Biobus Day 3: fuel system repair + a solar-powered concert

To start the day, we needed a new alternator for the bus - the thing that helps the engine charge the battery so that you have electricity to start the bus... (remember our battery failure on Saturday?) Basically, if we didn't have the solar panels (bonus thanks Sungevity), we wouldn't have been able to start the bus and get going.

Back to the alternator... "should be no problem," Ethan assures me. "I'll make it happen and we'll be on the road in no time." He looked confident.

An hour comes and goes...

DC drops the climate ball

With all climate news pointing to the need for America to end its dependence on fossil fuels and curb climate change, you’d think our leaders would be stepping up and taking take action, right?

Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. While some have been stepping up to the ball, the chance of a cap on carbon emissions got snatched away last week, leaving these Senators looking more and more like Charlie Brown...

Boat made of plastic bottles sails 8,300 miles!

“Overwhelmed! Wow! Need to breathe. Wow! Wow! Wow!” tweeted Plastiki's crew as they approached the Sydney Harbor today.

Plastiki, a boat whose buoyancy relied on the 12,500 plastic bottles encased in its hull, successfully sailed from San Francisco to Sydney, Australia, in 128 days.

Carrying a crew of six intrepid explorers, the Plastiki set out on an epic and demanding mission described by the San Francisco chronicle as the “adventure of the century”.

An eco-prom? Priceless

Going green is not just something for tree hugging hippies anymore. It is simple to do and anyone can do it.

Here's how my girlfriend and I went green for prom - and had a blast along the way...

Your roof can save you money!

The roof over your head could save you and your family thousands of dollars as you help the climate out!!!! No, I'm not talking about anything fancy, like solar panels or new roofing.

Our nobel prize-winning secretary of energy, Steven Chu, says that saving lots of energy can be as simple as painting your roof a lighter color.

Find out how we could save $735 million dollars and offset the heating effect 1.2 gigatons of CO2 every year! (That's the equivalent of taking 300 million cars off the road for 20 years!!!!

Where is the most polluted zip code?

Funny you ask! I might just have an answer. I recently returned from an amazing trip to Detroit, Michigan for two conferences - the Allied Media Conference and the US Social Forum (powerful and inspiring events - check 'em out!).

People in Detroit were incredible, welcoming, and brilliant. And while I was visiting there, I learned some disturbing things...

A compassionate climate hero passes

We just got word that Stephen Schneider, a renowned climate scientist and a person dear to our hearts, has passed away. Steve was the head of our Science Advisory Board and a source of deep inspiration here at ACE.

You can read a brief obituary from Andy Revkin over at DotEarth.

We send our sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the entire community.

no sleep, battery failure, a news crew: biobus tour day 1

Between Ethan and me, we'd slept like 20 hours in 4 days, not enough by a long shot. But luckily, the adrenaline was pumping and we felt more than awake as we launched ACE's Connect the DOTs Biobus Tour - a 3-week road trip on a former school bus converted to run on recycled veggie oil to inspire people to choose their DOT.

We started off the tour in Venice Beach and all way going fine until...

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