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7 Great Green Roofs

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Cool buildings with plants growing on them.

Living roofs have gained widespread acceptance in recent decades for their ability to reduce the urban heat island effect and decrease heat loss and energy consumption. In the hands of a skilled designer, they can also be downright beautiful. Here are a few of our faves. Images, left to right: 1. School of Art and Design, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. If this sweeping building......read more

Eating Green on St. Patrick's Day

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(Without the food coloring.)

St. Patrick's Day is here, which means green food coloring sales are through the roof. No offense to food coloring companies, but we'd rather do it the natural way. Ann Hodgman, writing for Slashfood, has some ideas: Add some green peas to your mashed potatoes to change the color (but not the taste). Use pesto to double green your spinach pasta, or to make green garlic bread. Green......read more

Keeping Up With the Jones

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NAACP award offers partial vindication for former green jobs czar.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has included Van Jones among the recipients of its 2010 Image Awards. For some, the award offers Jones, the best-selling “author of “The Green Collar Economy” and former advisor for the Obama administration, a partial vindication; his last share of the public spotlight was a 2009 political fiasco that resulted in his......read more

A Convenient Untruth

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Conservatives affirm their ignorance of science with their reactions to last week's "Snowpocalypse".

The recent snowstorms in Washington, D.C. did more than provide a visible metaphor for the gridlocked politics of our nation’s capitol—they also exposed one of the most troubling causes of that gridlock: Conservatives' dismissive attitude towards science. In reaction to the record snowfalls, Fox News’ Sean Hannity announced “it’s the most severe winter storm in years, which would......read more

Chocolate with a Conscience

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This Valentine's, give the gift of a guilt-free gorge.

Valentine’s Day is probably the most polarizing of holidays. While all the smug couples delight in gazing into each other’s eyes over a prix fixe and a bottle of pink champagne, all the tragic singles are left to fend for themselves. And the holiday has become so aggressive that it takes hard work to avoid being gawked at like you’re some romatically-challenged leper. Fear not readers. ......read more

Vanguard Bikes

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Italian firm ewo comes through with an energy efficient, LED street light solution.

Designed in Singapore, made in Portland, Vanguard Bikes specializes in restoring and customizing vintage bike frames into fresh new rides. The company's output is 'limited edition' at its most extreme. Each bike is a one-off that will never be duplicated. What unites their work is a deep understanding of bike design history, and an unwavering commitment to bikeriding's soulful......read more

ARS NATURA: Romance on Ice

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21st century artists call forth a new romantic relationship with one precious, melting resource.

When art history books are written about the early part of the 21st century, an entire chapter will likely be devoted to our culture’s newfound romance with ice. The Copenhagen climate talks, though a political failure, nevertheless established an important moment in history – an acknowledgement by the world’s global leadership of one simple fact – the Arctic is melting and may in fact......read more

Stricter Smog Limits Proposed

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Factories, power plants and landfills face crackdown with EPA's new ozone proposal.

The LA Times reports today that the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed the nation's strictest-ever smog limits this morning, a move that could put large parts of the country in violation of federal air quality regulations. The EPA proposed allowing a ground-level ozone concentration of between 60 and 70 parts per billion, down from the 75-ppb standard adopted under President George......read more

US Makes Bid to Break Deadlock in Copenhagen Talks

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Hillary Clinton pledges US support for $100 billion finance deal with developing countries.

In a move to save the Copenhagen talks from collapse, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced earlier today that the United States is prepared to support a $100 billion financing plan to help developing countries protect themselves from the damaging effects of climate change. There is some hope that the announcement will give a last minute boost to the climate negotiations, which have......read more

Harvesting Air for Water

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German engineering goes green with a fog-collecting system that serves the water needs of an arid Peruvian village.

Biologists Kai Tiedemann and Anne Lummerich are finding ingenious ways to help people living in arid regions find and develop new sources of water. Bellavista, a small, hillside settlement near Lima, Peru that is unconnected to the municipal water supply is enveloped in fog through most of the winter. There, the pair designed a fog-catching system that captures and collects fog-water for use by......read more

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