Transportation

New developments in the ways we move ourselves and everything else.

The Death of Lead Acid Batteries

In historical terms, the death of the flint tool, cooking by dung and other bygone technologies occurred very rapidly. This was because several factors conspired to bring in the better alternative and this created a multiplier effect. So it is with lead acid batteries. To this huge industry and the magazines that write about it, there is a long term, if unspectacular, future for the lead acid battery in vehicles - the main use. Conventional “reciprocaur” car sales are still increasing thanks to China and other emerging nations. At first sight, there seems to be ongoing use of lead-acid traction battery power in all electric bikes, forklifts, boats and mobility vehicles for the disabled - say 35 million vehicles yearly. The same power is used, not for traction, in 70 million conventional vehicles yearly. Read More »

CONSUMER REPORTS 2011 ANNUAL AUTO SURVEY: NEW MODELS TARNISH FORD’S SOLID RELIABILITY RECORD

Green Lifestyles - CONSUMER REPORTS 2011 ANNUAL AUTO SURVEY: NEW MODELS TARNISH FORD'S SOLID RELIABILITY RECORDJeep & Chrysler models on the rise; Japanese brands still dominate

YONKERS, NY - In recent years Ford has been a model of American reliability, competing well against Japanese makes that have dominated for decades. But three of its new models are blemishing that record, according to Consumer Reports.

The new Explorer, Fiesta, and Focus all had below-average reliability in their first year. As a result, Ford’s overall reliability rank among 28 major car makes slipped from the 10th to the 20th spot this year-the biggest drop for any major nameplate in Consumer Reports 2011 Annual Auto Survey. Read More »

September 27th is Earth Overshoot Day

Green Lifestyles - September 27th is Earth Overshoot Day. Humanity has exhausted the budget of what nature can provide this yearHumanity has exhausted the budget of what nature can provide this year

Oakland, CA — – Humanity is surpassing nature’s budget for the year, and is moving into the ecological equivalent of overdraft, according to data from Global Footprint Network, an international research organization with offices in California and Geneva.

Similarly to the way a bank statement tracks income against expenditures, Global Footprint Network tracks human demand on nature (for example, for providing food, producing raw materials and absorbing CO2) against nature’s capacity to regenerate those resources and absorb the waste. Its calculations show that, in approximately nine months, we have surpassed a level of demand on resources that the planet would be able to sustainably support this year. Read More »

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