The Green Road Less Traveled | Stop Global Warming…….

What will the new green economy look like?

Less than a month ago, Thomas Friedman wrote a column which gave a snapshot of that future–tying together congestion pricing and the emergence of green collar jobs, filled with workers who are both creative and highly skilled.

I care, because it underscores a fundamental truth about green technology: you can’t make a product greener, whether it’s a car, a refrigerator or a traffic system, without making it smarter — smarter materials, smarter software or smarter design.

What can many U.S. companies still manufacture? They can manufacture things that are smart — that have a lot of knowledge content in them, like a congestion pricing network for a whole city. What do many Chinese companies manufacture? They manufacture things that can be made with a lot of cheap labor, like the rubber tires on your car. Which jobs are most easily outsourced? The ones vulnerable to cheap labor. Which jobs are hardest to outsource? Those that require a lot of knowledge.

So what does all this mean? It means that to the extent that we make "green" standards part of everything we design and manufacture, we create "green collar" jobs that are much more difficult to outsource. I.B.M. and other tech companies are discovering a mother lode of potential new business for their high-wage engineers and programmers thanks to the fact that mayors all over the world are thinking about going green through congestion pricing systems.

Luckily, Stop Global Warming has reprinted this article and can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

Britain Plans on Building Five Carbon-Neutral Towns | TreeHugger…….

The Brown Administration has stepped forward with a bold plan which would require all new housing starts to be carbon neutral by 2016.

Furthermore, Housing Minister Yvette Cooper announced that of the 2 million new homes that the government anticipates will be built by 2016, several tens of thousands will have to be incorporated into five so-called "eco-towns." These towns, which will have a minimum of 5,000 – 10,000 homes each, will have to meet strict zero emission standards and highlight specific energy conservation or clean technology projects — car pool and public transport schemes, renewable energy production facilities or communal heat pump systems, for example.


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Apple Store to Begin Charging Entrance Fee | BBspot…….

So, when do rabid fan-boys shed what is left of their individuality and happily join a cult?  How about when they pay $5 to enter an Apple store and allow their movement to be tracked by wearing an Apple button.

If you want to see the iPhone at an Apple store, be sure to bring some cash. Large crowds flocking to see the iPhone and next generation iPods have forced Apple to begin charging a $5 entrance fee for Apple stores. Many analysts anticipated the move, and expect a positive response from customers.

It is time to start thinking differently.

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It’s Official: OLPC and Intel Become Friends, Collaborate | Arstechnica…….

This is good news, especially if this develpment allows the OLPC project to reach the scale needed to deliver its computers to kids who need them most.

Intel will continue to develop its Classmate PC program, but with Intel now sitting on the OLPC board, there should at least be less public kerfuffle over competition to serve the world’s poor.

For its part, OLPC says it will continue to evaluate its hardware choices. "We are going to be continuously evolving and improving the XO, with the goal of driving down the price, lowering the power consumption, improving performance, and improving robustness. There are many platforms and architectures we will consider going forward and likely we will be offering a family of solutions to fit multiple needs," said Walter Bender, president of software and content at OLPC.

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Uber-Eco-Towers: Top 10 Green Skyscrapers | EcoGeek…….

Enough with the gloom, check out these inspiring buildings.

Green skyscrapers offer so much for the average "EcoGeek" to drool over. Each one can contain hundreds of innovations that make the world a cleaner place, they build up, rather than out, and many of them are freaking gorgeous. Here are the top 10.

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OLPC on 60 Minutes: Intel is Evil |…….

So, the next time you are shopping for a computer or gadget, factor in Intel’s poor behavior before making your purchase.

Intel is using predatory tactics against the One Laptop Per Child project. In this CBS "60 Minutes" video, Nicholas Negroponte shows documents proving that Intel is pressuring certain governments to not sign with OLPC. Intel is dumping the price of the low volume order of Classmate PCs with Windows XP to prevent OLPC from starting mass production.

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The First Children Have Received Their 100$ Laptops |…….

The link offers lots of different videos of kids around the world using their new laptops.

Children in test schools in Brazil, Thailand, Uruguay and Nigeria have received the first OLPC 100$ laptops. These are some of the first videos of those children using the OLPC on the Internet. Currently they are using Beta-3 laptops, full scale mass production starts in September.

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Incredible Shrinking Packages | The New York Times…….

Cradle to cradle design just makes financial and environmental sense.  However, I would be even more impressed if the improved packaging carried a carbon footprint label.

Marketers usually boast about what they have added to their products. Increasingly, though, they are bragging about what they are taking out — by cutting down on packaging and its impact on the environment.

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