MEMA Pets' Vegan ALU Dog Collar is Made from Cork and Hemp

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INFOGRAPHIC: The True Environmental Cost of Eating Meat

True Cost of Meat

Do you know the real cost of a steak? We’re not talking about the dollars that people shell out to buy one, but rather the environmental cost of creating it? From the water and grain needed to feed livestock to the emissions created by huge herds of cattle, farming animals has a massive negative impact on the environment as a whole. Desertification, soil erosion, contaminated groundwater, and greenhouse gas emissions are just a few of the effects caused by raising animals for food. Check out the infographic below to learn more about just how much meat really costs in the long run, and why the planet would benefit a great deal if we all chose parsnips over pot roast.

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London Architects Transform an Old Cow Shed into a Stunning Timber-Framed Family Home

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Meet MEG, an Automated Greenhouse That is Crowd-Sourcing Gardening

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Lino Modular Wooden Storage Units Clean Up Your Mess in Style

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Are you looking for a solution to the clutter that tends to linger around your room? Then you may be interested in Lino, a modular storage unit line recently launched by sustainable furniture brand Formabilio. Created by Industrial Designer Stefano Visconti, the clean and contemporary-looking wood fiber containers stack together to form a sculptural piece that you’ll want to proudly display around your home, rather than hide away in a storage closet. Each Lino unit is fully customizable and is available in eight different colors.

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New Maps Show the Price World Oceans Pay for Sucking Up Our CO2

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We should be thankful for our oceans. In addition to providing us with food and recreation and a host of other services, they absorb up to one quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions. As a result, climate change is not nearly as bad as it might be. But they, and the marine creatures that live in them, also pay a tremendous price for this inadvertent favor: acidification. Motherboard Vice reports that our oceans are 30 percent more acidic today than they were 200 years ago, and now for the first time, we know which oceans are acidifying at a faster rate than others. Tara Takahashi from Columbia University and his team used four decades of data to map how acidity levels vary across the world’s oceans; their research appeared in the August issue of the journal Marine Chemistry.

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2,000 Stormwater-Absorbing Sidewalk Gardens Planned for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx

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If you live in Brooklyn, the Bronx or Queens, a lush new rainwater garden may soon be popping up on a sidewalk near you. New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection recently announced plans to install 2,000 new bioswales (rainwater-absorbing gardens) over the next year to divert four million gallons of storm water from city sewers. Lovely to look at, these sidewalk gardens will not only spruce up NYC streets, but also protect neighborhoods from storm water overflow.

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Thomas Heatherwick's Garden Bridge Gets Green Light from London's Lambeth Council

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Sliding Modular Dividers Effortlessly Transform a Tiny Interior Into a Multifunctional Apartment in Madrid

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7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

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This year’s record breaking summer high temperatures and general worrisome warming trend don’t necessarily mean that the coming winter will be a walk in the park. Before the cold weather strikes, get your home buttoned up and ready for it with our expert hands-on game plan, which will not only make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, but save you some money while you’re at it. From big changes that will knock hundreds of dollars off your energy bill to smaller ones that need just a bit of elbow grease and a few materials from your local hardware store, we’ll show you what you need to get the job done! So no matter if you rent or own your house, check out these 7 handy tips that we promise will make a real difference in keeping you warm and your energy bill manageable this winter.

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NEON's House of Mirrors is a Trippy, Kaleidoscopic Beach Hut in Australia

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Herzog & de Meuron Unveil Plans for the National Library of Israel

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The National Library of Israel is finally back on track. While Israeli architect Rafi Segal was originally awarded the project, he was dismissed after a copyright challenge from some of his ex-colleagues at the Harvard School of Design. The library’s new designers, Herzog & de Meuron, have just released their first images of the Jerusalem-based public institution. The Swiss firm was awarded the contract in April 2013, four months after Segal was dismissed. Herzog & de Meuron’s concept is described as strong and sculptural and is being developed in partnership with local firm Shinar Architects.

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Hands-On Learning and Mentorship Are Encouraging More Women in the STEM Pipeline

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See how Fab Labs are encouraging girls to embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), giving them access to the tools and hands-on activities to develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in STEM. Visit The Atlantic to learn more.

 

USDA Approves Genetically Modified "Innate Potato"

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Last week, the USDA approved a genetically engineered potato, known as the Innate Potato. Created and trademarked by Simplot, the new potato “has 40% less bruise” than regular potatoes and doesn’t turn brown after it’s cut, thereby reducing food wastage. It’s also lower in the amino acid asparagine, which oxidizes into a suspected human carcinogen when potatoes are cooked at high temperatures, such as when making french fries or potato chips. One of Simplot’s biggest customers is McDonald’s, and the company is already being lobbied by anti-GMO campaigners to not accept Simplot’s new offering, despite its touted benefits.

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Walker Workshop Expands a 1940s Barn Into a Contemporary Wood-Clad Guesthouse

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AOL is the Latest Company to Abandon ALEC

AOL is the Latest Company to Abandon ALEC

The ALEC exodus keeps on gaining momentum and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. The most recent company to jump ship is internet giant AOL, which announced on Monday that it had…

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Pombal Castle’s Magnificent Visitor Center is a Limestone Monolith in a Medieval Fortress

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Comoco Arquitectos were commissioned to design the visitor center and landscaping, including the revitalization of the existing amenities in the castle's keep. The visitor center is…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Workplace?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green is Your Workplace?

If you work in an office building, take a look around you right now. From where you're sitting, would you say that your office is fairly proactive as far as energy efficiency is…

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Help Get The Simply Co.'s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store Near You

Help Get The Simply Co.'s Organic, 3-Ingredient Detergent in a Store…

You expect your laundry detergent to keep our clothes clean, but with ingredients like 1-4 dioxane, formaldehyde and tetrahydro myrcenol, is it doing more harm than good? The Simply…

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Transglass Recycled Glass Tableware by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden

Transglass Recycled Glass Tableware by Tord Boontje and Emma Woffenden

Tranglass is one of our favorite recycled-design projects of all time. Contradicting the old notion that recycling in design equals handicrafts made from buttons and popsicle…

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