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
“Smart” Metal to Make Air-Conditioning 175% More Efficient

“Smart” Metal to Make Air-Conditioning 175% More Efficient

You know the drill: the temperature shoots up, the central air-conditioning goes on full-blast, and your electric bill climbs into the stratosphere. A new "smart" metal developed by researchers

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NASA’s X-Hab Contest Wants Your Best Inflatable Space Habitats

NASA’s X-Hab Contest Wants Your Best Inflatable Space Habitats

We're not ready to give up on our polluted planet quite yet, but it never hurts to look towards the stars. NASA just launched their eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Competition, which challenges

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Tesla Working on Electric RAV4, Lexus RX Prototypes for Toyota

Tesla Working on Electric RAV4, Lexus RX Prototypes for Toyota

Remember how Toyota announced last month that it plans to build an electric vehicle with Tesla? It looks like things are moving relatively quickly--at least compared to Tesla's normally

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Enel Opens World’s First Hydrogen-Driven Power Plant

Enel Opens World’s First Hydrogen-Driven Power Plant

Italian company Enel SpA made renewable energy history this week when it opened the world's first hydrogen-driven power plant to produce a significant amount of electricity in Fusina, Italy. The

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Renault-Nissan Teams Up with Bajaj Auto On Ultra-Efficient $3,000 Car

Renault-Nissan Teams Up with Bajaj Auto On Ultra-Efficient $3,000 Car

Ultra energy-efficient cars don't always have to come with a high price tag. One upcoming vehicle from Renault-Nissan and India's Bajaj Auto will, in fact, cost just $3,000 and reach an

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Army Testing Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Tanks

Army Testing Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Tanks

Photo by Nevada Tumbleweed We've all heard by now that the army is trying to reduce its "carbon bootprint" with everything from solar panels to hybrid aircraft. The military's latest green

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Medical Dressing Uses Nanotechnology to Treat Infection

Medical Dressing Uses Nanotechnology to Treat Infection

The wound dressings of the future won't just stop us from from bleeding -- they will also detect infection and release antibiotic treatments as necessary. Researchers at the University of Bath

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Los Angeles Planning a West Coast “High Line” Park

Los Angeles Planning a West Coast “High Line” Park

New York's High Line has been a smashing success -- so much so that other cities are now trying to emulate it. The Architect's Newspaper tells us that Los Angeles is working on its own version

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“Ultra-Battery” is World’s Most Powerful Non-Nuclear Storage Battery

“Ultra-Battery” is World’s Most Powerful Non-Nuclear Storage Battery

Forget today's primitive energy storage devices -- one day we may use "ultra batteries" made out of xenon and fluoride. Currently under development at Washington State University, these

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BMW Reveals First Details About Its Electric Car

BMW Reveals First Details About Its Electric Car

Luxury car fans, start your engines -- BMW's very first electric vehicle is on its way. The Megacity Vehicle, set to be released in 2013, is made out of lightweight carbon fiber and aluminum and

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Illumitex Introduces Square LED Light Bulbs

Illumitex Introduces Square LED Light Bulbs

If we want to make lighting more efficient, perhaps we should start from the beginning: with the shape of the light bulb. Illumitex, a startup based in Austin, Texas, manufactures square LED

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Solar Impulse Airplane Gears Up For First Night Flight!

Solar Impulse Airplane Gears Up For First Night Flight!

We've been following the progress of the Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane that will attempt to circle the globe, for over a year. The single-seat plane took its first successful flight this

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University of Michigan Solar Car Team Wins American Solar Challenge!

University of Michigan Solar Car Team Wins American Solar Challenge!

The American automotive industry may no longer be centralized in the Detroit area, but Michigan is still the place to turn for innovative car design. Case in point: the University of Michigan

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Dazzling Solar Powered OR2 Tree Structure Pops Up in London

Dazzling Solar Powered OR2 Tree Structure Pops Up in London

Don't be startled if you see a luminous pink tree sitting in London's Belgrave Square this weekend -- it's just OR2, a combination shading device and solar-powered chandelier designed by

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World’s First Solar-Powered Blimp Set to Cross the English Channel

World’s First Solar-Powered Blimp Set to Cross the English Channel

Can a blimp propelled entirely by solar power cross the English Channel? We're about to find out! Nephelios, the world's first solar blimp, was built by Projet Sol'r -- a collaboration between

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Researchers Develop Potato Powered Batteries

Researchers Develop Potato Powered Batteries

Potatoes are good for more than just filling up your stomach on the quick; they're also potential sources of electricity, according to Yissum Research Development Company Ltd. The company, which

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Blast-Proof Curtain Expands Under Explosive Impact

Blast-Proof Curtain Expands Under Explosive Impact

Bomb-proof wallpaper? That's old hat compared to this new blast-proof curtain developed by Professor Ken Evans at the University of Exeter in the U.K. The curtain, designed to be placed over the

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Sun Catching Solarflora Sculpture Holds Solar Panels in its Leaves

Sun Catching Solarflora Sculpture Holds Solar Panels in its Leaves

We've seen plenty of creative solar panel designs -- some more attractive than others. The latest to come down the pipeline is Solarflora, a sleek sculpture that holds three solar panels (one

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Stunning FabLab Passive House Unveiled at Europe’s Solar Decathlon

Stunning FabLab Passive House Unveiled at Europe’s Solar Decathlon

The European Solar Decathlon kicked off this past Friday, and Inhabitat was on the scene to bring you the world's most stunning sun-powered homes as they go head-to-head in this year's

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What Happens If BP Never Plugs the Gulf Oil Spill?

What Happens If BP Never Plugs the Gulf Oil Spill?

It's the ultimate nightmare scenario: all of BP's attempts to stanch the Gulf Oil disaster (including drilling relief wells) fail. Not only do the relief wells fail, but the broken pipe starts

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The Middle-East’s First EV Claims a Range of 2,236 Miles

The Middle-East’s First EV Claims a Range of 2,236 Miles

Photo: the Ford Nucleon American and European electric cars have nothing on an EV currently in the works in Oman. Built by local company Noor Majan, the vehicle will be the first EV built in

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Horizon Releases Palm-Sized Fuel Cell Power Plant

Horizon Releases Palm-Sized Fuel Cell Power Plant

Ever dream of owning a palm-sized fuel cell to juice up your electronic devices on the go? Here's your chance -- Horizon just announced that it has started shipping a "disruptive pocket-size

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The World’s Slowest Porsche is Pedal-Powered

The World’s Slowest Porsche is Pedal-Powered

Why ride a bike when you can cruise down the street in a pedal-powered Porsche? The Ferdinand GT3 RSX, designed by artist Hannes Langeder, scraps the Porsche's snazzy engine to make a

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Toyota Officially Announces It Will Build An Electric Vehicle With Tesla

Toyota Officially Announces It Will Build An Electric Vehicle With Tesla

Last month, Toyota shocked us with a triple whammy of an announcement: an investment of $50 million in Tesla Motors, an information-sharing partnership with the startup automaker, and a plan for

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What Will the Nissan Leaf EV Sound Like?

What Will the Nissan Leaf EV Sound Like?

We often take for granted that we can hear a car when it's coming our way -- the familiar roar of the gasoline-powered engine notifies us of an impending collision. But electric cars are eerily

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Massive Crate Man Lords Over Johannesburg

Massive Crate Man Lords Over Johannesburg

All hail the Coca-Cola man of Johannesburg. This giant "Cratefan", located at the fan park in Newtown, is built out of 2,500 Coke bottle crates. Cratefan weighs a whopping 25 tons and measures

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MotoCzysz E1pc: The World’s Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle

MotoCzysz E1pc: The World’s Most Advanced Electric Motorcycle

Photo by AmadeusPhotography.com Want to know what the future of electric motorcycling looks like? Kindly direct your attention towards the MotoCzysz E1pc, a futuristic-looking electric bike

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Solar Powered Shrub Car is Not Your “Garden Variety” EV

Solar Powered Shrub Car is Not Your “Garden Variety” EV

If you're going to drive around in a solar-powered vehicle, you might as well make it a snazzy one. Enter the Terrestrial Shrub Rover, a solar-powered vehicle that looks, as you may have

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The Green Book: World’s Lightest E-Reader Unveiled

The Green Book: World’s Lightest E-Reader Unveiled

Want an e-reader that's lighter, smaller, and more streamlined than either the iPad or the Kindle? You can have one -- if you speak Chinese. Taiwanese company Green Book Inc. recently unveiled

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Algae-Powered Latro Lamp Transforms CO2 Into Light

Algae-Powered Latro Lamp Transforms CO2 Into Light

Designer Mike Thompson has created an incredible living lamp that is powered by algae! Spotted over at Designboom, the Latro Lamp derives energy from an algae chamber that requires just

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