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
eRinGo EV is a Spinning Ring Car for Two

eRinGo EV is a Spinning Ring Car for Two

Iranian CG artist Mohammed Ghezel has conceived of a vehicle sure to give you the spins with this eRinGo concept, a drum/ring-shaped electric vehicle that features two steering wheels for double

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Mud Stencils Create Environmentally-Conscious Graffiti

Mud Stencils Create Environmentally-Conscious Graffiti

DIY graffiti doesn't have to be ugly-- it can be thought-provoking, challenging, and perhaps most importantly, temporary. Jesse Graves, an artist based in Milwaukee Wisconsin, has harnessed mud

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Hedgehog Concert Pavilion Makes Traffic Cones Beautiful

Hedgehog Concert Pavilion Makes Traffic Cones Beautiful

Traffic cones often signal some sort of disaster or messy construction zone, but NYC architecture firm EFGH has managed to upcycle the orange cones into something beautiful with this 15x15'

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Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

The serene back-and-forth movement of a rocking chair is nothing if not relaxing. It can also be useful and productive, according to Rochus Jacob. The designer's Murakami Chair, a winner in

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SunPods Modular Solar EV Charging Station Debuts in California

SunPods Modular Solar EV Charging Station Debuts in California

The problem with most electric vehicle charging stations is that you never know where your electricity is coming from--and unfortunately it's often arriving courtesy of a dirty coal plant.

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Hydrogen Peroxide Powered Drag Racers Take Off!

Hydrogen Peroxide Powered Drag Racers Take Off!

Hydrogen peroxide is best known for its properties as a hair dye and disinfectant, but it might just power the next generation of drag racers as well. Unlike expensive hydrogen fuel cell and

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Five Lean, Mean, and Green Electric Vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show

Five Lean, Mean, and Green Electric Vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show

It's almost time again for the Tokyo Motor Show, Japan's biennial auto show that is famous for showcasing the latest and greatest concept cars. This year's show doesn't take place until October

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Stadium Franco Sensi: Rome’s Solar-Powered Stadium

Stadium Franco Sensi: Rome’s Solar-Powered Stadium

Forget decorative crystalline stadium skins; Gino Zavanella's recently unveiled stadium is completely plastered in energy-generating photovoltaic panels. Stadium Franco Sensi, set to be built in

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Cupcake Car is the Tastiest Electric Vehicle Around

Cupcake Car is the Tastiest Electric Vehicle Around

Electric vehicles already attract attention on the street, but if you really want to get noticed, consider buying the Cupcake Car, a tasty-looking automobile designed by Bay Area artist Lisa

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Norfolk Southern Unveils Zero Emission Plug-in Electric Train

Norfolk Southern Unveils Zero Emission Plug-in Electric Train

We've covered plenty of plug-in hybrid electric cars, and now Norfolk Southern Corp. is extending the same technology to locomotives with its prototype battery-powered train, the NS 999. The

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Singapore’s Largest Garden Project to Sprout Solar Supertrees

Singapore’s Largest Garden Project to Sprout Solar Supertrees

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

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Vertical Farm Eco City is a Wind Powered Wonderland

Vertical Farm Eco City is a Wind Powered Wonderland

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

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WEST COAST GREEN 2009: Day 1 Roundup

WEST COAST GREEN 2009: Day 1 Roundup

Each year, West Coast Green brings together the largest conference on green innovation for the built environment with leading sustainable businesses and an eclectic group of green technology

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Nissan Uses Fish-Inspired Design to Increase Car Safety

Nissan Uses Fish-Inspired Design to Increase Car Safety

Believe it or not, vehicle designers can learn a lot from fish, which have the impressive ability to glide around obstacles, all while staying in a tightly controlled pack. If cars were able to

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Biomega’s Boston Folding Bike: World’s First Theft-Proof Bicycle?

Biomega’s Boston Folding Bike: World’s First Theft-Proof Bicycle?

Any big city resident can attest to the issue of rampant bike thefts -- most of us have have experience with at least a wheel being stolen. The only solution up until now been to ride around on

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Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

It's easy enough to monitor home power consumption, but few people think about the energy impact of talking on cell phones for hours on end. After all, cell towers have to be powered by

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Researchers Generate Biofuel from Tuberculosis Bacteria

Researchers Generate Biofuel from Tuberculosis Bacteria

Dangerous bacteria -- is there anything it can't do? First we learned that scientists at Birmingham University are using E.Coli to clean up nuclear waste, and now comes word that MIT researchers

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Discovery of Water on Moon Means that Lunar Service Station is Possible

Discovery of Water on Moon Means that Lunar Service Station is Possible

Many environmentalists argue that it's important to focus our attention on Earth's problems before venturing off into space, but the recent discovery of water on the moon means that exploring

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NTT Docomo Reveals Scrap Wood Cell Phone Concept

NTT Docomo Reveals Scrap Wood Cell Phone Concept

We’ve covered wooden gadgets before, but NTT Docomo‘s TOUCH WOOD concept phone is possibly the first wood-encased smart phone ever. The phone, developed in conjunction with Sharp,

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Honda Unveils U3-X Electric Unicycle – Look out Segway!

Honda Unveils U3-X Electric Unicycle – Look out Segway!

Ever wished you could zip down the street on a self-balancing electric unicycle? So have the engineers at Honda. The Segway-like U3-X developed by the Japanese company, travels at 3.7 MPH on an

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First Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Installed Between SF and LA

First Electric Vehicle Charging Corridor Installed Between SF and LA

One of the biggest problems with electric vehicle technology is the lack of a plug-in infrastructure on our roads. But that problem is about to disappear -- at least for some commuters on

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Blood-Powered Lamp Makes You Bleed for Your Light

Blood-Powered Lamp Makes You Bleed for Your Light

We often just assume that energy to power our TVs, computers, cell phones, and other electronics will always be readily available. But the earth's resources are scarce - a reality that designer

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E.Coli Cleans Up Nuclear Waste Cheaply, Efficiently

E.Coli Cleans Up Nuclear Waste Cheaply, Efficiently

E. Coli does more than just make people sick -- it can also be used to clean up nuclear waste, according to researchers at Birmingham University. The research team found that E. Coli bacteria

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Solar Filling Stations: On-Demand Fuel for Electric Cars and Bikes

Solar Filling Stations: On-Demand Fuel for Electric Cars and Bikes

The problem with grid-powered electric cars, bikes, and scooters is that you never know what's supplying their energy. Is it coal, solar, nuclear, or some combination of the three? Enter the

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New Envion Facility Turns Plastic Waste into $10/Barrel Fuel

New Envion Facility Turns Plastic Waste into $10/Barrel Fuel

What if we could turn all the plastic waste we create on a daily basis into fuel to power our cars? A Washington, DC-based company called Envion claims it can do just that with a process that

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Denmark Brings World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Online

Denmark Brings World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Online

Wind power is the fastest growing source of renewable energy in Europe, so it's no surprise to learn that Denmark is launching the world's biggest offshore wind farm this week. Using 91 turbines

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Panasonic’s New LED Bulbs Shine for 19 Years

Panasonic’s New LED Bulbs Shine for 19 Years

Despite lasting longer and being more efficient than both incandescent and CFL bulbs, LEDs haven't caught on because of their sky-high prices. But now Panasonic wants to bring LEDs to the

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Germany to Create Countrywide Hydrogen Fuel Network by 2015

Germany to Create Countrywide Hydrogen Fuel Network by 2015

When it comes to the future of automotive technology, electric cars get the lion's share of the attention. But hydrogen-powered vehicles are slowly gaining traction, first with an announcement

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Researchers Create Electric Circuit That Runs On Tree Power

Researchers Create Electric Circuit That Runs On Tree Power

Trees provide us with oxygen, shade, timber, and...power? That's what researchers at the University of Washington proved recently when they ran a circuit off energy generated by a tree. The

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World’s Largest Solar Plant in China Will Power 3 Million Homes

World’s Largest Solar Plant in China Will Power 3 Million Homes

Arizona-based First Solar announced yesterday plans to construct the world's largest solar plant in Ordos, China. When completed in 2019, the 2,000 megawatt Ordos solar farm will produce enough

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