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How Tech Helps and Harms the Environment

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Larry Magid gives the true picture of technology's ecological effects

Larry Magid for Huffington Post: As we celebrate "Earth Week" (its too important for just one day), I can't help but think about how technology both helps and harms our environment. On the positive side, tech is helping cut down on the use of some resources. Reading newspapers and documents on screens means chopping down fewer trees for paper. Using email cuts down on the environmental cost not......read more

Designed by architect Chris Price and his partners at Park City Design + Build, the Treehaus is a beautiful blend of modern mountain architecture and cutting-edge energy efficiency. Nestled into the pines of Summit Park, Utah, the clean lines, stacked segments, and dark cedar exterior create a fine figure, seamlessly integrating the 3,643-square-foot abode into its sylvan surroundings.......read more

California Commission Boosts Building Energy Standards

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Unanimous vote approves sweeping energy efficiency standards, including 'solar ready roofs' on new buildings

The California Energy Commission today unanimously approved upgraded building energy efficiency standards that one commissioner called "the strongest in the nation." The new standards, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014, include a host of common-sense standards designed to save energy, from insulating hot-water pipes to making sure that air conditioner installations are inspected for sufficient air......read more

Free California of Fossil Fuel

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By Bill McKibben

For generations — maybe since the gold rush — California has been where our dreams gather, the Elysian coast where palm trees sway in the ocean breeze and entire industries rise to sate our fantasies and our appetites. A bite of an orange is endless summer. Now, in this scariest of seasons, California is also where our nightmares collect. At the moment, the largest fire in the......read more

Geothermal Gets a Boost from Oil and Gas Drilling

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'Forgotten' clean energy industry growing with help from fossil fuel well data

Kate Galbraith for The New York Times: Geothermal energy — tapping into heat deep underground and using it to produce power — is sometimes described as a forgotten renewable. It languishes in the shadows of better-known sources like wind and the sun, and in 2011 it accounted for less than 1 percent of electric power worldwide, according to last year’s World Energy Outlook. Yet......read more

The Big SHFT: Harrison Dillon, Algae Baron

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Solazyme takes algae-based biofuel applications beyond renewable energy and into cosmetics, plastics, lubricants, and... ice cream?

Ten years ago, when Harrison Dillon and his partners founded Solazyme in a garage in Palo Alto, CA, their goal was to create clean, renewable diesel fuel from algae. And so they did. But it was clear after a couple of years that they needed to find other applications for algae-based biofuel to make their business fly. Today, the San Francisco-based company's technology is being used to......read more

Google Buys More Swedish Wind Power

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Internet giant aims to be fueled by 100 percent renewable energy

Google has entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement with four Swedish wind farms, a move that is part the company's bid to power its data centers using 100 percent renewable energy. Under the terms of the deal, announced last week, Swedish wind company Eolus Vind will supply Google with 59 megawatts of power from four wind farms. The project will go online in 2015. “We’re......read more

Renewable Fuel From Geothermal

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Icelandic company creates methanol by capturing carbon dioxide from a geothermal power plant

In Iceland, volcanic activity powers the island nation's geothermal energy industry. Now it's also helping to create renewable fuel. Rekyavik-based Carbon Recycling International (CRI) produces liquid methanol by capturing and recycling carbon dioxide from a geothermal power plant on the the southwest part of the country. The first commercial shipment of the fuel, sold under the Vulcanol brand......read more

Fact-Free Bjorn

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Carl Pope responds to a NY Times op-ed claiming the world's poor need cheap fossil fuels

Carl Pope for The Huffington Post: Sigh. Bjørn Lomborg has once again been given a fact-checker free podium -- and has left it fact free. His latest salvo in The New York Times claims that the world's three billion poorest -- who, lacking access to modern energy, light with kerosene and cook with wood -- must suffer through nineteenth century coal and twentieth century oil to advance --......read more

Further Hand Lotion

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Rich, luxuriant hand lotion derived from eco-friendly biofuel $12.50

Founded by a husband-and-wife team in Los Angeles, Further makes soaps, lotions and candles from locally sourced, depleted vegetable oils that are refined into biofuel. The used oils are collected from restaurants (like Mario Batali's Mozza group) then processed to provide fuel for the Further car fleet and glycerin for their products -- which are stocked in the bathrooms of the......read more

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