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Climate & Energy

The best of the U.S. Army’s ‘Going Green’ Pinterest

Who says Pinterest is just for fashion and cupcakes?

Cleantech

One Million Lights trades kerosene for solar in developing countries

For kids in developing countries, it’s crucial to have a reliable light source — otherwise you can’t see to read or do your homework. But many homes and villages don’t have electric light, and the cheapest alternative — kerosene — …

Climate Policy

U.S. gangs up with Saudi Arabia to crush European climate initiative

All the world's countries love to talk piously about the need to address climate change. What happens if someone goes beyond talk to action? If the E.U.'s aviation program is any indication, it ain't pretty.

Cleantech

Map shows avalanche of cellulosic ethanol projects on the way

In the battle between food and fuel, cellulosic ethanol might not be a great idea or even a viable solution to our energy woes, but enzyme company Novozymes says it's coming, regardless.

Oil

Why all promises to make gas significantly cheaper are fantasies

Unless the world economy crashes or intercessory prayer starts working, no one on the planet has the power to significantly lower the price of gasoline at the pump.

Green Cars

Suck it, Gingrich, you CAN put a gun rack on a Chevy Volt

At a campaign event in Georgia, Newt Gingrich told supporters that he would maaaaaagically lower gas prices because “you can’t put a gun rack on a Volt.” Shows what the hell he knows.

Business & Technology

In Germany, solar will be as cheap as conventional electricity by 2013

"Grid parity" has arrived in parts of sunny California and Hawaii, and it's coming to (not-so-sunny) Germany by 2013.

Green Living Tips

Ask Umbra: What’s the greenest business card?

A reader wonders how to network sustainably. Umbra consults the cards.

Business & Technology

The Economist uses stale right-wing ideas to attack government regulation

The magazine has published a series on "Over-regulated America" that does nothing but contradict itself and repackage false claims about the costs of protective regulation.