On October 15th over 4,000 blogs and websites with an audience of over 3,400,000 people will be talking about our environment. Some of these sites and blogs will also be donating their day earnings to an environmental charity.



On October 15th, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone’s mind - the environment. Every blogger will post about the environment in their own way and relating to their own topic. Our aim is to get everyone talking towards a better future.

Some of the top notch blogs that will participate are SEOMoz, Lifehacker, ProBlogger, ZenHabits, Copyblogger and many more.

This is a great idea and initiative – Green Blog has already registered our blog to participate and we really hope you will too. But, why stop at only talking and discussing the environment on one day? Why not go the whole way with your blog or website? Wouldn’t it be great if an majority of the participating blogs and sites moved to a green web host on or around October 15th? That would truly make an impact on people and especially web host companies.

So if you are going to participate in the Blog Action Day, don’t just talk about the environment – help save it by choosing a green web host.


The concept of search engine optimization was initially introduced by the advertising agencies, in order to take over the website marketing arena online. Later it evolved into the presence concept of internet network marketing. Later, there were more idea developments in the marketing plan. One of the first few packages was that of adsense marketing. Later methods like pay per click and inclusion came along.
Sustainable Websites offers web hosting powered by wind power from Renewable energy certificates (RECs). The green power is generated in the Mountain View Wind facility in San Gorgonio Pass, California. With its 111 wind turbines Mountain View can generate enough energy to power over 40000 homes in California.



By purchasing renewable energy certificates, we're not only offsetting our own emissions of harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases, we're participating in a community of responsible businesses and individuals. The income from REC's goes towards either supporting existing wind turbine farms or developing new ones. We're part of the solution - imagine if more people participated too! Even if less than 50% of the population participated, we would be well on our way to independence from imported fossil fuels.



We believe that Sustainable Websites host their own dedicated servers over at GNAX. According to our research Sustainable Websites hosted around 360 different domain names in the beginning of September. The trend is going upwards with more and more domain registrations so you can safely say that Sustainable Websites is a trustworthy web host.

Sustainable Websites is not only a green web host. In addition their green hosting they offer a community for their members with access to a large library of sustainable and green marketing articles.
Ask.com is a search engine company just like Google is but not that popular outside the USA. Now when that has been explained lets get to the point shall we?

Ask.com recently started to work with Dell, the computer company, to transform their current servers to more energy-efficient severs with the use of Dell’s Data center Solutions Division. Ask.com has said that these new servers will use 30 percent less energy than the old ones and still be able to perform the same tasks.

But the story doesn’t end at more energy-efficient severs. Ask.com has also, as the first corporate customer, joined Dells "Plant a Tree for Me" program. It is said that thanks to Ask.com thousands of trees will be planted.

This "Plant a Tree for Me" program is a partnership with the Conservation Fund and Carbonfund.org and non-profit organizations.
Here is just a short shout out for people who, just like me, love to watch TV/Videos on your computer (who needs a TV anyways?).

Miro is a free open-source program that lets you download and watch videos, podcasts and even torrent files. Miro works on Macs, PCs and even on Linux.

Alright then, when you have downloaded Miro and installed it search for a High-Def channel called "KQED QUEST Science Video Podcast". It’s a science video podcast (duh!?) that has some really nice green documentaries, in High-Definition, like "The Great Switch-Out", "Napa Wineries Face Global Warming", "From Waste To Watts: Biofuel Bonanza" and many others.

http://www.getmiro.com
Zonbu is a small, small like the mac mini, personal computer. But what’s special about the Zonbu is not that it’s so small, it’s that it’s the first zero-emission personal computer.

Zonbu runs on a linux platform with a 1.2 gigahertz processor, 512 meg of RAM and a 4 gigabyte flash card. That’s plenty to satisfy the majority of ordinary computer users.

This small environmental friendly computer consumes six times less power than a standard (energy wasting) light bulb. Did I mention the price tag for this beauty? Zonbu only costs $250 dollars.

But nothing is perfect in the real world. In order to get more storage space you need to subscribe to the Zonbox service. Zonbox will provide you with software and firmware updates and up to 100 gigs of storage space. It will even offset your Zonbu usage. Zonbox costs $12.95. Keep in mind that if you are currently using an older computer you can actually save those money off your utility bill when you have purchased Zonbu (older computers uses more energy).

Related articles about the Zonbu:
- Some Zonbu PCs Shipping with Double Flash Capacity
- My first two weeks with the Zonbu
- 22 Things to Know About the $99 Zonbu Linux PC

ecoSky

By Miguel Dias, in Green Web Hosting,

EcoSky is powered by an infrastructure that draws power from the wind and sun. EcoSky is located in the state of Oregon, USA and was founded on the values of ecological sustainability.



Our mission is to deliver quality internet and communications services to the general public while contributing to the growth in awareness of and limiting our impact on the delicate balance of our environment.



This company uses energy wisely by using the solar photovoltaic panels mounted on the roof-top to power up their servers. Another reason is their "grid connection": in the summer months when the sunlight is stronger the excess of energy is grid back to system to be use by others and in the winter months when the sunlight is low and they need more energy they draw power back from the grid. This energy goes directly to support the production of wind power.

EcoSky is also dedicated to help their community by donating part of their annual profit to non-profit and community-based organizations. They offer to their employees a work environment that supports physical well-being, individual expression through mutual respect and career advancement.



EcoSky recognizes that a healthy and supported staff of people contributes to the success of our efforts.

Besides all the benefits not all services are entirely powered by renewable energy. The services are: internet access and local POP service. DNS, mail, web and authentication services are totally powered by renewable energy.

http://www.ecosky.com
Today The 11th Hour hits theaters across the USA. The 11th hour is produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.

This film is not really about global warming, like Al Gores An Inconvenient Truth. The 11th Hour looks at “humanity’s past, present, and future: how we came to meet this desperate tipping point, how we live and impact our earth’s ecosystems, and what we must do to ensure a worthwhile future”.



“The 11th Hour” is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment -- how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.



The 11th hour has an impressive collection of interviews with political leaders, designers and visionaries. Former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, scientist Stephen Hawking, and sustainable design authority William McDonough are a few of the people in the film.

I personally haven’t seen the film yet, as I live in Sweden, but the reviews that have been published so far can only say good things about the film.

Watch the film if you can and if you can’t at least check out the trailer and visit the official site for lots of juicy stuff until the film hits your country.

The 11th Hour Sites:
- Official Site for The 11th Hour
- 11th Hour Action
- The 11th Hour on YouTube
- Watch the Trailer on Apple.com (QuickTime, HD and iPod)

Reviews:
- Dicaprio's 11th Hour Features Real Environmental Superstars (TreeHugger.com)
- Movie Minutes: 'The 11th Hour' (NYTimes.com)
- Movie review: The 11th Hour (Californiaaggie.com)
- 'The 11th Hour' (Calendarlive.com)

The 11th Hour Embedded Video Player:

Last week Apple released their brand new iMac to the world. Like always its one heck of a design and the computer looks great.

But how green is this new iMac? After a massive campaign where Greenpeace and thousands of Apple users demanded Apple to become greener and the growing global warming threat this is one hot topic these days.

Steve Jobs have said that “recycling has been kept in mind from the ground up” in the making of the new iMac. Steve has also posted a green manifesto where he talks about how green Apple will become.

But what about the new iMac then!? Well, to be honest it’s not much to hang in the tree.



So far there has been no word about how the new iMacs EPEAT rating will be. On the brighter side the new iMac have no problems matching the standards of the EPA's new, more strict, Energy Star guidelines.

The new iMac display is now made with glass and they have replaced the plastic front side with aluminium while they have kept the plastic on the back side. These new things are easier to recycle but they are energy intensive to create.

But there is still no word about a global take back program. And Apple still uses hazardous chemicals like PVC, BFRs, Lead and other heavy metals. Not even the screen is, that Steve promised in his green manifesto, using LED back-lit monitors (LED backlights mean brighter, whiter, longer-lasting and less power-hungry monitors).

Like Giona over at Making Waves said: “One of the pictures that Steve Jobs used in his last presentation showed how the new iMac looks much nicer than the one of their competitors. Next time I would like to see that they are really different, inside too“.
Is Florida already feeling the early effects of global warming? Can we safely say that Florida is sinking into the ocean? The rumors I heard as a child, that such a thing could happen, seemed like folklore. If you listen to the many experts on the subject though, that seems to be the case. Beans that I'm a citizen of the Sunshine state, as one would imagine, this issue is of great concern to me.

In this article, we will look at the severe impacts that have yet to hit us. There were conclusions layed out in an October 2001 scientific study published
by NRDC in conjunction with research scientists at Florida universitie. The study found that the far-reaching effects of global warming will transform Florida's climate, coastline and treasured natural areas. Such impacts will hit in ways that are expected to profoundly affect the state's economy, agriculture, and ultimately, the health of its people. Global Warming Threatens Florida
Does global warming have the potential to affect everything that defines Florida today? Will it really alter the lives of many Floridians? Scientists have already been observing changes in Florida consistent with the early effects of global warming. Such changes would include: Retreating and eroding shorelines, Dying coral reefs, saltwater intrusion into inland freshwater aquifers, An upswing in forest fires, Warmer air and sea-surface temperatures. Click here to view Map of climate change in Florida. Florida Warming, A Global Problem Hits Home
As we are well aware, global warming is an increase in the earth's average temperature caused by a build
up of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere. As the atmosphere warms, glaciers melt and warming waters expand. If this scenario should happen, sea levels will rise anywhere from eight inches to two-and-a-half feet over the next century.

That's all fine, well and good, but what does this mean for Florida directly? Global warming poses a direct threat for Florida's people as well as it's resources. For example, seawater is projected to advance inland up to as much as 400 feet, potentially creating the erosion of Florida's beloved beaches. Such a catastrophe could have a severe impact on low-lying areas. If this were to take place, there will be flooding of shoreline homes as well as hotels, limiting future development.

As a result of this rise in sea levels, salt water will encroache inland on freshwater supplies feeding Florida's cities, agriculture and tourist centers. Such saltwater encroachment will also likely inundate coastal wetlands, gravely threatening
the lower Everglades and its wildlife. To learn more about this, please go to October 2001 report by the Florida Climate Alliance and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Just like the above study, others have presented similar findings. the biggest danger, many experts warn, is that global warming will cause the sea levels to rise dramatically. the oceans have already risen 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) as it is! Jonathan Overpeck, director of the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth at the University of Arizona in Tucson, states the following: "The consequences would be catastrophic," "Even with a small sea level rise, we're going to destroy whole nations and their cultures that have existed for thousands of years."

Overpeck and his colleagues have used computer models to create a series of maps that lay out just how volnerable coastall cities and island countries are to rising sea levels. These maps demonstrate how a 1-meter (3-foot) rise would swamp cities all along the U.S. eastern seaboard. Most noteable, is the fact that A 6-meter (20-foot) sea level rise would submerge a large part of Florida." To read more about this, please check out Warming to Cause Catastrophic Rise in Sea Levels? In conclusion
Given all of this that has been revealed, is there anything that we can do to stop this all from happening? I'd like to think we can do some things, however, I do believe that we've passed the point of no return. We can come up with ways to cope. Next time, we will look at ways that one can cope with such catastrophic situations.
Don’t know where to fill up your car that runs on the new cleaner fuels like BioDiesel, LPG, Hydrogen etc? Well don't worry, Earth Comber is here to help you. Earth Comber is a mobile application that can run on any web enabled phone or PDA. The application is free and simple to use. Earth Comber can even tell you how far away the nearest location for each fuel is.
You can find the following alternative fuels on Earth Comber:


BioDiesel
E85 (Ethanol)
LPG (liquified petroleum gas)
CNG (compressed natural gas)
Hydrogen
Electric (hookups to recharge electric cars and hybrids)
Earth Comber is pretty nice, if you live in the USA. Yes, Earth Comber only works in USA so all you European, Asian and other worldwide users is left out.

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