Elegant ACERA elevates the everyday travel mug into art

July 19, 2016 by  
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Stainless steel is a popular choice for reusable travel mugs, but ceramic also has its charms. Taiwan ceramic brand ACERA gives the everyday travel mug a chic upgrade with One-O-One, a handcrafted and hand-decorated opaque ceramic cup that comes in alternate smooth and textured surfaces. The stylish travel mug was recently awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award: Best of the Best . + ACERA The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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NY Attorney General sues Volkswagen for emissions fraud

July 19, 2016 by  
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In the latest development in the ongoing Volkswagen emissions scandal , the state of New York just slapped VW with a lawsuit for deliberately installing emissions-cheating devices in diesel cars. At a press conference today in New York City, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said, “the company sold over 25,000 cars to New Yorkers looking to buy a clean and green vehicle, and we know that those statements were nothing but lies.” The lawsuit is joined by an additional suit from Massachusetts, which alleges that VW sold over 40,000 vehicles with emissions ” defeat devices ” in the two states. The Attorney General said, “The allegations against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche reveal a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law and the protection of public health and the environment,” adding that, “These suits should serve as a siren in every corporate board room, that if any company engages in this type of calculated and systematic illegality, we will bring the full force of the law—and seek the stiffest possible sanctions—to protect our citizens.” Schneiderman called the company’s actions “a wide-spread conspiracy involving many, many people.” The New York Attorney General made reference to a VW advertisement that aired during the 2010 Superbowl hailing the current Audi to be the “green car of the year,” adding that the ad was “the second most watched commercial in U.S. history.” Schneiderman cited that the German automaker’s “defeat devices” were rigged to pass emissions testing, but that “when those cars were driven on a regular road, they were spewing emissions that were up to 40 times higher than the legal limit.” Less than a month ago Volkswagen promised to pay over $15.3bn to settle other consumer and government lawsuits for their emissions cheating. New York and Massachusetts combined are claiming that Volkswagen and its affiliates sold more than 40,000 vehicles in the two states armed with “defeat devices.” Both states have alleged that Volkswagen employees attempted to mask cheating by submitting false documents and suppressing incriminating paperwork. Schneiderman and the Massachusetts Attorney General Healey launched the suit on VW as a massive warning to other car companies. Attorney General Healey said, “With today’s action, we want to make clear to all auto manufacturers that violating laws designed to protect our environment and our public health is unacceptable and will be punished with significant penalties.” Images via Getty Images + Volkswagen coverage on Inhabitat

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Volkswagen and the dark side of corporate sustainability

September 24, 2015 by  
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Two weeks after being named to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, the auto giant provides a master class in what’s wrong with sustainable business.

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Cleaning up cleaners with bio-surfactants

September 24, 2015 by  
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Could animal fats and other natural ingredients help detox cleaning substances?

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Damage from Coal Costs US Economy More than the Electricity it Generates is Worth: New Study

October 3, 2011 by  
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Photo: Jen SFO-BCN via Flickr/CC BY I was out on vacation last week, but I still caught wind of the new headline-making study Environmental Accounting for Pollution in the United States Economy . The study, which was published in the prestigious journal the American Economic Review , caused quite a stir in green circles, and for good reas… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Filtered Water In 2 Minutes with New UV Light Bottle Invention

August 5, 2010 by  
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Image via James Dyson Award Most portable water filters use carbon filters, special membranes with microscopic openings, or chemicals like chlorine or iodine to clean the water and make it save for drinking. However, one of the best systems for purifying water is actually with ultraviolet light.

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Minus Oil:Three Ways Technology Can Curb Our Consumption

August 5, 2010 by  
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Photo via quapan Our culture is obsessed with technology, and for many people it seems the solution to our environmental conundrums is embedded in the ways we utilize the technology we have to create solutions.

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