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Japanese Construction Giant Obayashi Plans to Build a Space Elevator by 2050

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filed under: Eco Travel, News

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Get yourself ready for the ride of a lifetime, because Japanese construction company Obayashi has announced plans to build a fully-functioning space elevator by 2050. The elevator will extend 60,000 miles into the wild blue yonder, where, after 7 short days of travel watching the space floors fly by, you will land at a specially-constructed space station. Once the project is completed, it will be able to transport people and cargo much more affordably and efficiently than launching a rocket.

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Gorgeous Charred-Cedar Clads an Oasis of Calm at a Three-Road Juncture in Tokyo

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ABC's Investigative Team Uncovers Plastic Microbeads in Toothpaste Getting Stuck in Patients' Gums

by , 09/22/14
filed under: News

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ABC7 Chicago reports that Dentists and dental hygienists have begun speaking out against plastic microbeads in toothpastes after many have noticed the tiny blue beads lodged in patients’ gums or between their teeth. Dentists are concerned about the possible implications for gingivitis and periodontal disease, although no cases have yet been reported. In response, toothpaste manufacturers have indicated they are happy to remove the beads from their products, but there will be a “phasing out” period.

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PHOTOS: 400,000 People Converge on Manhattan in Largest Climate March in History!

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This Polish Town is 100% Powered by Renewable Energy!

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The town of Kisielice in Poland is 100 percent powered by renewable energy! In recognition of its achievement, the town has just been awarded a European Commission ManagEnergy Award 2014 in the self-sufficiency category. The achievement is even more remarkable given that Poland as a whole derives around 90 percent of its energy from coal.

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Park(ing) Day 2014: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Parks From Around the World!

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This past Friday parking spots across the States and around the world turned over a green leaf as pop-up public parks for Park(ing) Day 2014! This annual celebration of public space is one of our favorite events of the year – all it takes is a bag of quarters and some comfy seats to reclaim the roads for some rest and relaxation. We hit the streets and asked you to submit your favorite pop-up parks, and we’ve rounded them all up – check them out after the break!

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PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public

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Utopian Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Unveiled for Shenzen Bay

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The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners' Most Sustainable Residence Yet

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Jean Nouvel Unveils Plans for Nature-Filled National Art Museum of China

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INFOGRAPHIC: 50 Ways Your Home Could Help Save the Earth

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So you’ve already swapped out your incandescent bulbs for LEDs and installed a smart thermostat – what else can you do to green your home? Good to Be Home has you covered with a new infographic that shows 50 ways you can lower your home’s environmental footprint (as well as your utility bills). Check out the full infographic after the break!

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DIY: Grow Your Own Living Treehouse, Teepee, or Den!

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There’s green building and then there is green building. While there are plenty of great options out there for creating an eco-friendly playhouse for the family, there is nothing greener than growing one right in your own garden. It’s the perfect solution for kids who spend too much time indoors, or families that want a special place to escape from it all. Even better, when you’re not hanging out in your home-grown getaway, it makes a gorgeous addition to the yard. Find out how to grow your own after the jump.

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nArchitects New Zig-Zagging M2 Building Will be a Civic Landmark in Calgary

by , 09/22/14
filed under: Architecture, Urban design

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Oil Rich Rockefellers to Divest Charitable Fund From Fossil Fuels

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The Rockefeller brothers made their family’s fortune through their oil refinery company, Standard Oil. Now the family is joining a growing movement to divest from fossil fuels. Today the $860 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund will announce that it, along with 49 other foundations, is divesting from oil, gas, coal and tar sands. The stunning announcement coincides with tomorrow’s United Nations Climate Change Summit, and aims to send a message that industry and financial leaders think the time has come to end our dependence on Big Oil.

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Cool Chargeboard Juices Up Your Smartphone While You Skate

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Ever wished you could charge your iPhone while skateboarding? Now you can with Chargeboard, a fantastic new long board designed by Bjorn van den Hout. Unlike any other board on the market, Chargeboard generates its own electricity through two hidden dynamos, storing it right away into a power box. And to up the cool ante as only Dutch designers know how, the board doubles as a docking station for blasting your favorite tunes after a long ride.

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Blues Giant Memphis Slim's Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

Blues Giant Memphis Slim's Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music…

Peter Chapman, aka Memphis Slim, grew up in a low-income neighborhood of Memphis, Tennessee. The collaborative project fuses a desire to preserve an important historical landmark, while…

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Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One…

A big folded-plate roof wraps around the “divided houses” and shelters the common area and living room shared by the entire family. The name Rain Shelter House references the…

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Support Studio Swine's Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

Support Studio Swine's Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them…

While most have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, few know about the smaller, but equally problematic North Atlantic Gyre. To help raise awareness about the issue and remove…

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New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse…

The 14,500-square-foot, pre-World War I warehouse and its adjacent municipal parking lot will be transformed into a self-sustaining complex, producing much of its own food and drink…

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Could Moving Endangered Trees Out of Their Natural Habitat Save Them from Climate Change?

Could Moving Endangered Trees Out of Their Natural Habitat Save Them…

Climate change has conservationists considering drastic steps they would never before consider - like planting forests of endangered trees in locations where they can thrive. Assisted…

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