SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

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The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project just passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The proposed 515-mile transmission line could be used to carry any type of electricity, but project managers promise the focus will be on wind and solar resources of Arizona and New Mexico. The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying the approval is the culmination of a 7-year effort by SunZia.

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INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to clean water

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The United Nations has a goal to make sure that 75% of the world has access to safe drinking water by 2015. Unfortunately, they are still far short of reaching that goal.  This infographic provides insight into the current global sanitation coverage and shows how far we have to go to provide the world with clean drinking water. If you want to help, you can get involved here - http://www.wateraid.org/uk

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Australia encourages recycling with "Cash for Containers" kiosks

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Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called “Cash for Containers“. In Sydney (and hopefully areas across the country soon), kiosks are being installed that take in recyclable cans and plastic bottles and allow recyclers to choose their rewards, from cash to bus tickets. With beverage containers now outnumbering cigarette butts as far as litter is concerned, these reverse vending kiosks have the potential to help reduce public litter in a great way, and keep plastic from polluting the coastline and local waterways.

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VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Valentine

Wondering what sweet treats to give your Valentine this Friday? Here’s a delectable recipe that is sure to delight. Follow along as Inhabitots’ pint-sized pastry chef Petey Rojas shows you the easy steps to making his yummy vegan red velvet cupcakes in this adorable video. We promise that your better half will love them—and it wouldn’t hurt to whip up a batch for yourself too!

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LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

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British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

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Heart-shaped-meadow

Winston Howes, green thumb and hopeless romantic, planted 6,000 oak trees in the shape of heart in his South Gloucestershire meadow 15 years ago as a tribute to his late wife, Janet. His stunning memorial was his very own secret garden for years until a hot air balloonist happened to cruise over the land and captured a picture of the giant grassy emblem. “I have my own balloon and am quite a regular flyer—but this was the most amazing sight I have ever seen from the sky,” the pilot, Andy Collet told The Telegraph. “It was a perfect heart hidden away from view—you would not know it was there. You can just imagine the love story.”

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Construction underway on Canada's first Holocaust memorial designed by Libeskind

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Libeskind Holocaust Memorial Rendering

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, a day commemorated by International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s a perfect time to unveil the design for Canada’s upcoming National Holocaust Monument, under construction in Ottawa this year. The monument is the first in the country to commemorate the tragic events of the last century, and is an epic undertaking, not only for the designers but for the builders as well.

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Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

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While New York City managed to remain relatively unscathed by the first big snowstorm of the year, we’re still facing a bigger and even scarier emergency – a major shortage of kale. In an effort to prepare for what was being called a historic blizzard, many New Yorkers stockpiled basic supplies recommended to go off grid for days if necessary. But for those determined not to skimp on their superfood intake while they waited out the storm, kale was in high demand and short supply, as documented by lovers of the leafy greens on social media networks.

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Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every year

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Your opinions as to just how historic the great snowstorm of 2015 was probably vary greatly depending on where you are. If you’re in New England there may be a sense of “we’ll dig ourselves out eventually; while in NYC it’s more of a “wha, that’s it?” Yes, as ever, recent extreme weather patterns may be a result of climate change, and scientists believe that this—and future—winter storms have and will hit greater extremes as the result of a warming planet.

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Reinier de Jong designs minimalist Stip table made from birch plywood and ash

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Dutch designer Reinier de Jong‘s Stip table is an elegant wooden furnishing remarkable for its minimalist design and high-quality craftsmanship. The sturdy dining table comprises ash wood legs and a birch plywood tabletop finished with white HPL. ‘Stip’ means dot in Dutch, and the table’s name was inspired by the circular shapes that punctuate the table’s form; the end grain of the angled ash legs are made visible through four round openings on the white tabletop.

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zeroHouse offers luxurious living in a fully self-sustaining modular home

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Chemical pollutants are breaking polar bears' penises

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Of all the creatures on Earth impacted by reckless human activity, polar bears are having a remarkably lousy time of it. First, climate change eats away at their habitat and makes it harder to hunt, and now it looks like chemical pollutants released into the atmosphere over previous decades are causing polar bears to experience weakness or even breakage in the most sensitive of bones. As one might imagine, this doesn’t bode especially well for the continued re-population of the species.

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Tiny, beautifully detailed children’s playhouse is made from locally milled spruce in Finland

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Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside in Sweden

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World's largest candy carpet made from 13 tonnes of sweets pops up in Chengdu, China

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Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded as PDFs

Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded…

Chapel Hill architect Arielle Condoret Schechter came up with a design for modern small houses for those that might not have the budget for traditional full architectural services.…

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OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge into a High Line-style park

OMA and Olin chosen to transform Washington D.C.'s 11th Street Bridge…

The design for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington, D.C. will feature the proposal submitted by a collaboration between OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and Olin…

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Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed…

Architect and farmer, Patrick Bradley, has created an amazingly sophisticated rustic country retreat out of four repurposes shipping containers. Set in an idyllic Northern Ireland…

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A striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from harsh Swiss winters

A striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from harsh…

Sited on an 8,600-square-foot plot of land, the Vallée de Joux house is located just a few steps from the shores of Lake Joux. The lakeside views and surrounding scenery are framed…

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X-rays allow researchers to read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius eruption 2,000 years ago

X-rays allow researchers to read ancient scroll buried by Mt. Vesuvius…

An ancient scroll buried beneath Mount Vesuvius has been read without ever having been opened. The scroll, found with other items in Herculaneum, a town near Pompeii, famously destroyed…

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