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
Italian Mafia Gets in the Wind Farm Business

Italian Mafia Gets in the Wind Farm Business

Need proof that green technology is a lucrative industry? Look no further than Italy, where the Mafia (AKA the "lords of the wind") has infiltrated the wind power business. Fraud is rampant in

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Solar Impulse Plane Prepares For Switzerland Test Flights

Solar Impulse Plane Prepares For Switzerland Test Flights

The Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane is unstoppable so far. Earlier this summer, the single-seat plane completed its first night flight, and now the aircraft is getting ready for three test

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MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

MIT Develops Self-Assembling Solar Cells

Get ready for super-charged solar cells! MIT researchers announced this week that they have developed self-assembling solar cells that can be broken down and rebuilt repeatedly, much like plant

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California Gives Plug-In Hybrids Access to Carpool Lanes

California Gives Plug-In Hybrids Access to Carpool Lanes

Need another reason to buy a plug-in hybrid vehicle? How about this: California Governor Arnold Schwarzanegger just signed into law this week a bill that grants HOV lane (aka carpool lane)

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Fast-Charging Electric Buses Coming to Southern California

Fast-Charging Electric Buses Coming to Southern California

Southern California isn't exactly known for having the best public transportation system, but Foothill Transit, a public transportation agency in the San Gabriel/Pomona area, is about to get an

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Ultra-Efficient Avion to Go From Canada to Mexico on 14 Gallons

Ultra-Efficient Avion to Go From Canada to Mexico on 14 Gallons

Fuel efficiency may have only become a hot topic recently, but some people have been thinking about with hypermiling vehicles for decades. Take, for example, inventors Bill Green and Craig

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Canada Becomes First Country to Ban Toxic BPA

Canada Becomes First Country to Ban Toxic BPA

Photo by Steven Depolo As avid Inhabitat readers know, BPA is a nasty substance. The organic compound, found in everything from reusable water bottles to soup cans, is thought to cause both

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“Dry Water” Could Absorb and Store Carbon Dioxide

“Dry Water” Could Absorb and Store Carbon Dioxide

Researchers recently discovered a new way to store carbon dioxide and other harmful chemicals using a a powdered, sugar-like substance called "dry water". According to scientists at the National

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MIT’s Seaswarm Robots Could Clean Up Gulf-Sized Spill in a Month

MIT’s Seaswarm Robots Could Clean Up Gulf-Sized Spill in a Month

We can thank MIT for adding another piece of weaponry to our future oil spill cleanup arsenal. Dubbed the Seaswarm, this autonomous 16-foot long, 7- foot wide robot features an oil-absorbing

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Oil-Eating Microbes Successfully Clean Up Mumbai Oil Spill

Oil-Eating Microbes Successfully Clean Up Mumbai Oil Spill

Need proof that oil-eating microbes actually work? Look no further than Mumbai, where scientists recently used the Oilzapper (a mixture of five bacterial strains and corn cobs) to munch on oil

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Paving Slabs Could Scrub Out 70% of the Pollution in the Air

Paving Slabs Could Scrub Out 70% of the Pollution in the Air

What if scrubbing pollution out of the air was as easy as laying down specially coated paving slabs? It soon might be - at least for one German city that is experiencing toxic levels of nitrogen

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Fields of Windstalks Harvest Kinetic Energy From the Wind

Fields of Windstalks Harvest Kinetic Energy From the Wind

Some consider wind turbines to be garish blips on serene landscapes. Not so with this Windstalk concept, which utilizes a series of 1203 kinetic energy-generating "stalks" to harness power.

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IKEA Designs the Ultra-Efficient Kitchen of the Future

IKEA Designs the Ultra-Efficient Kitchen of the Future

What high-tech gizmos will we see in the kitchens of the future? IKEA may have the answers. The Swedish superstore recently drew up a concept kitchen for the year 2040, and it's pretty wild --

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Four Electric Vehicles Embark on 80 Day Trip Around the World

Four Electric Vehicles Embark on 80 Day Trip Around the World

Is it possible to travel the globe in electric vehicles powered by renewable energy offsets? We'll find out soon -- the "Zero Race", an 80 day around-the-world excursion, just launched today.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico to Get Green Urban Design Upgrade

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Get Green Urban Design Upgrade

San Juan, Puerto Rico is about to do what many mainland American cities can only dream of -- become a walkable city. It's all part of a massive $1.5 billion plan that will improve mass transit,

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Recycled Dumpster Pools Unveiled in NYC this Weekend!

Recycled Dumpster Pools Unveiled in NYC this Weekend!

Would you ever go dumpster diving? A whole lot of New York City residents did this weekend, as the city unveiled three unused dumpsters converted into small swimming pools as part of the third

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Lottery Tickets Transformed Into Beautiful Works of Art

Lottery Tickets Transformed Into Beautiful Works of Art

Lottery tickets can make or break dreams, but they can also be transformed into beautiful objects in their own right. Ghost of a Dream, a team of two Rhode Island School of Design Graduates, has

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Paris Launching Electric Car Sharing Program Next Year

Paris Launching Electric Car Sharing Program Next Year

Photo by faberNovel2009 Citywide bike sharing systems are easy enough to organize, but how about citywide electric vehicle sharing programs? Paris is hoping to capitalize on the success of

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Hawaii Could Be Ocean-Based Renewable Energy Powerhouse

Hawaii Could Be Ocean-Based Renewable Energy Powerhouse

Photo by Steve Jurvetson Hawaii could be the ideal site for an experimental form of ocean-based renewable energy plants, according to researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The

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China Developing Traffic-Straddling Bus That Drives Over Cars

China Developing Traffic-Straddling Bus That Drives Over Cars

We're all for creative public transportation, but this scheme from Shenzhen Hashi Future Parking Equipment Co. may go a little too far. The so-called Straddling Bus looks kind of like an

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Micro-Kitty: The World’s First Solar-Powered Vibrator

Micro-Kitty: The World’s First Solar-Powered Vibrator

It's common for green-minded gadget-lovers to rely on solar power to charge up cell phones, music players, and other electronics. But the latest solar-powered gadget is nothing if not unusual.

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E. coli Bacteria Could Be the Next Source for Cheaper Biofuels

E. coli Bacteria Could Be the Next Source for Cheaper Biofuels

E. coli may not be the smartest thing for your body to ingest, but this bacteria could be just the thing to get vehicles up and running around more efficiently. A team of researchers at LS9 -- a

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LEGO Headphones Bring New Life to Old Toys

LEGO Headphones Bring New Life to Old Toys

Still have a tub full of building bricks sitting around after your last life-size LEGO project? Why not transform them into a pair of block-rocking LEGO headphones, as per these directions from

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Porsche Confirms Plan to Develop All-Electric Vehicles

Porsche Confirms Plan to Develop All-Electric Vehicles

Sports car manufacturers have been lining up left and right to bring their own brand of electric vehicles to the market, so it comes as no surprise that Porsche is finally joining in with a few

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Organoclays Could Create Next-Gen Eco Plastics

Organoclays Could Create Next-Gen Eco Plastics

Clay: it's good for more than just pottery. A report in the American Chemical Society's Macromolecules journal claims that natural clay could be used to produce a cheap, flame-retardant

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Zephyr Solar Plane Completes Longest Unmanned Flight Ever

Zephyr Solar Plane Completes Longest Unmanned Flight Ever

As expected, the Zephyr solar plane has officially broken the endurance record for an unmanned aircraft by flying for a whopping two weeks above an Arizona army range. The photovoltaic-powered

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Driverless EVs Begin 8,000 Mile Journey From Italy to China

Driverless EVs Begin 8,000 Mile Journey From Italy to China

Are driverless cars the next big thing in transportation? A group of Italian engineers are getting ready to send two driverless electric vehicles on an 8,000 mile journey from Italy to China,

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GE Unveils Super-Efficient White OLED Lights

GE Unveils Super-Efficient White OLED Lights

High-efficiency organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting is closer than ever to commercialization, and recently GE scientists announced that they have devised a new way to make

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NRDC, Oceana Launch Underwater Robot to Track Oil Plumes

NRDC, Oceana Launch Underwater Robot to Track Oil Plumes

Technology (and sloppy planning) may have gotten us into BP's oil mess, but it also proving instrumental in the cleaning process. The Natural Resources Defense Council and Oceana just launched

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Satellite Service Stations Could Minimize Space Junk

Satellite Service Stations Could Minimize Space Junk

Image by the European Space Agency We've done a bang-up job of polluting both Earth and outer space in the past few decades. Space junk, at least, could be reduced significantly if satellites

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