NEWS: The CityHippy Week
Ladies & Gentleman, it's Friday night! Welcome to...
The CityHippy Week!
STORY OF THE WEEK: Scandal at the Guardian's Hay Literary Festival as Al Gore set to speak at the event in a Marquee sponsored by EOS airlines
The former American presidential candidate looks at the "planetary emergency" of global warming, and examines how we can avoid paralysis and take the steps necessary to avoid catastrophe.OK well perhaps EOS is an eco airline sponsoring the event?
EOS Airlines: With only 48 guests on a plane built for 220 everything changesUhm yeah everthing does ineed change. Namely the weather, Al Gore's speaking program at the last minute, the Head of Marketing at EOS. Someone is going soooo home unhappy that day.
What else caught my little green eye?
Greenfleet Fuel Challenge won by 90 mpg Toyota Aygo
Ten laps of a world-famous motor-racing circuit can rarely have yielded a fuel consumption figure of just over 90mpg, but that was the astonishing result produced by a Toyota Aygo 1.4 D-4D diesel hatchback at Silverstone this April.Amazing what we humans can achieve when we put our minds to it. Well done GreenFleet and the Toyota Aygo team. Although if you think that is efficient...
Three gallons to drive round the entire Planet?
A British inventor claims he has built the world's most fuel-efficient car - which does a staggering 8,000 miles per gallon.How efficient is that? OK so it is not gonna really drive the planet for 3 gallons but you get the point. The car might be tiny but it works. Gotta be something we can learn from this development.
Garden of Eden discovered in...Chelsea?
Created by award-winning designer David Miller and sponsored chiefly by Defra, the four-part exhibition focuses on how climate change is affecting our gardens and the wider environment.Sounds like this is worth a visit if you are planning on attending the Chelsea Flower Show this year. The Climate Change: The Global Challenge stand sounds amazing.
Electric commercial vehicle competes with the big boys
The Modec range is possibly the greatest leap forward in commercial vehicles since the internal combustion engine. Quiet, pollution free and with a carrying capacity to put most others in the shade, the Modec range is the future of urban delivery. Developing an impressive 102bhp and 300Nm of torque, Modec vans can carry two tonnes up to one hundred miles at fifty miles an hour with zero emissions... all from a single charge.Stunning. They deserve loads of success. If you need a van you would be crazy not to consider this as an option, if you can.
Never mind China now the UK plans to build eco-cities, towns and villages
Ministers are planning the first eco-friendly town built from scratch and a string of low-carbon "green villages" to try to prove that big housing developments across southern England can be self-sufficient.Fantastic news that governments are starting to filter up sustainability issues into national policy. Very excited about this.
…and that's the way it is folks!