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Corporations Corrupt Congress

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Bill McKibben's LA Times op-ed laments the influence of corporate donations on lawmakers

It was one of those uncomfortable moments when you suddenly realize you're in the wrong place, that you're a rube from the sticks in a sophisticated city whose customs you don't quite understand.Politico was sponsoring a "Washington Year in Review" symposium last week, and they'd invited me to be part of the energy panel. So even though I'd spent barely three weeks in Washington this year (and......read more

NASA to Undertake Massive Pollution Cleanup

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Polluted soil beneath launch pads could cost $1 billion to remediate

When it comes to its environmental effects on Earth, space exploration is a dirty business. NASA says it could take a century to clean up the chemical messes left behind by launching shuttles and rockets into space. The liftoffs have created plumes of carcinogenic chemicals in the sandy soils beneath Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral in Florida.  NASA said it will spend $96......read more

Smart Grid Will Cost a Ton But Save More

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Costs of planned upgrade are massive, but benefits are bigger

You have to spend money to save money. That's the tune being sung by energy industry experts, who this week announced that revamping the national power grid will cost $474 billion over the next 20 years but will save consumers $2 trillion. The new grid would enable two-way communication between power sources, allowing renewable energy projects to operate more effectively. "The average electric......read more

The Job-Creating Benefits of Clean Air Rules

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As many as 1.5 million new jobs could be created by looming EPA regs, says report.

Impending regulations on emissions by power utilities could create 1.5 million jobs over the next five years, according to a new report commissioned by Ceres. These jobs would be found in areas like operations and maintenance of new power plants, as well as through exports of pollution-catching technologies such as scrubbers. Senator Tom Carper, a Dem who has sponsored air pollution bills, said,......read more

SHFT Sampler 1-7-11

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Weekly links: Gordon Matta-Clark's eco-art bent, mysterious bird deaths, and more.

Gordon Matta-Clark was an eco-art O.G.. In the 70s, Matta-Clark's conceptual projects included recycling glass bottles, digging out a basement to create a “guerrilla” garden, and turning a dumpster into an open house. An exhibition centered on Matta-Clark's time at 112 Greene Street, one of the first artist-run venues in New York, opens this weekend at David Zwirner in NYC. In a......read more

Vertical Gardens Proliferate

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But do the functional benefits meet the aesthetic aims?

From fully vegetated federal building in Portland, to a vertical cube garden in Spain, to a DIY vertical garden made of recycled bottles, the green wall movement is in full swing. A recent article in the New York Times reports on the trend, noting that improvements in technology are making vertical gardens much more attractive to architects and engineers. There's little argument that they......read more

Ars Natura: Cauda Equina

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Keith Bentley's hairy tribute to horses lost.

I learned several disturbing factoids when studying the work of multimedia artist Keith Bentley. First, there is actually an entire industry called “horse rendering” that turns dead and dying horses into by-products – skins, feed, glue, hair. Some argue that it is more ecologically friendly to reuse a dead animal than it is to incinerate it (which requires a huge amount of fuel and......read more

Are Artificial Reefs the Wave of the Future?

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Multipurpose manmade reefs bring multiple benefits—both recreational and environmental.

Everyone loves the beach. That's why protecting beaches is such an important pursuit for coastal communities. The most common method of preserving beach sand is the seawall, which slows down longshore currents that shift sand away from the shore. But there is an emerging technique that has many advantages over the traditional seawall. Artificial reefs not only protect the beach from eroding......read more

Energy Matters

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A new report from the World Economic Forum touts the environmental, security, and economic benefits of energy efficiency.

It’s rare that a 60-page policy paper makes for riveting reading. But a new report, The World Economic Forum’s Energy Vision Update 2010, does exactly that. Bringing together dozens of top thinkers from both the public and private sectors to address the issue of energy efficiency, the overall message is a hopeful one: small changes to the way we use energy can be a fast and affordable means......read more

Mercedes-Benz F800 Style

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Boldly designed concept sedan goes green.

Mercedes just announced that its F800 Style concept car will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. The car's aggressive styling comes with a flexible powertrain platform, touted as the next generation in green car tech. The two power options are a plug-in hybrid system that provides 18 miles of driving solely on electricity, and an electric drive with fuel cells system enabling ranges......read more

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