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T-System Public Lighting

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Italian illumination specialists come through with an energy efficient, LED street light solution.

Italian lighting manafacturer ewo develops and produces advanced lighting systems for public spaces. The T-System, the firm's latest output, is an modular LED street light that consumes only as much energy as the space requires. In Bergamo, Italy, where the first T-System lights were recently installed, officials expect the LED solution to provide 40% energy savings. Oh, also, they look......read more

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

Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: What's the Deal?

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Scientists weigh in on the hurricane-supersizing effects of global warming

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which left a devastating trail of destruction, power failures and flooding in its wake, people all over are wondering whether the "Frankenstorm" is related in any way to climate change. Has global warming helped create the conditions that make freak storms like Sandy happen? Writing for Climate Desk, Chris Mooney asked a handful of climate scientists this......read more

Airdrop

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Award-winning irrigation gadget looks to ease the effects of drought on farmers

In no place have the cataclysmic environmental effects of climate change been felt more strongly than southeastern Australia. There, a prolonged, 12-year drought has wrought havoc on local ecosystems and caused catastrophic damage to agriculture, which suffered record losses and sent rural communities into a tailspin.  Enter Australian inventor Edward Linnacre, a Swinburne University......read more

Patrick O'Hare: Slipstream

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Revealing photo series shows the effects of development on the American landscape

In Slipstream, NY-based photographer Patrick O'Hare offers a revealing glance at spaces we often pass through without giving much thought. A Wal-Mart parking lot in Connecticut juts up against bare rock, a new house development in Virginia sits in a sea of red soil. By contrasting the manmade with the natural, O'Hare provides a poignant comment on the effects of development on the......read more

The Enormous Effects of Energy Efficiency

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Energy efficiency may have twice the impact of renewable energy, says a research report from Australia.

The shift away from fossil fuels toward renewable energy sources is obviously a key aspect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But, according to a newly released report from the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) of Australia, it's not nearly as important as taking measures to improve energy efficiency. "The International Energy Agency estimates that energy efficiency will deliver 65 per......read more

When Sea Levels Attack

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Visualizing the effects of rising sea levels.

All climate scientists agree that sea levels are rising. But there is plenty of debate over how much and how fast. It's tough to keep track of all the shifting predictions, and what they mean in terms of land being submerged. With this infomation graphic, David McCandless, author of 'Information is Beautiful,' sums it up the research for us, showing what will happen, when it will......read more

The Domestic Effects of COP15

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As the U.N. negotiations near completion in Copenhagen, American commitments begin to take shape.

Despite the likelihood that the 193 countries at the climate summit will leave Copenhagen with an agreement to finish their work either at a June meeting or at the next annual U.N. conference slated for next November in Mexico City, time is of the essence for President Obama and his congressional leaders to pass a domestic global warming bill. The New York Times reports....read more

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