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Ninja, Guru or Rockstar? [Infographic]

Ninja Guru Rockstar Infographic

These days, a ninja isn’t necessarily trained in martial arts. According to indeed.com, job postings with the term ‘ninja’ included in the title have grown over 4000% in the last four years. ‘Rockstars’ and ‘gurus’ are also in demand across a range of industries, but don’t be fooled. These archetypes aren’t just one and the same; they each have their own personality traits, both positive and negative. The same applies in the environmental field. Is Al Gore a ‘green guru’ or ‘green rockstar’? What about you? Maybe you go about your business quietly and efficiently like a ninja. Or do… read more

Unbelievable Battle between Killer Whales and Sperm Whales Caught on Camera

Whale attack

Photographer Shawn Heinrichs risks his life to capture incredible footage of a group of orcas attacking a pod of sperm whales

The Most Beautiful Video on Earth

NASA ISS Earth at night

The world celebrates Earth Day today, the 22nd of April, with over one billion people taking part, according to Earth Day Network. The theme this year is ‘The Face of Climate Change’, and the idea is that we are all affected in some way by climate change. The impacts are real, not only on the natural environment, but also on people from all walks of life. If you need another reason to celebrate, here’s one. Watch this incredible montage of night-time images from the International Space Station, as produced by Knate Myers. Image Source

77 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

Blackle Mag Eco Gift Ideas

Holiday season is here and we at Blackle Mag are celebrating the end of our first year with a well thought out and well-intended list of eco-friendly and sustainable gift ideas. The list has been compiled by our wonderful group of writers who have researched the best environmentally-friendly gift ideas around with the intention of hopefully taking the stress out of you having to find the perfect gifts for your friends and family. We want this list to be a useful and evolving resource so please add your eco-friendly gift ideas to the comments at the bottom of the page…. read more

Green servers

Green servers

Intel launches its latest power-smart servers, and challenger AMD buys low-power server startup SeaMicro. Intel has launched its latest iteration of green servers, the Xeon processor E5-2600 product family. The new processors are 50 percent more efficient than the previous Xeon line, and connect to Intel’s Data Center Manager, which links its real-time power and thermal data to existing system management consoles. This follows the news last week that Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) was buying SeaMicro, maker of a new class of power-sipping server chips. Intel forecasts that there will be 15 billion connected devices and over 3 billion connected… read more

Low income solar

Solar Panel

Silicon Valley based SunPower, has announced a partnership with GRID Alternatives to provide solar panels for low-income housing. GRID Alternatives is a non-profit solar installer that trains and leads teams of volunteers and job trainees to install solar power for low-income families throughout California. SunPower will provide GRID Alternatives with solar panels through a combination of donations and fair market value sales. The two companies have worked with each other the past six years, assisting hundreds of families in need and providing more than 1,000 employee volunteer hours, philanthropic gifts, equipment donations and sales. The partnership is expected to generate… read more

Scientists turn CO2 into $

Carbon dioxide

A group of South Korean researchers has developed a way to commercially utilize carbon dioxide that may offer a new approach to dealing with climate change. The team from Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) has successfully produced carbonic anhydrase, an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of carbon dioxide and water to bicarbonate and protons that, in turn, could produce substances widely used in industrial products, including plastic, rubber, paint and artificial bones, according to the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. The research was part of a government-funded project to develop ways to capture and store carbon… read more

Singapore lifts green bar

Green ticks

Higher green standards for home appliances from next year

Capital for Solar Panels

Solar Panel

Solar-panel maker MiaSole has raised $55 million in venture capital to help it ramp-up production and sales. MiaSole is based in Santa Clara, California, where it makes next-generation solar thin-film panels using copper, indium, gallium and selenium instead of silicon, making them much cheaper to manufacture. The latest funding round included VantagePoint Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Bessemer Venture Partners, Firelake Capital Management and Passport Capital. As the heat has left the IPO market for renewable energy companies, MiaSole is more likely to be sold to a larger company than listed. Solar-panel maker SunPower, of San Jose, California,… read more

Organic eco-fashion

VBN - Vicarious by Nature

The Vicarious by Nature collection of fashionable, organic & eco-conscious contemporary clothing will be on show on March 8, 2012 at the Attire to Inspire fashion show as part of Los Angeles fashion week. Founded in 2007 by Robb Hanson & Devon Craychee, Vicarious by Nature (VBN) is an eco-contemporary clothing line that fosters the ideals of quality and style with a “naturally” conscious approach. They aim to be forward thinking environmentally, while still being fashion forward. Attire to Inspire, Breathe LA‘s second annual charity fashion show, will be held at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles. Other eco… read more