The Robot Diaries: Fukushima Robot Operator Tells All (Until His Blog Mysteriously Vanishes)

August 23, 2011 by  
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The operator of one of the robots that are being using in the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been blogging about his experience, until one day about a month ago, after the blog received more social media exposure, everything disappeared. It’s not known if pressure to remove came from TEPCO or the government or if there’s another reason behind the removal, but a copy of the content still exists, and parts of it have been translated. Check it out on

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Another Reason Modern Green Prefab Is Tough: Construction Financing

August 19, 2010 by  
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Installing prefab in Sweden. Photo credit: Haninge I was intrigued by a recent post from prefabber Blu Homes about construction financing. They wrote: “The homeowner must procure construction financing – a short term, interest only loan that will give the homeowner the funds to pay Blu and the site contractor the costs of construction.

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Oxford Dictionary of English Adds Climate Science Vocabulary

August 19, 2010 by  
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Photo by Cofrin Library We love seeing the ways the environmental movement alters mainstream culture, and the degree of its impact can be viewed quickly by just taking a look at the dictionary. The Oxford English Dictionary is no slouch on keeping up with new words created in every corner from clean tech to the DIY movement — like when “hypermiling” made it as word of the year in 2008.

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Feelgoodz Flip-Flops An Unwitting Casualty of Gulf Oil Spill

August 19, 2010 by  
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While not exactly on the same scale as fishing and tourism taking a huge hit from the Gulf oil spill, Change.org highlights an unwitting and unexpected casualty of it all: Feelgoodz flip-flops. The ethically-sourced, all natural rubber, footwear start-up is sitting on thousands of unsold shoes and may be unable to repay a $50,000 loan that got them started.

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Going Way Beyond Paper, Plastic & Cardboard, New York Utility ConEd Recycles 91% of Its Waste in 2009

April 5, 2010 by  
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photo: ConEd ConEd ‘s my local electric utility and I’ve long touted their green energy programs, but here’s another reason to give them a pat on the back: In 2008 they recycled some 50,000 tons of industrial waste materials, some 90% of all waste they handled and 91% of its waste (67,000 tons) in 2009. Sounds pretty good to me, and the EPA agrees, awarding them a WasteWise Gold Achievement …. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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DC Residents Would Pay More Taxes for Better Public Transit

April 5, 2010 by  
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Photo via Flickr Mathew Yglesias highlights a Washington Post poll that asked voters in the greater DC area their thoughts on public transit.

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Another Reason to Not Like Military Rule in Burma: Porous Border With China Enables Wildlife Trafficking

March 16, 2010 by  
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photo: Traffic As if you needed another reason to not like the military junta in Burma, wildlife trade monitor group Traffic has just released a new report showing how a porous border with China allows for a “door-to-door delivery service for illegal wildlife products.”… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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