House Passes Bill that Prohibits Expert Scientific Advice to the EPA

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While everyone’s attention was focused on the Senate and the Keystone XL decision on Tuesday, some pretty shocking stuff was quietly going on in the House of Representatives. The GOP-dominated House passed a bill that effectively prevents scientists who are peer-reviewed experts in their field from providing advice — directly or indirectly — to the EPA, while at the same time allowing industry representatives with financial interests in fossil fuels to have their say. Perversely, all this is being done in the name of “transparency.”

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Eurostar Unveils Blazing Fast 200 MPH Train for 20th Anniversary

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High-speed rail service Eurostar just got a lot faster and better looking. Set to launch by the end of 2015, the company’s sleek new e320 train will carry passengers crossing the Chunnel from England to France en route to Brussels or Paris at a top speed of 200 mph (320 kph). Eurostar held a press conference last week at London’s St. Pancras Station to announce the new train in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary. The 17-train fleet is designed by Italian transport design studio Pininfarina, which has worked with car manufacturers Ferrari and Maserati, and built by Siemens.

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

 

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When I think of monkeys, I don’t think of them living in the desert, namely because primates love trees, water, big juicy leaves, and fruit. In fact, only two primates have even bothered to go there, and the Hamadryas baboon is the first. With a magnificent white mane, scarlet face, and bizarrely complex social system, he was a sacred muse of the ancient Egyptians; in the afterlife, it fell upon his regal mantle to devour the souls of the dead that were deemed “unrighteous”—serious stuff! The other primate is us. Both are supreme collaborators, and wherever resources are scarce and unpredictable, the most successful creatures are those who work as a team. That type of collaboration is the skill that we’re going to explore in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual!

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Acid Rain is Turning Canada's Lakes Into Jelly

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You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that acid rain is a monumental problem, but these days, the consequences of industrialization are beyond anything we could have imagined. Toxic pollution has gotten so bad that several of Canada’s water bodies have turned into a gelatinous mess.

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What City Skies Would Look Like Without Light Pollution

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Paris Officials Veto Herzog & de Meuron's Triangle Skyscraper

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Parisian city council officials have voted against Herzog & de Mueron’s Tour Triangle – a proposed triangular skyscraper that would be the French capital’s third largest structure. City councils deemed the 180 meter tower too modern for the Parisian skyline, but the city’s Mayor Anne Hidalgo says that the fight is not over and is urging a second vote. Tour Triangle, which was first proposed in 2008, would create 3,000 jobs as well as 85,000 square meters of office space spread vertically.

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2015 BMW i3 Wins 'Green Car of the Year' at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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Green Car Journal just announced its 11th annual Green Car of the Year award at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and this year’s winner is… the 2015 BMW i3! The i3 impressed the jury with its all-electric driving range and zero-emission powertrain – and the occasion marks the first time that an electric vehicle has received Green Car Journal’s award.

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Renovated Apartment in Barcelona Boasts Flexible Wooden Walls and Gorgeous Mosaic Floors

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6 Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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Nurturing Kids and Community in a Refurbished 100-Year-Old Japanese House

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Most of us remember our favorite childhood playgrounds, where families got together to socialize and kids had the opportunity to run around and play. Many urban areas are noticeably devoid of such spaces, but a group of volunteers in Notogawa, Japan, didn’t let that stop them from creating a community hub: they renovated a vacant 100-year-old house and transformed it into a public space that they named “Co-minka etokoro“. The name “Etokoro” in Japanese signifies painting/art (e) and (to) children (ko) and a good (e-) place (tokoro); a rather apt name, considering that the space is primarily being used as a children’s playground and parenting education facility. Children, parents, and grandparents plant fruit and vegetables in the garden, make seasonal decorations, bake bread, and create art together, filling this old house with delight and promise.

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Petition: Don't Put a Climate Change Denier in Charge of U.S. Environmental Policy!

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When Senate majority is handed to the GOP, a Republican will become the chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee. And Senator Jim Inhofe, one of the most outspoken climate change deniers in government, is set to lead environmental policy starting in January. A petition has been launched to demand that Senator Inhofe isn’t given this appointment. Why? Senator Inhofe has publicly declared that God, not people, is responsible for changes in the climate. He has compared the EPA to the Gestapo, and even says that climate change might have a “beneficial effect on how we live our lives.”

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DIY: A Cordial Event – How to Make Your Own Flavored Liqueurs at Home

by , 11/20/14
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‘Tis the season for celebration, and luscious libations will be popping on on everyone’s tables from Thanksgiving ’til Valentine’s day. This is the time of year when specialty liqueurs get special attention, and you can make your own variations by infusing fruit into alcohol to make fruit cordials to share with family and friends. All you need is fruit (fresh or frozen), an alcohol such as vodka, brandy, rum, or whiskey, and a bit of patience. These need a few weeks to cure, so if you start a batch this weekend, it’ll be ready for the holidays!

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NASA Charts Real-Time Carbon Emissions in Ultra High-Resolution Climate Model (VIDEO)

NASA just launched a new high-resolution computer model that gives a stunning look at the yearly movement of carbon emissions through the planet’s atmosphere. NASA created the model by combining ground-based measurements with data received from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) which was launched in July. The simulation is one of the highest resolution models ever created, and it clearly shows major emission sources and the way winds disperse greenhouse gases.

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Guide to an Energy Efficient Home

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With Old Man Winter knocking at the door, households around the world are bracing for the inevitable spike in energy bills – but making your home more energy efficient could dramatically cut down on your heating costs. To help get you started, Heiton Buckley created an infographic that could help you save over a thousand dollars with over a dozen easy ways to conserve energy. Click through to see how leaks in your home are costing you money – and for a few recommended starter projects that could save big on your energy and heating bills.

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Green Studios Convert Bleak Beirut Rooftop into a Gorgeous Living Garden

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Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design's

Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design's "GIY" Kits

You might already DIY, but do you GIY? New York-based Ecovative Design is already known for creating packaging and even buildings out of mushroom root material, and now they…

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House in Tatemachi's Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy Without Sacrificing Natural Daylighting

House in Tatemachi's Dramatic Cone-Shaped Openings Provide Privacy…

Due to the limited lot size, the walls of the House in Tatemachi are angled outwards to maximize the building volume. A triangular, frosted glass window opens up all three floors to…

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PHOTOS: Tour Philip Johnson's Famous Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut

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Philip Johnson designed the Glass House as a weekend retreat for himself and his partner, art critic David Whitney. Set on a sprawling plot that was originally 47 acres and lined with…

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Design a Temporary Movie Theater for the City of Dakar For a Shot at $6,000 in Prizes

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Despite being home to 2.5 million residents, Senegal's capital city of Dakar has nearly zero movie theaters. In response to the lack of cinemas, [AC-CA]™ launched an international…

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Fascinating Hungarian House of Music Acts an Instrument for Experiencing Rhythm and Melody

Fascinating Hungarian House of Music Acts an Instrument for…

The building attempts to merge musical performance, education, comercial functions and the surrounding landscape into an experiential whole. A public promenade from the ground floor to…

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