2014 Lexus RX 450h - a Hybrid with Siri

Being as Lexus is the luxury model for Toyota, who makes the industry leading Prius hybrid, it makes sense multiple upper end hybrids would be available for drivers as well. We’ve already covered 2014 information for the Lexus ES 300h and GS 450h, and now here’s the news for the upcoming 2014 RX 450h SUV.

VW’s X1 concept car hits 62 miles on one liter of gas

I’m attending the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference in Chattanooga, Tenn., this week. Thursday night, those of us mingling in the conference sponsors’ exhibit hall got quite the treat: Volkswagen (which operates a LEED Platinum plant here in Chattanooga) was on hand to unveil the X1, an uber efficient concept car that’s never been seen in the U.S. before.

Yes, evening solar power is here!

An era of nighttime solar power is dawning in the U.S.

University installs solar-harvesting pavement

Thanks to the increasing affordability of the solar panel, we often talk about the energy-generating potential of rooftops. Just imagine if every roof was a miniature power plant, turning sunlight into clean electricity?

Stir is an interactive kinetic desk

Most of us are lucky enough to do something other than manual labor for eight hours a day. This is supposed to mean we’re more sophisticated as a society, but all it’s really proven is how quickly an entire nation can get fat from sitting on their behinds all day.

Nissan turns (legal) robotic street driving into a reality

Autonomous driving, whether or not you like it, is coming. Not tomorrow, and perhaps not in three years as Tesla Motors hopes. But it will be here, perhaps as early as the end of this decade.

Toyota: 2014 Lexus ES 300h Hybrid gets 40 MPG (combined)

Toyota luxury brand Lexus has unveiled information about its new 2014 ES 300h hybrid luxury sedan, which first debuted just last year. Chief among what’s been announced is news of its EPA fuel economy ratings, which play out at  40 mpg city / 39 mpg highway / 40 mpg combined.

Geothermal industry wants to raise its profile

Is geothermal energy destined to be a niche player as solar and wind gain big-time status in the United States? Leaders in the industry, meeting in Las Vegas this week, rejected the idea, but conceded they’ll have to do some educating, lobbying, innovating and cost-cutting if geothermal is to fully join the renewables revolution.

Report: Green vehicles could hit 7 percent of market by 2020

Have you been waiting for just the right battery-powered 

Aqualibrium Garden is a closed loop aquaponics system

Growing your own food is a revolutionary act, not to mention money-smart and healthy. I tell people this nearly every day. Like many green living recommendations, however, it’s easier said than done.

EV car sharing hits Japan

Nissan in Japan has embarked upon an ambitious new car sharing service said to be that nation’s first with ultra-compact electric vehicles. The auto company has teamed up with the city of Yokohama in this service, focused upon the downtown core area and what such an offering can do to help ease congestion.

Understanding the UN Climate Report

The latest findings from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are quite disturbing and massive to take in. It certainly has set off alarm bells amongst our editorial partners, and it hopefully should set off some alarms in you as well.

Joos is a portable solar charger

Solar chargers used to be miraculous but are quickly becoming commonplace. Here at EarthTechling, we’ve featured or reviewed dozens over the years. Each has their pros and cons, depending on your gadgets and lifestyle.

This modular hotel room is off the grid

I just moved into a new apartment in a smallish Colorado city called Longmont. One of my favorite things about the new place is that all windows look out over farm fields with the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in the background. Heaven. It makes me wonder what it would be like to wake up surrounded by wilderness every day…

Lexus teases 2014 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid

Toyota luxury brand Lexus has offered up details about its upcoming 2014 GS 450h hybrid. It sports 338 total system horsepower; gets respectable EPA fuel economy ratings for a luxury hybrid of 29 mpg city, 34 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined and has some new technology comforts and other features.

This electric skateboard hits 18 MPH

Last year we told you about ZBoard, a wonder of an electric skateboard that can hit 17 miles per hour and reportedly gets the carbon footprint equivalent of up to 1500 miles/gallon. The people behind it are now back with a new model set to debut later this year which adds new some new slickness to the design to make your experience even that much better.

Honda details2014 Accord Hybrid

Earlier in the month Honda announced its upcoming Accord Hybrid would get a solid 50 miles per gallon in the city. It now has word of specific release date and pricing, as well as sharing the vehicle will be available in three trim grades.

Spinning CDs to clean sewage water

Audio CDs, all the rage in the ‘90s, seem increasingly obsolete in a world of MP3 files and iPods, leaving many music lovers with the question of what to do with their extensive compact disk collections.

Upcycling (disarming) deadly weapons as musical instruments

Music is the universal human language. While music can always be counted on to bring us together, weapons will always drive us apart. Though they seem to be polar opposites, Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has found a way to combine weapons and music into a new and beautiful art form that embodies peaceful rebirth.

Giant California solar tower lights up

Ivanpah, the giant “power tower” concentrating solar project backed by government loans and Google, among others, is apparently ready to rock ’n’ roll.