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  • Most inspiring story of the year.

    This autobiography tells the incredible story of an enterprising teenager in Malawi who builds a windmill from scraps found around his village and brings electricity--and a future—to himself and his family.

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    PALM ROT

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    By Ryan Gillis

    Investigating a mysterious explosion in the Florida Everglades, a crop-duster named Bill discovers a lone crate that survived the wreckage. Curiosity gets the better of him and he pulls the crate unto his airboat. That's just the first in a series of decisions he learns to regret. PROCESS BLOG : gillizamastudios.com/blog/category/palm-rot/ Official Selection SUNDANCE 2015 Official Selection......read more

    Musk's New Tesla Gets Extra Credit

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    By Clayton Aldern

    Today in break the internet news, the new Tesla P85D — an all-wheel drive version of the Model S — scored a 103 out of 100 in a Consumer Reports evaluation. For those of you keeping track, that’s an improper fraction. (And for those of you who really don’t have anything to do, it’s an improper fraction with a prime number in the numerator, so you......read more

    A new fund wants to disrupt recycling with the help of $100 million from corporate giants like Walmart, Goldman Sachs, and Coca-Cola. By this time next year a major high-tech recycling plant in Baltimore could be sorting 54,000 tons of recycled plastic materials—yogurt cups, milk cartons, plastic soda bottles— annually and servicing a 500-mile radius area across the East Coast. It......read more

    Historically, the transition from one energy system to another, as from wood to coal or coal to oil, has proven an enormously complicated process, requiring decades to complete. In similar fashion, it will undoubtedly be many years before renewable forms of energy — wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, and others still in development — replace fossil fuels as the world’s leading......read more

    Too Much Of A Good Thing Hobbles Best Buy's E-Waste Recycling

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    Past Commitments Made By Manufacturers Have Eroded

    More than any other U.S. retailer, Best Buy has been instrumental in building national awareness of the need for electronics recycling through free, in-store collections. But cost considerations are forcing changes to the groundbreaking program, which has collected more than 1 billion pounds of electronic waste since 2009. The move underscores a sad reality for the e-cycling movement: While......read more

    For Logging's Crimes, Tougher Punishments

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    By Richard Conniff for The New York Times

    I HAVE loved wood and the smell of sawdust ever since I was a child and got to wander among the open sheds at the local lumberyard. But for years now I have had a sick feeling every time I shop for almost anything made of wood. The prices are often unbelievably good, but then I notice the words “Made in Vietnam,” or some other country where illegal logging is demolishing forests at......read more

    I can’t shake the image – in returning to Austin during the South by Southwest Festival – that I have come full-circle. Like the commonly used recycling icon. When I was initially approached a year ago to partner with Dell as the tech industry’s first Social Good Advocate, I felt a mix of pride and caution. I was interested in the opportunity to collaborate with a global......read more

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