Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

Ireland’s first shipping container home was built in just three days

The house was built from a single shipping container measuring 40 feet long by 10 feet wide. Ceardean Architects designed the home, which they envisioned as a working prototype for…

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France's new Musée des Confluences looks like an interstellar spaceship

France's new Musée des Confluences looks like an interstellar…

The entrance of the building is a drop-shaped structure referencing the confluence of the two streams where the building sits on the rivers Rhône and Saône. The exhibition areas are…

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EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

EU vote clears the way for GM crops in Europe

The European Union just opened the door for genetically modified crops in Europe after the Member Elected Parliament voted to allow countries to decide whether or not to grow them. If…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

Avoiding the worst germs isn't as simple as dodging hand rails and hovering over toilet seats. Did you know that there is 200 times more fecal bacteria on the average kitchen cutting…

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Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans thrive

Traditional cotton textile production is helping rural Indian artisans…

Kala cotton is indigenous to the Kutch region of northwest India, and hand-weavers there have been working with that cotton for centuries to create all manner of textiles. Stitch by…

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Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped…

In July, Chevron abandoned its plans to drill for gas in Zurawlow, Poland, after farmers and families from Zurawlow (and four nearby villages) blockaded a proposed shale drilling site…

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Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View

Google gives free electric community shuttle buses to Mountain View

  Thanks to Google, residents of its hometown of Mountain View, California can now get around the city on electric shuttles—for free. Google provided funding and teamed up…

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Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing is great for NYC

Join Airbnb next week to tell City Council why you think home sharing…

Airbnb has seen its fair share of controversy in New York City - is it legal or isn't it? - but now it's getting a chance to set the record straight. The New York City Council will be…

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Obama's new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry emissions

Obama's new methane regulations ignore 90% of oil & gas industry…

Barack Obama’s new plan for cutting methane emissions will fall short, according to critics, because it won’t require oil and gas companies to repair existing leaky equipment.…

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Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more 'blood money' in fossil fuels

Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more 'blood money' in…

“Blood money,” they’re calling it, and it’s a lot of blood—a total of $79.5 million that Harvard ploughed into oil and gas companies during the third quarter of 2015. That’s…

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Bring the wild indoors with PaperTrophy’s cruelty-free paper animal trophies

Bring the wild indoors with PaperTrophy’s cruelty-free paper animal…

If you’re looking to spice up the blank white space in your house, look no further than Berlin-based PaperTrophy’s eye-catching paper craft sculptures. Made from vibrantly colored…

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This mobile smart flower pot chases sunlight to help your plants grow

This mobile smart flower pot chases sunlight to help your plants grow

http://vimeo.com/113915779 What if instead of moving your plants during the day or depending on the season, they moved themselves to find the optimal position in your flat? That…

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Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA's new garbage policy

Burn the trash, forget the toxins is the USA's new garbage policy

“Burn baby, burn” is an old chant for a new generation of Americans who can't be bothered to put a bottle or two in a blue bin instead of a brown one. Americans produce 4.4 pounds…

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BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn's premier home furnishings trade show

BKLYN Designs: Apply now to showcase your brand at Brooklyn's premier…

“The Brooklyn Chamber is very excited to begin accepting applications for BKLYN Designs 2015,” said Carlo A. Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.…

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"Billion Oyster Pavilion" and "Organic Growth" win 2015 City of Dreams…

Organic Growth by Madrid and London-based Izaskun Chinchilla Architects In a surprising move, the jury of the fifth annual City of Dreams Pavilion Competition has chosen not one,…

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American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

Although the American Farm Bureau is tied to conventional agriculture and its conservative base, the organization is worried about climate change, and it's preparing for the future…

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Thoughtful loft-within-a-loft adds 250-sq-ft of usable space to this NYC apartment

Thoughtful loft-within-a-loft adds 250-sq-ft of usable space to this…

RES4's Loft-Within-a-Loft is essentially a single, over-sized piece of millwork that divides up a large main room into three separate spaces: a new bedroom, a play space beneath it, and…

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Incredible ICEHOTEL shows off stunning fantasy-like rooms carved from ice and snow

Incredible ICEHOTEL shows off stunning fantasy-like rooms carved from…

Constructed from 30,000 tonnes of snice, the ICEHOTEL features 61 hotel rooms, an ice bar, restaurant, main hall, reception area, and a special anniversary-edition ice theater. The most…

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The 'Carbon Black' is the slickest wheelchair you've ever seen

The 'Carbon Black' is the slickest wheelchair you've ever seen

Made from ultra-lightweight carbon fiber, the Carbon Black wheelchair is not just a piece of medical equipment; it’s a work of art. Six years in development, the Carbon Black…

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Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in…

Built in 1994 and designed by Finnish architects Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen, the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. became the first embassy in the U.S. to achieve an Energy…

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A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

A new solar system is installed every 2.5 minutes in the U.S.

2014 was a record-breaking year for the solar power industry around the world, and here in the U.S. we were installing new solar systems at a faster rate than ever before. New data from…

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Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn

Hamburg plans to build public green spaces atop noisy Autobahn

The famous Autobahn freeway is getting a green upgrade, as Hamburg just announced plans to build three new public parks on top of it. The 8,000-mile road network runs through…

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You can buy one of Wheelys’ new bicycle cafés on Indiegogo!

You can buy one of Wheelys’ new bicycle cafés on Indiegogo!

The team behind Wheelys, the world’s smallest and arguably most eco-friendly café, just launched a new coffee shop on wheels and an Indiegogo campaign to allow entrepreneurs around…

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This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and which countries are in big trouble)

This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and…

As the global climate changes, some countries are going to feel the impact of global warming more than others. Notre Dame has created an annual index showing which countries will get…

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Help the Food is Free Project transform your community

Help the Food is Free Project transform your community

Have you heard about the Food is Free Project yet? If not, it's worth looking into! It began in 2012 as a way for people to build community while also growing their own food, and has…

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Twelve common toxins that are killing your kids' brain cells

Twelve common toxins that are killing your kids' brain cells

They’re calling it a silent pandemic. Children all over the world are losing brain power because they’re exposed to toxins in our water, food, furniture, and clothing. Dr. David…

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New York's fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

New York's fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

The ban on fracking in New York State is a great catalyst to inspire grassroots environmental groups to come together. Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking…

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NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn waterfront (PHOTOS)

NYC unveils its first large-scale wind turbine on the Brooklyn…

Each month, the Sunset Park MRF in the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal processes over 15,000 tons of recycling waste from the NYC boroughs, and the new wind turbine was one of the first…

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Chipotle pulls pork from menus after pigs found to be poorly treated

Chipotle pulls pork from menus after pigs found to be poorly treated

The field of ethical meat consumption is a complicated (and arguably oxymoronic) one, but that hasn't stopped some retailers from working to ensure that the meat products they serve…

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Could a cooling tower be spreading Legionnaires' disease to Bronx residents?

Could a cooling tower be spreading Legionnaires' disease to Bronx…

Hundreds of Co-op City residents met with Health Department officials on Tuesday to discuss a potential outbreak of Legionnaires' disease thought to be caused by a contaminated cooling…

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Reverse sunglasses outfitted with LED lights chase the winter blues away

Reverse sunglasses outfitted with LED lights chase the winter blues…

Now that the winter is in full swing in the northern hemisphere, grey skies dominate the horizon—and we should all watch out for signs of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Three…

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Stanford profs urge university to fully divest from funding fossil fuels

Stanford profs urge university to fully divest from funding fossil…

Three hundred Stanford University professors have called on their university to divest itself from all financial interest in fossil fuels. In a letter sent to Stanford's president and…

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Formerly blind orangutan is released back into the wild

Formerly blind orangutan is released back into the wild

After cataract-removal surgery restored her sight, a rescued orangutan named Gober has been released into the wild with her twins. Gober was moved to the Sumatran Orangutan…

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New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

If Nature publishes it, will people finally listen? That may be what researchers from the University of London are hoping, because the international science journal has published a new…

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Boston Power plans battery superfactories to rival Tesla

Boston Power plans battery superfactories to rival Tesla

It looks like Boston Power is set to take on Tesla, as the company recently announced $290 million in “financial support” from Chinese government agencies to help scale its battery…

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Planned eco-tourism center will pay respects to Cambodia’s wildlife and dark history

Planned eco-tourism center will pay respects to Cambodia’s wildlife…

Although the brief initially sought a center that focused on the wildlife at Ang Trapeang Thmor, a major ecological hotspot and home to some of the world’s rarest birds, Atelier COLE…

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New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn recycling plant

New York City’s largest wind turbine will provide power for Brooklyn…

Measuring in at 160-feet-tall, New York City’s largest wind turbine is set to generate up to 100 kilowatts for Brooklyn’s Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility. Designed and…

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Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto…

Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, and with that announcement, the automaker revealed its second PHEV: the C 350 Plug-in Hybrid. The C 350…

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'Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

'Till the Cows Come Home: a shipping container restaurant in Berlin

Set in a 40-foot-long cargo container, Till the Cows Come Home is a Berlin-based slow food kitchen that serves haute vegetarian cuisine. Designed by Natalie Viaux, the shipping…

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Sebastian Errazuriz's transforming wave cabinet opens with undulating movement

Sebastian Errazuriz's transforming wave cabinet opens with undulating…

Presented by Cristina Grajales Gallery at Design Miami in December of 2014, the beautiful cabinet is made from dozens of slats of Baltic birch and stands upright on four sturdy steel…

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