Watch This Cheeky Video of the California State Bear's Energy Saving Tips

by , 06/27/14

The California State Bear has left his usual spot on the flag to teach us how to conserve our energy, water, and other precious resources in this new video. A recent national study says the effects of climate change are already being felt throughout the nation, and California specifically is a prime example as the state faces a near-record drought and a hotter-than-expected summer. In the video, the California State Bear demonstrates some of the energy-saving techniques he’s learned from EnergyUpgradeCA.org; tips we can all learn from and integrate into our daily lives. With the looming deadline to meet energy goals, we can all do our part to try and fight climate change today and protect the state for generations to come.

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Airy Thatched Vietnamese Coffee Shop is Made From Salvaged Wood and Local Materials

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Climate Change Uncovers a Lost Atlantis Swallowed by the Sea in Wales

by , 06/26/14
filed under: global warming, News

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In an unexpected turn, the effects of climate change on the coast of Great Britain are revealing insights into how earlier communities coped with the effects of climate change at the end of the last Ice Age. Since last winter’s brutal storms uncovered more of the submerged forest of Borth on the Welsh coast, archaeologists have been working frantically to record and preserve details of early human activity before the sea swallows it up again.

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Designnobis' Pets for Pets Feeder Automatically Distributes Food and Water for Your Animal Friends

by , 06/26/14

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True to its name, PetsForPets is an automatic pet feeder designed for cats, dogs and birds. It is composed of a recycled PET bottle integrated into a plastic structure. The simple reservoir can distribute food or water throughout the day, so your pets won’t go hungry or thirsty when you leave the house.

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Turett Architects Renovates Small NYC Loft With Sustainable Style

by , 06/26/14

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Submit Your Environmentally Friendly Designs to the 2015 City of Dreams Pavilion Competition!

by , 06/26/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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Temporary installations offer one of the best mediums to explore innovative and cutting edge design. That’s why NYC’s Governors Island annually hosts the City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition, an event that challenges designers to construct a prototype that captures new and sustainable architectural trends. Just like this year’s winner, the Governor’s Cup, which is made from a sprawling canopy comprising over 25,000 recycled plastic cups, selected entries must consider the entire lifecycle of the building materials. A jury of leading architects and other industry professionals will select the winners in November 2014. The winning design will be constructed on Governors Island in summer 2015. The registration deadline is August 15, 2014.

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Spectacular Solar-Powered Oakland Zoo Vet Hospital Boasts an EV Charging Station

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Gorgeous Green House is Wrapped in a Lush Vertical Garden in Belgium

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The UpStanding Desk Transforms Your Regular Desk into a Standing One for Less Than $200

by , 06/26/14
filed under: Green Products, News

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Standing desks are an ideal way to combat the health implications of sitting all day, but many people are turned off by the cost of buying one. That’s where The Upstanding Desk comes in, an affordable add-on that converts any regular desk into a workstation you can use while standing. Designed by Brooklyn-based designers Mikey Chen and Sam Carmichael, the desk costs less than $200, and there is even the option of buying the plans and making it yourself – assuming you have the necessary DIY skills.

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Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

by , 06/26/14

There are few experiences that are as refreshing as dipping into a cool swimming pool on a sweltering summer day. As climate change continues and summer temperatures soar, taking refuge in cool water is one way to beat the heat (and keep sanity intact). Unfortunately, most swimming pools are full of chemicals which are harmful to human skin/eyes and toxic to surrounding soil and plants. A natural swimming pool is one that is designed to harness the processes of nature to produce clean, clear water. These types of pools have been available in Europe for a while, but are only starting to catch on in North America. Fortunately, as more people become aware of the importance of environmental stewardship, these natural pools are starting to grow in popularity.

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10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

by , 06/26/14
filed under: News, Water Issues

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The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released its 24th annual Beach Report, “Testing the Waters 2014,” which identifies the most polluted beaches in the U.S. Shockingly, 10 percent of the nation’s beaches failed to meet water quality standards for safe swimming. The NRDC has released an interactive map to accompany the report, so you can see whether your favorite beaches are safe, or if they are going to give you something more than sunburn to worry about this summer.

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Design Build Bluff Creates Inspiring Solar-Powered Green Home for Navajo Mother of Four

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Infographic: A Guide to the Most Environmentally-Friendly Cars

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Are you thinking about buying a green car but don’t know where to start? Or maybe you can’t afford a new car and want to improve the one you have? If so, this infographic from Southside Motor Factors might interest you. In addition to highlighting the fact that car emissions are among the biggest causes of environmental pollution, the infographic outlines the benefits of buying eco-friendly cars that emit less pollution than traditional vehicles. But for those of us who can’t buy a spiffy new Tesla, the infographic also demonstrates how we can at least make conventional cars slightly more economical.

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SNEAK PEEK: The Living's Hy-Fi Mushroom Tower Opens Tomorrow at MoMA PS1

by , 06/26/14
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IPT Architects' Timber Dream Pavilion Changes Shape Depending on Your Vantage Point

by , 06/26/14

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London-based firm IPT Architects recently unveiled this year’s Summer Triumph Pavilion for the V & A Museum of Childhood’s Museum Gardens. Titled the ‘Dream Pavilion,’ this self-supporting structure stands 13 feet tall and it’s constructed from oriented strand board, timber, and untreated mild steel. Depending on the viewer’s vantage point, the pavilion’s angular cutouts shift from solidity to transparency–a change in perception that metaphorically captures the fine line between a dream and reality. The architects hope that the shifting geometries and spatial forms will also provoke discussions about architectural aspirations and creativity.

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MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern Museum Entrance

MVRDV Transforms an 18th Century Chapel into a Spectacular Modern…

The chapel, which was built by Jan Giudici in 1787, had long been neglected and without purpose. The beautiful architecture was revived by MVRDV, and the museum now spills out of into…

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DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne Oakes

DIY VIDEO: How to Make a Mason Jar Herb Garden with Model Summer Rayne…

If you've always dreamed of having a little herb garden in your kitchen, here's a video DIY from our friend Summer Rayne Oakes that can bring that fantasy to fruition today. Follow…

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Smiljan Radic's 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

Smiljan Radic's 2014 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Opens in London

Photo by Iwan Baan Chile-based Smiljan Radic Studio just unveiled the 14th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London. The studio's innovative temporary structure looks like a giant…

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Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S. Next Summer

Toyota Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan in Japan, Arrives in the U.S.…

Toyota has officially unveiled its new hydrogen fuel cell sedan in Japan. The fuel cell sedan was previewed last year as a concept and now Toyota is giving the world a first look at the…

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5,000 Arms to Hold You: Starn Brothers Build the World's Largest Bamboo Construction

5,000 Arms to Hold You: Starn Brothers Build the World's Largest…

Artists Mike and Doug Starn just built the largest bamboo structure ever out of 10,000 bamboo poles and 80,000 meters of climbing rope. Over the course of seven weeks, 25 rock climbers…

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