Thursday, December 31, 2009

OLED wallpaper may soon replace light bulbs

Organic LEDs, or OLEDs, are being hailed as the next generation of environmentally-friendly lighting. OLEDs can produce light with very little power, significantly less than what is required to power conventional light bulbs.

OLEDs are being used more and more, and one company is incorporating them into wallpaper with the goal of making the technology good enough to light rooms withou the use of conventional lighting. However, two main problems have kept the technology from widespread use: the cost to create products using them and the short lifespan OLEDs currently have. The company hopes more research can make the technology cheaper and more efficient.

For more information on this next-gen source of lighting, check out this story from Business Green.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

U.S. Agriculture Department and dairy industry partner to cut emissions

The news is admittedly slow during this time of year, but there is a fairly interesting article from Business Green about the recent partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the dairy industry, aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

The dairy industry has set a goal to cut emissions by 25 percent in the next 10 years. As part of the agreement, the USDA will help support (i.e. fund) research into advanced nutrient management for livestock as well as support technological advances that could lead to increased energy efficiency and an increase in the use of renewable energy.

For more information, check out the story at Business Green.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Copenhagen climate talks result in no binding agreement

Editor's Note: It's been a busy month here at TransAction, so we haven't been able to update the blog as often as we would like. However, regular updates should begin again in the near future.

As was expected by most, the U.N. Climate Summit last week in Copenhagen did not result in a binding agreement on emissions reductions. While accusations from both emerging and developed nations point the blame at each other for hindering the negotiations, the important thing to take out of the discussions is that while most nations involved agreed that climate change is a serious problem and that action should be taken, no emission reduction targets were agreed upon.

What came out of the negotiations is a two-page document called the Copenhagen Accord. It serves as a political (not legal) agreement between nations, and the accord gives very little details on how the nations that sign it actually plan to fight climate change.

Reaction to the accord has varied depending on who you ask. Instead of telling you what people are saying about it, you can read the reaction of several climate leaders in their own words, courtesy of Business Green. Click here to check it out.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Help us Fill-A-Bus

Help fulfill the hopes of needy children by donating a toy to our

Fill-A-Bus! At JFK Station December 14-18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.!

Additional drop-off locations during the week of December 14-18 from 3
p.m. to 7 p.m. on:

Monday, Dec 14 at North Station
Tuesday, Dec 15 at Back Bay Station
Wednesday, Dec 16 at Government Center
Thursday, Dec 17 at Harvard Square Station
Friday, Dec 18 at Charles/MGH Station

Fill-A-Bus brought to you by the T and Radio 92.9. to benefit the
following Boston area charities:

Freedom House
MSPCC (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)
Roxbury Multi-Service Center
Yawkey Boys & Girls Club of Boston