The Importance of Bees



GUEST POST: Declining Bee Populations Present a Catch-22 Situation (via http://greenbuildingelements.com)

Though many of us have an instinctual fear of them, bees have been playing a vital role in human civilization since ancient times. Even today bees are an absolutely crucial part of our agricultural practices. Flower pollination is essential to maintaining the high crop yields needed to ensure that…

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Pedal Power



The Pedal Powered Business: Turning Human Power into Profit (via sustainablog)

Pedal powered business – we’ve done that before.  From food delivery to recycling pick-up to musical tours, we’ve seen multiple examples of businesses that use bicycles as their sole means of transportation. But the energy transferred from biker to bike doesn’t necessarily have to create forward…

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Ancient Amazonian Farming Technique



An Ancient Amazonian Farming Technique Could Help Save the Rain Forest (via Planetsave)

    [Updated post] A team of archeologists investigating a savanna region bordering the Amazon Rain Forest has found more conclusive evidence that a low-impact farming technique has been used for over 1500 years; the ‘alternative’ agricultural practice, used by some native populations including…

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Organic Farming Study Results



Organic Farming Trumps Conventional Farming in 30-Year Study, Big Time! (via Planetsave)

  Here’s some good news for you organic addicts: a 30-year, side-by-side farming study has found that organic farming methods at Pennsylvania’s Rodale Institute beat conventional farming methods in every category. The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at the Rodale Institute is the “longest…

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Vertical Farming



Vertical, Hydroponic Farming the Future of Farming? (via Clean Technica)

 This interesting piece below is on a topic we don’t cover much here on CleanTechnica — farming (in particular, vertical and hydroponic farming) — but it seems like a good fit once in awhile, and this is a great piece by Herman Trabish that a reader recommended, so figured I’d repost it (with…

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Affordable Biofuel



Food Waste Could Create Hydrogen Fuel (via Gas 2.0)

The world of the 21st century faces some incredibly daunting challenges that, unless dealt with soon, may eventually reach the point of no return. Overpopulation, water shortages, and climate change is just some of the long list of problems facing the world. Researchers in the UK may have come up with…

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In the News



Solar News Roundup (via Clean Technica)

  Some more solar energy news from around the net to wrap up the week: SolarCity & Clean Currents have teamed up to offer fixed-price Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for solar power with as little as $0 down and long-term electricity discounts/savings. The largest city-sponsored solar financing…

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Corporate Lessons Learned



10 Lessons from 11 Business Sustainability Journeys (via Global Warming is Real)

There are many valuable lessons to be learned by reviewing the ways companies relate to sustainability. An increasing number of companies around the world are engaging major sustainability initiatives ahead of government regulation and in the absence of strong public demand. Corporate sustainability…

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Sustainability’s Neglected Frontier



Sustainability’The Young and the Entrepreneurial (via Ecopreneurist)

This post by Andrea Learned was originally published on April 9, 2012 on HuffingtonPost  Where should we be looking for sustainable business change today? Perhaps it should not be toward the usual corporate suspects, many of which are slow to decide on even minor operational and product development…

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Calculating Your Water Footprint



The Importance of Calculating Your Water Footprint (via sustainablog)

If you consider yourself eco-minded, then you’re probably comfortable bandying about words like carbon footprint, solar panels and electric cars. “Water footprint” should be part of your green vocabulary as well. Water shortages are hitting the headlines as summer creeps across North America,…

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