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Archive for May, 2008

Carrotmob: Consumers Making Change

Carrotmob Makes It Rain from carrotmob on Vimeo.

Check out the video, it’s awesome. My question is this: what would it take to pull off a Carrotmob like action in Charlotte?
I think we can do it.

Solar as Inexpensive as Coal?

Over at EcoGeek, there’s an article about a solar company whose goal is to make their solar installations as cheap as the current costs per kilowatt of coal. Granted, nothing is as expensive as coal’s embodied cost.

Sunrgi hopes to reduce the price of solar power to $0.05/kW through the use of their “Extreme Concentrated Photovoltaics.” Basically, they’re concentrating the amount of light that reaches the PVs by putting large magnifying glasses above them. Sunrgi explains the technology a bit further here. Sunrgi has also created a cooling system for their installation, so buyers won’t have to worry about the PVs heating up to extreme temperatures.

For the sake of our planet, I hope Sunrgi reaches its goal. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to install one of their systems atop the SAC, or the new student union.

45 Scientists Dump Global Warming Deniers in 24 Hours

From Environmental Graffiti:

“Something phenomenal has happened in the last 24 hours. Our friends over at DeSmogBlog took it upon themselves to see what the scientists who are on the famed list of “500 scientists who don’t believe in global warming” actually think and as it turns out, many of them didn’t know they were on it.”

Continue reading at this link.

Pretty freakin’ awesome.

It’s Ozone Season Again in Charlotte

From the NC Division of Air Quality:


Forecast for Charlotte, NC

Tomorrow’s Forecast
Friday, May 2: 84 AQI Moderate Ozone
For additional information concerning the air quality forecast including a detailed forecast discussion, please visit the following link on the NC Division Of Air Quality Web Site: http://www.ncair.org/airaware/forecast.

Power Vote!

Power Vote
Earth Day is over and you’re wondering what’s next? POWER VOTE! – A campaign of the Energy Action Coalition – will harness the power of over 1 million young voters to hold our elected officials accountable to the climate!! Sign the pledge, invite your friends, join the movement!

http://www.powervote.org

In November 2007 Energy Action Coalition brought thousands of young people together in Washington, DC to demand a Power Shift within our government. Thousands of youth met with representatives from nearly every district to demand bold solutions on climate change.

But we need more than thousands to win this fight. We need millions of young people committed to creating a better, healthier, more just, and sustainable future.

Through Power Vote we are doing just that. We are building a youth voter bloc 1 million strong to demand bold federal climate legislation, a moratorium on coal and other dirty energy, and to create millions of good, green jobs. Youth will start by signing our Power Vote pledge and then get plugged into the incredible youth climate movement sweeping the nation.

Sign the Power Vote pledge and declare to the candidates, that come November, you’ll be voting for a just, sustainable and clean energy future!

Sign the pledge at http://www.powervote.org

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