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  • June 10, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    It was pretty funny a few weeks ago when a caller to the John DePetro Show lambasted political officials and questioned why NASA hasn't come up with a more fuel-efficient car engine.

    This bright light was apparently unaware that the major car manufacturers could have years ago offered more fuel-efficient cars.

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  • June 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The Apeiron Institute's Sustainable Living Festival is this weekend, and I've got a related Q+A with Apeiron's Brad Hyson in this week's Phoenix:

    In the current environment — in which people are pissed off about the price of gas, the economy is bad, and people are reconsidering some of their habits — does it make it easier to promote a message of sustainability?

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  • June 04, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    State Representative David Segal has an update over at the Dose:

    More tonight, but a good start yesterday

    PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Senate last night passed a series of energy bills designed to encourage and embrace renewable energy projects, both large and small, in order to make the state less dependent on electricity produced by traditional fossil fuels.

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  • May 12, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Elizabeth Berkley: The Original Lettuce Lady

    How to overcome the cheeseburga-cheeseburga mentality? Yes, by understanding that sex sells (but where's Gina Gershon?).

    What: Wearing nothing but strategically placed lettuce leaves, a pair of PETA's Lettuce Ladies will hand out free Tofurky brand mock-turkey sandwiches and gift cards for 2 gallons of gas to the first 50 people at a Providence Shell gas station on Tuesday.

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  • May 05, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    This discussion, slated for tomorrow at Brown, sounds pretty cool:

    Las Gaviotas: An Eco-Village to Reinvent the World

    Please join us for a discussion with: Paolo Lugari, visionary activist.

    Las Gaviotas, founded by Paolo Lugari, is an eco-village with a twenty-three year track record of rainforest regeneration, developing more sustainable lives for the inhabitants of the Vichada region of Colombia

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  • April 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

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    Back in the spring of 2001, I looked at why more people don't use bikes to get around Providence.

    WEATHER PERMITTING, [Ray] Alexander pedals the seven miles each weekday from his home in Cranston's Edgewood section to his teaching job at Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island in Wanskuck. With hazards ranging from hostile motorists to piles of accumulated sand and trash in the road, he says, "It's a short commute, but it's not a pleasant one.

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  • April 25, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of green stuff and Brown . . .

    Students at Brown University have organized a two-day conference to promote environmental sustainability. The conference brings together a wide range of environmental leaders, including Ira Magaziner, chairman of the Clinton Global Initiative; U.

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  • April 23, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    The quote of the day comes from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who was targeted with two mostly errant green-colored pies during his address yesterday at Brown University (h/t RI's Future):

    Mr. Friedman quipped, "Ten years in Beruit and Jerusalem, who thought I'd meet my end in Providence, Rhode Island."

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  • April 22, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    What better time than Earth Day?

    When: April 22 2008, from 3-4:30 PM. (Speaking portion begins at 3:30 PM.)

    Where: State House. Smith Street, Providence, RI.

    What: A lobby training session and tour of the State House will start at 3 pm in the Bell Room, in preparation for talking with legislators about ECRI’s legislative priorities.

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  • April 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    A bell-shaped production curve, as originally suggested by M. King Hubbert in 1956.

    The subject of peak oil is hotly debated by geologists and various others. A related discussion is planned for Monday:

    STATE HOUSE – Rhode Islanders will have a chance to examine “Cheap Oil - Going, Going, GONE!” on Monday, April 21, at 3 p.m. The lecture, presented by the Progressive Legislators Group and the Environment Council, will be in the Room 313 of the State House is free and open to the public.

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  • April 17, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Here, in the form of an event on Tuesday, is another clever notion for Earth Day:

    Tuesday April 22nd, following Earth Day Lobby Day at the State House, Clean Water Action and the Environment Council of Rhode Island are hosting EARTH in jeoPARTY, an Earth Day Party at Local 121 in downtown Providence.

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  • April 16, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    With various people and groups gearing up for Earth Day a week from tomorrow, the most interesting local effort may be plans by Local 99 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers to dedicate its solar-powered union hall, which it bills as largest completed solar project in Rhode Island.

    On Thursday, April 22, 2008 at 11:00am, the IBEW Local 99 will dedicate its solar energy project, providing clean, renewable power to its union hall.

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  • April 14, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Lots of activity at Bruno Uno tomorrow:

    -- Global Climate Change

    Brown's Political Theory Project presents the Janus Forum Lecture “Global Climate Change: The End of the World as We Know It?” at 3 p.m in Alumnae Hall, 194 Meeting St. The speakers are Bjorn Lomborg of Copenhagen Business School, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist; Robert Mendelsohn of Yale University, author of The Impact of Climate Change on the United States Economy; and Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute.

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  • April 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    In a further sign that the cause of renewable energy is moving forward in RI, Governor Caricier's office says that tomorrow, at 1 pm, "[he] will announce that the State of Rhode Island is seeking bids from private companies to construct and operate an off-shore wind farm designed to generate 1.3 million megawatt-hours per year of renewable energy."

  • March 28, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    With much attention devoted to Governor Caricieri's immigration plan, not to mention the budget, it's easy to forget about some of the other big issues facing us. One such case is global warming.

    According to a report issued earlier this week by Environment Rhode Island and Clean Water Action:

    The authors found that global warming emissions in Rhode Island are still drastically far from reaching the voluntary reduction goals set in 2001 when the New England governors agreed to reduce emissions to 1990 levels by 2010, 10% below by 2020, and 75-85% below 2001 levels by 2050.

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