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The number “12” represents completeness, and without a doubt, the year 2012 admittedly has been a complete roller coaster—soaring to green highs such as the continued push for green jobs with U.S. President Barack Obama’s winning bid for the White House, and dropping to green lows such as the suffering of solar industry stock market prices. Here are the top 10 U.S. green technology articles of 2012.
If going skiing in a desert oasis and walking on streets of gold sounds appealing to you, Dubai should be your next eco-summer vacation spot. This Middle Eastern sovereign state is part of the United Arab Emirates and is well-known as Eco-Dubai because it is so environmentally conscious.
The top 10 green gadget trends for 2012 range from the use of a carbon footprint monitor called the Kill-a-Watt and solar phone chargers to green backpacks and even solar-powered computer keyboards. Being green in nearly every aspect of your work/school and technological life became even easier in 2012.
Solar energy made big news in 2011 (think about the famous Solyndra controversy), and 2012 was slated to become yet another big year in the solar power realm. In 2012, experts predicted that solar companies would continue to focus on products that would be mounted on the ground and on roofs, and solar would be strongly associated with computers and green cars.
If your ideal vacation includes trekking through the amazing Amazon rainforest (the largest in the world), then Brazil should be next on your ecotourism vacation spot. This South American country places strong focus on preserving the environment, featuring 380 bird species and 60 mammal species.
Even if you don’t necessarily give a “crap” about cow manure, President Obama sure does: In early 2012, it carried a value of $5 million, with the Obama administration dedicating that much money to a biogas anaerobic digester, which basically heats an ethanol plant using cow manure.
Whether you like playing with building tools or playing with math and science, you have the potential of landing one of the top green jobs today. The top 10 green jobs in 2011 and 2012 included those of electricians, carpenters and geoscientists as well as environmental engineers and construction managers.
Your work isn’t over once you leave the green job interview hot seat. Several tips will help you to cement your name in the mind of your hiring manager following the interview, including writing a thank-you note and even drafting an impressive consulting-type proposal on how the green company can improve.
If you’re getting the vibe that your business is lacking in long-term planning, Datavibes can help you to organize your data more efficiently and focuses specifically on using green technologies to analyze information related to business areas such as research and development as well as marketing.
Overproduction of solar products in the late summer of 2012 led to supply outweighing demand. This, in turn, resulted in suffering industry stock market prices and led some chief executive officers (CEOs) and chief financial officers (CFOs) to jump ship. This can cause solar companies to suffer from a lack of leadership, morale and vision.
Interested in finding out about fully electric cars, ocean energy and green investments? The most influential green blogs in early 2012 ranged from Tree Hugger and Ecofriend to Green Tech Media and covered these types of topics on a regular basis.
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