Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

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In the past nine years, global renewable energy capacity has nearly doubled from 800 gigawatts to 1,560 gigawatts, with solar and wind showing the biggest gains. According to the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century‘s (REN21) Renewables 2014 Global Status Report, worldwide solar PV capacity is 53 times higher than in 2004, while wind power capacity is nearly seven times higher.

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Affordable Apartment Block Boasts Sculptural Zig-Zagging Balconies in Graz, Austria

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Alex MacLean's Aerial Images of Tar Sands Reveal Shocking Details About Keystone XL Source

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Spectacular Rangoli Designs Made from Naturally Colored Rice and Flour Pop Up in India

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Geometric Green-Roofed Education Center Sinks Beneath the Czech Park Landscape

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

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Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where they find it, and dwellers, well, dwell in it. Nothing goes to waste in nature, and these little beetles are perfect examples of a species that transforms another’s dross into gold. So, what can they teach us about re-using and recycling materials for a true circular economy? Read on to find out!

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Achieve Energy Independence Through Off-Grid Living

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Did you know that if the US cut its energy consumption by just 23% we’d save $1.2 trillion? This infographic from the Institute for Energy and the Environment provides a look at exactly what it takes to go one step further and live entirely off the grid. Firstly, cut your power use. Then, find alternative energy and water sources. Finally, produce your own food. Soon, you’ll be on your way to complete self-reliance and a smaller global footprint. Check out the full infographic after the break!

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Nendo Transforms Traditional Kyoto Cooking Utensils into Exquisite Wire Lamps

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Japanese design studio Nendo recently unveiled the basket-lamp, a lighting fixture made from ‘kana-ami’, the cooking utensils used for traditional Kyoto dishes. Created in collaboration with Kanaami-Tsuji, a Kyoto-based manufacturer of the traditional wire nets, this new line of lamps celebrates Kyoto’s culture and traditional cuisine. Finished with powder paint, the wire netting casts beautiful woven pattern shadows onto the ceiling.

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Slim Profile ZNC Windows are First to be Certified by Both Passive House Institutes

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The new ZNC (Zola No Compromise) window features a slim profile design, with rail mounted rainscreen cladding and powder coated aluminum exterior for longevity. The first window to be certified by both Passive House Institute and Passive House Institute U.S., and available with R-15 quad glazing. ZNC Fixed Windows can be as large as 8’ W and 10’ H, and Tilt & Turn Windows as large as 5’ W by 9’ H. High performance passive house windows, such as Zola Windows, are a key ingredient in this revolutionary approach to sustainable design. Passive houses must be extremely air-tight and well-insulated, and it is impossible to achieve this in a building without extremely well crafted windows.

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Drift is a Self-Dimming LED Lightbulb that Works with Any Regular Light Switch

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Drift-Light is a new type of self-dimming LED lightbulb that works with any regular household light switch. Mimicking the setting sun to help you sleep better, the bulb uses an internal microprocessor in place of elaborate wireless technologies to function either as a regular bulb or a soothing nightlight. While it’s already clear that LED lightbulbs are a huge boon to the environment, Saffron’s Drift-light gives you a smarter, and more affordable way to take control of your home.

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Studies Show that Americans are Growing More of Their Own Food Now than Ever Before

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Homegrown food is so good, it’s never gone out of style. In fact, a new study by the National Gardening Association (NGA) shows that food gardening is more popular now than ever before. The “grown your own” movement has gained so much momentum that Americans spent $3.5 billion on their seeds, potting soil, vegetable starts and other food-growing supplies in 2013—far more than any previous year since the organization began tracking food gardening separately from other types of gardening. In total, 1 in 3 American households now grow a portion of the food they consume.

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Lucky Drops is a Lantern-Like Japanese Micro Home That Glows From Within

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC This September

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In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st and 22nd for what organizers are predicting will be the largest climate march in history. The People’s Climate March is timed to coincide with a UN summit on the climate crisis where Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will be facilitating talks with world leaders on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of reaching a significant agreement at the 2015 climate conference in Paris.

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Tesla's First Service Center in New Jersey Gets the Green Light

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Despite recent battles with the state of New Jersey, Tesla has just received approval to build its first service center in north New Jersey. Last week, the Paramus Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a 27,000 square foot Tesla service center and showroom on Route 17 in Paramus.

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Incredible Sculptures You Won't Believe Are Made of Reclaimed Wood Scraps

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Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf Window

Lively Urban Cabin in Brazil Features Nest Beds and a Spherical Shelf…

The Urban Cabin's interior flooring is comprised of a combination of FSC-certified timber and brown granite. Since the structure sits amidst a shaded woody area, it was treated as a…

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3XN Wins Design Competition for Grand University Building in Sweden

3XN Wins Design Competition for Grand University Building in Sweden

The new Mälardalen University building consists of a big but dynamic volume divided into smaller units. This decision not only makes the new building to adjust to the scale of the…

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Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to Locals

Coney Island Creek is Turning Black with Toxic Sludge, According to…

Coney Island usually conjures up images of fun in the sun, but area residents are saying that a nearby creek is looking more like a nightmare. According to locals, the Department of…

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Ray: Interactive "Talking" Solar-Powered Sculpture Kicks Up a Colorful…

Every year, Sydney is transformed into a psychedelic show of lights, music, and ideas for the public arts event Vivid Sydney. Design team amigo & amigo created this year's most…

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Urban Beach, Mini-Golf Course and Beer Garden Pop Up in the Financial District

Urban Beach, Mini-Golf Course and Beer Garden Pop Up in the Financial…

New York’s Financial District is changing its buttoned-up image this summer with a pop-up urban beach and other fun activities to enjoy. The Downtown Alliance recently opened their…

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