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California Sets Up Tax Credit for Ford Focus Electric

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$2,500 rebate for buyers of America's most fuel efficient vehicle

With gas prices in California hovering toward $5 per gallon, there's plenty of incentive for auto buyers to opt for a fuel efficient vehicle. Now there's even more motivation, with the announcement that buyers of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric -- recently named America's most fuel efficient five-passenger car -- will get a $2,500 state tax rebate. Focus Electric drivers will also have the......read more

King Krule "Easy Easy"

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18-year-old London phenom returns with a new video directed by Focus Creeps

"Easy Easy," the lead single from the upcoming King Krule LP, offers more proof that teenage ginger Archy Marshall is a one of the most promising talents in pop music today. The understated track, dominated by Marshall's heavy baritone and unique guitar stylings, now has an equally direct and compelling video courtesy of Focus Creeps. The clip finds Marshall and a mate doing the things......read more

Obama Announces Government Emissions Targets

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The largest consumer of energy in the US aims for 28% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade. “As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” said President Obama. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift......read more

Wind Could Power 20% of Eastern Grid

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A photographic look at the connections and contradictions between life inside the city and out.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wind energy could generate 20 percent of the electricity needed by households and businesses in the eastern half of the United States by 2024, but it would require up to $90 billion in investment, according to a government report released on Wednesday. For the 20 percent wind scenario to work, billions must be spent on installing wind towers on land and sea and about 22,000......read more

Earth (Hour) Night

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Try this at home.

Always well-informed on all things green design, the good folks at Inhabitat tipped us off on the Breezeway House, the certified by the ...read more

Hot Pants

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New nanotechnology research means your pants may one day power your iPod.

The human body is constantly moving around and creating energy. Wouldn't it be convenient if we could harness that energy to do things like charge our electronic devices? According to scientists at UC Berkeley, we can. Researchers are developing this breakthrough technology that will enable individuals to create their own renewable energy. The scientists are using microscopic fibers known as......read more

The Evolving Lightbulb

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The switch to efficient lighting will have a significant impact on emissions – and climate change.

Light bulbs have been around since the days of Thomas Edison, but they're not the same old bulbs anymore. Technology is improving rapidly, and with that progress comes new levels of efficiency and sustainability. In his new book 'Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization,' author Lester Brown explains that one of the easiest and quickest ways that we can reduce electricity use......read more

SHFT Sampler 8-26-10

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Weekly links: SF's list of green vendors, organic Ugandan cotton, and capturing electricity from the air.

Municipal departments at the City of San Francisco are required to buy products that meet strict environmental standards. Now they're sharing what they know about green vendors. The SF Approved List is like a cheat sheet for buying green. (via NYT Green Blog) When Ali Hewson and her husband Bono launched Edun in 2005, they were among the first to combine fashion with ethics. The......read more

Koostik iPhone Speaker

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Solid wood iPhone dock takes stereo energy efficiency to new...er, lows. $85.00

If you're in the market for energy efficient iPhone speakers, you won't find any that use less than the zero-electricity Koostik. Made from solid wood, the setup naturally amplifies the sound from your iPhone speaker, providing louder music without using any additional electricity. The Koostik site notes that the device works better for some types of music than others. So it may not be your cup......read more

Smart Grid Will Cost a Ton But Save More

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Costs of planned upgrade are massive, but benefits are bigger

You have to spend money to save money. That's the tune being sung by energy industry experts, who this week announced that revamping the national power grid will cost $474 billion over the next 20 years but will save consumers $2 trillion. The new grid would enable two-way communication between power sources, allowing renewable energy projects to operate more effectively. "The average electric......read more

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