The Green Wrap-up 8.February, 2013

History repeats itself: Frustration with the low volume of electric vehicle sales caused some automobile manufacturers to bet on fuel cell vehicles as they used to. Hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles have their benefits, such as the potential to achieve very long range per charge, and the ability to fill their hydrogen tanks quickly. But do we want to turn our backs on EVs so soon?
Jetson Green’s Compilation of the most compelling Energy Stories of this week.
The fledgling market for demand management contracts in the United Kingdom has received a major boost this week, after its government signed up to a four year scheme that aims to reduce energy consumption in public buildings, hospitals, military bases and universities at times of peak demand.
…More than half a billion people live near corals, relying on them for food, shelter from storm surges and the income that tourism brings. With natural reefs diminishing, artificial reefs are increasingly gaining favor. These structures usually take the form of sunken ships, decrepit oil platforms or other human trash. But is depositing more human refuse in the oceans in order to create artificial reefs healthy for the environment — and for us?
  • GreenJoyment(Ally): While dropping big pieces of garbage into the Ocean to create artificial coral reefs may sound like a “two birds with one stone” kind of scenario, it seems really silly to me to do so without fully knowing what consequences there might be. Aren’t there any alternative structures that we could use to help establish reefs that would be safer than something like an old car or refrigerator? Maybe something made from recycled materials and specifically designed for this purpose?
…They bought the bus for $1, and with grant money, made repairs, tore out the seats, and gave it a fresh paint job and a fitting new name: Fresh Moves. Today, Fresh Moves, a nonprofit serving the city’s south and west sides, has two buses in its fleet, with a third coming in June. When growing season arrives, the crates onboard overflow with locally grown fruits and vegetables. And the lines of residents awaiting its arrival grow longer and longer.
There are a number of phones on the market that claim to be green. Here is a review of four leading manufacturers and the greenest mobile phones in the world.
Paul is just one of the millions of Americans who are passionate about seeing our country invest in clean energy and take action to stop climate disruption. Across the country, Sierra Club chapters have already held more than 35 events as part of our 100 Days of Action for Climate and Clean Energy campaign. Activists and volunteers are packing these events aimed at educating, planning, inspiring, and demanding action on clean energy and climate — particularly from President Obama.

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