At TED 2010, Bill Gates gave a talk that laid out his vision and hope for the world’s energy future, citing the need for what may amount to a miracle to avoid planetary catastrophe, with the goal of zero carbon emissions across the globe by 2050. One of the more interesting, and most talked about, moments involves Bill take out a jar of fireflies (at last years talk, he used mosquitos) to make a point. Definitely a great video to take in, and it gives you a nice idea of what Mr. Gates is up to these days.
Every year we like to
remind you to do your bit for Earth Day, and this year is no exception. Next Wednesday, April 22, plant a tree, volunteer to work for your city or send an Earth Day E-card. Check out the Facebook application Every Day is Earth Day to find how you can decease your carbon footprint. The goal is to offset 100,000 lbs. of CO2. Finally, you can get a free download of Grist’s Wake Up and Smell the Planet before Earth Day.
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The eCO2 watch is an interesting prototype that helps decrease your own carbon footprint. Of course it is a watch, but it also utilizes kinetic energy to pull in CO2 through its intake vents and spits out clean air through exhaust vents. While it seems that it would not make much of an impact, imagine if James Kershaw and Chad Garns’ creation was given to an entire city. In the meantime, when Earth Day comes April 22, it wouldn’t hurt to plant a couple of trees to do the same thing.
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For those of us who like to nurse our brews, but not after they turn room temperature, we cannot wait for this prototype to come on the market. Invented by 22 year-old Kent Hodgson, the Huski Beverage Chiller can ice up your beer in a few seconds with CO2 and costs about 7 cents apiece. At about the size of a pencil, it forgoes the need to pre-chill drinks or carry around extra ice. It works with plastic cooling cells in a dock that houses the carbon dioxide that expands and becomes dry ice. Hodgson is hoping that his dream will become about a $50.00 realty in time.
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