Friday, November 25, 2005

Green Solutions

This Friday, we focus on a number of interesting environmental sites. I tried to select groups that indentify and laud progressive environmental actions already occurring rather than the gloom-and-doom guilt-trip sites:

(1) WorldChanging.com
World Changing.com has been around for a while, and they describe their mission succinctly:

"WorldChanging.com works from a simple premise: that the tools, models and ideas for building a better future lie all around us. That plenty of people are working on tools for change, but the fields in which they work remain unconnected. That the motive, means and opportunity for profound positive change are already present. That another world is not just possible, it's here. We only need to put the pieces together."

Their blog is full of many interesting devices from Street light/solar power generators/wifi networking to waterless washing machines.

(2) The Watt
The Watt is an interesting forum on alternative energy. Their site also hosts an interesting weekly podcast.

(3) Grist
Grist.org is one of the most popular environmental focused sites - sort of the Slate for environmental issues.

(4) Leicester city thermal imaging
Here is an interest site found my We Make Money Not Art. Leicester city council is using thermal imaging to target homeowners releasing excess heat and offer them free cavity and roof installation.

(5) PVC Greenhouse
An interesting blogspot site that shows you how to make a greenhouse using - you guessed it - PVC piping.

(6) Forests Forever
Last, but not least, here is a site full of great photos of forests around the world. The bad translations and apparent Fuji sponsorship leads me to believe that this came out of Japan. Definitely worth exploring, but only if you have a fast internet connection.