Fast Fashion Retailers Agree to Raise Minimum Wage for Cambodian Garment Makers

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Eight fast fashion retail giants, including H&M, New Look, Next, and Zara’s parent company Inditex, have agreed to increase the minimum wage for their garment makers in Cambodia. Thousands of garment workers had previously rallied across the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, as they continued to demand that the current $100 per month minimum wage be lifted. The agreement has been heralded as “unprecedented” by labor-rights groups, despite the agreed new wage not matching the $177 per month demanded by the workers. In a letter to Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, the retailers acknowledged that “Workers in all production countries have the right to a fair living wage.”

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Dome of Visions: Mobile Greenhouse Studio Boasts a Facade of CNC-Cut "Fish Scales" in Copenhagen

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Sixteen-Year-Old Student Turns Banana Peels Into Bioplastic

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As fruit, bananas are perfectly packaged – all the protection they need is provided by their flexible, resilient peels. As then-sixteen-year-old Turkish student Elif Bilgin discovered, the starches and cellulose contained in their outer layer can also be used to create materials that insulate wires and form medical protheses. Bilgin developed a chemical process that turns the peels into a non-decaying bioplastic that she hopes will help replace the need for petroleum and combat pollution. Bilgin’s endeavors won her the top prize and $50,000 at the Scientific American Science in Action competition, as well as the honor of becoming a finalist in the Google Science Fair 2013.

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8 Crafty Cardboard Costumes Perfect for an Eco-Friendly Halloween

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September is ending, which means it’s high time to start planning your Halloween costume! If you’ve got a crafty side and want an alternative to shoddy store-bought costumes, why not try constructing your own getup from recycled cardboard? These sturdy, handcrafted Halloween costumes are not only fun to wear, but they’re also a blast to make with your family. Click through to see some awesome DIY cardboard box costumes that are bound to inspire you to create your own!

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Drug Cartels are Laundering Money Using Fast Fashion

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Fast fashion isn’t just terrible for the environment.; new evidence shows that it is also enabling drug cartels to launder money. Police recently seized $100 million from businesses in the LA Fashion District, including money used for ransom payments to the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel. This so-called black market peso exchange has begun to thrive in the Fashion District after heightening bank restrictions and tighter border controls limited money smuggling.

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Google Dumps ALEC: They Are 'Literally Lying' About Climate Change

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Google just officially ended its relationship with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — a shadowy right-wing organization that writes industry-friendly bills for conservative legislators to pass at the local, state and national level. In explaining their decision to part ways with ALEC, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told NPR’s Diane Rehm that the group is “literally lying” about climate change: “The facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place.”

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Herault Arnod Transforms an Aging Brick Garage Into a Gleaming Modern Office

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Artist Makes Gorgeously Intricate Art Out of Fallen Leaves

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If you thought fall leaves were gorgeous all on their own, wait until you see what artist Omid Asadi has done with them. Asadi creates stunning leaf art using an Exacto blade and presumably a very steady hand to create delicately cut images right out of a leaf. He gives leaves that he finds on the ground new life by transforming them into stunningly intricate scenes.

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VIDEO: Japan's Mount Ontake Erupts, Killing One and Injuring Dozens More

by , 09/27/14
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A volcano erupted in Japan today, killing at least one person, injuring dozens of others and stranding over 40 people on the mountain. Hikers on Japan’s Mount Ontake were enjoying the changing fall leaves when the volcano, which last erupted in 2007, suddenly spewed to life. Air traffic has been rerouted and rescuers are in the area to assist the remaining climbers. However, as of just a few hours ago, the volcano was continuing to erupt, making visibility very poor and rescue more difficult.

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Amputee Builds the World's First Prosthetic Leg Made from LEGOs

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Sure, building a space ship or Ewok village out of LEGOs is and admirable effort, but what about fashioning your own prosthetic limb? Intrepid occupational therapist Christina Stephens (aka Amputee OT) has assembled her own leg out of the little plastic bricks. The project came as a result of a co-worker at her research lab joking that she create a leg from LEGOs. Using her own prosthetic as a model, she rifled through two giant boxes of LEGOs to find the perfect pieces to construct her “Legoleg.” While not quite functional, her new extremity is an excellent representation of her great sense of humor and outlook on healing.

 

This Heart-Shaped Solar Farm is the World's Most Beautiful Photovoltaic Plant!

by , 09/26/14

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Who says solar power can’t be gorgeous? The people of New Caledonia are out to prove the naysayers wrong with what may be the most beautiful solar farm on the planet. The heart-shaped solar farm will supply 2 megawatts of solar power to 750 homes on the Pacific island, reducing carbon emissions while enhancing the natural beauty of the plant’s surroundings.

 

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This Livestream of Japan's Brutal Taiji Cove Dolphin Slaughter Will Horrify You

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The waters around Taiji Cove have been stained red since the beginning of September due to Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter – and the blood continues to flow as we bear witness to a pod of 20-25 pilot whales being butchered mercilessly alongside their family members. Sea Shepherd is showing this slaughter via a livestream set to air this weekend, and although the scene will be nothing short of devastating, it’s images like these that spur people into action. A quota of 2,000 dolphins and small whales was approved for slaughter this year, and this particular pod was corralled yesterday in the cove, where they have been huddled together in terror, waiting to be butchered.

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IBM's New Sunflower-Shaped Solar Concentrators Produce Energy AND Fresh Water!

by , 09/26/14
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IBM Research and Swiss solar technology company Airlight Energy just unveiled a cutting-edge solar system that resembles a 10-meter-high sunflower! The High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system can concentrate the sun’s radiation 2,000 times and convert 80 percent of it into useful energy, generating up to 12 kilowatts of electrical power and 20 kilowatts of heat on a sunny day—enough to power several average homes. Oh, and it can also produce clean, fresh water as a result of the process used to cool the solar cells!

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Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political…

Ai Weiwei is no stranger to imprisonment - the artist is a fierce critic of the Chinese government, and in the past he has been secretly detained for 81 days, beaten by Chinese police…

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The Elegant Teshima Art Museum is a Luminous Droplet in the Japanese Countryside

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    The shape of the building mirrors that of a drop of water, created out of a thin concrete slab that rises up gently before curving back down to the earth. Two…

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New Research Shows the Earth's Water is Older Than the Sun

New Research Shows the Earth's Water is Older Than the Sun

Hang on to your chair and prepare to have your mind blown. That water in the glass bottle on your desk is old, and I mean unfathomably ancient – even older than the Sun, according to…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Rise of Cycling in Copenhagen

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Bicycle infrastructure in the US is improving, but it still lags far behind Europe's bike capitals - did you know that bicycles outnumber people in Copenhagen? There's even 5 times more…

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TEST DRIVE: The 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid Combines Style and Efficiency in a Comfortable Package

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The current generation Camry was all-new in 2012, so Toyota surprised everyone when it announced a significant refresh for its best-selling model. Toyota sent its engineers back to the…

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