Daily Green Wrap-Up 26.May, 2012

The good news? Alt-fuel vehicle sales will rise during the next few years. The bad news? So will their prices.
Label It Yourself is a decentralized, grassroots movement that lets consumers label foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. It’s an idea that combines elements of DIY, culture jamming, and a even a bit of the Occupy movement to basically give a big, fat middle finger to policy makers who refuse to regulate the spread of genetically engineered organisms, and the global corporations that lobby against such regulations.
We know we’re supposed to drink lots of water each day, and we know that plastic water bottles are bad for the environment, but what if we don’t fully trust the tap water? The answer lies in personal water filter bottles, like this one, from Revolve.
How to be happy? A very difficult question to answer. It’s all a matter of perspective according to Rory Sutherland. In his entertaining TED talk ‘Perspective is Everything’, he explains it in terms of “framing” – the idea that it’s not so much reality that gets us down but our reaction to it.
After the Gulf Coast was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, FEMA provided temporary trailers to displaced people in Louisiana and Mississippi, which turned out to be not only inadequate but also a health hazard. To address the need for low-cost, emergency shelters made from non-hazardous materials, Green Horizon Manufacturing has developed QuickHab, flat-pack, modular housing system that clicks together and comes in a variety of sizes to meet most short- to medium-term housing needs.
Baumhefner found that, while oil and gas prices fluctuate because of various supply shocks and political shenanigans, electricity prices stay relatively constant, meaning that the cost of juicing up an EV isn’t going to change much. Additionally, our friends at Green Car Reports found a Union of Concerned Scientists study that estimated that EV drivers can save as much as $1,200 a year in the form of lower refueling costs when compared to gassing up conventional vehicles.

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