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Clean Tech Investment Thriving

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Forget what you heard about clean tech being dead. A new report finds that investment in green technology is booming

Solyndra be damned. The well-publicized failure of the solar energy company is but one black mark on an industry that is actually booming. According to the 2012 edition of Clean Edge's Clean Energy Trends report, things look very bright indeed. At Co.Exist, writer Ariel Schwartz sums up the findings: 2011 was the largest year for global wind power installations ever. Wind power is projected......read more

Last Call at the Oasis: Trailer

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New doc dives deep into the global water crisis

Here is the trailer for Last Call at the Oasis, the highly anticipated new documentary from Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu. Inspired by Alex Prud'homme's book The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the 21st Century, the film is a thorough examination ofthe global water crisis, with a focus on industrial and agricultural pollution in America and the drying of the Southwest. Last......read more

Sport Espadrilles

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Biodegradable summer footwear from Industry of All Nations $35.00

With June peering around the corner, it's time to get the wardrobe primed for the hot season ahead. And when it comes to footwear, nothing says summer sunshine like espradrilles. These entries from Industry of All Nations bring sustainability to the fore. The unisex Sport Espadrilles feature braided jute soles (stitched in a small Uruguayan town using century-old techniques), while the soft,......read more

Alpaca Sweater by Industry of All Nations

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A beautifully-crafted, ultra-soft sweater, knit by hand in Bolivia $325.00

Industry of All Nations works with craftspeople around the world to produce unique, local goods for an international market. This IOAN Alpaca sweater is crafted by a cooperative in La Paz, Bolivia using local fibers. Alpaca is native to the highlands of Bolivia and Peru and comes in various natural colors ranging from soft greys and blacks to browns, beiges and whites. As a hollow core fiber,......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

Petal by Pedal Delivers Locally-Sourced Flowers by Bike

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An NYC startup looks to shake up the flower industry

Thanks to the the sustainable food movement, foodie buzzwords like "local," "organic" and "seasonal" have taken root in our collective consiousness, and consumer awareness about where and how food is produced has never been higher. Now a New York City startup is looking to apply the same concept to flowers. The brainchild of Long Island native Kate Gilman, Petal by Pedal aims to......read more

Christopher Payne: Textiles

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Striking photographs of a vanishing American industry

Trained as an architect, Christopher Payne today practices as a photographer specializing in forgotten buildings and relics of industry. From mental hospitals and power substations to obsolete factories, Payne works the neglected corners of the American landscape. His Textiles series examines--you guessed it--the northeastern textile industry, which since the late 20th century has been decimated......read more

Overhaul of Clean Energy Tax Credits Proposed

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Senate Finance Committee proposal draws split reaction from wind, solar industry groups

The Senate Finance Committee proposed on Wednesday an overhaul of clean energy tax credits, many of them set to expire at the end of the year. The draft, presented by Committee Chair Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), calls for simplifying and extending the messy patchwork of incentives while cutting their $150 billion price tag over the next decade by more than half. The plan would create two broader......read more

The Story of Sushi

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Meticulously crafted animation warns of the dangers of the fish industry

Created on behalf of Portland, Oregon's Bamboo Sushi, "The Story of Sushi" delves deep into the worrisome state of the sushi industry. In four short minutes, the clip provides a thorough primer on issues of sustainability and overfishing. It's pretty depressing, to be honest, but that's the reality of our obsession with raw fish. What's really impressive about it is the handcrafted......read more

Insuring Against Climate Change

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Increasingly extreme bouts of weather are challenging how the insurance industry predicts risk

In a changing climate, with swirling temperatures in rising oceans, extreme weather is the new norm. This is of great concern to the insurance industry, which recently told US Senators that a surge in weather-related catastrophes has forced billions of dollars in payouts. That's why insurers (and reinsurers, who insure the insurers) are looking to new ways to predict climate-related risk.......read more

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