Author name: Zachary Shahan

Zach is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

LOOP SCOOPS: "Story of Stuff" Founder Annie Leonard Teams Up with PBS Kids, WGHB [VIDEOS]

LOOP SCOOPS are a series of new videos by now famous “Story of Stuff” founder Annie Leonard. The focus of these videos is still โ€œthink responsibly about the stuff in your lifeโ€ but Annie’s interests have shifted towards bringing this message to kids 6-9, their families, and educators. This fun, new Web series launched today. […]

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Whale Wars Continuing on Animal Planet, Chance to be a "Whale Warrior"

I think our readers are quite familiar with Whale Wars. From prior to the Whale Wars first season premiere to Japan accusing Animal Planet of ecoterrorism to whale-sized marshmallows toย Japanese whalers sinking a $2 million Sea Shepherd boat to exclusive interviews, we’ve covered Whale Wars in a ton of posts, several of which have been

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someecards Loves America's Great Outdoors, Threatens to Kill Plants

The e-card company someecards is one of my favorites, and I’m sure many people’s. It creates some seriously hilarious e-cards. And, apparently, just like us, it is very into protecting America’s great outdoors. It has announced that it is “going to kill one plant every hourย until a million people help Stephen Colbert conserve our land.

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Save Japan Dolphins Day

This Thursday, October 14, people around the world are going to be protesting the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. Rallies will be held in front of Embassies and Consulates of the government of Japan in numerous countries on all 6 inhabited continents. Save Japan Dolphins Day is primarily being organized by Save Japan Dolphins andย Oceanic

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To Swiss Banking Giant UBS: Get Out of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining!

Mountaintop removal coal mining is one of the most horrendous things on the planet in my mind. It decapitates precious, beautiful mountains; pollutes rivers and communities with mercury, arsenic and other harmful waste; and helps accelerate global warming (or global weirding). Luckily, people have been catching onto this. World-renowned climate scientist James Hansen and hundreds

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Monsanto Hired Blackwater to Spy on Animal Rights Activists?

With all the panic around international terrorismย that has dominated the media in recent years, we easily get distracted from and miss critical, internal threats (like the health threats of the food we eat), especially when such threats are hidden by mega-corporations and the former CIA officials they hire. The Nation recently did an in-depth pieceย on

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Unsustainable Growth, Peak Oil, Peak Coal, Peak Top Soil, Etc. [VIDEOS]

The unsustainability of constant economic growth and constant energy growth are topics I got into a bit in college (many years ago…), studying sociology and environmental studies. While I keep these issues in the back of my mind, I had not looked into them or thought about them in great detail for awhile… until recently.

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Biggest Day of Global Political Action on 10/10? [New Ellen Page/350.org VIDEO]

If you weren’t informed, the International Day of Climate Action 350.org organized last year was considered by many to be the biggest day of global political action in history. There were 5248 registered events in 181 countries. CNN called it the “most widespread day of political action in the planet’s history.” A great little compilation

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180 Groups Push Obama to Protect America's Great Outdoors

A diverse range of historic, cultural, scientific, conservation and environmental groups united today to push President Obama to “create a bold, tangible legacy of conservation, preservation, recreation and restoration through the Americaโ€™s Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative.” While Obama has been more engaged in this topic than his predecessor, there are still some big goals many

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Climate Scientist James Hansen & 100+ More Arrested in D.C. Protest [PICTURES & VIDEO]

When a leading NASA scientist is willing to go to a protest in D.C. and get arrested along with hundreds of other, normal folks, you know he is concerned about something. As I wrote on the weekend, Monday was the Appalachia Rising! Day of Action. The non-violent action must have gone well, as top climate

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Chance to Win Eco-Furniture or Year's Supply of Ecover Cleaning Products

Ecover, a leading company selling eco-friendly home cleaning products (and one of my favorites), is now 30 years old. In celebration of its 30th birthday, it is hosting a Thirty Under 30 contest. If you think you are living a super-environmentally-friendly life (and are between 18 & 29), you can enter the contest by filling

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Avatar Real-Life Struggle? James Cameron & Sigourney Weaver Stand Up for the Amazon and Indigenous Tribes [VIDEOS]

Avatar may have been a science-fiction story, but many of its themes were based off of some of the world’s biggest real-life struggles. One such struggle is going on in the Amazon, where a large dam, the Belo Monte Dam, is threatening the environment and tribes living in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest. Avatar-Like Battle in the

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Appalachia Rising! [VIDEOS]

Mountaintop removal coal mining is bad stuff. It is destroying habitats and communities, poisoning people, and annihilating ancient mountains and national treasures. Appalachia Rising!, a national response to the unmitigated destruction of Appalachia’s mountains, air and water throughย mountaintop removal coal mining started today in Washington, D.C. Individuals from around the country, grassroots groups and organizations,

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Live Baby Tiger in Suitcase Rescued from Wildlife Traffickers

Security officials opened a suspicious suitcase in a Bangkok, Thailand airport recently and found a young tiger, 2 and 1/2 months old, sleeping, drugged a bit, and stuffed in the suitcase near a stuffed animal tiger. The message to the Thai woman who was boldly breaking the law and offending animal lovers everywhere:ย “Please, donโ€™t smuggle

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Facebook Unfriend Coal Campaign Video (Brilliant & Super Cute)

I wrote on Facebook’s “unfriend coal” campaign a couple weeks ago, focusing on the conversation between leaders in the activism giant’s organization and leaders in the internet giant’s organization. Since that time, Facebook has put out a brilliant and super-cute campaign video (below) and I’ve run across some more interesting (shocking, I might say) information.

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Planetsave & YOU

I’ve been working as editor of Planetsave for almost 6 months now. (Wow, that’s hard to believe!) In this time, I have continually been trying to think of good ways to engage our reader community. Although, I haven’t delved into too many. Now, though, I’ve got one I’d really like to try out. This is

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Rainforest Action Network Dumps Truckload of Coal Waste on EPA Lawn

The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) was founded in 1985. Its activists have been referred to as โ€œsome of the most savvy environmental agitators in the businessโ€ by the Wall Street Journal. Due to its environmentally educated and focused approach, it has achieved some great successes. The organization has even had great success with banking giants

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Cool Your Green Mind Monday

Keeping up with all the environmental news (i.e. growing environmental problems, environmental failures by politicians, environmental disasters, and a few success stories here and there) can be tiring, frustrating, and saddening. I think it’s important for anyone interested in these matters to take a step back and view life from a wider perspective from time

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