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Inequality in Trees Reflects Income Inequality

June 14th, 2012

Comparisons of aerial images between lower- and higher-income neighborhoods show that income inequalities are demonstrated through the number of trees present. Higher income areas have more trees, while less affluent areas also have fewer trees.

"They found that for every 1 percent increase in per capita income, demand for forest cover increased by 1.76 percent. But when income dropped by the same amount, demand decreased by 1.26 percent. That’s a pretty tight correlation. The researchers reason that wealthier cities can afford more trees, both on private and public property. The well-to-do can afford larger lots, which in turn can support more trees."

The original study was published in 2008, but gained much more recent attention when it was posted by Tim De Chant on his blog, Per Square Mile. The original story has now been followed up with images that demonstrate this inequality in regions all over the globe.

We know that having access to the natural world is a good thing.  This goes to show that, rightly or wrongly, there can be a price tag attatched to it.

image: from Per Square Mile

via: Treehugger and BoingBoing



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Resonance Demo [PC]

June 13th, 2012
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Galpin Ford’s Focus Electric sales estimate hints at low, low numbers

June 11th, 2012

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Ford, AutoblogGreen Exclusive




Galpin Ford bills itself the "#1 Ford dealer in the world by volume for 22 years in a row." Last month, the Los Angeles-based dealership sold around 900 vehicles. So, figuring out how many copies of the Ford Focus Electric Galpin expects to sell can give us some insight into how big of a hit Ford expects the all-electric hatch to be. That number, as best as anyone knows, is ten. Not per month or anything. Just ten. Maybe.

Jeff Greenfield, a sales consultant at Galpin, told AutoblogGreen that he doesn't have any specific numbers to share about Focus EV units that will be arriving at the lot later this year, but the last he heard, it was only ten. Still, he said he is "pretty sure we'll get a few more." Galpin salespeople have already been through training on the differences between the all-electric powertrain and other models, but the final number of possible deliveries is still unclear. This is LA, after all, where more than a few people are interested in EVs.

Ford's Wes Sherwood told AutoblogGreen that, "While we do not discuss individual dealer matters, we do plan to sell the car nationwide by the end of the year." He added:

We are pleased with the beginning of the Focus Electric launch and continue ramping up production, which we will match to demand. As we've said many times, we expect electric vehicle sales to be small for some time and have built our strategy around being as flexible as possible to meet demand as the market matures.

Still, Galpin's estimated numbers fit with what we've heard from the Blue Oval before. CEO Alan Mulally has said sales of under 5,000 in the first year would be acceptable. We're guessing that means the first full year the $39,200 car is on sale everywhere, since some fleet sales have already taken place, but not many.

Galpin Ford's Focus Electric sales estimate hints at low, low numbers originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:19:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Swine flu fears close Saanich Fair pig barn to public

June 6th, 2012
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Amp’s plan to sell electric Mercedes-Benz in Cayman islands runs into roadblocks

June 4th, 2012

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Legislation and Policy, Amp Electric Vehicles



In March, Amp Electric Vehicles announced it had signed a memorandum of understanding with U-Go Stations Cayman to bring its converted all-electric Mercedes-Benz ML to the Caribbean islands. Turns out, the gas-less powertrain is causing some bureaucratic headaches.

In order to allow EVs into the islands, the government needed to pass a law saying so. This law was passed and signed by the governor last November, Amp's Marty Rucidlo told AutoblogGreen. But, when John Felder, a local car dealer, went to the Grand Cayman Department of Vehicle and Drivers Licensing to get the car approved, he was told that registration would not be possible. According to Caymanian Compass, the problem is that the new law has not yet been given a date when it goes into effect because specific regulations are still being drafted.

Rucidlo told us that these regulations are not specific to EVs (they relate to things like putting boots on improperly parked cars, using cell phones while driving). To help promote the car, he went to the islands over Memorial Day with an MLe that had been in Miami and met people who were interested in buying the electric SUV. He said that the dealer currently has six orders for the car. Last year, Felder was able to get government approval for a Chevrolet Volt, and the ministry issued a statement saying the the new law's regulations "will be brought into effect very shortly."

"We were well aware what we were stepping into with this," Rucidlo said. "We wanted to give them a hand."

Amp's plan to sell electric Mercedes-Benz in Cayman islands runs into roadblocks originally appeared on AutoblogGreen on Mon, 04 Jun 2012 13:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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iPhone Games – 6-1-12 – Captain Cash Slots, TICK TALK Party Game, Angry Biebers & more.

June 1st, 2012
iPhoneWorld.ca writes:

In today’s June 1, 2012 compilation of the coolest Games, from the Apps Store:

Captain Cash Slots – iPhone Game (PAID)
Prestige Games is proud to bring the excitement of real slot machines to your mobile device with Captain Cash.


TICK TALK Party Game – iPhone Game (PAID)
TICK TALK Party Game amps up the fun of word-guessing party games with cool new features!

Angry Biebers – iPhone Game (PAID)
Every second counts in this action-packed game as the paparazzi inch closer and closer to the stage and threaten to crush Justin fans!

Logos and Slogans: Ultimate Trivia – iPhone Game (PAID)
HUNDREDS of LOGOS AND SLOGANS ranging from Corporate to Movies and Sports and more.

Real Escape – iPhone Game (PAID)
It is a thrill locked room escaping game, which uses 3D gyroscope techniques, to operate by instincts and the difficulties is moderated.

CartoonCraft – Limited Edition Modded – iPhone Game (PAID)
Craft your way to a new world under Cartoon Block formation.

Soctics League: Online Multiplayer Pocket Soccer – iPhone Game (PAID)
Soctics League is a turn-based soccer game where your cunning strategies help you win your matches.

One Bad Fry – iPhone Game (FREE!)
Pull the french fries and carefully choose only the good ones.

Quad – iPhone Game (FREE!)
Explore the deceivingly simple world of blocks, power ups, bombs, ghosts, earthquakes, achievements, and dazzling colors that make Quad an original and ridiculously addictive game.

Absolute RC Plane Simulator – iPhone Game (FREE!)
The program is based on our well known Clewar View RC Flight Simulator for PC.

City of Warfare – iPhone Game (FREE!)
Build a military empire and conquer your enemies in this massively Multiplayer Online War Game.

Rock(s) Rider – iPhone Game (PAID)
Rock(s) Rider is looking to stand out from the crowd by offering some fairly unique modes and vehicles for the genre.

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