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Vikings Built This Amazing Green-Roofed Village 1000 Years Ago!

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Part Skyscraper, Part Thrill Ride: SkyRise Miami Approved

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BP Faces up to $18 Billion in Fines for Gross Negligence Over Deepwater Horizon

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BP was yesterday found guilty of being “grossly negligent” and “reckless” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout. The blowout killed 11 workers and caused the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill that was the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history. In the latest phase of the ongoing trial investigating BP’s liability for the incident, Louisiana District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling means the U.K. oil company could be liable for up to $18 billion in additional fines under the Clean Water Act, on top of the $43 billion in charges the company already anticipated.

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Compact Prefab House is Made from a Single Shipping Container in Milan

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Did You Know David Koch is on the Board of Directors at the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History?

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Did you know that climate change denier David H. Koch is a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and an advisory board member of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History? “So, what’s in it for him apart from unlimited free entry?” I hear you ask. Well, allegations abound that Mr Koch is exerting influence on programming at the public institutions, causing omissions or misrepresentations of climate science and global warming in exhibitions. In response, Brooklyn-based arts collective Not An Alternative has established The Natural History Museum to make “a point to include and highlight the social and political forces that shape nature, yet are left out of traditional natural history museums.” Their first exhibition will run from September 13 to October 4, 2014, at the Queens Museum.

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Humanity Could Face Global Famine by 2050 Due to Plague of Pests

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A new U.K study warns that humanity could face a famine of biblical proportions by 2050 due to a plague of pests brought on by climate change. Research from the University of Exeter published in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography paints a picture of crop producing countries saturated with pests by the middle of the century. The plague of pests pose a ‘grave threat to global food security,’ according to Dr. Dan Bebber of the Biosciences department at the University of Exeter.

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Saudi Arabia is Investing Heavily in Solar Power; Is This the End for Big Oil?

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When the country with the largest oil reserves in the world decides to start investing in renewable energy, it may well be a sign that the age of big oil is coming to an end. While the US is still focused on fossil fuels – whether drilling, importing, or otherwise – the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has realized that relying on a finite energy resource is not the smartest move, and it has begun to implement more solar systems into its electrical grid instead of older diesel generators.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Making Small Adjustments in Your Home Can Combat Climate Change

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Small actions taken by many people can lead to great change, and it’s startling to see how some of the smallest changes can result in enormous benefit to all. Did you know that switching out just one incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent (CFL) one prevents the emission of over 400 pounds of greenhouse gases? Or that just running your washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full reduces water pollution while lowering your bills? Swapping out nasty chemical cleaners for homemade products is healthier for both us and all life that depends on the local water table, and composting kitchen scraps reduces landfill waste while providing our gardens with vital nutrients. This infographic details some of the little, simple changes that everyone can do, and can make an enormous difference to the entire world in the long run.

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New Vertical Garden Showcases Super Tasty Foods Served at Barcelona's Organics Restaurant

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Urbanarbolismo and Unusualgreen just unveiled one of their latest vertical gardens, this time at the entrance to the Organics Restaurant in Barcelona. Low maintenance design and operation plus hardy plants makes for a delicious looking installation. The lush vertical garden is the perfect complement to the restaurant’s menu, which features slow food dished up fast!

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New Alternative NYC Natural History Museum Calls Out Other Museums Bankrolled by Koch Brothers

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A new Natural History Museum is opening in Queens as a response to concerns of corruption at NYC’s American Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.’s Museum of Natural History and other institutions that accept funding from Koch Industries and other corporate polluters. In the case of the popular NYC and D.C. museums, oil baron David Koch sits on their boards while bankrolling climate change denial campaigns.

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See How This Tiny West Village Apartment Uses Double Duty Furniture to Maximize Its Small Space

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Aqua-Spark Seeks to Secure the Future of Sustainable Aquaculture

Are we approaching the end of fish? It’s been widely reported that at current fishing levels all commercial stocks of wild-caught fish will have collapsed by 2050. But there’s hope – New Dutch investment fund Aqua-Spark believes sustainable aquaculture will be a major growth industry of the coming decades. It perceives a need for the industry to increase its capacity by 35 percent by 2022, and a global market set to grow from $135 billion annually to $195 billion by 2019 alone. Given the imperative for this to be done in an environmentally sound way, the fund views sustainable aquaculture as a long-term investment, the returns of which will be more than just financial.

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The Squirrelz: China's First Upcycle Design Shop Takes Root in Shanghai's Eco Village

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Friends Pop-Up Replica Coffee Shop Coming to NYC This Month

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Get ready to feel old, people. Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and fans who loved watching Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey’s shenanigans at Central Perk will soon have a chance to step into the storied coffee shop themselves – sort of. Word on the street is that Warner Bros. Television Group, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Eight O’Clock Coffee have teamed up to create a pop-up shop modeled after the iconic hangout and will be opening it up to visitors this month. In addition to being able to take selfies on the actual orange couch from the show, guests will be able to enjoy free coffee, daily giveaways and even live performances of “Smelly Cat”! Read on for the details.

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DHK and Louis Karol Architects Complete Greenest Tower in South Africa

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VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

VIDEO: Andrea Air Purifier Uses a Plant to Clean the Air in Your Home

The Andrea Air Purifier is a brilliant partnership between man and plant that accelerates nature's natural ability to clean air in order to detoxify the atmosphere inside your home. We…

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Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Roskilde's new power plant will incinerate rubbish from nine local municipalities as well as selected international locations to generate electricity and heat for the historic city. The…

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Giants: Os Gemeos Convert Six Enormous Silos into Awesome Works of Art in Vancouver

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In what will be the Brazilian street artists' largest work yet and their first in Canada, the project is part of their international series, Giants. Similar to previous works in the…

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The World's Most Expensive Apartment Costs a Staggering $400 Million

The World's Most Expensive Apartment Costs a Staggering $400 Million

Slated for completion in September 2015, the 35,500-square-foot quintuplex "Sky Penthouse" will tower over Monaco's skyline at a height of nearly 600 feet. Expected to hit the market…

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Drone Video Shows Aerial Sneak Preview of Apple's New 'Spaceship Campus'

Drone Video Shows Aerial Sneak Preview of Apple's New 'Spaceship…

There are few more zealous than the Apple fan, and one such person recently got an eagle's eye sneak preview of the company’s new ‘spaceship campus’ using a drone with a GoPro…

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