Pedal Power for Phones, GPS, Lights and Other Gizmos


Aha! Just what every biker dreams of — a way to put every tiny bit of the energy you’re producing into good use. Given the predictions that in future years we’re due for widespread power outages from the combined effects of an aging infrastructure and climate change, a daily bike ride may become the best way to recharge our gizmos.

Google Maps Now Features EV Charging Stations: Get With It Vermont


Great new information service from Google, and one that will, with any luck, spur growth in the number of EV charging stations across the country.

We have a long way to go in Vermont. Google Maps (via NREL) report our only public options are Burlington airport, the Middlebury Regional Planning Commission offices, and the Lake Placid Lodge. I know I’ll be looking for the charging stations as I next visit those sites. And I vividly recall how impressed I was to be told, several years ago now, that there were EV charging stations at my rental villa and at the information centers at Acadia National Park in Maine. Heads up Vermont tourism industry….

The BP Oil Spill (Slideshow)


The fire and ultimately the sinking of Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has all appearances of becoming an ecological and economic disaster of monumental proportions. How did we get so lulled into complacency about the risks of deep sea drilling? Our memories are so short. I wonder if we will be as surprised by the next nuclear accident?