Obama heads to Alaska to highlight climate change right after approving Arctic oil drilling

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About two weeks after Barack Obama gave Shell the green light to drill for oil in Arctic waters off the Alaska Coast, the president is embarking on an ironic three-day visit to Alaska aimed at highlighting the drastic effects of climate change on the state’s environment. According to Grist, along with traveling the state to see what climate change is doing to glaciers and permafrost in the state, Obama is also expected to call for more action on climate change and push for commitments to reduce carbon emissions – ahead of the UN Climate Summit taking place in Paris this December. Environmentalists were quick to call out the president for the hypocrisy of these two seemingly conflicting decisions.

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Register now for San Francisco's 2015 Architecture and the City festival

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Heads up San Francisco design fans – the Architecture and the City festival just kicked off, and you definitely won’t want to miss out. We’re looking forward to a month filled with great events – from exhibitions and walking tours to educational lectures, films, and home tours that will show you a whole new side of the City by the Bay. (Past festivals have featured a house with a tree-root chandelier, a cottage that generates 30% more energy than it uses and a Victorian home renovation that will blow your mind.) If you’d like to join in the fun, sign up today before spots fill up!

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Adventure awaits at the charming Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods

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Sky Greens is the world’s first hydraulic-driven vertical farm

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When it comes to growing food, the sky’s the limit thanks to innovations like the Sky Urban Vertical Farming System. Designed and pioneered by the Singapore-based company Sky Greens, the vertical farming system is a revolutionary modern spin on the ancient practice of agriculture. Using cutting edge technology, the system demonstrates an energy efficient, environmentally friendly method of producing food that could be a powerful tool in feeding the ever-growing, increasingly urbanized, global population.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Best plants for removing indoor toxins

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Houseplants do a superb job at removing the hidden toxins lurking in the home. Those toxins, also known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), can be found in many common household items from paints to floor wax. ProFlowers put together a handy infographic that lists the best plants to fight VOCs, according to scientific studies by NASA and Dr. B.C. Wolverton. The graphic breaks down the top five plants for removing five of the worst VOC offenders, from ammonia to benzene. Read on for the full list and learn which plant ranks number one in fighting all five indoor toxins.

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The recycled wood ORION lamp can be adjusted using a sliding weight

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ORION is a lamp made entirely out of recycled wood that can be adjusted using a sliding weight. Wood chips derived from manufacturing processes are pulverized and mixed with glue to create a wood paste. This paste is used to create the particular shape of ORION. In order to make the lamp an interactive object, the designer added a cylindrical weight, which can be moved to adjust the intensity of the light. By sliding the weight along the arc, you can easily vary the intensity of the light emitted, with the brightest light released when the weight is at the ends of the lamp, giving you a gorgeously green lamp that will add style to any space.

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Kinetic "Cloud Seeding" pavilion creates shade with 30,000 tiny balls made of recycled plastic bottles

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Life-changing Peek Retina app could reduce global blindness by 80%

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The good people at Peek Vision have developed an adaptor that fits over smartphone cameras and can inspect the health of people’s retinas. Combined with the Peek Retina app, vision care is no longer confined to doctors’ offices with giant ophthalmology machinery; quality care can now go wherever a smartphone can go. With 90 percent of visually-impaired people living in low-income to middle-income countries, this technology is a game changer.

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NYC announces $100M for Lower Manhattan storm protection infrastructure

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As the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy nears closer, Mayor de Blasio recently announced an incredible $100 million in funding that will be focused on implementing numerous storm protection infrastructure systems around Lower Manhattan. The mayor made the announcement at a preparedness fair at the Alfred E. Smith playground on Manhattan’s Lower East Side last Thursday as he passed out emergency “go bags” to the students.

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Russia is burning tons of European foods to protest against sanctions over Ukraine conflict

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In perhaps one of the dumbest headlines of the day, we sadly must report that Russian authorities have destroyed over 1.5 tons of food earmarked for the BMW car racing team. Was it because Russia has something against high-performance automobiles? They might, but the real reason for destroying the food was a much more eyeroll-worthy offense. The act was in retaliation for sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, and Russia has been burning European foods for weeks.

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Use this amazing fall foliage map to predict where the most colorful leaves will be all season

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Fall is coming! In North America, whether we like it or not, summer is drawing to an end. For some, that’s a sad annual occurrence, but those of us who crave cozy sweaters and the crunch of leaves under our feet are psyched when the foliage starts to turn. If you’re the sort who gets inspired by nature’s technicolor display of autumn leaves, you’ll want to check out this awesome tool that predicts the changing of leaves across the continental United States.

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NowLab's daylit Haus JJ has its own emergency escape fireman's pole

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Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

by , 08/31/15

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Bill McKibben warned us three decades ago that climate change would create a series of devastating phenomena that we have never before seen, and we are already starting to see that prediction come true. On Saturday evening, for the first time in recorded history, three category 4 hurricanes were churning in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time as illustrated in the above satellite image. Two of the hurricanes have since subsided, but the incident should be a major wake-up call for anyone still insisting that climate change is normal.

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Arizona judge rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

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A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona just ruled that all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from animal shelters or non-profit organizations.

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Obama's Mt McKinley renaming as Denali infuriates Ohio lawmakers

Obama's Mt McKinley renaming as Denali infuriates Ohio lawmakers

Over the weekend, President Barack Obama announced that, during his trip to Alaska this week, he will formally rename Mt. McKinley—North America's highest peak—"Denali," an…

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Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the concrete jungle

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Hristova describes her inspiration for this portable marvel, “Our limited budget as a young family kept the idea of buying a plot and building on it distant and impossible. And by…

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Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture

Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture

Move over tiny, tedious LEGO—the giant building blocks of your childhood dreams have finally arrived. Arnon Rosan founded EverBlock, a modular system of large-scale LEGO-like bricks…

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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los…

MAD Architects unveiled Cloud Corridor, a futuristic vertical village that brings nature back into the heart of Los Angeles. Created as part of the ongoing “Shelter: Rethinking How We…

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