INFOGRAPHIC: How America's Forests can Help to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint

by , 07/02/14

The EPA recently released their proposed greenhouse gas performance standards for existing power plants, but these standards will require substantial time and investment to implement fully. Supporting and engaging our nation’s forests in climate mitigation, whether through this rule-making process or in other administrative actions, provides immediate, low hanging fruit for the U.S. to promptly reduce our carbon footprint. Check out the full infographic about the role that forests play in this process after the break!

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

by , 07/02/14

 

It’s been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer’s always been the best time to be outside for barbecues, nighttime guitar jamming on porches, and bonfires that last until three in the morning when dad passes out with a beer in his hand. But now that climate change effects are on the rise with all the dinosaurs we’re burning, summer’s a great time to shrink your carbon footprint, eat healthy, and build up that beach bod. Here are 5 ways you can reduce fossil fuel use this summer and give a break to your girl Mother Earth.

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Boston's Solar-Powered "Soofa" Benches Charge Devices and Monitor the Local Environment!

by , 07/02/14

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The city of Boston just announced plans to roll out a series of solar-powered ‘Soofa’ benches that will enable citizens to charge their phones while they rest! The ‘Soofas’ were developed by Charging Environments, a spin-off of the MIT Media Lab, and they will be placed in green spaces such as Titus Sparrow Park, Boston Common, and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.The benches can charge two phones at a time while collecting and sharing location-based information like air quality and noise level data.

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OpenReflex: World's First DIY 3D Printed SLR Launches a Crowdfunding Campaign

by , 07/02/14

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Last year, we were blown away by student Léo Marius’ OpenReflex, the world’s first DIY 3D printed SLR. The fully functional and open source camera is not only easy to assemble, but it’s also incredibly affordable at just $30 a pop. While Marius put the instructions online for free for all to use, he’s now returned to the drawing board with a crowdfunding campaign to improve the design of his open source camera to make it even easier to build and use. Marius promises that the project will stay open source and hopes the campaign will help facilitate the growth of a makers community around the OpenReflex design.

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Lumio Folding Book Lamp Creator Max Gunawan

by , 07/02/14

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Uhlik Architekti's Tiny Timber Forest Retreat Rests Atop a Giant Boulder

by , 07/01/14

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Emperor Penguins May be Wiped Out Due to Melting Antarctic Ice

by , 07/01/14
filed under: Animals, global warming, News

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Melting Antarctic sea ice is a major problem for the entire planet, but for emperor penguins, the situation is dire. Because their environment is vanishing at an alarming rate, the famous penguin’s population could be reduced by a third by the end of the century, which ultimately makes them vulnerable to extinction. Researchers hope that the news will prompt listing the emperor penguin as an endangered species so that the amazing birds can be protected.

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Tagus Linear Park Uses Recycled Pallets and Solar Power to Rehabilitate an Industrial Area of Portugal

by , 07/01/14

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Your Position: A Standing All-in-One Workspace that Folds Away to Fit in Any Apartment

by , 07/01/14

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Your Position’ is a clever adjustable workspace designed by David Manning that focuses on improving physical and mental wellbeing. The workspace is completely adjustable depending on the user’s preference or individual needs, and it features a standing desk, a planter, a bulletin board, a LED task light, and racks for storing documents and office supplies.

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What are Microclimates, and Why are They Beneficial?

by , 07/01/14

Are there really places on the earth where the elements magically combine to provide idyllic climates? Although the concept might seem a bit fantastical, microclimates do indeed exist, and are far more common than you might have realized. In fact, there might be one of these hot or cool spots just around the corner from where you are right now! From warm areas in gardens where vegetables can be grown late into the winter, to a neighborhood block that’s cool in summertime because of surrounding buildings, countless microclimates exist all over the world, and people have been harnessing (and enjoying) the benefits of these places for centuries.

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Portable SunCache Solar Charger Packs Serious Power You Can Take Anywhere

by , 07/01/14

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SunCache introduces a powerful portable solar charging system integrated into an innovative custom-designed carrying case. With SunCache, users can easily carry the system anywhere, set it up in seconds and point it at the sun, creating an immediate power source for all electronic gadgets. Devices can charge directly from the sun, store power away in rechargeable batteries for future use, or perform both functions simultaneously! Equipped with a powerful solar panel (available in both 10 and 15 watt sizes), super-efficient power regulation technology, and a flexible power distribution system, SunCache packs an impressive amount of power in a large tablet-sized form factor. “It’s my most flexible solar charging platform to date,” explains Don Cayelli, who has created two previous solar charger iterations. “The combination of charging power, ease of use, and flexible power distribution, makes this an unbelievably handy off-the-grid power accessory for everyone.” Check out the SunCache on Kickstarter project — it’s on fire!

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3 Easy Ways to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy-Efficient This Summer

by , 07/01/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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With the muggy conditions in NYC right now, shutting off your air conditioner might be the furthest thing from your mind – but why not at least make it more energy-efficient while it’s on? If you think about the fact that there are over 3,000,000 households in New York City, and many of them are running their ACs at the same time, you can imagine how much electricity is necessary, putting immense strain on our grid. If you want to chop down your summer utility bills and do your part to conserve electricity, the folks over at NYC Air Conditioning Repair Company have 3 simple tips to help you save energy this summer. Read on to see them all.

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Open House: A 20 Room Vertical Treehouse Village in Korea

by , 07/01/14

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This 5-Floor Prefab Brings Urban Camping to New Heights

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NL Architects' Spordtgebouw Combines 8 Gyms and a Climbing Wall in One Sweet Facility

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