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Watch Amory Lovins’ “A 50-year plan for energy” talk at TED

In this intimate talk filmed at TED’s offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world’s dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening — like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks — but some require a bigger vision […]

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Watch Alex Steffen’s “The shareable future of cities” talk at TED

How can cities help save the future? Alex Steffen shows some cool neighborhood-based green projects that expand our access to things we want and need — while reducing the time we spend in cars […]

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White House releases fact sheet on The United States-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialogue

The White House has disclosed the details on the US-Brazil Strategic Energy Dialog during Obama’s recent trip to Brazil […]

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China, Technology, Development and the Environment: Photographer Lu Guang’s “Pollution in China”

To give us some perspective on the massive social and economic impact of pollution throughout China, Shanghaiist turned to photographer Lu Guang’s “Pollution in China” project. Lu won this year’s $30,000 W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography from the Asia Society in New York. His project documents families, farmers, industrial districts, rivers, the countryside, cancer patients, children; anyone and everything affected by pollution across China […]

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Autodesk open-sources carbon accounting method

Autodesk is making a revised method for tracking greenhouse gas emissions available for free to other companies […]

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China, Technology & the Environment: Emissions cut target “may hurt developing countries’ development”

The emissions cut target proposed by developed countries is “unfair” to developing countries, a Chinese expert said recently: Pan Jiahua, executive director of the research centre for sustainable development of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, made the statement in an interview with Xinhua at the Global Economic Symposium (GES 2009) held in Ploen Castle, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany […]

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Newsweek’s Green Ranking Recognizes Autodesk

Autodesk ranked 55th out of America’s 500 largest corporations on its environmental performance, policies, and reputation […]

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China, Technology & the Environment: per-unit energy consumption falls 3.35% in the first half of 2009

China’s energy consumption to produce a unit of gross domestic product (GDP) dropped 3.35 percent year on year in the first half of 2009, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said in a statement recently. The decrease compared with 2.88 percent in the first half of last year […]

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China, Technology, Innovation and the Environment: Chinese President Hu Jintao elaborates on China’s stance on climate change

Chinese President Hu Jintao said on recently that his country will take substantial measures to cope with climate change. Hu made the remarks at the Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change, which gathered leaders from Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea and the Group of Eight (G8) nations at Toyako, a resort town on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido…