Technology can be a burden on the planet: As we create more of it, we create more greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and change the planet's ecosystems by rearranging landscapes and chemical compositions. But, science and technology are also a vital part of understanding how we can -- and do -- live on earth. So how can science and tech be a useful participant in pushing the green envelope rather than creating more burden on our already fragile ecosystems? From gadgets and software to websites and activists, the Best of Green winners on the following pages seem to know. Check them out to learn more about the top movers and shakers in the scientific and technology communities.
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