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San Francisco to Get its First Raised Bikeway Next Year

by , 09/02/14
filed under: Bicycles, Urban design

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Think of it as urban cycling with a view: San Francisco’s Mission district will soon be home to the city’s first raised bikeway as early as next year. The project will bring a whole new type of bicycle infrastructure to the city – one that’s expected to become more common in years to come. This showcase bikeway is part of the Mission/Valencia Gateway project and it will stretch southbound on Valencia Street from Cesar Chavez Street to Duncan Street.

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Volkswagen Announces $36,265 Price Tag for 2015 e-Golf Electric Car

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Volkswagen just announced the pricing details for its first electric car to be offered in the United States! The 2015 e-Golf will offer a 115 horsepower electric motor and a 24.2 kWh lithium-ion battery – and it’s set to arrive in November with a price tag starting at $36,265 before any federal or state tax credits are applied.

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The Mets' Citi Field Hits Another Environmental Home Run

by , 09/02/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, just hit an environmental home run! The Mets administration recently announced a number of green upgrades for the sports facility and organization, including a 100-percent alternative energy offset for the stadium’s electricity use through 2016.

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Scientists Create Complete Organ from Scratch - Inside a Mouse!

by , 09/02/14
filed under: Animals, News

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Oh, the mighty mouse – the tiny creature on whom humanity’s experiments have saved countless lives, and they’re up to it again. This time, scientists at the University of Edinburgh have managed to grow a fully functional organ inside a mouse, which opens up the possibility that one day we might be able to manufacture compatible organs for transplant from scratch – without the need for human donors.

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Help Save the World's Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

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Plastic waste in the ocean is no joke – there are millions of tons of it out there, wreaking all kinds of havoc on sea life and the ocean’s ecology. It’s easy to feel helpless, especially since the problem has become so enormous, but there is a way that even the most land-locked citizens can help clean things up. The Ocean Cleanup Array, invented by 19-year old Boyan Slat, has proven to be a viable solution for cleaning the oceans – and that’s where you come in. Right now the Ocean Cleanup team is looking for funding to launch the project so that we can finally start removing a significant amount of plastic from the ocean, and your donation could make all the difference.

DONATE TO FUND THE OCEAN CLEANUP >

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Amazing Transforming Cube Packs Many Rooms in One

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50 Tons of Dead Fish Inexplicably Float to the Surface of Mexico's Lake Cajititlan

by , 09/02/14
filed under: News, Water Issues

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Without warning, hundreds of thousands of dead fish have been floating to the surface of Lake Cajititlan in the Mexican state of Jalisco over the past week. Local authorities claim the deaths are part of a “natural cycle,” but state authorities disagree, saying that the phenomena is due to “poor management” of the lake. This isn’t the first time this has happened either – 10 tons of fish were found dead in the same lake last October. Is this really an annual event, or yet another occurrence caused by the harmful activities of humans?

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VIDEO: Watch the Incredible 4-DAY Construction of a Prefab HUF HAUS

The pioneers behind the prefabricated HUF HAUS have constructed thousands of energy efficient houses across the globe. Their über-efficient designs have paved the way for a new wave of green modular homes with a truly sustainable life cycle, beautiful architecture, and zero-waste build. Watching the construction of a HUF HAUS is like seeing someone flawlessly and easily assemble a giant IKEA product – and it’s deeply satisfying. Check out the video above and hit the jump for more details.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How You Can Save Money and the Environment by Changing Your Font

by , 09/02/14

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Did you know that printer ink costs up to thousands of dollars per liter? This pricey commodity is said to be one of the most expensive commercially produced liquids in the world and can cost double or more than high-end luxury perfumes like Chanel No. 5. But if you can’t swap your printer for good ol’ pencil and paper, you can still make a difference in your ink usage and the amount of printer paper used by changing your font and your spelling. Click through to learn more in this infographic by pixartprinting.

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California Lawmakers Pass Nation's First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

by , 09/02/14
filed under: News

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California just scored a major potential win for the environment last Friday, when the State Senate approved the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. The Senate passed the ban with a 22-15 vote just one day after the controversial bill won approval from the State Assembly. If Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signs the legislation into law by September 30, California’s plastic bag ban will go into effect starting July 1, 2015.

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Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

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All along California’s coastline fisheries have been shuttered, marine hospitals have been flooded and birds have been dropping dead right out of the sky. The problem? A dangerous neurotoxin called domoic acid. As nutrients from human activities are pushed into the ocean, dangerous algae blooms containing the toxin have started blooming more and more often and animals across the food chain are being poisoned as they eat it. And the danger isn’t restricted to sea life – the toxin poses a serious danger to humans as well.

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COBE Transforms Old Industrial Silo Into High-Rise Housing in Copenhagen

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How-To: Make a Summery Coconut-Sea Salt Lip Scrub

by , 09/01/14
filed under: DIY, How To, Recycled Materials

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Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

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The smartphone capital of the world has found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to charge all those homegrown Samsungs and other mobile devices—Seoul, South Korea, is planning to install five charging stations powered by three mini-hydroelectric turbines embedded in the manmade Cheonggyecheon River that runs through the capital’s downtown.

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The Sochi Winter Village is Now a Ghost Town Just Six Months After the Olympics

by , 09/01/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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There was a lot of controversy over the Sochi Winter Olympics both before and during the competition, with allegations of corruption, shoddy construction work, and facilities not being ready for the athletes. However six months after the games ended, Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy decided to go explore the Olympic site and found it abandoned and desolate. In his own words, Belenkiy said Sochi was a “ghost town”, and a “huge wasteland that’s abandoned.”

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Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

The unique location of the home, along with its height, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. For optimal viewing from every angle, the architects built a wrap-around…

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Handcrafted Para Hammock is Made From Over 700 Pieces of Walnut

Handcrafted Para Hammock is Made From Over 700 Pieces of Walnut

Hammocks are usually made for the outdoors, but Los Angeles-based furniture designer Chaffee Graham has created a stylish wooden version that we're convinced would look just as great as…

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Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof's New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian Fairytales

Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof's New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian…

Located within the beautiful Bavarian Forest in Germany, the Ulrichshof hotel has earned a reputation as one of the most kid-friendly hotels in the world, but since last Easter, the…

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3XN's Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

3XN's Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable…

Shaped as a semicircle that wraps around a landscaped courtyard, La Tour gradually terraces upwards to reach a height of over 300 feet. "The gradual elevation helps to convey the…

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Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular…

Surfers have been battling with landowners over access to beaches on America’s West Coast for years, but NBC News reports that the highest profile case of the lot to date involves…

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