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Could Land Rover Be Serious About Going Green?

While Peugeou’s 60+mpg diesel hybrid crossover and Volvo’s AWD diesel plug-in hybrid may offer some promise of a greener all wheel drive vehicle, SUVs and crossovers aren’t generally popular with us TreeHuggers. Land Rover has been making noises for …

Do Lectures 2011 – The Importance of Independence

All images by Leonora Oppenheim. Richard King speaking at the Do Lectures 2011

Over the past few weeks we’ve been sharing the amazing ideas and themes that emerged from the Do Lectures 2011. This year’s inspiring talks are now being launched online i…

Utility "Representatives" Explain Their Profits to the Public (Video)

Image credit: FOE UK

When we hosted a live chat with Solarcentury’s Jeremy Leggett, he was unequivocal in describing the relationship between fossil fuels and clean energy as nothing short of “civil war”. Interestingly, he also singled out many utili…

Experimental Zero Carbon Development is Antithesis of Eco-bling (Video)

Image credit: SSE Zero Carbon Homes

Lloyd has railed against “eco-bling” in the past, also known as the practice of strapping on solar panels or other sexy clean tech onto fundamentally unsustainable homes or communities. But, when done right, solar …

Is London Considering Paris-Style Electric Car Sharing?

The huge Parisian electric car sharing network that just launched is a powerful symbol for a new economic model. Combining the environmental benefits of electric cars with the environmental and social benefits of a collaborative, sharing economy has …

Should The Law Put Mother Nature First?

From making ecocide a criminal offense to giving animals their own legal public defenders, TreeHugger has often explored the notion of how and how far the law should recognize the rights of our non-human neighbors. Over at Permaculture Magazine, envi…

Activists Break Up a UK-Canada Tar Sands Meeting with an "Oil Orgy" (Video)

Two environmental activists took a very different approach from those who hit the White House in August to protest mining of Canada’s tar sands for oil. They interrupted an energy summit with British and Canadian officials, stripped down to their und…

TreeHugger Live Chat Today on Solar & Peak Oil, 11e with Solarcentury’s Jeremy Leggett

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From developing the world’s largest solar bridge currently under construction in London to founding a charity that’s bringing solar to Africa, Jeremy Leggett—founder and Executive Chairman of Solarcentury—has do…

Will Sustainable Products Really Be Mainstream by 2020?

From electric cars not being cost competitive until 2030 to video conferencing being worth $3.6bn by 2016, the green business world is full of predictions and prophecies—most of which should be taken with a hefty dose of uncertainty. Neverthele…

Are Carbon Offsets Irrelevant? Maybe They Always Were…

Image credit: Land Rover Our Planet, used under Creative Commons license.

When I wrote about the new UK Carbon Reporting Framework which connects potential project funders with CO2-cutting initiatives, I noted that they were not calling it offsets. I…