Green Notes - 24 Jul 08
- Brazil will launch a satellite in 2011 to monitor deforestation and urban expansion around the world, it has been announced. Amazonia-1will carry a UK-made high resolution camera. The United Kingdom - Brazil collaboration was announced last week (14 July) at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Society for Progress in Science. The photos will aid environmental observation and inform natural resources management. It will be easier, for example, to identify illegal activity in forests, particularly in the Amazon and Congo rainforests, the two largest in the world. Other applications include mapping of remote areas, and coastal and disaster monitoring.
- Nissan Motor Co has formed a partnership with Tennessee to study the infrastructure needed to support the roll-out of electric cars starting in 2011, Nissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Tuesday. “We are forming a partnership with the state of Tennessee to promote zero-emission mobility,” Ghosn said at the opening of the Japanese automaker’s new headquarters in Nashville. “Unless you can find a solution where people are driving cars without using oil, we’re not doing our job and we won’t have sustainable mobility for the future,” Ghosn told reports today. “A breakthrough has to come from technology.” He was in Nashville today for the opening of the Japanese company’s new U.S. headquarters.
- With green becoming the buzz word in internet circles, a YouTube like website called GoGreenTube, where videos that deal with environmental issues can be uploaded, is fast becoming a hit. GoGreenTube was launched last month and offers an opportunity for people to view and share videos about the environment, green technologies, news and products. The site also collaborates with Carbonfund.org’s Carbon Free Program. GoGreenTube offsets one pound of carbon dioxide for every video watched.
- Actor Johnny Depp is planning on converting his island home to run on solar hydrogen technology. According to Peter Hoffmann (from the Huffington Post), Depp is third in line to receive a grid-independent solar hydrogen system from Mike Strizki. The inventor created the nation�s first solar-hydrogen house in New Jersey without sacrificing any of the amenities included in his 3,500 square-foot home.
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