Fascinating Earth Day facts that you may not know

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Earth Day is April 22 this year, and to get prepared for the big day, here are a few Earth Day facts that you may not know. Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, the first ever Earth Day was held April 22nd, 1970. Earth Day not only marks the beginnings of moving toward a more sustainable world, it’s a time to come together and contemplate our global environmental situation, as well as participate in community and global “green” activities. Read on to find out all about Earth Day.

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2016 Lexus RX 450h hybrid makes a bold statement at the New York Auto Show

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EXPO 2015 ENEL Pavilion is a virtual LED forest that visualizes the smart energy grid

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PULSE by Live Work Play might be the last charger you'll ever need

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You take your electronics everywhere—even places they’re not supposed to go. Whether you’re hiking, jogging, skiing, surfing, or otherwise adventuring, taying connected is a necessity. PULSE is the world’s first hybrid portable charger that combines the sustainability of solar energy with the reliability of traditional power available whenever you need a charge. PULSE is engineered for two types of charging: conventional charging via a wall outlet or USB (similar to any other traditional portable battery), and charging through the solar panel. Utilizing the integrated solar panels, this device can recharge itself while you enjoy your daily activities in the woods, on the beach or simply enjoying coffee. Inside PULSE is a 5000mAh internal battery which is large enough to make sure that you will have plenty of juice for all of your devices.

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California's drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

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As California enters its fourth year of drought, there’s still no relief in sight. According to NASA, the state has just one year of water left, and in a last ditch effort cities are drilling wells to tap water that rained 20,000 years ago. Desperate times call for desperate measures – and California Governor Jerry Brown has come up with a bold solution inspired by a recent conference on climate change that he attended in freezing, snow-covered Boston: ship the East’s over-abundance of snow westward to quench the parched Golden State.

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Hand Over is raising funds to provide sustainable housing in Cairo's slums

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An astonishing 47 percent of Egypt’s slums are in Cairo, where 6 million inhabitants are living in a chronically underdeveloped environment. A group of dedicated engineering students is working to create a sustainable housing project, and right now, they are looking for your help to complete the prototype. The efforts are spearheaded by engineer Radwa Roston who, together with a group of international experts, has developed an education and training program called Hand Over. The program’s goal is to teach locals the skills they need to implement rammed earth housing design, a sustainable building option. The program empowers impoverished Egyptians to improve their own lives and communities. The first house is soon to break ground for one family, and the project has a fundraising campaign going on right now to help build houses for even more families. Take peek at the concept after the break and then consider giving the project a hand with a donation.

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Chevrolet unveils 2016 Malibu Hybrid at the New York Auto Show

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This 1,000 year-old Anglo-Saxon potion can cure the terrifying MRSA superbug

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Researchers at the University of Nottingham have made an astonishing discovery that a 10th century Anglo-Saxon potion for curing styes can also cure the brutal hospital superbug MRSA. While the ingredient list reads like a witch’s brew—cropleek, garlic, wine and oxgall—the resulting self-sterilizing concoction has performed surprisingly well in tests to treat MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria that is the scourge of hospitals.

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Solar-powered House Lindau blends in with its lakeside surroundings in Germany

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2016 Smart Fortwo is a tiny, super-smart city car with lots of legroom

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U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

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The U.S. State Department has formally announced an ambitious plan to cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. The new target has been submitted as part of efforts to secure an international agreement on slowing the emissions that contribute to climate change, an agreement that will be finalized at UN talks in Paris this December.

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Cadillac CT6 plug-in hybrid to debut this month in Shanghai

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Cadillac has unveiled the 2016 Cadillac CT6 flagship sedan at the New York Auto Show, and even though the company showed off three different powertrains for the new CT6, one version was missing: the CT6 plug-in hybrid. Cadillac has confirmed that their new plug-in hybrid will debut later this month at the Shanghai Motor Show.

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Google's new Chomebit dongle will transform your TV into a PC

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First, the ‘stick’—whether it be produced by Amazon, Roku or Google—replaced your cable box by providing online streaming to your TV, and now, Google’s latest dinky dongle offers to replace your home computer, by transforming your TV into a PC. The Chromebit plugs into your HDMI port, and according to Engadget crams in “a Rockchip 3288 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of eMMC memory, a USB 2.0 port, WiFi 802.11 ac support, Bluetooth 4.0, a Smart Ready controller and an ARM Mali 760 quad-core GPU.” It even swivels around to hide out of sight to keep your display looking sleek, and, well, TV like. The device is still at the testing stage, but the first Chromebits will be produced by ASUS, and will be available later this year for under $100

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This lush, green cube is a dream artist's studio hidden in a San Francisco garden

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Israel installs the largest solar field of any parliament in the world

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The geographically small Israel is making a big statement about the importance of solar energy in the sun-blessed Middle Eastern nation. On Sunday, legislators and environmentalists gathered at the Knesset, Israel’s national assembly in Jerusalem, to inaugurate the largest solar field of any parliament in the world (Germany’s Bundestag parliament building comes in second followed by Austria’s parliament). Nearly 1,500 solar panels placed on the Knesset roof and surrounding buildings will provide 10 percent of the assembly’s electricity with an installed capacity of 450 kw.

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Solar Impulse lands in China to share messages about clean energy

Solar Impulse lands in China to share messages about clean energy

Solar Impulse 2 landed in China on Tuesday, bringing a strong message about the importance of clean energy and sustainability to a country with major environmental issues. As we follow…

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Tesla unveils designs for a plug-in hybrid mobile home, the Model H

Tesla unveils designs for a plug-in hybrid mobile home, the Model H

The conveniences and luxuries of modern life always come at an expense. Tesla products are no exception, in fact, according to CEO Elon Musk, they are the rule. Musk understands that…

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One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

One Texas city will run on 100 percent clean energy by 2017

In the heart of oil and republican climate-denier country, one Texas city is breaking down traditions and stereotypes – because it plans to be completely powered by solar and wind…

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian buy entire NYC micro-apartment building to turn it into an

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian buy entire NYC micro-apartment building…

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Antarctica records what may have been its hottest day ever

Antarctica records what may have been its hottest day ever

While the north eastern US was deluged with snow over the past few months, much of the world was experiencing some of the warmest winters on record. Now, the coldest place on…

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