Tesla Elon MuskNews this week, from opposite ends of the planet, that points to the convulsion of change about to hit the global economy. The first report came from Palo Alto, California, headquarters of the Tesla electric car company. Tesla's car produces no carbon emissions (so long as the electricity that charges its batteries is also low carbon).

hawaiibeach1Hawaii has become the first state in the USA to ban plastic bags. Retailers have three years to get rid of their supply and come up with alternatives.

blest machineA couple of years back, Greenrock reported on a man who invented a machine which converted plastic into oil.

According to a 2012 study prepared for the American Chemistry Council, these Pyrolysis conversion technologies that turn plastic waste into fuel have developed to the point where they are likely to be commercially viable in just 5-10 years.

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As of January 1st, Concord became among the first U.S. communities to ban single-serving plastic water bottles.

The US town of Concord in Massachusetts has banned the sale of bottled water in units smaller than one litre.

First offenders will get a warning. Anyone caught selling the banned bottles a second time will be fined $25, with $50 for further offences.

Nick Clegg to unveil new 5p cost of bags in supermarkets and large stores to cut use of environmentally damaging products.

Shoppers will have to pay a 5p charge on every plastic bag they use in plans to be announced by Nick Clegg.

The deputy prime minister will unveil the move next week during the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow.

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AUSTRALIA -- In 2012, National Electricity Market electricity consumption continued its four-year decline. Everyone seems surprised that electricity demand continues to decline despite population and the economy growing. This highlights the limits of economic forecasting and the lack of "bottom-up" modelling based on real activity.

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There is an increasing danger that the sustainability movement is starting to reflect the very system it is seeking to change

We can find scores of reasons why sustainability is not scaling up at speed, but how often do we search for the common root cause?

The_Story_of_Change"We are not broke. There is money. It's ours and its time to invest it right."

Can shopping save the world? The Story of Change urges viewers to put down their credit cards and start exercising their citizen muscles to build a more sustainable, just and fulfilling world.

Washington, D.C., April 22, 2013 (PBBR) – U.S. Representative Jim Moran, a Democrat from Northern Virginia, announced a bill entitled, "Trash Reduction Act" of 2013. The bill was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on Earth Day.

The Trash Reduction Act would impose a five-cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags at every retail store across the nation. The fee, in effect, would reduce littering and encourage the use of reusable bags.

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school-lunches-pic1No more French Fries and Sloppy Joes for lunch at one Washington school where a new pilot program is feeding students fresh whole food from the garden, not a can.

Students pick their own food from a garden.

About Greenrock

According to The Footprint Network, which measures the ability of the planet to produce resources and absorb waste, our resource use and waste production is 60% more than the earth can produce or absorb annually.

This overshoot is the result of decisions that we each make every day. We seek to generate debate and to influence people to change their behaviour.We strive to be catalysts: Success for us is when we can Change the Mindset so that sustainable use of resources is included in decision-making for individuals, government or businesses. ... read more


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