Project Meganom to reconnect Moscow and its riverfront with gorgeous communal green spaces

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Mazda unveils exterior car parts made from plants!

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Ford already uses plants like tomatoes to make several parts for the interiors of its vehicles and now Mazda has announced that it has furthered the technology to produce exterior car parts. Mazda’s new plant-derived bioplastic is just as durable as conventional painted plastic parts and will debut next year on the 2016 Mazda MX-5.

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Zaria Forman finger draws stunning photorealistic scenes of climate change

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Industrial space transformed into a beautiful energy-efficient loft in the Netherlands

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The Hemingwrite digital typewriter lets you write your masterpiece – distraction free

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Ever wanted to write like Hemingway but find there’s just too much distraction in the digital world? A new Kickstarter project could provide the answer to your literary prayers. Hemingwrite is a distraction-free digital device that aims to channel the gestalt of an old-fashioned typewriter. However, instead of metal clacking against paper, when you hit a key it shows up on a six-inch “e-ink” display and the device stores your compositions in the cloud via a wireless signal.

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NYC's First Cat Cafe Opens Today!

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We *cat* believe it’s finally happening! Meow Parlour, New York’s very first permanent cat cafe, is set to open today on the Lower East Side. The new space promises to be a feline fanatic’s paradise and will offer one-on-one time with cute, adoptable kitties, and even free Wi-Fi.

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14 eco-friendly knit gifts to cozy up to

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Share the warmth this holiday season with a sustainable knit gift that will bring comfort and joy to hearts, hands, and Mother Earth alike. From upcycled boot cuffs to convertible flip-top mittens, here are 14 ultra-plush presents to ward off the winter chill. On a budget? We’ll show you how to turn an old or thrift-store sweater into a pair of snuggly sweater-socks—no sewing machine necessary.

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Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald's

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McDonald’s recently reported that their same-store sales (at stores open at least 13 months) fell a whopping 4.6% month-on-month. That’s coming on the heels of a brutal fall in sales overall since early 2012. Global same-store sales also fell 2.2% month-on-month, suggesting that while the US was particularly hard hit, the backlash against McDonald’s is worldwide. The chain also announced that their fourth-quarter results would be negatively affected by both the fall in sales and a supply issue in China, to the tune of $0.07 to %0.10 per share.

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18 Green Gifts for the Home

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A house becomes a home when it’s filled with the energy of those who live there, and the houseware items we’ve put together for this year’s gift guide can help make a home as luminous and eco-friendly as possible. Recycled glass tumblers, sustainable bamboo bowls, and the cutest little hedgehog dryer buddies ever are just a few of the gems we’ve found that can help make this holiday the greenest yet.

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This Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World's Vegetation

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Just how much greenery covers the Earth? Now we have an answer, thanks to a new interactive map produced by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that shows how much of the earth is covered in living plants. Using the Suomi NPP satellite, researchers were able to gather a year’s worth of satellite images and compile them into a single high-resolution image that shows which parts of the planet are the lushest, and also which ones are covered by the sparsest vegetation.

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HOW TO: Make a stunning wooden table with glow-in-the-dark resin infill

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DIY: 6 ways to make your own holiday gift wrap

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craft, diy kids craft, green gifts, green kids, how-toLooking for a fun and inexpensive way to save some dough this holiday season? Break out the apple cider, gather the kids, and make your own recycled gift wrap! Start with plain brown or white paper bags, saved from recent grocery shopping. Here are 6 different ways to customize your recycled grocery bag gift wrap.

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Stupefying hand-knitted hammock is suspended above a 400-foot-high canyon

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Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

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Early this Sunday, UN representatives from around the world reached the first-ever climate change agreement that commits all 196 nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented in its inclusion of developing nations, the historic agreement was reached after long talks that ran 30 hours in overtime at the Lima climate conference. This diplomatic breakthrough however, is already under heavy fire by disappointed activists who call it “very weak.” Climate scientists also warn that the proposed carbon cuts will not be nearly enough to slow dangerous rates of warming.

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Renzo Piano's Tiny Diogene Hut is an Off-Grid Shelter for One Person

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Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

Whole Foods Shows Customers the Bleak Future of Produce Without Bees

The decline in bee populations has been all the buzz lately, which led Whole Foods Market to team up with the Xerces Society to show us what a world—or at least, produce…

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Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

Nguyễn Hùng Cường Creates Strikingly Realistic Origami Animals

The origami master began folding at an early age, getting hooked at age five before developing a lifelong habit of making origami. At 10 he was already creating original origami…

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15 Compassionate and Vegan Gift Ideas

15 Compassionate and Vegan Gift Ideas

'Tis the season of light, love, and goodwill to all, and those wishes certainly extend to our animal cousins. Gifts that are cruelty-free and ethically made are true symbols of peace,…

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Pope Francis urges shoppers to be socially responsible with their holiday purchases

Pope Francis urges shoppers to be socially responsible with their…

Photo by Giulio Napolitano/Shutterstock It's mid-December, which means it is peak season for the holiday shopping frenzy. But before you finish checking off those gifts on your…

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1,300 MPG Student-Designed Ultra-Light Car Runs on a Tiny Lawnmower Engine

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Students at Brigham Young University in Utah have designed a car that can travel the distance from Utah to Michigan on a single gallon of fuel. The fish-shaped car—which weighs less…

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