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Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions

November 21, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Green Energy Risks

Some citizens who are concerned about the long-term viability of the electric grid will no doubt want to purchase their own solar systems with inverters and back-up batteries. I won't discourage those who want to do this–the systems may prove to be of assistance. But I see no reason to subsidize these purchases.[read more]

Beating Battery Drain

November 1, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Battery Efficiency

Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you’ll probably end up seeing the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life has become a large and growing concern.[read more]

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Guide to Greening Hotels through Waste Management

August 26, 2014 by Erich Lawson

Hotels and restaurants contribute to the accumulation of waste more than industries do.[read more]

To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest

August 21, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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Rainforests and Climate Change

Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.[read more]

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

August 19, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Batteries Recycled Into Solar

This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries — a potential source of lead pollution — into new, long-lasting solar panels that provide emissions-free power.[read more]

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old, Part III

August 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC and Recycling

In December 2013, the Sanitation Department was collecting recyclables from New York City residences and institutions at a rate of just over 16%; and it is just about the same today. In view of the ambitious intentions of the city’s landmark recycling statute this is discouraging. But it doesn’t tell the whole story.[read more]

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old, Part II

August 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC Recycling Program

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who took office in 2002, compiled an impressive track record in addressing environmental health and sustainability issues in New York City. But he didn’t start off as a big fan of recycling or of Local Law 19 of 1989, the City’s recycling Magna Carta.[read more]

Running on Waste Heat

August 9, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Waste Heat and Power

It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. energy — from vehicles and heavy equipment, for instance — is wasted as heat. Mostly, this waste heat simply escapes into the air. But that’s beginning to change, thanks to thermoelectric innovators such as MIT’s Gang Chen.[read more]

New York City's History-Making Recycling Law Turns 25 Years Old

August 2, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

NYC Recycling Program

New York City’s landmark recycling statute -- which provided residents here with curbside collection of recyclables for the first time in modern history and generated momentum for stepped-up recycling in cities around the nation -- is celebrating its 25th birthday this summer.[read more]

7 Easy Ways to Save Water This Summer

July 5, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Summer Water Savings

Prolonged drought is one of the hallmarks of a warming climate. Texas has been in the grips of widespread drought since late 2010; California, where my daughters used to live, is in its third year of drought, with 100 percent of the state experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought conditions.[read more]

Plastic Bank: First 3D Printed Items Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic

June 14, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Ocean Pollution and Recycling

Sunday, June 8 was officially World Ocean Day. At a time when we find the world’s oceans in crisis from acidification, warming surface temperatures, overfishing and pollution, calling attention to the health of our oceans is of paramount importance.[read more]

It’s Not About Where Your Solar Panels Came From, It’s Where They Are Going That Counts

June 7, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Solar Panels and Carbon Footprints

One of the most infuriating things about reading advice for people wanting to reduce their carbon footprint is the colossal lack of perspective people some folk have when it comes to cutting emissions. You see, perspective is quite important if you want to make sensible decisions.[read more]

The World's Largest Garbage Dump is Not on Land

May 31, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia
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Oceans of Garbage

Between using plastic bags, drinking from plastic water bottles, or ripping the plastic packaging from a new gadget, we all use plastic in our daily lives. Plastic is literally all around us, and if we don’t find a way to contain it, our lives could soon be taken over by this mass produced product.[read more]

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Renewable Wood Fuels, Part 2: Environmentally Beneficial or a Chronic Problem?

May 22, 2014 by John Miller
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Renewable Wood Fuel and Overall Cost

Wood is considered either a renewable fuel with environmental benefits or a source of particular material emissions that can impact health. If properly managed can the smoke from wood be reduced to levels that mitigate current-future health issues, and benefit the environment like other renewable fuels?[read more]

On Earth Day, Did Greenwashing Finally Die?

April 25, 2014 by Caroline Bligh
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Earth Day and Greenwashing

Earth Day is Ground Zero for greenwashing marketing ploys, which have been pervasive over the past decade. From releasing “eco-friendly” single use water bottles to encouraging people to fly around the country (with carbon credits), corporations repeatedly bungle sustainability initiatives on Earth Day.[read more]