Robert Moskowitz

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10 years 2 months ago

According to Eric Britton, Co-Chair of the World Share/Transport Forum at the Kaohsiung 2010 conference, and Managing Director of EcoPlan International, a sustainable development advocacy organization based in Paris, France and working toward specific forms of environmental conservation, “Every day is a great day to take a few cars off the street and think about it.”

Among his other activities, Britton works hard to get and keep cars off the street, worldwide, and it's likely he spends even more time thinking about it than he does actually...

10 years 2 months ago

Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, is hot under the collar. He thinks the U.S. has fallen behind the curve on energy policy and regulation, and he wants to see some improvement. In fact, he wants the U.S. government to get more involved in stimulating and even creating industries so GE can reap larger profits.

Speaking in Washington, D.C., Immelt told those assembled at the Gridwise Global Forum, "The rest of the world is moving 10 times faster than we are. This is a great country, but, you know, we have to have an energy policy. This is just stupid what...

10 years 2 months ago

According to a recent report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), more than 100,000 people in rural India have already taken advantage of a program in place since 2003 designed to make it financially feasible for poor families and small business owners to do business better by investing in small solar-powered lighting systems.

This solar power initiative is not only good for businesses and and the environment, it improves people's health, according to UNEP.

Funded at only $1.5 million, the project works primarily with Indian bankers to help them do business better...

10 years 2 months ago

Who knew that computers would one day eat up so much energy that making them more efficient would be a significant pathway to environmental conservation? But apparently that idea is making the rounds of corporate boardrooms, and gaining some traction.

For example, Google's much-discussed "Instant" search capability, which was first offered in mid-September, 2010, is primarily billed as a way to provide Internet searchers with faster responses to their online inquiries. As you type your search terms, Google's servers now seek to anticipate what you are looking for and provide you...

10 years 2 months ago

Life on Genesis Farm is simple and satisfying, an effort to live in harmony with the natural world. There are everyday household chores, such as cleaning the rooms, doing the laundry, tending the various gardens, and preparing the meals. There are also specialized tasks, such as organizing program materials for the enlightening and even life-changing presentations given at the Farm.

The Farm's Seed Sanctuary Garden is home to several varieties of tomatoes that are grown and harvested primarily for their seeds. Because vegetable and other seed stocks are under threat from industrialized...

10 years 2 months ago

With a long tradition of Dutch windmills, you might think Europe would be leading the world in wind-powered generation of electricity. For many years, they actually lagged. But now the continent is working toward a world leadership position.

In 2008 and 2009, nearly half of all new electrical generating capacity built in Europe has been...

10 years 2 months ago

New Hampshire's forests provide plenty of renewable fuels

State and federal incentives, in the form of grants and tax credits, have been making it easier for individual households and small business owners to pay for alternative energy systems. In New Hampshire, for example, rebates from the state's renewable energy fund have totaled more than $1.5 million since 2008, and have helped fund the purchase of solar hot water systems, small wind and solar electrical generation systems, and...

10 years 2 months ago

Progressive Insurance and the X-Prize Foundation awared three prizes totaling $10 million in Washington, DC, on September 16, 2010, in recognition of supremacy in a remarkable "efficiency competition" that required vehicles to achieve 100 miles per gallon (or the equivalent) and to survive a series of stringent safety, efficiency, emissions, durability and range tests.

The competition, called the Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize, was meant to inspire new technologies and applications that translate into viable, highly fuel-efficient vehicles for a world in love with...

10 years 2 months ago

This one's not strictly about development, but there are some 50 million dogs in the U.S., and more around the world, and the amount of resources wasted on them is pretty much incalculable. So I have been persuaded to write a little something about how to be eco-friendly while stewarding a pet (primarily a dog, but some of this applies to other pets, as well).

First, try to recycle pets. Rather than order a new one from a breeder or pet store, adopt one that is already alive. By some...

10 years 2 months ago

At the World Energy Congress, September 12 to 16, 2010, in Montreal, Canada, the world’s energy leaders have been gathering to present new concepts and promising solutions for our planet's future energy supply. This year's theme is: “Responding now to global challenges – Energy in transition for a living planet.”

According to Wolfgang Dehen, CEO of Siemens' Energy Sector and member of the company's Managing Board, "... the 20th century was distinguished by meeting growing energy demand, and thus rapid consumption of fossil fuels, now ... we face the question of...