Asia's Dangerous Air Pollution is Affecting Weather All Over the World

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filed under: Air quality, News

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Air pollution frequently reaches dangerous levels in Beijing and often exceeds the World Health Organization’s recommended levels in Delhi. But this isn’t just bad for people who live in the region – it’s bad for people all over the world. A team of scientists from Texas A&M University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of California at San Diego and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered that aerosols created by humans in Asia impact storm formation in the United States and beyond. They compared air pollution rates from 1850 to 2000 and found that manmade particles from Asia impact the Pacific storm track that influences weather over much of the world.

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Flushing Toilets May Help Power Homes in South Korea

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Scientists in South Korea have come up with a way to use the mechanical energy of flowing water as a sustainable energy source. The research shows how the energy potential of flushing toilets can be utilized to help power people’s homes. According to the researchers’ experiments, the movement of a single water droplet is enough to light a green LED.

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Grimshaw Architects Unveils Geometric & Airy Plans for the Istanbul Grand Airport

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Todmorden, UK Expands Edible Garden Initiative With Flourishing Aqua Farm

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The British town of Todmorden has already made name for itself by sprouting edible plants up and down its streets – and the city recently received a grant of over £500,000 to expand their edible initiatives with a new Aqua Garden. Completed by Green Future Builders the Aqua Garden cultivates plants and veggies using highly efficient, water-saving gardening methods.

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The World's Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

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TrashNothing Connects Freecyclers Around the World to Reduce Landfill use

by , 04/21/14

You’ve probably heard of “Freecycling” by now, but if you haven’t, it’s a system through which one person’s used/unloved items become another person’s treasure. As the idea has gained in popularity, networks are popping up all over the globe, along with websites and apps that make this kind of free item-swapping easier. TrashNothing.com is a web interface and app that streamlines freecycling worldwide: Over the last six years, membership has spread to thirty-one countries and grows by about ten thousand new members each month. So far, more than three million freecyclers have connected via the website, cutting down on landfill use across the globe. If you have items you don’t want anymore, or if you’re looking for a special vintage something, you might like to hop onto the site and connect with others who share your vision of a “trash nothing” world.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Cans, Bottles, and Cardboard Boxes are Recycled Into Brand New Products

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By now most people know how important it is to recycle bottles and cans – but do you know what happens to your used containers once you toss them in the blue bin? I Want to Be Recycled has launched a great series of infographics that show exactly how common consumer products like cereal boxes, shampoo bottles, and steel cans are processed, broken down, and remade into fresh new materials. Check them all out by clicking through our gallery below!

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UK Nuclear Dump Could Be Swept Out to Sea Due to Planning Error

by , 04/21/14
filed under: News, Renewable Energy

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An internal document released by the UK Environment Agency (EA) reveals that the Drigg Low-Level Waste Repository (LLWR) on the Cumbrian coast is under threat from rising sea levels. If overwhelmed, which many say is inevitable, the dump would contaminate the entire coastline with radioactive waste. The report claims that when the dump was first constructed, no one realised it was in an area prone to flooding.

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Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

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Austria’s Blob-Shaped Kunsthaus Graz Art Museum Generates its Own Solar Power

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Horseless Electric Carriages Debut at the New York Auto Show

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Madrid's Matadero Unveils Quirky Artistic Potlatch Event for El Ranchito 2014

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Nimbus Eco Tree-free Bamboo and Sugarcane Toilet Paper Makes a Splash at Coachella

by , 04/21/14

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According to estimates, Americans alone use an average of 23.6 rolls of toilet paper per person annually, which results in some serious damage to the environment. Allen Hershkowitz, Senior Scientist at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), notes, “Ancient forests, old growth forests, virgin forests, second growth forests, natural forests, high conservation value forests, temperate forests, tropical and sub-tropical forests, boreal forests, are all at risk from manufacturers of toilet paper. Toilet paper made from trees should be phased out in the same way we’re phasing out the use of incandescent light bulbs.” Nimbus Eco is hoping to help solve this dilemma with a collection of sustainable paper products, and their tree-free bamboo and sugarcane toilet paper made a big splash recently at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

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Look Quickly and You May Not Even Notice This Cool "Invisible" Barn

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Astronomers Reveal the Most Livable, Earth-Like Planet Ever Discovered

by , 04/20/14
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In the race to find a planet besides Earth that can host life, scientists have made an incredible discovery. Astronomers recently confirmed the first ever planet similar in size to Earth at distance from its own star that would allow liquid water to pool on the surface. Every once in a while scientists come across a planet that orbits within the Goldilocks zone – the range of distance from a star that can potentially sustain life – but none of those planets have ever been very comparable in size to our own blue sphere. Dubbed Kepler-186f, it’s the the most Earth-like planet ever discovered and confirms that other habitable planets exist somewhere out there.

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8 Eggs-travagantly Egg-Shaped Buildings for Easter

8 Eggs-travagantly Egg-Shaped Buildings for Easter

Josef Stöger's Bavarian Forest National Park Treetop Walk Josef Stöger's winding timber walkway isn't just in the shape of an egg--it's also the longest treetop walk in the world!…

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PHOTOS: The New Tavern on the Green is Aiming for LEED Silver Certification

PHOTOS: The New Tavern on the Green is Aiming for LEED Silver…

As most New Yorkers now know from reading the numerous anticipatory articles about the re-opening, Tavern On The Green was originally a sheepfold built in 1870 to house 200 sheep who…

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Band-Aid Circuit Boards: The Next Step in Wearable Technology?

Band-Aid Circuit Boards: The Next Step in Wearable Technology?

Many experts predict that our beloved mobile technology will someday cease to be things we carry around in pockets or purses. Instead, we'll all have wearable technology that integrates…

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7 Ways to Reuse and Upcycle Your Plastic Easter Eggs

7 Ways to Reuse and Upcycle Your Plastic Easter Eggs

The Easter egg hunt is what most kids look forward to the most on this festive Spring holiday, but what's not so fun is what happens to the brightly colored plastic eggs once the…

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Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old Daughter

Millionaire Creates Uber High Tech RV Camper for His Four-Year-Old…

Ferren, a 61-year-old inventor and cofounder of tech design firm Applied Minds, came up with the unique camper van with his young daughter in mind, wanting her to explore the world…

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