Today on Planet 100: US Military Confronts Oil Addiction (Video)
Today, on Planet 100, the US military confronts its oil addiction and begins testing alternatives, GE offers $200 million in prize money at the Ecomagination Challenge, and a new documentary looks at America's problems with food.Fossil Free US Military
The US military is pushing to develop, test and deploy renewable energy to decrease its need to transport fossil fuels.
Last week, a Marine company from California arrived in the rugged outback of Helmand Province bearing novel equipment: portable solar panels that fold up into boxes; energy-conserving lights; solar tent shields that provide shade and electricity; solar chargers for computers and communications equipment.
With American fuel supply convoys increasingly under attack in Afghanistan, renewables provide a truly safe alternative.
Via: The New York Times
Take the creativity of countless startups, the heft of a big corporation and $200 million in prize money and what do you get? GE's Ecomagination Challenge.
The challenge is a promising way to speed innovation towards a smart grid, clean energy and eco-friendly homes, buildings and cars. Unveiled in July, Ecomagination has generated more than 3,000 entries and 60,000 comments and votes. GE will announce the top vote-getters this week while the winners will be announced next month.
GE and its four venture capital partners have said they will invest $200 million into the most promising startups and ideas.
Forks Over Knives
An explosive new documentary Forks Over Knives, reveals the myriad of health problems that Americans face and how switching to a plant-based, planet-pleasing diet can help prevent them. Wholefoods has partnered with the film and is offering pre-screening events nationwide this month.