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Green Building
Going green might sound like a cliché type of phrase, since it is used so much that its original meaning might be lost forever. That does not mean, however, that going green is not important, as there are countless reasons why people should take the time to go green, especially with their buildings. Green building occurs when people keep the envir...
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Mercedes-Benz S 400 hybrid: 30 mpg and 47 pounds of recycled goodness
Mercedes-Benz S 400 HYBRID- click above to enlarge The marquee fact about Mercedes-Benz's upcoming new S-Class hybrid, the S 400, is that it will be the first series production hybrid to use a lithium-ion battery pack. Daimler, however, would like us all to know that there is more to the car than its battery. Take for example, the automatic sto...
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ExxonMobil Bets on Algae in First Major Biofuel Investment
photo: Lee Nachtigal Long maligned by the green community for its environmental record and perceived lack of support for renewable energy, not to mention funding climate change deniers, ExxonMobil has announced that it will be placing its money on ...
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Prometheus Institute Study: Solar Power to Reach Grid Parity in U.S. in 2015
Photo: Flickr, CC Solar Power is Hot (But that Phrase is Getting Old) It's good news when many studies say the same thing. At about this time last year, we reported on the Utility Solar Assessment Study, which concluded that 2015 is the year solar power would start to reach grid parity (meaning: it would cost about the same as electricity produced...
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Iraq Faces Yet Another Crisis - This Time It's Water
Photo via NY Times Even though we've just wrapped up our focus on the worldwide water crisis, we must adress the fact that one of the most volatile regions in the world can add another problem to its miles-long laundry list of them: a dwindling water supply. The Euphrates River is drying up, and it's putting thousands of Iraqis at risk. ... ...
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Wal-Mart's Sustainability Index: The Greenest Thing Ever to Happen to Retail?
Photo via the Consumerist I hate to admit it, but it's true--it's getting harder and harder to hate Wal-Mart. Details are surfacing about the gigantic retailer's initiative to create a massive 'sustainability index'--one that would meticulously measure the environmental impact of every single item it stocks. Needless to say, the idea alone raises ...
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Global Green Cars unveils plans for three new models: two all-electrics and a PHEV
We've heard a few snippets about Global Green Cars, a new electric and plug-in hybrid automaker down in Kentucky, earlier this year. Back in April, the company was giving out test rides in a converted Geo Metro right after announcing plans to build EVs in the Bluegrass State. The company has now put images of three new vehicles on its website that...
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Gorgeous Wood Desk Is an All-In-One Computer Diary
Images via DesignBoom Another amazing creation to add to our love affair with wooden computers. DesignBoom shows off this awesome desk, the final project for designer Marlies Romberg of Utrecht School of Arts. It's a diary, actually, and the old fashioned feel to modern tech doesn't stop with just the keyboard...... ...
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Three Things the Developing World Wants From a Global Climate Deal
Let's remember that the people who will be worst affected by climate change are likely to be the ones who have the lowest levels of per capita emissions, and the ones least adapt to changing conditions, such as rivers becoming seasonally dry. Photo: Hideyuki Kamon via flickr. The divide between what the world's wealthy nations are willing to commi...
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Report: Toyota may build Auris hybrid in UK from 2012
Toyota is reportedly preparing to produce a hybrid version of its Auris for the European market at its plant in the UK. If it happens, production is intended in to start in about 2012. The Auris is a compact hatchback that is related to the Corolla. The new Lexus HS250h shares some under-structure and suspension componentry with the Auris. It's not...
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Cell Phone Towers Could Help Us Out with Global Warming Effects
Photo via TheBusyBrain Experts have told us that an effect of warming temperatures is heftier hurricanes and flooding. But exactly how to predict the extent of the impact so people can brace themselves is a point of concern. It could just be that cell phone towers will lend a helping hand, not only to give people a warning system, but also to pred...
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Sarah Palin Slams Cap and Trade in Op-Ed, Completely Misses the Point
Photo via SMH Golly. Mrs. Palin has a couple problems with the cap and trade plans, dontcha know. Seems it'll be awful expensive, and a little risky--and why bother when there's a big natural gas pipeline we can build, and this Arctic National Wilderness Refuge that's got a whole lot of oil we can use? Plus, coal's getting a whole lot cleaner the...
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CarMax: interest in hybrids and diesels on the rise
Need further proof that interest in hybrid and diesel vehicles is directly linked to the average price for a gallon of gasoline? According to CarMax, the largest retailer of used cars in the States, searches for hybrid vehicles on its website are up four percent in June over May while diesel are even hotter with a seven-percent increase. Further, t...
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Meet the First Electric Car Produced in South America: Brazil's Fiat Palio Weekend
Photos: Fiat. After a three-year developing phase, the Brazilian subsidiary of Fiat is producing an electric version of the Fiat Palio Weekend. The car manufacturers claim it has about 75 miles of autonomy (120 kilometers), 60 MPH speed, and an estimated price of 70 thousand USD. Nothing compared to models like the Tesla Model S in terms of speed,...
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Growing Spaces Grow Domes: Geodesic Greenhouses (Video)
Image credit: Geodesic Greenhouse Kits Geodesic Greenhouse Growing at 6000ft Given the importance of local food to us all, it's amazing we haven't seen more innovative designs for greenhouses and other season extension methods here on TreeHugger. Sure, I've posted on a recycled bottle greenhouse , and we are not short of posts about high-tech vert...
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ALMS CEO Scott Atherton discusses the relevance of sports car racing
Audi R15 TDI - click above for high-res gallery Given the current economic difficulties, automakers are finding it increasingly difficult to justify participation in motorsports. Series such as NASCAR and Formula 1, in particular, are finding their relevance questioned. One area that seems to be doing OK, for now, is sports car racing such as the ...
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Jargon Watch: Greenbashing
From an Andy Singer cartoon; see it all here at NPR Everyone is familiar with the term greenwashing (the practice of companies disingenuously spinning their products and policies as environmentally friendly) now, and TreeHugger has been using the term greenwrapping (the practice of sticking solar panels and wind turbines on noxious uses) for a whi...
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Summer Kitchens Make A Comeback In Style
Summer kitchens were very common a hundred years ago; a stove took a long time to heat up and cool down, and if you used it in the summer it would make the whole house unbearable. Then gas and electric ranges came into use, heating up much more quickly, and we got air conditioning, so we could use fuel to make the heat and use more fuel to take it...
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A Year of Green, Seasonal Eating in Oregon (Slideshow)
Photo credit: Getty Images / Ryan McVay We talk a lot about eating local, seasonal food, but that can be tricky to visualize in different places around the world, depending on the season, region, even the micro-climate. To help showcase eating what's coming out of the ground, all year-round, we'll run a series of slideshows -- sort of like a calen...
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Quote Of The Day: Suzuki And Mitsubishi Should "Forget America"
Photo of the MiEV designed in Cypress, CA in 2006 from Intellichoice.com If you thought Japanese people always suck their teeth and hide their real feelings, do listen to Yuuki Sakurai, chief executive of Tokyo-based Fukoku Capital Management Inc., a fund that oversees about $10 billion in Tokyo: He thinks car makers Suzuki and Mitsubishi should c...
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