Many do not realize how greatly freight transportation affects the global environment, but GE’s innovative PowerHaul Locomotive is helping solve the toughest rail challenges. This new locomotive is the most efficient transportation vehicle ever created. The PowerHaul Series also is compliant with EU Stage IIIa emissions standards and features a flexible platform that readily adapts to local requirements.
This link below contains a very interesting interactive display that demonstrates how efficient this locomotive is.. http://www.ge.com/stories/moving-powerhaul.html
onearth.org explores these new “green plastic” cups that I’m am sure many of you have noticed at local restaurants, coffee shops, or supermarkets. This article answers all the questions regarding these supposedly sustainable plastic replacements.
Read the article at http://www.onearth.org/blog/green-plastic-sustainable-disposable
The European car industry’s sales of battery powered vehicles are disappointing and dismal to say the least. Due to the lack of success with battery powered cars, major car companies, like BMW, have decided to optimize the current cars that run on fossil fuels. BMW has invested in the use of lightweight materials like carbon fiber for body and chassis parts, and employing information technology to help drivers avoid wasting fuel. Read more at nytimes.com
The Obama administration issued the final version of the latest regulations that force automakers to nearly double the average fuel economy of new cars and trucks by 2025. The standards permit an average fuel economy of 54.5 miles per gallon for the 2025 model year. These new standards create the possibility to produce many benefits for the environment. Read what these benefits could be at nytimes.com.
This interesting article shows how food (the whole industry) takes its toll on the environment. The article claims that up to 40% of food in this country is wasted, throwing out about 165$ billion each year. More statistics and information can be found on the NRDC Website.
The NRDC explores how the electric power sector pollutes and contaminates American air and land. The EPA recentely released new standards for power plants regarding toxic polution. Power plants will decline in mercury pollution, hydrochloric acid pollution, and sulfer dioxide pollution due to these new standards.
More can be found at this link
The drought currently affecting 63% of the contiguous United States has become so bad, that the effects can be seen from outer space. Pictures can be found here!