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DIY: Build a Free Things Box and Give Your Unwanted Goods a Happy New Home in the Neighborhood

DIY: Build a Free Things Box and Give Your Unwanted Goods a Happy New Home in the Neighborhood

The Free Things Box (FTB) is a freebie box that's placed in front of the house as a friendly means for recycling small, still useful objects. Many people have a lot of stuff that's still in good order

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German Website Reduces Food Waste by Allowing People to Share Excess Food

German Website Reduces Food Waste by Allowing People to Share Excess Food

Food photo from Shutterstock Each day people around the world throw away a staggering amount of food - by some accounts, almost half of all food produced winds up in the trash. The German website

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PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

PIH’s Solar-Powered Mirebalais Hospital Opens in Haiti, Merging Innovative Design and Healthcare

Not only is HUM Central Haiti’s first-ever teaching hospital, it is the largest hospital in the world to be powered primarily with solar energy. In an area where power outages last for an average of 3

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Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

Mobile Wooden Foosball Table Raises Funds to Help Support Youth Activities in Africa

This fantastic wooden Foosball table, Afrika Kicker, is a socially-motivated, mobile concept that raises money to help support youth activities in South Africa and Rwanda. Created by Misereor, the table

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VICE Launches a New HBO TV Series Exploring Global Issues Overlooked by the Press

VICE Launches a New HBO TV Series Exploring Global Issues Overlooked by the Press

VICE is probably best known to most for its Dos & Don'ts, but the characteristically "hipster" publication has been cementing its place as an important journalistic outlet recently with some hard

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Man Caught Trying to Smuggle Over Ten Percent of an Entire Endangered Species into Thailand

Man Caught Trying to Smuggle Over Ten Percent of an Entire Endangered Species into Thailand

Smugglers already have to answer to the police if they are caught, but a 38-year-old Thai man may have to answer to a much higher authority for attempting to steal almost thirteen percent of an entire

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Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Gates Foundation Offers $100,000 For Next Generation Condom Design

Last year, the Gates Foundation held a competition to redesign the toilet. Turning its sights from sanitation to overpopulation, the nonprofit has now announced a challenge to reinvent the condom. By way

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UK Horse Meat Scandal Sparks Rise in Sales of Vegetarian Meat Alternatives

UK Horse Meat Scandal Sparks Rise in Sales of Vegetarian Meat Alternatives

In the wake of the ongoing horse meat scandal in Europe and the UK, producers and retailers of vegetarian meat alternatives have noticed a spike in sales. Quorn, the UK's biggest vegetarian ready-made

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Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Southern Leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline is Already Halfway Finished

Recently, the State Department released a report claiming that the Keystone XL pipeline would have no significant impact on the environment. However, the study did not factor in the tremendous impact that

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Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Dump is Leaking Toxic Waste

Washington’s Hanford Nuclear Dump is Leaking Toxic Waste

One of the biggest problems with nuclear power is the radioactive waste it produces; governments and the scientific community have struggled to find ways to safely contain the hazardous materials. Sadly,

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Photo Exhibit on Micro-Apartments in Hong Kong Exposes Human Rights Issues

Photo Exhibit on Micro-Apartments in Hong Kong Exposes Human Rights Issues

Formed in 1972, SOCO is a nonprofit organization with the mission of establishing an equal society and building a strong power base for the people of Hong Kong in the face of widening disparity between

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Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food is Engineered to Be Addictive

Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food is Engineered to Be Addictive

When we consider the field of engineering, the images that come to mind run the gamut from airplanes to bridges to 3D printers. Yet we rarely think about how the processed food we consume has been

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Buy a Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush and Smiles for the People Will Donate One to Someone in Need

Buy a Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush and Smiles for the People Will Donate One to Someone in Need

A new dental startup called Smiles for the People offers beautiful biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes - and for each one you buy, they will donate a toothbrush to someone in need! Their mission is to sell

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Why You Shouldn’t Purchase Flowers for Your Valentine

Why You Shouldn’t Purchase Flowers for Your Valentine

This year for Valentine’s Day, show your sweetie that you care about the environment as much as you do for him or her, by NOT sending them flowers. Aside from the fact that cut flowers die within days

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Matt Damon Boycotts the Toilet to Raise Awareness For Clean Water

Matt Damon Boycotts the Toilet to Raise Awareness For Clean Water

Actor and co-founder of water.org Matt Damon won't let a good opportunity to raise awareness of clean water down the tubes. To draw attention to the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to proper

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Painless Sugar-Covered Vaccine Bandaid Could Replace Needles, Doesn’t Need Refrigeration

Painless Sugar-Covered Vaccine Bandaid Could Replace Needles, Doesn’t Need Refrigeration

King's College London has wonderful news for anyone who is frightened of needles. Scientists at the university have developed a disc covered with a painless microneedle array made of sugar that dissolves

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‘Green Pope’ Benedict XVI Resigns From The Vatican at Age 85

‘Green Pope’ Benedict XVI Resigns From The Vatican at Age 85

Pope Benedict XVI photo from Shutterstock Today Pope Benedict XVI announced plans to resign on Feb 28, citing his advanced age and health. Over his tenure he garnered the moniker "the Green Pope" by

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Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

Kunle Adeyemi Designs a Solar-Powered Floating School for the Flood-Prone Coastline of Nigeria

For the community of Makoko of Lagos, Nigeria life on the water is nothing new. Prone to flooding, residents have dealt with encroaching waters for generations by building houses on stilts and using

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World’s Third Largest Paper Company Promises to Halt Deforestation in Indonesia

World’s Third Largest Paper Company Promises to Halt Deforestation in Indonesia

Indonesian forest photo from Shutterstock Today the world's third largest paper company, Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) pledged to stop deforestation in Indonesia. As a result of years of campaigning by

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13 Gravity-Defying Sculptures Made from Food Cans at Canstruction 2013!

13 Gravity-Defying Sculptures Made from Food Cans at Canstruction 2013!

Despite being delayed by Hurricane Sandy, our favorite can-tastic event is back in New York City with a slew of gravity-defying sculptures made of cans! The 20th annual Canstruction competition invited

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Two US Students Develop Affordable Ceramic Water Filtration System for Kenya

Two US Students Develop Affordable Ceramic Water Filtration System for Kenya

Two US students from Penn State University have developed an affordable ceramic water filtration system for Africa’s Sub-Saharan countries. The system is based on a design by the non-profit organization

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Solar Ship Receives Grant to Build Emissions-Free Airship to Deliver Supplies to Disaster Areas

Solar Ship Receives Grant to Build Emissions-Free Airship to Deliver Supplies to Disaster Areas

In 2011 we wrote about Solar Ship, a helium zero-emissions cargo plane that is capable of delivering much-needed goods to people in remote areas where vehicles simply cannot reach. Today, Solar Ship is

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Ground Beef Sold in UK Supermarkets Found to be Contaminated with Horsemeat

Ground Beef Sold in UK Supermarkets Found to be Contaminated with Horsemeat

In the United States, finding out that much of the meat served in school lunches contains "pink slime" (second-grade meat treated with ammonia) was a pretty shocking discovery. In the UK, a watchdog

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UK Drivers Trade Their Old Cars for New Trees Through the ‘Scrap Car Plant Tree’ Program

UK Drivers Trade Their Old Cars for New Trees Through the ‘Scrap Car Plant Tree’ Program

Cars accounted for a whopping 21% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK in 2009, but a creative new program from Giveacar and Trees for Cities aims to repair some of the damage caused by cars

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‘Waste Cooking’ is a Reality TV Show That Makes Delicious Dishes From Discarded Food

‘Waste Cooking’ is a Reality TV Show That Makes Delicious Dishes From Discarded Food

As a species, we waste an amazing amount of food. According to Natural Resources Defense Council, people chuck an incredible 40% of all food we produce. Dumpster divers have long sought to live off of the

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Green Design Predictions for 2013

Green Design Predictions for 2013

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think there's actually a chance 2013 will be a significant year in climate history — the year when the

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Could Changes in School Design Prevent Future Attacks?

Could Changes in School Design Prevent Future Attacks?

Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings a few weeks ago, there have been extensive public debates on gun control issues and violent content affecting the mental health of young people. Many are

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Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

It seems that irony is a dish best served coal. The Wales National Coal Mining Museum located in Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales has just installed a huge solar panel array to save

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MakerBot Removes 3D-Printable Gun Parts from Thingiverse Database after Sandy Hook Tragedy

MakerBot Removes 3D-Printable Gun Parts from Thingiverse Database after Sandy Hook Tragedy

Photo via Shutterstock Until a day ago, anyone could download 3D printing files for key gun components from MakerBot’s website. In the wake of last week’s Sandy Hook tragedy, the 3D printing firm

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The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

Instead of chopping down a stately conifer this holiday season, give the gift of a real live tree from the Million Trees Project! By designing your own tree online for the price of a cup of coffee, the

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