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Greener Gadgets Winners Announced

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First place goes to local food-promoting smartphone app.

The results of this year's Greener Gadgets design competition were announced Friday in New York. And while according to Treehugger neither the judges nor the audience were roundly impressed with the entries, there were some pretty cool ideas on the shortlist. The defining concept of the conference was that we need is not more stuff, but innovations that make stuff we already have help us......read more

Finding Common Ground in Cancun

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For climate consensus, look beyond carbon.

COP16 kicks off in Cancun, Mexico today, and expectations are low. It seems like not that long ago that the Copenhagen talks failed in such spectacular fashion. We can still taste the defeat. Tastes bad. Despite the dreary outlook, there is potential that something good can come from the meetings. But any chance at success will require that leaders shift their approach. In a recent NYT op-ed......read more

Prop. 23 Squashed Out

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California voters present giant middle finger to Texas oil.

California progressives, pat yourselves on the back. Voters in America's most populous state have left no doubt how they feel about Texas oil companies' attempts to dictate their energy future. Proposition 23, the Dirty Energy Prop that we SHFTers have been railing against for the past few weeks, has been defeated by a wide margin. With 97 percent of the votes tallied, over 61 percent......read more

Tea Party Threatens Climate Legislation

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Climate change doubt is an essential element of the Tea Party program.

The 2010 midterm election campaigns are in full swing, and Democrats are in jeopardy of losing many seats in both the House and Senate. Many of these positions could be won by candidates supported by the Tea Party, which wants less government and views climate legislation as just another federal power grab. In Indiana, where Democratic Representative Baron P. Hill spoke in defense of his......read more

Green Voting Guide

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The 2010 elections are upon us. Here's how to vote with the Earth in mind.

With 37 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested and all 400 House seats up for grabs, the 2010 midterm election will mark a major shift in federal politics for the next two years. The environment — and particularly climate change — represents one of the most important issues at play. Here in California, there are several ballot measures in the gubernatorial election that have direct......read more

Going for Olympic Green

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Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki offers his take on the greenness of the games.

Several people have asked me if the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will be the greenest games yet. The answer may be yes—if we’re talking about the abundance of greenery and lack of snow brought on by record high temperatures during one of the earliest spring seasons the city has experienced. With respect to environmental impact, all Olympic Games leave a very large footprint. Thousands of......read more

SHFT @ Wired: Pop-Up 2010

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SHFT products are featured at the 2010 Wired.com store.

SHFT has curated the green section of Wired magazine's pop up stores for a few years running. Finding sustainably designed products, gadgets and items and contextualizing them within the Wired shop led in many ways to SHFT's own SHOP section. It's what first got Peter and Adrian, SHFT's founders, excited about the bergeoning green sector and inspired everyone at SHFT to......read more

Balloon Fiesta

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Michael Salisbury's epic video of the 2010 Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.

Hot air balloons are powered by burning big quantities of propane, so they could hardly be considered a clean form of transport. But man, they can be pretty to look at. This time-lapse vid of the annual Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico proves it. Capturing a bunch of balloonists taking to the skies, the video was assembled by Michael Salisbury, and is nicely scored by “Phoneme” from......read more

Greenbacks for Greentech

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Cleantech startups generated 4 of the 5 biggest venture cap deals of 2010.

Money likes green technology. According to the latest data from Thomson Reuters, American greentech startups landed four of the five top grossing venture capital rounds of 2010. But for Twitter, eco-tech companies would have cleaned up the top five spots.  The top spot was taken by Better Place, an electric car charging startup which took in $350 million in May. That investment beat last......read more

2010 Global Climate: Hot and Wet

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Floods and high temperatures mark the year's climate data.

This is no porno. This is planet earth, where last year we saw a tie for the hottest year on record and the wettest year since record keeping began in 1880. What does this mean? Greenhouse gases are clearly affecting our planet and climate change isn't some future problem. It is here, now.  Climate scientists predict that the continuing affects of climate change will bring about not only a......read more

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