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Jay-Z and Beyonce Go Vegan For 22 Days

Jay-Z and Beyonce Go Vegan For 22 Days

  Jay-Z and Beyonce have embarked on a 22-day Vegan diet plan. According to Jay-Z’s website announcing their endeavor, they decided on 22 days because someone once said it takes 21 days to break a habit, and on the 22nd day, you’re golden. The purpose of this diet is not only for physical health but also a spiritual cleanse. On […]

Canada Post Plans to End Home Deliveries Within 5 Years

Canada Post Plans to End Home Deliveries Within 5 Years

  Canada Post Corp. is one of the many postal agencies facing future financial losses as people abandon traditional mail to electronic communication. However, there still is a need to post offices especially as online shopping sales are increasing. Governments realize to avoid the post office turning into a burden for customers and taxpayers, they must make some changes. To […]

Amazon Prime Air Delivery Uses Electric Drones

Amazon Prime Air Delivery Uses Electric Drones

  On Sunday’s 60 Minutes, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos dragged Charlie Rose out of his black-backgrounded studio and to Amazon HQ to show off “Amazon Prime Air”, an electric drone aircraft that could someday deliver packages directly to customers’ homes and offices. He said, “We can do half-hour delivery, and we can carry objects — we think — up to five […]

Largest NYC Solar Farm: Staten Island’s Freshkills Park

Largest NYC Solar Farm: Staten Island’s Freshkills Park

  New York’s landfill-turned-green space is getting the city’s largest solar array, a 10 megawatt system that will sit on 47 acres of Freshkills Park. Renewable energy was always part of the plan for the 2,200-acre site, and the city released an RFP for operators in March 2012. The new array in Staten Island, to be built and run by […]

Minimum Wage Increase In Bangladesh

Minimum Wage Increase In Bangladesh

  After many protests, the Bangladesh factory workers were successful at increasing their minimum wage. The September protests caused 400 of the 5,000 factories to close. The government responded with a minimum wage increase in daily salaries from 3,000 taka ($39) to 5,300 taka ($68), effective December 1. The increase in minimum wage is expected to increase retail costs by […]

Google Map Forest Changes Since 2000

Google Map Forest Changes Since 2000

  There is a buzz over deforestation but what are the facts? Thanks to a new Google mapping project, Earth Engine Partners, those changes are now visible. The map compiles 100-foot-resolution satellite images of Earth’s land area taken each season, every year between 2000 and 2012, to paint a picture of where trees were lost or gained. The map one […]

Thanks to LEGO, Turtle Walks Again

Thanks to LEGO, Turtle Walks Again

  Schildi is not your average turtle. His leg was infected, leaving doctors no choice but to amputate it. Luckily, some awesome German vets found a way to make him a better, stronger, faster tortoise. Now, fitted with a Lego wheel for a leg, he’s a bionic hero in a half shell. Doctors first placed a double wheel under Schildi […]

Wrap Presents with Lush Scarf Designed by Vivienne Westwood

Wrap Presents with Lush Scarf Designed by Vivienne Westwood

  Every Christmas, the UK is responsible for using 227,000 miles of wrapping paper enough to wrap the world nine times. Two iconic British brands, Lush and Vivienne Westwood, joined together to cut back on wasting paper by using scarves instead. The designer, Vivienne Westwood, believes in buying less but buying better quality so that the product lasts. Climate Revolution […]

Floating Iceberg the Size of Singapore in Southern Ocean

Floating Iceberg the Size of Singapore in Southern Ocean

  A 700 sq km iceberg that split from Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in Antarctica last July is now moving through the Southern Ocean. UK researchers following its movement said if this current iceberg follows the trajectory of previous ones, it will bring the Singapore-size floating island of ice into international shipping lanes. The iceberg comes from PIG, the longest […]

Pakistan Earthquake Creates New Island

Pakistan Earthquake Creates New Island

  A 7.7-magnitude quake struck on Tuesday afternoon at a depth of 20km (13 miles) north-east of Awaran, in Pakistan’d remote SW province. It damage includes a death toll of 328 people and many homes destroyed. The affected areas impacts about 300,000 residents. The mountainous terrain and loss of communications is hampering the rescue operation. However, a new surprise is […]

OLEV Buses Charge While Driving

OLEV Buses Charge While Driving

  We’ve heard of electric vehicles having to wait and park in order to recharge. Although innovative, this is not convenient. To tackle this problem, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has developed a solution. The system, called OLEV (online electric vehicle), lets vehicles charge themselves while on the road or even when stationary. Last month, two […]

Las Vegas Venetian Hotel goes LED

Las Vegas Venetian Hotel goes LED

  Las Vegas has installed 42,000 new LED streetlights and is saving $2 million a year on reduced electricity bills and maintenance costs. The $2 million in annual savings goes to a special revenue fund to finance other green projects, including a 300 kW solar installation and renovation of a million square feet of public buildings to higher energy efficiency […]

Obama Enacting 1st Federal Carbon Limit

Obama Enacting 1st Federal Carbon Limit

  As promised in his inaugural speech, President Obama is supporting green movements. He said “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” and “the path toward sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult.” The Obama administration will enact the first federal carbon […]

WesternThrash: Turning Wine Bottles into Lights

WesternThrash: Turning Wine Bottles into Lights

  WesternTrash is designer glassware and lighting with Berlin soul. All products are handmade with love and attention from discarded bottles, so that no two items are exactly alike. Look closely and discover your very own mosaic of bumps, bubbles, and curves. You’ll never find that same pattern twice – every product tells a different part of the Berlin story. […]

Exhibit at Empire State Building

Exhibit at Empire State Building

  The Empire State Building had a $20 million award-winning energy retrofit project that was announced in April 2009, it’s quickly becoming a sustainability icon as well. Tomark this important process, which will reduce energy costs by $4.4 million, a sustainability exhibit was opened in the building’s second floor Visitor’s Center in 2010. Recently, the exhibit unveiled numerous audio-visual enhancements […]

Japan is Riskiest Place for Business

Japan is Riskiest Place for Business

  The study, by reinsurer Swiss Re, ranked 616 cities around the world based on the exposure of their population and economy to floods, storms, storm surges, earthquakes or tsunamis. Japan was the riskiest place to do business. Manila in the Philippines and the Pearl River Delta in China came second and third in the list of riskiest urban areas […]

40% of Food Goes to Waste

40% of Food Goes to Waste

  Over 90% of Americans may be prematurely tossing food because they misinterpret expiration dates, according to the study by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council, a non-profit environmental action group. Faulty expiration-date rules are confusing at best, says Dana Gunders, a NRDC staff scientist with the food and agriculture program. “Sell […]

Elon Musk Hyperloop Solar Powered Train

Elon Musk Hyperloop Solar Powered Train

      Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal and chief executive of Tesla Motors (TSLA) , the highest-performing, highest-rated all-electric car in North America, has just released his plans for the solar powered Hyperloop train. He released the 57 page PDF file of the Hyperloop without patents, under an open source license. Solar arrays will cover the top of tubes […]

Norwegian Town Using Mirrors to Lighten Up Winters

Norwegian Town Using Mirrors to Lighten Up Winters

  In the midst of five months of darkness this coming winter, the Norwegian town of Rjukan will have one bright spot: a town square illuminated by sunlight bounced off giant mirrors placed atop the town’s neighboring mountains. Call it a mood enhancer. Or a tourist attraction. But the three mirrors, which will be carried in via helicopter, will provide […]

Cuba’s 1st Solar Farm

Cuba’s 1st Solar Farm

  It’s like a vision of the space age, carved out of the jungle: Thousands of glassy panels surrounded by a lush canopy of green stretch as far as the eye can see, reflecting the few clouds that dot the sky on a scorching Caribbean morning. Cuba’s first solar farm opened this spring with little fanfare and no prior announcement. It […]

Smartphone Transit Ticketing Expected Increase

Smartphone Transit Ticketing Expected Increase

  As technology is evolving, the smartphone is poised to replace the ticket as the preferred method of paying for public transit. Airlines adapted to the 2-D barcode for boarding pass, and not light rail and bus systems will do the same. For example, Boston’s MBTA system has already adapted by allowed users to download the “MBTA” app where users […]

Africa’s Forbes 30 Under 30: Patrick Ngowi, Helvtic Solar Founder

Africa’s Forbes 30 Under 30: Patrick Ngowi, Helvtic Solar Founder

  For a 28 year-old Tanzanian who has built an $8 million (revenues) solar energy company, Ngowi has a remarkable story.  He is the CEO ofHelvetic Solar Contractors – a Tanzanian company that supplies, installs and maintains solar systems throughout the northern circuit of Tanzania. The company sells everything solar from photovoltaic (a.k.a. “solar”) panels and water heaters to battery banks, generators […]

Fast Drying Eco Towels by Danny Seo

Fast Drying Eco Towels by Danny Seo

  Looking to start incorporating eco friendly products into your home?  The Danny Seo Eco-Existence towels are true eco-indulgence with new technologies and beautiful, timeless colors. Made with a special loop design, the towels feature a “quick dry” technology that allows them to dry more quickly either in the dryer or when you air-dry them.    Faster drying also means they […]

Jessica Alba’s Honest Co Delivers Monthly Eco Baby Products

Jessica Alba’s Honest Co Delivers Monthly Eco Baby Products

  The Honest Company is Jessica Alba’s company that delivers monthly eco-friendly products to families with babies. The reason she created this company is, “That there’s a cause and effect to every action you take. So all of your purchasing and consuming choices are going to affect the planet and the people around you in some way, be it positive […]

Transparent Solar Panels for Windows

Transparent Solar Panels for Windows

  In the future, solar panels will no longer be restricted to the roof. You’ll be able to put them on your windows too. The transparent solar cell is made out of a plastic that absorbs invisible infared light while letting most visible light pass through. “If you take a piece of glass and compare it to our solar cell, it is […]

BMW Launches i3 Electric Car

BMW Launches i3 Electric Car

  German luxury automaker BMW unveiled its first mass-produced electric vehicle to the world on July 29. BMW on Monday took the bold strategic step of revealing its first all-electric car and said it plans to clinch a significant share of a market still in its infancy. What the mobile phone did for communication, electric mobility will do for individual mobility,” Chief Executive Norbert […]

Whole Foods Sells 1 Million Fair Trade Certified Mangoes

Whole Foods Sells 1 Million Fair Trade Certified Mangoes

  Whole Foods Market remains the only buyer of the limited supply of Fair Trade Certified mangos from Haiti.  While Whole Foods tries to ensure that more money gets to the small farmers, the real hard work is done by a group of non-governmental organizations and business people whose deep dedication to fair trade makes it all happen. Whole Foods […]

2012 Renewable Energy Use Grew to China’s Total Energy Demand

2012 Renewable Energy Use Grew to China’s Total Energy Demand

  In 2012, renewables grew 8% to 4,860TWh, as much as China’s total energy demand!  The International Energy Agency’s latest annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report was released this week, and according to current trends renewable energy sources will collectively overtake gas as the world’s second-largest source of energy by the end of this decade Renewables — hydro, solar, geothermal, biofuel and wind […]

iPhone Megaphone Works Without Electricity

iPhone Megaphone Works Without Electricity

  No electricity? No problem. Plug your iPhone into this ceramic passive amplifier, optimized to boost the sound of your iPhone output. The amplifier sits atop a wooden stand to maximize vibrations. The Megaphone comes in six colors. Four-year-old Italian design partnership En & Is (En for designer Enrico Bosa and Is for Isabella Lovero) have created a large ceramic […]

Dove Cottage Eco Home in St. John

Dove Cottage Eco Home in St. John

  Aurora Tower, a New York Vanderbilt descendant, designed and built her eco-home friendly home in St. John using sustainable materials, eco-conscience design; everything inside and out runs on sun and rain water. The home was finished in 2009 but Aurora puts allows others to enjoy this eco home by listing it for rent on jetsetter.com. Tower is a Brown […]