Ariel Schwartz

 

Ariel Schwartz is the editor of Cleantechnica.com, a daily contributor at FastCompany.com, and a former blogger for Greenbiz.com. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, live music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). A New Jersey native, she currently resides in San Francisco, CA.

Ariel Schwartz
The ICARE Project: A Trip Around the World in a Solar and Wind-Powered Car

The ICARE Project: A Trip Around the World in a Solar and Wind-Powered Car

Forget biodiesel, hybrids, and electric vehicles--Swiss engineer Mark Muller has designed a car capable of taking a 40,000 km (24,855 mile) trip around the world using only wind and solar

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Eolic: A Foldable, Portable Wind Turbine

Eolic: A Foldable, Portable Wind Turbine

Sure, it's easy enough to find a quality portable solar charger, but powerful, portable wind turbines are a different story. Enter the Eolic, a portable turbine that can be mounted on its

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Three-Layered Snail Shell Inspires Better Body Armor

Three-Layered Snail Shell Inspires Better Body Armor

Biomimicry: is there anything it can't do? The latest example of science imitating nature comes from researchers at MIT who have discovered that the shell of a tiny deep-sea snail could give way

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Portland to Get 250ft Vertical Garden With Vegetated Fins

Portland to Get 250ft Vertical Garden With Vegetated Fins

Vertical gardens are nothing new -- avid readers of Inhabitat may even remember PNC Bank's announcement that it completed North America's largest living wall back in September -- but the garden

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Gigantic Mexican Megacrystals Created by Climate Change

Gigantic Mexican Megacrystals Created by Climate Change

We spend a lot of time covering man-made designs, but everyone once in awhile it's nice to remember that nature isn't such a bad designer either. Case in point: these 11 meter-long gypsum

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San Francisco’s First Bike Box Gets Stenciled!

San Francisco’s First Bike Box Gets Stenciled!

San Franciscans, if you were wondering what that green painted box on Scott St. is for, wonder no more. San Francisco's first green bike box now has a user-friendly picture of a bicycle

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Recycle Your Old Cell Phone to Help Quake Victims in Haiti!

Recycle Your Old Cell Phone to Help Quake Victims in Haiti!

Have an old cell phone just sitting in your electronics drawer? Consider putting it to good use and donating it to ReCellular's Phones for Haiti program, a cell phone recycling initiative to

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Airnergy Charges Your Gadgets With Wi-Fi Signals

Airnergy Charges Your Gadgets With Wi-Fi Signals

This year's Consumer Electronics Show is over, but there are still a number of nifty devices trickling into our inboxes. One of our favorites is the RCA Airnergy, a USB-connected device that

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UC Berkeley Students Imagine a New Life for Old Bay Bridge Span

UC Berkeley Students Imagine a New Life for Old Bay Bridge Span

San Francisco's Bay Bridge is undergoing some serious construction that will leave an ugly casualty behind: the old eastern half of the bridge span. Last year, Rael San Fratello Architects

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$130 Duron Solar System Powers Rural Indian Homes

$130 Duron Solar System Powers Rural Indian Homes

If you only made between $400 and $4,000 a year in income and didn't have easy access to electricity, what would you do? For many rural Indians, the answer is the Duron, a $130 solar home power

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Nanoparticles Create Ultra-Vibrant LED Screens

Nanoparticles Create Ultra-Vibrant LED Screens

OLEDs may be the future of lighting technology, but LEDs are here to stay for the foreseeable future. To that end, a startup called Nanosys has created a nanomaterial coating that makes colors

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Top 5 Greener Gadgets Unveiled at CES

Top 5 Greener Gadgets Unveiled at CES

If you're like us, you've been salivating over all of the fresh greener gadgets presented at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It wasn't easy, but we managed to narrow down the

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Sponge-Like “Swelling Glass” Absorbs Toxins in Water

Sponge-Like “Swelling Glass” Absorbs Toxins in Water

Glass isn’t usually our first choice for cleaning up household messes, but a company called Absorbent Materials thinks that a new kind of “swelling glass” – glass that

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Tafoni Prefab Floating House is Inspired by the California Coast

Tafoni Prefab Floating House is Inspired by the California Coast

Houseboats are a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area, but many people find them too cramped to be a permanent residence. The Tafoni Floating Home, designed by Joanna Borek-Clement aims to

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Iconic SF Coca-Cola Billboard Gets a Green Makover

Iconic SF Coca-Cola Billboard Gets a Green Makover

Ever pass by the giant glittery Coca-Cola billboard in downtown San Francisco and wonder just how much energy it sucks up? Not nearly as much as it used to, now that the whole thing has been

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Sony Unveils Ultra-Green Vaio W Series Laptop at CES

Sony Unveils Ultra-Green Vaio W Series Laptop at CES

If you keep up with the latest gadget news, you’ve undoubtedly heard about some of the innovative products coming out of this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. One of our favorites

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Nokia Concept Phone Runs on Coke

Nokia Concept Phone Runs on Coke

As a general rule, cell phone batteries are costly, resource-intensive, and difficult to dispose of properly. So why not ditch them and run our cell phones on soda? That's the thinking behind

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SF: Golden Gate National Park Endangered Species Big Year Kick-off Celebration

SF: Golden Gate National Park Endangered Species Big Year Kick-off Celebration

The Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year is a race against time to observe each of the 36 endangered and threatened species found within the Golden Gate National Parks, while

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EnviroMission Plans Massive Solar Updraft Towers for Arizona

EnviroMission Plans Massive Solar Updraft Towers for Arizona

Australia-based EnviroMission Ltd recently announced plans to build two solar updraft towers that span hundreds of acres in La Paz County, Arizona. Solar updraft technology sounds promising

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CIA Teams Up With Climate Scientists to Monitor Climate Change

CIA Teams Up With Climate Scientists to Monitor Climate Change

A government espionage organization joins up with climate researchers in a race to figure out what's happening to our fragile planet. No, it isn't the plot of a new action flick -- it's part of

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Tobacco: The Next Big Biofuel?

Tobacco: The Next Big Biofuel?

We've seen biofuels made from some pretty strange substances -- tuberculosis bacteria, watermelons, and chocolate, to name a few -- but a new effort to gather biofuel from tobacco leaves might

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GE Gives Santa a High-Tech Green Sleigh

GE Gives Santa a High-Tech Green Sleigh

Santa's sleigh has used the same old design for too long. After all, we have so many new green innovations that could streamline its flight and make Santa and the reindeer more comfortable.

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High-Speed Javelin Trains Arrive in the UK

High-Speed Javelin Trains Arrive in the UK

This week the UK joined the ranks of many other European countries as it unveiled its first domestic high-speed rail service. The 140 mph Japanese-built Javelin trains will be slightly more

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Copenhagen Wheel: MIT Unveils the Swiss Army Knife of Bike Wheels

Copenhagen Wheel: MIT Unveils the Swiss Army Knife of Bike Wheels

Photography by Maxtomasinelli The Copenhagen Wheel, unveiled today by MIT students at the COP15 Climate Change Conference, may not look like anything special. But in reality, it's a treasure

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NASA Launches Solar-Powered Asteroid-Detecting Telescope

NASA Launches Solar-Powered Asteroid-Detecting Telescope

This morning NASA launched the WISE (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer), a solar-powered infrared telescope that will scan the skies for earth-threatening asteroids and comets. We love

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Dochodo Zoo Island is an Eden at Sea

Dochodo Zoo Island is an Eden at Sea

It sounds like the plot of the movie Jurassic Park (minus the dinosaurs), but JDS Architects have created an incredible plan for a zoo located on the South Korean island of Dochodo. The island

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Precious Lithium Squeezed Out of Geothermal Waste Water

Precious Lithium Squeezed Out of Geothermal Waste Water

We need electric vehicles to curb our thirst for oil, but there's a problem: EV's generally use lots of lithium in their batteries, and that's another limited resource. Now Simbol Mining thinks

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Self-Destructing Bacteria Could Be the Key to Better Biofuels

Self-Destructing Bacteria Could Be the Key to Better Biofuels

Normally we don't advocate self-destruction, but in the case of biofuel-producing bacteria, it might be a good thing. Researchers at Arizona State University have genetically engineered

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Forget Tesla: The Maniwa Wooden Car is a Real Green Supervehicle

Forget Tesla: The Maniwa Wooden Car is a Real Green Supervehicle

We come across plenty of slick green cars in our daily treks across the Internet, but the Maniwa wooden sports car takes the cake as the simplest. The vehicle, which was designed and handbuilt

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Project Bottlestop: A Solar-Powered, Bottle-Adorned Bus Shelter

Project Bottlestop: A Solar-Powered, Bottle-Adorned Bus Shelter

We've seen plenty of innovative bus shelters before, but Project Bottlestop might just be the most beautiful. Designed by UK College of Design student Aaron Scales, the shelter uses recycled

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