Greenpeace in India have in the last two weeks been working hard with their climate change campaign “with a series of protests set to the backdrop of massive flooding across South Asia”.

Greenpeace especially try to convince the government in India to ban the ordinary energy wasting incandescent light bulb. If India were to ban energy wasting incandescent light bulbs “it would save at least 12,000 MW of electricity and over 55 Million tonnes of CO2 per year”.

Greenpeace activists have for example protested outside one of India's historical landmarks, the Mysore palace. Activists have also placed a 20-metre (66ft) life ring in the harbour of the capital of India warning about rising sea levels that “would render most of Mumbai's low-lying areas uninhabitable”. They have also blockaded the entrance to one of the country's leading lightbulb manufactures demanding the company to shift its production to CFLs.

Now it’s your turn to help convince the government of India to ban energy wasting incandescent light bulbs by signing the India ban the bulb petition.

- Sign the petition!
- Climate Protests in India
The Delft University of Technology is currently testing out a computer mouse that is powered by solar. It’s basically a mouse with a transparent top where the sun light can shine through.

They are testing the "willingness of the user to adapt his behaviour to favourable light conditions by regularly charging the unit with daylight from the window, and the computer usage pattern. With solar energy, under ideal circumstances charging can occur a factor of five times quicker than in the current situation. Over time it is estimated that several hundred million batteries could be saved annually on a global scale."

It’s a cool idea. But I think this mouse is more for the casual computer user. They need to come up with some sort of chargestation for the mouse so that people can use the mouse even when it’s dark outside.

- Minister Cramer tests first solar-powered mouse
How can you support companies that tries to do little or a lot to help solve the climate crisis? Which companies have a plan to reduce their CO2 emissions? That’s two hard questions. But thankfully ClimateCounts.org has rated over 55 companies that are being used by households in the USA and the UK. These are well known brands across eight consumer sectors, ranging from electronics to apparel.



You can use the Climate Counts Company Scorecard to see how serious companies are about stopping climate change - and how they compare to their sector competitors. The annually updated scorecard reflects the self-reported efforts of companies to address climate change - or avoid it altogether.

Did you know that Amazon hasn’t scored any points yet? That the big company giant Microsoft has a green score of 31 compared to innovative Apple that only has a 2 point score. But Microsoft on the other hand get beaten by Yahoo! Who scores a total of 36 points.

The list goes on and you can find all the scores over at ClimateCounts.org/scorecard.php.
My name is Michelle Dyer and I am here to announce my contributions to Green Blog. Please allow me to send out a huge thank you to the moderator for inviting me to participate as a writer for this great site. I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts, as well as any research I plan to carry out, on the topic of Climate Change. Please feel free to send in your thoughts, suggestions, questions and concerns. Together, we will tackle this growing monster from the deep!
The huge, award-winning, green blog TreeHugger was recently acquired by Discovery Communications.



Close to four years ago, TreeHugger was founded with the goal of helping to push sustainability into the mainstream. Today, as an award-winning Top 20 blog having served over 50 million pages, we like to believe that we've played a part in pushing green towards its tipping point. Today, we are proud to announce another big step toward that goal; Discovery Communications has acquired TreeHugger.

This means that more money will be invested in TreeHugger and their Digg-lookalike site Hugg. In return TreeHugger will help Discovery Communications with the new site Planet Green that is currently being built.

http://www.treehugger.com
http://www.hugg.com
http://www.discovery.com
A new, solar-powered web host for consumers and small businesses was successfully launched yesterday. Greenest Host powers its data centres entirely using solar panels. Greenest Host also uses propane- and conventional grid-based backup systems if there for some reasons would be a dark day.

The hosting plans starts at $14.95 per month for 1GB of space and 5GB of monthly data transfer.

Greenest Host will be added to our Green Web Host list later today and reviewed by someone in the Green Blog team in a very near future. Stay tuned!



Video: Introduction to Greenest Host

BreathingEarth.net is a really neat flash site I found yesterday while I was browsing around. It’s an online flash presentation that “displays the carbon dioxide emission levels of every country in the world, as well as their birth and death rates”. And they do this in real-time!

The presentation really puts things into a perspective. What will it take for us to wake up?

Breathing Earth is definitely one of the more fascinating websites I’ve come across in a really long time.
Using a water cooling system for your personal computer has been around for a while. But it isn’t until recently that you can cool down your servers using water. Panduit Corp recently released a new Net-Access Server Cabinet System that features IBM's Rear Door Heat Exchanger Water-Cooling Technology. It is basically a five-inch deep cooling door that uses chilled water to dissipate heat generated from the servers. This can easily reduce server heat output by up to 55%.

Gartner recently released a report that says that water can carry, unbelievable, 3500 times more hear than air at sea level. This can considerably improve the temperature of data centres with more cooling efficiency.
In the personal computing world HP (Hewlett-Packard) have had one of the best recycling programs. Now, six months ahead of schedule HP has recycled its one billionth pound. HP CEO Mark Hurd says that HP have “reached the tipping point where the price and performance of IT are no longer compromised by being green, but are now enhanced by it."

All this means that companies that have invested in recycling are now making a profit by recycling products at the end of the products life. It’s great that HP can lead the way in recycling and say to its competitors that they actually make money from it while it attracts new customers.

But we are sad to see that HP still rank far down in the Green Electronics Guide from Greenpeace.



HP - A free-faller, dropping down for failing to provide clear timelines for eliminating the worst chemicals. It looses points for weak definition of take back policies.

In the Green Electronics Guide HP is only placed on 11th place (of 14 places). According to Greenpeace HP “fails to provide timelines for the complete elimination of toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and all brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and therefore loses points”.
The Kanguru Eco DriveI have posted about the new tower server Primergy TX120 from Fujitsu Siemens Computers that is said to be the world’s most energy efficient server. Not everyone can afford to buy a server, so here is something for us more ordinary bloggers.
Western Digital, one of the most well known hard drive companies, has teamed up with Kanguru in marketing a green hard drive for consumers and businesses. These GreenPower Hard Drives are all internal drives which are available in capacities from 320GB and up to 1TB (1000 GB).

Western Digital claims that these new GreenPower Hard Drives is saving up to 40% in power consumption. Western Digital says they accomplish this through several technologies such as balancing spin speed, transfer rate and cache size; automatically unloading the heads during idle to reduce aerodynamic drag and calculating optimum seek speeds.

These new GreenPower Hard Drives goal is to be “Energy Star 4.0” compliant. That means a minimizing their carbon footprint while realizing savings in electricity costs.

According to Western Digital data-centres that use “10,000 drives can save $100,000 in annual energy costs, and reduce CO2 emission by 600 metric tons”.

Also, don’t forget to check out Kangurus eco-friendly hard drives. These eco-friendly hard drives have three power modes that allow you to save up to 75% on the energy usage. The drives are fully RoHS compliant (no hazardous substances).

http://www.wdc.com/en/company/greenpower.asp
http://www.kanguru.com/35ecohd.html

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