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UK citizens get the right to repair

Consumers have become accustomed to the idea of planned obsolescence — that the things we buy will deliberately fail sooner rather than later, requiring us to buy more. But the U.K. has announced that it will implement EU rules for increasing the lifespan of certain consumer goods. The new measures go into effect this summer and apply to appliances like dishwashers, TVs, refrigerators and washing machines. For the first time,...

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GreenerCars Ranks the Greenest (and Meanest) Vehicles for 2021

Released annually by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the GreenerCars ratings for 2021 are now available. And it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the highest-ranking (“greenest”) vehicle is electric and the lowest-ranking (“meanest”) vehicle is a supercharged, gas-powered pickup. ACEEE evaluated more than 1,000 models, including vehicles fueled entirely by gasoline or diesel, plug-in...

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A modern cabin in rural Washington celebrates indoor/outdoor living

Eager to relax and unwind from city living, a retired aerospace engineer reached out to Seattle-based David Coleman Architecture to design a modern, energy-efficient cabin on a 10-acre rural site in Sultan, Washington. Located about an hour outside of Seattle in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the idyllic meadow property inspired the client’s vision for a playful home deeply connected to the land with an emphasis on...

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Bringing jobs and health benefits, BlocPower unlocks energy efficiency retrofits for low-income communities

Retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient and better at withstanding climate change-induced extreme weather is going to be a big, multibillion-dollar business. But it’s one that’s been hard for low-income communities to tap, thanks to obstacles ranging from faulty incentive structures to an inability to adequately plan for which upgrades will be most effective in which buildings. Enter BlocPower, a New York-based...