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BP Continues to Pollute Local Landfills With Oil Spill Waste

BP Continues to Pollute Local Landfills With Oil Spill Waste

There may — or may not — be some scientific disagreement about how much spilled oil remains in the Gulf of Mexico, but there's no mystery about how much oily waste is collecting in local

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Peace Corps to Start Clean Energy Program in the Americas

Peace Corps to Start Clean Energy Program in the Americas

Since 1961 when President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order, thousands of volunteers have traveled to developing countries to implement programs that range from AIDS education

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Citizen Architect: Film Explores Rural Studio’s Green Architecture

Citizen Architect: Film Explores Rural Studio’s Green Architecture

If you're an avid follower of the field of green architecture, then you won’t want to miss a PBS documentary tonight on the life and work of Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee -- a great pioneer in affordable

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Gigantic Grassy Lawn Lounges Sprout Throughout England!

Gigantic Grassy Lawn Lounges Sprout Throughout England!

We have written about grassy love seats and other examples of literal lawn furniture before, but never at this scale, and for such a great cause. The National Trust conducted a survey on the habits of

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Oil Spill Continues to Devastate the Gulf With no End in Sight

Oil Spill Continues to Devastate the Gulf With no End in Sight

The spill was caused by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig on April 20th, 2010. When the rig sunk and caused damage to the oil well a mile beneath the surface of the water, the

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5 Easy and Economical Ways to Green Up Your 4th of July!

5 Easy and Economical Ways to Green Up Your 4th of July!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! If you're stateside you'll most likely be spending this lovely Sunday grilling up some veggie burgers and biting into huge slices of watermelon. But before you get going with the

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My Neighbor Totoro: One of the Best Family Films Ever Made

My Neighbor Totoro: One of the Best Family Films Ever Made

As adorable as the animated characters of stories like “Shrek” and “Toy Story” may be, the trials and tribulations these protagonists go through often carry enough stress to send

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Is Apple Involved in Heavy-Metal Pollution in China?

Is Apple Involved in Heavy-Metal Pollution in China?

Chinese environmental groups are questioning whether Apple, which has refused to respond to their inquiries, is involved in heavy-metal pollution in the country.

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VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

Architecture for Humanity is network of over 40,000 design professionals around the world who donate their services to helping to improve lives of people in need. Every year they build buildings and

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Mobile Smart Cart Farms Bring Urban Agriculture to Chicago Residents

Mobile Smart Cart Farms Bring Urban Agriculture to Chicago Residents

Photo by Mason Pritchett Fresh food is on the move and may be coming to a neighborhood near you – if you live in Chicago. Our friends at The Architects Newspaper tipped us off to Archeworks latest

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VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

Over a billion people in the world don't have access to transportation. Worldbike is trying to fight that problem with great design as their weapon. Founder Ross Evans created Worldbike a decade ago on a

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Rainproof Solar LED Bulb Could Illuminate the Developing World

Rainproof Solar LED Bulb Could Illuminate the Developing World

1.6 billion people in the world still use kerosene lamps for light. Not only are they non-renewable and expensive -- they can consume up to 5% of a family's income -- they also give off noxious

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Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Check out these cheerful candy-colored buildings! Murals are a fantastic way to sugar-coat concrete and brighten up otherwise drab buildings. Artists Haas and Hahn have adorned several concrete

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Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

One our favorite design organizations Project H just launched their latest initiative which focuses on transforming the educational landscape through design. An organization founded by former Inhabitat

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THE GUYANA PROJECT: Students Turn South American Rainforest into Design Studio!

THE GUYANA PROJECT: Students Turn South American Rainforest into Design Studio!

The lucky group of graduate students constructed their projects in the Liana Cane factory, an ethical working environment using only renewable, non-timber rainforest materials. Liane Cane's owner, Jocelyn

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How to Use Technology to Green Your Shopping

How to Use Technology to Green Your Shopping

While the recent rise in consumer spending is certainly a good sign for our ailing economy, what does this mean for our fragile environment? If you’re one of the many stepping out this weekend for

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Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Recycling used electronics is great, but in some cases, there's an even greener option out there -- several charities accept used and even broken electronic equipment. These non-profits ensure that

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Naturally Occuring Bacteria Could Help Clean Oil Spill

Naturally Occuring Bacteria Could Help Clean Oil Spill

Almost two weeks after the disaster started, the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico is still gushing up to 10,000 barrels of oil into the ocean every day. Efforts by BP and the US government to stop

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Polar Bear Sugar Cubes Melt Away in Your Morning Coffee

Polar Bear Sugar Cubes Melt Away in Your Morning Coffee

These days it’s hard to deny that global warming is melting away our precious glaciers, and, sadly, the animals living in the polar regions are the ones that are suffering most.  Using this dire fact

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Electronics Recycling 101: The Problem With E-Waste

Electronics Recycling 101: The Problem With E-Waste

America's love affair with consumer electronics will likely rage on for years to come. With a constant stream of iPads, e-readers and smart phones hitting the market, it's hard not to get sucked into

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BOOM! A Political Statement in the Form of Chocolate

BOOM! A Political Statement in the Form of Chocolate

Mexico is one of the largest producers of cacao in the world, cultivating this ancient currency for over three millennia. But while it’s the birthplace of chocolate, any production of this lucrative

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Oberlin’s LEED Downtown Development Revitalizes a Community

Oberlin’s LEED Downtown Development Revitalizes a Community

Ten years ago three college students had a vision to reclaim a stagnant downtown area in Oberlin, Ohio -- in a couple of months that vision will become reality. Sustainable Community Associates has

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San Francisco’s EcoCenter Opens This Sunday at Heron’s Head Park!

San Francisco’s EcoCenter Opens This Sunday at Heron’s Head Park!

The Heron's Head park project is the kind of thing that makes a social justice environmental activist's heart sing. Situated literally down the street from the Hunter's View projects (now undergoing major

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EARTH HOUR 2010 IS TONIGHT!

EARTH HOUR 2010 IS TONIGHT!

Earth Hour 2010 is tonight, and you’ve got a V.I.P. invitation to the hottest event on the planet! Now in its fourth year, the event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature asks everyone to take a

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Silicon Chips Embedded in Human Cells Could Detect Diseases Earlier

Silicon Chips Embedded in Human Cells Could Detect Diseases Earlier

It's hard to imagine a computer chip tinier than a single, human cell. Still, scientists recently created silicon chips small enough to be embedded into body cells. Once the technology is studied more and

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New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

Instead of showing kids how to kill, a new video game instructs them on how to stay alive. A group of students and their professor at Michigan State University recently launched a video game that aims to

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Beautiful Bamboo Flow Lights are Powered by the Wind!

Beautiful Bamboo Flow Lights are Powered by the Wind!

How do you create effective lighting when there’s no way to get to the grid? Leave it to a couple of ingenious designers to come up with a beautiful and self-sufficient bamboo lighting system! Designed

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Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Examples of climate change's strange consequences abound. Warmer temperatures may bring about more instances of kidney stones and cause longer allergy seasons. Now, research shows that environmental

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16 Cities Sue Atrazine Maker for Contaminating Their Water

16 Cities Sue Atrazine Maker for Contaminating Their Water

Atrazine (the most common herbicide on Earth) has been clogging the news waves lately with a recent study that showed it caused male frogs to become female. Atrazine was outlawed in the EU for its

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Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal Gets Superfund Status

Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal Gets Superfund Status

The EPA announced this week the addition of 10 hazardous waste sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. One of the sites added to the NPL is the super-famous and now Superfunded

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