India's sweeping 20 million LED streetlight retrofit will save $890 million each year

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India’s government announced a major commitment to energy efficiency earlier this year when the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) was launched, calling for 20 million lightbulbs in streetlights to be replaced with LED bulbs. The largest project of its kind, the upgrades will take about two years to complete, and comprise part of a larger effort to reduce the national power load and save hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

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Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

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World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley

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Russia is burning tons of European foods to protest against sanctions over Ukraine conflict

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In perhaps one of the dumbest headlines of the day, we sadly must report that Russian authorities have destroyed over 1.5 tons of food earmarked for the BMW car racing team. Was it because Russia has something against high-performance automobiles? They might, but the real reason for destroying the food was a much more eyeroll-worthy offense. The act was in retaliation for sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, and Russia has been burning European foods for weeks.

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Use this amazing fall foliage map to predict where the most colorful leaves will be all season

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Fall is coming! In North America, whether we like it or not, summer is drawing to an end. For some, that’s a sad annual occurrence, but those of us who crave cozy sweaters and the crunch of leaves under our feet are psyched when the foliage starts to turn. If you’re the sort who gets inspired by nature’s technicolor display of autumn leaves, you’ll want to check out this awesome tool that predicts the changing of leaves across the continental United States.

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Nest's new Learning Thermostat 3.0 is sleeker and smarter than ever before

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Adventure awaits at the charming Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods

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NowLab's daylit Haus JJ has its own emergency escape fireman's pole

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Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

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By 2040, 33 countries are expected to face extreme water stress, according to the World Resources Institute, making the race to develop innovative solutions more furious than ever. Ap Verheggen has been on the cutting-edge of solar thought experiments for several years. You may recall his SunGlacier – a conceptual solar-powered leaf that produces water in the desert. Now he’s back with WaterDrop, a handheld solar-powered device that produces condensation for drinking. Ap acknowledges the concept is a bit like science fiction, but solar technology has taken huge strides in recent years, so it’s worth giving it a closer look.

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Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

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Bill McKibbem warned us three decades ago that climate change would create a series of devastating phenomena that we have never before seen, and we are already starting to see that prediction come true. On Saturday evening, for the first time in recorded history, three category 4 hurricanes were churning in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time as illustrated in the above satellite image. Two of the hurricanes have since subsided, but the incident should be a major wake-up call for anyone still insisting that climate change is normal.

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Arizona judge rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

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A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona just ruled that all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from animal shelters or non-profit organizations. The ruling upholds an ordinance passed in 2013 that was challenged by a store called Puppies N’Love, which claimed it violates constitutionally-granted interstate commerce laws. Those in favor of doing away with puppy mills and encouraging pet owners to adopt or rescue companions see the decision as a great step forward.

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Obama's Mt McKinley renaming as Denali infuriates Ohio lawmakers

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Over the weekend, President Barack Obama announced plans to formally restore Mt. McKinley’s original name Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one.” This move, which will take place during the president’s trip to Alaska this week, re-ignites a decades-long conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio, where the mountain’s namesake hailed from. Although locals have called the mountain Denali for ages, its official name comes from William McKinley, the 25th U.S. president, who was assassinated during his second term.

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Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the concrete jungle

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Register now for San Francisco's 2015 Architecture and the City festival

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Heads up San Francisco design fans – the Architecture and the City festival kicks off tomorrow, and you definitely won’t want to miss out. We’re looking forward to a month filled with great events – from exhibitions and walking tours to educational lectures, films, and home tours that will show you a whole new side of the City by the Bay. (Past festivals have featured a house with a tree-root chandelier, a cottage that generates 30% more energy than it uses and a Victorian home renovation that will blow your mind.) If you’d like to join in the fun, sign up today before spots fill up!

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Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture

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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

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MAD Architects unveiled Cloud Corridor, a futuristic vertical village that brings nature back into the heart of Los Angeles. Created as part of the ongoing “Shelter: Rethinking How We…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop buying bottled water

INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop buying bottled water

Americans buy a staggering amount of bottled water every year. Not only does that bottled water consumption add to a wasteful water footprint—the average U.S. consumer uses as much as…

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National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

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National Geographic took an incredible stance in the efforts to stop the illegal ivory trade in Africa, my planting and tracking their own faux tusks. Commissioned specially for NatGeo,…

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Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

Greenbuild 2015 kicks off in Washington D.C. November 18th!

The excitement is already building, and this year’s Greenbuild taking place in Washington, D.C., November 18-20, is gearing up to be a Monumental Green event. Greenbuild offers a…

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New artificial leaf technology could revolutionize renewable energy production

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The big challenges standing in the way of a full frontal assault on petroleum by the clean energy industry are the cost of production and a dearth of ways to store the energy after its…

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