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San Francisco Deems Apple Computers Not Green Enough to Buy

Apple seems to be moving away from green devices, and San Francisco has taken notice, announcing that city agencies will stop buying Apple computers.

Just when you thought Apple was really starting to go green—announcing plans to power its newest data center largely with renewable energy—the tech company took a big step backward last week, requesting that all of its products be removed from EPEAT, a registry of environmentally friendly electronics. What’s really strange is that Apple helped start EPEAT back in 2006, and now it’s just backing out without much of an explanation.

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Kiva Microloans: Not Just for Developing Countries Anymore

Kiva is shifting some of its energy to microlending in Detroit, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

Kiva might have started as a microloan tool for entrepreneurs in developing countries, but the nonprofit has recently turned its attention to American cities, partnering with groups in Detroit and New Orleans as part of its Kiva City initiative. Last week, Kiva City officially launched in Los Angeles, announcing 13 initial L.A. loans in a press conference at Café 22, a recipient of one of those loans.

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Climate Change Happening Now, Even if Media Hasn't Caught On

The Colorado wildfires are "a window into what global warming really looks like." Someone just needs to tell most media outlets that.

Climate scientists have usually hesitated to attribute specific weather events to climate change, but with wildfires blazing across Colorado, extreme heat advisories and droughts across the United States, and flooding in Minnesota and Florida, that’s starting to change. As one atmospheric scientist put it, “this is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level.” Or as a member of the United Nations’ climate science panel said, the extreme weather is “a window into what global warming really looks like.” But while scientists have known for a while that climate change is causing increasingly extreme weather events, it seems that most of the media still hasn’t caught on.

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Driverless Transport Pods Finally Starting to Catch On

Small, driverless pods that take us directly to our destinations? Personal Rapid Transit is a reality in England, Sweden, and soon, South Korea.

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The age of Personal Rapid Transit has gotten off to an uneven start. There was quite a bit of excitement that PRTs—small, driverless pods that take passengers directly to their destination without stops—would be the dominant mode of transportation in the United Arab Emirates’ futuristic Masdar City, but that plan ultimately got scaled back in a big way. There hasn’t been much progress since then, but for a small PRT system opening at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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