The Green Wrap-up 10.April, 2013

For a country phasing out its nuclear plants, you might expect a downturn in energy production. But Germany has actually seen its power output quadruple between 2011 and 2012. Europe’s leading economy has been pushing for a green revolution, becoming one of the largest markets for solar voltaics and where support for renewables is subsidized by taxpayers.
The Shell Eco-Marathon is an annual gathering of gearheads and engineering enthusiasts with just one task; go as far as possible using as little energy as possible. Innovation is key, and this year some clever Canadians managed to wring an incredible 3,587 mpg from its gas-powered prototype. Nice!
The seemingly endless parade of cool recycled pallet projects makes these near-ubiquitous items look like an irresistible resource — but beware, not all pallets are created equal. The safety factor of your pallet depends on which country it is from and which procedures have been used on them to make them suitable for international shipping.
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): Wow! This is really, really good to know! I’ve read so many posts about DIY pallets that never mentioned the potential dangers of using chemically-treated wood for projects in your home. This is an important read if you do DIY pallet projects.
Tesla Motors will offer its next production model (and its fourth ever, including the discontinued Roadster) by 2017 at the latest, part of the California-based automaker work to offer a less-expensive option than the Model S sedan and the upcoming Model X SUV.
…I found 4 other documentaries that really had me thinking about my health and the health of my family. I started to chat with the mister about what I had learned while watching all of these documentaries. At first he was hesitant, then he was intrigued, so we watched some of the documentaries together.
Scientists from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health have found a possible link between exposure to traffic-related air pollution and several rare childhood cancers.

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