Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

by , 04/27/15
filed under: climate change, News

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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence.

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Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

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Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

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As a brutal winter retreats into the record books, Bostonians of all species are out and about. “Mating sparrows, wild turkeys, hunting hawks, they’re all around us as we work,” says Orion Kriegman, Director of the Boston Food Forest Coalition. On the idyllic grounds of the Boston Nature Center in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, neighbors work to prepare the Boston Food Forest for its second growing season. After only one year, the Food Forest is well stocked, boasting 34 young fruit and nut trees, with 45 more to join them in 2015. Though the most plentiful harvests are years away, the Food Forest is already yielding a stronger community and a fine model for economic and environmental justice in the city.

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Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

by , 04/27/15
filed under: Human Relief Efforts, News

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The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, near Kathmandu, has devastated the region and left thousands dead. Rescue and recovery efforts are still underway in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh, as many people are missing. A natural disaster like this leaves people, their homes, and cities torn asunder, and tens of thousands of families have been displaced from their homes and have been left out in the cold, as medical facilities and emergency shelters are overwhelmed. Many of us who are safe and far from the quake’s effects wonder how we can help. We’ve compiled a list of organizations you can support to aid the victims of this traumatic event.

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveil designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library

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Why is the government shutting down community seed banks?

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A slow raid is raging across the United States, and its targets are not what you’d expect. They’re often tucked into local libraries, stocked in vintage card catalogs, and wear handwritten labels scrawled with names like green zebra tomato, brown speckled tepary, and purple tomatillo. They are locally-adapted seed varieties shared between backyard gardeners and organic farmers in communities from Boston, Massachusetts, to Oakland, California. According to recent rulings in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Illinois, the seed banks that facilitate the free exchange of these rare legumes, vegetables, and fruits are “illegal seed distribution centers” under state and federal law. In some communities, the libraries have been uprooted before even getting in the ground.

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Tablo upcycles lamps upcycled from the most unexpected household items

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Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

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Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

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Move over Tesla, this is the Toroidion. It’s Finnish. No one knows how to pronounce it, so don’t worry about that. All you need to know is that it’s very pretty and — oh yeah, it’s electric. In fact, it’s described as a megawatt supercar - that’s right, a supercar. It’s full name is Toroidion 1MW Supercar and it is the result of a four year effort by Pasi Pennanen, a former designer for Jaguar and Zagato.

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Vineyard Schmidt's striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

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UK artist transforms salvaged circuit boards into gorgeous lifelike insects

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Kengo Kuma's striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

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Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint

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The Casa Caja "Box House" by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete housing

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MIT's self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now)

by , 04/26/15
filed under: green furniture, MIT

The future is here. We have in our midst self-sustaining homesself-charging cell phones, and even a variety of self-driving cars. MIT engineers are digging on the autonomous vibe, and working to develop furniture that puts itself together. Whaaaat?

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Nepal quake leaves widespread devastation and thousands dead

Nepal quake leaves widespread devastation and thousands dead

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GexFdKVjPxM&spfreload=10 A devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal today, killing hundreds and sending a ripple of aftershocks through…

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Scientists discover the world's strongest natural material

Scientists discover the world's strongest natural material

Those little seashells loitering on your bathroom shelf are hiding quite a secret—their teeth are—according to a new study from the University of Portsmouth—the strongest material…

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Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids & adults

Make a natural sleep aid lotion with magnesium for newborns, kids…

Sleep troubles? Not for long! What you might not know about sleep is that human bodies (and brains) rely on magnesium to make that possible. Magnesium is in many foods we eat, as well…

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Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

Vintage teardrop trailer meets handcrafted steampunk design

Many of the details of the trailer’s interior have been crafted by hand. The original chandelier piece is born of a vintage tea pot and copper pipes. The illusion of a library is…

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Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch like trees

Michael Beit creates amazing wooden tables that loop, twist and branch…

In order to illuminate contemporary social issues, Beitz creates numerous artworks that include a 18-foot-long looping table entitled Not Now, as well as functional 50-foot-long picnic…

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