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Climate change leads three southern states to battle for water

October 21st, 2013

A dispute over water that has been brewing for more than two decades has reached a boiling point. Georgia, Alabama and Florida all have a stake in a river system that flows inside all three states.

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Solar Rush in Aisle 9: Look who’s lapping up renewable power

October 17th, 2013

Maybe there’s something to this solar power thing, with it’s renewable-ness and positive ROIs. Major U.S. retailers, who understand narrow profit margins and keeping expenses down better than anyone, have installed hundreds of megawatts of PV panels. See who’s converting to sun power.

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Robin Chase of ZipCar tells why some Internet companies are wildly successful

October 15th, 2013

What’s the secret sauce at swiftly growing companies like Skype and Airbnb? Robin Chase of ZipCar fame thinks she knows. See an excerpt of her address at SXSW Eco

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Find farmers’ markets anywhere in the US with this list

October 15th, 2013

Did you know there are now more than 8,000 active farmers’ markets operating in the U.S.? Connect with one near you using this state-by-state list, which also links to programs for growers and cottage food makers.

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These solar robots are designed to make photovoltaics as cheap as fossil fuels

October 14th, 2013

Alion Energy, a California company, thinks its robots which can install and keep clean thousands of solar panels may make solar energy competitive with fossil fuels.

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Three key takeaways from Austin’s SXSW Eco Conference

October 11th, 2013

SXSW Eco is a fabulous gathering of activists, artists, entrepreneurs, thinkers, doers and paradigm shifters was totally tweetable. The conversation is almost too riveting. Here are three takeaways.

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Organic food producers expect more profits following US-Japan agreement

September 27th, 2013

The US-Japan agreement on organic foods opens up new markets for American and Japanese food products, already a $36 billion dollar combined two-way transfer. Producers see the agreement as a win-win.

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See how Facebook ‘likes’ bikes

September 26th, 2013

Facebook encourages biking on campus and even provides bike service for its employees, reports The Street. “Our program encompasses van pools, shuttles, transit passes, car pool ride matching and a very robust bike program,” says Jessica Herrera, Facebook’s transportation program manager. Employees can check out bikes to get around campus or to commute from their homes.

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Bangkok hotel turns rooftop algae into a growth industry

September 24th, 2013

Reuters reports that Bangkok hotel Novotel is spicing up many of its restaurant dishes with spirulina, an edible algae that the hotel is growing in tanks on its roof.

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Siemens: Climate Change concerns ‘make us operationally better’

September 20th, 2013

Sustainability is a competitive advantage, not a cost center, says Peter Solmssen, Managing Board Member at Siemens.

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The I-522 battle over food labeling heats up with dueling TV ads

September 17th, 2013

Last year, California held a referendum over food labeling. This year, the new battleground in the fight to label (or not) genetically modified foods is Washington state, where residents will vote on a labeling referendum in November.

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Chickens rescued from battery cages get to walk in the grass

September 10th, 2013

Watch these chickens, rescued from a battery cage operation, smell the country air and walk in the grass — for the first time in their lives. (We promise this is even better than the week’s best cat video.)

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