Mercedes-Benz will release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Mercedes-Benz will release 10 new plug-in hybrids by 2017

Not to be outdone by Audi or BMW, Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to release 10 new plug-in hybrid models by 2017. Mercedes-Benz has also announced that the new plug-in hybrid models…

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SDA invites Ontario design students and recent grads to compete for a shot at $10,000

SDA invites Ontario design students and recent grads to compete for a…

The 2015 Sustainable Design Awards (SDA) just kicked off registration to their fifth annual design competition. Open to all post-secondary students and recent graduates in Ontario, the…

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Glassy timber-clad La Chasse Galerie home harmonizes with the lush Laurentian Forest

Glassy timber-clad La Chasse Galerie home harmonizes with the lush…

The gorgeous la-Chasse-Galerie house is a light filled home designed by Thellend Fortin Architects to harmonize with the wooded area it sits upon. Located in the Laurentian forest…

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8 Water-saving solutions for your home

8 Water-saving solutions for your home

The drought in California is breaking records, and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left. Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale…

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Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the Pasturelands of Argentina

Alexandra Kehayoglou Crafts Lush Grassy Carpets Inspired by the…

These aren't your grandmother's shag carpets - Alexandra Kehayoglou creates incredible rugs that look like miniature pastures and meadows. Each hand-tufted piece is a tribute to the…

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United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees worldwide

United Nations to send 10,000 flat-packed IKEA shelters to refugees…

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) has partnered with social enterprise Better Shelter to move forward on a plan to bring 10,000 of IKEA’s incredible…

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This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its laser-like sun beam

This monstrous solar oven in Uzbekistan can melt metal with its…

As part of the Soviet-run "Sun" research complex in Uzbekistan, a gigantic solar parabola reflects energy from the universe's largest star and focuses it into a light beam that can…

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Architect builds tiny timber barn for adorable pygmy goats in Bavaria

Architect builds tiny timber barn for adorable pygmy goats in Bavaria

Inspired by the region’s traditional timber homes, Kühnlein built the small barn out of wooden planks and raised it off the ground on timber legs. The structure is made up of stacked…

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World's top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan

World's top zoo organization linked to dolphin killings in Taiji,…

Dolphin hunting in Taiji, Japan became public knowledge upon release of the documentary The Cove. Although the dolphin hunting reportedly ended after the release of the 2009 film, new…

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This flowering Japanese paper sculpture creates a unique sky gazing experience

This flowering Japanese paper sculpture creates a unique sky gazing…

Environmental Design student Shoko Konishi was inspired by the sky to create her paper structure "Transition". At first it appears humble, with little clue to it's intended use. Once…

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Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

It’s an age-old philosophy: if you want to keep something out, just build a big wall. That’s exactly how Japan is approaching future tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 disaster that…

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Jubilee Pavilion in Karlsruhe will help the city celebrate its 300th anniversary in style

Jubilee Pavilion in Karlsruhe will help the city celebrate its 300th…

The wooden structure will cover an area of 1000 square meters, and will be composed of the ground floor, including function hall, a stage and cafeteria as well as an exposition floor…

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Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being…

  Imagine an elevator that stops one floor before the one you selected and tells you to get out and take the stairs the rest of the way, or a lamp that only turns on when you…

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Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world's largest marine reserve

Britain names Pitcairn Island as center of world's largest marine…

When it comes to protecting marine life, Britain is going big. The announced plans earlier this week to create what will be the world’s largest fully protected marine reserve that…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The dangers of indoor pollution and how to deal with it

INFOGRAPHIC: The dangers of indoor pollution and how to deal with it

In 2012, household air pollution made up 7.7% of all global mortalities. Given that we spend 90% of our lives indoors, it's important that the air we breathe indoors is clean, which can…

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Spring's baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them safe!

Spring's baby animals are easy prey for outdoor pets—help keep them…

All around the world, songbirds are disappearing at an alarming rate. Although many of them perish due to habitat loss and poisoning by agricultural pesticides, a startling number of…

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The Parkolation Project helps special-education kids and brings green spaces to Boston

The Parkolation Project helps special-education kids and brings green…

Teaching fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Wilhelmina Peragine, pulled together a team of students, volunteers, city officials and several nonprofits in order to transform…

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Pavegen's kinetic walkway in South African mall will power rural villages

Pavegen's kinetic walkway in South African mall will power rural…

Samsung and Pavegen have collaborated to give shoppers in Sandton City shopping mall a positive take on renewable energy, as part of Samsung’s ‘What If I Can’ campaign.

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Artist to install blooming Living Pyramid in Socrates Sculpture Park

Artist to install blooming Living Pyramid in Socrates Sculpture Park

Queens's Socrates Sculpture Park is going to be blooming with one very large flower tower this summer and you can join in on the fun! Artist Agnes Denes will be installing her…

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Cutest little lamb in Brooklyn spotted at hipster eateries around NYC

Cutest little lamb in Brooklyn spotted at hipster eateries around NYC

Brooklyn has a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb...and the adorable little fella's name is Smokey! After being abandoned by his mother and almost freezing to death, Smokey was…

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Kiyoshi Mino's startlingly realistic felt sculptures blow taxidermy away

Kiyoshi Mino's startlingly realistic felt sculptures blow taxidermy…

Kiyoshi’s collection of eight animal sculptures are now offered through the Chicago design shop ODLCO. Each bear, lamb, pig, cat, horse, duck, chipmunk, and bird sculpture is started…

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Hager Partner and nps tchoban voss collaborate to design a green-roofed rec center near Berlin

Hager Partner and nps tchoban voss collaborate to design a…

The city swimming baths at Nauen near Berlin will be transformed by a new green-roofed entrance building and recreation park designed by naps tchoban voss and Landscape Architects Hager…

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Naked filter is an affordable and easy solution to clean healthy water

Naked filter is an affordable and easy solution to clean healthy water…

The lack of access to clean water is a major humanitarian problem around the world. Silicon Valley startup Liquidity Nanotech wants to help solve that issue by bringing clean, healthy…

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Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

Contemporary Bedford Park House modestly hides its many green features

The Bedford Park House’s modest and traditional appearance—the house matches the scale, setback, and exterior brick-and-wood detailing of its neighbors—belies its many impressive…

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Costa Rica powered by 100 percent renewable energy for over 75 days

Costa Rica powered by 100 percent renewable energy for over 75 days

Costa Rica has achieved an extraordinary clean energy milestone by running solely on renewable energy for the past 75 days. Heavy rainfall in the region has enabled the country to…

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Tiny Mogo Freedom trailer transforms into a camper for two

Tiny Mogo Freedom trailer transforms into a camper for two

The adorable and completely portable Mogo Freedom gullwing trailer makes your next road trip an easy overnight experience. The tiny trailer can comfortably sleep two, at night, while…

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France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar…

France has just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas must be partially covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not…

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Adjaye Associates to transform a Johannesburg industrial building into a verdant residence

Adjaye Associates to transform a Johannesburg industrial building into…

A disused 1970s industrial building in Johannesburg may be getting a plant-covered overhaul by London-based designers, Adjaye Associates. Headed up by David Adjaye, the design would…

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Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing to shut down all major coal plants by 2016

Beijing is finally going to kick what’s left of its coal power habit. China’s capital city recently announced plans to shut down the last of its remaining coal plants by 2016 - in…

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Heimplanet’s inflatable 6-person Nias tent pitches in a snap

Heimplanet’s inflatable 6-person Nias tent pitches in a snap

The large and breathable Nias tent comprises an inner tent, fly sheet, and the inflatable diamond grid frame. These parts work together in unison for extremely fast pitching so that all…

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Green-roofed concrete outbuilding is an extension of the rural Spanish landscape

Green-roofed concrete outbuilding is an extension of the rural Spanish…

The multipurpose outbuilding serves as a warehouse and workshop with space for changing rooms, a new biomass boiler, and farm machinery. Located between the farmhouse and farmland, the…

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Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging…

Opening a package only to have your apartment flooded with packing peanuts is an annoying, if not archaic, waste of plastic. But researchers Vilas Pol and Vinodkumar Etacheri at the…

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KP Cykler is building a better bike with built-in theft deterrent

KP Cykler is building a better bike with built-in theft deterrent

A Danish cycling brand KP Cykler is raising funds on Kickstarter. In addition to beautiful aesthetics, their bicycles have incorporated the latest smartphone technologies to make…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

"Save the rainforests!" is a call to action that most of us have come across at some point or another, whether it was on a news broadcast or splayed across an activist's tee-shirt. It's…

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Architects reveal the world's first shadowless skyscrapers in London

Architects reveal the world's first shadowless skyscrapers in London

The design is based on the idea of using concave reflective surfaces adapted specifically to the sun’s path in the sky. An algorithm unique to the buildings’ location was used to…

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Alaska's glacial melt could create the world's sixth largest coastal river

Alaska's glacial melt could create the world's sixth largest coastal…

The glaciers are melting. That's the old news. The update is that, in Alaska, there has also been a massive amount of rainfall. The combination of rain and glacial melt create a flow of…

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New report shows a simple fix that could save NYC buildings $11 million per year

New report shows a simple fix that could save NYC buildings $11…

Residential buildings in New York have been reaching soaring new heights, but a new study says that the cost of heating them doesn’t have to be through the roof. The report,…

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Easy DIY ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat

Easy DIY ways to stay warm without turning up the thermostat

Spring has sprung (according to our calendars, but we’re still weathering some pretty cold temperatures. Because of the drawn out winter, so much money has already been spent warming…

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Times Square could be transformed into a lush urban forest through this Kickstarter campaign

Times Square could be transformed into a lush urban forest through…

Goodbye concrete jungle and hello verdant forest? Urban botanist Marielle Anzelone has started an incredible $25,000 Kickstarter campaign that aims to turn NYC's Times Square into a…

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Philips uses LEDs to bolster urban farming

Philips uses LEDs to bolster urban farming

Leading LED light manufacturer, Philips, has partnered up with indoor farming company Green Sense Farms in an innovative project that could bring indoor farming to cities worldwide.…

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