Daily Green Wrap-Up 10.February, 2012

It’s amazing what a little regulation can do for an industry. In the past four years, the fuel economy of new vehicles has improved by an average of 14 percent, according to a new study by the University of Michigan. This increase comes on the heels of big hikes in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy, which Congress raised in 2007 for the first time in decades. Since then, CAFE has been set at 34.1 miles per gallon by 2016, and a new proposal that’s pending would raise the fuel economy standard to 54.5 mpg by 2025.
Louisiana-based Aquaponic Modular Production Systems, an urban agriculture development company, just announced the debut of a project — the first aeroponic farm in New Orleans. The Tower Garden is hosted by Hollygrove Farm and Market to showcase an innovative, fast, and eco-friendly way to grow fresh produce for the community.
Once upon a time, there was going to be a ban on the sale of bottled water at the Grand Canyon, because apparently people can’t be trusted to tell the difference between a majestic natural wonder and a public rubbish bin. Then the Coca-Cola company got them to reverse the ban, because apparently selling a hundred squillion dollars worth of product everywhere else in the world counts for balls if you can’t have your brand on the litter at America’s oldest tourist attraction. Now, apparently, Grand Canyon officials have gotten tired of all this chicanery and decided to bring the ban back for good. Boo-yah, Coke, screw you in your face-hole.
Another great ecofographic from Ecomom on the toxins on our home. Personally speaking, I have switched to vinegar, baking soda, lemon almost exclusively. Also recommend Epsom salts, lavender and Dr. Bonner’s soap that can be used for just about everything. The best part about using all of the above, I have saved alot of money and space!
Companies that spend billions of euros in R & D to develop new and better versions of solar cells have had to keep a poker face when they learned of the discovery of Aidan Dwyer. This little 13 year old genius has come with an idea that can improve between 20 and 50% the effectiveness of traditional solar cells.

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