I had a chance to talk to Subaru staff at the Eco-Products 2008 Fair in Tokyo. I have been wondering why they are not speeding up the introduction of their plug-in electric car, that has been shown in New York and elsewhere.
Bloggers here are excited about Better Place, as the Japanese government announced Tuesday that consumers will be able to swap depleted batteries for fresh ones easily when they don't have time to plug in. Thomas Friedman calls it a new way to generate
When Nagoya City decided to let design students present their ideas for the city center, they got a bunch of creative minds to come up with some really novel ideas. The city council has approved a generous budget for
Honda just announced that they will no longer participate in F1 car racing. The global economic downturn means Honda is trying to save money, just like other car makers, and British driver Jenson Button will have to find a new team. I liked Honda's
This fall, a small number of restaurants in Japan have introduced Doggy Bags for leftovers, as customers tend to not eat everything they order. The design has reminders about poverty and wastefulness. For example, one says "6 seconds" on it, which
Automakers have come a long way to their bailout-begging today since the days when Consumers Union published this (very funny) cartoon. I scanned it from an old issue of Consumer Reports, the April 1963 "Facts You Need Before You Buy" issue with a
Photo from Indonesia: Greenpeace activists working with locals to halt drainage by constructing dams on peatlands. This will prevent the peatland from drying out and releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Having a Commissioner for the Environment or an Environment Minister in charge of all the issues we care about here at Treehugger seems like a good idea. During his hearing with the European Parliament, Stavros Dimas announced four main priorities for
Kokuyo Co Ltd has been in the news recently thanks to the creative new look for its office in central Tokyo. With a focus on reducing CO2 emissions and lowering power consumption, the stationary maker introduced LEDs, zoning that reduces the need for
Asking kids how they feel about environmental problems can be a wake-up call for many adults. A child's sadness and anger at pollution issues and worries about the future can be deep and profound. Collaborating with well-known manga artists, Japan's
The global Make Cars Green campaign is an ambitious 10-point plan to steer drivers towards more environmentally-friendly habits, including checking tyre pressure regularly and reduce loads. The campaign builds on the principles by the FIA Make Cars Green
The Swedish team behind the award-winning film The Planet is in Japan to film their next feature documentary about mind change, called The Plan. Travelling to some 15 countries, David Österberg and Michael Stenberg are exploring how leading scientists