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
Solar-Powered Plane Takes Maiden Flight

Solar-Powered Plane Takes Maiden Flight

We were thrilled to learn last month that the Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane that will take a 20 to 25 day trip around the world, made its first successful test down the runway. And now

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Inhabitat’s Green Guide to COP15

Inhabitat’s Green Guide to COP15

COP15 KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK! Next week marks a crucial moment in history as the United Nations COP15 Climate Change Conference kicks off in Copenhagen! This monumental event will convene 20,000

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Self-Heating Radiator Roads Save Cars From Icy Conditions

Self-Heating Radiator Roads Save Cars From Icy Conditions

It's about that time of the year when roads start freezing over and cars slip-slide into accidents. Fortunately for drivers, Researchers at the University of Houston, Texas want to make these

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Tata Nano: World’s Cheapest Car to Go Hybrid

Tata Nano: World’s Cheapest Car to Go Hybrid

The Tata Nano, a four-passenger city car developed and sold in India, has become famous for being the world's cheapest car. At just $2,200 a pop, the Nano has also gained a reputation for its

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CONCRETE CLOTH: Flexible Material Makes Durable Disaster Shelters

CONCRETE CLOTH: Flexible Material Makes Durable Disaster Shelters

When a disaster strikes, it's often difficult to get shelters up in time for displaced residents. Enter Concrete Canvas's new Concrete Cloth, a durable waterproof building material made of

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Algae Could Be the Key to Ultra-Thin Biodegradable Batteries

Algae Could Be the Key to Ultra-Thin Biodegradable Batteries

Algae is often touted as the next big thing in biofuels, but the slimy stuff could also be the key to paper-thin biodegradable batteries according to researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden.

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EDEN FALLS: Skyscraper Zoo Topped With a Waterfall

EDEN FALLS: Skyscraper Zoo Topped With a Waterfall

Costanera Sur is a proposal for a vertical zoo in Buenos Aires that transforms a pile of rubble into a towering pillar of falling water. Designed by Visiondivision, the project aims to reclaim

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Solar-Powered Plane Makes Runway Debut

Solar-Powered Plane Makes Runway Debut

Biofuels are often touted as the next big thing in airplane fuel technology, but solar power shouldn't be discounted -- as was recently proven by the team behind the Solar Impulse. The

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Power Your Music Player With Your Running Pants

Power Your Music Player With Your Running Pants

Instead of just burning calories, why not use all that energy from exercising to power your MP3 player? The Dancepants Kinetic Music Player, a shortlisted entry in Designboom's Green Life

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Kris Kuksi’s Recycled Toy Sculptures Will Scare the Kids

Kris Kuksi’s Recycled Toy Sculptures Will Scare the Kids

The beautiful thing about upcycled materials is that the end results often bear no resemblance to the original items. Such is the case with sculptor Kris Kuksi's toy sculptures, which are

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Bomb-Proof Wallpaper Could Save You in a Natural Disaster

Bomb-Proof Wallpaper Could Save You in a Natural Disaster

Imagine: a hurricane is barreling towards your house, but instead of hiding in the basement, you can stay safely and comfortably in your living room, all thanks to your X-Flex Blast Protection

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ChargeCar Aims to Create Crowdsourced Electric Vehicles

ChargeCar Aims to Create Crowdsourced Electric Vehicles

A person who drives 60 miles to work every day has different needs than someone who drives across town. So instead of designing electric cars to match the performance of petroleum-powered

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Coke Announces Global Rollout of Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Coke Announces Global Rollout of Plant-Based Plastic Bottles

Nearly 1.6 billion servings of Coca-Cola-branded beverages are served each day. Now some of them will be just a little bit greener now that Coke has announced the global rollout of its

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Trash-Powered Street Lamp!

Trash-Powered Street Lamp!

Think about how much trash goes into a bin in, say, New York City's Times Square on a daily basis. What if all that garbage could be used to generate energy? That's the thinking behind designer

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NASA Unveils Chemical-Sniffing Device for the iPhone

NASA Unveils Chemical-Sniffing Device for the iPhone

Is there anything the iPhone can't do? Researchers at NASA's Homeland Security Cell-All program have brought the latest mind-boggling application to Apple's phone in the form of a stamp-sized

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Zero-Power Digital Cloud Shows Images and Data in the London Skyline

Zero-Power Digital Cloud Shows Images and Data in the London Skyline

It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, but architects at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have a plan to build a massive digital cloud above the London skyline. The

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Wireless Road Trains Keep Highway Vehicles Linked Together

Wireless Road Trains Keep Highway Vehicles Linked Together

What if you could drive onto the highway, take your hands off the wheel, and sit back and read a book? That might not be as far-fetched as you might think if an EU-financed research project is

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275 MPG eVARO Electric Vehicle Goes From 0 to 60 in 5 Seconds

275 MPG eVARO Electric Vehicle Goes From 0 to 60 in 5 Seconds

The Progressive Automotive X-Prize is heating up as the May 2010 start date approaches, and one of our favorite entrants is the eVARO, a three-wheeled plug-in hybrid from Future Vehicles

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Transport System Runs on Super-Strong Magnetic Fields

Transport System Runs on Super-Strong Magnetic Fields

Instead of moving goods on resource-intensive trains, Spain-based technology company Novateq Guerrero SNL wants to build out a different kind of transportation network--one that uses

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Manhole of the Future is Powered by Rainwater

Manhole of the Future is Powered by Rainwater

Instead of acting as one of the most bland parts of city landscapes, what if manholes served a purpose? That’s what designers Cheolyeon Jo and Youngsun Lee propose with their “Eco

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Low-Energy Laser Etching Could Replace Annoying Fruit Labels

Low-Energy Laser Etching Could Replace Annoying Fruit Labels

How many times have you bit into a piece of fruit only to find that you're also chomping on a sticker label? The small yet wasteful labels have long been the bane of waste-conscious fruit and

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Living Light Sculpture Maps Seoul’s Air Quality

Living Light Sculpture Maps Seoul’s Air Quality

Seoul, South Korea is filled with blinding light-up displays and headache-inducing neon screens. But residents of the city who want to see these displays put to good use need only take a trip to

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Europe Launches Satellite Able to Predict Floods and Droughts

Europe Launches Satellite Able to Predict Floods and Droughts

Global warming has dramatically increased the unpredictability of weather patterns, but what if we could more accurately pinpoint the future location and intensity of floods and droughts? That

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Regen’s Giant Solar-Powered iPod Dock Pumps Out the Tunes

Regen’s Giant Solar-Powered iPod Dock Pumps Out the Tunes

Earlier this week, Regen wowed us with their sleek, modular iPhone charger. Now the electronics company is back again with another impressive Apple-related product: the Reverb, an eye-catching

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Savior Bud Device Produces Drinking Water from Tree Leaves

Savior Bud Device Produces Drinking Water from Tree Leaves

Drinking water is all around us -- if we know where to look. The Giving Tree-inspired Savior Bud designed by Seol Ah Sun and Kim Hyo Jin is a portable device that attaches to tree leaves and

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3Prong Power Upgrades Any Prius to Plug-in Status

3Prong Power Upgrades Any Prius to Plug-in Status

Toyota is leasing 500 prototype plug-in hybrid Prius's to lucky recipients in the U.S, Europe, and Japan next year, but what about all the other Prius owners who want to provide some plug-in

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Bel & Bel Upcycles Vintage Vespas into Office Furniture

Bel & Bel Upcycles Vintage Vespas into Office Furniture

With so many slick electric motorcycles on the horizon, it's getting increasingly difficult to justify the use of polluting, petroleum-powered older models. But instead of sending old Vespas to

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ReNu Modular iPhone Charger Makes Solar Power Sleek

ReNu Modular iPhone Charger Makes Solar Power Sleek

The problem with most built-in solar gadget chargers is that it just doesn't make sense to stick your pricey phone in the sun for the whole day while you wait for it to charge. But the Regen

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Ridgeblade Wind Turbine Silences NIMBYs

Ridgeblade Wind Turbine Silences NIMBYs

Rooftop solar panels are unlikely to elicit complaints from neighbors--they're silent and relatively unobtrusive. But loud rooftop wind turbines? That's where the virtually NIMBY-proof

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San Francisco Implements Nation’s First Mandatory Composting Law

San Francisco Implements Nation’s First Mandatory Composting Law

San Francisco already diverts over 72% of its waste from landfills thanks to rigorous recycling efforts, and now the city is set to cut down on trash even more with the country's first mandatory

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