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Mother Earth News and the Growth of Affinity Journalism

I had a wide ranging conversation with Bryan Welch, publisher of Ogden Publications following his fun and inspirational keynote address at the LOHAS Forum. You might not recognize Ogden Publications but you will certainly know its magazines, which include The Utne Reader and Mother Earth News, a magazine about gardening, alternative transportation, country living, self-sufficiency … Continued

Angry With BP? Short ‘Em!

By Ambrose Desmond Trying to find a silver lining in the Gulf catastrophe is not an easy thing to do. However, some faint ones can be spotted. First is the real possibility of a shift toward much more conservative drilling policy and more momentum for the alternative energy movement. Second is the possibility that BP, … Continued

Spain’s Power Struggle with Solar Power

The dark side of trying to jump start renewable energy in a cash-poor economy is playing out with reports that Spain is under heavy pressure to reverse or tone down plans to reduce its special ‘feed-in tariffs’ (FiTs) for photovoltaic energy operators. The reductions are intended to staunch some heavy and unanticipated monetary bleeding caused … Continued

More Fraud Within the Clean Development Mechanism

A consortium of North American and European activists have demanded sweeping changes to the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) after charging that up to one-third of all CERs ever sold may have been illegitimate. The groups are demanding an investigation to determine whether a number of coolant firms have manipulated the marketplace since 2005 by deliberately … Continued

Raising Capital in Turbulent Times for Sustainable Ventures

An afternoon session at the LOHAS Conference gave aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to ask panelists in the financial world about raising capital, especially during this economic environment.  The panel included Joseph Durnford, CEO of JD Ford Associates, Joseph Anzalone, Vice President of New Resource Bank, Rich Frankenheimer of Touchpoint Trust Group, and Deb Parsons, Co-Director … Continued

More “Enertia” in Washington: Brammo Makes the Case for American Ingenuity

Everyone remembers the network and cable news brouhaha when the CEOs of the Big Three automakers each flew to Washington, DC on corporate jets at a total cost of $45,000 to plead with Congress for a bailout. The CEOs’ journey was recently retraced by two employees of Brammo, the electric motorcycle firm based in Ashland, … Continued

Social Enterprise Gives Online Platform to Thai Silk Weavers

The Kohtrad Silk Project, led by Farquhar Simpkin, is a cooperative that sources, weaves, and then ships silk scarves and shirts, with the goal of building an Internet hub in this remote Northeastern Thai region within one year.

Sprout Robot Makes Growing a Garden Easy

Sprout Robot jump starts home gardens with a simple web interface. Type in their zip code and what vegetables and fruits you want to grow and Sprout Robot creates a personalized planting calendar for your the area. Users have a choice of signing up for the free version of the site or one of the … Continued

GE To Double Green R&D to $10 Billion by 2015

General Electric has already invested $5 billion in research and development for its ecomagination line of energy efficient and environmentally friendly products and services, and plans to double that amount by 2015, the company announced Thursday. GHG emissions from GE’s operations have been reduced 22 percent from a 2004 baseline, and energy intensity has increased … Continued


Tesla’s Planned IPO Rides the Anti-Oil Wave

Electric car maker Tesla Motors probably could not have picked a better time for their initial public offering as interest in alternatives to the internal combustion engine has been growing in tandem with the oil slick off Louisiana. Even as Tesla CEO Elon Musk traveled around the country this week pitching the start-up’s $100 million … Continued

The Rented Life, Part 2: How You Can Do It

By Simon Dunne Last week I posted an entry entitled “The Rented Life: Can We Live Without Owning?” touting the many benefits of forgoing ownership of underused possessions. It’s a lifestyle direction growing in popularity, allowing companies like Zipcar to be successful – they provide an attractive alternative to car ownership, allowing city dwellers to … Continued

PG&E Creates $100 Million Solar Slush Fund

PG&E Corporation, the parent company of utility Pacific Gas & Electric, announced on Monday a new $100 million tax equity fund to finance residential solar systems with little or no money down. The fund will bankroll installations by solar installer SunRun, which will own and operate the systems in return for providing customers, who essentially … Continued

Woolfiller Fixes Holey Wool: Poke it Repeatedly With a Needle

Wool. It’s a renewable resource that sees use in a wide range of applications. It magically keeps you warm or cool depending on your needs. But it’s not without its issues. Moths like to eat it. Time tends to wear away at it. It ends up getting holes. For some, a few holes aren’t enough … Continued

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Coulomb Technologies to Bring 5000 Electric Car Charging Stations to US

Mad Max, meet the Jetsons.  Imagine pulling your electric car into a charging station not worrying about the dozen or so gallons of gas being poured into the back of your car.  Imagine there being enough of these charging stations that you need not worry about losing your charge while cruising down an interstate, miles beyond your … Continued


Will Green Tech = Drill, Baby, Drill?

What’s the problem with rare earth minerals? The problem is that they’re rare—maybe even rarer than we used to believe—but they’ve got a major role to fill in the clean energy economy (not to mention consumer electronics). Rare earth minerals  are lightweight, resist heat and are crucial ingredients in the magnets and other components that … Continued