Down with toxic PCs. Greenpeace has accused three major PC manufacturers of failing to make more environmentally friendly computers. Apple, on the other hand, is casting itself as a pioneer by presenting “A Greener Apple” to the world. If you really want to green your computering EcoGeek has a timely story on the Top 5 Greenest laptops (if money ain’t an issue).

Underwater islands — not quite the dream.
Climate change ambitions need a boost or small islands will disappear, according to the Island States alliance at climate change talks on Thursday. An alliance of 43 island states, backed by more than a dozen nations in Africa and Latin America, urged developed countries at U.N. climate talks in Bonn on Thursday to cut greenhouse emissions by “at least 45 percent below 1990 levels by 2020,” reported Reuters. Venice, meanwhile, plans to stay afloat by blocking the rising sea with big gates.

Green vending. PepsiCo are trialling new ‘green’ vending machines that could be used around the world in a few years. Heather Clancy explains at ZDNet:

I am one of those annoying people who doesn’t care much about which cola I drink, but if you’re a purist, PepsiCo has just given Pepsi fans another reason to brag: the company is in the process of installing roughly 30 new “green” vending machines across the United States that are designed to eliminate so-called F-gases that are widely found in refrigerators and air-conditioners. (Here’s a little treatise on why the “F” word really is a very bad thing.) The machines also use 15 percent less electricity that your typical machine.

OK, so 30 machines isn’t all that many. But it’s more than zero and it’s a positive start when it comes to addressing a problem that Greenpeace and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are trying to highlight more visibly.

More than zero. Well, it is a start…

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