Robert Moskowitz

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9 years 9 months ago

The lifeblood of any great city is transportation. That’s one of the reasons cited for a new circulator bus system in Baltimore, MD. Called the Charm City Circulator (CCC), it's sustained by a fleet of 21 free shuttles that cover three routes within the city of Baltimore with convenient, reliable and...


9 years 9 months ago

A beautiful home office is just one perk for telecommuters.

For many years, Telecommuting has made good personal, practical, and economic sense. But today, there's a greater urgency than ever before to push for broader use of telecommuting: Global Warming.

For most people, the nearly unanimous concern about Global Warming among climate scientistics and specialists around the globe makes this issue worthy of efforts toward helpful solutions. But even those who dispute the reality of Global Warming readily admit...


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Smart meters make alternative energy sources eminently practical.

Ever try to meet a friend downtown when one of you has forgotten to bring his cell phone? Or find your way to an obscure location without a portable GPS? As capabilities advance, individuals (and society) cannot realize the benefits until the proper technology is in place. That's why it's important that the European Union has recently establish a new objective to install so-called "smart electric meters" in 80% of households across...


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In the past, hydroelectric dams were considered beneficial and even sustainable. Today we know these dams create problems half a century into the future, and even from the beginning cause serious downstream problems.

Since, the 1960s, the Mekong River basin, which covers parts of China, Laos, Burma / Myanmar, and Vietnam, has been the site for many of these developmental behemoths, most of which have wreaked havoc on the local environment. The newest proposal for a hydroelectric dam on the Mekong will endanger at least four species of fish, including the...


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Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games are a multi-national, multi-sport event that ranks third in the world in size and complexity, after the Olympics and the Asian Games. This year, the Commonwealth Games are being held in India, October 3 through 14, and will feature some sports that are played mainly in Commonwealth countries, including lawn bowls, rugby sevens and netball.

Oh, and this year the Games will utilize electricity generated at least partially by the sun!

The centerpiece of this year's...


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In a strange twist on the Jules Verne concept: "Around the World in 80 Days," a new generation of zero-emission vehicles will attempt to circumnavigate the globe without leaving behind any carbon.

Organised by Swiss solar pioneer Louis Palmer, the "ZERO Race" includes four race teams that have designed and built innovative all-electric cars they will attempt to drive around the world without needing a drop of fossil fuel. The teams line up as follows:

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9 years 9 months ago

Fountain of Wealth, Suntec City – Singapore

Tan Yong Soon, Singapore's Permanent Secretary for Climate Change, recently declared global climate change to be "one of the most important and pressing challenges facing the international community."

Speaking at the conference on EU and Asian Policy Responses to Climate Change and Energy post Copenhagen, held July 26th, 2010, at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, in Singapore, the Secretary acknowledged Singapore's vulnerable...


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A fast-growing trend around our planet is municipally-sponsored and -managed bicycle rental systems. The one in Montreal, Canada, is called "Bixi," which is intended to be a clever amalgam of the words "bicycle" and "taxi".

First launched in May of 2009, the system has grown from 3,000 bicycles available at 300 stations in Montreal's central core to 5,000 bicycles and 400 stations. People have used the bikes to take more than one million short-term rides around town, and the number continues to accelerate.

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9 years 9 months ago

Most people I talk to are either in favor of sustainable development, or they haven't really thought about it much, and when you explain it, they begin to get it. Then they may not think sustainable deveopment is all that important, but they rarely think it's dead wrong.

Not so Colorado's candidate for Governor from the Republican Party, Dan Maes. He's upset about efforts to promote bicycling for a couple of reasons: First, it's part of a United Nations plot to create a one-world government, and second, it "could threaten our personal freedoms."...


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Back on July 19, 2010, a brand new concept -- the Clean Energy Ministerial Stakeholder Meeting -- brought together more than 150 clean-energy leaders to discuss how best to accelerate worldwide clean energy deployment. (The Stakeholder Meeting was an official side event for participants at Energy Secretary Steven Chu's Clean Energy Ministerial, held the next day.)

Speakers addressed such critical issues as renewable energy, smart buildings, Smart Grid technology, and energy efficiency. They reached a consensus on the need for long-term policies to enable clean energy, energy efficiency and green building projects to proceed more rapidly toward...


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