U.S. Set to Blow $2.8 Trillion by Sitting in Traffic

by , 10/16/14
filed under: Green Transportation, News

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Congestion will cost the U.S. $2.8 trillion over the next 16 years. It’s a boggling figure – but that’s exactly what a new report by the Seattle-based INRIX and the Centre for Economics and Business Research(CEBR) has found. The direct and indirect costs of staring at tail lights and picking our noses reached $124 billion last year, and that figure is set to rise by 50 percent to $186 billion per year in 2030.

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Submit Your Ideas to the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 Memorial + Park Competition

by , 10/16/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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matterbetter launched the MH17 Memorial + Park Competition, an open ideas contest inviting architects, young professionals, and student from across the world to submit their ideas for a memorial and park dedicated to the victims of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) tragedy. The design will honor the tragic loss of the 283 passengers and 15 crewmembers that died aboard the MH17 flight after it was presumably shot down on July 17, 2014. Amsterdam, the departure point for the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight, was selected as the location for the MH17 Memorial. Total prize money available totals 6000 EUR. Registration ends December 10, 2014.

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India Bans Import of All Cosmetics Tested on Animals

by , 10/15/14
filed under: Animals, News, Policy

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The Indian government announced on Monday that as of next month it will no longer permit the importation of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. The embargo comes less than five months after a country-wide ban on animal testing for the cosmetics industry. India now joins the European Union and Israel in banning both animal testing of cosmetics and the importation of animal-tested products. The new ruling from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare goes into effect on November 13, 2014.

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Santiago Calatrava's Iconic Peace Bridge Wins Canadian National Steel Design Award

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Thousands Call on eBay to Dump ALEC Over Climate Change Denial

by , 10/15/14
filed under: climate change, News, Policy

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Forecast the Facts is taking eBay to task for its support of climate change denial by calling for the tech giant to step down from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in a national day of action. When it comes to climate change denial, ALEC is best known for its Environmental Literacy Improvement Act that seeks “balanced” teaching about climate change – which amounts to mandating the teaching of climate change denial in public schools, according to Desmog.

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Vincent Callebaut's Twisting Citytree Towers Generate More Energy Than They Consume

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Wim Delvoye's Creepy Stained Glass Windows Are Made From Recycled X-Rays

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Activists Show What it Would Look Like if Bikes Took Up as Much Room as Cars

by , 10/15/14

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Automobiles have pretty bad space economy, but it’s hard to visual just how bad. So a group of Latvian cycling advocates decided to create a visual demonstration for International Car Free Day on September 22. The group rigged up some skeletal car frames onto their bikes and took to the streets to illustrate how much better traffic could be if people swapped out cars for bikes.

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Hotel Shabby Shabby: Pop-Up Hotel Offers Recycled Rooms Built for Under €250

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Bunker-Like Concrete Home Hides a Courtyard and a Tree Root Chandelier in San Francisco

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Marc Mimram Unveils Ultralight Garden-Filled TGV Station for Montpellier

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Reinventing the Mud Hut: Winners of the 2014 Mud House Design Competition

 

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The challenge for this year’s Mud House Design competition in Ghana was to design a single-family unit on a plot no larger than 60 x 60 feet at a cost of no more than $6,000 (excluding land cost). The idea was designed to generate contemporary mud house designs o be available for free for everyone to use, and to hold building workshops to construct the best design entries. These would serve as examples to the local people that mud architecture can be both durable and beautiful. After receiving numerous submissions, the Nka Foundation has announced the winners: The 1st prize winning design is Sankofa House by M.A.M.O.T.H from France; the 2nd prize winner is Eban Aya by Atelier Koe in Senegal; and the 3rd prize is awarded to Ejisu Earth House by Jason Orbe-Smith from the USA. More information can be found at the Nka Foundation website.

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6 Cozy Campfire Recipes for Fall

by , 10/15/14
filed under: DIY, Features, How To

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Get Spooked in This Gourd-geous Garden of Pumpkin Delights [PHOTOS]

by , 10/15/14
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Nuclear Batteries Could be Longer Lasting and More Efficient

by , 10/15/14
filed under: News, Renewable Energy

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Batteries are essential items for everyday life, but they are notoriously bad for the environment and hard to dispose of, but researchers think that nuclear batteries could change that. A team of scientists and researchers from the University of Missouri believe they have created a long-lasting and efficient nuclear battery thanks to a new water-based solution. They hope that the new battery would be able to be used in everything from cars to future manned space flight.

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QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

QueensWay Team Unveils Plan for New 3.5-Mile Elevated Park in Queens

High Line lovers in NYC will soon have a new elevated park to enjoy if the QueensWay, a green space proposed for an abandoned railroad track in Queens, comes to fruition. The project…

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WaterMade's Handmade Ugandan Jewelry Funds Sustainable Water Projects in Africa

WaterMade's Handmade Ugandan Jewelry Funds Sustainable Water Projects…

UK-based nonprofit WaterMade is a social enterprise that raises money for water projects across East Africa by selling jewelry handmade from recycled materials by women's groups in…

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Pentagon Report States Climate Change is an Immediate Risk to National Security

Pentagon Report States Climate Change is an Immediate Risk to National…

That hotbed of leftist, green activism - the Pentagon - is at it again, having just released a report that nominates climate change as a “threat multiplier” for national security.…

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Video Game Mogul's Unusual Home Conceals a Trick Bookcase, Secret Passageways and Other Surprises

Video Game Mogul's Unusual Home Conceals a Trick Bookcase, Secret…

When Garriott purchased the five-story home back in 2013, it was not much different from the other brownstones on the block. But as with his past homes, like the famous Brittania Manor …

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NASA Discovers That a Massive Methane Cloud Over American Southwest was Caused by Coal Mining

NASA Discovers That a Massive Methane Cloud Over American Southwest…

NASA scientists have confirmed that satellite data shows a methane hot spot in the southwest United States that is so big that it was ignored for years as a possible instrument error.…

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