NYC environmental groups worried about de Blasio's revamp of PlaNYC

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NYC environmentalists are waiting with bated breath to see if Mayor de Blasio has plans to rebrand PlaNYC, the city’s eight-year-old sustainability blueprint originally implemented by the Bloomberg administration. As reported by Crain’s New York, local sustainability advocates are worried that the mayor is planning to steer the sustainability initiative away from environmental issues and towards inequality issues.

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PETITION: Tell world leaders to ban herbicide glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer, autism

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The World Health Organization recently declared that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp, “probably” causes cancer. Scientific experts around the world agree that the poison is likely more dangerous to humans than we currently understand, and several countries are currently considering a ban on its use. This petition is your chance to speak up, joining your voice with hundreds of thousands of other concerned citizens around the world who are demanding the chemical be barred from use until further studies can be done on the extent of its effects. The petition targets the Environmental Protection Agency as well as all government leaders worldwide who are responsible for public health policy. Tell them to protect our health and the health of our children by restricting the use of this dangerous poison!

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6 Fun DIY Projects to Make for Earth Day

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Japan's Maglev train breaks world speed record at blazing fast 375 mph

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Today, Japan’s maglev (magnetic levitation) train set a world speed record, traveling at a blazing 375 mph (603 kph) on a test track.  Just a few days before, the train had set a world record when the Central Japan Railway Company’s high-speed train hit an also impressive 366 mph (590 kph) on its test track in Yamanashi Prefecture west of Tokyo. Prior to that, the previous world record was set by the rail company in 2003.

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14 Awe-inspiring aerial photographs capture the beauty of the Earth

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Apple's US operations are now 100% powered by renewable energy

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Just ahead of Earth Day, Apple has published their annual environmental responsibility report, much of which highlights the projects they have undertaken in the past year to reduce their footprint, such as the two massive solar farms under construction in China and the purchase of 36,000 acres of forest in North Carolina and Maine. But what is perhaps most striking about the report is the bigger picture news that all of Apple’s US operations, all of their data centers and 87% of their global operations now run on renewable energy.

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TEST DRIVE: 2015 Volkswagen e-Golf is an electric car for the real world

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Governor Cuomo announces completion of MTA's largest energy efficiency program ever at Grand Central Terminal

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Just in time for Earth Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the completion of Grand Central Terminal’s $25 million energy efficiency upgrade project this morning. The overhaul, a collaborative effort between NYC’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the New York Power Authority, is the MTA‘s largest energy efficiency project ever and is expected to realize a savings of $2.5 million per year in energy costs at the busy transportation hub.

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Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the "sound of the earth"

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Curiosity rover evidence shows Mars has a daily water cycle like Earth

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The history of water on Mars is becoming increasingly clear as scientists explore the Red Planet’s past, and now data from the Curiosity rover has provided another key piece of information that shows evidence the planet has a daily water cycle, somewhat similar to the cycle on Earth. In the first major development since water was first discovered on the red planet, a scientific team used data from the rover about Martian weather and soil conditions to deduce that perchlorate salts found in the planet’s soil can pull water out of its scant atmosphere and have the potential to fuel a daily water cycle. The evidence is fairly indirect, but it is consistent with other data from a Russian apparatus that measures water molecules in soil. What does this all mean? The more similar the behavior of water on Mars is to water on Earth further bolsters the case that microbial life could be present on the planet.

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How to build a compact and multifunctional Cheryl Cabin with just $3K of materials

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Do you dream of building your own tiny house but don’t have the foggiest idea of where to start? Architect Joshua Woodsman can help. As Founder of Pin Up Houses, a company that creates easy-to-build house plans, Woodsman designed and constructed the Cheryl Cabin, a compact and multifunctional holiday home. The stylish DIY cabin can be built in three weeks with under $3,000 worth of material.

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After three-week delay, Solar Impulse sets off on sixth leg of round-the-world journey

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Solar Impulse 2 landed in Chongcqing, China, on March 31, where the team planned to stay for just a few days before embarking on the next leg of their epic solar-powered round-the-world flight. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions kept the plane grounded for almost three weeks. Solar Impulse finally launched early this morning, April 21, and is now headed for their final stop in China at Nanjing, where the solo-manned plane is expected to land after the 17-hour flight. The stop in Nanjing will be the last on the Asian continent before the record-breaking aircraft takes off for to cross the Pacific Ocean on its way to Hawaii. Of the delays that kept the plane grounded in China these past few weeks, pilot Bertrand Piccard said, “You can believe that your will can influence the weather, but then you’ll be really disappointed because it doesn’t work. Or you just know that it’s an adventure you do with the forces of nature.”

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Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

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As we mark the fifth anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig, claiming 11 lives and sparking a 87 day-long, 200-million-gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies continue to reveal the devastating impact of the oil—and dispersants used in clean up—on marine life. Recent reports show that the dispersants were more damaging to corals than the oil itself, and continue to diminish shellfish and sea turtle populations, while large questions loom over the ongoing unexplained deaths of dolphins along the Gulf Coast. And, as the NRDC points out, it will take years, if not decades longer to fully understand the effects of the disaster.

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Prefab C/Z House is clad in blackened timber on the island of Pico

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VIDEO: The incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth

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Recently, VICE headed to South Korea to explore the incredible mission to resurrect the woolly mammoth. Host Ben Makuch and his team spoke to researchers at the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation, where scientists are working to bring back the extinct mammal. When asked why, the director of the project, said, “not to play God, but I believe we are obligated to bring it back as humans.” Check out all the entire story, including how the Russian mafia got involved, at VICE’s Motherboard channel.

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VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE - We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF With Low-Energy LED Bulbs

VIDEO: THE LED BULB CHALLENGE - We Upgrade 5 Designer Lamps at ICFF…

By now, we hope that most of you know that swapping incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs saves money and energy, but there's still a lingering misconception that LED bulbs emit a cold,…

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Philips announces the most affordable LED light bulb ever, yours for under $5

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Philips wants to put LED bulbs in every home, and they’re making them so affordable, nobody will be able to resist. The global lighting leader, in partnership with Home Depot, has…

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Super-skinny home's private library boasts its own sunken bathtub

Super-skinny home's private library boasts its own sunken bathtub

Looking for the ultimate bubble bath experience? New York-based PARA Project architects have installed a sunken bathtub smack dab in the middle of the Haffenden House library. Already…

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Dizzconcept's full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and takes up just 16 square feet

Dizzconcept's full-sized gourmet PIA kitchen fits in a cabinet and…

When closed, the PIA looks like a typical wardrobe cabinet. Available in varying finishes like white, black and wood, the cabinet can be outfitted with outer shelving to hold…

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Dossofiorito's suspended Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow how they would in nature

Dossofiorito's suspended Epiphytes vases allow plants to grow how they…

The project rethinks our relationship with indoor nature by putting the needs of the plants first. Despite being domesticated, plants are able to behave and grow just like they would in…

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