Solar-powered Re-ainbow center helps Vietnamese community adapt to climate change

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Obama announces plans to bring energy efficiency to households across the US

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Last month, Obama announced his plan to increase renewable energy use in the United States, saying that he would use all of his powers — including the power of the veto — to defend it. Now Obama is augmenting that plan with initiatives to encourage home owners to get in on the green movement. At this week’s Clean Energy, Obama announced incentives that will allow home owners to install efficient appliances and that will also increase money geared toward supporting clean energy innovations – which could be a real game changer for green energy.

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The Tesla Model S P85D just broke Consumer Reports’ scoring system by earning more points than they give

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The Tesla Model S P85D hit the market last December and Consumer Reports did what they do best; they evaluated the heck out of it. The electric luxury car performed so well in nearly every test that is somehow managed to rack up 103 points in a system that doesn’t go past 100. Essentially, the P85D is the best performing and most energy efficient car Consumer Reports has ever tested – so much so that the test team had to overhaul the scoring system just to make sense of the car’s amazing rating.

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Tesla drivers make a recordbreaking 452.8 mile road trip on a single charge

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Since the advent of electric cars, range anxiety has plagued drivers, limiting their road trips based on the number of miles one could conceivably travel on a single charge. Although Tesla is rapidly solving that problem for owners of their cars by expanding the Supercharger network at lightning speed, many intrepid Tesla drivers still like to toy with testing the limits. Tesla owners and enthusiasts Bjørn Nyland and Morgan Tørvolt wanted to see how far a Tesla Model S P85D really can travel on a single charge, so they embarked on a test to find out. This pair of friends was able to stretch an amazing 452.8 miles (728 km) out of a single charge in their effort, which they documented on video.

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100,000 giant white balloons invade London’s Covent Garden Market

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Stunning see-through church is made from stacked weathered steel

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One of the world's largest glaciers just lost the biggest chunk of ice ever recorded

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NASA satellites are pretty nifty, in large part because they capture world events that we might not know about otherwise. That’s what happened recently, when NASA’s Landsat 8 recorded the image above on August 16 of Greenland’s Jakobshavn glacier, which is one of the world’s largest and fastest melting, which. When researchers compared recent images to images captured two weeks ago, they discovered that the glacier just lost an enormous chunk of ice. So big, in fact, that it may be the largest chunk of ice loss ever recorded.

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This hybrid human-electric trike can travel up to 100 miles on a single charge

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A new hybrid trike called the GinzVelo aims to radically change the way people travel within cities. The cycle’s inventor Peter Ginzburg calls it a “human-electric hybrid vehicle” or HEH vehicle for short. The contraption relies on a 500 W electric engine to supercharge your pedal power over 30 miles per hour. The main selling point, though, is the range. GinzVelo can travel up to an impressive 100 miles on a single charge.

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Busted! 26 NYC buildings are still using banned No. 6 oil

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According to a new report by DNA Info, more than two dozen NYC buildings are still illegally burning No. 6 oil, although the harmful sludge-like oil was banned under the Bloomberg administration in 2010. Despite building owners having years to switch over to cleaner oils, 26 buildings have been found to be currently using the illegal substance, including the Coach HQ and a luxury Fifth Avenue building.

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Nøjkærhus welcome center features walls made of stacked wood

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Austrian scientists create a cheap, flexible solar cell just 3 micrometers thick

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The age old mineral perovskite has been something of a holy grail in solar cell development; the mineral is abundant, cheap, lightweight, and highly efficient when it comes to absorbing light. It does, however, have one major downside: perovskite is water-soluble. In experiments to utilize the mineral, this has meant solar cells have either been light and degradable or heavier and less efficient. But an effort by researchers at Johannes Kepler University Linz in Austria has created a relatively stable solar cell that is just three micrometers thick and yields 12 percent efficiency.

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Chinese welder spends a year building life-size Transformers model for his lucky son

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NASA predicts a dangerous sudden rise in sea levels

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Sea levels are rising at a speed that is both shocking and devastating. NASA satellite data reveals we could be looking at a three-foot (one meter) rise in the next 100-200 years, putting coastal regions and the existence of vulnerable island nations in serious jeopardy. 150 million people currently live within that one meter range around the globe, which is disappearing quickly as polar ice sheets melt away.

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Maine Sail Freight sets course from Portland to Boston full of small farm goodies

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The Eastern Seaboard is about to take a trip back in time with Maine Sail Freight‘s quest to deliver goods from Maine to Boston. The adventure starts in Portland on August 27th, with the loading of foods made by small local trades and farmers to be sailed down to Boston by the evening of the 29th, along with many activities planned in celebration. The project is not just to relive the good ‘ol days but explore how we make, move, and consume– and how to reevaluate the hyper-complexity of the world trade network. The project is put together by the Greenhorns, named after the young farmers they aim to support.

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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.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

DEADLINE: Friday, Sept 4th, 11:59 PM EST

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Mediterranean hunters trap, glue and otherwise illegally kill 25 million birds every year

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Wild birds are being hunted by the millions throughout Mediterranean Europe with impunity, despite strong laws against the practice. It is estimated that 25 million birds are hunted…

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15 awe-inspiring semi-finalists announced for the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

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596 Acres Living Lots Identifying unused urban spaces and working with disenfranchised residents to reclaim them for public use, Living Lots has already transformed dozens of spaces…

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Sweet ECOmbo camper offers 95-square-feet of exhilarating solar-powered adventure

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Are you itching to leave city life behind for an off-grid adventure? The solar-powered ECOmbo camper trailer lets you tackle that trail less traveled—without roughing it. The cozy and…

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Audi e-tron quattro concept previews the fully electric Q6 e-tron SUV

Audi e-tron quattro concept previews the fully electric Q6 e-tron SUV

The Tesla Model X electric SUV is finally going to arrive this fall, but it may not be too long until other automakers release their own fully electric SUVs. Audi has already announced…

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This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch mark

This concrete dome home survived a wall of flames without a scorch…

In 1999, Washington state resident John Belles made a smart decision. Knowing that he lived in an area prone to wildfires, he built his home from concrete to reduce the risk of losing…

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