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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Green Fuels Ltd.

Our 200th Post !!

Green Fuels Ltd makes it possible to produce your own biodiesel ... with one of their FuelPod products ... 

They are the " ... world leading biodiesel equipment supplier, ... design and manufacture ... affordable biodiesel processing equipment ... for small-scale, domestic usage - right up to commercial production.  ... currently more than 6,500 Green Fuels and Green Fuels America processors world wide. Between them they produce more than 350 million litres of biodiesel every year"

"If you want ... ‘green’ biodiesel, but don’t want to produce it yourself, you can buy high quality fuel from one of our Green Fuels approved dealers nationwide ...you will always save money compared with standard garage fuels ... "

"Biodiesel is a clean-burning biofuel produced from domestic renewable resources such as used cooking oil, oil seed crops such as rapeseed, or unused vegetable oil. It is biodegradeable, non-toxic and carbon neutral ... has 80% lower emissions than mineral diesel, it dramatically reduces pollution. It is inexpensive and easy to produce at home and is safe to use in any diesel vehicle without any modifications to your engine."

" ... two models in the Fuelpod range by Green Fuels - the safest way to produce high quality biodiesel at home. Both are supplied as complete systems and have minimal operating costs, with exceptionally low electricity consumption."

Via: Green Fuels Ltd. LINK

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Prince Charles Runs Aston Martin on BioEthanol - E100

" ... Prince Charles, the U.K.'s version of Al Gore, has taken another step in a green direction: his 1970 Aston Martin DB6 has been converted to run entirely on bioethanol ... fuel he uses is made from a white wine produced near the prince's Highgrove Estate, itself a showcase for organic farming ..."

" ... goal of reducing emissions from his planes, trains, and automobiles 25% by 2018 ...European Union limits annual wine production, so any leftovers from England's current vintage can be converted to bioethanol by Green Fuels Ltd.... company has previously provided bioethanol to power the royal train. The prince's other vehicles, which include a smattering of Jaguars, a Range Rover, and an Audi, have been converted to run on bioethanol made from cooking oil...."

Via: RiverWired LINK
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lorco Petroleum Services - Motor Oil Recycling

It is surprising how much used oil is generated each year - it is more surprising how much is improperly disposed of ... and how dangerous improperly disposed oil is to our water supply.

While looking at my local Honda dealership's website I can across their green activities.  Conicelli Honda notes on their website that they annually " ... recycle appx. 53,000 gallons of motor oil via Lorco Petroleum Services ... converting it into fuel oil ..."

"According to the National Oil Recyclers Association, 1.3 billion gallons of used oil is generated each year; Approximately 800 million gallons are recycled ... and approximately 500 million gallons are improperly discarded. One gallon of improperly disposed oil has the potential to contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water."

"Lorco Petroleum Services takes this problem seriously. We recycle millions of gallons of used oil each year, converting it into fuel oil that not only meets but exceeds USEPA standards."

" ... collect your used motor oil, hydraulic oil, transmission fluid, fuel oil or even unused new oil ... no minimum or maximum quantity requirements ... transported back to our Federal Terminal for processing ... If ... hazardous, we can transport it to the proper facility for disposal. "

Via: Lorco Petroleum Services LINK
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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Danish Island of Samsø : First "Town" to be Completely Energy Self-Sufficient ?

Danish Island of Samsø: First "Town" to be Completely Energy Self-Sufficient ??

It is one thing to be energy independent; it carries a little more weight if you are both energy independent and industrialized.

" ... Danish island of Samsø ... 30 miles long and 15 miles wide ... began its push toward sustainability in 1997. In just over a decade ... erected 21 electricity-producing wind turbines and a heating system fueled by wood chip- and straw-burning furnaces accompanied by several small solar panels."

"Eleven ... turbines are onshore and ten are offshore; all generate one megawatt each ... onshore turbines produce more electricity than the island consumes — enough to offset 690,000 gallons of oil — ... offshore turbines produce enough power to handle the island’s transportation energy budget ...invests excess power in new energy projects."

" ... inadvertently transformed the island’s workforce into green collar workers. Plumbers and carpenters regularly perform energy-efficient home conversions, and their expertise has allowed them to work on green projects elsewhere, including mainland Europe."

This video tells it all ....

Via: SmartPlanet LINK
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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Swedish Research Develops Biodegradable Battery Made with Algae

"... hoped to find some sort of constructive use for the material from algae blooms ... said researcher Maria Strømme, a nanotechnologist at Uppsala University in Sweden ... creates new possibilities for large-scale production of environmentally friendly, cost-effective, lightweight energy storage systems...."

" ... batteries are said to hold 50 to 200 percent more charge than similar conducting polymer batteries ... batteries recharge faster than conventional rechargeable batteries ... can recharge in eight minutes and as quickly as 11 seconds.

" ...researchers plan to test the batteries for charge loss over time as well as how well they can scale into larger formats."

Via: SmartPlanet  LINK
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

PNC's "Green Wall" Featured in Its Green Building

 PNC is well known for their green projects ... one of their ads says they have more green buildings than any other bank ...

In addition to having green buildings - PNC now has a GREEN WALL.  " ... the largest green wall in North America ... 2,380 sq. ft., soil-based wall - similar in size to a doubles tennis court - features a variety of regional plants grown into living art on the south-facing wall of One PNC Plaza ... in downtown Pittsburgh."

" ... estimated that each of the 602 panels, with 24 plants in each 2x2 sq. ft. space, will offset the carbon footprint of one person. ... similar to a green roof, will help to cool the 30-story building ... wall is a fitting reminder that PNC is the world leader in green building ...".

" ... has more newly constructed buildings certified by the United States Green Building Council under its LEED® program than any other company in the world ... includes 64 trademark Green Branch® locations and two office buildings. About 20 environmentally friendly branches and two other major buildings are under construction or awaiting LEED certification."

Via: PRNewsWire LINK

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hallmark - Long History of Being Green

Buckets of E-waste to be recycledHallmark, the maker of greeting cards and other products, has been green since before it was the "in thing".

" ... began recycling paper in the 1940s, have used recycled paper in products and packaging since the 1970s ... established a corporate-wide environmental conservation program in the 1990s...."

Other efforts include ... " ... sponsors e-waste events to collect and responsibly dispose of employees' discarded electronics ... actively participate in the Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWi$e and Energy Star Building programs ...Since the early 1990s we have reduced solid waste by 70 percent and hazardous waste by 90 percent ... waste-to-energy program at our distribution center in Enfield, Conn., has resulted in an ongoing zero percent waste program since 1998. Materials not recycled are used as electrical generator fuel."

Via: Hallmark LINK

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Environmental Protection Agency's WasteWise Program

I first heard of the EPA's WasteWise program from Hallmark's website where it was used to reinforce their environmental efforts.   Curious I looked for more info on the EPA website.

" ... WasteWise Endorser Program engages state and local government agencies, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to help educate their members and constituents about the benefits of reducing solid waste ... WasteWise Challenge helps members expand existing waste reduction programs and adopt new, proven strategies. Each challenge focuses on a specific material or product type."

"By pledging to the challenge, WasteWise members can receive assistance to implement waste reduction activities targeting a specific material or product type and potentially earn recognition as an environmental leader. "

Via: EPA Waste Wise Program LINK

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ultimate Green Store = Green Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift for that green guy or green gal on your shopping list?

Check out The Ultimate Green Store ... I found a link to the Ultimate Green Store from the Green Expo.   The Ultimate Green Store is a " ... one-stop green shopping destination for the home, office and everyone in the family! ... offers thousands of organic, recycled, solar and other eco-friendly products such as organic bedding and towels,organic baby products, eco-friendly-school-supplies,solar chargers and hundreds of other products in high demand categories for the eco-conscious shopper ..."

" ... you will find beautiful, cool, hip, colorful, fun, effective, beautifully smelling, quality products that stand on their own. And, if you want to learn more, we have provided you with information about each manufacturer and their lines so that you can better understand the benefits to you and our planet of all the different products we offer."

Via: The Ultimate Green Store LINK
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Friday, December 18, 2009

Cereplast - plant based plastics

"Cereplast, Inc. (OTCBB:CERP) designs and manufactures proprietary starch-based, sustainable plastics ... bio-resin replace a significant portion of petroleum-based additives with bio-based material such as starches from tapioca, corn, wheat and potatoes, meeting the demand from consumers and manufacturers for sustainable plastics."

" ... leader is capturing market share from traditional petroleum-based plastic products ... Cereplast's renewable plastics are an economically and ecologically sound substitute for petroleum-based products ..."

Via: Cereplast LINK

Monday, December 14, 2009

Eco Friendly Christmas Presents

Looking for a few GREEN gift ideas? Check out a clock that runs on water and a measuring cup that has a digital readout to give accurate volume and weight measurements
" ... AllThingsD technology columnist Kara Swisher shows ZDNet some "green" tech gift ideas for the holiday season, including a clock powered by water and a mini-vacuum cleaner that runs without emitting CO2 fumes ..." I am not sure I understand how the water clock works ... but it looks neat!

Via: ZDnet.com LINK
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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Levant Power Corp. - Vehicle Energy Recovery Technology

Hybrid cars are able to recover energy from braking by turning the brakes into a generating device ... Levant Power is using the energy in road bumbs to turn shock absorbers into a similar energy recovery device.

" ... identified an alternative energy source previously untapped ... the suspension system. The energy of a vertically oscillating vehicle is significant and currently dissipated as heat through shock absorbers. ... GenShock, recovers this energy and utilizes it for fuel economy gains ... extending a vehicle's range ... improves ride quality ... "

"Hybrid vehicles with GenShock installed can increase their fuel economy by up to 10 percent ... capturing suspension energy and using it to charge the vehicle's battery, it reduces the overall carbon footprint of the car."

"GenShock, is currently being produced for the defense industry. We will be offering our first public products as trucking aftermarket sales, later becoming a standard feature on select vehicle lines."

Via:  Levant Powwer LINK
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Home Fuel Cells Coming to Japan

" ... Matsushita ... will claim first place in the race to put commercial home fuel cells on the market ... "

" ... can optimally provide 70 percent of the energy needs for a 1,280 square foot house with four people ... can reduce energy consumption by 22 percent and CO2 emissions by 12 percent as compared to all other power sources ... ".

" ... in this case, the cogeneration home fuel cell hooks up to the city’s natural gas lines, extracting hydrogen from the gas in a fuel-processing device ... hydrogen is combined with oxygen through a series of polyelectrolyte membranes, a process that creates electricity, heat, and water ... home fuel cell produces between 500 watts and a 1 kilowatt of electricity and captures the heat to warm a tank of water, used for showers, dishes etc."

" ... a contribution to Japan’s goals of reducing global CO2 emissions 50 percent by 2050."

" ... fuel cells require a great deal of energy; for example, this unit contains more than 2,000 components. Whether the production of the units negates the energy and CO2 savings gained by customers is unclear."

Check out this video ...

Via: Mother Nature Network LINK
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Scott Uses 100 % Recycled Fiber in Paper Product Cores

I noticed an  interesting logo on a jumbo package of Scott bathroom tissue (a.k.a. toilet paper).  They note that "All Scott Brand Cores are Made With 100% Recycled Fiber."

While looking at their web site I noticed that they indicate what kind of plastic wrap is used for their products.

Napkins are packed in #7 (not typically or easily recycle) and Paper Towels are wrapped in #2 (easily recycled at most grocery stores).

Via: ScottBrand.com LINK
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Monday, December 7, 2009

ZigBee Alliance

 " ... ZigBee Alliance is an association of companies working together to enable reliable, cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked, monitoring and control products based on an open global standard."

"... goal ... is to provide the consumer with ultimate flexibility, mobility, and ease of use by building wireless intelligence and capabilities into everyday devices ... "

"ZigBee Smart Energy Certified Products ... represent solutions across the entire efficiency ecosystem – energy services portals, meters, displays, thermostats and load controllers. Each product may wear the ZigBee Certified logo and the green ZigBee Smart Energy icon so that they may be easily identified in the marketplace."

Via: ZigBee LINK

Sunday, December 6, 2009

If you can see it and manage it you can  control it.  Much like the speedometer on your car companies; are developing devices to help see home energy usage in real time.

" ...  EnergyHub's dashboard which it is testing out with three utilities in the U.S. .... gives people a way to quickly see how much electricity they are using at a given time. ... giving people regular information on their usage, they can cut electricity use between five and 15 percent ...".

"EnergyHub's system is being used in conjunction with smart meters in its initial trials but energy information can also be gathered by creating a wireless home-area network. The display has a Zigbee wireless chip that can communicate with a networked thermostat and smart plugs [left on photo] ... allows people to program appliances and turn down energy use during utility-run demand-response programs. .. is selling through utilities originally but expects the display and thermostat to cost about $250 and Zigbee-enabled plugs about $35."

Via: ZDnet.com LINK

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Make your House an Energy Sipper

With enough of the right technology any house can be close to zero net energy.  Here is the story of  "Marc Porat, an IT-turned-clean-tech entrepreneur, ... a showcase of the latest technologies that can be used to ratchet down the amount of energy that homes consume ... wanted to walk the talk with his own home, a historic 1936 home ...".

"A net zero energy house produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year. ... by putting in dense-pack cellulose wall insulation ... changing the heating and air conditioning system to an air-to-water heat pump, improving the ventilation and lighting systems and adding windows that insulate better, his team was able to reduce the amount of energy the home uses by 62%. Adding solar panels to the roof creates electricity to offset the energy consumed by the home. ... the house is completely powered by electricity.

" .. the $100,000 he spent ... is five or six times what people should be spending. ... Commercial and residential buildings together consume about 39% of the energy we use in the U.S., and the materials used in such buildings account for another 12% of total energy consumption, ... built environment is the key to whacking our energy consumption in half ...".

"... some 400 other home energy retrofitters in the U.S. focus on improving energy efficiency in residential dwellings .... "This is lower than the low-hanging fruit," says Sustainable Spaces co-founder Matt Golden. "The fruit is all over the floor. And the work is just beginning.""

Via: Forbes.com LINK
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Friday, December 4, 2009

Efficiency Stickers for Buildings

Here is an interesting idea ... what if buildings came with carbon stickers .. much like cars that have mpg and emissions stickers.  Such a mechanism would allow for consumers to shop for the more environmentally friendly building.

" ... every car has a sticker that tells you its fuel consumption ...sticker is also an effective policy mechanism for controlling the overall fuel consumption of all cars, and hence their carbon emissions ... "

"Why don't we do the same for buildings? Buildings account for around 40% of total carbon emissions in North America, while SUVs account for just 3%. Imagine the impact if we could put an efficiency sticker on buildings and halve their emissions over 10 years. Cutting building emissions in half would save 1.14 billion tons of carbon in the U.S. in one year alone."

"We know very little about the energy efficiency of our buildings, and there is no overall benchmark for building performance. ... we don't have a policy lever to reduce building carbon emissions the way we can with cars."

Follow the link below to read the full story ... a very intersting and worthwhile copncept.

What do you think ?

Via: Forbes.com LINK
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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cagoule Fleece - from Recycled Beverage Bottles


Cagoule Fleece is made with 85% recycled plastic - specifically plastic beverage bottles.  Using a product called "bottle fleece" they manufacture all sorts of fleece items like gloves, scarves and blankets.

My wife found these at our local Whole Foods Markets and thought they looked like a great idea ... quality warm fleece gloves from post consumer recycled bottles.

" ... everything we make is still created from superbly soft fleece itself made from post-consumer recycled materials ... We recycle absolutely everything we can and run the entire show with waste reduction firmly in mind ... "

" ... BottleFleece™ ... made from 85% post-consumer recycled fibers obtained from plastic soda bottles and post industrial waste ...  soda bottles are collected by recyclers, then shredded, melted, and extruded into fibers which then become ultra-plush fleece ... about 2 one-liter bottles in every BottleFleece hat ... "

Via: Cagoule Fleece LINK

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Plastic Bag Recycling

 Looking to recycle plastic bags but do not know where to take them?  Check out www.plasticbagrecycling.org for information.

The site has information for consumers, retailers,  recyclers and businesses. 

Consumers can find locations that will take plastic bags for recycling. Recycling keeps plastic from accumulating in landfills or becoming litter.  Recycling is easier on the environment that creating new plastic from raw materials.  Since many food stores have collection sites it is easy to take them for recycling without needing a special trip.

Consumers can also learn more about  recycling success stoires and find links with more about recycling plastics.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle !

"Plastic bags are recycled into many different products. Most ... are recycled into composite lumber but can also be reprocessed into small pellets, or post consumer resin, which can become feed stock for a variety of products such as new bags, pallets, containers, crates, and pipe."

"You can help by returning clean, dry, empty plastic bags to recycling drop off centers or retailers and municipalities that provide designated plastic bag recycling bins ..."

Via:  plasticbagrecycling.org  LINK

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Nickelodeon's Big Green Help

Nick.com gets kids into the green movement.  

Their Big Green Help site has games, quizs and offers 5 themes for being green --- "Stop the Flow, Recycle and Precycle, Grow the Green, Curb the Car and Save the Big Blue".  There are lots of fun ways to learn.

During commercial breaks the Nick.com stars encourage kids to get green and help save the planet !!

Via: Nick.com - Big Green Help  LINK
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Monday, November 30, 2009

Green RV Manufacturing

"Evergreen’s ... has the passion to change the RV industry by developing new materials and technologies for the first all composite, environmentally friendly recreational vehicles. ...  utilizing COMPOSITEK™ engineered “green” materials to replace traditional industry building materials ... Our unique construction and design methods are innovative and environmentally friendly."

" .... COMPOSITEK™ ... eliminates the use of wood substrate ...  materials are recyclable, eco-friendly, formaldehyde and VOC free and most importantly made in America ... EverGreen eliminated some 50 sheets of lauan per trailer, replacing it with stronger, lighter ComposiTek™ ... also replaced three to four sheets of plywood with composites in the interior furnishings. "

Via: EverGreen Recreational Vehicles  LINK

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Vegawatt™ - Power from Waste Oil

"Vegawatt™ ...  cogeneration system for restaurants and food service facilities, uses your waste cooking oil as a readily available source of fuel to generate on-site electricity and hot water, saving your restaurant thousands of dollars as well as providing a clean, renewable source of energy."

" ... paying a hauler to dispose of your used cooking oil? Or getting paid for your waste vegetable oil? You'll actually get a better return on investment when you use it to power your restaurant!"

How doesVegawatt™ compare to other energy sources?  Compare a KW of energy based on CO2 produced.  " ... Coal-fired electricity generator will burn roughly 1/2 a kilogram of coal to produce 1 kw of electricity, and release 1016 grams of CO2 in the process. ....Vegawatt™, running waste vegetable oil as fuel in a co-generator, will produce 1 kw of electricity and release 642 grams of CO2 in the process."  This is less than diesel at 998 grams and natural gas at 670 grams of CO2 respectively.

Via: Vegawatt LINK
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

USPS Offers Post Paid Recycling for Small Electronics

Have some small electronidcs you need to recycle?  The USPS has a solution for you.

" ... committed to leaving a “green” footprint across America ... pioneers in using alternative fuel-capable vehicles. And we support recycling and offer eco-friendly products."
Select USPS locations are offering postage paid mailers for recycling small electronics.  " ... mail is an easy and efficient way to recycle items so they don’t cause environmental harm ...piloting a mail-it-back program consumers can use to mail their used electronic items such as PDAs, cell phones and ink cartridges ...working with OSRAM SYLVANIA and Veolia Environmental Services to help consumers properly recycle used compact fluorescent lamps ... Hewlett Packard, Dell, and Sprint are helping customers return empty ink cartridges, cell phones and other wireless devices, old computers and computer equipment through the mail."

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Onzo: Utility Management / Monitoring Tools

"Onzo provides energy, gas and water utilities with tools that enable them to achieve business objectives by building more valuable relationships with their customers."

" ...  can help utilities in improving the ROI on smart metering programmes, reducing and smoothing demand, bringing a consumer dimension to Smart Grid projects, attracting and retaining customers, and meeting regulatory requirements. "

" ... currently working on a number of projects with utilities globally ..." including Scottish and Southern Energy PLC.

Via: Onzo LINK

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

US Army - Power From Trash

A British defense firm, Qinetiq, has been awarded " ... a ... contract to supply the United States Army with a system that can generate electricity from garbage.  ...  Called PyTEC ... capable of consuming up to 220 lbs. of waste — which includes food, medical and sanitary, paper, plastics, tin, oil and glass — each hour.... also reclaims up to 500 kW of the thermal energy from the waste per hour, some of which is used to sustain the system itself. ... produces five times more energy than is used to power the system."

" ... works by heating mixed waste to high temperature in the pyrolisis tube ... releases combustible gases, which are stored and, later, burned to generate electricity ... differs from other systems because the heating takes place without oxygen, allowing it to handle untreated mixed waste."

" ... byproduct of the PyTEC system is a glassy waste product that is 5 percent of the volume of the original garbage."

Via: SmartPlanet LINK

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Holiday LEDS Lighting and Recycling Service

LEDs lights offer longer life and less energy usage than traditional incandescent bulbs.  "HolidayLED's ... is committed to providing the best LED holiday, Christmas and decorative lighting available ... our products are UL listed and Energy Star qualified. ..."

"HolidayLEDs.com has a solution (and a final resting place) for your old and inefficient incandescent Christmas lights--we'll recycling them for you ... recycling program is open now and will continue through the end of February 2010. ...the third year in a row we have operated the program and participation has increased each year. ..."

This recycling program is FREE ... but  to be as green as posible they suggest following these recommendations.  "... Before you ship your lights to us be sure there is not a recycling facility locally who will accept them. ... There is an environmental cost associated with shipping your lights ... cost is greatly reduced if you put your lights together with several family members, friends, neighbors, or local groups. ... Don't use packing material. The lights are going to be placed in a commercial shredder. It does not matter if they get broken ... "

Here is the link to HolidayLEDS recycling program ... LINK

Via: HolidayLEDS LINK
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Carbon Capture Report™

The University of Illinois has developed the Carbon Capture Report™ that brings together all information Carbon related.  If you are looking for something carbon related this would be a good place to search!

 ... monitors news services from around the world to offer the latest news on carbon capture, carbon sequestration, and climate change, updated every 24 hours, 7 days a week. ... compiling a list of all articles mentioning these topics, and preparing a series of analytical reports to make it easy to continually keep track of what the world's media is saying about carbon capture."

" ... Daily Map service overlays each day's coverage onto Google Maps and Google Earth, showing what different countries and different parts of those countries are saying about carbon capture. See how coverage has changed over time using the interactive timeline of the Google Earth display."

" ... Daily Summary Newsletter service sends you the latest headlines ... delivered to your inbox at 2AM CST each morning."

" ... is an ongoing, highly experimental research project. All results are generated entirely by machine, so reports may occasionally contain errors and no guarantees of any kind are provided ..."

Via: Carbon Capture Report LINK