This week on TreeHugger, the greener side of CES coverage, a video autopsy of a Tesla Model S, a giant bridge built for pedestrians and cyclists, potted plants double as bike helmets, and more.
Gadget lovers flocked to CES last week, and so did we — to cover the greener side of the show. Including what role energy efficiency will play in the future of our electronics.
Some of the stuff we loved included solar powered gadgets like the upcoming iPhone skin from Eton.
For a lot more coverage of the greener side of CES, check out highlights from our coverage.
The City of Portland is working to build a new bike and pedestrian bridge over I-5 to connect the historic Lair Hill neighborhood with the South Waterfront District.
Tesla's Vice President of Vehicle Engineering, Peter Rawlinson, gives us a video tour of the alpha version of Tesla's next car, the Model S electric sedan. Rawlinson's hypnotic voice is worth the price of admission alone, but anybody who's interested by EV engineering and technology should check out these three videos.
Inmates at Gloucester prison in the UK are spending some of their free time (and you have a lot of that in prison) repairing donated bikes which are then shipped by Jole Riderto a partner organisation in Gambia, Africa. Once there, the bikes can change kids lives by allowing them to get to school.
Continuing our recent exploration of newish bike lights (see links below), we turn our attention to the Knog Boomer Rechargeable.
When it comes to our increasingly crowded city streets, where trucks and cars and bikes clamor and jockey for a spot, it seems there's hardly room anymore for a little green to soak up all that CO2. But, thanks to two artists in Indonesia, finding space for flora just got a bit easier with these literally living bike helmets that are sure to turn a few heads — turn them into potted plants, that is.
At New York City's Queens Plaza, where seven subway lines meet under the foot of the Queensboro Bridge, there are some new, very interesting traffic medians. Just a facet of a $75 million project to reorganize, beautify, and make sustainable the heavily trafficked area, the medians are made from sidewalks that have been demolished in the course of construction. They're unique and, likely a first for traffic medians, quite cool.