Earth Day: How it began, and how it helps the planet

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Earth Day is April 22nd, and to get prepared for the big day, here are a few Earth Day facts that you may not know. Founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, the first ever Earth Day was held on April 22nd, 1970. Earth Day not only marks the beginnings of moving toward a more sustainable world, it’s a time to come together and contemplate our global environmental situation, as well as participate in community and global “green” activities. Read on to find out all about this important eco-holiday.

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Say "cheese!" The octographer will take your picture now

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Add this to your bucket list: getting your picture taken by an octopus. Yes, you read that right. An octopus named Rambo is now taking photographs of visitors from his tank at a New Zealand aquarium.

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Handsome lakeside cabin supports a cantilevered timber gallery in Wisconsin

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand Shows the Beauty of Planet Earth as You've Never Seen it Before

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are unaware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design, as its essence is centered around mastering a connection with the natural world. So, when exactly does a green home become a sanctuary? We had the opportunity to review Feng Shui expert and LEED accredited Architect Anjie Cho‘s latest book for a true how-to on the subject: 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces: Feng Shui and Green Design for Healing Organic Homes. Read on for our review, and a glimpse inside this practical, DIY guide to creating a truly holistic space.

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Celebrate Earth Day with Feng Shui!

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In light of both Earth Day and Earth Week, I wanted to share what “Earth” means in the Feng Shui world. When people ask me to describe Feng Shui, I tell them that it’s about much more than moving furniture around. Feng Shui is the original “green design,” and it is about creating harmony with Mother Earth by unifying our inner and outer environments. The inner and outer are not separate, because everything that we do to our earth—positive and negative—affects our daily experience. In Feng Shui we believe that everything is alive, including the earth. Read on to learn more!

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Chevrolet's FNR is a space-age self-driving concept to debut in Shanghai

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Several automakers have spoken publicly about their future plans to release autonomous vehicles, but General Motors has been pretty quiet about the technology. Well, it looks like GM is working just as hard as Mercedes-Benz to bring the technology to life and has previewed what a future vehicle could look like with the debut of their new autonomous model, the Chevrolet FNR, at the Shanghai Motor Show.

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Mayor de Blasio unveils major solar installations for three NYC public buildings

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Mayor de Blasio has just unveiled three large solar projects that will launch NYC closer to achieving its ambitious goal of reducing city emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The three large solar arrays installed on City Hall, the Port Richmond Wastewater Treatment Plant and Daniel D. Tompkins Elementary School in Staten Island are all operational as of this week.

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Meshwave visualizes music with digitally fabricated waffle sculptures

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University of Bologna student Pier Luigi Forte designed and built meshwave, a laser cut sculpture that expresses the structure of music in 3D. Forte created the design by transforming spectrogram curves into a 3-dimensional mesh shape modeled in Rhinoceros and Grasshopper. The resulting waffle structure was crafted out of laser-cut 4-millimeter-wide MDF panels. Designed for a private client, the artwork was exclusively exhibited at the Valencia Mini Maker Faire last year.

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GoSol could be the key to no-cost solar heat around the world

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Imagine a world where everybody could harness free and powerful energy from the sun with local materials. Solar Fire Concentration Ltd (SFCO) hopes to help supply solar thermal energy to alleviate energy poverty around the world, with a little help from crowdfunding. The Finnish company has launched the Free The Sun campaign, which will help to build their GoSol solar concentrators around the world. Rather than creating solar energy for electricity, the concentrators will power solar thermal devices, giving usable heat energy to anyone in off-the-grid areas, without using pollution-causing charcoal and wood.

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PETITION: Call for the world's two biggest charities to divest from fossil fuels

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The Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust are forces for good in so many ways, so why are they still funding companies that invest in fossil fuel extraction? The Guardian is calling for the world’s two biggest charities to take their money out of fossil fuels. As Archbishop Desmond Tutu puts it: “People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change”. Now you can show these two key organisations we desperately need their leadership on climate change.

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How Earth Day came to be

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Happy Earth Day! Today is the day that many of us will contemplate our concerns over climate change, environmental destruction or dangers to our food supply, but do you know how this holiday first came to be? 42 years ago, the word “environment” was rarely used in daily conversation, until a picture in Time Magazine changed everything. Read on as we take a look back to the late 1960s to see why Earth Day started in the first place and how far society has come in caring for this planet we call home.

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Governor Cuomo announces completion of MTA's largest energy efficiency program ever at Grand Central Terminal

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Just in time for Earth Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday the completion of Grand Central Terminal’s $25 million energy efficiency upgrade project. The overhaul, a collaborative effort between NYC’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the New York Power Authority, is the MTA‘s largest energy efficiency project ever and is expected to realize a savings of $2.5 million per year in energy costs at the busy transportation hub.

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Matali Crasset's Self-made Seat is a modular furniture system that can be carried like a suitcase

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Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

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Two traditional gabled volumes are unified with wooden louvers, in Kuhnlein Architecktur’s Timber House in rural Germany. The double-peaked home is divided into two sections, keeping…

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Philips announces the most affordable LED light bulb ever, yours for under $5

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Philips wants to put LED bulbs in every home, and they’re making them so affordable, nobody will be able to resist. The global lighting leader, in partnership with Home Depot, has…

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Japan's maglev train breaks world speed record at blazing fast 375 mph

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Central Japan Railway Company's maglev (magnetic levitation) high-speed train just hit a blazing fast 366 miles per hour (590 kilometers per hour) on its test track in Yamanashi…

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