Green-News: Thursday 12.11.08

  • The European Union has a bright idea, phase out all low-efficiency light bulbs by 2012. This will include all incandescent and less-efficient halogen lamps with less than C-class efficiency, prompting a shift to compact fluorescents bulbs and higher-efficiency halogen; ENN reports.
  • Hewlett-Packard is also getting more energy efficient. Starting next year, they’ll roll out a line of “Enviro” batteries for laptops. Typical battery power declines after 150 chargers, but new lithium-ion batteries will retain an 80% charge, even after 3 years of use; CNet News investigates.
  • Putting prisoners to work is a good use of energy too! The Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York will allocate inmates to work in a $55 million solar module factory. The modules produced at this facility will be used in government installations; via CleanTechnica.
  • The United Nations has placed 21 new species on the endangered list. Cheetahs, manatees, 3 species of dolphins, Egyptian vultures and Mako sharks are among the animals in danger of extinction, officials blame over-fishing and inadequate conservation funding; the AFP reports.
  • Gwinnett County, near Atlanta, Georgia, will start fining residents $500 for failing to recycle. The county Commission Chairman said the move is in line with state policy to reduce solid waste by 25%. They’ll be targeting people who abuse waste removal; via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • If the U.S. stiffens on carbon regulations and greenhouse gas emissions, consumer products could face ecoflation. Basically, the cost of manufacturing and transporting goods will rise and earnings will drop, requiring companies to improve production or charge more; Reuters reports.