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Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

Why You Should Personally Give a Damn About Climate Change

A world devastated by climate change is like a night where The Day After Tomorrow, Planet of the Apes, and A Clockwork Orange turn on some Marvin Gaye, burn some incense, and hit the bed to breed a mega

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DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

DIY: Make Your Own Rustic Sofa from Used Shipping Pallets

If you're in the market for a new sofa but don't feel like shelling out too much cash for one, then why not make your own?! Styleitchic posted the ultimate DIY guide to building very cool, recycled

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

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

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

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  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

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Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Researchers at Oregon State University just made an energy breakthrough that could cut the cost of solar energy while also drastically reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturing solar materials. OSU

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USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

USDA Invests $2 Million in Sustainable Wooden Skyscraper Competition

Last week at a meeting hosted by the White House, the USDA announced plans to host a competition encouraging architects, engineers, and builders to start designing and building high rises out of a simple

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HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

Carbon calculator photo from Shutterstock At one time or another, you've probably used a carbon calculator to find out how you're impacting the planet. But what's next? What happens after you know how

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Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Brazil photo via Shutterstock All those airplanes crisscrossing Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer will nearly double carbon emissions compared to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According

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myPower Converts Energy from Your Daily Run into Renewable Power for Your Mobile Phone

myPower Converts Energy from Your Daily Run into Renewable Power for Your Mobile Phone

Between portable batteries and cases with built-in power, there are a multitude of ways to recharge your device on the go. Unfortunately, all of them require that you pre-charge the backup itself.

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Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

Bloom: Floating Phytoplankton Farm Absorbs Carbon Dioxide and Monitors Rising Sea Levels

The floating spherical structure is conceived of as a way to address global warming and rising sea levels. Large phytoplankton aquariums, supervised by a permanent staff of scientists and marine experts,

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Energy Box Passive House is an Earthquake-Proof Sustainable Home in Northern Italy

Energy Box Passive House is an Earthquake-Proof Sustainable Home in Northern Italy

Pierluigi Bonomo used CLT to replace the damaged brick house. He built a box inside the remnants of the previous house, creating a “new home” for the inhabitants. The passivhaus principles are

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MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

Researchers at MIT have engineered a new kind of rechargeable flow battery that could lead to a greater switch to renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Despite widespread support for renewable

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How Fast and Furious 6 Tried to Reduce its Enormous Carbon Footprint

How Fast and Furious 6 Tried to Reduce its Enormous Carbon Footprint

This weekend, the sixth installment of the ever-popular Fast and Furious franchise roared into US cinemas with its box office-winning combination of fast cars, big biceps and simmering homo-eroticism.

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100 Million Roses Grown for Valentine’s Day Produce 9,000 Metric Tons of CO2

100 Million Roses Grown for Valentine’s Day Produce 9,000 Metric Tons of CO2

Galyna Andrushko / Shutterstock Roses may be red, but they're definitely not green according to research from Scientific American. As millions of partners exchange bunches of red roses in the run up to

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Cotton Grown in Africa is Easier on the Earth Than Conventional Plantations

Cotton Grown in Africa is Easier on the Earth Than Conventional Plantations

The cotton industry consumes a pile of water and emits significant greenhouse gases, but new research reveals that growing cotton in Africa exacts a smaller ecological price. Cotton Made in Africa

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Coca-Cola Launches Plastic Bottle Recycling Program To Make Seats For Brazilian World Cup Stadium

Coca-Cola Launches Plastic Bottle Recycling Program To Make Seats For Brazilian World Cup Stadium

Photo via Shutterstock In two years Brazil will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and as one of its main sponsors Coca-Cola has pledged to reduce the tournament's environmental footprint by launching a

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[BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris

[BP] Architectures’ M9-C is an Integrated, Energy-Efficient Mixed-Use Housing Development in Paris

The M9-C project is located on the Parisian Left Bank and contains a nine-class school, a three-level theater, 66 social housing rental units, and a 51-space underground parking garage. The school and the

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New Report Shows Global CO2 Emissions Have Risen by 3% Over the Past Year

New Report Shows Global CO2 Emissions Have Risen by 3% Over the Past Year

Power plant photo from Shutterstock Last week the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the EC Joint Research Centre, reported that the carbon footprint of the individual Chinese citizen has

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Average Chinese Citizen’s Carbon Footprint is Now Equal to the Average European’s

Average Chinese Citizen’s Carbon Footprint is Now Equal to the Average European’s

China's industrial growth has really taken off in the last decade - and new research shows that the per capita emissions of the world's most populated country are now almost on a par with the European

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6 Easy Tips to Green Your 4th of July!

6 Easy Tips to Green Your 4th of July!

Summer veggies, Shutterstock 1. Go Meatless for the Day Nothing says 4th of July like a backyard barbecue but the global meat industry has put a terrible strain on the planet. So this year, why not

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USAgain’s Infographic Illustrates the Environmental Impact of a T-shirt

USAgain’s Infographic Illustrates the Environmental Impact of a T-shirt

Photo by Shutterstock Think that simple t-shirt you've got on is free from environmental impact? Think again. USAgain has drawn up an eye-opening infographic that illustrates the damage a single

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$21 Carbon-Neutral Chocolate Bar Will Arrive in the UK By Boat

$21 Carbon-Neutral Chocolate Bar Will Arrive in the UK By Boat

Next week, winds permitting, 24,000 bars of hand-pressed chocolate will arrive in the United Kingdom port of Portsmouth with an unusual claim: the bars are the world's only carbon neutral chocolate

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Google Cools Its New Data Centers In Taiwan with Ice

Google Cools Its New Data Centers In Taiwan with Ice

Google’s new data centers in Taiwan will keep cool during the day thanks to ice made overnight. A thermal storage system, the first of its kind for Google, will balance the company’s energy needs

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Can Scientists Combat Climate Change by Bioengineering the Human Body?

Can Scientists Combat Climate Change by Bioengineering the Human Body?

Climate talks have stalled, and many countries view geoengineering -- like cloud whitening or constructing a space-based sun shade -- to be too risky. Could the genetic engineering of the human body to

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6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Company’s Carbon Footprint

While some companies become more sustainable by overhauling their workplaces into state-of-the-art, ecotastic offices, most businesses don't have the money or the ability to do that. Instead, we must try

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PHOTOS: SFO Terminal 2 is the First U.S. Airport to Achieve LEED Gold Certification

PHOTOS: SFO Terminal 2 is the First U.S. Airport to Achieve LEED Gold Certification

Costing roughly $383 million, the newly renovated 640,000 square foot terminal is home to Virgin America and American Airlines, and has already met 3.2 million passengers this year alone. Completed in

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JDS Wins Hangzhou Waves Design Competition With 2 Gorgeous Green-Roofed Towers

JDS Wins Hangzhou Waves Design Competition With 2 Gorgeous Green-Roofed Towers

Although the finer details of the project have yet to be released, the Hangzhou Wave towers in China are definitely raising the bar for sustainable architecture. The two volumes have both been manipulated

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Russia’s First Active House is 7 Times More Efficient Than the Average Home

Russia’s First Active House is 7 Times More Efficient Than the Average Home

The designers managed to slash the building's carbon footprint so that it emits only 110 kWh/ m2 a year by using building-integrated solar panels and passive design techniques that ensure the home is

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Ford Investigates Coconuts As Replacement for Petroleum in Car Parts

Ford Investigates Coconuts As Replacement for Petroleum in Car Parts

Over the past few years, Ford has increased its use of eco-friendly recycled and bio-based materials in its vehicles, such as soy foam seat cushions, castor oil foam in instrument panels, wheat

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