Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

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Austin to get 55% of its power from renewables by 2025

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Texas is not widely known for its eco-friendly nature – but Austin has long stood apart from the rest of the oil-rich, frack-friendly state as a bastion of sustainability. Keeping with that trend, the city recently passed a law that lays out plans for Austin to add 950MW of solar PV in order to get a phenomenal 55 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025—a move that will cut carbon emissions from the city’s electricity generation by 75-80 percent.

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it’s not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience real snow once they venture out for the first time. This little guy is catching a glimpse of the snowy world around him, and his reactions are just priceless.

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The WiVes' Table is an elegant, orgami-like coffee table with a bent metal base

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New York City-based designer J. S. Nero created the WiVes’ Table, a versatile coffee table that can be set up in a variety of different styles. The designer heat-bent an equilateral steel triangle into a sturdy three-point, origami-like base. The folded metal base can be used as a table on its own or it can be paired with a slab of wood for greater surface area and a different look. Currently, the line is available in raw steel, custom patina, semi-gloss white, and high-gloss yellow powder coats.

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Crumpled paper transforms a gallery into grotto-like Yorunoma bar in Japan

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Construction of New York Ferris Wheel begins in Staten Island

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Although the official groundbreaking ceremony for the much-anticipated NY Ferris Wheel is scheduled for February of next year, work has already begun on the parking area around the mammoth project. The 650-foot observation wheel, which is slated for completion in 2017, will have 36 slow-moving capsules and provide stellar views of the Manhattan skyline. Not only will it be the largest Ferris wheel in the world upon completion, but also the greenest!

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VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

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WARNING: video contains scenes that may disturb some viewers (but, then again, that’s the point!)

Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject. However, now the Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker director is looking to a conflict of a different kind: the illegal ivory trade and its devastating effects on the African elephant population. In an unflinching animated short that tracks the path of a coveted ivory adornment in reverse, Bigelow drives home the demonstrated connection between the ivory trade and the terrorist organizations that profit from it. Bigelow takes the view that since gut-wrenching images of slaughtered elephants don’t seem to be slowing demand for ivory, getting ivory purchasers to understand that they are funding terrorism will hopefully be more of a deterrent.

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20 Verdant Gift Ideas for the Green Thumb

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Gardening is a wonderful pastime that can soothe the soul and nourish the body all in one go. From vegetables to culinary herbs, flowers, or even cacti, plants make every living space a little bit brighter, and those who take up gardening rarely ever quit. To pamper your green-thumbed loved ones, check out our list of 14 gifts for budding botanists here.

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Enter the Mobile Architecture for Strategic Healing Competition and help alleviate the Ebola crisis

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filed under: Design Competitions

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Ebola continues to wreck havoc in West Africa and is still spreading at an exponential rate. According to the WHO, the virus has infected nearly 4,000 people in Africa and over 2,000 people have died. In response, the student-organized group Habitat for Healing launched the M.A.S.H. Pad International Design Ideas Competition to generate ideas for a mobile therapeutic unit that could relieve the health crisis in West Africa and beyond. The mobile unit should provide an effective but comfortable environment for the patient and help prevent the spread of disease. Registration is free and the first round submissions are due January 19, 2015.

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Could these “wearable biospheres” help us survive on alien planets?

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filed under: 3d Printing, Ecouterre

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Nothing says “fashion forward” like a living garment designed to help support human life in outer space, right?

MIT researchers and German designers teamed up to create these eye-catching 3D printed suits, intended to be packed with bacteria and algae. The concept is that the suit could provide the critical elements necessary to sustain life. Instead of a bulky traditional spacesuit, an adventurous space dweller would don one of these “Wanderers” that feeds on sunlight or waste.

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

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A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species’ latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the orangutan was found with her arms and legs broken on a plantation owned by the Makin Group of Indonesia, a major provider of palm oil to the world market.

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Dogs are being skinned alive in China to make leather gloves

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filed under: Animals, News

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Most people have heard of China’s appalling dog meat trade, but did you know that dog and cat skin is also used to create leather goods like gloves, belts and pet toys? According to a new report from PETA Asia, the Chinese meat and leather trade is using the flesh of dogs and cats in order to squeeze out every penny of the manufacturing industry.

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HOW TO: Satisfy your sweet tooth with this organic, no-cook fudge recipe

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Want to indulge in rich and creamy fudge without the dreaded sugar crash? Then you’ll love this delicious recipe for organic fudge that swaps refined sugars for honey and fruit. Decadent enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, this yummy treat is not only a healthier version of fudge, but it’s also super simple to make! Read on to learn how you can make this delicious fudge in less than 10 minutes with four simple, no-cooking-required steps.

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Obsession with material possessions makes you anxious and depressed

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We’ve all heard that possessions won’t make you happy and now here’s the proof:  a new report reveals that those who prioritize possessions experience more negative emotions than people who don’t. The bottom line? During this holiday season, keep in mind that it’s not the material things that count.

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Eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives for the holidays

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Chances are that a lot of us will be wrapping some last-minute gifts this weekend, whether we’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or Festivus. Rather than going for regular store-bought wrapping paper, which is as wasteful to use as it is to create, there are some brilliant eco-friendly alternatives to use instead. Re-usable bags, fabric, or homemade wrap are just a few fun ideas that can be put to use to wrap presents, so read on past the jump for some ideas on how you can make this holiday the most eco-savvy yet!

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Study finds that holiday goods from retailers like Target and Walmart contain toxins

Study finds that holiday goods from retailers like Target and Walmart…

As the holidays kick into high gear, it's worth noting that many of the holiday goods that you might pick up at major retailers like Target and Walmart might actually be bad for your…

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a…

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own…

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Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related…

While it might not seem immediately obvious, the foods we choose have environmental impacts that can be far-reaching. Now congress is attempting to silence the voices of top nutrition…

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Africa's tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

Africa's tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

Although its location is yet to be confirmed, the Al Noor Tower is slated to be built in Casablanca—Morocco's largest city—and will also become the tallest skyscraper in Africa,…

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Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home…

Heijmans ONE's target demographic comprise the well-educated and single millennials between the ages of 25 and 35, who make too much to qualify for the Netherlands' social housing, but…

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