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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

Air Purifying Wallpaper

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High-tech wallpaper absorbs harmful chemicals from the air.

Some green tech is so next-level that it's hard to believe. Like wallpaper that cleans the air. Yep, you read right. Inhabitat reports Bluecher Technologies has just produced a "breathable, glass fiber/polyester non-woven paper-like covering" with absorbants that capture harmful chemicals like PCBs, PCP, pesticides, and radon. The wallpaper, called Saratech Permasorb, might be the......read more

U.S. Lags in Green Business Race

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Other countries dominate hot market for green tech

With many European and Asian countries pushing forward with policies that promote the development of green tech, the U.S. continues to lag behind, stuck in the mire of partisan politics and climate change skepticism. The result is that U.S. businesses are missing out on a booming, $5 trillion industry. Writing in the New York Times, Elizabeth Rosenthal tracks the case of the Mark Group, a......read more

A Leap Forward in Recycling Tech

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New technique could process 100% of Christmas wrapping and other household plastics.

In the shift from the wasteful and earth-damaging ways of the past toward a more sustainable future, technology is our pal. Advances in renewable energy systems, materials production, and waste recycling have transformed our ability to live greener lifestyles. Recently, researchers at the University of Warwick made one such advance in the realm of plastics recycling. Typically, only around 12%......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-17-10

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Weekly links: Winter cycling, animals face-to-face, the real story behind Chinese wind energy dominance, and more.

Aww, is it "too cold" to ride your bike in the winter? No matter where you are, it ain't as cold as St. Petersburg, Russia, where Adams Carroll rides his Ukrainian beast — made from surplus military tank parts — through the snow. Check Carroll's notes on winter cycling at the Fader. On a one-way path to wind energy dominance, China is steady flouting world trade laws.......read more

Navy Green

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Going green is good for security.

With the failure of the climate bill — and the grim prospects of pushing a new one through anytime soon — it's clear that Congress doesn't view clean energy as a priority. Good thing the military isn't paying attention. In a new NYT op-ed, Thomas Friedman discusses the push to wean the Navy and Marine Corps off of fossil fuels and onto renewable power. Headed by Ray Mabus,......read more

Momentum Reel Mower

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Next-level mowing tech from Fiskars $249.00

When a company has been around since 1649, they're probably doing something right. Fiskars is the oldest company in Finland and the brand behind the Momentum Reel Mower, an easy-pushing, eco-friendly mowing machine for any length of grass. Using smart ergonomics and a bunch of patent-pending cutting technology, the Momentum Reel Mower delivers best-in-class mowing performance without gas,......read more

Google Creates $280 Million Fund to Finance Solar Energy

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Deal with SolarCity is search giant's largest clean tech investment

This week, Google announced a $280 million investment in SolarCity, the California-based solar startup company founded by Elon Musk (the man behind Tesla Motors, Space X, and Paypal). The deal is Google's largest clean tech investment yet. SolarCity offers solar leasing, which alleviates the somewhat intimidating upfront costs of buying solar panels and allows homeowners......read more

Old Coal Mines to Become Wind Power Storage

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Germany looks to make dirty tech turn green

In a symbolic gesture, German energy authorities are looking to repurpose old coal mines into wind power storage facilities. The concept involves placing hydroelectric pumps inside decommissioned mines, which would access wind power captured by turbines outside, giving new life to old mining communities and creating a sustainable storage system for the new wave of renewable energy. During......read more

T-Shirt Converts Sound to Electricity

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Cell phone-charging T-shirt tech to debut at the Glastonbury Festival.

The Sound Charge may look like an ordinary T-shirt, but it contains some seriously next-level energy tech within. The ingenious invention, borne of the simple observation that people at loud concerts tend to wear T-shirts, contains technology that converts sound waves into electrical energy. A collaboration between global telecom giant Orange and the renewable energy experts at Got Wind, the......read more

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