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California to Ban Plastic Bags

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Move follows plastic bag prohibitions by several Californian cities.

In a move Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called a "great victory for the environment," California will become the first US state to ban plastic bags. On Wednesday, state Assembly approved legislation prohibiting pharmacies and grocery, liquor and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags. Under the measure, shoppers who don't bring their own reusable bags to the store will......read more

World's First Vertical Cube Garden

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Visionary horticulturalists Paisajismo Urbano erect world's first four-walled vertical garden in Spain.

The green wall trend is in full flight. Landscape architects are increasingly being tapped to incorporate vertical gardens into building designs, not only for beautification, but also as a means of reducing noise pollution, absorbing dust and producing oxygen. In Getafe, just south of Madrid, Spain, a newly erected four-sided vertical garden takes the trend to another level. Designed and built......read more

Guerrilla Gardening

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Age-old practice breathes new life into abandoned property.

Guerrilla gardening, or the illicit cultivation of someone else's land, is a movement that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is a response to the fact that few people own land, and often those that do neglect their land and do not take full advantage of its potential. With countless benefits from guerilla gardening including community beautification and food production,......read more

Greenaid Fosters 21st Century Johnny Appleseeds

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Clever urban hack created by young L.A. duo encourages people to replant their neighborhoods.

If you live or work in a city, odds are, you passed a vacant lot or an ugly, barren strip of soil at some point today. Now imagine if that eyesore were transformed into a wild garden. But how? Greenaid, a project by two recent grads of Otis College of Art and Design in L.A., Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips, and local urban planner David Fletcher, is a plan to distribute candy machines loaded......read more

Pearl Jam To Plant $210K Worth Of Trees

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Trees planted in band's home state of Washington part of effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by their 2009 U.S. tour.

The Pulse of Radio reports that Pearl Jam is spending $210,000 to plant trees in the band's home state of Washington as part of an effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by the band's 2009 U.S. tour. According to Reuters, the money will cover the band's own travel and hotel contributions as well as emissions made by fans traveling to shows. The group wants to continue......read more

Bluefin Tuna Ban Rejected

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A proposal to ban the export of the critically endangered bluefin tuna has been rejected at a UN wildlife meeting.

Some dismaying news for our oceans today, when a bid to ban commercial trade of Atlantic bluefin tuna was shot down at UN endangered species meetings. The proposal, tabled by Monaco, was opposed by Japan, Canada, and many developing countries on the grounds it would devastate fishing economies. Demand for bluefin tuna is driven by luxury seafood markets in Japan, where it is a sushi mainstay.......read more

LA Gives Rewards for Recycling

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New RecycleBank program will reward green Angelenos.

The city of L.A. unveiled a pilot program Tuesday to encourage more recycling of beer bottles, old newspapers, cardboard, plastic and other recyclables. Called RecycleBank, the program gives points to individuals who recycle, worth as much as $400 per year per blue bin. Angelenos already reduce, reuse or recycle about 65% of their waste -- the highest rate of the country’s 10 largest......read more

Strange Worlds

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Meticulously detailed model landscapes by Matthew Albanese.

Matthew Albanese's landscapes are so real looking, it's hard to believe they're not photos of real life scenes. The New Jersey photographer creates meticulous small-scale models that are as dramatic as any Romantic landscape painting. The strikingly realistic images are achieved through the use of various household materials - cotton for clouds, salt for waterfalls, tile grout for......read more

Mining For Algae

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Researchers in Missouri aim to grow algae for biofuel in abandoned mines.

Based in Brooklyn, Nightwood is a home decor shop specializing in its own brand of reconstructed furniture and textiles. Owner-designers Myriah Scruggs and Nadia Yaron salvage woods and fabrics and reincarnate them as beautifully rustic, original pieces. Last week, the Nightwood pop-up shop at a downtown Brooklyn condo development. If you're in the area, be sure to swing by. For more......read more

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