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Scouts Unveil Eco Cabin

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Converted shipping container provides sustainable shelter for Boy Scouts at Catalina Island campground.

In his final address to the Boy Scouts, Sir Robert Baden-Powell told the troops to "leave this world a little better than you found it." Sixty years later, the organization still abides by its founder's words. Evidence is to be found at the Scouts' camp on Catalina Island, 19 miles off the coast of Southern California, where the group is pursuing a sustainable vision for its......read more

Are Apple Gadgets Going Solar?

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Three new patents filed by Apple indicate the company is getting into the clean energy business.

This month, Apple filed three new efficiency patents, creating a new wave of speculation about the eco-friendly direction of the gadget behemoth. Here they are: 1. The first is a software patent that enables Apple devices to "register their power usage and communicate" using HomePlug Alliance, a set of universal standards showcased at this year's CES. The system would allow users......read more

My Emissions Exchange

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Online carbon trading community pays users cash for cutting emissions.

When the Wilsons, a typical family living in Harrisburg, PA received a notice in the mail that their energy rates would be jumping up 30% (or more) in 2010 they got good and mad... and then they installed solar panels. Their install costs were $56,000, $36,000 of which was paid for by a federal tax credit combined with a hefty State rebate. The remaining $20,000 they had to finance on their own,......read more

Ars Natura: Flight of Fancy

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British artist explores the fluidity of an unusual medium – feathers.

In England, pigeons hold a societal position akin to the sewer rat. In fact that’s what Londoners call them, “rats with wings.” The Brits really, really don’t like these poor, feral birds. Amongst those Brits was Kate MccGwire, a young artist living in London. She found the creatures abhorrent but knowing that therein lay artistic promise, she set about on a......read more

ARS NATURA: Romance on Ice

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21st century artists call forth a new romantic relationship with one precious, melting resource.

When art history books are written about the early part of the 21st century, an entire chapter will likely be devoted to our culture’s newfound romance with ice. The Copenhagen climate talks, though a political failure, nevertheless established an important moment in history – an acknowledgement by the world’s global leadership of one simple fact – the Arctic is......read more

Obama Awards $2.3 Billion for New Clean-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

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Recovery Act tax credits look to enable new clean manufacturing projects and create tens of thousands of jobs.

President Obama announced on Friday the award of $2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing — part of a broader push by his administration to stimulate job growth during the highest period of sustained unemployment in decades. “Building a robust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future,” said Mr. Obama, according to prepared remarks. The......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

Is Silicon the new Lithium?

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Lithium-ion battery may just be a thing of the past.

During the final week of the Copenhagen climate talks, Bolivian president Evo Morales emerged as one of the most outspoken opponents of the UNFCC climate negotiations and its free-market, capitalist approach. In the past such socialist provocations would be ignored, but there is a reason everyone is listening to Evo now. If it weren't for Bolivia, the electric car industry wouldn't even......read more

Ars Natura: Cathedral Energy

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Helsinki Cathedral to house new hi-tech source of energy

The cavern beneath Helsinki's beautiful Uspenski Cathedral will soon shelter a brand new server farm for local technology company Academica and along with it, a new source of heating for homes in the area. The waste heat from the IT center will be captured and channeled into Helsinki's district heating system. It is estimated that the IT sector accounts for as much as 3% of total......read more

The New Christmas Tree Economy

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A green shift is underway this holiday season. Sustainable evergreens are changing the way we buy Christmas trees.

Great piece in Design Observer from a couple months ago exploring the new economy of the Christmas tree, which is being redefined by growing environmental consciousness and recession frugality. Highlighting some of the tensions that exist in the Christmas ritual - pagan vs. Christian, natural vs. artifical - the essay goes on to underline some of the welcome trends in Christmas tree production......read more

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