Already, electric and hybrid cars are surpassing gas engine cars in not only miles per gallon and sustainability, but also affordability. For example, the 2013 electric Nissan Leaf runs costs from $28,800 to $34,840. This affordable midsize car gets 75 miles on a full charge and has a refuel time of just seven hours at 240 volts. Find more information at the link.
Via Lauren Moss, PIRatE Lab, SustainOurEarth
In my previous post "Common Core: What is a 'complex text' anyway?" I wrote about the three aspects of a text that the Common Core measures to determine its “complexity," which include: 1) quantitative, 2) qualitative, 3) reader and task.
July 15, 2013 Peru last week initiated a new program that will provide electricity to more than two million of its poorest residents using solar panels.
Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the program will allow 95% of Peru to have access to electricity by the end of 2016. Currently, approximately 66% of the population has access to electricity.
“This program is aimed at the poorest people, those who lack access to electric lighting and still use oil lamps, spending their own resources to pay for fuels that harm their health,” said Merino.
The first phase of the program, called “The National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program” was initiated on Monday (July 8) in the Contumaza province, where 1,601 solar panels were installed. These installations will power 126 impoverished communities in the districts of Cupisnique, San Benito, Tantarica, Chilete, Yonan, San Luis, and Contai.
The program plans to install about 12,500 solar (photovoltaic) systems to provide for approximately 500,000 households at an overall cost of about $200 million.
Peru is the third-largest country in South America, with a population over 24 million. It has average solar radiation levels which can reach 5 kWh per m2 a day in the Sierra (foothill of The Andes). Peru is also home to the first major PV installation in Latin America.
This follows Peru’s public commitments to accelerate renewable energy development, as reported here previously by CleanTechnica.
Peru Unveils Plan to Use Solar Panels to Provide Electricity to 2 Million People, Latin American Herald Tribune
Engaged workers are happier, more productive, and more enthusiastic about their work. However, the majority of workers are simply spinning their wheels, costing themselves and their companies in terms of both well-being and dollars. In fact, disengaged workers are costing upwards of 370 BILLION in lost productivity annually. That’s billion, folks.
CTIA, an international nonprofit trade association that has been involved with the wireless telecom industry since for close to 20 years has released a fascinating infographic that breaks down today’s wireless usage behavior among families.
Social networks attempting to execute commerce on their sites might face some resistance, according to a new survey.
Despite the prevalence of social networks, consumers are still queasy about oversharing when it comes to credit card info.
That, at least, is the crux of an online survey executed by digital marketing firm Digitas and conducted by Harris Interactive in early January. Canvassing 2,247 would-be online shoppers, showed a slight majority weren’t ready to use Facebook et al. as a buying platform.
Predictably, older and richer consumers were even less apt to share such data.
Other factoids that emerged in the survey: People are spending almost as much time accessing social networks via their mobile devices as they do via their PCs. (Perhaps that’s not so astonishing, since other surveys have showed time on mobile devices eclipsing PC time.)
Another data point may be more surprising: Baby Boomers aged 45-54 — especially males — use their mobile device to access social networks more than 18-44 year-olds.
As smartphone vendors and mobile operators shift their strategies to incorporate wireless payment technologies into mobile phones, consumers will soon be able to drop their wallet and carry every piece of important payment information on their handset.
Tweet TweetTitle: Four Horsemen Director: Renegade Economist Year: 2013 FOUR HORSEMEN is free from mainstream media propaganda -- the film doesn't bash bankers, criticise politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories.
Wi-fi. It's all around us, quietly and invisibly powering our access to the world's information. But few of us have a sense of what wi-fi actually is, let alone what it would look like if we could see it. Artist Nickolay Lamm decided to shed some light on the subject. He created visualizations that imagine the size, shape, and color of wi-fi signals were they visible to the human eye.
"I feel that by showing what wi-fi would look like if we could see it, we'd appreciate the technology that we use everyday," Lamm told me in an email. "A lot of us use technology without appreciating the complexity behind making it work."
To estimate what this would look like, Lamm worked with M. Browning Vogel, Ph.D., an astrobiologist and former employee at NASA Ames. Dr. Vogel described the science behind wireless technology, and Lamm used the information to create the visualizations.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) published a report in August this year taking a look at the economic impact of college dropouts. The AIR analysis estimated that the cost to the nation from students who started college in fall of 2002, but failed to graduate six years later amounted to $4.5 billion per year in lost earnings and taxes to state and federal governments.
The infographic below is a cliff notes version of the aforementioned AIR report, plus data from some other sources such as CollegeMeasures.org.
According to Funders and Founders, the creators of this infographic called Everyone Will Become An Entrepreneur, this is the era of startups, and startups are in a unique position when it comes to employees. Offering an employee a stable job with benefits and a consistent salary requires stability. Most of the time, the partners in the startup aren’t even withdrawing a consistent salary. A startup is all about accepting risk and instability to chase a dream, which in a way goes against the stability required to hire employees.
"Those who feel uneasy at the thought of paying for their morning coffee by waving their debit or credit card over a card reader should brace themselves for a new era in payment technology.
Experts warn that in the coming years debit and credit cards – not to mention the collection of dog-eared loyalty cards in your wallet – will give way to a new generation of contactless payments, from mobile transactions to digital jewellery..."
Compare Airline Credit Card Miles, Rewards and VIP Perks [Infographic] Business 2 Community This infographic gives consumers the opportunity to compare credit cards that reward loyal customers with miles that can be applied to upcoming trips.
A debate has grown in recent years about whether or not smartphones are replacing our wallets. With the rise of mobile payment services and banking apps, it's becoming less and less necessary to use cash or even credit cards to manage our money.
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