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Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes

Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes

  Four Ways to Recycle Your Clothes: 1. H&M has a new policy allowing shoppers to donate bags of clothing (which don’t have to be in good condition or carry an H&M label) in exchange for a 15 percent discount on an item of their choice. Puma and The North Face stores also accept worn clothing, and other retailers such as Levi’s, […]

Asian Countries Review Importing GMO US Wheat

Asian Countries Review Importing GMO US Wheat

  America is the world’s biggest wheat exporter, shipping $8 billion worth around the world every year. This represents nearly half the total $17.9 billion crop, according to U.S. Wheat Associates, which promotes American wheat abroad.  The presence of the genetically modified plant could cause some countries to turn away exports of American wheat, especially if any traces of the […]

Vegan Rubber Roma Rain Boots $84

Vegan Rubber Roma Rain Boots $84

  April showers are long gone, but that doesn’t mean the rains have stopped. Roma‘s vegan rubber rain boots are made from 100-percent natural latex rubber, and they’re lined with cotton to keep your feet warm and comfortable. Fairly made in China from 100 percent natural latex rubber, each boot includes a lining of quick-drying cotton to keep your toes […]

Beyonce Partners with Rent The Runway Boutique

Beyonce Partners with Rent The Runway Boutique

  Beyonce is pairing her Sasha Fierce style with affordable prices in her new partnership with Rent The Runway. The online boutique provides inexpensive, high fashion apparel from over 100 designers and will now offer selections from the Beyonce Boutique. Rent the runway members can rent items for either 4 or 8 days. The site allows users to dress nice […]

Tesla Pays Back $465m Loan 9 Years Early

Tesla Pays Back $465m Loan 9 Years Early

  Tesla Motors, Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based company that designs, manufactures and sells electric cars and electric vehicle powertrain components. Tesla Motors is a public company that trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol TSLA. After 10 years, Tesla posted profits, approximately $11 million,  for the first time during the first quarter of 2013. The company paid […]

Will Mosanto Kill or Save Us?

Will Mosanto Kill or Save Us?

  Monsanto is the company that allows farmers to grow more food with less land, water and energy. But it is also the company that brought us products we now know were far more dangerous than advertised, including the insecticide DDT, the toxic industrial chemicals known as PCBs, and the Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange, which poisoned our own soldiers with […]

Walmart’s New Sustainable Supercube Trucks

Walmart’s New Sustainable Supercube Trucks

  Walmart realized that having fewer cargo trips while using bigger trucks helped improve their profits. Therefore Walmart Canada came up with the idea of making bigger trucks to  drop their shipping costs and reduce traffic. Working with an Ontario-based company called Innovative Trailer Design, they commissioned what they’re calling the Walmart Supercube, which holds 30% more cargo in the same footprint. […]

Geneva Electric Buses Charge in 15 Seconds

Geneva Electric Buses Charge in 15 Seconds

  A new charging system for electric buses known as “flash-charging” can charge buses in 15 seconds. This means that buses can transport people without producing any local emissions, requiring overheard power lines, and avoiding lengthy stops to recharge. The flash charger uses a laser-controlled arm to connect the receptacle on the bus with the charger, which could be integrated […]

Google Investing $12m into South Africa Jasper Power Project

Google Investing $12m into South Africa Jasper Power Project

  Google has announced its first ever renewable energies investment in Africa, putting $12m (103 million Rand) in the Jasper Power Project, a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa. Once it’s complete, the Jasper Power Project will be among the largest solar installations in Africa, and it could generate enough electricity to power 30,000 South African homes. “When […]

British Loo Turned Into “The Attendant” Coffee Bar

British Loo Turned Into “The Attendant” Coffee Bar

  Peter Tomlinson took redundancy from his marketing job and ploughed much of his money into converting a former public toilet near Oxford Circus to create a sandwich and coffee bar.  In jolly olde England, a toilet is called a “loo“. There used to be lots of public ones around but they seem to have disappeared. The former Victorian lav, which has […]

Exxon Mobil Arkansas Oil Spill

Exxon Mobil Arkansas Oil Spill

  Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude from Patoka, Illinois to Nederland, Texas, was shut after the leak was discovered late Friday afternoon in a subdivision near the town of Mayflower. The leak forced the evacuation of 22 homes. Exxon also had no specific estimate of how much crude oil had […]

Ford 2013 C-Max Drives 47 Miles Per Gallon?

Ford 2013 C-Max Drives 47 Miles Per Gallon?

  Ford has been in the green marketplace for quite a while, but the C-Max CUV represents a giant leap forward in its effort to topple the vaunted Toyota Prius.  The SEL model has an MSRP sticker price of $31,605. It looks like a typical four-door hatchback but is 4 inches higher than most small hatchbacks, feeling like a mini […]

Dolphin Carries Dead Calf on Her Back

Dolphin Carries Dead Calf on Her Back

  Whale watchers in Dana Point, Calif., witnessed an unexpected display on Tuesday when they saw a female dolphin carrying her dead calf on her back, according to KTLA-TV.Passengers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari saw the dolphin with something on her back supported by her dorsal fin, and before long identified it as a dolphin calf. “The […]

London Cycling Debuts Bike Friendly Trucks

London Cycling Debuts Bike Friendly Trucks

  Approximately 50 percent of all cycling fatalities in Greater London involve large scale lorries (trucks), and  about three-quarters of those vehicles are from the construction industry. In  the interest of protecting bike commuters, the London Cycling Campaign recently released  its Safer Urban Lorry design: a new type of  truck that makes it easier for drivers to spot and avoid […]

E-Commerce Grows Bike Delivery

E-Commerce Grows Bike Delivery

    The next time you’re stuck in traffic, blame all that stuff you buy online. E-commerce sales jumped 15% last year, to $186 billion in the U.S., and the daily volume of shipments for FedEx and UPS has grown every year since 2009. Although bikes can’t fix the traffic problem, they can help it. Using bikes to alleviate congestion […]

Cooking Oil Powers KLM Transatlantic Flights

Cooking Oil Powers KLM Transatlantic Flights

  KLM has been offering biofuel-powered flights for  years,  While the Dutch airline started regularly using recycled cooking oil on some commercial flights between Amsterdam and Paris in June 2011, this latest  usage represents the first time biofuels will be used on a regular weekly  schedule on transatlantic flights. Dutch airline KLM has begun powering some commercial flights on an eco-friendly […]

Endangered Smiling Baby Elephant

Endangered Smiling Baby Elephant

  The photo above has received thousands of up votes on Reddit, generating comments like, “I haz grass,” and, “The world needs more elephants.” The African elephant is the 3rd largest animal walking the Earth. Their herds wander through 37 countries in Africa. They are easily recognized by their trunks, used for communication and handling objects, as well as their […]

Andriod App to Control Lawn Irrigation

Andriod App to Control Lawn Irrigation

  Google engineers J.J Barrons and Joe Fernandez have developed this lawn irrigation system. In January 2012, Joe Fernandez posted an entry that began “So… I connected my lawn to the internet.” and went on to cover the ins and outs of his experiment building what he calls the Irrduino Project, which aimed to add remote control functionality to lawn […]

Apple Data Centers Use 100% Renewable Energy

Apple Data Centers Use 100% Renewable Energy

  Apple has released its environmental report and, among other interesting things, it now states that is uses 100% renewable energy for its data centers and 75% for its needs overall, up from 35% in 2010. The end goal is 100% renewable energy use for all of the company’s energy needs. Its likely that not all that clean energy will […]

Building World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant in CA

Building World’s Largest Solar Tower Power Plant in CA

  Concentrating solar power companies Abengoa and BrightSource Energy will soon team up to build the world’s largest solar tower facility in Southern California. The new solar development will be located on federal land, and it’s being facilitated by the Bureau of Land Management. The 500-megawatt Palen Solar Electric Generating System will create 2,000 new construction jobs, and it will produce […]

SoundScaper, Noise Pollution Converter

SoundScaper, Noise Pollution Converter

  The Soundscraper takes advantage of city noise pollution by capturing airborne sound and converting it into usable energy. One of the most abundant energy sources is ambient motion. Vibrations can provide plentiful energy, and can be transferred through many media, making this form of kinetic energy very useful. The Soundscraper is located next to main transport infrastructures, mostly outside […]

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi

World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant in Abu Dhabi

  It might seem ironic that the oil-rich Middle East also holds nearly half of the world’s renewable energy potential – but yesterday the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, officially inaugurated Shams 1, the largest concentrated solar power plant (CSP) in the world. The plant was designed and developed by Shams Power Company, […]

Earth Hour 2013, 6 Year Anniversary

Earth Hour 2013, 6 Year Anniversary

  Tonight, at 8:30 pm local time, houses and commercial buildings all over the world suddenly went dark. No, it’s not a global power outage, it’s Earth Hour! Started in 2007, this annual event has become a worldwide phenomenon, educating people about the threat of climate change, and encouraging a commitment to more sustainable behavior. In a message to the […]

Brazil to Count Trees in Amazon

Brazil to Count Trees in Amazon

  Brazil is reportedly going to create a census of its rainforest trees by counting each in an attempt to better learn how to conserve its trees. The planned tree census, set to take four years. “Teams sent across Brazil’s 3,288,000 square miles, encompassing about half of the world’s remaining tropical forest, will sample about 20,000 points at 20-kilometer intervals,” reports […]

EU Banning Certain Pesticides to Protect Bees

EU Banning Certain Pesticides to Protect Bees

  Using the precautionary principle, Europe’s regulators have taken aggressive action to protect bee health. Bayer‘s imidacloprid and clothianidin, and Syngenta‘s thiamethoxam will be banned, subject to re-evaluation after two years, if EU Member States approve a measure put forward this week by the European Commission. Recent studies have shown that in the nests of bees exposed to the neonicotinoid […]

Prius was California’s Best Selling Car in 2012

Prius was California’s Best Selling Car in 2012

  California has often been at the avant-garde of various trends in the U.S., and they appear to be leading the way when it comes to hybrids. “It’s extremely reliable and roomy, rides well, has secure handling and is super-cheap to operate,” the magazine writes in its February issue. How cheap? 49 cents a mile when everything is factored in. […]

Masdar Developing Desalination Plants in UAE

Masdar Developing Desalination Plants in UAE

  Places throughout the world are facing a looming water crisis, including the hot, dry Middle East. Masdar, a UAE company, held a packed press conference late last week to announce its launch of three renewably-powered desalination pilot projects. The company will  explore ways to “harness natural resources, like solar, wind, geothermal.” Seawater desalination is considered one of the best ways […]

What Wastes Energy and Stands Out From Space?

What Wastes Energy and Stands Out From Space?

  When looking at images of the Earth at night captured by NASA, you expect to see more light in densely populated areas and less light in more rural areas. That’s normal. However, NPR points out, you can also find a big cluster of lights in an area of what should be mostly empty Western plains. The light blob on […]

H&M: 1st Fashion Company to Launch Global Clothes Recycling Program

H&M: 1st Fashion Company to Launch Global Clothes Recycling Program

  Swedish global fashion firm Hennes & Mauritz plans to start collecting old clothes from next year to hand over for recycling, it said on Thursday. H&M, the world’s second biggest fashion chain after Spanish group Inditex, said in a statement it will become the first fashion company to launch a clothing collection initiative worldwide. “From February 2013, customers will […]

Lady Bird Johnson Forever Stamps

Lady Bird Johnson Forever Stamps

  On Friday, the United States Postal Service issued the commemorative Forever Stamp to celebrate the centennial of Johnson’s birth this year. She was born Dec. 22, 1912, and died at her home in Austin on July 11, 2007.The Lady Bird Johnson souvenir sheet features six stamps, a quote from the First Lady reflecting her belief that the environment is our common […]