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Fenix's Velo Generates Pedal Power

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New device captures energy from riding your bike

When you ride a bike, your legs generate power (duh), and no small amount, either. According to Mapawatt, pro cyclists riding the Tour de France generate as much as 430 watt-hours. What if we could capture that energy and use it to power other stuff?  That's the question asked -- and answered -- by Fenix, an SF-based tech company focused on creating renewable energy products for emerging......read more

Lost In Beijing

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Netizens Post Drawings Over The Citiy's Smog Enveloped Landmarks

BEIJING -- As world leaders tussled over the fate of the climate in Paris, Beijing residents struggled to make out the silhouettes of buildings. The multi-day pollution emergency -- dubbed “Airpocalypse” by English-language media -- signaled the start of smog season in one of the most polluted capitals in the world. On Tuesday, indices of PM2.5 particulates -- the small......read more

Is Urban Agriculture Commercially Scalable?

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Montreal's Lufa Farms has developed an e-commerce model for fresh food

Flavie Halais for Citiscope: In 1999, Dickson Despommier, a professor of environmental health sciences and microbiology at Columbia University, popularized the idea of large-scale urban agriculture by releasing a conceptual model for vertical farms. Crops would grow inside tall city buildings, using very little land to produce bounties of food that would not need to be shipped far to be eaten.......read more

Outrageous Development Proposals Threaten Grand Canyon

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Making 'America's Cathedral' more accessible to tourists is a bad idea. Here's why

Kevin Fadarko for The New York Times: FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — WHEN I worked as a white-water guide at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, I was often struck by how many passengers concluded their odyssey through the most iconic landscape in the United States by invoking the very same epiphany. At the end of each two-week, 277-mile journey down the Colorado River, someone would often come up to me......read more

Thinking Like the Dutch

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Urban development re-imagined on the Sandy-affected coast

To understand water management, there is no better country to learn from than Holland. The famously waterlogged nation has a system of dikes, dams and windmills that dates back to the Middle Ages, and it’s also where you’ll find the most innovative thinking about coast management today.  So when Shaun Donovan, Obama’s housing secretary, was selected to head up  the......read more

Groundswell: Trailer

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New documentary follows surfers on a journey along British Columbia's unspoiled west coast -- a region threatened by oil pipeline development

Slated for release this coming fall, "Groundswell" follows surfers Peter Devries, Travis Gordon, Dan Malloy up the west coast of British Columbia, where the delicate coastal ecosystem faces a major threat in the form of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta's tar sands. The film, a collaborative production of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Patagonia, and Woodshed......read more

Top Clean Energy and Climate Breakthroughs in 2013

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This year's positive green developments, as listed by NRDC's Frances Beinecke

NRDC President Frances Beinecke for The Huffington Post: The United States broke one record after another for extreme weather in 2013. From deadly floods in Colorado to prolonged drought across the Southwest, Americans saw what unchecked climate change can do to our communities. But we also witnessed another kind of powerful force: real and positive climate action. In cities and state capitols,......read more

19-Year-Old Develops Tech to Clean Up Oceanic Plastic Pollution

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Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleanup Array could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic from the world's oceans

Is it just us or are teens doing more and more impressive stuff these days? 19-year-old Dutch university student Boyan Slat adds to the youth movement with his ingenious Ocean Cleanup Array, a green tech concept aimed at addressing the immense problem of oceanic plastic pollution. Comprised of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms, is said to be capable of removing up to......read more

Alex MacLean: Dwelling

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Thought-provoking aerial photos of suburban development in America

The always on-point team at Faith Is Torment reminded us about the work of Alex MacLean [previously], who has flown his own plane over much of the U.S. capturing aerial photos of man-modified landscapes, from agricultural patterns to city grids. Tapping into his background in architecture, MacLean's photo practice explores the relationship between the built and natural environments. For his......read more

Flood Balloon Could Plug Subway Tunnels

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Scientists are developing a "subway tampon" to halt underground flooding

For coastal communities, the new reality of a changing climate means dealing with the effects of rising seas and massive storms. Just ask New Yorkers. Fortunately, there are smart people around the world dreaming up ways to defend against storm surges and flooding. At West Virginia University, researchers are at work on a seemingly simple engineering concept aimed at halting floodwaters in......read more

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