Arizona non-profit rescues 35 million pounds of produce ditched at U.S. border each year

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Food waste is a huge problem. Approximately 40 percent of all food is thrown away, and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food waste alone is the third largest source of all greenhouse gas emissions. One significant source of waste is the produce that is sent to landfill for failing to pass strict inspections when it is imported into the US—products with even the slightest imperfection are discarded at the border. One Arizona non-profit, Borderlands Food Bank, undertook to rescue some of this food and redirect it to families in need, and is saving 35-40 million pounds of perfectly good, safe produce each year that would otherwise have simply been thrown in the trash.

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The Prism: Check out the health-centric new residential tower redefining the Manhattan skyline

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Man transforms a salvaged trailer into an elegant tiny home and sells for $36,000 on Craigslist

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New Citi Bike app could let you count calories burned while biking

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More exciting news for Citi Bike users looking to get in shape for summer! According to ABC News, NYC’s popular bike sharing system may soon be launching a revamped smartphone app that will offer detailed fitness stats such as calories burned and distance traveled. Additionally, the newly-improved app could allow users to send real-time feedback about mechanical issues such as flat tires or broken bikes.

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VIDEO: Tokyo's eco-cycle park bicycle elevator stores 144 bikes underground

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Tokyo’s underground bicycle storage system looks more like an elaborate mechanism from a sci-fi movie than a parking lot for cycles. Put into motion with a single push of a button, the Eco Cycle Anti-Seismic Underground Bicycle Park, built by Japanese engineering firm Giken Seisakusho Co. LTD is just seven meters wide, but it’s deep enough to store 144 bicycles. The system provides the city’s bike users with an efficient parking solution that ensures complete safety for cycles.

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Handmade, wireless clay speakers amplify the "sound of the earth"

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Electricity-free Groundfridge lets you store perishables without traditional refrigeration

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It’s easy to forget how much energy it takes to keep our food fresh. So imagine taking advantage of the earth’s natural underground insulation to store and keep your vegetables. Weltevree, a Dutch design company created by Floris Schoonderbeek, specializes in products made to encourage people to take advantage of natural and outdoor living.  Their Groundfridge is a modern take on the familiar root cellar concept, allowing you to keep your produce fresh without traditional refrigeration.

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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

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Scientists uncover causes of the Earth's mysterious subsonic hum

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Our whole planet emits good vibrations. No, it’s not a free love hippie manifesto from the sixties, but cold, hard science from a discovery in the 1990s by scientists that showed the planet constantly vibrates at very low frequencies. Researchers believe they’ve finally determined the cause of the vibration–it’s ocean waves. According to livescience, the theory that waves cause the Earth’s hum isn’t new. Until recently, science couldn’t completely account for the range of vibrations found on earthquake sensors, but a new study from the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea creates a model that accounts for all the various microseismic signals–an important step for turning the planet’s mysterious sounds into an understandable signal. Why is the hum important? Having a better understanding of the earth’s hum could eventually help scientists create better maps of the Earths’ interior. Things that make you go hmmm.

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President Obama celebrates Earth Day by dedicating a new landmark, chiding Republicans and giving away free park passes

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President Obama celebrated Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades to give a speech dedicating the Marjory Stoneman Douglas house in Miami and to taunt Republicans on their ludicrous position on climate change. He began his speech by acknowledging the threat that global warming poses to the planet, despite the frigid winter that much of the East Coast experienced. The president even poked fun at Senator Inhofe for trying to disprove climate change by throwing a snow ball in the senate earlier this year. Without addressing climate change, Obama said, “there may not be an Everglades as we know it” in the future. “Action can no longer be delayed,” he continued, committing to work to push the US to lead the world in making a change.

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This family produces 6,000 pounds of food per year on 4,000 square feet of land

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Six thousand pounds of food from one tenth of an acre of land just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles; if you try to do the math, it just doesn’t seem to compute. But somehow the numbers work out because the Dervaes family is able to produce about 4,300 pounds of vegetables, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 pounds of honey, and further poundage of seasonal fruits on their 4,000 square-foot postage stamp of land just outside the southern California’s sprawling megalopolis. Beyond providing food for themselves, the family makes about $20,000 per year by selling their produce from their front porch.

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New Nanoleaf Gem LED light shines brightly for Earth Day

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Nanoleaf, who previously released the fabulous Bloom LED light, has created a shiny new piece in time for Earth Day 2015: the Nanoleaf Gem! This LED décor bulb, which has a light quality equal to any incandescent bulb, has an elegant frosted white glass finish that makes it as beautiful to look at as it is energy efficient. Most LEDs are designed to work hard rather than look good, but the Gem, which looks and sparkles like a luminous gemstone, spans both worlds to create gorgeous interior ambience.

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Earthship Cologne: Why Germany needs this self-sufficient house made from rubbish

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We can take our hats off to Germany, a country which has been leading the way with investment in renewable energy, and pioneering Passivhaus standard homes and public buildings. However Germany’s Earthship builders point out that most buildings have a long way to go before they’re truly sustainable. A new Earthship Biotecture project in Cologne seeks to educate the next generation in how to build radically self sufficient structures, without complicated machines or an engineering degree. There’s even a chance for you to get involved and learn alongside the team!

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Tesla to unveil a battery on April 30 that will slash your home's energy costs

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It’s finally official, almost. Two months ago Tesla told the world they had developed a battery to could power your entire house, and just a couple of weeks ago Elon Musk teased that the company would unveil a new non-automotive product at their April 30 event. Now, in an email to investors, Tesla has confirmed that they will unveil not only the game-changing battery for one’s home, but also a utility-scale battery at the end of this month.

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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

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

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The Family Retreat comprises a cluster of structures: the cabin, south-facing deck with fireplace, storage building, and sauna. Wood is the primary building material, but the…

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In splashes of brilliant colors, Earth From Space gives a thorough portrait of the changing earth. An avid environmental activist and founder of GoodPlanet, Arthus-Bertrand has turned…

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Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are not aware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design.…

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In light 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…

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