Casa FENIX: Solar-Powered House Evolves Over Time to Shelter Victims of Natural Disaster

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New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education

by , 07/09/14

Nature lovers have always enjoyed being out in the woods and immersing themselves in the wild, and there’s a stunning center in the UK that can help to make that experience even more magical. Commissioned by the Countryside Education Trust (CET)New Forest Study Centre is a large, sustainable treehouse retreat in the countryside where people can go to learn about rural life and build a connection to nature; an experience that some one million children in the UK have never had. With two classrooms and a large outdoor space that has farm animals, gardens, and study areas, this treehouse project is a major catalyst for environmental awareness.

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Journalist to Film Factory Farms from Above Using Drones to Get Around Ag Gag Laws

by , 07/09/14

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Footage of what happens on factory farms has horrified people in the past – so much so that several states have made it illegal to document livestock operations. But investigative journalist Will Potter hopes to get around the “ag gag” laws by using drones to photograph the farms from the air – and he needs your help. He’s currently raising finances to undertake the project so he can pay for the equipment, legal expenses, video production and other equipment he needs to make a short documentary, create an e-book and document abuses at factory farms. His Kickstarter campaign (which ends today) has already raised $48,000, with a promise to match all donations above $45,000.

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Eco-Friendly Blackbird Clara Ukulele Boasts a Rich Sound within an Ekoa Composite Body

by , 07/09/14

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Ukuleles are beloved by travelers and artists for their compact, easily transportable frame that packs a surprisingly loud sound. Blackbird Guitars took the small and simple instrument to the next level by introducing the world’s first flax-fiber string instrument. Constructed from earth-friendly and lightweight Ekoa natural composites, this wooden ukelele boasts a vintage sound and feel within a durable, travel-friendly design. The Blackbird Clara Ukulele was also the recent recipient for the 2014 Industrial Designers Society of America IDEA product design award.

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Rollin' Coal: Trucks Modified to Spew Clouds of Smoke Mark the Most Pointless Anti-Environmentalist Movement Ever

by , 07/09/14
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Rollin’ Coal is a charmless form of antisocial behavior that involves modifying a truck’s engine to burn extra diesel fuel at will and emit a choking cloud of black smoke – usually all over somebody else. It’s not a recent phenomenon, but lately it’s become a misguided way of ‘getting back’ at President Obama, liberals, Prius drivers and anyone else its proponents don’t like.

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Solar-Powered Adaptive House Rises Above the Floods in Thailand

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10 Transforming Furniture Designs Perfect for Tiny Apartments

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The Easy Trick That Turns Your Regular Blender into a Magic Bullet Smoothie Machine

by , 07/09/14

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Want to make individual smoothies and juices for everyone in the family without having to shell out dough for a special blender? Check out this DIY video for an easy trick that will save you money and counter space!

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Adorable 35-Sq.-Ft. Study Cabin Was Built for $400 Using Recycled and Salvaged Materials

by , 07/09/14
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Spectacular Lotus Building and People's Park Dramatically Rises From the Waters of Wujin

by , 07/08/14

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Three-Wheeled Toyota i-ROAD Electric Vehicle Becomes Part of France's Smart City Car Sharing Program

by , 07/08/14

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Adorable EV alert! With its unique three wheel design and compact footprint, Toyota’s i-ROAD electric vehicle represents the future of personal transport. And now drivers in Grenoble, France will have a chance to drive one this fall when Toyota plans to test its real world capability as part of a new car sharing program called “Smart City.”

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

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Dubai to Build World's Largest Shopping Mall for Expo 2020

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Massive Supertyphoon Neoguri Pummels Southern Japan

by , 07/08/14
filed under: global warming, News

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The first supertyphoon of 2014 is sweeping across Japan, bringing violent waves and devastating 150 mph winds. Areas have been evacuated and airports closed as the storm landed on the southern islands of Okinawa. The storm is expected to continue across Japan, gaining strength over the next few hours before slowing as it continues over the next week, and some worry that the once-in-a-decade typhoon could leave major damage in its wake or even threaten several of the nation’s already-troubled nuclear power plants.

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Combating Urban Density with Airy Common Space in Bucharest

by , 07/08/14

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Population density is a major issue all over the world, and Bucharest is no exception. As the urban core continues to fill with residents, innovative new ideas for living spaces have to follow, and ADN Biru de Architectură came up with an innovative plan to tackle it: a building that combines small living spaces with larger common areas, with the option of transforming units as the need arises. The Urban Spaces/Dogarilor Apartment Building has large windows all around the building, allowing natural light to permeate into every apartment. The hardwood floors and patios throughout the building were created with sustainable lumber, and the studio’s innovative ideas have helped this project make it to the shortlist for the World Architecture Festival.

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Even McDonalds Can Build Green

Even McDonalds Can Build Green

McDonald’s is probably near the bottom of the list of transnational corporations that support the environment and human health. But among the 35,000 McDonalds restaurants, there are a…

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Solar Liv-Lib' Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic Energy-Generating Hub

Solar Liv-Lib' Capsule Home is Powered by a Futuristic…

The Liv-Lib' project consists of two elements: “hubs” and “habitation capsules.” The hubs are solar-powered urban infrastructure cores that contain technological and ecological…

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Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

A world devastated by climate change is like a night where The Day After Tomorrow, Planet of the Apes, and A Clockwork Orange turn on some Marvin Gaye, burn some incense, and hit the…

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Students Unveil Solar-Powered 'Rooftop House' for an Apartment Block in Berlin

Students Unveil Solar-Powered 'Rooftop House' for an Apartment Block…

The owners of the Altbau will invest to refurbish the rooftop and possibly replace old electrical appliances, fix windows and the façade and renew the heating system. The modular…

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Hawaii Considers Plan to Protect Endangered Birds with Lasers

Hawaii Considers Plan to Protect Endangered Birds with Lasers

Well here's a surprising way to save birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) have…

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