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Western states fired up over clean energy
11 Jun 2007 at 11:06am
When it comes to clean energy, the West is the best — or at least, it wants to be. In Deadwood, S.D., this week, 10 Western U.S. governors and two Canadian provincial premiers are meeting to talk about the region’s power prospects, including solar, wind, biomass, and “clean coal.” Reporting …
A. Carl Leopold, nature activist, answers Grist’s questions
11 Jun 2007 at 11:06am
Ever wish you could have lived with conservation hero Aldo Leopold? Well, this week’s InterActivist got to do it — and call the acclaimed author of A Sand County Almanac “dad” besides. Growing up in the Leopold family’s legendary shack, A. Carl Leopold turned out to be quite the environmentalist …
U.K. green-computing task force recommends centralizing data
11 Jun 2007 at 11:06am
A newly formed United Kingdom task force will work to reduce the energy-sucking impacts of computing equipment, which some say pumps as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere there as the airline industry. The public-private partnership, called “Green Shift,” will study how to make PCs and their related equipment more …
Umbra on installing solar power
11 Jun 2007 at 11:06am
A reader in Long Island, N.Y., wonders if solar power is a viable option for him — and, more to the point, wonders how to wade through the oceans of information on the topic. Ever eager to shed light on alternative energy, advice maven Umbra Fisk offers tips for navigating …
Two recent college grads make insulation using mushroom spores
11 Jun 2007 at 11:06am
Let’s play a word game: we say “college students” and “mushrooms,” you say the first thing that comes to mind. OK, now get ready to eat your words, because two recent Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute grads are having a different kind of fun with their fungi. Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre …

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