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America Votes

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GOP sweeps U.S. House of Reps, while Democrats prevail in California.

A Republican wave swept across the United States last night, as a reenergized GOP reclaimed control of the House and made substantial gains in the Senate. Wait, it gets better: A number of far right Tea Party insurgents were voted into office as well. President Obama acknowledged the beating his party took at the polls, calling the results "humbling" and pledging to "work......read more

Largest Green Wall in North America

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4,000 square foot living wall unveiled in Pennsylvania.

The horizontal garden game was stepped up on the weekend when the largest green wall in North America was unveiled in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The fern-lined wall is located in the newly constructed East Conservatory Plaza at Longwood Gardens. At 4,072 square feet, it's more than twice the size of North America's second largest living wall (also in Pennsylvania). Designed by GSky,......read more

Central America's Geothermal Potential

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Region beginning to tap seismic volatility for electricity needs.

The entire length of Central America is dotted with active volcanoes, a geographic fact that can have disastrous consequences for people in the region. But it also presents a positive opportunity, in the form of geothermal energy potential. And it's beginning to be realized. Geothermal power plants harness energy from water that is heated by molten rock beneath the volcanos. A reliable......read more

The Spill and the American Psyche

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The leak is plugged. But is it too late to restore public confidence?

In the Gulf of Mexico, where tens of millions of barrels of oil have spewed into the sea, a ray of hope has come in the shape of a cap fitted onto the blown wellhead. The successful attempt to stop the gusher marks the end of nearly three months of futility. Around America, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief. Almost. In the Week in Review in Sunday's New York Times, Peter......read more

The Most Solar Town in America

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Nipton, California taps the sun for its energy needs.

A small town on the border of the Mojave Desert is the new leader in solar energy. Nipton, California, a town of about 250 people, gets 85% of its electricity from a new 80 kilowatt solar project. This proves that renewable energy technology is already advanced enough to power our homes and lives, albeit maybe just in small towns for now. But the possibilities are endless, and as a gateway......read more

The Business of CO2 in Corporate America

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An annual meeting of business and environmental leaders gathered at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel

Last week Fortune Magazine held a 3 day conference called GREEN BRAINSTORM on the gorgeous cliffs of Laguna Niguel and SHFT was there for the second year. It’s a rare opportunity to see leaders of industry mingle with government policymakers, leading environmental thinkers, and venture capital moguls. In the wake of Copenhagen, where the outcome was underwhelming to say the least, the......read more

Clearing the Air at American Ports

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The New York Times reports on the battle to bar high-emission trucks at ports.

(via The Wall Street Journal) Photos: Bryan Derballa/The Wall Street Journal...read more

Hungry in America

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Production starts on important doc investigating the American hunger problem.

Thanks to the obesity epidemic and the fact that the average American supermarket holds approximately 45,000 different items, the assumption is that Americans as a people are well-fed, and then some. In fact, the truth is quite the opposite. Nearly 50 million Americans, 17 million of them children, go hungry every day. And the problem isn’t a scarcity of food, but a gross mismanagement of......read more

Philippe Starck for Emeco

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Iconic chair design. Made in America. 80% recycled aluminum. Sold.

Emeco (The Electric and Machine and Equipment Co.) has been manufacturing alumunum chairs in Hanover, Pennsylvania since 1944. The Philippe Starck-designed Heritage collection, made from 80% recycled aluminum, puts a tastefully contemporary spin on the classic Emeco look. The line includes various stackable seats and stools, along with a couple cool rocking chairs. According to Starck, the key to......read more

The Domestic Effects of COP15

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As the U.N. negotiations near completion in Copenhagen, American commitments begin to take shape.

Despite the likelihood that the 193 countries at the climate summit will leave Copenhagen with an agreement to finish their work either at a June meeting or at the next annual U.N. conference slated for next November in Mexico City, time is of the essence for President Obama and his congressional leaders to pass a domestic global warming bill. The New York Times reports....read more

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