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Archive for August, 2010
Beyond Oil: Activism and Politics via OnEarth Magazine by Bill McKibben
John Viera Interview: Ford Targets 80% CO2 Emissions Reduction by 2050 via Triple Pundit by Bill Roth
Nissan Signs Zero-Emission Partnership with Kagoshima Prefecture to Promote “Development of a CO2-Free Island” in Yakushima
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Kagoshima Prefecture signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly embark on the “Development of a CO2-Free Island” project to create an advanced low-carbon society on Yakushima Island. Japan’s first World Heritage Site, Yakushima Island is home to some of the country’s oldest trees – the oldest of which may be more than 7,000 years old – and has an abundant source of renewable energy: hydropower.
The partnership will primarily focus on promoting the widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) on the island and creating an environment where people can safely drive EVs and utilize renewable energy.
Already, Kagoshima Prefecture has offered a purchase incentive for EVs under the “Support Program for EV Promotion in Yakushima Island.” The prefecture is providing subsidies for installation of chargers, while Nissan has started a project to analyze how to install chargers optimally using drive data analysis technology.
The widely varied topography of Yakushima Island will offer an ideal setting to conduct studies on further refining the navigation system for EVs to more precisely factor in road gradient. A study on utilization of electricity generated by EVs also will be conducted.
Nissan and Kagoshima Prefecture believe the Development of a CO2-Free Island project will be a study in best practices for similar countries and regions throughout the world. They hope to establish a working model for the wide-spread adoption of EVs on remote islands.
Nissan Zero Emission Website
Oceana Announces Launch of Gulf of Mexico Research Expedition to Assess Long-Term Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Oceana to Use ROVs, Specialized Divers and Satellite Tags to Investigate Effects of Oil on Coral, Fish, Shark and Sea Turtle Species
Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation, announced today the launch of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico Expedition that will assess the long-term impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Oceana will use remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), specialized divers and satellite tags to investigate the effects of oil in the Gulf on coral, fish, shark and other marine species. Oceana will also document areas that may be in danger if the oil is captured by sea currents and transported towards southern Florida or if another oil spill occurs in this area in the future. To date, an estimated 200 million gallons of oil has spilled into the Gulf since the explosion April 20, 2010.
For this research expedition, Oceana has chartered the Oceana Latitude, a 170 foot vessel capable of sailing in both shallow and deep waters, and adapted to serve as a diving platform. The expedition, led by oceanographer Xavier Pastor, vice president for Oceana Europe, will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sunday, August 8, 2010.
“The Deepwater disaster is a horrible experiment on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem,” said Pastor. “Oceana’s expedition will help to answer important questions about what is happening under the water in the Gulf.”
Oceana’s scientists from both sides of the Atlantic will begin their work in the Florida Keys before sailing into the Gulf. The scientists, directed by Dr. Michael Hirshfield, senior vice president for North America and chief scientist at Oceana, will work with professional divers, underwater photographers and videographers as well as two ROVs (one capable of descending up to 3,280 feet and filming in high-definition) to analyze the magnitude of the oil spill and its affect on sensitive habitats and marine species. Oceana will also tag several shark species, including whale and hammerhead sharks, to monitor their migration patterns and study their ability to avoid oil contaminated areas as well as take samples of water, fish larvae, plankton and adult fish.
“Most of the public’s attention has been on the visible oil on the surface of the Gulf and the beaches and marshes,” said Dr. Hirshfield. “Oceana wants the public to understand the impacts of the unseen, underwater oil that is damaging marine wildlife and habitats in the Gulf and will likely continue to do so for years to come.”
Oceana’s Pacific science director Dr. Jeff Short, one of the world’s leading experts on oil spills that participated in the Exxon Valdez clean-up efforts, will use cutting-edge science to map the subsurface oil plume. Dr. Short has already travelled to the Gulf where he collected water samples.
During the expedition, Oceana will collaborate with the National Aquarium as well as several U.S. universities, including the University of Miami. Oceana will also release reports in the coming weeks that describe the impacts of oil on marine species.
Oceana continues to urge Congress and the U.S. government to ban all new offshore drilling and support a shift to clean, carbon-free alternatives.
To learn more about the expedition, please visit www.Oceana.org. To learn more about Oceana’s campaign to stop the expansion of offshore drilling, please visit www.Oceana.org/stopthedrill.
Photos and video footage from the expedition will be available.
Green America Exchange” Gets First Intensive Trial in Nation’s #1 City for Green Businesses; Help During Recession: Unique B2B Marketplace Currency Offers Interest-free Credit Lines.
The nation’s leading city for green business will be used as the first major market for the “Green America Exchange” (GAEx), an enhanced barter network with a complementary currency and interest-free lines of credit designed to support a robust and sustainable business-to-business (B2B) marketplace. While GAEx launches nationwide today (August 10 th), it will have its strongest initial focus in San Francisco.
Located on the Web at www.GreenAmericaExchange.org, GAEx is a project of the national nonprofit Green America. As GAEx comes online, it will feature such offers as advertising space in national magazines, carbon-neutral Web hosting, graphic design, merchant services, organic catering, and dozens of other items addressing green business needs.
Green America’s Executive Director Alisa Gravitz said: “San Francisco is the ideal market in which to take the first big step toward our goal of putting the green back in greenbacks. The Green America Exchange is so much more than a simple barter arrangement; it will help the small businesses at the heart of America’s green economy make additional sales, gain new customers, conserve cash, support fellow green businesses, and purchase the products and services they need all in the same place.”
Green America Exchange Project Manager Keaty Gross said: “San Francisco and the Green America Exchange are made for each other. By turning un-sold goods, un-booked appointments and under-utilized space into a liquid currency, the Exchange facilitates trades that wouldn’t have otherwise happened in our cash-strapped economy. So on top of GAEx’s potential to strengthen the green economy as a whole, it is also a profitable venture for each participating business. This should be a real boost that will help to take Bay area green businesses to the next level.”
There’s no front-end fee to join the Green America Exchange.Instead, all GAEx members will pay transaction fees that ensure that the proper management and oversight to trading remains in place and sustainable.
Members will also be able to upgrade to a Premium account, benefits of which include a personal broker and the opportunity to apply for a credit line, for a low $10 cash/10 trade monthly fee.
GAEx is available to all members of Green America’s Business Network, which has an associate membership open to all businesses. All products and services offered on the Green Exchange must be green (both socially and environmentally responsible).
The Green American Exchange is now in the process of enlisting and activating accounts. To learn more visit www.GreenAmericaExchange.org or contact the Exchange Manager at Keaty@GreenAmerica.org
ABOUT GREEN AMERICA
Green America (formerly Co-op America) is the leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today’s social and environmental problems. Green America’s green economy programs encourage corporate responsibility, tackle climate change, build fair trading systems, advance healthy, local communities, and provide green purchasing and investing information for families and businesses.
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ABOUT THE GREEN BUSINESS NETWORK
A program of Green America, the Green Business Network is a vibrant community of over 4,000 businesses committed to creating a better world. Businesses interested in joining the Green Business Network and taking part in the exchange can go to http://www.greenamericatoday.org/cabn/join/ or contact the Green Business Network at 202-872-5330.
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