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Giant Air-Purifying “Urban Forest” Unveiled for the Milan Expo 2015

Giant Air-Purifying “Urban Forest” Unveiled for the Milan Expo 2015

The external facade of Nemesi & Partners' Palazzo Italia is made from a special type of air-cleaning cement patented by Italcementi. According to the architects, "In direct sunlight, the active

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Environmentalists Sue US Government to Get Bees Listed as Endangered Animals

Environmentalists Sue US Government to Get Bees Listed as Endangered Animals

What’s an insect have to do to get on the endangered species list these days? That’s the question some environmentalists are asking after a failed attempt to get a vanishing bumble bee species added

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Get Your Own Functioning Toilet Tricycle on Craigslist

Get Your Own Functioning Toilet Tricycle on Craigslist

An artist in Victoria, British Columbia has designed his own functioning toilet tricycle- and now it can be yours! The Camosun College of Visual Arts alum originally crafted the potty trike for the

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IKEA’s ‘Home for Hope’ Program Finds Families for Homeless Pets

IKEA’s ‘Home for Hope’ Program Finds Families for Homeless Pets

Stop by an IKEA showroom in the near future and you're likely to encounter something even more adorable than assemble-it-yourself bed frames and cabinets. The Swedish furniture giant recently partnered

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Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Ioane Teitiota from Kiribati in the South Pacific has lost his latest bid to be recognized as the world's first climate change refugee. Since 2010, Mr. Teitiota, 37, has claimed he is the victim of

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New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

An engineer who has previously built factories for General Motors and Starbucks, Dan Belliveau founded Coffee Flour, a unique new company that makes flour from the byproduct of coffee production. Using

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What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

A section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to a new study released by researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine. Warmer sea temperatures

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New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) confirms what has long been feared: insecticides, in particular those in the neonicotinoid class, are causing the wide-scale collapse of bee

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Electric Bus Breaks World Record by Traveling 700 Miles in One Day

Electric Bus Breaks World Record by Traveling 700 Miles in One Day

Electric busses are a great alternative to the diesel spewing mass transit vehicles of yesteryear, but they suffer from one major limitation: range. South Carolina-based Proterra is changing all that, as

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San Francisco Superdad Builds Homemade Roller Coaster in His Backyard

San Francisco Superdad Builds Homemade Roller Coaster in His Backyard

A San Francisco superdad is in the running for father of the year after building a 180-foot long, fully-functioning roller coaster in his backyard! Father of two Will Pemble came up with the idea after

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Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Coral reefs aren’t just home to a whole ecosystem of sea life, they also protect nearby land from wave surges - but the 2014 National Climate Assessment reports that reefs are in big trouble.

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China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

It sounds like an April Fool's joke, but from what we can tell, the Chinese government is completely serious about their latest high speed rail project. According to multiple news outlets, China plans to

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Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views

Design Flaw at Renzo Piano’s The Shard Gives Guests Embarrassing Views

Renzo Piano’s The Shard in London is giving guests more than they bargained for. Because of a design flaw in the glassy skyscraper, guests at the Shangri-La Hotel have been able to see the reflection of

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Honda Wants You to Drink the Emissions From Its New Car

Honda Wants You to Drink the Emissions From Its New Car

Honda’s new car has such clean emissions that the car company wants you to drink them. The Honda FCX Clarity is the world’s first mass-produced car to use compressed hydrogen instead of gas - and in

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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country's extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed

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Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia: World’s Deepest Hole Yields Surprising Data

Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia: World’s Deepest Hole Yields Surprising Data

The Kola Superdeep Borehole is the world's deepest human-made hole. Located high up on the Kola Peninsula in Russia, near Finland, work began on the site in May, 1970. A Cold-War-era relic, the hole began

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Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Right now there are about 46,000 pieces of trash floating around in every square mile of the ocean, which is why Belgian company Ecover is now making their cleaning product packaging from plastic fished

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Students Build $150 Braille Robot to Help Combat Illiteracy Among India’s Visually Impaired

Students Build $150 Braille Robot to Help Combat Illiteracy Among India’s Visually Impaired

Two 20-year old students in India are working on a device that will help combat illiteracy among the visually impaired on the Indian subcontinent. Spotted over at Fast Co.Design, Project Mudra is an

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Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

Chinese Loop Vacuum Tech Allows Super-Maglev Trains to Reach 1,800 MPH

A researcher in China has unveiled his super-maglevloop line that could make future trains go at the speed of up to 1,800 mph. This is a big deal, mind you, because currently the fastest

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It’s Happening – Tesla to Break Ground On Their First Gigafactory Next Month

It’s Happening – Tesla to Break Ground On Their First Gigafactory Next Month

Even though Tesla only revealed plans for its new Gigafactory in February, CEO Elon Musk has announced that it will break ground on at least one of the two factories next month. Tesla has yet to announce

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BMW Unveils Solar-Powered Bamboo Carport That Charges Electric Vehicles With the Sun

BMW Unveils Solar-Powered Bamboo Carport That Charges Electric Vehicles With the Sun

The first BMW i3 electric car just arrived in the US, and BMW marked the occasion by unveiling a solar-powered bamboo carport to charge it! The i Solar Carport provides electric vehicles with a 100%

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Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Individuals in Spain Turn to Community Collectives for Renewable Energy

Most of the time we rely on governments or large companies to help us make the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but one community in Spain took matters into its own hands and created a

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New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

Ecosystem collapse and social unrest could be in the Amazon's future if plans for 412 hydroelectric dams move forward. According to a new report, a wave of dam building threatens the Amazon river and five

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Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Harvard Scientists Create Super Strong Degradable Bioplastic from Shrimp Shells

Thanks to a team of Harvard scientists, being called a "shrimp" will no longer amount to an insult. The University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering isolated chitin in the arthropod's

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White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

White House Solar Panels Fire Up for the First Time Since Jimmy Carter Left

As President Obama makes his way to California to preach the gospel of solar power, his words have become action back home in Washington D.C. After years of waiting, the White House solar array is now

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Vegas Court Rules to Tear Down Foster + Partner’s Ill-Fated Harmon Hotel

Vegas Court Rules to Tear Down Foster + Partner’s Ill-Fated Harmon Hotel

The ill-fated Foster + Parnters-designed Harmon Hotel in Las Vegas will finally meet its demise as a court ruled for its destruction. The glassy would-be hotel and condominiums began construction in

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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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Phillips’ Large New Vertical LED-lit Urban Garden Brightens Food Security in Indianapolis

Phillips’ Large New Vertical LED-lit Urban Garden Brightens Food Security in Indianapolis

One of the largest indoor commercial farms with LED lighting will be unveiled today at the AmeriPlex Industrial Park in Indianapolis. Philips has partnered with Green Sense Farms (GSF), a Chicago-based

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Google Street View Hack Shows Your Neighborhood on Climate Change (and it Isn’t Pretty)

Google Street View Hack Shows Your Neighborhood on Climate Change (and it Isn’t Pretty)

Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time, but because it's happening gradually, it's difficult to understand how it relates to our lives and future. A new project called World Under Water aims

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British Airways Plans to Use London’s Garbage for Jet Fuel

British Airways Plans to Use London’s Garbage for Jet Fuel

The city of London is going to start paying British Airways to take its trash, but what on Earth does the airline company want with all that garbage, anyway? The airline giant plans to turn it into jet

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