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Are Apple Gadgets Going Solar?

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Three new patents filed by Apple indicate the company is getting into the clean energy business.

This month, Apple filed three new efficiency patents, creating a new wave of speculation about the eco-friendly direction of the gadget behemoth. Here they are: 1. The first is a software patent that enables Apple devices to "register their power usage and communicate" using HomePlug Alliance, a set of universal standards showcased at this year's CES. The system would allow users......read more

Vanguard Bikes

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Italian firm ewo comes through with an energy efficient, LED street light solution.

Designed in Singapore, made in Portland, Vanguard Bikes specializes in restoring and customizing vintage bike frames into fresh new rides. The company's output is 'limited edition' at its most extreme. Each bike is a one-off that will never be duplicated. What unites their work is a deep understanding of bike design history, and an unwavering commitment to bikeriding's soulful......read more

Glowing Wallpaper's Bright Future

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Low-energy, light-emitting wallpaper could start replacing light bulbs by 2012.

A few years back, a major breakthrough was made in organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology (originally created by Thomas Edison) that allowed electrification of a luminescent membrane made from organic compounds. Futurists pronounced the arrival of a new era of architecture and design in which the surfaces of a structure could actually become the light source, eliminating the need for......read more

Europe Unites to Build Renewable Energy Supergrid

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North Sea countries plan $40 billion clean energy project that could offer weather-proof supply.

It would connect turbines off the wind-lashed north coast of Scotland with Germany's vast arrays of solar panels, and join the power of waves crashing on to the Belgian and Danish coasts with the hydro-electric dams nestled in Norway's fjords: Europe's first electricity grid dedicated to renewable power will become a political reality this month, as nine countries formally draw up......read more

Can Public Health Unite the Good Food Movement?

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Want to change food policy? Frame it as a public health issue

It may be tempting to thinking of the "food movement" as a homogeneous beast, but in reality it's made up of many different strands. From locavores and anti-obesity campaigners to environmentalists and small-scale farmers, there are many different groups that want to see changes in food culture and policy. And while their ideas and goals often overlap, they come at the dilemma from different......read more

Getting on the Green Track

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Ahead of Obama's State of the Union address this Tuesday, NYT's David Leonhardt advances some ideas on what climate policy will look like in 2013

As President Obama prepares to deliver Tuesday's State of the Union address, observers are keenly waiting to hear what he will proclaim on the topic of climate policy. With Congress still bitterly divided, the odds of passing a substantive bill to reduce emissions are impossibly long, so we know that Obama and his advisors will have to draw on executive power to take action. We have also......read more

Campaign Politics Dictating Obama's Environmental Policy

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Re-election tactics tied to both EPA smog decision and Keystone XL

This just in from the New York Times: Obama's environmental decisions are being driven by electoral politics, not by any sort of clear vision. Shocking news, we know, sorry to upset you. From John Broder's article:  The full retreat on the smog standard was the first and most important environmental decision of the presidential campaign season that is now fully under way. An examination......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-25-11

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Amazon deforestation rising, Costco improves seafood policy, Nutmobile goes green, and more.

Falling Up: Almost a year ago, we happily reported that global deforestation rates were falling sharply, thanks in large part to less logging in the Amazon. But newly released study, is turning our upside-down frowns back around again. The figures in the report say that Amazon deforestation rates are up 1000% from last year. Dirty Air Act: Faced with stiff pressure from Congressional......read more

Climate Policy and Job Creation

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How federal climate policy could create 2.5 million jobs.

According to a report from the Center for Climate Strategies and John Hopkins University, the implementation of a federal climate policy could create 2.5 million new jobs. With a stagnant economy and high unemployment rates, you have to ask: How can a new climate policy create that many new jobs? Job creation would occur in areas such as forestry and waste, energy supply, residential,......read more

The Plastic Problem

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BPA and other everyday toxins are being linked to major health problems. How can policymakers protect us?

If you're reading this, chances are you've been exposed to bisphenol A (BPA). A key ingredient in many modern plastics, the chemical compound has been used since the 1940s in everything from baby bottles to goggles to lining for food containers. In recent years, animal studies have demonstrated links between BPA and a host of ill health effects, including breast and prostate cancer. ......read more

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