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Filed under 'environment'

November 20, 2008

Dumb eco-questions you were afraid to ask

“Can I put window envelopes in the paper recycling?”, “If I’m stuck in a stop-start traffic jam, do I use more petrol turning my car on and off repeatedly or leaving it running?” and other questions I’ve often pondered.

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May 31, 2008

The Question of Global Warming

Outstanding and thoughtful article by Freeman Dyson.

April 22, 2008

Calculate the carbon impact of your travels with Dopplr

Lovely bit of green-design from Dopplr, giving you glanceable insight into your travel’s impact on the environment.

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April 15, 2008

We Can Solve It | Unlikely Alliance

I have to admit, this commercial made my jaw drop a little. Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson side by side, in a spot for climate change prevention.

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September 2, 2007


Starting in January, our leccy company will be selling wind-generated electricity for $0.03 more per kWh — an approximately 15% premium. I’ll be signing up for that — makes more sense to me than carbon credits.

July 1, 2007

Apple - Environment - Recycle Your iPod or Cell Phone

Apple offer free recycling for old iPods and cellphones — Fill in your details, print out a postage-paid mailing slip, and send them in.

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April 25, 2007

Cabs, Logan Travelers Go Green - WCVB Boston

Interesting attempt by the City of Boston to encourage hybrid taxis — They’ll get to cut to the front of the taxi queue at Logan Airport. Hybrid car owners get “preferred parking” too.

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January 28, 2007

The truth about those little red lights: a tale of power and poppycock - Comment - Times Online

That “fact” that went around last year that appliances on stand-by were responsible for using 10% of British electrical power generation? No basis in reality.

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September 4, 2006

Amazon.com: 75-Watt Dimmable Spiral Compact Fluorescent, Uses only 23-Watts

Turns out you can get energy-saving lightbulbs which work with dimmer switches. Who knew! They’re pricey, but I’m getting some to see how they do.

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How Many Lightbulbs Does it Take to Change the World? One. And You're Looking At It.

Walmart are making a huge push to get people buying the low-energy spiral bulbs. I’ve been using them since we moved house and I spent far too many hours wandering the aisles of Home Depot while Joy chose paint colours. The only place we still use incandescent bulbs is in the lamps attached to dimmers.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.