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Fair Trade Your Life – 10 Fair Trade Resolutions for the New Year

Fair Trade Your Life – 10 Fair Trade Resolutions for the New Year | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Spending our money on fair trade products gives us the assurance that the products we consume were made by fairly paid and treated workers. (10 Fair Trade Resolutions for 2014:...
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We Didn't Believe It. So We Fact-Checked It (Twice). Now Let's Talk About How To Take It Worldwide.

We Didn't Believe It. So We Fact-Checked It (Twice). Now Let's Talk About How To Take It Worldwide. | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
100% renewable energy isn't a dream.(RT @Greenpeace: 100% renewable energy isn't a dream: via http://t.co/jn8KWgXPh3 via @Upworthy #Climate2014 http://t.co/Sheslb1VzP)...

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Watch the year's biggest climate stories in 2 minutes

Watch the year's biggest climate stories in 2 minutes | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
A year of extreme weather, climate denial, and some hope.

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Lost City of Angkor Wat

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In 1860, missionaries came across ruins in the Cambodian jungle—and discovered a lost city twice as large as Manhattan.

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The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
It's time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, June 21, 2014 12:32 PM

No matter what the large carbon polluters and their ideological allies say or do, in markets there is a huge difference between "more expensive than" and "cheaper than." Not unlike the difference between 32 degrees and 33 degrees Fahrenheit. It's not just a difference of a degree, it's the difference between a market that's frozen up and one that's liquid.

As a result, all over the world, the executives of companies selling electricity generated from the burning of carbon-based fuels (primarily from coal) are openly discussing their growing fears of a "utility death spiral."

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Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses

Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses | Green Geek News | Scoop.it

A new trend is springing up across the country that’s making affordable solar energy increasingly available to the masses.

Community solar gardens allow customers who aren’t able to establish their own solar power systems to buy into a solar array built elsewhere and get a credit on their electricity bill for the power produced by the panels. These arrangements that allow people to not only cut their power bills but also switch to more green energy first emerged in Colorado, but have since spread across the country – with laws allowing the projects to progress through legislatures in California, Minnesota and Washington D.C., and one on the books since 2008 in Massachusetts – where the trend is currently taking flight...


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Harley Davidson fires up electric motorcycle

Harley Davidson fires up electric motorcycle | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
The iconic American brand wants you to think of this as the electric guitar of motorcycles.

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How to Furnish Your Living Room with Secondhand Everything and ...

How to Furnish Your Living Room with Secondhand Everything and ... | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Moving can be stressful! And moving into a new space that needs to be completely furnished can be crazy making! But you don't have to bust your pocketbook or get lost in the IKEA maze just to make your new digs ...
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Compound used in tofu could help make solar cheaper

Compound used in tofu could help make solar cheaper | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Solar power has long been dogged by costs that have made it difficult for the renewable to compete with traditional fossil fuels. Two new studies offer signs that this could be changing quickly.
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SolarCity is fast becoming the Apple of solar power

SolarCity is fast becoming the Apple of solar power | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
SolarCity is the largest installer of residential solar panels in USA, and its end goal is to drive down the price of solar power across America and around the world. Basically, SolarCity is fast becoming the Apple model for solar ...
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The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world, Europe, and Germany

The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world, Europe, and Germany | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
(via Cliff Pickover's Reality Carnival) (The total area of solar panels it would take to power the world, Europe, and Germany http://t.co/qh52H0UXRz)...
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Here’s the Cheap Way to Avoid Chemicals in Your Food

Here’s the Cheap Way to Avoid Chemicals in Your Food | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Can’t buy organic all of the time? These lists will help you avoid pesticide residue without breaking the bank.
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Frankie Knuckles Mural Goes Up in Prime Logan Spot For Graffiti Artists - DNAinfo

Frankie Knuckles Mural Goes Up in Prime Logan Spot For Graffiti Artists - DNAinfo | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Frankie Knuckles Mural Goes Up in Prime Logan Spot For Graffiti Artists
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The memorial wall was painted by one of the city's oldest graffiti groups, the Artistic Bombing Crew, on the rooftop of X-it European Clothing, 2950 W.
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Low Cost Concentrating Solar Power System Leverages Calcium Energy Storage - CleanTechnica

Low Cost Concentrating Solar Power System Leverages Calcium Energy Storage - CleanTechnica | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
ExecutiveBiz (blog) Low Cost Concentrating Solar Power System Leverages Calcium Energy Storage CleanTechnica A new project at the Southern Research Institute is in the works that could shoot low cost concentrating solar power from an also-ran to a...
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If You're Terrified Of Heights, Look Away Now

If You're Terrified Of Heights, Look Away Now | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
If you get vertigo, don't try Bandaloop dancing.

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Would you live in a shipping container?

Would you live in a shipping container? | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
A couple living in Luskville, Que., built an entire house with materials that might have otherwise ended up in a landfill.

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How A 'Bunch Of Commies' Are Forcing The Fortune 500 To Stop Destroying Rain Forests, Overfishing, And Burning Fossil Fuels

How A 'Bunch Of Commies' Are Forcing The Fortune 500 To Stop Destroying Rain Forests, Overfishing, And Burning Fossil Fuels | Green Geek News | Scoop.it

Where once Greenpeace lobbied government to change policies, they have been far more effective in targeting major global companies such as Unilever, P&G, Kimberly-Clark, Mattel, Nike, McDonalds, Apple, Google, Facebook, and Nestle. They use 'market-based campaigning' - pick an area of concern, identify on-the ground producers who are contributing, follow the supply chain to a multinational corp with a widely known consumer product, suggest they address the issue, and when they do not, launch a multipronged media campaign with beloved animals and climb a building or two. Their catchy social media marketing can destroy years of work building a brand.


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25 Exceptional Ways To Use Old Stuff You Were Going To Throw Away. #10 Is Brilliant.

25 Exceptional Ways To Use Old Stuff You Were Going To Throw Away.  #10 Is Brilliant. | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Planning to throw away some old things? Not so fast! Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. Take an old tire for example. Tie a rope to it and hang it from a tree and now you have a swing! Upcycling is often seen in art […]

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, June 24, 2014 1:34 AM

Some cool ideas here about how to keep things out of the trash bin.

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Fracking May Pollute Groundwater with More Chemicals Than Previously Thought | ScienceWorldReport.com

Fracking May Pollute Groundwater with More Chemicals Than Previously Thought | ScienceWorldReport.com | Green Geek News | Scoop.it

It turns out that there may far more contamination from fracking than once thought. Scientists have found that the oil and gas extraction method known and hydraulic fracturing may contribute more pollutants to groundwater than previous research has suggested.

 

Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, involves inject large volumes of fluids underground at high pressures. These fluids are combined with chemicals that help release gas and oil trapped in cracks in hard rock. The gas and oil is then extracted and the wastewater, in theory, is disposed of properly.

 

That said, there's been a lot of controversy surrounding the practice of fracking. One problem involves flowback, which refers to the fluids that surge back out of the fracked wells during the process. This flowback contains water, lubricants, solvents and other chemicals. Spills have occurred before, and research has linked fracking to groundwater contamination that could have serious health effects.

 

Although past research has looked at fracking, it hasn't addressed one factor that could play a large role in groundwater contamination: colloids. These are tiny pieces of mineral, clay and other particles that can attract heavy metals and other environmental toxins.


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holly-berkowitz@mchsi.com's curator insight, June 29, 2014 4:03 PM

They've lied like the Tobacco industry lied while many died...at our expense.   Hold them accountable and pull the plug please.  Thanks.  I want my taxpayer dollars to go into a safe, affordable, healthy Renewable Energy Economy....not to destroy my planet.

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Why Solar Energy Is the Key to Solving Global Poverty

Why Solar Energy Is the Key to Solving Global Poverty | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Giving 1.3 billion people living off the grid access to electricity will spur education and economies.
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Pssst, Wanna Buy A Free Solar Powered Carport? - CleanTechnica

Pssst, Wanna Buy A Free Solar Powered Carport? - CleanTechnica | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Pssst, Wanna Buy A Free Solar Powered Carport?
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Actually, make that a net-negative solar powered carport.
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No More Malls: 5 Disruptive Techs Transforming Retail

No More Malls: 5 Disruptive Techs Transforming Retail | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Five technologies are converging to transform the retail shopping experience forever.
This is big. This isn’t Amazon, it’s Amazon x100. Very social, very local and very efficient.
This will impact multiple industries.
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Solar-Panel Windows Made Possible by Quantum Dot Breakthrough ...

Solar-Panel Windows Made Possible by Quantum Dot Breakthrough ... | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
Windows that double as solar panels could soon be a reality following a breakthrough in quantum dot research that could have significant implications on the way the sun's energy is harvested in the future.
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3 Fashion-Forward, Totally Green Companies You Can Support Now - One Green Planet

3 Fashion-Forward, Totally Green Companies You Can Support Now - One Green Planet | Green Geek News | Scoop.it
3 Fashion-Forward, Totally Green Companies You Can Support Now One Green Planet But then, some companies, like The People's Movement, are taking a new approach, using materials like organic cotton, recycled plastic bags, non-toxic, water-based...
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