The CIA shuts down program that gives scientists access to vital climate change data

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The CIA will no longer allow climate change scientists to access data from spy satellites and submarines in order to study global warming. Prior to the announcement, scientists could study global warming data in extreme detail thanks to a program, called MEDEA — Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis. Now the CIA is shutting down the program, saying that there is no longer a need to study the implications of climate change.

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Scientists used public images on the web to create amazing time-lapsed photos

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Researchers from Google and the University of Washington are combining their efforts to gather time-stamped and geo-tagged photos from all over the internet to build an amazing mine of time-lapse photography. The team is using photos uploaded from the public of major landmarks and creating these incredible images.

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

 

It’s been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer’s always been the best time to be outside for barbecues, nighttime guitar jamming on porches, and bonfires that last until three in the morning when dad passes out with a beer in his hand. But now that climate change effects are on the rise with all the dinosaurs we’re burning, summer’s a great time to shrink your carbon footprint, eat healthy, and build up that beach bod. Here are 5 ways you can reduce fossil fuel use this summer and give a break to your girl Mother Earth.

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80% of popular sunscreens don't protect your skin and may be harmful to your health

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It’s summertime, which means people are trusting sunscreen to protect them from the sun during outdoor activities. But the 9th annual sunscreen guide released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals that 80 percent of 1,700 sunscreens on the market are not only ineffective, they also contain chemicals that are harmful to human health. Using a scoring system of 1-8 that measures everything from cost to toxicity, with one being the most benign and eight being the most harmful, the EWG rates the best and worst sunscreens available today. The most egregious products were nominated for EWG’s Hall of Shame. Hit the jump to find out why Neutrogena is considered the most shameful of all brands, and which products you can trust.

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France forces big supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity

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In an effort to tackle the dual problems of food waste and poverty, France has passed a groundbreaking law that requires supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity, give it away as animal feed, or face fines of up to €75,000 ($82,324) and two years in jail. The law, which was passed unanimously by the French National Assembly, is part of a greater drive to halve the 7.1 million tons of food wasted in the nation each year—some of which is intentionally destroyed by retailers to prevent ‘dumpster diving’ by those in need.

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Solar-powered Paleisbrug pedestrian and cycle bridge doubles as a raised park in The Netherlands

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Florist converts a dilapidated Detroit home into a vibrant floral display

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Take a first look at the gigantic Gigafactory Tesla is building in Nevada

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If you were still on the fence about whether to get a drone camera for personal use, this video might just change your mind. A newbie user captured HD footage of the new Tesla Gigafactory in Storey County, Nevada, where Tesla plans to roll out enough batteries per year to power 500,000 cars. The video shows the staggering size of the factory, which will span 10 million square feet once complete.

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LG unveils a 55-inch 'wallpaper' OLED TV that hangs on the wall with magnets

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It’s been four years since LG Display unveiled their first curved OLED (organic light-emitting diode) televisions, and by the time this year’s CES rolled around, they were able to unveil seven new models. Now, at a press conference in Korea, the company has unveiled a mind-boggling 55-inch ‘wallpaper’ display that is just 0.97mm thick and weighs 4.1 pounds. This incredibly thin panel is possible as OLEDs do not require a backlight, and the electrical components are not contained within the TV itself. The entire piece can be mounted on the wall against a magnetic mat, which opens the possibility for televisions to become an even less imposing presence in living spaces. But, we can’t get too excited yet; the ‘wallpaper’ TV is, at this point, just a proof of concept—and should it make it onto the market, it is entirely probable that—much like its OLED TV predecessors—it will be prohibitively expensive.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Inspirational DIY projects to get you started on upcycling

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Upcycling, the process of converted old materials into a product with greater value and use, has many benefits. Not only can upcycling cut down on the global garbage stream, it can also help save you money and provide a creative outlet. To help you get started (or continue) your journey to greener living, Noah Supply created an infographic with over a dozen inspirational upcycling projects. From a fire pit built from a former washing machine drum to repurposed wrench wall hooks, these creative DIY ideas can provide inspiration for both the upcycling novice and master.

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8 scrumptious vegan BBQ recipes to enjoy this summer

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Four stylish green grills for a sustainable Memorial Day

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Like many Americans, you may be lighting up the barbecue this holiday weekend — but if you want to set yourself apart from the bands of boring black grills, take a cue from our guide to stylish green grills. From DIY creations to hot spots that also double up as planting pots, whether you’re cooking up a sustainably raised burger or a tofu dog, each of these grills will help you streamline your holiday resource use without limiting your fun!

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NYC's first prefab micro-unit apartment building starts to rise in Manhattan (PHOTOS)

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Incredible video shows the first 21 days of a bee's life

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What will save the bees? In an effort to explore the issue, National Geographic commissioned writer Charles C Mann and photographer Anand Varma to produce a story called Quest for a Superbee for the May 2015 issue of the magazine. A fascinating retrospective that delves deeper than everyday hysterics about the ‘beepocalypse’ unveils one of the biggest threats to our most important pollinator is the Varroa destructor, a mite that is quickly becoming resistant to the chemicals beekeepers are forced to pump into bee hives to protect them. In order to better understand his subject, Varma became a beekeeper himself. Read on to learn more about this fascinating video depicting the first 21 days of a bee’s life.

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Does the bare-bones Maison D house take utilitarian architecture too far?

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Located in the suburbs of Couëron in Western France, the two-story Maison D sticks out like a sore thumb among its more traditional neighbors. The architects built the bioclimatic home…

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Win up to $1,500 Euros in the a[r]challenge’s Meeting Point student competition

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The city of Barcelona is ripe with startup activity—so much so that it’s sometimes referred to as the Silicon Valley of Europe. A[r]challenge builds upon that startup environment in…

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MAD Architects transform a home into a flexible kindergarten by wrapping it in a luminous skin

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MAD Architect’s Clover House is a unique hybrid of a kindergarten by day, and personal home by night. The flexible living and learning space was created when the owner of a small…

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7 cozy tipis and yurts that make you feel right at home

7 cozy tipis and yurts that make you feel right at home

Dan and Emma Kigar started out with their own tipi way up at 11,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains. Their experience in these harsh conditions primed them for their life as yurt and tipi…

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