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Electric Car Projects Have the Most Buzz for Green Investors (part 2)

GM plans to launch its first plug-in hybrid car, the Chevy Volt, toward the end of this year. The carmaker announced yesterday it'll launch a smart phone app that allows Volt owners to remotely control certain features of their cars, such as scheduling battery charging, checking battery-charge levels and starting the car.

Ford (F) is working on a similar app for its electric cars, including the electric Focus, scheduled for launch in 2011. The carmaker has also teamed up with Microsoft (MSFT) to create an Internet-based service that will allow car owners to decide when is the best (and cheapest) time to charge their cars.

Electric Car Projects Have the Most Buzz for Green Investors (part 1)

Investors' bullishness over the electric car business is showing no signs of abating. On Wednesday, a startup electric carmaker CODA Automotive said it has bagged $58 million in venture capital for the launch of its first vehicle.
coda car

The company is one of several startups that have received hefty private backing for developing electric cars, batteries and car-charging technologies. In fact, venture capital investments for transportation technology overtook solar during the first quarter of this year, according to research firm Cleantech Group.

Can a Shell be a Biofuel? (part 2)

ethanol made from Brazilian sugar cane produces approximately 70% lower CO2 emissions from production than conventional petrol, and with Biofuels predicted to account for as much as 30% of the world road transport fuel mix by 2050, this is a smart and profitable move. Doing the right thing is a theme that Just4theplanet has captured during our reports and Shell are most certainly proving to its customers that they are investing into environmental alternatives that will benefit not only the environment but also their financial bottom line.

Can a Shell be a Biofuel? (part 1)

brazil sugar cane shell biofuel

Vegetable oil diesel or Biofuels in general are a prolific source of energy and Shell were the world’s biggest distributor of Biofuels in 2009. During 2010 they signed an agreement with Cosan to form a joint venture for producing ethanol from sugar cane in Brazil; a shift from petrochemical to Biofuels is surely a massive first step for this world leader. Their movement towards Corporate Social Responsiblity is encouraging.

Limitation of Urbanization: shortage of water resources, power supply and infrastructure in Beijing

Urbanization may be the most efficient method of development and the best method of resources conservation in the relately stable state of population and resources. But when the population is growing rapidly, the public facilities, infrastructures and resources supply can't keep up the pace. Thus it will bring a series of problems. Therefore, there's also a limitation for urbanization. For example, when we refer to Beijing, China, the resident population in Beijing of "11th Five-Year Plan" is expected to be 16.25 million. But in fact, at the end of 2009, the resident population in Beijing is about 17.55 million. This number was much more than that of the target of "11th Five-Year Plan" in Beijing, China.

China plan to spend RMB200 billion (US$30 billion) on water conservation in 2011 (part 2)

As you may know, the high food prices is the main concern of ordinary people in China. The Chinese government is paying close attention to the cost of food after prices rose nearly 12% in the year to November, leading overall consumer inflation to a 28-month high of 5.1 percent. This serious consumer inflation remarkably impacted the daily life of ordinary people in China.

"We have to accelerate the construction of water conservation facilities as one of the key infrastructures the country needs to secure increasing grain production. We must address issues arising from the country's rapid urbanization. The consumed land by rapid urbanization is used to be used for farming," director of the central government's rural work leading group said.

Chen Xiwen said this month water shortages and the encroachment of urban development on rural land posed challenges for China to extend increases in grain output after seven years of growth.

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