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Children Losing Touch With Natural World Children have lost touch with the natural world and are unable to identify common animals and plants, according to a survey. Sir David Attenborough warned that children who lack any understanding of the natural world would not grow into adults who cared about the environment. (08-03-2008)
German Team Wins Solar Decathalon The students from the Technical University of Darmstadt prevailed over competition from the U.S., Canada, and Spain. The competition demanded that houses of 600-800 square feet be powered entirely by the sun, among other restrictions. The houses were constructed on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and can be toured virtually online. (10-23-2007)
Energy Waste At Home The Department of Energy estimates that in the average home, 40 percent of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Add that all up, and it equals the annual output of 17 power plants. Wasted power was costing me money and pumping unnecessary CO2 into the atmosphere. My PC alone was contributing 2,000 pounds of CO2 annually. The DVR. was adding another 543 pounds. But tweaking can pay off. Annually, my desktop PC is now using 73 percent less energy (06-13-2007)
Green Media Sponsored By Polluters The new Yahoo! online education program is sponsored by Ford, which has maintained a pathetic fuel efficiency average across its fleet in recent years. This willingness to aid in Ford's greenwashing effort casts the supposedly educational mission of the new Yahoo! project in suspicious light. (05-15-2007)
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