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The Chinese Town That Recycles Your Old Christmas Lights

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Every year, 20 million pounds of discarded holiday lights make their way to Shijiao, where they're recycled into slippers and more

A single strand of burnt-out Christmas lights weighs almost nothing in the hand. But a bale of burnt-out Christmas tree lights the size of a love seat? That weighs around 2200 pounds, according to Raymond Li, the general manager of Yong Chang Processing, a scrap metal processor in the southern Chinese town of Shijiao. He would know: on a recent Saturday morning I stood between him and three such......read more

Parsi Tomato Chutney

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A spicy and sweet Indian delight that works in lots of meals

You can never have too many condiments. And the best ones are the the ones you make yourself using fresh, organic ingredients grown as locally as you can get 'em. We've developed a certain obsession with Asian sauces and condiments of late, and this Parsi Tomato Chutney fits the bill perfectly. The recipe is derived from My Bombay Kitchen, a collection of Parsi home recipes by Niloufer......read more

LightSpace II: Toronto's Grand Green Condo

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Top floor warehouse space transformed into sustainable home

In 2003, Toronto architects Baird Sampson Neuert created an experimental condo prototype called LightSpace for a design show themed on dense urban living. A show-goer was so impressed by the design that he asked the firm to replicate it for him. LightSpace II is the result. Part of the transformation of a former industrial building into residential condos, the rooftop residence employs......read more

Traveling Light: Aya Padron's Road Photos

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South America travels from Under the Sugar photography

For Portland, Maine-based writer and photographer Aya Padron, shooting photos goes hand-in-hand with a tendency for introversion. "Having always been very shy, I'm drawn to photography because it offers an alternative way of speaking, one that is visual and wordless," she says. "My intuition as a photographer is to celebrate and emphasize this quietness, calling attention to ordinary......read more

Foraging Local Loquats in L.A.

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Seasonal delight provides easy pickings for California fruit hunters.

If you don't live in southern California, you'd be forgiven for not knowing what a loquat is. Hell, a lot of Los Angeleans don't even know. That's because the fuzzy orange fruit that grows all over the city is largely ignored in kitchens — and entirely ignored commercially. Well it's time to put a stop to loquat neglect. Boasting a sweet-tart flavor that falls somewhere between an apricot......read more

Whoa, this spire is almost too sick for words. With a futuristic Lord of the Rings look, the Hydra Skyscraper just took an honorable mention award in the 2011 Evolo Skyscraper Competition. The spire has an exoskeleton made from graphene, which Inhabitat calls a "carbon super-material that is 200 times stronger than steel and highly conductive to heat and electricity." The concept super-tower has......read more

Tower of Power

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Is concentrated solar power the future of renewable energy? A Guardian video shines a light on the world's first commercial solar tower.

For most of us, the vision of a solar-powered future conjures a mental image of rooftops covered in photovoltaic panels. But PV tech is actually only a few decades old, and humans have been harnessing the sun's power for millenia. Concentrated solar power (CSP), or "solar thermal," is an ancient, low-tech version of solar energy capture, in which the sun's heat energy is used to boil water and......read more

Daniel McCormick: Methods and Materials

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New show highlights the practice of an eco-art pioneer.

The term "environmental art" is a bit misleading, in that it encompasses all sorts of artistic interventions in nature, whether the works are "good" for the environment or not. Many of the most famous environmental artworks were made using heavy machinery, causing permanent changes to landscapes in the name of art.  Daniel McCormick is an eco-artist in the truest sense. For over twenty-five......read more

Cape Wind Clears Permitting Process

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America's first offshore wind farm given regulatory green light.

Cape Wind, the proposed 130-turbine wind farm to be built in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Cape Cod, received its final federal permit late last week, clearing the way for construction to commence this year. The EPA approval completes a regulatory process that has lasted over a decade.  Cape Wind will be the first offshore wind farm in the United States, and renewable energy......read more

Solar Plane Sets Flight Record

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26-hour flight confirms viability of emissions-free air travel.

An experimental airplane with 12,000 solar cells and the wing span of a Boeing 777 passenger jet completed its first test flight of more than 24 hours on Thursday, proving that the aircraft can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft all night. Pilot and project co-founder Andre Borschberg flew the Solar Impulse to 28,000 feet above the Jura Mountains, reaching top speeds......read more

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