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January 25, 2012

Women are earning, spending, and influencing spending at a greater rate than ever before.

According to Social Media, women are earning, spending, and influencing spending at a greater rate than ever before. In fact, women account for $7 trillion in consumer and business spending in the United States, and over the next decade, they will control two thirds of consumer wealth.

Women make or influence 85% of all purchasing decisions, and purchase over 50% of traditional male products, including automobiles, home improvement products and consumer electronics.

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January 25, 2012

Featured iPhone App: Taptu Guardian Environment

Guardian teamed up with a social news reader Taptu to release Taptu Guardian Environment. Although its user interface needs some improvement for a better reading experience, it is worth downloading.

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January 25, 2012

Unlocking Seaweed’s Next-Gen Crude: Sugar

Seaweed often brings to mind thoughts of surf and sushi, not fuel. But that could change if a biotechnology start-up called Bio Architecture Lab succeeds in building a new kind of energy company from designer bacteria and a low-cost process for harvesting seaweed.

The key is a genetically modified strain of Escherichia coli bacterium, which can break down the sugars in brown seaweed, or macro-algae, to produce ethanol, according to new research published in the peer-reviewed journal Science.

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January 18, 2012

Green Gifts for Every Occasion

The Daily Green's gift guide features the season's best green gifts.

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January 11, 2012

Economic fallacies: is it time to work more, or less?

Juliet Schor explains the economic logic of a shorter working week.

"31% of college-educated American men work more than 50 hours a week while 15.1% of all Americans live in poverty."

"Economists are fond of pointing out fallacies in economic logic, and unorthodox economists are especially fond of the sport. Adam Smith's famous maxim that the self-interested behavior of individuals produces the common good is one widely-held fallacy. It was spectacularly debunked by the selfish behavior of the 1% who crashed the world economy in 2008."

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January 11, 2012

Organic? Yes. Sustainable? Not Always.

Organic produce from Mexico often ends up in an energy-intensive global distribution chain that takes it as far as New York and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, producing significant emissions that contribute to global warming.

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January 11, 2012

A Photographic Blast From the Past

In January 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency asked nearly 100 freelance photographers to roam the country in the pursuit of a single goal: documenting “the environmental happenings and non-happenings” of the decade.

A selection on Flickr.

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January 11, 2012

Biomass and Electricity

New York Times reporter Matthew L. Wald writes about biomass technology.

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