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7 Concept Gadgets We Want to See Brought to Market

by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 03.30.09
Science & Technology

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We talk about concept gadgets quite a bit on TreeHugger, from energy-saving ideas to renewable energy generators, to sustainably-made gadgets. We scoured through the concepts out there today, and chose seven that we would love to see brought to market. Check out some of the ideas we think hold a lot of potential.

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Cyclists and Pedestrians Were Jerks In 1908 Too

by Lloyd Alter, Toronto on 03.30.09
Cars & Transportation

An absolutely fascinating seven minute film of the streets of Barcelona in 1908, taken with a camera mounted on the front of a streetcar. The streets are dominated by bicyclists and pedestrians, many of whom appear to be in a non-stop game of chicken with the trolley. It is lovely to see a world without cars where streets are for people; not so lovely to see that riding habits haven't generally improved.

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Carbonfund.org Reforestation Project Takes Major Step in Reducing Global Warming Emissions

by Eric Leech, New York, NY on 03.30.09
Business & Politics

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Photo via: Swanksalot

Carbonfund.org’s Tensas National Wildlife Refuge Reforestation Project has just became the first reforestation carbon offset project in North America to achieve dual validation by the Rainforest Alliance to the Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) as well as the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards with Gold Distinction.

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Bishop Refuses To Bless New Incinerator In Naples Italy

by John Laumer, Philadelphia on 03.30.09
Business & Politics

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Via Carbonara, Naples. Image credit:Now Public,Flickr, redmiotens

According the report published in TerraDaily,it is traditional in Italy for a Bishop to bless a new building as part of the commissioning ceremony. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had recently opened a waste incinerator near the southern city of Naples, without the Bishop's blessing.

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Should I Worry About Deadly Mercury In My CFLs?

by Pablo Paster, San Francisco on 03.30.09
Science & Technology

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Dear Pablo: I know that compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) are much more efficient, but I have also heard that they contain mercury. What is a TreeHugger to do?

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A Guide to Climate Change Groups Protesting at the G-20 Summit

by Bonnie Alter, London on 03.30.09
Business & Politics

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Image from Guardian

The political leaders of the world are coming to London this week for an economic summit and climate change is high on the list of topics to be discussed. Protest groups have been organising and preparing a huge show of strength to make politicians understand the importance of the cause.

All this week there were will be demonstrations by a range of groups, from the church and unions to anarchists in an armed tank. On Saturday the Put People First coalition held a massive protest with 35,000 people. It's an alliance of more than 160 unions, development, faith and environmental groups.

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Earth Hour 2009 Global Round-Up (Videos)

by George Spyros, New York City, USA on 03.29.09
Culture & Celebrity


Cities go dark for Earth Hour 2009

Tell us as well as Tweet us what you did for Earth Hour 2009 and bask in the reduction of dirty fossil fuel use if ever so fleetingly. Eyeball these videos featuring the efforts of hundreds of millions of well-meaning humankind from around the world as well as some local shout-outs to peeps around the USA (Arkansas, Ohio, Chicago, New Mexico, Michiana -- you all in da green house!) Finally, check out our modest proposal for next year's Earth Hour courtesy of robotkind C3PO from Star Wars.

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