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.

Favorite Nature Destinations (7 Green Bloggers)

Continuing on with our 7 Green Bloggers Series, this edition is onΒ some topΒ green bloggers’ favorite nature destinations. The specific question I asked: “What is your favorite nature destination? (Has to be someplace you’ve been. Can be anything from a national park to your backyard to ‘the ocean’.)” Nobody said their backyard, but I did get […]

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Mercy for the Gulf

“MERCY” just released by multi-platinum recording artist Pauli Carman “Champaign” to benefit restoration/preservation from BP Gulf disaster. We got a sneak peak of Pauli Carman’s new single geared at helping oil spill clean-up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico last month, a beautiful cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy Me”, and posted about it twice

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The Sunday Times Amazongate Story Retracted (5 months late)

The Sunday Times has just retracted its horrible and misleading Amazongate story, five months after being published. Remember Amazongate? It was a “big” news story that was supposed to show corruption and misrepresentation of data by climate change scientists. Well, if you couldn’t guess it before, the not-so-big news (as in, hardly covered news) now

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Study: 77 Million in Bangladesh Have Arsenic in Their Drinking Water

Millions of people in Bangladesh have been poisoned with arsenic, due to well-meaning efforts of international development groups. [social_buttons] Apparently, this is not a new problem or newly acknowledged problem, but a new report out by the British medical journal The Lancet finds that 77 million people in Bangladesh are exposed to arsenic in their

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Jackpot of Minerals Discovered in Afghanistan Good for Afghanistan?

Nearly $1 trillion in minerals were reportedly just “discovered” in Afghanistan. Will this huge discovery actually benefit the unstable country, though? [social_buttons] The NYTimes recently reported that the US just “discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and

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Endangered Sea Turtles Being Burned Alive by BP in BP Oil Spill Clean-up [VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Endangered sea turtles are being burned alive in BP oil spill “clean-up” efforts. Bad enough, right? But why are rescue crews hired by BP to save and protect these turtles being blocked from doing so? Is this on purpose in order to burn costly legal evidence? Yes, you read that title correctly, endangered sea turtles

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The Mercy Project Update (1st Listening of Pauli Carman's Remake of Marvin Gaye's Classic "Mercy, Mercy Me")

A beautiful remake of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy Me” was just produced by Pauli Carman in response to the BP oil spill and as a fundraiser for response efforts. Listen to it below. [social_buttons] Last week I wrote about a new project to help respond to the BP oil spill disaster: The Mercy Project. As

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Setting Ourselves Up for a Nuclear Disaster Like the BP Oil Spill?

Nuclear energy experts warning that proposed deregulation of the nuclear energy industry could result in a nuclear-style BP oil spill disaster. [social_buttons] Just as deregulation of the oil industry was a key factor leading to the BP oil spill, energy experts are warning that we may be setting ourselves up for a disaster in the

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Toxic Rain & Biggest Environmental Disaster in Human History from BP Oil Spill & Toxic Oil Dispersants?

Toxic oil dispersants may result in “total destruction” of the Eastern United States and the biggest environmental disaster in human history, Russian report says. I’ve seen this mentioned a few places now, including by Important Media’s founder & publisher David Anderson, but it is something I couldn’t pass up writing about a little bit myself.

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10 Crazy Statements about the BP Oil Spill from CEO Tony Hayward, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Don Young

[social_buttons] Unfortunately, the BP oil spill in the Gulf isn’t helping everybody to learn from their mistakes (or the mistakes of those who they support). Tony Hayward, Sarah Palin (who increasingly reminds me of Paris Hilton), Rush Limbaugh and Representative Don Young have a host of ridiculously sad statements so far. Don’t know if I

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Hundreds Killed in India from Heat Waves, New Hottest Temperature Record in Asia

Hundreds died in India in May due to heat waves with record high temperatures. Meanwhile, a town in Pakistan set the new record for highest temperature ever recorded in Asia! Following the hottest April and hottest January-April on record, monthly heat records have been set for May across the globe again and the 12-month global

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ABC Nails BP for Having 760 "Egregious, Willful" Safety Violations, Daily Show Catches CEO Tony Hayward Lying on TV [VIDEO]

ABC and Jon Stewart of the Daily Show tear into BP for a ridiculous amount of serious safety violations and for lying on TV about them. Watch the video below. [social_buttons] ABC News nails BP in an interview with CEO Tony Hayward, showing that BP had 760 “egregious and willful” safety violations in the past

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Criminal Investigation of BP Oil Spill Launched by US Justice Department

US Attorney General Eric Holder launches a full-out criminal investigation of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. [social_buttons] Visiting the Gulf of Mexico for the first time, US Attorney General Eric Holder stated yesterday, “we must… ensure that anyone found responsible for this spill is held accountable. That means enforcing the appropriate civilβ€”and if

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Thank Steve Jobs, Apple for Leaving Fox News & Standing Up to Glenn Beck

Show your support for Apple’s decision to ditch Fox News below. Apparently, after Glenn Beck called President Obama a “racist” and progressivism “cancer,” some companies took notice and decided enough was enough. 33 companies, including Apple, told Fox they wanted their ads moved from Glenn Beck’s show to another advertising slot last August. This didn’t

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Hottest April & Hottest January-April on Record: NOAA Confirms NASA Findings

NASA and NOAA have both confirmed now that April 2010 is the hottest April on record and January-April 2010 is the hottest January-April on record. [social_buttons] NASA just reported that this April was the hottest April on record. This followed the hottest March on record and the hottest January-February-March on record. So, is the hottest

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Meditation in Prison

Innovative Polish organization conducts meditations and Buddhist discussions in prison. It is looking to do more now. [social_buttons] Prison is supposed to be a place where people go to 1. reflect on life in order to be able to one day return to normal, free society (while also being punished and prevented from harming others)

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255 Leading Scientists, 11 Nobel Laureates Write Letter Supporting Climate Scientists & Climate Science

A stunning letter of support for climate scientists and climate science from hundreds of leading world scientists was published in the journal Science today. [social_buttons] You could hardly ask for a stronger letter of support for climate scientists and the conclusions they have made. You could hardly ask for a more qualified group of people

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EPA’s & Climate Change Indicators in the US report: Issues for Society and Ecosystems

The last major section from the EPA’s newΒ Climate Change Indicators in the US report is society and ecosystems. Below are key summary points. Clear changes in growing seasons, bird migration leaf growth and blooming dates have occurred and the trends suggest that they will continue. Heat-related deaths show much more variability, despite clear heating trends,

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EPA’s "Climate Change Indicators in the US" report: What’s Happening with Snow and Ice?

Continuing our coverage of the EPA’s new Climate Change Indicators in the US report, below are key summary findings regarding snow and ice. Despite what you may have heard in false science circles, we definitely have less snow cover, snowpack and ice than in the past these days.

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EPA's "Climate Change Indicators in the US" report: What's Up with Weather and Climate?

Continuing our coverage of the EPA’s new Climate Change Indicators in the US report, below are key summary findings regarding weather and climate. More heat waves, tropical cyclones, floods, precipitation, and also perhaps drought in some areas — watch out! The following text comes directly from the US EPA’s β€œSummary of Key Findings” [PDF]: [social_buttons]

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EPA Releases Illuminating "Climate Change Indicators in the US" Report

ο»ΏThe US EPA just released an excellent report on climate change indicators in the US. In this first of a series of Planetsave posts summarizing the report, we look at greenhouse gases. [social_buttons] The US Environmental Protection Agency just released Climate Change Indicators in the U.S., a report showing “compelling evidence that the composition of

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Public Urination Commercials: One Way to Stop Vehicle Idling [VIDEO]

This is one way to get attention for a very serious but often ignored issue (i.e. vehicle idling) — create a commercial equating it to public urination. [social_buttons] Vehicle idling is responsible for countless emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. It is also completely useless much of the time, people just don’t think or

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