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IKEA is now offering ’off the shelf’ solar power packages to UK consumers, in a move that could help to mainstream domestic solar power systems. It is the first major retailer to offer a comprehensive home photovoltaic installation service, having teamed up with Hanergy, a thin-film PV supplier, to produce ... keep reading
Straw Bale House- Designed by Carina Rose http://flickr.com/photo/73416633@N00/304515241 Energy efficient houses are often thought to be a promising way to reduce our environmental footprint by using less energy and producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, surprisingly, if you consider the whole life cycle of ... keep reading
A curious study by scientists at Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London has found that the music that inspires so many of us may exercise too also makes solar panels work better. The high frequencies and pitch found in pop and rock music cause vibrations that enhanced ... keep reading
The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) has acquired the landmark Kiernan Plaza in downtown Albany, NY, in a bid to create a hub for smart cities technology companies. The $30-million CNSE-led initiative, identified as a priority project by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Capital Region Economic Development ... keep reading
The UK's first building to be made entirely out of waste materials is to be built in Brighton as a showcase for sustainable construction. The eco-workspace will be erected on the University of Brighton's campus, according to a report in The Guardian. Construction materials will be sourced from ... keep reading
Grasp the Nettle follows the exploits of a ragtag band of land rights activists in London as they struggle against corporations, government, police - and themselves - in their efforts to create alternative communities outside the framework of consumer society. When an eco-village pops up on a piece of disused land in ... keep reading
Written by Dean Puckett in October 2012, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Alternative, Cohousing, & Off-Grid Living, Children and Families, Climate Change, Environment & Wildlife, Lifestyle & Behavior, Politics & Government
Scientists are reporting development of a new transparent solar cell, an advance toward giving windows in homes and other buildings the ability to generate electricity while still allowing people to see outside. Their report appears in the journal ACS Nano. Yang Yang, Rui Zhu, Paul S. Weiss and colleagues explain ... keep reading
In a recent post about smarter, eco-conscious living, Celsias mentioned that one way to take some strain away from the environment is to use less water. Today, Noelle Hirsch expounds upon that idea, and takes it a step further. Instead of leaving it to consumers to choose to use less ... keep reading
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