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A Lifetime of Environmental Achievement Deep in the heart of Central America lives an ant with a famous name. The recently discovered Pheidole harrisonfordi, found in Honduras and Belize, is named after the star of the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films in honour of his work for conservation. For Harrison Ford’s most important, if less well known, role is as a campaigner for the Earth’s biodiversity. The 61-year-old actor, who is a vice chair of Conservation International and has served on its board for over a decade believes that “conservation of biodiversity is the issue of our times.” The veteran of 35 feature films, a record ten of which have grossed over $100 million at the box office‚ has won almost as many awards for acting on this conviction as for his performances, but none is as unusual as the ant’s name. Harrison Ford says that he became interested in the environment after buying a spectacular 325-hectare ranch in Jackson, Wyoming, and developing a “sense of stewardship” about it. He has recalled how the “majesty of nature” there helped to sensitize him to “the great needs of the Earth” and has given almost half of it, for conservation.
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Real-Time Ridesharing, There’s an App For That! Looking for a last-minute ride downtown? Soon, there will be an app for that. German researchers have developed the OpenRide mobile ridesharing service, which allows users to search for carpooling opportunities instantly via their cell phone. Just open the app on your phone, enter your starting and finishing points and the number of people going, and send the request to the OpenRide server, where an “intelligent” search engine will match the request with availability. Matching offers show up in real-time, giving you the driver’s name and estimated pickup time. On the flip side, drivers already on the road can also notify OpenRide that they’re available to offer lifts.
Since most carpools tend to cater to workday schedules, Open Ride would open up a new market for spontaneous, shorter trips. OpenRide, which was presented at the TecWatch technology forum in Berlin last week, will likely hit the market in 2010.
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Slow it Down During The Holiday Trip Driving style has a big impact on fuel economy. Backing off can save big. You can get 35 percent better fuel mileage out of your current vehicle by using a device most drivers already have. That would be your right foot. Most drivers agonizing over the cost of gasoline fail to realize the enormous impact their driving style has on fuel consumption. Some common tips, it turns out, have little or no effect on fuel economy. For example, using the air conditioner at highway speeds had no appreciable effect on fuel economy compared to rolling down the windows. Keeping your tires properly inflated, while important for safety, has only a small effect on fuel mileage. Using cruise control on the highway, though, really
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does have a noticeable effect on fuel economy. Lending a 5-17% boost in testing. If you want a big gain in fuel mileage, though, you need to seriously lay off the pedals when driving around town. Accelerating more slowly away from green lights and stopping more gradually for red lights cut fuel consumption in tests by up to 35.4%. It’s not easy, though. For most people, driving this way will feel, awkward.
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Michelin Challenge Design Powers Up an Electric Car Competition In addition to its affinity for high-quality and innovative products, Michelin has shown the unique ability to envelop conceptual arenas not often associated with automotive products into its marketing plan. Once again, those forward thinking Michelin execs have charged up their innovative marketing juices to relaunch the Michelin Challenge Design competition. This inventive competition solicits designers from around the world to stretch the limits of their imagination to create solutions to automotive challenges. This year’s throw down: Electrifying! Beautiful, Innovative, and Radiant. The new theme recognizes there are a number of innovative technologies emerging within the technical and design communities to support the electrification of vehicles, as well as the renewed importance of an aesthetically and functionally beautiful execution.
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Always keep your dog on a leash when outside, and confine your feline indoors. Topped only perhaps by habitat destruction, cats are the biggest, baddest bird killers of all time. Even wind turbines have got nothing on them. While you may poo-poo high cat-related bird-mortality rates as collateral damage in the great Circle of Life, domestic cats do have an unfair advantage. Unlike wild predators, house cats are always well fed, well rested, and in tip-top fighting shape. Theyâ€™re also present in more concentrated (and rapidly increasing) numbers than say, the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike. That aside, two out of every three vets, according to the Humane Society of America, recommend keeping cats indoors, because of the dangers of cars, predators, disease, and other hazards. The estimated average life span of a free-roaming cat is less than three years; an indoors-only cat gets to live an average of 15 to 18 years. If kitty needs to heed the call of the wild, an outdoor cat enclosure is a good compromise.
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What is Responsible Travel? Responsible travel is travel with a purpose. When choosing destinations, accommodations, and tour operators, consider which ones work to protect the environment and benefit local cultures and communities. Who travels responsibly? Anyone can be a responsible traveller! You can get back to nature, or bathe in luxury... hike into the rainforest, or explore the city... stay close to home, or travel to the exotic location of your dreams. Responsible travel provides many options and is often very affordable.
Flying Responsibly Your flight can be the most polluting aspect of your travel. It is estimated that air traffic accounts for 10% of greenhouse gases worldwide. You can help offset unavoidable emissions by contributing to credible carbon offsetting programs that support conservation.
Discovering a Deeper Green Get-Away at CESiaK I like to wax poetic about the benefits of ecotourism. Cancun, the infamous Spring break destination (thanks, MTV!) known for over-developed hotel strips, excessive water usage and lackadaisical waste management hardly makes it to any greenie’s get-away list.
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Little did I know that Cancun, home to the Yucatan Peninsula’s main airport, would merely serve as our portal to the peninsula’s off-the-beaten track beauty and tropical paradise like that discovered within Centro Ecologico Sian Ka’an (CESiaK). The gem of a mid-sized beach resort is located south of Maya Tulum’s hotel zone, just beyond the bumpy, dirt road entrance of the Sian Kaan Biosphere--the largest protected area (around 1.3 million acres) in the Mexican Caribbean. This also happens to be a declared World Heritage Site by the United Nation’s UNESCO program. Off-the-Grid Paradise Within CESiaK we found a completely off of the grid paradise, powered up by wind and solar, equipped with composting toilets and a rainwa-
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Eliminate Drafts to Save Money and Heating Fuel Amid severe doom and gloom in world economies, there is at least some light cutting through the darkness: folks are more interested in energy conservation than ever. Since winter is right around the corner, now is the time to make sure you’ll save all you can. To make it easier, we present our tricks in order of easiest (and least painful) to most difficult and/or costly improvements. Worried about the draft? Not military in this case, but air flow. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5 to 30% of your energy use. Start simple and adopt that old Great Depression fixture (perhaps a symbol of a new depression?) -- the draft snake. Place a rolled bath towel or custom-made “snake”
across the bottom of leaky doors and windows. Get the kids involved and decorate with googly eyes, felt tongues and the like. You can use any scraps of fabric -- even neckties -- and fill with sand or kitty litter for heft. If you want a more polished solution, Draft Reducing rolls can be purchased at a home-improvement center near you.
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Yao Ming Becomes First ‘Environment Champion’
Ming, probably the most recognizable Chinese athlete in America, may not be headed for gold on the court, but he has another distinction already: He has been named the first-ever “Environment Champion” by the United Nations. Ming, a 7’ 6’’ five-time NBA all-star with the Houston Rockets, has pledged to “work with young people around the world to raise awareness about green issues and to try to inspire them to plant trees, use energy-efficient light bulbs, harvest rain water and personally advocate for a healthier environment,” according to the U.N. Environment Program. As a sportsman, I believe sport has a major role to play in promoting environmental issues so I will work with young people across the world and try to inspire them to plant trees, use energy efficient light bulbs, harvest rain water and to become environmental champions in their own communities,” Yao said. “I sincerely believe small actions done by many over a long period of time can really bring about positive change,” he added. “By doing a little now we can avoid doing a lot later.”
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