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The Crying Indian

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Classic 1970s PSA from "Keep America Beautiful" campaign.

If you were around during the '70's, you probably remember this iconic image. There's a beautiful earnestness to this commercial that is summed up with the crying Indian who wasn't, in fact, Native American, but an Italian from central casting. But that doesn't diminish the power of the image he represented to a generation of environmentalists over 30 years ago. The......read more

Eerily Enchanting Paintings by Antoine Corbineau

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A busy commercial illustrator finds time to paint awesome pictures

These paintings from Antoine Corbineau give credence to the theory that some of the most interesting art begins life as a distraction from commercial projects. Corbineau, an illustrator and designer, has worked on a bunch of gigs for big commercial clients, often in a visually busy, map-like style using multiple media and featuring patchworks of color, texture and typography. He somehow also......read more

Jessica Silversaga's Dreamy World

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Stockholm commercial photographer's personal work

Dreamy and delicate, Jessica Silversaga's work invites you into a world of nostalgia and dress up often placed in nature.  When she's not shooting weddings and fashion assignments, she's finding old dresses, peonies, girls with freckles, and thins from the 1920's through the 1940's, the periods she's drawn to. Via  Ignant...read more

Is Urban Agriculture Commercially Scalable?

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Montreal's Lufa Farms has developed an e-commerce model for fresh food

Flavie Halais for Citiscope: In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized the idea of large-scale urban agriculture by releasing a conceptual model for vertical farms. Crops would grow inside tall city buildings, using very little land to produce bounties of food that would not need to be shipped far to be eaten.......read more

Waste Methane Hits Car Fuel Market

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The first commercially distributed renewable biogas is now available in California

Landfills, dairy farms and sewage plants produce clean-burning, totally renewable methane as a waste by-product. Now, thanks to Clean Energy Fuels, that biofuel has entered the retail market. The company, backed by oil giant T. Boone Pickens, is the first commercial distributor of biogas for cars, trucks and buses. There are 35 public Clean Energy stations in California selling the fuel,......read more

Waste-to-Energy Milestone Reached

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Florida-based plant is the first to produce commercial quantities of ethanol from wood waste and other nonfood vegetative matter

In what could prove to be a landmark development for waste energy technology, a chemical company announced this week that is has produced commercial quantities of ethanol from nonfood vegetative matter, including wood waste. The company, INEOS Bio, is a subsidiary of the European oil and chemical company INEOS. It produced the fuel at its Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla. From......read more

Amazing Asian Landscape Photos by Raphael Olivier

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Shanghai-based commercial photographer shows an eye for landscapes

In the middle of the work week, it's always good to take a moment to transport your mind somewhere else. These extraordinary landscape photos from French photographer Raphaël Olivier should do just the trick. Olivier, who lives in Shanghai, takes time from busy editorial and commercial work to seek out epic landscapes all around the Asian continent. From the soaring Karakoram mountain......read more

Feds Approve First Commercial Wave Power Project in U.S.

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Ocean Power gets green light on wave energy project off Oregon coast

Of all the renewable energy technologies, wave power is the furthest back on the evolution chart. As it turns out, harnessing energy from ocean waves isn't easy. But the technology is improving, and extracting energy from ocean motion could eventually follow the same growth curves we have seen for wind and solar.  The U.S. wave power movement got a big boost last week when it was......read more

Tower of Power

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Is concentrated solar power the future of renewable energy? A Guardian video shines a light on the world's first commercial solar tower.

For most of us, the vision of a solar-powered future conjures a mental image of rooftops covered in photovoltaic panels. But PV tech is actually only a few decades old, and humans have been harnessing the sun's power for millenia. Concentrated solar power (CSP), or "solar thermal," is an ancient, low-tech version of solar energy capture, in which the sun's heat energy is used to boil water and......read more

Cheaper Solar Cells Going Commercial

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1366 Technologies raises $20 million to fund a cheaper path to solar power.

By finding a simpler way to produce silicon wafers — the building block of solar cells — 1366 Technologies is set to revolutionize the solar energy game. The Lexington, Mass. company has raised $20 million to commercialize a technique that it says will cut the cost of solar panels by 40 percent. Typically, solar panels are manufactured by sawing large sheets of silicon into silicon wafers,......read more

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