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  • Smart power for your plug-ins

    This sleek, energy-saving tower with integrated iGo Green™ Technology automatically reduces wasted standby power by more than 85%. Plug in your computer and other devices to save power without the hassle of unplugging your devices. iGo Green™ Technology automatically powers down outlets when not in use and powers back up again when devices need power.

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    Naomi Klein on the Oil Spill

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    Author/activist discusses the ravages wrought by the disaster in the Gulf.

    The formidable PR machines behind BP and the Obama administration are in full swing, assuring us that ravaged Gulf coast ecosystem with be "restored and made whole." Amid all the positive spin, social activist and bestselling author Naomi Klein wonders how that is remotely possible: "It all sounded great. But for people whose livelihoods put them in intimate contact with the......read more

    Green Marines

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    A U.S. military base goes solar.

    On the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina, families are turning to solar panels to heat the water in their homes. Eventually, 900 homes on the military base will have the shiny reflective panels on the roof. By transfering heat via pipes to a water tank that reaches temperatures of 180 degrees fahrenheit, the solar panels can heat around 75% of the water used by families living on......read more

    Phasing out Coal in Canada

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    Country moves to make natural-gas fired plants the new clean-power standard.

    The Canadian Minister of the Environment has announced that coal burning power plants must drastically cut emissions or face closure by 2025. The pronouncement signals a national shift towards more efficient, less polluting natural gas plants. The measure is expected to reduce Canadian emissions by approximately 15 megatonnes, which equates to taking 3.2 million vehicles off the road. The exact......read more

    Good Day Sunshine

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    The president announces federal support for two solar energy companies.

    Some welcome news from Washington, as President Obama announced Saturday that the federal government will provide nearly $2 billion in loan guarantees for new projects by two solar power companies. As many as 5,000 green jobs will be created by the guarantees, which are to be covered by money from the $787 billion Recovery Act stimulus package. Colorado-based Abengoa Solar, a division of Spanish......read more

    The Enormous Effects of Energy Efficiency

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    Energy efficiency may have twice the impact of renewable energy, says a research report from Australia.

    The shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources is obviously a key aspect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But, according to a newly released report from the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) of Australia, it's not nearly as important as taking measures to improve energy efficiency. "The International Energy Agency estimates that energy efficiency will deliver 65 per......read more

    Oil Leak Plugged (Maybe)

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    BP says it has successfully halted the gusher in the Gulf.

    BP representatives say that the unabated flow of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico has been stopped -- for now. The cap mounted on the blown well earlier this week appears to have successfully halted the leak. Don't get too excited, though. The cap is just one critical step toward permanently sealing the well. The company still has to perform a number of integrity tests to ensure the......read more

    Well Cap is Holding, says BP

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    Company officials are cautiously optimistic after three days of encouraging test results.

    Three days after BP installed a cap on the blown well in the Gulf -- and nearly three months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sunk -- the company said Sunday it will remain in place until the well is permanently closed. So is this officially the end of the gusher? Hard to say, given the garbled, cryptic announcement from BP. "Right now there is no target set to open the well......read more

    Global Carbon Emissions Down in 2009

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    Economic recession blamed for decline.

    Last year, global carbon dioxide emissions fell slightly, as economic production in industrial countries sputtered under the weight of a recession. The Earth Policy Institute research shows that emissions in the United States fell nearly ten percent from 2007-2009 due to a sharp decline in oil and coal demand. However, emissions continued to rise in populous developing countries. In China -- the......read more

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