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$7 solar oven design wins $75,000 prize

When Jon Bohmer sat down with his two little girls for a simple project they could work on together, he didn't realize they'd hit upon a solution to one of the world's biggest problems for just $5: A solar-powered oven.The ingeniously simple design uses two cardboard boxes, one inside the other, and an acrylic cover that lets in the sun's rays and traps them.Black paint on the inner box, and
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Gas prices: Above $2, and rising

Gas prices have risen 5% in just nine days, above $2, and they will continue inching higher despite the battered economy.Motorist group AAA reported gas prices rose 2.3 cents to $2.009 on Thursday, rising above the $2 mark for the first time since Nov. 20.Thursday's report caps a nine-day streak of increases in which gas prices have risen 5.2%.The steady increase in prices at the pump recalls the
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Top 10 Sustainability Myths

I winced when I saw the headline “Top 10 Myths about Sustainability.” These articles are almost always an excuse for lame contrarianism. Did you know that a Prius is worse than a Hummer!?!?!! Did you know that farmer’s markets kill panda bears!?!?But hey, guess what, the article is really good, providing food for thought on a number of contentious issues. For example:Myth 2: Sustainability is all
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5 Steps to a Solar Home

It's a lot easier and less expensive to take your home solar than most people think. Thanks to generous financial incentives from the government and innovative alternatives to purchasing a system, homeowners are discovering there aren't really any risks remaining to going solar.Like many things, home solar was first adopted by people who were concerned about their environmental and energy
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Congress Passes the Most Powerful Solar Legislation in History

Homeowners battling against soaring energy prices and a struggling economy have gained a powerful new tool to help harness free, renewable energy from the sun, the wind and other sustainable resources.The U.S. House and Senate passed historic legislation that will massively increase the use of solar energy all across the America. Renewable energy provisions in H.R.1424 include an eight year
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Kiva: Loans that Change Lives

Kiva's is an established non-profit whose mission it is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world. My wife and I absolutely love this organization and the good work they facilitate around the world. You can view our
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Green Fresno - New Online Community

Green Fresno is an information portal about making Fresno "green". It is about natural resource conservation,renewable energy, walkable city design, growing more trees, sustainable living, and the many folks that support and debate these ideas.www.GreenFresno.org
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Raise Gasoline Taxes—really!

By Ken Martens FriesenWant to make someone hate you really quickly? Tell them you wish gas prices would go back up, and you think we should ask our legislators for a $1.00/gallon consumption tax on gasoline. That should lose you a few friends. Yet this seemingly illogical proposal might make a lot of sense right now, as America tries to move rapidly towards energy independence and a fossil-fuel
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A Sustainable Green Community in Fresno

Check out the new eco-friendly community in North Fresno. Four years in development, a half-dozen founding families worked with architects to create a project that combines private townhomes with extensive common facilities. In order to live in a multi-generational environment that encourages co-operative living, they planned smaller living spaces (1,100 to 1900 sq ft) based on LEED standards.
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Five Reasons You Should Consider Generating Your Own Green Energy

Over the past six months, oil prices have plunged more than 50 percent, renewable energy company asset values have taken an even bigger dive, and financial institutions have collapsed completely, leading to a worldwide credit crunch.Is this really the best time for your company to be thinking about generating renewable energy onsite?Before answering, consider these forecasts by the International
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