Controversy began over the weekend the resignation of Van
Obama’s Special Adviser for Green Jobs. Fox TV host Glenn Beck was largely responsible, engaging in a campaign designed to smear Jones for being a ‘radical’ and a ‘communist’–and now he’s on the warpath, and calling for more heads.
Greenwashing is now a well-recognized force in advertising.
Hot on its heels comes a new breed of marketing deception bent on exploiting environmental trends: “Localwashing”.
In what could be a catastrophe for Toyota, the Prius is
facing a US ban due to patent infringement. In other green auto news, Indian electric car
company REVA is launching two new models
which will begin production next year.
The new prime minister-elect of Japan has pledged to cut
emissions by 25% from 1990 levels,
putting the US to shame.
It’s sort of amazing that this doesn’t exist already: a
device that charges your electronics while you ride your bike. Also, the blogosphere has been alight with news of a new solar powered skin for the iPhone and iPod Touch. And finally, while we’re on the subject, Alex Pasternack dives deep into what he terms the Device of Our Lives: the cell phone. He discusses how we can use mobile phones better and longer, the health risks they present, and the (indisputably massive) social and economic impacts they have today.