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Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Curitiba’s green initiatives originated in the 1960s with its mayor, Jaime Lerner, who famously said, “This city is not for cars,” well before smart growth principles were adopted in the more

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7 Tips for a Red, White and GREEN Fourth of July!

7 Tips for a Red, White and GREEN Fourth of July!

TIP 1: Lose the Plastics If there's anything worse than plastic plates, it just might be their styrofoam counterparts. One of the easiest things you can do to go green is to reach for biodegradable

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World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

World’s First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

Recently, prolific Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and civil engineering firm Heijmans nabbed headlines by installing the world's first glow-in-the-dark road in the Netherlands. The futuristic road is

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World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

World’s First Recyclable Paper Cup Set to Hit UK Streets

Feel guilty every time you have to get a disposable cup for your latte? Soon you could be saying goodbye to that guilt, as the world’s first recyclable paper cup is about to hit the streets in the

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OpenReflex: World’s First DIY 3D Printed SLR Launches a Crowdfunding Campaign

OpenReflex: World’s First DIY 3D Printed SLR Launches a Crowdfunding Campaign

Last year, we were blown away by student Léo Marius' OpenReflex, the world's first DIY 3D printed SLR. The fully functional and open source camera is not only easy to assemble, but it's also incredibly

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

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

The building comprises 15 small apartments and a penthouse on the top floor. Oriented to the south, the apartment balconies have a cantilevered slab and are partially covered. Running along the

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

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

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

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This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

This Organic, Cheap, Rechargeable Battery Could Change the Future of Renewable Energy

Large-scale energy storage is one of the major challenges facing renewable energy, but a recent breakthrough could be a real game changer. Scientists at USC, led by professor Sri Narayan, just developed a

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How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

How to Design a Passive House Off-Grid, and Without Foam

MARTaK Live/Work Passive House is an acronym of the extended family names of those who will use the space as a retreat from Boston and the Bay Area. The site is my own off-grid home in the mountains where

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

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

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

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Infographic: A Guide to the Most Environmentally-Friendly Cars

Infographic: A Guide to the Most Environmentally-Friendly Cars

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

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SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

SPOR Solar Battery Charger Helps You Carry the Power of the Sun in Your Pocket

"Two college kids trying to save the world". That's the slogan put forth by the team who designed SPOR, and they might very well succeed in that endeavor. SPOR is a self-regenerating solar battery

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Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

Amazing Pop-Up Solar Power Station Delivers Energy Anywhere it’s Needed

Ecosphere Technologies' latest product combines several of our very favorite things in one easy-to-transport package: shipping containers, off-the-grid solar power, and clean drinking water generation.

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Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Urban Eco-Village Planned for Canada’s Capital

Imagine a place where homes open onto gardens fed by streams from the rainwater flowing off nearby rooftops. Narrow cobblestone streets lead past vibrant storefronts to the village green where a group of

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Earth Home Builder Machine “3D Prints” Entire Homes from Bags of Earth

Earth Home Builder Machine “3D Prints” Entire Homes from Bags of Earth

The low-tech practice of building homes using earth bags seems to be keeping pace with the most up-to-date 3D printing technologies. The Earth Home Builder is a skid-operated machine that can “3D

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Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses

Community Solar Gardens Bring Affordable Green Energy to the Masses

A new trend is springing up across the country that’s making affordable solar energy increasingly available to the masses. Community solar gardens allow customers who aren’t able to establish their

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Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

Once seen as a passing fad for those that could afford them, hybrid vehicles have come very far in terms of energy efficiency and design over the last decade. The inspirational Nimbus e-Car, however,

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Brad Pitt’s Make It Right to Build 20 LEED Platinum Homes for Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes in Montana

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right to Build 20 LEED Platinum Homes for Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes in Montana

The Make It Right nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt is partnering with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana, to build sustainable homes, buildings and communities on their reservation. In

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Silos Topped With Stacks of Shipping Containers Provide Cheap Student Housing in South Africa

Silos Topped With Stacks of Shipping Containers Provide Cheap Student Housing in South Africa

According to official data, about half of South African undergraduate students drop out of school without a degree. Citiq is hoping to reduce that number by providing secure, comfortable and afffordable

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Invisible Studio’s New Timber Office Was Built With Locally Sourced Materials for Just Over $25K

Invisible Studio’s New Timber Office Was Built With Locally Sourced Materials for Just Over $25K

The timber for the building was milled over the course of two days with just enough to partially clad the exterior of the new studio. Designed on a budget, the footings were mixed by hand and the

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Tonke Fieldsleeper: Tiny Home Hits the Road With Retro Flair

Tonke Fieldsleeper: Tiny Home Hits the Road With Retro Flair

Unlike large American RVs, the Tonke camper is handmade in a small workshop and can be separated from the van so that it's unnecessary to tow an additional vehicle. This also affords extra freedom while

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Elon Musk’s SolarCity Buys Silevo, in Talks to Build One of the World’s Largest Solar Panel Plants

Elon Musk’s SolarCity Buys Silevo, in Talks to Build One of the World’s Largest Solar Panel Plants

On the heels of his radical announcement to open Tesla's entire patent portfolio, Elon Musk just made a major investment that could revolutionize the solar energy industry. Musk's rooftop solar panel

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Studio Toer’s Grass Field Hammock is the Perfect Place to Watch the World Cup

Studio Toer’s Grass Field Hammock is the Perfect Place to Watch the World Cup

Just when you thought the old lazy boy was the best place to watch this year's World Cup, Studio Toer comes out with a comfy grass hammock! The grassy lounge combines the slow movement of the hammock with

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President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

This morning President Barack Obama announced sweeping new initiatives to combat illegal fishing and "seafood fraud." Using his executive power in the name of a major environmental issue for the second

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Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

Enchanted Gardens Sprout in Quebec’s Jardin Metis for the International Garden Festival

These gardens are not about plants, so much as ideas, and they come from the domain of conceptual art as much as design. The idea is to provoke a reaction in the viewer and arrest their attention with a

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INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

As populations increase and urbanization intensifies, our water and ecosystems are at risk. Today IBM announced a project that will introduce first-in-Canada technology that uses big data to help protect

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Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

Denmark’s Low-Carbon Affordable Brick Houses are Built to Last at Least 150 Years

Copenhagen office Leth & Gori decided to create sustainable homes by revisiting materials and solutions from historic houses that have proven to be robust and have a long life span. Part of a

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Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Danny Hess and the Search for a Sustainable Surfboard

Image © Danny Hess His boards are often described by the surfers who ride them as “magical.” His website shows the broad range of boards he makes, from small summer fishes to big wave guns, all

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Auckland Zoo’s Angular New Giraffe House Fits Animals and Zookeepers Under One Roof

Auckland Zoo’s Angular New Giraffe House Fits Animals and Zookeepers Under One Roof

The entrance to the shelter is marked by a bright yellow door set in one of the lower sections of the black-stained timber façade, which shelters an oversized shed with two dens and a keeper area. The

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Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Adventurous Couple Meanders Down the Pan-American Highway in a Solar-Powered 1967 VW Van

Little known fact: in 2010 my partner and I got rid of almost everything we owned, loaded the rest up into a 26' RV, and set off across American in search of adventure. In retrospect, we weren't really

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