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Cars to Receive Environmental Grades

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Showroom stickers would rank cars based on fuel economy and emissions.

Under a proposal from the EPA and Transportation Department, cars could get environmental grades visible to consumers on showroom floors starting in 2012. The grades will account for the vehicles' overall fuel economy as well as its level of greenhouse gas emissions. According to the plan, the average vehicle would receive a B-. On the high-scoring end would be electric vehicles (A+) and......read more

Obama Sets Fuel Efficiency Deadline for Trucks

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Tightened fuel economy standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles to be implemented by March 2016

Drawing a link between fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered his administration to develop and implement new fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks by March 2016. As he indicated in last month's State of the Union address, Obama has opted to bypass Congress and is directing the Department of Transportation and......read more

The Bloom Box

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A clean energy breakthrough?

Jim Denevan is an environmental renaissance man. Famous for his mega land art installations, the artist is also an accomplished chef whose Outstanding in the Field initative is a traveling culinary adventure that connects people with local ingredients and producers. In "Siberia," Denevan's latest major artwork, is monumental“For me, marking the earth is an opportunity to......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

The Future of Flying

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SUGAR Volt aircraft concept from Boeing burns 70% less fuel.

Inhabitat reports that Boeing has released its SUGAR Volt commercial airplane concept, and the aircraft is something to behold. Relying on an electric battery gas turbine hybrid propulsion system, the SUGAR Volt reduces overall fuel usage by up to 70%. This technology not only makes the aircraft much more effecient, but also shortens the takeoff of the flight and drastically reduces noise......read more

Waste Plant to Power Itself with Beer and Pop

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Canadian project converts waste to clean energy.

What's with Canadians and turning trash to energy, eh? The latest ingenious idea is to convert waste soda and beer (because no self-respecting Canadian would throw good beer down the drain) into ethanol that will in turn be used to power a waste plant on the Atlantic seaboard. The pilot project is an initiative of New Brunswick Community College's Bio-energy and Bio-products Applied......read more

Flying On Frying Oil

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UK airline Thomson Airways launches aircraft powered by waste cooking oil

Thomson Airways will begin weekly flights from England to Spain on July 28th. But these flights will not be using any ordinary jet fuel. The planes will be powered by a 50/50 blend of jet fuel and HEFA fuel, which is made from used cooking oil.  Thomson managing director Chris Browne said, "As sustainable biofuels become more commercially viable, Thomson Airways plans to expand its use of......read more

Wasteland

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How America can save money and stop wasting less food, water and energy

Waste is just that – a waste. A waste of time, money, and valuable resources, like food, clean water, fertile soil, or energy.  As pointless as waste is, and as much as we dislike it, it is all around us. We waste almost half the food we grow or raise. We waste more than half our energy through inefficiency, we waste three-quarters of our fuel in gas guzzlers, we waste water......read more

Ten Best Green Jobs for the Next Decade

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Fast Company's guide to sustainability focused career paths.

Massive investments in clean energy promise to keep farmers, urban planners, and green-tech entrepreneurs in business for the next decade. This guide to sustainability focused career paths will help solar-charge your work life. "It's time to bail out the people and the planet," says Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems. We......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

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