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Toronto's Garbage-Powered Garbage Truck

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Canadian city unveils waste collection vehicle that feeds itself.

How's this for meta? The City of Toronto has launched the first of a fleet of waste collection trucks to be fueled by, well, collected waste. The garbage-eating truck will join Toronto's existing Green Fleet, created as part of a government effort to reduce the city's fuel consumption and protect air quality and health. The newly unveiled vehicle contains a Cummins Westport ISL G......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-24-10

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Weekly links: The world's biggest wind farm, cloudscapes, and a bike that makes art.

Heads in the clouds: German climate engineering firm Transsolar and Tetsuo Kondo Architects collaborated on the 'Cloudscape' exhibition at Venice Biennale. Spotted at Designboom. Artist Gulnur Ozdaglar makes jellyfish-lookin' table bowls from recycled PET bottles. Eat your Wheaties...without destroying the rainforest. Treehugger reports that General Mills will use 100% sustainable......read more

The Electric Car Dilemma

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Zero emissions? That depends on where you get the electricity to charge your car.

In the age of global climate change, people are becoming more and more aware of their carbon footprints and taking measures to reduce them. Hybrid cars have become extremely popular, and some cars claim to be 'zero emission vehicles.' However, even if a vehicle does not create pollution, it is very likely that the source of the energy that is powering the vehicle does. The Nissan Leaf......read more

Earth Day: John Kerry on Climate Change Action

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On Earth Day 's 40th anniversary, John Kerry warns that climate change is the environment's biggest hurdle yet.

Environmental advocates and allies have achieved plenty since the first Earth Day forty years ago: the creation of the EPA, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, are just a few of the legislative highlights that come to mind. But, as John Kerry warned today, the U.S. has yet to confront the biggest environmental problem of today: climate change. In......read more

A Comment on Green Tech

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A CBS Evening News piece triggered an old friend to write an email that we thought warrants a SHFT post in its entirety.

Did you see the CBS Evening News piece last night on Green Technology and China? It is worth watching. To me this story represents the crossroads point of environmental change, technology, economy and politics. Actually, it is the following formula: technology + economics + politics + consumer drive = environmental change. Why I think the story is so interesting is in front of our very eyes is......read more

Magic Mushrooms

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"Mycotecture" exploits the green building potential of mycelium—the sturdy network of fibers that connect mushrooms underground.

At an organic farm just outside Monterey, Calif., a super-eco building material is growing in dozens of darkened shipping containers. The farm is named Far West Fungi, and its rusting containers are full of all sorts of mushrooms--shiitake, reishi and pom-pom, to name a few. But Philip Ross, an artist, an inventor and a seriously obsessed amateur mycologist, isn't interested in the fancy......read more

Questioning the Purity of Organic Cotton

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H&M concedes that GM cotton could have slipped into its organic lines.

A battle is brewing over identifying clothing as being made of “organic” cotton when it contains strains of genetically modified cotton seed. Things got heated last week when the German edition of The Financial Times newspaper reported that clothing labeled as “organic cotton” and sold by major retailers contained genetically modified cotton from India. The expos caused a stir within the......read more

Europe Unites to Build Renewable Energy Supergrid

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North Sea countries plan $40 billion clean energy project that could offer weather-proof supply.

It would connect turbines off the wind-lashed north coast of Scotland with Germany's vast arrays of solar panels, and join the power of waves crashing on to the Belgian and Danish coasts with the hydro-electric dams nestled in Norway's fjords: Europe's first electricity grid dedicated to renewable power will become a political reality this month, as nine countries formally draw up......read more

Harvesting Air for Water

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German engineering goes green with a fog-collecting system that serves the water needs of an arid Peruvian village.

Biologists Kai Tiedemann and Anne Lummerich are finding ingenious ways to help people living in arid regions find and develop new sources of water. Bellavista, a small, hillside settlement near Lima, Peru that is unconnected to the municipal water supply is enveloped in fog through most of the winter. There, the pair designed a fog-catching system that captures and collects fog-water for use by......read more

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