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Jenine Shereos knits her hair into intricate leaves

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Unchecked global warming could bring worst hurricanes ever seen by the end of this century

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The basic jist of almost every study we see these days related to weather, climate change, and the environment can be summed up in just a few words: it’s getting worse. Unfortunately, a new study looking into future storm patterns has a similar message. The study theorizes the possibility of rare, ultra-intense tropical cyclones researchers have dubbed “grey swans.” On the bright side, the researchers believe that, although catastrophic, it might be possible to predict such storms before they happen.

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Harvard students build a tiny 100% off-grid home powered by the sun

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Restoration of Alvar Aalto's Viipuri library in Russia awarded 2014 Modernism Prize

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World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley

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Nest's new Learning Thermostat 3.0 is sleeker and smarter than ever before

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Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun

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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!

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India's 20 million LED streetlight retrofit will save $890 million each year

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India’s government announced a major commitment to energy efficiency earlier this year when the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) was launched, calling for 20 million lightbulbs in streetlights to be replaced with LED bulbs. The largest project of its kind, the upgrades will take about two years to complete, and comprise part of a larger effort to reduce the national power load and save hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

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Obama heads to Alaska to highlight climate change right after approving Arctic oil drilling

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About two weeks after Barack Obama gave Shell the green light to drill for oil in Arctic waters off the Alaska Coast, the president is embarking on an ironic three-day visit to Alaska aimed at highlighting the drastic effects of climate change on the state’s environment. According to Grist, along with traveling the state to see what climate change is doing to glaciers and permafrost in the state, Obama is also expected to call for more action on climate change and push for commitments to reduce carbon emissions – ahead of the UN Climate Summit taking place in Paris this December. Environmentalists were quick to call out the president for the hypocrisy of these two seemingly conflicting decisions.

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Register now for San Francisco's 2015 Architecture and the City festival

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Heads up San Francisco design fans – the Architecture and the City festival just kicked off, and you definitely won’t want to miss out. We’re looking forward to a month filled with great events – from exhibitions and walking tours to educational lectures, films, and home tours that will show you a whole new side of the City by the Bay. (Past festivals have featured a house with a tree-root chandelier, a cottage that generates 30% more energy than it uses and a Victorian home renovation that will blow your mind.) If you’d like to join in the fun, sign up today before spots fill up!

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Adventure awaits at the charming Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods

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Sky Greens is the world’s first hydraulic-driven vertical farm

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When it comes to growing food, the sky’s the limit thanks to innovations like the Sky Urban Vertical Farming System. Designed and pioneered by the Singapore-based company Sky Greens, the vertical farming system is a revolutionary modern spin on the ancient practice of agriculture. Using cutting edge technology, the system demonstrates an energy efficient, environmentally friendly method of producing food that could be a powerful tool in feeding the ever-growing, increasingly urbanized, global population.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Best plants for removing indoor toxins

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Houseplants do a superb job at removing the hidden toxins lurking in the home. Those toxins, also known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), can be found in many common household items from paints to floor wax. ProFlowers put together a handy infographic that lists the best plants to fight VOCs, according to scientific studies by NASA and Dr. B.C. Wolverton. The graphic breaks down the top five plants for removing five of the worst VOC offenders, from ammonia to benzene. Read on for the full list and learn which plant ranks number one in fighting all five indoor toxins.

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The recycled wood ORION lamp can be adjusted using a sliding weight

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ORION is a lamp made entirely out of recycled wood that can be adjusted using a sliding weight. Wood chips derived from manufacturing processes are pulverized and mixed with glue to create a wood paste. This paste is used to create the particular shape of ORION. In order to make the lamp an interactive object, the designer added a cylindrical weight, which can be moved to adjust the intensity of the light. By sliding the weight along the arc, you can easily vary the intensity of the light emitted, with the brightest light released when the weight is at the ends of the lamp, giving you a gorgeously green lamp that will add style to any space.

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California's first farm-to-table community makes eating local easy

California's first farm-to-table community makes eating local easy

For urbanites who like a little taste of the countryside at home, California's new farm-to-table community might be the ideal living space. The Cannery, soon to open in Davis, CA on the…

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6 uses for amaranth that may surprise you

6 uses for amaranth that may surprise you

Quit the quinoa and kick the kale*, there’s a new superfood in town. Amaranth is a wonderful multi-purpose plant that should be on everyone’s plate. Though underappreciated in the…

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Kinetic "Cloud Seeding" pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls…

This lightweight pavilion may look like a simple canopy structure, but it's actually a fantastic kinetic environment that creates shade thanks to thousands of constantly rearranging…

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Life-changing Peek Retina app could reduce global blindness by 80%

Life-changing Peek Retina app could reduce global blindness by 80%

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHS2sRL8r04 The good people at Peek Vision have developed an adaptor that fits over smartphone cameras and can inspect the health of people’s…

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NYC announces $100M for Lower Manhattan storm protection infrastructure

NYC announces $100M for Lower Manhattan storm protection…

As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina was marked around the country, and the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy is almost upon us, Mayor de Blasio announced a massive $100…

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