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Sony Cut Emissions by 31% This Decade


Sony recently announced that they’ve lowered their global CO2 emissions by 31% since 2000. The electronics giant also made a 54% reduction in waste generation and a 41% reduction in water use. They improved efficiency not only at their plants and offices, but in their product design as well. Their most popular TV model – […]

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TVs Will Get Energy Efficiency Labels in 2011


Beginning in 2011, TVs will come with Energy Guide stickers like those found on appliances like refrigerators or washers and dryers. The idea is that this will empower consumers to make energy efficient choices. The Federal Trade Commission is requiring all TVs to bare the stickers, which will feature the estimated annual energy cost of […]

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Is the Apple iPad Eco-Friendly?


According to Mr Steve Jobs, they went down the full environmental checklist. At .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds — 9.7 inch IPS display – hopefully that won’t require a ton of packaging. Apple is usually good about keeping their packaging and boxes a reasonable size – usually just the size of the product you’re buying. […]

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Greenpeace Releases 2010 Green Electronics Rankings


This year’s Greenpeace “Guide to Greener Electronics” was just released. The lowest scores are higher than last year, but the highest scores are lower. Nokia is still at the top of the list. Below is the list with each company’s score from 1 – 10 with the brief explanation of the score provided by Greenpeace. […]

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Blackberry Outages On The Rise


BlackBerry is blaming a flawed application for its latest round of email and Internet outages. Things started going bad on Tuesday night, when customers in North American and South America were unable to send or receive messages. Phone calls and text messages were not affected. Research In Motion, the Canadian company that makes BlackBerrys, said […]

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New LED Bulbs Last For 20 Years


Panasonic has launched a new household LED lightbulb in Japan that apparently lasts 40 times longer than incandescent bulbs. The new LED bulbs are in the EverLed line, and they’ll be siold in Japan starting October 21, with monthly production at 50,000 units. No changes to lighting equipment used for incandescents are required. If used […]

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New TV Energy Star Ratings Announced


Energy Star has announced that the new 4.0 and 5.0 specifications for televisions have been set. They’ll go into effect May 2010 and 2012 respectively, and the impact will save users anywhere from 40% to 65% in electricity consumption. There are about 275 million TVs currently in use in the U.S., consuming over 50 billion […]

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Coming Soon – Pee-Powered Cars and iPods


Green and yellow-minded scientists from Ohio University are developing a new technology that uses a nickel-based electrode, to create large amounts of hydrogen from urine. That hydrogen could be burned or used in fuel cells. “One cow can provide enough energy to supply hot water for 19 houses,” said Gerardine Botte, a professor at Ohio […]

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Greenpeace Releases Annual Green Electronics Rankings


Greenpeace International has released its annual “Guide to Greener Electronics” where it ranks leading electronics companies on their policies towards toxic chemicals, recycling and climate change. Here’s the highlights (and lowlights) of that list with each company’s score from 1 – 10 (10 being the best) with the short explanation of the score provided by […]

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Hohm – Microsoft’s Version of Google PowerMeter


Microsoft Corp., has launched Hohm, a web-based service that lets consumers monitor their home energy consumption and rates in real-time and get related energy information. The real time monitoring service is currently available with a small handful of energy partners who use smart meters, including Sacramento’s Municipal Utility District, City Light Seattle, Puget Sound Energy, […]

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