Treehugger plugs the new issue of Dwell magazine, including this line — which ought to be branded on the forehead of every politician who thinks it’s cool to put techie-looking solar collectors on standard-issue buildings: “The big deal is the section on solar power, with the proper amount of attention to the low key, less dramatic but very important passive solar design. Passive solar does not get as much press because it is not a product, but a result of careful consideration of the site and careful design of the dwelling.”

And speaking of products, is a $140 bag with a lithium battery pack and some solar panels really a green idea, as A Fresh Squeeze: Chicago Edition seems to think? Or is it just another yup toy?