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Powermat Portable Mat

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Travel-friendly wireless charging device. $59.99

With its suite of wireless charging products, Powermat has waged war on the tangled messes of cords that plague modern existence. The brand’s foldable Portable Mat charger adds a travel-friendly weapon to the arsenal. Featuring a universal, Energy Star level 5 power supply, the Portable Mat can wirelessly charge up to three Powermat-enabled devices (like your smartphone) at once....read more

Wrapping Paper and the Recycling Bin

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Eco-friendly ideas to wrap up the holiday season

If you're anything like us, Christmas present wrapping gets done on Christmas eve or, if we're lucky, the day before. For all us last-minuters out there, MNN has outlined some simple instructions for wrapping things in an eco-friendly manner. Here's the low-down on keeping your gifts gorgeous but green, from MNN correspondent Cy Tottleben: If you love the game of creating a beautiful mystery......read more

Wake Up Call From Baltimore

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We Can No Longer Ignore Our Inner Cities

They’ve been talking about the riots in Baltimore for a long, long time. The last big riots, that is. I moved to Baltimore, my wife’s hometown, from Colorado in the mid-aughts, and lucked into a job as a writer for a local magazine. Every city in America was fighting to be the “greenest” at the time, and while I knew next to nothing about cities, and nothing......read more

Conservative Cities Quietly Prepare For Extreme Weather

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Just don't call it climate change

John Flesher for the Associated Press: GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — With climate change still a political minefield across the nation despite the strong scientific consensus that it's happening, some community leaders have hit upon a way of preparing for the potentially severe local consequences without triggering explosions of partisan warfare: Just change the subject. Big cities and small......read more

Capturing Watts from Wastewater

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More and more cities looking to flush heat energy from sewers

The latest addition to the renewable energy vanguard is not clean at all. Dirty water -- specifically warm and hot wastewater from shower drains, dishwashers, and laundry -- is a surprisingly powerful source of energy, and cities around the world are taking notice.  At National Geographic, Rachel Kaufman explains the technology: The technology is simple. Wastewater, which consists of......read more

Matthew Picton: Paper Cities

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Aerial urban grids recreated in recycled paper

From cartographic collages to multimedia map works, we love us some map-related art around here. Oregon-based British artist Matthew Picton adds some more enthralling creations to our collection with these stunning paper sculptures of cities made of books and other textual materials. The works play on the idea of the city as living organism. Explains Picton in his artist's......read more

North America's Greenest Cities Ranked

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San Francisco tops Green City Index, followed by Vancouver and NYC

We tend to look at environmental legislation through a national lens, and the view these days is depressing. With Capitol Hill stuck in political gridlock, national action on climate and energy is proving to be a practical impossibility. Luckily, U.S. cities aren't waiting for Congress to climb out of the mire. Today at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit......read more

European Cities Curb Drivers

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Traffic planners restrain cars in favor of walking and public transit

While American cities tend to bend over backwards to accommodate vehicle traffic, cities in Europe are going the opposite direction, making planning changes that make it prohibitively annoying and expensive (if not downright illegal) to drive cars in the inner city. NYT environment reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal discusses the traffic-tormenting situation in Europe: Cities including......read more

California to Ban Plastic Bags

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Move follows plastic bag prohibitions by several Californian cities.

In a move Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called a "great victory for the environment," California will become the first US state to ban plastic bags. On Wednesday, state Assembly approved legislation prohibiting pharmacies and grocery, liquor and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags. Under the measure, shoppers who don't bring their own reusable bags to the store will......read more

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