Some new toilets have two handles or buttons for flush, one for a full flush and one for half a flush. This presumably saves lots of water.
SUV drivers, guilty about environmental havoc their vehicles create, can now offset their pollution by buying environmental credits from TerraPass http://www.terrapass.com . Approximately $80 / year offsets one SUVs carbon dioxide emissions.
The winner of Starbucks "Betacup Challenge" for encouraging reusable cups is a "Karma Cup" chalkboard. Every tenth reusable cup gets a free coffee. CNET http://bit.ly/a5jGBt
The Jane Goodall Institute's "Roots and Shoots" program is involved in efforts to plant one million trees in the arid regions of China's interior. We'll all benefit. James Fallows blog http://bit.ly/cZVwAU
A box of nine costs $21.95. They are used to make fertilizer liquid (5 gallons per bag), not tea. Inc. Magazine http://bit.ly/a2KVCA
Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies takes wastewater and produces fertilizer, while also capturing phosphorus and nitrogen. CNET http://bit.ly/dyhGfX
HP researchers are suggesting siting new data centers next to industrial cow farms in order to use waste methane to power the center. CNET http://bit.ly/aAz3eu
New excellent replacements for traditional 60 watt bulbs are coming on the market from Philips and Sylvania. They use 1/5 the energy, are brighter, dimmable, and last 12 times longer. CNET http://bit.ly/aKUl1K
New concrete from C-Crete Technologies is stronger than traditional concrete and produces less CO2 in production. Winner of MIT $100k business plan contest (304 entries). http://bit.ly/dAcbYQ
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu argues that we should expend less efforts on international treaties and more effort on bilateral discussions with China. The US and China combined create 40% of the world's pollution. An innovative, aggressive, bilateral treaty will represent great progress, and encourage other nations to join. Wired Magazine profile http://bit.ly/bttpI8
Russia is building the world's first floating nuclear power plant, which can be towed to where it is needed - even remote areas. Yale Environment 368 http://bit.ly/aTpjoo
"Cash for Clunkers" programs can be a bad deal for the environment: they encourage producing a new vehicle, and they often don't make a big dent in fuel consumption. Washington Post: http://bit.ly/aBKMkM
Rolling down your window to cool the car on a hot day uses less energy than the AC - except when driving on the highway (where wind resistance matters more). Slate http://bit.ly/d65p04
Why is drinking bottled water shipped from halfway around the world considered cool? Isn't it absurdly wasteful? Mother Jones http://bit.ly/arjT5P
Researchers have devised a plan to combine desalination plants, aqueducts and drip irrigation to grow forests in the Sahara. Science http://bit.ly/dBlouV