Archive for the 'Economy' Category

Here’s the “AIRpod” car on… Air

• April, 2009

Here’s the “AIRpod” car on… Air La Cinyc AIRPod is the culmination of MDI studies on pollution and urban mobility. This concept will be the first to leave the production line in spring 2009. MDI will respond to an invitation to tender of the city of Paris, “Autolib’”, and is already the subject of applications for various municipalities. With small size, a tiny price, zero pollution, fun and futuristic design, AIRPod mark a turning point in the range of urban vehicles while renewing the idea

Toyota to launch pure electric car in U.S. by 2012

• February, 2009

Toyota to launch pure electric car in U.S. by 2012 By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia autos correspondent DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) said it would launch an all-electric car for city commuting by 2012 in the United States as part of its plan to speed up the introduction of green cars as its global sales falter. The FT-EV concept made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit Sunday, where the world’s top automaker is also unveiling two new gasoline-electric hybrid

U.S. judges admit to jailing children for money

• February, 2009

U.S. judges admit to jailing children for money By Jon Hurdle 12 Feb, 2009 Two judges pleaded guilty on Thursday to accepting more than $2.6 million from a private youth detention center in Pennsylvania in return for giving hundreds of youths and teenagers long sentences. Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan of the Court of Common Pleas in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, entered plea agreements in federal court in Scranton admitting that they took payoffs from PA Childcare and a sister company, Western PA Childcare, between

Coffee Could Fuel You, and Your Car

• February, 2009

Coffee Could Fuel You, and Your Car Emily Sohn, Discovery News Coffee can do more than just fuel you through an afternoon slump. It might also power your car. That’s the idea behind a new study that turned used coffee grounds into biodiesel fuel. Coffee will probably never replace petroleum, but discarded cappuccino scraps might someday help reduce our impact on the environment, say the study’s authors. They imagine a day when the byproducts of your latte end up in the gas tank of your

Roll up, roll up for the national fire sale

• December, 2008

Roll up, roll up for the national fire sale From The Times November 26, 2008 Francis Elliott and Emily Gosden Lock-keepers’ cottages, assorted forests, a conference centre, military radio frequencies and a uranium enrichment company – the sale to help to plug Britain’s £1 trillion deficit is now open. Buried in the Pre-Budget Report is a list of state-owned assets with “potential for alternative business models”. Treasury ministers rejected claims that the privatisation drive amounted to a firesale that would leave taxpayers short-changed. “This is

Have a break, have a Kit Kat – and wreck rainforests

• November, 2008

Have a break, have a Kit Kat – and wreck rainforests From The Sunday Times November 16, 2008 Jonathan Leake Demand for palm oil for Nature chocolate and other goods is posing a threat to vital habitats Household brands including Kit Kat, Flora and Dove soaps have been linked to the mass destruction of Asian rainforests for palm oil plantations. The millions of acres ear marked for clearance include some of the last habitats of orangutans and other endangered species such as clouded leopards and