California adopts ambitious goal to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030

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California has thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of North America when it comes to taking on climate change. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order requiring the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Called by Brown the most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction target by any government on the continent to date, California’s plan matches the goals of the ever-progressive European Union.

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Steel shell encloses contemporary dairy farmer’s house in Japan

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Ikea imagines a refrigerator-free kitchen for 2025

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From bio-refrigerators that cool food with gel to zero-energy clay alternatives, we see a lot of designs that look to make one of the home’s most energy-hungry appliances more efficient. But in Ikea’s Concept Kitchen 2025 installation at the Milan Design Fair, the Swedish furniture giant goes one step further, and suggests that 10 years from now we might forgo fridges entirely in favor of a “modern pantry” that keeps food cool using a combination of smart technology and traditional methods, with an open display to cut down on waste.

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LEED-certified TMB Headquarters raises the bar for the construction industry

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Elding Oscarson floats a green-roofed home above a transparent, glass-clad ground floor

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Environmental center by 24H Architecture is powered by the local forest

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Slovenia's prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous landscape of its homeland

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X-TU's Architects World Expo pavilion evokes the iconic food markets of France

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Yunak Evleri is a 5-star hotel built into ancient Turkish caves

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Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

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Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a centrifuge, which enables medical professionals to test for issues like anemia, bone marrow failure and leukemia. The low-tech device was developed to help people living in rural regions across Africa.

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Berlin T-shirt vending machine shows shoppers real cost of cheap fashion

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Would you be tempted to buy a T-shirt from a flashy-looking urban vending machine for less than $3? Berliners recently had the opportunity and many pounced, unaware that their attempted purchase was part of an awareness-raising campaign related to Fashion Revolution Day. The aqua-and-black painted machine offered T-shirts for just €2 or roughly $2.25 USD, but instead, would-be T-shirt buyers received a surprise: images of sweatshop labor with statistics on the abysmally low wages textile workers earn by making cheap T-shirts and such. Click through to learn more about this campaign and see a video of the vending machine in question, as well as find out how you can get involved.

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Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

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Undulating German pavilion brings a "field of ideas" to Milan Expo 2015

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Forested Austrian Milan Expo Pavilion produces oxygen for 1,800 people an hour

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Belarus’ “Wheel of Life” rolls through grassy hillside at this year's Milan World Expo

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Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo 2015

Mirrored Rice Cluster immerses visitors in paddy fields at Milan Expo…

The Rice Cluster is one of nine Expo Clusters, each of which bring different countries together to design around a common theme or food group. Designed to evoke a vast rural landscape,…

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Tesla's new $3,500 10kWh Powerwall home battery lets you ditch the grid

Tesla's new $3,500 10kWh Powerwall home battery lets you ditch the…

Tesla's hotly anticipated home battery is now on the market. Late last evening, Tesla CEO Elon Musk kept his promise for a hotly anticipated announcement about the company's next…

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Jon Stewart and his wife are turning NJ farm into a sanctuary for rescued animals

Jon Stewart and his wife are turning NJ farm into a sanctuary for…

It's pretty much the understatement of the century to say that Jon Stewart, departing host of The Daily Show, has a lot of fans. However, Stewart will gain some new fans as he prepares…

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This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

This Mushroom Drone Will Biodegrade if it Crash Lands

What happens to a drone when it crash lands? Besides polluting or damaging a potentially sensitive environment, it could also mean, at least for the military, that people you are spying…

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Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

Could this Rock Be the Key to Fighting Climate Change?

A mysterious green rock called olivine could be the key to fighting climate change. The unique mineral has a curious property - it's able to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere - and it…

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