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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 May 2012

New York, New York, United States

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New York City black tar roofs cause a number of environmental problems, including air pollution, heat absorption that raises energy consumption, and storm water runoff in the sewer system. Efforts to turn these old ro...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

2 February 2012

Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Solar lighting will revolutionize Africa - but access infrastructure is a difficult thing to build. Three different, innovative business models get lights into the hands of the people who need them most.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

25 October 2011

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In developing countries, environmentally friendly and practicality don't always go hand-in-hand. Biogas are changing that. With biogas technology, methane is derived from the feces of humans and animals and is used in...

Reuters

Gemma Haines

11 July 2011

Manila, Philippines

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Lack of access to electricity is one of the most serious problems in the third world. Developed by students at MIT, a new way of bringing electricity to the poor involves water and bleach in a 'liter of light'.

The New York Times

Anne Eisenberg

21 May 2011

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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With no system in place for replicating photosynthesis on a commercial level, scientists throughout the U.S. began efforts to create one. What they have come up, in the form of artificial leaves, may be the answer to ...

Inside Climate News

Maria Gallucci

28 March 2011

Reno, Nevada, United States

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In a campaign to boost community interest in and use of urban wind power, city officials in Reno, Nevada, are helping consumers take the guesswork out of buying home turbines. Through an online consumer guide called t...

National Geographic

Jeff Smith

16 February 2011

Ghana

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Less charcoal, faster cook times, energy efficient and healthier: these are all terms that have been associated with a new cooking stove produced by the small Ghana business Toyola Energy. This stove acts as a dual so...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

14 January 2011

Tamkuha, Bihar, India

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A follow-up article on Husk Power Systems, which has created a scalable system to turn rice husks into electricity that is reliable, eco-friendly and affordable for families in India. The company bases their business ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 January 2011

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Access to electricity in India takes a huge economic, educational, and health-related toll. A small company called Husk Power Systems has created an innovative system that is turning rice husks into electricity and il...

The New York Times

Thomas L. Friedman

6 March 2010

United States

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Recession economies engender a sense of malaise and stagnancy, but two innovative men are working to find affordable, scalable solutions to current issues. Instead of worrying about CO2 emissions, Vinod Khosla imagin...

Scientific American

David Biello

19 January 2010

Tranebjerg, Denmark

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One small island in Denmark is technically 100 percent powered by sustainable sources of energy, giving the island total energy independence.

Science in Society

Sam Burcher

8 May 2009

Mastala, Kusungu District, Malawi

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A bright young man named William took it upon himself to bring electricity to his small, rural village in Malawi, despite having few resources at his disposal. William invented a windmill using recycled materials, an...

The New Yorker

Elizabeth Kolbert

7 July 2008

Samsø, Denmark

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The Danish Island of Samsø is home to a community of farmers who transitioned from coal to renewable energy. The community worked to erect wind turbines which now create more energy than they can use—the island can no...

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