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  1. Apple Products Will Be Rated by EPEAT Once Again

    Apple announced on Monday that none of the company's future products would be submitted to the EPEAT. This essentially stated that Apple would be abandoning their environmentalist policies. After they received a fair amount of grief regarding the issue, Apple's Vice President of Hardware Engineering Bob Mansfield released an official statement today that Apple products would continue to be included the EPEAT.

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  2. Apple Abandons Environmental Friendliness, Drops EPEAT Standard For All Future Products

    More and more, you hear about companies that are making an effort to "go green." Apple, however, is bucking the trend. They went green, but apparently it wasn't working out for them because they aren't going to be doing it anymore. By withdrawing all of their future products from EPEAT registration, Apple is positioning itself to abandon green standards that stress qualities like recyclability and ease of repair by ceasing to have any of its devices certified.

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  3. Cool Sphere Lamp is Made From Old Drink Packets

    In response to his country's love of disposable drink packets, Malaysian designer Ed Chew created away to turn those spent soft drink containers into artful lamps. By folding the durable material into triangular tubes, and then fitting those tubes into pentagonal and hexagonal clusters, any number of geodesic shapes can be created. Amazingly, Chew's explanation of the lamp's construction seem to indicate that the shapes hold themselves together without any adhesive. Read on after the break for more images of these impressive, and eco-conscious, creations.

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  4. Panasonic Plans Bottom-Up Green City in Japan

    Panasonic, along with eight partner companies, have announced plans to construct a green community from the ground up in Japan's Fujisawa City. The community will be called the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (Fujisawa SST), and by 2018 it could provide a carefully planned, eco-friendly space for 1000 residents. The project has already put forth a bold goal of lowering the town's carbon output 70% from 1990 levels. Green building is certainly nothing new, but the thrust of Panasonic's plan is to start from scratch rather than retrofit existing structures and communities with eco-friendly technologies. The idea is that existing technologies and town planning strategies can be brought together harmoniously from the start, for maximum effect and efficiency. And Fujisawa SST will have it all: a smart power grid; solar cells and batteries in every home; roads designed for bikes, walkers, and electric vehicles; networked public lighting, and more.

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  5. President Obama Orders Federal Agencies to Buy Green Vehicles by 2015

    Yesterday, the U.S. federal government bought its first batch of electric vehicles, some 116 in all; a mix of Chevy Volts, Nissan Leafs, and THINK Cities, they'll be spread among 20 U.S. agencies. But this is only the beginning of the government's green vehicle ambitions. According to a memorandum issued yesterday by President Barack Obama, by the end of 2015, all vehicles bought for use by the federal fleet must be powered by alternate fuel sources.

    The Federal Government operates the largest fleet of light duty vehicles in America. We owe a responsibility to American citizens to lead by example and contribute to meeting our national goals of reducing oil imports by one-third by 2025 and putting one million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015. ... By December 31, 2015, all new light duty vehicles leased or purchased by agencies must be alternative fueled vehicles, such as hybrid or electric, compressed natural gas, or biofuel.
    Vehicles "larger than a midsize sedan" that do not use alternative fuels must be disclosed on agency websites within 180 days. (via AFP, The Hill | White House memo)

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  6. Shockwave Engine Makes My Car Look Worthless

    Dr. Norbert Mueller at Michigan State University wants to radically change what your car looks like under the hood with a "shock wave generator." His creation is the wave disc engine, which replaces much of the traditional engine block with a component the size of a stack of dinner plates. Here's how it works, from Popular Science:
    It consists of a rotor carved with wave-like channels. Fuel and air enter through central inlets, and the rotor spins to block their exit through a separate outlet. The sudden build-up of pressure generates a shock wave, compressing the mixture. Then it’s ignited, and as the rotor keeps spinning, the outlet opens again to let the hot gases escape
    Mueller envisions his wave disc motor powering a generator, making it an ultra-light ultra-efficient hybrid electric vehicle. That's a lot of ultras, but Mueller says he has the numbers to back it up. The wave disc apparently uses 60% of its fuel for propulsion, compared to 15% of fuel used for propulsion in conventional engines. And because the wave disc powered cars would be much lighter -- perhaps 20% lighter -- the fuel efficiency is even greater. This all might seem very pie-in-the-sky, and that's quite understandable. However, Mueller's team has received $2.5 million in federal dollars from the Advanced Research Projects Administration - Energy (ARPA-E), which will be put towards creating a 25kw engine perhaps as early as next year. According to Mueller, that's enough power to run an SUV. I'm hoping Mueller's checked his math on this, because I am very excited to have a car running on something as efficient as it is elegant. Below, watch Mueller explain his creation, and casually wave around his breakthrough technology while he gesticulates.

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