VERGE SF 2013: What’s dumbing down smart cities?

October 16, 2013 by  
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Machine-to-machine technologies can make cities wildly efficient and effective, but plenty of barriers stand in the way.

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Ben & Jerry’s, Unilever to Roll Out Greener Freezers in U.S.

February 17, 2012 by  
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The new cold cases for Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Klondike bars, Popsicles and other frozen treats from Unilever are designed to be more energy efficient and climate-friendly.

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Why Both Political Parties Are Getting It Wrong on Cap-and-Trade

August 23, 2011 by  
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Republicans and Democrats alike are failing to protect the environment because both see it as a chore — something we "should" do. But cap and trade projects can achieve environmental and economic goals in lean, efficient and transparent ways, and isn’t that what both parties claim to want?

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Meet the Machines Destroying Our Forests Faster Than Ever Before (Videos)

August 16, 2011 by  
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Modern technology is a wonderful thing, except when it’s not. That ol’ grump Karl Marx had a hunch that businesses would be forced to harness technology to stay competitive, resulting in machines that were more and more efficient and that required fewer and fewer human jobs to operate them. And he was right! (I better watch my back; I don’t think you can type ‘Karl Marx was right’ in any context in America without landing yourself on the terrorist watch list or getting your house burned down by Tea Partiers) Nowhere is this more evident than the timber industry. After all, it wasn’t so long ago that it took a team of lumberjacks to cut down trees with saws, by h… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Folgers Investors Demand a Plan for Adapting Coffee Business to Climate Change

August 16, 2011 by  
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Photo credit: Pen Waggener / Creative Commons This guest post was written by Heather Coleman, Climate Policy Advisor for Oxfam America . When you think of Smucker’s , jelly and jams typically come to mind, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. The J.M. Smucker Company is actually a leading distributor of Folgers and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee brands (who knew?), with coffee accounting for 40% of the company’s net sales a… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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New York Composting Pilot Tops 172,000lbs of Scraps Collected

August 16, 2011 by  
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Image credit: GrowNYC Earlier today I posted about a composting “shuttle” service that collects food scraps in and around the Triangle area of North Carolina, and returns them to homeowners as finished compost. While the idea has undoubted appeal to those without the time, space or disposition to compost themselves, one commenter was concerned about the energy footprint of hauling food scraps. Given that bike-powered compo… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Graphene Could Help Electronics be Self-Cooling, Save Energy

April 4, 2011 by  
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Image credit: Alex Jerez , Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology Graphene is a substance that scientists have been highly interested in as an alternative material for faster-charging batteries. We’ve been hearing for several years about its potential to replace silicone in computer chips, but for the first time, we’re hearing that graphene might also be self-cooling, a feature that might be a huge boon for more efficient and energy-saving devices.

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Garden Reuse: Make a Planter Wall from Discarded Cinder Blocks

April 4, 2011 by  
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Photo Credit: Annette Gutierrez . My neighbors tore out their old cement porch last summer to install a wood deck

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Urban Nomad Redux: Build and Live in Your Own Microhouse

July 12, 2010 by  
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Images: Alex Farmer Compact, efficient and optionally mobile, micro-dwellings have been around for some time. As the the “less is more” lifestyle is gaining momentum, they are making bigger waves nowadays and it’s exciting to see people actually build their own, like this replica of a 50-year-old design constructed by Glasgow School of Art student Alex Farmer, who based it on architect Ken Issac’s original 8-foot Microhouse concept from the 1960s. Proving that old ideas can still have fresh impact on tod…

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Huge Banyan Tree Shades Historic Hawaiian Market

July 12, 2010 by  
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Shopping at the International Marketplace in Honolulu, Hawaii, is like shopping under a Pandora hometree from the movie “Avatar.” You don’t need 3-D glasses. You don’t even need sunglasses

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