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Apple is the world’s greenest tech company, according to Greenpeace

Apple is the world’s greenest tech company, according to Greenpeace

Just a few years back, in 2011, Greenpeace named Apple as the “least clean” tech company, chastising the iPhone maker in particular for their coal-fueled data centers. Since then, Apple has made great

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Man takes 300-mile bike trip from Amsterdam to London with two cats in a glass box

Man takes 300-mile bike trip from Amsterdam to London with two cats in a glass box

A man, a plan, a bike, a litterbox. That’s how Thomas Vles traveled the 300 miles from Amsterdam to London this April. Oh yes, and his two feline friends Mushi and Cheesy were also along for the ride,

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Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

Apple protects 36,000 acres of forest, and is building 2 new solar farms in China

The Apple logo might have gone from rainbow to black, but the company is getting greener every day. This week, Apple made two announcements that impressed environmentalists around the world. In the first,

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In Maryland, Tesla’s competition could help them get back in business

In Maryland, Tesla’s competition could help them get back in business

Tesla's been fighting for the right to do business in a number of states recently, but the electric car maker has gained some footing in Maryland, thanks to an unusual ally. The Maryland Automobile

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Facebook signs Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus

Facebook signs Frank Gehry to design two more buildings for their California campus

pic Facebook is still getting settled in their brand-new headquarters designed by Canadian architect Frank Gehry, and they must really 'like' it because they've got plans in the works to add two more

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Falling price of battery packs may usher in age of affordable electric cars

Falling price of battery packs may usher in age of affordable electric cars

A new study from the Stockholm Environment Institute has found that the price of lithium ion battery packs has been falling far faster than previously reported, with the price per kWh dropping by a

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Tesla now banned from direct sales in West Virginia

Tesla now banned from direct sales in West Virginia

On Friday, West Virginia became the fifth state to say "no way" to Tesla's direct sales model, banning the company from selling their electric cars within the state. West Virginia, like many other states,

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Italy is suffering from an overabundance of architects

Italy is suffering from an overabundance of architects

You’ve heard of too many cooks in the kitchen, but what happens when there are too many architects? A new report from the Architects’ Council of Europe shows that 27 percent of all the architects on

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President Obama launches $150 million textiles-innovation competition

President Obama launches $150 million textiles-innovation competition

Last week, President Barack Obama rolled out a plan to reinvigorate textile manufacturing in America. Part of the new plan is a challenge issued by the Department of Defense worth $150 million, which will

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Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

Tesla is back in business in New Jersey after Governor Christie lifts sales ban

Tesla is once again able to sell their luxury electric cars from showrooms in New Jersey, following the signing of a bill that creates a loophole allowing manufacturers of zero-emissions vehicles to sell

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How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

How Juniper Ridge creates wilderness perfume that smells just like the great outdoors

Bearded visionaries, a tricked out van, and lots of herbs. This isn't a flashback to the 60's - it's just another day at Juniper Ridge. Founded by Hall Newbegin, Juniper Ridge bottles botanicals fresh

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Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple invests $850 million in massive California Flats Solar Project

Apple is the latest player in a movement by American corporations to make big investments in renewable energy. The tech company just announced a deal to put $848 million into the California Flats Solar

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Apple announces plans for $2 billion solar-powered “command center”

Apple announces plans for $2 billion solar-powered “command center”

Apple has finally revealed long-awaited plans for its Mesa, Arizona, factory. It will soon become a solar-powered data “command center” instead of being leased out, as was the previous intent. The

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

  When I think of monkeys, I don’t think of them living in the desert, namely because primates love trees, water, big juicy leaves, and fruit. In fact, only two primates have even

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Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Are we approaching the end of fish? It's been widely reported that at current fishing levels all commercial stocks of wild-caught fish will have collapsed by 2050. But there's hope - New Dutch investment

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Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

Tesla Motors and Panasonic Sign $200–300 Million Deal for the First Gigafactory

It's happening! After much speculation, Panasonic Corporation and Tesla Motors have struck a formal agreement over the Japanese company's manufacture and supply of lithium-ion batteries for the electric

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Herman Miller Buys Design Within Reach for a Cool $154 Million

Herman Miller Buys Design Within Reach for a Cool $154 Million

Herman Miller and Design Within Reach (DWR) are some of the biggest names in the modern furniture world - and they are about to join forces to create one glorious design behemoth. Herman Miller recently

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Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global Clean Energy Q2 Investment Up 33% Over First Quarter, Tops $63 Billion

Global clean energy investment surged in the second quarter of 2014, driven by big wind and solar deals and installations of small-scale rooftop solar photovoltaics. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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Devastating Disease Wipes Out Half of Central America’s Coffee Crops

Devastating Disease Wipes Out Half of Central America’s Coffee Crops

If you look forward to your cup of joe in the morning, the latest news from Central American coffee growers could ruin your day. Coffee plantations are currently suffering the worst epidemic of leaf rust

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Original Unverpackt: Germany’s First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Original Unverpackt: Germany’s First Zero-Waste Supermarket to Open this Summer

Germany is set to unveil the country's very first zero-waste supermarket. Berlin's Original Unverpackt is the brainchild of friends Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski. Frustrated by the overpackaging and

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Inhabitat Interviews Shiply Green Logistics Company Founder Robert Matthams

Inhabitat Interviews Shiply Green Logistics Company Founder Robert Matthams

Inhabitat: Could you tell us how Shiply got started? How did you go from the first concept of the company to actually creating and growing Shiply? Matthams: I got the idea when I was ordering a pool

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Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Most of the time we rely on governments or large companies to help us make the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but one community in Spain took matters into its own hands and created a

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Ikea Announces Plans to Serve Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs in Stores

Ikea Announces Plans to Serve Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs in Stores

IKEA is always looking for new ways to reduce its environmental impact - and the company's famous Swedish meatballs are next on the list. The store's most popular menu item is traditionally made using

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Tiny Human-Powered Wheely’s Cafe Serves Coffee Brewed by the Sun

Tiny Human-Powered Wheely’s Cafe Serves Coffee Brewed by the Sun

Developed by the popular Nordic Society For Invention and Discovery (NCID), Wheely's bikes are 100 percent eco-friendly, CO2 neutral and carbon footprint negative. The bikes are human-powered and the

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Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks

Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks

While having a lot of heart can certainly bring your business to great heights, at the end of the day you'll still need customers to keep your doors open. Eco-beauty line Om Aroma & Co.'s

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Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

Student Discovers That the Government Could Save $400 Million Simply By Switching Typefaces

How important are the little details? Just ask the middle school student in Pittsburgh who discovered that the government could save $400 million dollars just by changing the typeface it uses. Suvir

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Dos Toros’ Leo and Oliver Kremer Explain Why Businesses Need to Put Values Before Growth and Expand at Their Own Pace

Dos Toros’ Leo and Oliver Kremer Explain Why Businesses Need to Put Values Before Growth and Expand at Their Own Pace

It's a known statistic that more than 90% of restaurants fail within their first year of operation. But what is it about the other 10% that keeps them afloat? As Leo and Oliver Kremer, the founders of

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Pop-Up BIOMAT Restaurant Lets Diners Exchange Compost for Discounts

Pop-Up BIOMAT Restaurant Lets Diners Exchange Compost for Discounts

Looking for an eco-friendly way to dine out that's good for both your health and your wallet? Check out BIOMAT, a temporary concept restaurant that lets diners exchange compost for discounts on their

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Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Legal Marijuana More Popular and Profitable than Smartphones in the U.S.

Image of prescription marijuana via Shutterstock Move over technology, there's a hot new industry in town and it's all green. New research shows that legal marijuana is among the fastest-growing

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