This flipped-over giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

We all get into tight spots on occasion, and it’s at times when we’re particularly vulnerable that a helping hand from a friend is much appreciated. This giant Galapagos tortoise at a zoo in Taipei found himself in a bit of a pickle when he rolled over onto his back and couldn’t flip over on his own. Fortunately, his buddy was nearby and was able to help him out.

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It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

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In the state’s ongoing effort to reduce its massive amounts of e-waste, New York has finally made it illegal to kick your unwanted electronics to the curb. Effective January 1st, the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act will make it a crime to leave computers and other electronics on the street for curbside trash pickup.

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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

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Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

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The America’s Wetland Foundation is calling for a plan that will make restoration of the coast attractive to business, particularly along the Gulf Coast. A meeting held at the Tabasco headquarters on Avery Island, Louisiana revealed the need for the scientific community to communicate with the private sector and encourage investment in imperative coastal restoration projects.

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Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

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International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the “natural beauty found in salvaged matter,” the earth-toned carpet tiles are made from reclaimed carpet fiber and salvaged fishing nets. Reclaim is available in eight color ways, from cool Antique Grey to the forest floor-like Worn Olive. Interface developed Reclaim as part of their Mission Zero promise to reach net-zero environmental impact by 2020.

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Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

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After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio‘s popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative building’s demise was met with a flurry of controversy, but that soon died down as progress on the project stalled. Recently, however, Bowery Boogie published a new rendering of what the building could soon look like, showing one very impressive, ultra-efficient passive house design.

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14 Affordable and Green Gifts Under $20

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Green products have a reputation for being expensive, but we have proof that this isn’t always the case. Giving your friends and loved ones eco-friendly gifts doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, as evidenced by our Gifts Under $20 Guide. From hanging planters to DIY mason jar lamp kits to recycled wine bottle platters, check out all of our wallet-friendly picks here.

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

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NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on citizen-scientists to help make best use of it through the Climate Resilience Data Challenge. The Challenge’s goal is “to imagine new applications of climate data to address climate vulnerabilities.” And as if lending NASA a helping hand wasn’t exciting enough, the Challenge is offering a prize pool of $35,000 for the most innovative ideas. Read on for details.

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Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

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Move over Rockefeller Center. Rochester, NY’s Genesee Brewing Company has an impressive Christmas tree of its own and it’s made out of hundreds of beer kegs. Built by 20 of the brewing company’s industrious employees, the tree was constructed out of 300 stainless steel kegs and stands at 23 meters high. Looks like it will be a beery Christmas, after all!

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VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world's first bike escalator

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Biking is an awesome way to get around because it helps the planet, saves you money and improves your health at the same time. Awesome, that is, until you encounter a monster hill. Then biking can swiftly turn into a nightmare. Norway is solving the problem with the world’s first bike escalator.

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Reinterpret ceramic floor tiles in the RESTILE competition for a chance at $12,000 in cash prizes!

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Italian ceramics company MIRAGE has launched RESTILE, a design competition for the reinterpretation of the ceramic tile. Aimed at young designers and innovators, RESTILE is specifically looking for a new product design approach to porcelain stoneware and will award over $12,000 in prizes to the three most innovative and appealing designs. The entries will be judged on their creativity and feasibility as a marketplace product. Submissions can be uploaded digitally and the submission deadline is March 1, 2015.

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Zaha Hadid's LEED Platinum-seeking Bee'ah headquarters will be 100% powered by renewable energy

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Record-breaking Amsterdam office scores world's highest BREEAM rating

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Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

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Most people have heard of China’s appalling dog meat trade, but did you know that dog and cat skin is also used to create leather goods like gloves, belts and pet toys? According to a new report from PETA Asia, the Chinese meat and leather trade is using the flesh of dogs and cats in order to squeeze out every penny of the manufacturing industry.

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BOOOM! The ICEBAR is back for the season with a 'smashing' design

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1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature Humaine Architecture

1920s Montreal home gets a sleek, minimalist addition thanks to Nature…

The extension of the Dulwich Residence was organized into two interlaced areas that provide additional space for the family and features a variety of different textures and…

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Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla

Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with…

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

INFOGRAPHIC: How to make just about anything using pallets

Over two billion pallets are used every day to move stuff about, but the humble little transporter is way more versatile than just that. Creative minds have used pallets to…

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New Yorker Creates Giant Holiday Card by Biking Across Manhattan

New Yorker Creates Giant Holiday Card by Biking Across Manhattan

People spend hours making their own DIY cards for the holidays but we think we can say pretty confidently that New Yorker Erik Trinidad's is the most labor-intensive one we've ever…

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VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan…

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