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Solar-Powered Currency: The Next Bitcoin?

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SolarCoin cryptocurrency pays you to go green

A new digital currency with a green bent is looking to accelerate the clean energy shift. Built using the same technology as Bitcoin, SolarCoin debuted last month as an alternative currency that rewards owners of solar energy systems. Like Bitcoin, SolarCoin allows anyone to get coins by "mining," which involves solving cryptographic math puzzles, or by buying them on Twitter. The......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-29-11

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Whole Larder Love is the best food foraging blog ever, Alternative Apparel hits the street, ants make rafts to defy floods, and more.

Foraged Food Porn: Thanks to Cold Splinters, we just discovered our new favorite food blog. Whole Larder Love comes correct with "thrilling yarns of cooking, hunting, fishing, and harvesting" from Ballarat, Australia. Beauty photos! Re Up Gang: Looking to build green? The Design for Reuse Knowledge Exchange is the online encyclopedia of materials reuse. Good resource. Eco Brick and Mortar:......read more

Clover Chadwick: Creative Plant Design

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The owner of Dandelion Ranch carves her own garden path

Clover Chadwick, owner of Dandelion Ranch here in Los Angeles, describes her approach to floral design as "natural, organic, balanced, with lots of movement." It's a design philosophy rooted in her experiences studying agriculture and working in a Napa eatery, where fresh, seasonal ingredients were the order of the day. Chadwick's creations involve wild, native plants that are outside the realm......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

Feds Guarantee $2.1 Billion for Blythe Solar Thermal Project

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Mojave Desert plant will be the world's biggest.

Solar power advocates scored big this week with the announcement of a $2.1 billion federal loan guarantee for the Blythe Solar Power Project in California's Riverside Country. The 484-megawatt solar thermal development joins a list of 22 other solar, wind, geothermal, and biofuel projects that have received a total of $21 billion in conditional commitments. The Obama administration has sent some......read more

Flying On Frying Oil

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UK airline Thomson Airways launches aircraft powered by waste cooking oil

Thomson Airways will begin weekly flights from England to Spain on July 28th. But these flights will not be using any ordinary jet fuel. The planes will be powered by a 50/50 blend of jet fuel and HEFA fuel, which is made from used cooking oil.  Thomson managing director Chris Browne said, "As sustainable biofuels become more commercially viable, Thomson Airways plans to expand its use of......read more

Benoit Paille's Alternative Landscapes

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Poetic light installations question the reality of landscape art

Alternative Landscapes is a captivating installation project from Canadian photographer Benoit Paille, who uses an interesting lighting method involving a suspended illuminated square to create his own version of landscape photography. Paille explains: "This is a photography of light installation (real light, real square 1×1 meter) I set in nature or where during the night you have......read more

Keeping Up With the Jones

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NAACP award offers partial vindication for former green jobs czar.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has included Van Jones among the recipients of its 2010 Image Awards. For some, the award offers Jones, the best-selling “author of “The Green Collar Economy” and former advisor for the Obama administration, a partial vindication; his last share of the public spotlight was a 2009 political fiasco that resulted in his......read more

Bee's Wrap

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Beeswax and cloth combine in reusable alternative to plastic food wrap $5.50

Say hello to an innovative, eco-friendly solution for saving food. Bee's Wrap, the brainchild of Vermont gardener and organic food advocate Sarah Kaeck, incorporates organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin to create a perfectly sustainable alternative to plastic food wrap. The pliable, reusable wraps mold to items with the warmth of your hands, then stiffen as they cool to......read more

Cortica, the Cork Coffee Mug

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Smart, stylish alternative to disposable cups $25.00

Natural, lightweight and highly renewable, cork makes an excellent product design material. The Cortica coffee mug makes smart use of the wood, which acts to house a 12oz porcelain mug while also keeping your coffee warm. From designer Robert Knox: I’ve been building houses, furniture, and longboards for years. Recently, I started building my own fly rods and working with cork. I......read more

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