Tiny English Village Blocks Giant Fracking Operation, Announces Plans to Build Community-Owned Solar Power Plants

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Normally, the village of Balcombe, West Sussex is just another picturesque spot in a valley where nothing really happens. But when Cuadrilla Resources–the UK’s fracking pioneer–announced plans to do some exploratory drilling just five miles from the town, the citizens sprang into action. For two months they protested in an anti-fracking camp set up on the outskirts of town. Finally, the company announced it was abandoning the drill site. Not because of the protests, of course, but because rocks at the site already contain natural fractures, making it unsuitable for profitable extraction. But the activism of this tiny down didn’t disappear with the drilling rigs. Now the citizens have formed REPOWERBalcombe, a community coalition that seeks to finance and build community-owned solar power plants, and someday, take Balcombe off the grid entirely.

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Native American Tribe Wants Permission to Hunt Bison in Yellowstone Park

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Tribal leaders of the Native American Nez Perce tribe have asked to revive the practice of hunting bison within Yellowstone National Park. Subsistence hunting in the 18th and 19th century almost drove the species to extinction, but today remnants of the once great population live within the national park that spans Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, and it is illegal to hunt them.

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Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

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Africa's First Underwater Hotel Lets Adventurous Guests Sleep With the Fishes

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VIDEO: 6 Smart Home Products Which Will Cut Your Energy Bill

by , 04/05/14

Feeling the pinch when it comes time to pay your monthly bills? Lucky for you there are a few simple steps you can take to cut down your energy costs. With just a few simple and inexpensive products – some of which you probably even already have in your home – you can potentially to knock hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars off your annual energy bill. On top of that, a home that is energy efficient can also dramatically transform how you and your family live by creating a comfortable space that promotes both health and well-being. Watch our video guide above and learn about these 6 smart, simple and affordable home products that will leave you with lower heating bills, a pocket full of cash saved, and a house full of happy inhabitants!

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Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

by , 04/04/14
filed under: clean tech, News, Solar Power

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Researchers at Oregon State University just made an energy breakthrough that could cut the cost of solar energy while also drastically reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturing solar materials. OSU chemical engineering professor Chih-Hung Chang published a paper in the journal RSC Advances that describes a way to make the sun a “one-stop shop” that produces both the materials for solar devices and the energy to power them.

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Ai Weiwei's New 'Evidence' Installation Features 6,000 Antique Chinese Stools

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Google's Nest Halts Sales of Protect Smoke Alarm After Discovering Flaw

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One of the greatest things about the Nest Protect smoke alarm is its ability to be turned off with just a wave of the hand in the event of a false alarm – but that feature could also turn out to be a major liability. Recent lab tests revealed that the wave function can be set off accidentally, which could be bad news if an actual fire happens. For the time being, sales of the alarms will be put on hold until the company can get the situation resolved.

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Bags of Fresh Air Offered to Residents of Smog-Choked Chinese City

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filed under: Air quality, News

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A travel company sent bags of fresh air to Zhengzhou, one of the 10 most polluted cities in China. The Henan-based travel agency shipped 20 bright blue bags containing air from Laojun Mountain to the city where they were used as a promotional stunt that draws attention to the issue of poor air quality.

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UN Climate Chief Calls for 'Urgent Transformation' of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

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On the heels of the IPCC‘s landmark global warming report, UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently transform for a cleaner, low-carbon future. Figueres stated that in order to prevent global temperatures from rising a catastrophic 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, three quarters of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground.

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New Work Station Made With Recycled Pallets Cost Less Than €30 to Build

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Two different professionals with different needs needed a new working station. But they had to share the same 18.5 square meter space and they had a very limited budget. They knew the solution had to be functional, resistant, and dynamic. So they finally settled on creating a multi-functional central element out of recycled wooden pallets that would integrate all the working tools and materials within the working place. This way they were able to contain costs and offer one integrated solution for the two different clients.

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Old Gun Supply Store in Arizona Transformed Into Community-Friendly Creative Center of Scottsdale

by , 04/04/14

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Michelle Biely bought a property in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona that operated as a gun supply store for over 50 years. She wanted to turn it into a more friendly, community-oriented place and hired Contour Design Studio, led by principal Christina Noble, to turn it into a creative co-working complex complete with a coffee shop and courtyard gathering space. The Creative Center of Scottsdale is an adaptive reuse project of three existing buildings: a 4,000 square foot gun supply store transformed into a creative co-working space, a 2,000 square foot auto shop that is now an empty shell waiting for a tenant, and a 1,800 square foot knit shop that has been renovated as a coffee house. This is the first commercial building in the city to have been approved with the International Green Building Code.

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Rising Moon Pavilion Made Entirely of Recycled Water Bottles Puts on an Amazing Light Show

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Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

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Daniel Byström and Kristján Kristjánsson used discarded wood to develop a series of beautiful, hand-crafted light fixtures that raise awareness for serious issues plaguing forests. Their Hollow Lamp draws attention to problems ranging from beetle kill to aspen die-off and the effects of climate change. The designers are part of the international community of concerned creatives behind the Designers & Forests initiative.

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Tour a Fabulous Brooklyn Brownstone Renovated by NYC Fashion Designer and Homeowner JoAnn Berman

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Makkink & Bey Builds Bizarre Cheese Maker Tower With Recycled Kitchen Materials to Empower Indian Women and Children

Makkink & Bey Builds Bizarre Cheese Maker Tower With Recycled…

Dutch studio Makkink & Bey created a weird and wonderful Cheese Maker in close collaboration with craftsmen from India. The new imperfect design was inspired by a mix of Dutch…

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Win a Chance for a Home Makeover with IKEA's Home Tour

Win a Chance for a Home Makeover with IKEA's Home Tour

IKEA’s Home Tour Squad is heading to an East Coast city near you, giving homeowners a chance to have their abodes transformed by experts. A team of five IKEA designers will not only…

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Fishing Ban in the Lawless High Seas Could Give Fish a Fighting Chance

Fishing Ban in the Lawless High Seas Could Give Fish a Fighting Chance

Scientists have proposed a novel idea to prevent the collapse of fish stocks due to overfishing: ban fishing in international waters and turn the open ocean into a worldwide reserve.…

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Naturhumaine Brightens an Entire Street With One Colorful Home Renovation in Montreal

Naturhumaine Brightens an Entire Street With One Colorful Home…

Bringing light into the core of this narrow home was important to the project. So Naturehumaine added a skylight to draw light into the second floor of house and supplemented it with a…

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Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink in Dublin

Modern Renovation Brings Victorian Ranelagh House Back from the Brink…

When the project was brought to ODKM Architects, the home was in a serious state of disrepair after two decades of neglect. The front brickwork was bowed and structurally unsound, while…

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