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How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

How to Avoid Fines and Not Get Caught Up in California’s Drought/Lawn Watering Catch-22

The worst drought in 500 years Most authorities agree that this is the worst drought in the last 500 years, and many believe that it will continue for at least another year – though there is evidence

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren't aware of just how vital our

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INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array

Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an "Ocean Cleanup Array" which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world's oceans. Although his idea received

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“Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

“Deafening” Sonic Cannons to be Used in New Oil Exploration Off U.S. East Coast

New offshore oil and gas exploration activities are set to start along the U.S. east coast after a three-decade hiatus, but a recent Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) decision means that companies

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Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into Stunning Works of Art

Vik Muniz Transforms Garbage from Rio de Janeiro Landfills into Stunning Works of Art

Muniz first creates installations, or “paints” with materials such as sugar, peanut butter, or junk. He then photographs the piece to complete the final artwork. The photos at first look like

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Alex MacLean’s Aerial Images of Tar Sands Reveal Shocking Details About Keystone XL Source

Alex MacLean’s Aerial Images of Tar Sands Reveal Shocking Details About Keystone XL Source

Having worked on projects in the past with renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben, MacLean considers himself a “quasi-activist.” He saw some images by other photographers working in the tar sands

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where

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h2o architects’ Timber La Cabotte Cabin Complements Southern France’s Rolling Vineyards

h2o architects’ Timber La Cabotte Cabin Complements Southern France’s Rolling Vineyards

Built to combine three main functions, the small 625 square foot wooden cabin accommodates a wine-tasting service area, reception area, and office space. These three areas were combined to create a

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Modulorbeat Builds One Man Sauna on an Abandoned Factory Site for Those Who Don’t Like to Share

Modulorbeat Builds One Man Sauna on an Abandoned Factory Site for Those Who Don’t Like to Share

The One Man Sauna project was designed as part of the art festival Das Detroit-Projekt in Bochum, a year-long international project that aims to connect four European Opel cities: Bochum(Germany),

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DIY: A Simple Guide to Beer Brewing for Seasonal Ale Lovers

DIY: A Simple Guide to Beer Brewing for Seasonal Ale Lovers

What You’ll Need: 5 gallon pot Bottling bucket Fermentation bucket or glass carboy (carboys are more expensive, but will last longer) Tubing Clamp for the

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Fruta Feia Saves a Whopping 21 Tons of ‘Ugly’ Produce from Going to Waste in Portugal

Fruta Feia Saves a Whopping 21 Tons of ‘Ugly’ Produce from Going to Waste in Portugal

21 tons of food is a lot to waste, right? Well, in just six months, the young Portuguese collective Fruta Feia salvaged and sold this much fresh produce after it was rejected for retail sale because of

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Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

Fracking Bust: Recoverable Monterey Shale Oil Reserves Slashed by Whopping 96%

New information released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) suggests that fracking in America is more bust than boom. The controversial method of extracting natural gas from shale rock

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Davy and Kristin McGuire’s Intricately Cut Paper Sets Come to Life with Animation

Davy and Kristin McGuire’s Intricately Cut Paper Sets Come to Life with Animation

Davy and Kristin’s paper art works hover between digital and tactile, creating a hybrid installation bridging two art making methods together. The intricate paper sets are cut carefully to reveal fine

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Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador's government yesterday issued oil drilling permits for the Yasuni reserve, a U.N. listed biosphere reserve in the western part of the country. Despite calls for a referendum on the issue and a

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Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles

Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles

10,000 gallons of oil spilled onto the streets of Los Angeles last night when a pipe burst at a transfer station in Atwater Village near Glendale. Fire crews worked to contain the spill overnight and an

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Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

"Six Feet Under" and "Arrested Development" fans may be surprised to know that well-known actor Ed Begley Jr. is also a staunch environmental campaigner. Together with his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley, he

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Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

Chris and Malissa's adorable wood-clad house is based on a seven-by-twenty-foot dual axle utility trailer, which enables the cottage to be moved should the Tacks decide to switch up their locale. The

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9 Green Tools for a Bountiful Spring Garden

9 Green Tools for a Bountiful Spring Garden

 1. Upcycled Seed Starters The most economical way to grow food is to start from seed, but you can't just throw those little guys directly into the ground. A month or two before you want to begin your

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New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

New Zealand’s Whimsical Yellow Treehouse Restaurant Towers Above The Redwood Forest

The Yellow Treehouse Restaurant by New Zealand based Pacific Environments Architects Ltd. (PEL) is a stunning architectural feat perched high above a redwood forest. Appearing for all the world like an

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Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Rustic Off-Grid Pump House is a Solar-Powered Weekend Getaway in Australia

Clad in black panels of corrugated iron, the Pump House is a small and quiet lakeside retreat that blends a rustic aesthetic with elegant simplicity. The architects and client used a simple materials

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BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

BP Oil Exports Disrupted as 14-Foot Marlin Attacks a Rig Hose in Angola

While human activists protest the fossil fuel industry on land, some underwater residents are taking matters into their own fins. In early February, BP had to reduce exports of Angolan Plutonio crude oil

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Surf Sauna in a Barrel Keeps Crazy Winter Surfers Warm

Surf Sauna in a Barrel Keeps Crazy Winter Surfers Warm

Surf Sauna's structure is made from marine grade galvanized and stainless steel to hold up to years of salt water exposure. The cylindrical walls are made from western red cedar which is naturally rot

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Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

Giant Wine Barrel Room Overlooks the Black Forest in Germany

There are five "squares" or rooms on a farm in Sasbachwalden village - a tiny community known for its wine-making and wood processing. Named after the kind of wine that was stored in each of the enormous

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Airplane Trolleys Recycled Into Wine and Whiskey Bars by Skypak

Airplane Trolleys Recycled Into Wine and Whiskey Bars by Skypak

German start-up Skypak has created a truly unique collection of mobile furniture brought down from the sky! Using old airplane trolleys, Skypak designed their “La Barrique” cart as a streamlined

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Keystone XL Fight Prompts Concerns About a Great Lakes Oil Spill

Keystone XL Fight Prompts Concerns About a Great Lakes Oil Spill

Image of Great Lakes / Shutterstock The fight to stop the Keystone XL pipeline is putting a spotlight on aging oil and gas pipeline infrastructure in the United States that could be vulnerable to

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Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

Could Solar-powered Desalination Solve California’s Water Supply Problem?

California is suffering through its worst drought in decades, and it has gotten so bad that officials announced that 17 communities across the state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120

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California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production

California Drought Endangers Napa Valley Wine Production

Agriculture around the world is suffering due to climate change, and famous grape-producing regions are being crushed by unpredictable weather patterns, drought, and increased global demand for alcohol.

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‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

Hundreds gathered on a chilly night at Lafayette Square across from the White House to tell President Obama to keep his climate promise and stand up to the fossil fuel industry by rejecting the dirty tar

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Shell to Stop Drilling for Alaskan Oil Due to Falling Profits

Shell to Stop Drilling for Alaskan Oil Due to Falling Profits

Alaska oil pipeline / Shutterstock Shell's incoming CEO Ben van Beurden recently announced that a court ruling has placed "significant obstacles" in the way of oil exploitation in Alaska. Europe's

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2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Winners Announced

2014 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture Winners Announced

The Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum in Minneapolis designed by HGA Architects and Engineers is a daylit addition to two existing mausoleums built as a simple mass of split-faced grey granite. Designed

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