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Kishu Binchotan Charcoal

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Time-tested, all-natural water purifier $49.50

Handcrafted according to ancient Japanese tradition, Kishu Binchotan charcoal originates from the Holm tree, a hard oak that grows in the forests of Kishu. Through a signature heating and cooling process, Binchotan charcoal gains chemical absorption properties, making it is an amazing method of water purification that's been used for hundreds of years. Placed into a jug of water, the......read more

L.A. Can Lead the Way with Solar Rooftops

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Clean Coalition leader Craig Lewis on tapping solar demand in Los Angeles

Craig Lewis for The Huffington Post: Too often campaign promises go unfulfilled. But for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, keeping his word should be easy. Mr. Garcetti was elected to office on a platform that called for a significant expansion of solar energy in L.A. And this promise is becoming more attractive by the day. The Department of Water and Power's newest solar program is already......read more

Chikuno Cube

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Chemical-free, bamboo charcoal air freshener absorbs odors the natural way $27.50

Chikuno Cube is an air freshener made from bamboo charcoal and clay minerals. At 2 X 2", it may be tiny, but it's super powerful, with a micro-honeycomb structure that amplifies its surface area by hundred fold. Works ingeniously in refrigerators, closets and cars and can be re-used for up to 1 year just by exposing it to direct sunlight once a month. Dig the Japanese-style, gift-boxed packaging......read more

Interview: Javier Goyeneche, Ecoalf Founder

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Meet the man behind the Spanish company that's on the vanguard of the sustainable fashion movement

In the five short years since Javier Goyeneche founded Ecoalf, the Madrid-based clothing company has become a global leader in the burgeoning field of sustainable fashion. With a robust commitment to R&D, Ecoalf creates full collections using sophisticated recycling processes on waste products like fishing nets, tires, post-industrial cotton, coffee, and PET bottles. We had a chance to meet......read more

EPA Releases Emissions Map

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Interactive map shows the nation's biggest industrial polluters. Big shock: coal plants are at the top

With new data indicating that 2012 carbon dioxide emissions in the United States dropped to their lowest levels since 1994, the Environmental Protection Agency has released an interactive map showing industrial greenhouse gas emissions in 2011. Drawing on data from 8,000 power plants, refineries and factories, the map demonstrates which states are the nation’s biggest industrial polluters.......read more

In Australia, Wind Power is Cheaper than Fossil Fuels

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Wind energy prices undercutting coal and natural gas, according to Bloomberg report

The argument that fossil fuels are cheaper than renewable sources of energy has long been used to hold back the shift to clean power. But that's increasingly not the case. A new report about the Australian energy industry provides solid evidence that renewable energy can increasingly compete on cost with fossil fuels. The Bloomberg New Energy Finance report reveals that unsubsidized wind farms......read more

Toby Smith: Light After Dark

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Award-winning photo series finds contrast and beauty in England's coal power industry

For his 2009 Light After Dark project, UK photojournalist Toby Smith used extremely long exposures to shoot England's 32 coal power stations at night. We wouldn't normally use the word "beautiful" to describe coal stacks, but in Smith's capable hands, they become just that. Portrayed in a soft, tranquil light, the maligned industrial complexes become spaces of serenity,......read more

TerraMar Project: Become a Citizen of the Oceans

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A marine coalition looks to reframe our relationship with international waters

The monumental task of protecting the world's oceans from ecological destruction is made doubly difficult when you consider that 64 percent of ocean water lies beyond national jurisdiction. That means that the waters that cover 45 percent of the earth's surface, and that produce between 50 and 85 percent of the oxygen we breathe, are virtually unprotected. You do the math (we......read more

Sort of Coal

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Pure and simple. $85.00

Serving and drinking local tap water becomes a pure and beautiful daily experience - with Bottle and Kishu Binchotan, each product is given its perfect complement. Kishu Binchotan soaks up chlorine from tap water while releasing natural minerals into it. Kishu Binchotan softens the water and improves the overall taste. Kishu Binchotan is organically produced, CO2 friendly and handmade in Japan.......read more

EPA Limits Power Plant Emissions

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Will the first-ever cap on carbon emissions accelerate the demise of coal?

Americans looking to kickstart the shift away from dirty energy scored a big victory this week, as the Environmental Protection Agency proposed limits on heat-trapping pollution from new power plants. The proposed regs would require new plants to emit about 43 percent less carbon dioxide than existing coal-fired generators. "Today we're taking a common-sense step to reduce pollution in our air,......read more

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