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International Solar Day Open Thread: Should Solar Panel Recycling be Mandatory?

By the end of this year, solar PV production capacity will be at 50 GW (50,000 MW), up from 100 MW in 2000. That’s reason to celebrate on this International Solar Day. But it’s also important to remember the implications of that growth. Solar PV manufacturing uses all kinds of toxic chemicals and materials that [...]

Celebrate International Solar Day!

This Saturday, June 18, millions of people in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom will join the solar power movement to push for energy reform and raise awareness of solar power’s benefits. SolarDay 2010 was the largest solar awareness program in U.S. history, and 2011 promises to be even bigger. America is [...]

He Huffed and He Puffed and …

… the house of straw stayed up, warm and dry.

Straw bale homes have a long history of use worldwide. Here’s a story about a British man who recently built his …Read Full Post

My Multimodal Mom: Growing Up With Public Transport

When my brother and I were young, my mom would take us on Transportation Days. It goes like this: You can’t take any mode of transportation more than once. We would start from home, walking the two blocks to…

GM Salmon Safe to Eat? Not so Fast, Critics Say

National Geographic Fellow Barton Seaver, a Washington, D.C.-based chef, writer, and ocean advocate talks to Green Guide about genetically engineered salmon. By Rachel Kaufman Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that genetically engineered salmon is safe to…

Learning From Urban Farmer and Compost King Will Allen

Urban farming visionary Will Allen expands his services, growing even more healthy food in the concrete jungle. Two feet of compost, Allen says, is enough to turn asphalt into a cornfield. By Rachel Kaufman Grow, bloom, thrive: that’s Will Allen’s…

Toyota keeps going ‘green’

Toyota is pairing its little known housing business with its expertise in green cars to sell computer systems that link homes, utilities and vehicles to reduce energy use.

GM Corn Pesticides Found in Indiana Streams

Pesticides produced by genetically modified (GM) corn have been found dissolved in streams in Indiana, raising new questions about whether GM foods could have impacts beyond immediate food safety, a new study reports. Jennifer Tank of Indiana’s University of…

Streetsblog: Intelligent Transportation Around the Corner?

Tanya Snyder, Capitol Hill editor for D.C. Streetsblog, recently blogged about how the information age may usher in a new era in intelligent transportation. For instance, when highways get crowded and congested, some people start clamoring for more and wider…

Oregano Moves Cows Toward Climate Neutral

A dash of oregano does more than make pizza taste delicious: it also can reduce the amount of methane in cow burps, new research shows. Scientists have been trying to decrease methane from livestock for years; methane is over 20…