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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6 fun, meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day!

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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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Enter your designs to the Istanbul Community Market Competition and you could win 3,000€

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Istanbul sits at a major culinary and trade crossroads, yet the urban public spaces that historically fostered this activity are fast disappearing. CTRL + SPACE launched the Istanbul Community Market Competition in a bid to bring back those urban gathering spaces. Open to students and professionals of areas related to architecture, this ideas competition seeks creative designs for a lively city marketplace. The competition organizers have specified the project site and program. 5000€ in prize money will be distributed amongst the three winning entries. Final stage registration ends June 26 and the final date for project submission is June 27.

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Timber-louvered house maximizes privacy and light in rural Germany

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

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

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Today, Japan’s maglev (magnetic levitation) train set a world speed record, traveling at a blazing 375 mph (603 kph) on a test track.  Just a few days before, the train had set a world record when the Central Japan Railway Company’s high-speed train hit an also impressive 366 mph (590 kph) on its test track in Yamanashi Prefecture west of Tokyo. Prior to that, the previous world record was set by the rail company in 2003.

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Apple's US operations are now 100 percent powered by renewable energy

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Just ahead of Earth Day, Apple has published their annual environmental responsibility report, much of which highlights the projects they have undertaken in the past year to reduce their footprint, such as the two massive solar farms under construction in China and the purchase of 36,000 acres of forest in North Carolina and Maine. But what is perhaps most striking about the report is the bigger picture news that all of Apple’s U.S. operations, all of their data centers and 87 percent of their global operations now run on renewable energy.

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Tell world leaders to ban glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer, autism

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The World Health Organization recently declared that glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp, “probably” causes cancer. Scientific experts around the world agree that the poison is likely more dangerous to humans than we currently understand, and several countries are currently considering a ban on its use. This petition is your chance to speak up, joining your voice with hundreds of thousands of other concerned citizens around the world who are demanding the chemical be barred from use until further studies can be done on the extent of its effects. The petition targets the Environmental Protection Agency as well as all government leaders worldwide who are responsible for public health policy. Tell them to protect our health and the health of our children by restricting the use of this dangerous poison!

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Two-faced Austrian house hides a surprising subterranean wine cellar

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Brilliant shoe grows five sizes so kids can wear it for five years

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Like every great story, The Shoe That Grows began with someone seeing a need and figuring out a way to fill it. In 2007, Kenton Lee was living in Nairobi, Kenya. While walking to church one day, he noticed a little girl who was wearing shoes that were way too small. This of course lent itself to the question, “why?” and the resulting answer was an idea. “What if kids had shoes that could adjust and expand, so that they always had a pair that fit?”

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Solar Impulse launches sixth leg of round-the-world journey after three-week delay

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The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Chongqing, China, on March 31, where the team planned to stay for just a few days before embarking on the next leg of their epic solar-powered round-the-world flight. Unfortunately, poor weather conditions kept the plane grounded for almost three weeks. The solar-powered airplane finally launched early this morning, April 21, and is now headed for their final stop in China at Nanjing, where the solo-manned plane is expected to land after the 17-hour flight. The stop in Nanjing will be the last on the Asian continent before the record-breaking aircraft takes off for to cross the Pacific Ocean on its way to Hawaii. Of the delays that kept the plane grounded in China these past few weeks, pilot Bertrand Piccard said, “You can believe that your will can influence the weather, but then you’ll be really disappointed because it doesn’t work. Or you just know that it’s an adventure you do with the forces of nature.”

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