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US Role Defined in Natural Disasters

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Is the Pentagon’s Haiti mission a model for a new security role?

In tonnage, the United States Navy says its battle fleet is larger than those of the world’s next 13 biggest navies combined. One of the largest vessels, the Carl Vinson, seen above, is in its first deployment in nearly five years — to the earthquake zone in Haiti instead of a war zone. I predict you’ll see a lot more scenes like this in years to come, as the developed world......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

Stricter Smog Limits Proposed

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Factories, power plants and landfills face crackdown with EPA's new ozone proposal.

The LA Times reports today that the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the nation's strictest-ever smog limits this morning, a move that could put large parts of the country in violation of federal air quality regulations. The EPA proposed allowing a ground-level ozone concentration of between 60 and 70 parts per billion, down from the 75-ppb standard adopted under President George......read more

Katie Paterson's Melting Glacier Records

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Scottish artist's ephemeral environmental art delivers profound message about climate change

Struth's photos are up at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York until June 19. ...read more

To Save the Planet, Save the Seas

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Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.

For the many disappointments of the recent climate talks in Copenhagen, there was at least one clear positive outcome, and that was the progress made on a program called Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation. Under this program, key elements of which were agreed on at Copenhagen, developing countries would be compensated for preserving forests, peat soils, swamps and fields......read more

Temple Bags Holiday Collection

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We're loving the Holiday 2009 collection from Temple Bags, made from repurposed WWII fabrics. Are you listening, Santa?

Temple Bags hits all the right notes. The luggage, tote and accessories collection is handcrafted in Los Angeles from repurposed WWII military tents, bags and canvases found sifting through warehouses in the city. The "extremely limited edition" Holiday 2009 collection, launched earlier in December....read more

Black Carbon

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Tiny black particle steps into limelight as NASA's Image of the Day.

With public interest in climate change reaching new highs during the summit in Copenhagen, today's NASA Image of the Day, showing the distribution of black carbon over the earth's northern hemisphere, assumes added relevance. Black carbon, better known as soot, is thought to be the second largest contributor to global warming after CO2. Found globally but concentrated over Asia, black......read more

Jonathan Safran Foer on Meat

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Breathtaking photos of East African wildlife.

In Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book "The Eating of Animals" the lauded novelist dives deep into the complex morality of eating meat. An avowed vegetarian, Foer stops short of preaching the vegan way of life, but presents some pretty damning testimony about factory farms and the lives of animals raised on them. The Atlantic correspondant Jeffrey Goldberg had a discussion with Foer......read more

Pulse Energy

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Web software tracks buildings’ energy use, enabling instant identification of energy wastage and automatic creation of environmental reports.

Pulse Energy’s flagship product makes finding out who left the lights on as easy as checking your iPhone. The Vancouver, BC company’s easy-to-use software gives building owners, managers and occupants real-time access to energy information on the web. Meanwhile, energy efficiency consultants are wondering all their work went. ...read more

Will FarmVille save the world?

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Zynga’s massively successful Facebook game proves social media technology could have a major hand to play in the new digital economy.

Seeds of ChangeA few years ago I made a pronouncement on a social media panel that digital goods would redefine the way we do charitable giving online. Needless to say, there were snickers. After all, how could "throwing a beer" at someone or giving someone a "fluffy kitty" for their birthday really amount to anything, especially at a $1 price point? But now, thanks to Zynga,......read more

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