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Road Warriors

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Surface treatment technology combats emissions.

We all know that cars are responsible for more than their fair share of air pollution. What if the very roads that they drive on could clean up pollution before it hits the atmosphere? Sustainable tech company Pureti is on the case. The firm has a plan to treat roadways with a substance that would actually help dissolve auto emissions. The roadway treatment would utilize "naturally-occurring......read more

SHFT Sampler 1-7-11

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Weekly links: Gordon Matta-Clark's eco-art bent, mysterious bird deaths, and more.

Gordon Matta-Clark was an eco-art O.G.. In the 70s, Matta-Clark's conceptual projects included recycling glass bottles, digging out a basement to create a “guerrilla” garden, and turning a dumpster into an open house. An exhibition centered on Matta-Clark's time at 112 Greene Street, one of the first artist-run venues in New York, opens this weekend at David Zwirner in NYC. ......read more

Salazar Looks to Streamline Offshore Wind

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Interior secretary vows to spur wind projects along the Atlantic coast.

Ken Salazar says he will help accelerate the development of wind projects along the Atlantic coast, vowing to use a "smart permitting process" that will decrease project approval time from seven plus years to two. The Interior Secretary is working with governors in 11 different Atlantic states to determine the most suitable spots for offshore wind farms. He said permits could start......read more

MOST Architecture: Brandbase Pallet

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Recycled pallets make for a perfect studio interior in Amsterdam.

There have been plenty of attempts to build with recycled wooden pallets, but none have quite pulled it off like the Pallet Project at the offices of Brandbase in Amsterdam. When the creative agency approached MOST Architecture to design the temporary space for their new studio, their only requirement was that it had to be furnished by recycled materials. The Dutch firm went all out with the......read more

GM Recycles Oil Booms for Car Parts

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Dirty booms move from the Gulf to your car's interior.

After doing their job absorbing leaked oil, dirty oil booms typically go to the their graves in the landfill, where they languish for eternity. But, as GreenTech Media reports, that doesn't have to be the case. In a triumphant PR move, General Motors has found a way to intervene in the cycle, by making use of oil booms from the Gulf for passive car parts like air dams and water deflectors.......read more

Notes from the Spill

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BP meets snags with cut and cap procedure, Obama "furious" with lack of progress.

In the latest bid to curtail the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP initiated a "cut and cap" procedure Thursday. But the cut was jagged, and as of Thursday night, robotic submarines were wrestling to place a cap on the gushing well beneath the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama told Larry King he was "furious" about the situation, saying that BP hasn't moved fast enough......read more

Obama Orders Freeze on Offshore Drilling

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President concedes neither oil companies nor government were prepared for worst-case scenario.

In Washington on Thursday, President Obama addressed widening public anger over the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ordering a moratorium on offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The announcement reverses a previous decision to expand offshore drilling off American coastlines. At the White House press conference, the President also said there was too much complacency in goverment prior......read more

Greasy Clean

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What to do with all the waste grease from a Mario Batali eatery? Make soap, of course. Further comes clean with grease.

Marshal Dostal has been scavenging waste grease from top restaurants around L.A. for over five years, then converting it to biodiesel to power his vintage Mercedes. But biodiesel distillation produces waste glycerin, and drums of it were accumulating in Dostal's garage. So Dostal and his wife decided to do something about it, crafting a glycerin-based handsoap under the name......read more

A Riotous Affair

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Police and protestors clash in Copenhagen.

In Copenhagen's suburbs yesterday, police fired pepper spray and beat protestors with batons outside a climate conference meeting venue. The violence marked a low point for a climate change summit that's had plenty of low points. The demonstators, who have been active during most of the negotiations, are demanding "climate justice" which means, presumably, firm steps taken......read more

Mobile Solar Power

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Gigantic articfical waterfall design unveiled for Rio.

If only these were around when I was working as a laborer, inhaling gas fumes and slowly going deaf by the roar of the power generator. Unlike internal combustion generators, Mobile Solar Power's transportable solar generators create zero emissions, zero exhaust and zero noise. There may be a few zeroes on the price tag as well, but with only a few moving parts and no need for oil or......read more

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