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What happens to aluminum cans?

What happens to aluminum cans?

| September 17, 2014

For many of us, we can’t get through the day without that 2:00 p.m. shot of caffeine via a can of soda. (Not to mention the 3:00 shot of caffeine. And the 3:30 shot of caffeine…and the 4:00…) Needless to say, those cans add up quickly. It’s fairly commonplace to recycle aluminum cans, but what […]

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Off-the-grid solar light production

Off-the-grid solar light production

| September 15, 2014

Solar lights present an incredibly promising method for bringing electricity to areas of the world that are off the traditional electric grid. However, it’s not as simple as shipping solar panels and lights to remote and developing areas. For one thing, these communities need training and human capital in order to set up and maintain […]

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Old landfill sites become solar panel farms

Old landfill sites become solar panel farms

| September 11, 2014

We frequently write about efforts to keep waste out of landfills. But what if the landfill is already full? Now what? A relatively recent trend highlights a very bright solution: installing solar panels on landfill sites. There is very little that you can safely and practically do with an old landfill site. The combination of […]

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California legislature passes plastic bag ban

California legislature passes plastic bag ban

| September 9, 2014

After months—make that years—of rumblings, it’s official: California’s legislature has passed a bill that bans single-use plastic bags throughout the entire state. Individual municipalities throughout the state (and around the country) have already implemented bag bans on single-use plastic bags, but if California governor Jerry Brown signs the bill, it will be the first time […]

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Wealthy Californians find ways to skirt drought regulations

Wealthy Californians find ways to skirt drought regulations

| September 5, 2014

In a lot of ways, forces of nature are great socioeconomic equalizers. A tornado doesn’t care what you do for a living, and a hurricane doesn’t care what kind of car you drive. And yet, as some California residents have found, money actually can trump nature—or at least buy a modicum of comfort and/or fund […]

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Denver Arts and Venues commits to composting

Denver Arts and Venues commits to composting

| September 2, 2014

It’s official: Composting is the new black. There is a reason we’ve repeatedly written about composting initiatives over the last few months. That’s because the composting movement is rapidly gaining momentum, with more and more people, businesses, and municipalities getting on board. The latest story comes from none other than the mile-high city. Denver’s “Arts […]

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New self-dimming light bulb conserves energy

New self-dimming light bulb conserves energy

| August 28, 2014

Now here’s a bright idea: A light bulb that dims itself, thereby conserving energy and helping keep electric bills under control. Until now, homeowners had to install special dimmer switches in order to be able to control the brightness of lights. Romantic dinner? Turn ’em down low. Performing surgery in your kitchen? Leave ’em blazing. […]

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Nest collaborates on smart fan

Nest collaborates on smart fan

| August 25, 2014

Don’t you hate when you have to turn your fan up or down to make it warmer or cooler in the room? It’s the WORST. Okay, that was a joke. Adjusting your fan speed is probably the easiest thing you’ll do in your day. And yet, like everything else, it’s becoming automated. And, hey—if automation means […]

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Tires become sandals in latest recycling trend

Tires become sandals in latest recycling trend

| August 21, 2014

One and a half billion tires get discarded every year. We’re having a hard time wrapping our heads around that number. Especially since tires aren’t exactly like bottle caps—they take up serious space. We’re not the only ones who are a little put off by the idea of 1.5 billion tires ending up in landfills […]

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Dell celebrates a decade of computer recycling

Dell celebrates a decade of computer recycling

| August 19, 2014

This year, the Dell computer company celebrates a notable milestone: Its computer recycling program, Dell Reconnect, has been going strong for a full decade. In “technology” years, a decade might as well be a century. Things in the technosphere have changed and advanced so rapidly over the last ten years that we laugh at processing […]

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Goal Zero has designed portable, weather-proof solar power

Goal Zero has designed portable, weather-proof solar power

| August 18, 2014

Solar power technology has evolved by leaps and bounds over the past several years. Today, scientists and manufacturers are scrambling to find newer and better ways to harness the power of the sun to produce clean energy. We’ve written before about how groups are working on bringing solar power to remote parts of the desert […]

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