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Green Living - Building, Home, Auto & Lifestyles

Review - compilation of most popular Green Living Blogs. It includes RSS feeds from such sites like Treehugger, Inhabitat, Autobloggreen, Greenbean, Dwell and many other top blogs. Topics include building green, home improvement ideas, green automobile reviews, new technology, gadgets, lifestyles, cooking, shopping and everything else that can be done to reduce our waste and at the same time improve our quality of live.

Montague's New Boston is a Single Speed, Full Size Folding Bike

2009-10-06 12:30

Montague Boston Unfolded bike photoWe've long admired Montague for their tough, but elegant, full size folding bikes -- built around a concept that makes them just as suitable for military paratroopers, as it does recreational riders. Now, in a move to target urban riders, they've announced the Boston. A new single speed folding bike with 700c (roughly 26") wheels. Instead of an often problematic, multi-spocketed derailleur, they've opted for an easy-to-maintain hub, which Montague say allows riders to switch between fixed or freewheel depending on their preference. More pix and specs after the fold....Read the full story on TreeHugger

Want it Nau? Wear Test With Nau's Changing Room

2009-10-06 12:15

nau changing room women photoBeauty, Performance and Sustainability are the three principles that drive the folk at Nau, the outdoor lifestyle clothing and bag company. You'll notice Price isn't included. Shoehorning that trio of attributes into a product is harder work, than simply squeezing a product to get the cheapest price. So, although Nau might be value for money, the ticket price might cause some potential customers to shy away from experiencing the brand's quality apparel. In typical creative fashion, Nau have dreamed up a solution: The Changing Room. Buy from eight selected winter garments, (mostly those over $250) and Nau will bill your credit ca...Read the full story on TreeHugger

London Fashion Week: Christopher Raeburn's Digital Rainbow

2009-10-06 12:00

Christopher Raeburn's Digital Rainbow SS10As the rain pours down on this grey London day we can't think of anything better than the joyful rays of colour that Christopher Raeburn brought to London Fashion Week this season. After his recent success with Worn Again, Raeburn presented his SS10 collection, aptly named Digital Rainbow. This selection of men's and women's macs, ponchos and parkas, as well as hoodies and dresses, wi...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Posing Naked to Save French Organic Wines

2009-10-06 10:08

burgundy Image from daylife This past weekend 713 hardy French men and women stripped down to send a message about climate change. They posed nude in French vineyards to warn the world about the impact of global warming on the French wine industry. In Burgundy, the heart of the French vineyards, on a sunny day ( luckily), Spencer Tunick posed the happy participants in 4 different poses; one with women alone, one with men alone and two more in different vineyards. Organised with Greenpeace, it's all part of the campaign to urge political leaders to take action in the lead up to the Read the full story on TreeHugger

Singapore's Largest Garden Project to Sprout Solar Supertrees

2009-10-06 05:00

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Grant Associates recently won an international design competition to plan the largest garden project ever to be constructed in Singapore, the Marina South Gardens. The structure, which is inspired by the shape of an orchid, features a group of cooled conservatories in its center as well as a series of enormous solar supertrees that provide the gardens with an abundant source of rain water and renewable energy.

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Gourmet Magazine Shuts Down; We Will Miss It

2009-10-06 01:19

gourmet-shuttered.jpgMany people have complained that Gourmet Magazine under Ruth Reichl was more about foodies than about cooking. This may be true; I don't cook but I enjoyed reading it. Moreover, it had the pulse of what was happening, not just with recipes but with sustainable sourcing, local food, vegetarianism, it covered them all. TreeHugger posts based on Gourmet go back to 2005, with Sea Change: Gourmet Magazine on Fish and Sustainability. TreeHugger favourite Elizabeth Royte covered Tom Philpott's Maverick FarmsRead the full story on TreeHugger

AltCar 2009: Coda Sedan test ride; wish we could drive the $30,000...

2009-10-06 00:50

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Santa Monica Alt Car Expo, Miles EV, Green Daily

Coda EV Sedan - click above for high-res image gallery

Back in August, members of the Diamond Bar Electric Vehicle Association were treated to rides in t he Coda all-electric sedan with Coda Automotive CEO Kevin Czinger at the wheel. This past weekend, AutoblogGreen was given the same opportunity during the AltCar Expo at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Our 15 minutes in the passenger seat were a real tease - this is a standard-looking EV with more punch than a mid-size-sedan deserves (it felt more feisty than its 0-60 speed of just under 10 seconds sounds), and we can't wait for the chance to drive it for ourselves.

A quick refresher on what the Coda Sedan will offer: a top speed of 85 mph, seating for four/five, a 100-mile range and a sales price of under $30,000 in California (after state and federal rebates). We didn't sit in the back seat, but should have remembered to do so since we've heard a few reports that it's a tight fit. We did, however, make the most of our time sitting shotgun - after getting the car out of the clever "Break Glass In Emergency" stand it was in most of the weekend - feeling the zero-emission power and learning about where Coda is today with their first vehicle offering. Read all about it after the jump.

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Apple Leaves Climate Change Denying Chamber of Commerce

2009-10-05 23:12

apple website screenshot imageApple, long in the cultural vanguard, announced today they are leaving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business interest group, over the Chamber's position on climate change. Apple joins PG&E, Exelon, and PNM Resources as groups that have left the Chamber in recent weeks. ...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Video: Battery Technology for the Nissan LEAF Electric Car

2009-10-05 22:58

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Nissan just sent us the first in a series of videos meant to "tell Nissan's Zero emissions story." This one-minute spot focuses on the Leaf, Nissan's forthcoming fully-electric hatchback. We were there in Yokohama when the car was Read the full story on TreeHugger

When it comes to a Climate Bill, it's Time to 'Turn Momentum into...

2009-10-05 22:45

green-jobs-national-briefing.jpg Image credit: The debate over job creation and a national climate bill has, for most people, been settled. We know that ACES could create 1.7 million jobs and help America regain a competitive edge in the world economy. Now, the first draft of the Senate climate and clean energy bill i...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Obama Mandates Federal Energy Efficiency Improvements & Agency...

2009-10-05 22:36

white house photo photo: Michael Baird via flickr. It seems President Obama is starting to step up on the environment: Last week was the EPA and greenhouse gas emissions from large emitters, now the President has signed an executive order that requires Federal agencies to set 2020 emission reduction targets within 90 days, as well as a whole slew of other Read the full story on TreeHugger

Is Renewable Energy the Biggest Threat to Land Conservation?

2009-10-05 21:50

Hank Green

renewableconservationI'm a conservationist. I was a conservationist before I was an EcoGeek. There is very little land on earth left in a sem-natural state, and I believe that we should keep as much of that land as natural as possible forever. Unfortunately, that belief does sometimes collide with my belief that we need to increase renewable energy production as fast as possible. The Nature Conservancy estimates that renewable energy will occupy some 73,000 square miles of land by 2030, meaning that renewable energy could be the biggest threat to land conservation in America. The only thing that comes even close is real estate development.

Renewable energy has a leg up on real estate though, because renewable energy projects can be sourced on public lands fairly easily. And these public lands are the very lands that are the only untouched areas of America we have left.

And, of course, this discussion ranges beyond individual projects. A wind power project might be built in the middle of a corn field, but in order to get the power form the corn field to a big city, transmission lines have to be built, and often built through prime wildlife habitat. It's starting to seem like land conservation is the biggest threat to renewable energy as well as vice versa.

So where do we come down?

Well, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that the 40 year old NEPA process provides a structure for determining the environmental impact of a project on public lands, taking public comments on those projects, and determining whether the project should go forward. Despite some outcry, this process has served America surprisingly well over the last 40 years.

The bad news is that the NEPA process is not what you would call perfect. It can be an extremely long, drawn out process, and if there are significant concerns, it can be held up in court for years. Additionally, as the number of renewable energy projects increase, the staff working these environmental assessments (already strained) will start backlogging projects as we've already seen in many areas of the country.

Renewable energy and conservation both require vast areas of land to be effective, so they are always going to be somewhat at odds. There is no way to avoid this conflict or claim that one always needs to take precedence over the other. It's going to be frustrating to have to watch pristine land get developed, and renewable energy projects get cancelled, but through my experiences in the environmental field, I actually believe we're going to handle this fairly well. Let's hope I'm right.


Korbel Makes Its First Champagne with Organically Grown Grapes

2009-10-05 21:29

Korbel Brut Champagne Made With Organically Grown Grapes PhotoJust in time for the advent of the holiday season and New Years, (well, or really any reason for a celebration) comes the first champagne by Korbel made with organically grown grapes. Just because the grapes have changed, doesn't mean that the taste has changed - You might be used to a typical Korbel Brut Champagne, but this Champange overs the added bonus of organic....Read the full story on TreeHugger

Free Electricity for EVs Might One Day Become Common (Here's Why)

2009-10-05 20:37

electric car charging station photoA Loss Leader to Get You Through the Door Charging stations for electric cars and popping left and right (in France and California, for example). They're still a rare sight in most places, but that should change slowly over the next few years as more electric cars and plug-in hybrids come to market and become more affordable. Most people will charge ...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Climate Project Heads South of the Border to Train 300 Latin American...

2009-10-05 20:04

Al Gore Making a Speech PhotoAl Gore's non-profit The Climate Project, which works to train global warming warriors, who then go out and spread the good word, or An Inconvenient Truth, depending on how you see it, are now taking their show on the road. Last week they met with over 300 representatives from over 21 Latin American countries to not only present the now famous slideshow but to keep the climate momentum going....Read the full story on TreeHugger

Mesa Community College's Physical Science Buiding Gets LEED Gold

2009-10-05 20:00

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Mesa Community College recently completed work on a stunning physical science building that exceeded LEED expectations when it was awarded LEED-NC Gold. Designed by the award-winning architecture firm, The Smith Group, the building is the first major LEED project to be completed within the Maricopa Country Community College District. The brand new 64,480-square-foot facility houses curriculum for the physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology and engineering departments including classrooms, laboratories, facility offices, an advising center and a 53 seat planetarium. Topping off the new space is an astronomy observation platform.

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Eco-Beat, 10/5

2009-10-05 20:00

Is "Old Christine" up to some new green tricks? Can Evander "the Real Deal" Holyfield help deliver a knockout blow to his latest opponent, global warming? Should you invest in a solar hot-water heater? Today's Eco-Beat has the scoop on all the latest green news and tips.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, credit: Robyn Beck, Getty ImagesJulia Louis-Dreyfus Goes Green on the Set
On the set of "The New Adventures of Old Christine," Julia works to keep the show's footprint as small as possible. Says Julia: "Every light bulb is a compact fluorescent. We have a big recycling program. We tried to get rid of water bottles last year and failed at it."

Evander Holyfield, credit: Jason Merritt, Getty ImagesHolyfield Steps in the Ring with Climate Change
The four-time heavyweight champ has partnered up with Global NES Georgia to convert 40 acres of his estate into a solar energy farm while converting another acre into a organic community garden for the neighborhood kids. Awesome.

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Sure, that old energy-hogging heater needs to go, but what should you put in its place? A tankless, on-demand heater, maybe? Or a renewable solar hot water heater? Grist has all the info to help you decide whether you can go zero-emissions in the shower.

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If you watched Ken Burns' fabulous new documentary on our national parks, you now realize just how important it is for average, ordinary citizens to monitor the health of our parks. Well, after their latest exam, they're not looking too healthy.

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One more very good reason to buy one of those National Parks calendars and hang it up in your cubicle: University of Rochester researchers have discovered that people are more relaxed, relationship-oriented, and generous after looking at beautiful naturescapes. No kidding.
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AltCar 2009: Wheego Whip Quick Drive - is this the Cadillac of NEVs?

2009-10-05 19:58

Filed under: EV/Plug-in, AutoblogGreen Exclusive, Santa Monica Alt Car Expo, NEV (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle)

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Is the Wheego Whip "The Cadillac of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles"? That's one description that we heard during our very short test drive of the NEV during the Santa Monica Alt Car Expo last weekend. Marc Korchin, owner of the Green Motors electric vehicles dealership in Berkeley, rode with us around the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in the Wheego and explained why this car is, in many ways, the best he's ever sold.

Having driven the Tesla Roadster and the Dodge Circuit, we know what pure EVs are capable of. But this car costs about a sixth of what the Roadster costs - and the Circuit is just a prototype today - so we had to make sure to evaluate the Whip on its own NEV merits. Is the Wheego worth it? Find out after the jump.

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Man Who Keyed Electric RAV4 Goes to Prison, Ending Bizarre Legal Saga

2009-10-05 19:56

Howard Herships electric rav4 Photo on left: Santa Clara County Department of Corrections EV Vandal Here's our strange story of the day: About 4 years ago, a man named Howard Herships (pictured above) keyed the electric RAV4 of Steve Kirsch, a silicon valley entrepreneur who, among other things, holds a patent for the optical computer mouse. The deed was done because Mr. Kirsch won a lawsuit against a friend of Herships for sending junk faxes (Kirsch is an anti-fax-spam crusader). Herships then proceeded to play amateur lawyer and file "a mountain of motions a foot tal...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Milwaukee Band Saw Free Tool Rebate

2009-10-05 19:50

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We had several posts this year about new Milwaukee Band Saws. Several months ago we announced the new Deep Cut Band Saw 6232-6N ($299), then the Compact Band Saw 6242-6 ($199) and most recently the M18 Cordless Compact Band Saw 2629-22 ($399). If you had seen any of these and though you would like to get one but put it off, now may be the time. From now until the end of the year each of these 3 new band saws have a free tool or accessory kit available. Checkout the full Mail-in Rebate here.

The Compact Band Saw 6242-6 ($199) has the option for Free set of the new 29pc Shockwave Impact bits 48-32-4401 or 15pc Thunderbolt drill Bits 48-89-2803.

The Deep Cut Band Saw 6232-6N ($299) has the option of a Free 4.5”-5” 12 amp Grinder 6116-30 (locking) or 6116-31 (non-locking) both sell for $129 at Ohio Power Tool.

The M18 Cordless Compact Band Saw 2629-22 ($399) has the option for a Free Flash Light 49-24-0171 ($39) or Hex Impact Driver 2650-20 ($199).


Once Upon a Time, Coal Needed a Big Push ($$$) to Become "Base Load"...

2009-10-05 19:09

old railroad photoRenewables Are Not Such a Special Case Our friends at CleanTechnica have a very interesting piece about coal and wind power storage. It reminds us that coal alone is not enough to generate base-load (always on) power; you also need billions and billions of dollars worth of railroads to keep the coal flowing to coal plants, with a coal train needed every 12 hours on average. Coal might be relatively cheap and energy-dense, but without the massive investments into distribution and storage over decades, it would never have become dominant...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Urban Moonshine Suggests Adding Traditional Bitters to Your Healthy,...

2009-10-05 18:58

Frozen Cocktail in Glass Photo Image via: Getty Images So you've tried organic beers, wines and spirits, but still need something to liven up your weekly routine, or something to give your traditional drink an extra kick when served to guests this holiday season? Urban Moonshine wants you to give their Bitters a try - they'll not only add a special hint of something to your drink (alcoholic or non) but they'll also Read the full story on TreeHugger

San Francisco Set to Harness the Power of the Bay

2009-10-05 18:32

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The Pacific Ocean could soon be lighting up the beautiful city of San Francisco as a tidal-energy project planned for the waters near the Golden Gate Bride is now in the final stages of acquiring the necessary permits for implementation. The project, which has been in the works for over four years, will produce 10 to 30 megawatts of energy with the potential of up to 100 megawatts, and is anticipated to be the largest energy generator off the California Coast.

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Prefab, Portable Green Roof Installed In Toronto

2009-10-05 18:22

ESRI-proshot2.jpgGreen roofs keep buildings cool, control water runoff and can be really nice to look at, in those rare situations where there is office space overlooking terraces, like there were at ESRI Canada's Toronto offices. But what do you do in an existing building, when you are a tenant and not an owner?...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Coral Bleaching Creates a Vicious Cycle of Further Bleaching and...

2009-10-05 18:19

bleached coral photo Photo: Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Corals just Can't Win... A new study published in the October issue of the journal Ecology sheds a bit more light on a phenomenon that is becoming more and more common for corals around the world: Bleaching (described as "the whitening of corals, due to stress-induced expulsion or death of symbiotic unicellular algae or due to the loss of pigmentation within the algae"). The paper shows that bleaching can make coral more susceptible to coral diseases, which in turn can lead to more ...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Can You Help? My Third Attempt At Vegetarianism Goes Down In Flames

2009-10-05 17:52

nobody-likes-vegetarians.jpg Photo via Flickr Can you help me? I've just violated my third pledge to myself and to the planet to forsake meat and become a vegetarian. I don't want to eat meat any more--mostly as a political act, but also for health reasons--yet my head and my stomach have been forced into a civil war over what I consider to be my responsibility to the world and the creatures that call it home. Each time I've entered in this pact with myself, I've come out of it not for gastronomic reasons, but because I've felt sluggish and weak. Do any Tre...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Big Business Gets Behind the Climate Bill

2009-10-05 17:47

big-business-pro-climate-bill.jpg Photo via Los Angeles Looks like big business has finally got the memo that climate and energy reform is rife with opportunity. Two separate groups of some of the nation's largest companies are heading to Capitol Hill with a pro-climate bill message--and seven figure advertising budgets to help spread that message. The coalitions include companies like GE, Johnson & Johnson, HP, eBay, the Gap, and many others-...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Spotting Illegal Toxic Waste From Space

2009-10-05 17:40

toxic waste spotting image Image via New Scientist Digging into sites that are suspected to be toxic waste dumps is expensive and potentially dangerous to nearby water supplies, so investigators want a way to spot toxic waste before diving in. Now, they have satellites on their side to do just that, utilizing ground-penetrating radar and other remote sensing techniques. ...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Eco-Products Recycled Coffee Cup, Now With the Most Recycled Content

2009-10-05 17:34

Several Recycled Coffee Cups from Eco-Products Photo Image via: Eco-Products While we still think that bringing your own reusable mug or water bottle is best, for those organic, fair trade, hip coffee shops out there in need of something a little more green, we introduce the Eco-Products recycled coffee cup, now with more recycled content. Now, if all 16 billion paper hot coffee cups used more recycl...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Modern Cabana's 'KIDDO Cabana' Prefab Playhouse

2009-10-05 17:30

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Fans of prefab design can now pass their affinity on to their children via Modern Cabana’s newest addition to their collection of modern living spaces — the KIDDO Cabana. Dubbed the “ultimate choose-your-own-adventure” dwelling space, kids will adore turning the blank canvas of the KIDDO into their own unique playhouse. KIDDO is made in San Francisco with FSC-certified wood harvested from sustainably managed forests in the United States, no-VOC paints and glues, and natural tree oil stains. The interior boasts an array of kid enticing features you have to see! Visit Inhabitots to peek inside.


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LEIF 2009 is a Meeting of Sustainable Business Minds

2009-10-05 17:20

leif-logo.jpg Image credit: LEIF/Enclave Rising Enclave Rising is a real estate development company dedicated to building "zero carbon, zero impact, ultra luxury, 5-star sustainable hotels and homes." Joining luxury and environmentally friendly designs is not always easy, but by placing principles of environmental and social consciousness first, the company is building a new paradigm for high-end development. The mission does not end with real estate. Enclave Rising will host the Leaders of the Ethosphere Institute Forum (LEIF), of which Read the full story on TreeHugger

January Jones: Shark Protectress

2009-10-05 17:01

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Shark conservation is an urgent issue. Last month during "Shark Week" I mentioned the efforts of the Ocean Conservancy and the Monterey Bay Aquarium to support the Shark Conservation Act of 2009.

Oceana is another organization working hard to save sharks. They're also supporting the legislation and working with "Mad Men's" January Jones, one of the faces of a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of protecting and restoring the shark populations.

January's catch phrase is "We should be afraid for sharks, not of them." To prove her point, she and Oceana made a PSA of her swimming with sharks.

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Ocean Iron Fertilization for Geoengineering Should Be Abandoned

2009-10-05 16:56

open ocean photo photo: Anderson Mancini Geoengineering as a whole arouses strong feelings in the green community, and ocean iron fertilization is no exception. Now, as Climate Progress points out (and excerpts from generously), a new opinion piece in Read the full story on TreeHugger

New Super Efficient Pharox 60 LED Bulbs Last for 25 Years

2009-10-05 16:30

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One of the most exciting new products we found at West Coast Green this past weekend is the latest innovation by Lemnis Lighting, the Pharox 60 LED Dimmable Lightbulb, that uses just 6 Watts and has the equivalent luminescence of the traditional 60 Watt incandescent bulb. The Pharox 60 fits a standard sized household light fixture, is made of recyclable material, and is the most energy efficient bulb of comparable light quality on the market today with a light output of 300 lumens and a warm white light of 3000K. A patented heat sink keeps the bulb temperature low (we think it's the aluminum housing surround) and it is the most environmentally safe option on the market as well, containing NO lead, mercury, or wolfram, unlike it's compact fluorescent competitors.

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China Says US & Rich Nations Sabotaging Climate Treaty

2009-10-05 16:20

bangkok climate talks photo photo: UNFCCC At UN climate talks in Bangkok -- the second to last talks before the COP15 summit in Copenhagen -- the Guardian reports that China's special representative on climate change has accused the United States other industrialized nations of trying to sabotage the climate treaty. Yu Qingtai said,...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Soda Tax Could Raise $10 Billion Per Year for Cash-Strapped States

2009-10-05 15:54

soda tax photo Photo via the NY Times A soda tax could close cash-strapped states' budget gaps, a new study finds. The report, authored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says that a mere 7 cent tax on sugary drinks could raise a combined $10 billion per yer. Soda may not be as downright deadly as tobacco products--a favorite taxable cash cow--but they're a large contributor to obesity and di...Read the full story on TreeHugger

West Coast Green 2009: Can Energy Dashboards Change Behavior,...

2009-10-05 15:50

our home spaces dashboard photo Photo via Jaymi Heimbuch Energy dashboards were a big subject at West Coast Green this year. But the buzz wasn't as much around new devices on the market as it was pondering how energy dashboards - and the simple fact of making energy consumption data available to consumers - can change our habits for the better, for good. Not just a novelty anymore but something making their way into our daily life, energy monitoring dashboards have a big role to fill, but still have room for improvement. From panels with...Read the full story on TreeHugger

China, Once Climate Scapegoat, Is Now Our "Sputnik" (Really?)

2009-10-05 15:35

china-sputnik-green-clean-technology-us.jpgNot two years ago China was often decried as the world's environmental waste land. Suddenly however it's "the Sputnik of our day," as Tom Friedman wrote last week in one of two buzz-wordy columns praising green efforts in China that could put the rest of the world to shame. "We ignore it at our peril." That's a message we've heard Read the full story on TreeHugger

Countdown to Copenhagen: Posters from the Past that Can Guide Us in...

2009-10-05 15:19

copenhagen posters graphics conserve fuel poster imageAs we count down to COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen 2009, many of us are thinking about the changes we have to make in the way we live, in order to reduce our carbon footprint. None of these changes are particularly new; our parents and grandparents had to do much the same thing to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels, food and consumables during World War II. To encourage or shame them, governments and agencies produced posters that are just as valid today, advocating activities such as car sharing in graphic form....Read the full story on TreeHugger

World's Largest Solar-Powered Footbridge Opens in Brisbane

2009-10-05 15:00

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On Sunday, the world’s largest solar powered footbridge was opened to the public in Brisbane’s Central Business District. About 36,500 people are expected to use the new Kurilpa Bridge each week to walk or bike across the Brisbane River between the CBD and the arts precinct at South Bank. The bridge, which has been described as looking like knitting needles, is not only one of the longest footbridges, but also features a sophisticated LED lighting scheme that is powered by the sun and can produce a number of different lighting effects.

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Got A Shed Design In Mind? Enter The Shed Design Competition

2009-10-05 14:36

sheds1.jpgShed design is fascinating because so many architects and designers have tried it. It is the entry drug for modern prefab, a way for designers to put something out there and people who need a little more space to get it without building permits or major renovations. I have shown a few of the ones on the market here and here, and have been a judge on the shed of the year competition. Now a UK website, Read the full story on TreeHugger

Bicycle Cargo. Chapter 2: Bike Trailers

2009-10-05 14:30

Bike Trailer Moves House photoA couple of weeks ago we started out on what we naively thought to be simple task. To catalogue some of the more popular forms of bicycle cargo hauling. In Chapter One, we catalogued more than a dozen different • Bicycle Bag and Racks, Here, in Chapter Two, we showcase over 20 different Bicycle Trailer builders. Using their engineering ingenuity you can jump aboard your bike and transport anything from kayaks to kids, fridges to freight, shopping to sofas. In Chapter Three we'll check out E...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Nature Makes Us Nicer People, New Study Says

2009-10-05 14:10

forest nature photo Photo via tinken Don't disregard those wall calendars showing far-off nature scenes quite yet. It just might make you a more caring, community-oriented, and generous person. A new study by the University of Rochester found that after looking at nature scenes, people feel closer to their community, are willing to give more money to a charitable cause, and care more about social outcomes than they are after looking at man-made scenes. The reason, the researchers state, it communing with nature helps people also commune with their basic values. ...Read the full story on TreeHugger

A Lamp With An Alternative Energy Source - Your Blood (Video)

2009-10-05 13:20

blood lamp image Photo via Mike Thompson What if power came at a cost to the individual? This is what Mike Thompson asks. It is the driving question behind his design, the Blood Lamp - a single use lamp that requires a drop of the users blood in order to activate. ...Read the full story on TreeHugger

Vertical Farm Eco City is a Wind Powered Wonderland

2009-10-05 13:00

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Studio Tjep’s Oogst 1000 Wonderland is a towering agricultural amusement park that makes farming fun by giving visitors the opportunity to take part in a self-sustaining vertical farm. The towering eco community houses a restaurant, a wind-powered amusement park, a farm that is tended by guests, and a biogas system recycles the waste they produce into fuel.

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Agriculture to Play a Major Role in Mitigating Climate Change

2009-10-05 12:49

Wheat Field Image Image Source: KevinLallier Dear Pablo: What role does agriculture play in combating climate change and how will climate change affect it?

Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Land-Use Changes

The very first effect that humans had on the climate was through agriculture. As humans traded in their hunter/gatherer way of life for one based on farming and livestock, forests and grassland were cleared to make room for crops and domesticated animals. These land-use changes grew from near-zero over 8,000 years ago to today's 4+ billion acres of cultivated land. While the initial...Read the full story on TreeHugger