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Following New Law, Apple and Intel Say They Will Cease Using Conflict Minerals

Following New Law, Apple and Intel Say They Will Cease Using Conflict Minerals

Your future iPod or laptop will soon bear the words “Conflict Free,” thanks to the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed by President Obama last week.  Apple and Intel have joined up

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How Will the Crisis in Japan Affect Global Nuclear Energy Policy?

How Will the Crisis in Japan Affect Global Nuclear Energy Policy?

As Japan's nuclear crisis worsens, nuclear energy policies around the world come under scrutiny.

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Study Reveals Vicious Cycle of Pollution on Tibetan Plateau Snows

Study Reveals Vicious Cycle of Pollution on Tibetan Plateau Snows

A new research paper reveals that the snow at the Tibetan Plateau is melting faster due to industry and agriculture far below. The study published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics is remarkable in how

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Environmental Documentaries Bring a Green Theme to 2011 Academy Awards

Environmental Documentaries Bring a Green Theme to 2011 Academy Awards

Gasland Gasland is the a visually provocative story by writer director Josh Fox who was inspired to explore the dangers of gas drilling when he was offered money to drill at his property in Pennsylvania.

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United Nations Report Says Just 2% of GDP Would Create a Green Economy

United Nations Report Says Just 2% of GDP Would Create a Green Economy

A new report by the UNEP says that just 2 percent of the global domestic product could move the world from fossil fuel dependency to a low carbon economy.

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Circular Hakka Houses Create Self-Sustaining Communities

Circular Hakka Houses Create Self-Sustaining Communities

Settled in the mountainous southwest of the Fujian province, these communities are known as Tulou and are essentially fortresses built in either square or round shapes. Structures typically had only one

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Tianjin Eco City is a Futuristic Green Landscape for 350,000 Residents

Tianjin Eco City is a Futuristic Green Landscape for 350,000 Residents

Eco-City will make use of the latest sustainable technologies such as solar power, wind power, rainwater recycling, and wastewater treatment/desalination of sea water. In order to reduce the city's carbon

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Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Marlon Dabreau wants us all to live in a multifunctional world -- why have many objects that do one thing when you can design everything to be multi-purpose? His Peera toolbox is a perfect example of a

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New Device Uses World’s Smallest Animals to Detect Water Toxins

New Device Uses World’s Smallest Animals to Detect Water Toxins

Since 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies, and 3.573 million people die each year from water-related diseases, it's clear that securing safe water sources in communities around the world

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Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance

Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance

Addressing the issues related to reforestation can give way to lengthy conversations -- how do you regrow natural habitats after they've been decimated? However, there is another delicate ecosystem

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Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil

Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil

Cleaning up disused industrial sites can be a hazardous line of work, however researchers in South America have found an ally in one of the most unlikely creatures on the planet: the earthworm. According

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COP16: Traffic Jams, Mired Talks, and Glimmers of Hope

COP16: Traffic Jams, Mired Talks, and Glimmers of Hope

The first week of talks is over at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico, and my brain is mushy. It's not from margaritas -- what's spinning me around is the political web of the talks, the freakishly high stakes, and

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COP16 UN Conference for Climate Change Starts Monday!

COP16 UN Conference for Climate Change Starts Monday!

This Monday the 29th will mark the 16th edition of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the 6th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto

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Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger

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15,000km Long Eco City Revitalizes the Silk Road

15,000km Long Eco City Revitalizes the Silk Road

OFL's vision for the new Silk Road is made up of two main elements: highly sustainable and habitable towers and a vast railway system. The towers will be composed of three different types of skyscrapers

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Do Intentions Really Matter in the Success of a Green Brand?

Do Intentions Really Matter in the Success of a Green Brand?

Do intentions really matter in the success of a green brand? Are green brands backed by purist intentions more likely to succeed than brands that capitalize on the opportunistic green market? Whether

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New Nanotech Purifier Filters Water 80,000 Times Faster

New Nanotech Purifier Filters Water 80,000 Times Faster

A new water filter that employs cotton dipped in nano-sized silver wires and copper tubes works 80,000 times faster than filters that simply block bacteria from getting through. The filter, developed by

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Nanotech Tea Bag Purifies Drinking Water for Less Than a Penny

Nanotech Tea Bag Purifies Drinking Water for Less Than a Penny

Roughly 1 billion people in the world have no access to safe drinking water, and contaminated water kills more people worldwide than all forms of violence combined. Seeking to provide a solution to this

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Rwanda Taps Volcanic “Exploding Lake” for Power

Rwanda Taps Volcanic “Exploding Lake” for Power

Photo by Julien Harneis Rwanda is harnessing the natural gas in one of three known “exploding lakes” to generate electricity in a nation where just 1 in 14 houses has access to power. The

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Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

It’s often hard not to succumb to the built-in stimuli of digital entertainment - especially when it's everywhere we turn. But we often forget that there’s a lot to be had with just one’s

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‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

Calling out to architects, urban designers, planners, students, visionaries, the Build a Better Burb competition seeks to find a bold new design proposal that can retrofit underutilized spaces in suburban

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The Uboat is a Self-Sustaining Floating Home

The Uboat is a Self-Sustaining Floating Home

Most large urban areas are located next to a large body of water - whether it is a canal, river, lake or ocean. As a way to combat commuter and residential pollution, parts of these waterways can be

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Samsung India Announces First Solar-Powered Mobile Phone

Samsung India Announces First Solar-Powered Mobile Phone

Today, Samsung India launched the first solar-powered phone, the Solar Guru. It's the first solar mobile phone to hit the market, and, at $60, it’s designed to be affordable.

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VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

Architecture for Humanity is network of over 40,000 design professionals around the world who donate their services to helping to improve lives of people in need. Every year they build buildings and

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Green Rollercoaster High-Rise Takes Off in Vietnam

Green Rollercoaster High-Rise Takes Off in Vietnam

No, this is not the latest roller coaster -- it’s actually a self-sustaining community designed by DWP Architects in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Noticed at Designboom, 'Everrich 2 Apartments' is a

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Africa’s Largest Slum Will Watch World Cup on Solar-Powered TV

Africa’s Largest Slum Will Watch World Cup on Solar-Powered TV

Swiss not-for-profit Solafrica has provided a portable solar power station that runs a large donated TV where residents of Kibera, Africa's largest slum, can gather to watch the World Cup.

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$1 Trillion Afghan Mineral Deposits Will Affect Green Technologies

$1 Trillion Afghan Mineral Deposits Will Affect Green Technologies

Whether or not Afghanistan's mineral wealth, which includes a massive supply of lithium, proves to be good news for the troubled nation, it will almost certainly be good news for electric vehicle makers

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VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

Over a billion people in the world don't have access to transportation. Worldbike is trying to fight that problem with great design as their weapon. Founder Ross Evans created Worldbike a decade ago on a

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World Cup 2010 Carbon Footprint Will Be Whopping 6x That of Last Event

World Cup 2010 Carbon Footprint Will Be Whopping 6x That of Last Event

According to a startling infographic made for EU Infrastructure and a report by the Norwegian Embassy, the carbon footprint of this year's World Cup in South Africa will be a whopping 6 times that of the

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