All Netherlands Railways trains will be 100% wind powered by 2018

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When its citizens demanded clean energy, The Netherlands responded in the best possible way. Following a ruling earlier this year when 886 citizens sued their government to reduce CO2 emissions, a court at the Hague ordered the Dutch government to adopt a goal of cutting carbon emissions by at least 25 percent over the next five years. In response, the Dutch railways unveiled plans to become 50 percent wind-powered by the end of this year and 100 percent by 2018.

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This floating survival shelter rises above floods

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The alarming pace of rising sea levels has inspired designers Zhou Ying and Niu Yuntao to create a floating emergency shelter that could save lives during floods and tsunamis. Instead of conventional exposed life rafts, survivors can use the Duckweed Survival House as an enclosed floating shelter that protects people from large waves while trying to get to safety.

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Over 30,000 mines are leaking toxic waste into American waterways

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On the heels of the disaster which caused 3 million gallons of toxic waste to spill into the Animas River in Colorado earlier this month, conservationists are rightly freaking out about the likelihood of similar problems in the future. According to information from the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO), contamination of western waters is much more pervasive than most people realize, with some 30,000 leaky mines scattered across the landscape like time bombs. If the Environmental Protection Agency, which caused the Animas River spill, can’t be trusted to safeguard our waterways, who can?

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Vo Trong Nghia Architects unveil plans for tree-topped FPT University campus in Ho Chi Minh City

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First Nation builds spirited solar project in the heart of Canada’s oil sands

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Adorable Wild Thing Cabin is perched in the middle of a rewilding Latvian meadow

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Tesla is giving away 100 free electric vehicle charging stations to Airbnb hosts

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In its latest bid to make electric car charging stations available everywhere, Tesla is partnering with Airbnb to provide at least 100 free charging stations to eligible hosts. The program is kicking off in California, one of Tesla’s biggest markets. According to the Airbnb website, the program will expand “to select homes across the globe” with the goal of helping “the Tesla community feel more at home when they’re on the road”.

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Design a portable pop-up hotel room in the 2015 Snoozebox Competition

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If you’re a fan of Snoozebox’s pop-up hotels, here’s a design opportunity you don’t want to pass up. Snoozebox teamed up with international hotel design event Sleep to launch a competition for a new pop-up hotel room design. Open to design companies and individual designers based in Europe, the contest challenges participants to create a flexible and modern Snoozebox guest room concept that fits within an ISO steel shipping container. The winner will get the chance to work with Snoozebox to bring the concept to life and showcase it at Sleep 2015. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 18, 2015.

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Tornado-Resistant Phoenix Solar House Rises From the Ashes After Natural Disasters

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Florida governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches

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The National Weather Service has reported that Tropical Storm Erika is “wobbling” its way toward the Bahamas. We know what you’re thinking: storms don’t wobble, so that can’t be good. And you’d be right. Forecasters are perplexed by the trajectory of this particular storm because she just isn’t behaving the way most tropical storms historically have in the that part of the world. Erika is expected to hit landfall in the Bahamas this weekend, and may be headed for Florida early next week – but if this wobbling continues, all that could change.

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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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Japanese artist transforms oyster pearls into amazingly realistic miniature skulls

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INFOGRAPHIC: Tips for making sure your next trip is a green one

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When the travel bug hits, it’s important to make sure that you are exploring the world with the lightest environmental and socio-cultural footprint possible to maintain or improve conditions in any community you come across. For instance, which method of travel is ideal for getting to your destination, and how do you pack in order to make the least impact? Whether your headed for a year across the world or a hike in your own backyard, this infographic from marine biologist Andrea Moore will give you all the details you need on making your trip as green as possible for you, your host and the environment.

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Paris “coolhouse” brings down city temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space

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This summer, a series of demonstrations in Paris have launched to show how to use “photonic membranes” to cool large areas of land, buildings, and, conceivably, entire cities. Designers from the international climate engineering firm Transsolar and architect Carlo Ratti have teamed up to showcase three different models of this unconventional and high-tech method of addressing climate change. You can check them out yourself from 20 August to 4 October.

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Architects packed five levels into this 'two story' alpine home in Germany

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Controversial Cornell Fine Arts Library expansion features soaring stacks of books

Controversial Cornell Fine Arts Library expansion features soaring…

The new Fine Arts Library (FAL) at Cornell University is causing quite a stir. The project, now two years in development, involves lobbing off the top floor of the 100-year-old Rand…

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Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the Great Barrier Reef

Scientists just discovered a deepwater reef more diverse than the…

Park officials in the southern Australian province of Victoria say a deepwater reef has been discovered there that may have more coral, sponge, and fish than the Great Barrier Reef.…

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There's not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing wildfires

There's not enough money to save the West from an increase in blazing…

This just might be the most cataclysmic forest fire season in history. So far this year, the Forest Service has spent $800 million trying to keep the blazes from raging too far out of…

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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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Bizarre giant art village is the largest Atelier Van Lieshout installation ever

Bizarre giant art village is the largest Atelier Van Lieshout…

At the center of the settlement is the Refektorium, a large events hall that will house a restaurant, bar, and theater. Outside the Refektorium is BarRectum, a 2005 work which is a huge…

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