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Park(ing) Day 2014: The Most Amazing Pop-Up Parks From Around the World!

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This past Friday parking spots across the States and around the world turned over a green leaf as pop-up public parks for Park(ing) Day 2014! This annual celebration of public space is one of our favorite events of the year – all it takes is a bag of quarters and some comfy seats to reclaim the roads for some rest and relaxation. We hit the streets and asked you to submit your favorite pop-up parks, and we’ve rounded them all up – check them out after the break!

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nArchitects New Zig-Zagging M2 Building Will be a Civic Landmark in Calgary

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Oil Rich Rockefellers to Divest Charitable Fund From Fossil Fuels

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The Rockefeller brothers made their family’s fortune through their oil refinery company, Standard Oil. Now the family is joining a growing movement to divest from fossil fuels. Today the $860 million Rockefeller Brothers Fund will announce that it, along with 49 other foundations, is divesting from oil, gas, coal and tar sands. The stunning announcement coincides with tomorrow’s United Nations Climate Change Summit, and aims to send a message that industry and financial leaders think the time has come to end our dependence on Big Oil.

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Cool Chargeboard Juices Up Your Smartphone While You Skate

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Ever wished you could charge your iPhone while skateboarding? Now you can with Chargeboard, a fantastic new long board designed by Bjorn van den Hout. Unlike any other board on the market, Chargeboard generates its own electricity through two hidden dynamos, storing it right away into a power box. And to up the cool ante as only Dutch designers know how, the board doubles as a docking station for blasting your favorite tunes after a long ride.

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Blues Giant Memphis Slim's Historic Home Transformed into Modern Music Collaboratory

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Utopian Cloud-Shaped Skyscraper Unveiled for Shenzen Bay

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ABC's Investigative Team Uncovers Plastic Microbeads in Toothpaste Getting Stuck In Patients Gums

by , 09/22/14
filed under: News

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ABC7 Chicago reports that Dentists and dental hygienists have begun speaking out against plastic microbeads in toothpastes after many have noticed the tiny blue beads lodged in patients’ gums or between their teeth. Dentists are concerned about the possible implications for gingivitis and periodontal disease, although no cases have yet been reported. In response, toothpaste manufacturers have indicated they are happy to remove the beads from their products, but there will be a “phasing out” period.

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This Polish Town is 100% Powered by Renewable Energy!

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The town of Kisielice in Poland is 100 percent powered by renewable energy! In recognition of its achievement, the town has just been awarded a European Commission ManagEnergy Award 2014 in the self-sufficiency category. The achievement is even more remarkable given that Poland as a whole derives around 90 percent of its energy from coal.

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PHOTOS: 400,000 People Converge on Manhattan in Largest Climate March in History!

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Extraordinary Village-Like Home Shelters Three Generations Under One Roof in Japan

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Jean Nouvel Unveils Plans for Nature-Filled National Art Museum of China

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Support Studio Swine's Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

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While most have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, few know about the smaller, but equally problematic North Atlantic Gyre. To help raise awareness about the issue and remove plastic from our shores and oceans, Studio Swine has launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for a voyage to the North Atlantic. The London-based design studio made waves previously with their ingenious Sea Chair made from plastic ocean waste, and they plan to make more Sea Chairs on their North Atlantic journey by feeding collected plastic waste into a solar-powered 3D printer. Support their journey by donating to their Kickstarter!

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New Sustainable Foodie Haven Set to Transform an Abandoned Warehouse in New Jersey

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PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public

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Could Moving Endangered Trees Out of Their Natural Habitat Save Them from Climate Change?

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Climate change has conservationists considering drastic steps they would never before consider – like planting forests of endangered trees in locations where they can thrive. Assisted migration is a controversial new concept that proposes replanting endangered tree seeds in regions that they don’t normally grow, but which will become ideal environments as the world keeps warming. This radical idea, which is still hypothetical, comes in response to the possibility that climate change will happen so fast that trees won’t be able to adapt on their own.

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Made in Space Just Launched the World's First Zero-Gravity Printer

Made in Space Just Launched the World's First Zero-Gravity Printer

When something breaks down in space, it is not always easy to replace. There’s no home supply store around the corner and the unique nature of space work makes finding parts a…

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The  Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners' Most Sustainable Residence Yet

The Luxembourg House is Richard Meier & Partners' Most…

The Luxembourg House is tucked into a hillside in a rural area with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Oriented to take advantage of solar gain, the home faces south, but…

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Help Prevent Wisconsin's Dr. Ned Kalin from Torturing and Killing Baby Rhesus Monkeys

Help Prevent Wisconsin's Dr. Ned Kalin from Torturing and Killing Baby…

Dr. Ned Kalin from the University of Wisconsin–Madison is subjecting baby rhesus macaque monkeys to a controversial series of experiments designed to maternally and socially isolate…

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Controversial Move by UK School Fingerprints Kids in Lunch Line to Monitor Their Diets

Controversial Move by UK School Fingerprints Kids in Lunch Line to…

Redhill School in Stourbridge, England, plans to use electronic fingerprinting to identify students in the lunch queue in an effort to reduce long waiting lines. Pitched as a cashless…

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Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like…

Heavily landscaped with green roofs, planting beds, and water features, Butterfly Square was designed to look like an extension of the neighboring park. To keep the development…

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