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
First Algae-Powered Car Attempts to Cross US on 25 Gallons

First Algae-Powered Car Attempts to Cross US on 25 Gallons

Just yesterday San Francisco saw the unveiling of the world's first algae fuel-powered vehicle, dubbed the Algaeus. The plug-in hybrid car, which is a Prius tricked out with a nickel metal

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The Next Revolution: Iran Gets its First Electric Car

The Next Revolution: Iran Gets its First Electric Car

Outside of Israel and Shai Agassi's electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure company Better Place, the Middle East doesn't have much of an electric car industry. That might change soon now that a

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Competition Offers $250,000 to Design Pedal-Powered Helicopter

Competition Offers $250,000 to Design Pedal-Powered Helicopter

Who knew that pedal-powered flight would have such a sudden resurgence in popularity? Recently we looked at a Dutch teenager who is making waves with his pedal-powered plane made out of balsa

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IS IT GREEN?: McDonald’s

IS IT GREEN?: McDonald’s

McDonald's is a fast food chain rife with contradictions. The restaurant ships in food from all over the world on carbon-intensive planes and trucks, while simultaneously installing electric

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Japan Plans $21 Billion Solar Space Post to Power 294,000 Homes

Japan Plans $21 Billion Solar Space Post to Power 294,000 Homes

The concept of space-based solar power was introduced way back in 1968, but it's only recently that the world has latched on to the idea. Japan is definitely getting in on the action with its

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Teenager Builds Pedal-Powered Airplane Out of Balsa Wood

Teenager Builds Pedal-Powered Airplane Out of Balsa Wood

Lots of kids wish they could build an airplane and fly away, but Dutch teenager Jesse van Kuijk has become one of the rare few to make it happen with his pedal-powered plane made out of balsa

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Worse Than We Thought

Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Worse Than We Thought

It's a rumor that we hoped would never be confirmed: at least 1,700 miles of plastic trash is floating in what is commonly known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Up until this point,

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Solar Roadways to Prototype First Ever Solar Road Panel

Solar Roadways to Prototype First Ever Solar Road Panel

Ever drive on the highway and think about how much solar energy is wasted on the asphalt below? Apparently, so has Solar Roadways. The startup was awarded a $100,000 U.S. Department of

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World’s First Tower Made of Hundreds of Living Trees

World’s First Tower Made of Hundreds of Living Trees

Treehouses are nothing new to enterprising kids, but a group of architects at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have brought a new twist to the idea: the first tower made entirely out of

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Australian Scientists Develop World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell

Australian Scientists Develop World’s Most Efficient Solar Cell

The race for the world's most efficient solar power cell is forever played out in fractions of percentages. The latest victory comes from scientists at the University of New South Wales in

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MIT Develops Robotic Fish to Detect Environmental Pollutants

MIT Develops Robotic Fish to Detect Environmental Pollutants

MIT engineers have developed a cheap, compact robotic fish that can go where no man (or underwater vehicle) has been able to go before. The pint-sized robofish, developed by Kamal Youcuf-Toumi

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Global Warming Could Actually Tilt the Earth’s Axis

Global Warming Could Actually Tilt the Earth’s Axis

Lots of things cause Earth's spinning top-like axis to shift -- earthquakes, El Nino, and even volcano eruptions. Now scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory say that global warming

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IS IT GREEN? ExxonMobil

IS IT GREEN? ExxonMobil

It's easy enough to dismiss oil and gas company claims of sustainability as out of hand, but what happens when a respected outside source asserts green claims? That's what happened recently with

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KAIST Hybrid Vehicles Run on Electric Roads

KAIST Hybrid Vehicles Run on Electric Roads

Hybrid-electric vehicles are expected to explode in popularity over the next decade thanks to their gasoline-saving abilities. But Korea's Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

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Solar Sunflower Field Energizes Austin, Texas

Solar Sunflower Field Energizes Austin, Texas

A retail lot in Austin, Texas recently sprouted a stunning field of solar sunflowers that soak up the sun's rays to provide shade while generating a steady stream of renewable energy. Designed

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Contortionist Folding Bike Rolls Up Smaller Than a Wheel

Contortionist Folding Bike Rolls Up Smaller Than a Wheel

There's a reason you don't see too many people toting around folding bikes; many have small wheels that make for an uncomfortable ride, and the ones that don't tend to be too clunky when folded

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San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

San Francisco Transforming Toxic Site into UN Global Warming Center

The Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco is a former naval shipyard filled with radiation and industrial toxins. It's so dangerous that the U.S. Environmental Agency has designated it as one

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Vegetal City: Idealistic Visions of Our Urban Future

Vegetal City: Idealistic Visions of Our Urban Future

Ever wonder what our modern-day cities could look like 100 years from now in a perfect world? Architect Luc Schuiten endeavors to find out with his Vegetal City installation, currently on

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Ladonia: A Micronation Made of Driftwood and Nails

Ladonia: A Micronation Made of Driftwood and Nails

Looking for a change of scenery? Consider moving to Ladonia, a micronation made up of driftwood, nails, and nine-story wooden "fortresses" located in the southwest corner of Sweden. Designed by

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Solar-Powered Moon Rover to Explore Apollo Landing Site

Solar-Powered Moon Rover to Explore Apollo Landing Site

Solar power doesn't have to be limited to Earth-based gadgets -- at least, not if Carnegie Mellon roboticist Dr. William Whittaker has anything to say about it. Whitaker and Astrobiotic

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Bibliosphere: Eco Death Star Filled With Books

Bibliosphere: Eco Death Star Filled With Books

Seeking an eco-friendly update to musty old libraries and sterile offices, Greeen! Architects has unveiled the Bibliosphere, a massive sustainable structure where city and university are

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Hybrid Squared: Ingenious Energy-Generating Bike Rental System

Hybrid Squared: Ingenious Energy-Generating Bike Rental System

Designer Chiyu Chen has conceived of an ingenious transit system that encourages the use of sustainable transportation by crediting people for renting and riding bicycles. His Hybrid2 system

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Real-Life Wall-E Recycling Robot Takes to the Streets of Italy

Real-Life Wall-E Recycling Robot Takes to the Streets of Italy

It may not be as tiny or nimble as Wall-E, but this real-life DustCart robot traversing the streets of Peccioli, Italy is just as cute. The robot, part of the $3.9 million DustBot research

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Solar Mobile Home Liberates Office-Bound Desk Jockies

Solar Mobile Home Liberates Office-Bound Desk Jockies

Today all that nomadic telecommuters need is internet access, a phone, and some strong coffee. Waskman Design Studio's stunning mobile home, designed for Vodafone, has all of those things

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15 Year Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System

15 Year Old Invents Algae-Powered Energy System

Thanks to 15 year old Texan Javier Fernández-Han, we feel a little more hopeful about the next generation's ability to adapt to a world of limited resources. The high school student developed a

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Remote-Controlled LED Light Bulbs Offer 7 Shades of White

Remote-Controlled LED Light Bulbs Offer 7 Shades of White

Energy-efficient LED light bulbs may be more expensive than CFL's, but Sharp's new DL-L60AV LED could be worth the high cost. The tricked-out bulb comes with a remote control that features a

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Code-X’s Solar Powered Yacht – The Ultimate Hybrid Luxury Boat

Code-X’s Solar Powered Yacht – The Ultimate Hybrid Luxury Boat

Eco-minded luxury yacht lovers are undoubtedly eyeing the Code-X-Yacht; a hybrid catamaran which according to Code-X, "unites radical purism, the optimal benefit of renewable energy and the

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Text-ile: Chair Made from Discarded Computer Keyboards

Text-ile: Chair Made from Discarded Computer Keyboards

If you just can't get enough of computer keyboards during the work day, the Text-ile chair might be for you. Created by designers Dante Bonnucelli and Lamm for UMUL 2009 (Use More, Use Less), a

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World’s Largest Laser to Attempt Nuclear Fusion

World’s Largest Laser to Attempt Nuclear Fusion

Laser enthusiasts everywhere, rejoice. California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory just unveiled its $3.5 billion National Ignition Facility, a 10 story building as wide as three

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Energy 101: Austin’s Pecan Street Smart Grid Project

Energy 101: Austin’s Pecan Street Smart Grid Project

A few weeks ago, we looked at Boulder, Colorado's plan to become the first smart grid city. But Boulder isn't the only U.S. city with visions of becoming completely smart meter-equipped. The

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