EPA Unveils Trucks Promising 60% Fuel Savings, Cleaner Air, Less Noise

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with UPS, will test a new hydraulic delivery truck on the city streets of Detroit this summer that offers fuel savings, cleaner air, and less noise. The new system replaces a truck’s transmission with hydraulics and that, combined with a low-emission diesel engine, yields a 60 percent to 70 percent saving on fuel use…The delivery company, United Parcel Service partnered with the EPA; Eaton; International Truck and Engine Corp., UPS’ largest supplier; and the Army in February 2005 to develop a green fleet of low-emissions vehicles. (AP) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Get Outside – It’s Good for You

first_img One of my personal favourite places in the world is Haida Gwaii — the Queen Charlotte Islands — off the coast of British Columbia. The diversity of life there in the cold nutrient-rich waters, on the shorelines and in the old-growth forests, is simply astonishing. I’m hardly alone. Lodges and retreats are popping up all along B.C.’s pristine mid and north coast as people search for places to get away from the stress of their everyday lives. People gravitate to these kinds of places, they usually say, because they are beautiful, peaceful, or relaxing. Sometimes they will venture as far as calling experiences with these ecosystems uplifting, moving — even spiritual. For others, it’s a feeling that’s difficult to describe in words, but being in nature just somehow makes them feel better. Although many people may not realize it, there’s actual biological value in having experiences with nature, value that is measurable and quantifiable. It’s long been established that general health, mental fatigue and physical injury all recover faster when patients have access to natural areas. Studies have shown, for example, that surgery patients recover more quickly when they have views of natural landscapes outside their windows, rather than views of bricks and concrete. Some people attribute this connection with nature to the perceived benefits of having access to fresh air and fewer distractions. But it actually goes much deeper. Famed Harvard ecologist E. O. Wilson calls this connection to the natural world biophilia. It’s a term he coined and it simply means that he believes humans have an innate kinship with other living things. So I’m sure Dr. Wilson wasn’t the least bit surprised by a recent study published in the science journal Biology Letters. The study found that the psychological benefits of urban greenspaces increase with the diversity of life found in them. Researchers interviewed more than 300 park-goers in the medium-sized city of Sheffield, England, and compared their answers to an analysis of the species richness, or biodiversity, of their parks. They found that while the overall size of a park influenced the visitor’s perception of how it made them feel, even more important was the diversity of life. Bigger parks made people feel better, yes. But species-rich parks were even more beneficial. In fact, the researchers report that visitors to the greenspaces were actually able to consciously perceive differences in species diversity — especially with plants. As it turns out, when it comes to our health and well-being, not all parks are created equal. Simply providing a grass field, for example, is likely to be far less beneficial than a natural area with a greater diversity of plant and animal life. We now know that humans are able to, consciously or otherwise, judge the overall diversity and vibrancy of greenspaces. What’s more, the more diverse and vibrant those ecosystems are, the greater their value to humanity in terms of our own personal health and well being. With three quarters of Canadians now living in urban areas, we must hope that our city planners and municipal politicians are paying attention to this kind of research. It underscores the need to both protect our most diverse ecosystems, and to design our cities to have larger and more green spaces. Ultimately, our health depends on it. Take the Nature Challenge and learn more at www.davidsuzuki.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhen your mom told you to go outside and play — she really did know what was best for you. Just being outdoors or having access to the natural world has been proven to have physical and mental health benefits. And new research has now found that the more diverse and vibrant an ecosystem is, the healthier it is for us. last_img read more

Former Hunters Help Rare Birds Recover

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOne-time hunters recruited to a conservation project have helped threatened bird populations in Cambodia’s Great Lake recover, according to a report Friday. The Wildlife Conservation Society report said populations of some of the bird species had increased 20-fold since the project began in 2001 at Tonle Sap Lake, known as the Great Lake. last_img

Free Canvas Bags to First 6 Who Post Comment!

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore[UPDATE: I want to give three more away to US or Canadian viewers, so I’ll honor six winners altogether!] In honor of Earth Day I’m going to send a FREE canvas totebag, with the Good News Network slogan/website on the front, to the first three [SIX] people to post a comment at the bottom of this blog post.   After you post the comment, you can send me your mailing address (and name) and I will send to you this great Earth-friendly bag.  Welcome to listeners from KXYL in Texas, WJBC in Illinois, and KWNA in Nevada. I was a guest on these stations today sharing my Top 10 Earth Day news! To post a comment, you need to be registered as a member. It’s free and easy filling out a quick form, here!  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Inflation? Some Items That Actually Cost Less

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreInflation may be climbing faster than the humidity level, but there are still some things that actually cost less than they did a year ago. Amid all the headlines about soaring energy and food prices, many consumers may not notice that they’re getting a break on some items they buy.(Read the CNBC report that names the lower priced items, like electronics, clothes, toys hotel rooms and theme parks)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Bulgarian Economy Turns From Making Guns to Growing Roses

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA valley in Bulgaria’s mountains, for decades known for making AK-47 rifles, now has blossomed into a supplier of organic rose oil for beauty products, reviving a centuries’ old industry. Every morning at dawn hundreds of villagers hustle through fields of rose bushes to pick fresh blooms still damp with morning dew. (Reuters News has the story) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

A CEO Shows His Heart, Avoids Lay-offs

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore When Paul Levy needed to decide who to lay-off, he walked through his hospital corridors and saw that no one deserved it. When he reported his feelings to the auditorium filled with staff, he received thunderous, sustained applause. The workers at Beth Israel Medical Center don’t want any of the 8,000 staff members to get laid off — and are willing to give up pay and benefits to make sure no one does.  (Read the inspiring story in the Boston Globe) Thanks to cc, who also submitted this story!  Image courtesy of Sun Star  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Indian Train Stops to Help Baby Elephant Stuck in Ditch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA baby elephant in India became trapped after slipping on a muddy railway embankment, but thanks to a passing train, the animal was pulled out of the hole and got a snack while waiting to be rescued.Passengers on a moving train saw the young calf in distress and convinced the train’s engineer to stop. They gave it food before a rescue ensued.(READ the story, w/ more photos, in the Metro.co.uk)File photo credit: niel schubertAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

This Lamp Light Burns All Night Powered Only by a Glass of Saltwater

first_imgThe lamp can provide a full night of light for up to a year before the electrodes have to be replaced.It’s also a reliable source of light in an island country where natural disasters from typhoons to floods are common. It can run on ocean water if you don’t have any table salt handy.The next model on the drawing board will also let people charge their cellphones (pictured left).The lamp is not on the market yet and SALt hasn’t settled on a price, but the makers promise to keep the cost affordable and to announce its availability soon.“We are in the process of mass production,” SALt posted to its Facebook page this morning.(READ more at Web Urbanist) — Photos: SALtShine Some Light On This Wonderful Device By Sharing It… AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSolar energy, you have been outdone: this lamp literally provides hours of light from a glass of water and two spoons of salt.SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting), a company based in the Philippines, has designed a lamp to help illuminate the homes of Filipinos with limited or no access to electricity.Its innovators say the device is safer than oil lamps, which pose fire hazards, and less expensive than battery-powered lamps.Engineer Lipa Aisa Mijena of De La Salle University designed the lamp to work on the principle of the “Galvanic cell,” creating electricity from a chemical reaction between the salt water and electrodes inside the lamp.Japan’s Abandoned Golf Greens Find New Life As Solar Power Farmslast_img read more

Watch Adorable Reaction of Little Girl’s Friends to Her New Pink Prosthetic

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis 7-year-old girl has lived her whole life with only one leg – so when her friends see her sporting a brand new pink prosthetic, they can’t contain their joy.Anu, who is a student at an elementary school in Birmingham, England, can be seen striding confidently into her playground in this clip from the BBC Midlands Today. Her friends can be heard saying “Is that your new pink leg?” and “Wow!”Another little girl simply wraps up Anu in a big hug before they all start playing on the tarmac.RELATED: Watch the Tears as Community Pays For Beloved Crossing Guard’s Prosthetic RepairsAnu’s leg was amputated soon after she was born. Her new prosthetic, supported by the West Midlands Rehabilitation Center, will allow the 7-year-old to run, dance, and play just like her friends.The purity of welcome she received is enough to bring a grown man to tears.(WATCH the video below)Click To Share This Sweet Story With Your Friends AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more