Archive for May 2011

If they missed this one, what else don’t they understand? More on that in a minute. The NYTimes reports that last week the head of a major radio company [CBS] felt compelled to instruct its programmers to start identifying more of the songs played on the air, by title and artist name.

It’s what the vast majority of the German public wants, and now the government of Germany is responding. Germany plans to shut down all its nuclear power plants by 2022. As Reuters reports, the government said it planned to cut power use by 10 percent by 2020 and further expand the use of renewables such […]

Rural areas in Japan were basically bought off to allow nuclear power plants in their back yards. It’s difficult to explain otherwise how Japan would go nuclear after WWII.

Reminds me of what they used to say about nuclear power plants. The Titanic slipped into the sea on May 31, 1911.

The US Department of Energy is going big-time into more, not fewer, vehicles on the road today launched a pilot project to incorporate electric vehicles and technologies into the Federal fleet. … Furthering the Administration’s goals to cut oil imports by one-third by 2025 and to put one million advanced vehicles on the road by […]

EPA is proposing new air pollution rules for coal burning and is currently taking public comments on them. It’s pretty incredible that, as reported by the American Lung Association,

In NYC, there’s a new law: A new law went into effect Monday banning smoking in 43 square miles of parks, public plazas, beaches and boardwalks in the city. In the last days, free cigars were on offer.

Google clearly has too much cash around, as they are wasting it here. Why else would they fund work by Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun to develop a sort of “car-train” effect on a highway that would pack the highways with more cars

Pollution in China is rampant, which of course is one major reason products there can be made very cheaply. Now, as the Boston Globe reports China is cracking down on emissions of lead and other heavy metals following a spate of poisoning cases and reports that much of the country’s soil is contaminated with toxic […]