately ridiculous.” And the Washington Post writes “there is no excuse for these kinds of ads, which take facts out of context or simply invent them.” After pouring more than $8.4 million into bogus energy attack ads since November, the oil industry front group Americans For Prosperity announced yet another major ad buy of $6.1 million in eight states.
Disease-ridden Fish, Eyeless Shrimp, Mutated Sea Life, and Fish Plagued with Oozing Lesions, Gashes, Parasites, Ulcers and Strange Black Stains. Sounds like a bad science fiction film right? Sadly, it’s no science fiction movie.