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Maine Island Wilderness Retreat

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Off the grid, in style.

This 550 square-foot cabin sits on a tiny parcel of land on a remote Maine island. Designed by Alex Scott Porter, the getaway is entirely off-the-grid. In the architect's words: This three-season retreat house is situated on the outermost inhabited island in Maine. The island has no roads, stores, electricity, water service, year-round inhabitants or ferry service – no grid. The house ......read more

An Off-Grid Gem on Chile's Coast

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Clifftop home features sustainable strategies galore.

Claudia Schneider's weekend home sits on an 180-foot cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 90 minutes from Santiago and many miles from the electrical grid. But a variety of sustainable strategies make the home's remoteness a non-issue. Dubbed the "Casa Cuatro," the house was designed by Foster Bernal Architects, who fitted it with solar panels, a wind turbine, and a......read more

Signal Shed by Ryan Lingard

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A $10,000 micro-hideaway in the Oregon woods

When Mariah Morrow and Ryan Lingard saw an ad in the Joseph, Oregon local paper for a $47,000, 100- by 150-foot parcel of land, they lit up. "Where most people would have seen a steep, partially burned, partially logged slope that didn’t have utilities, we just saw possibilities," Mariah recalls. The Signal Shed, as they've dubbed their miniature wilderness outpost, was designed by......read more

BoostSolar Charger by Eton

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Solar-powered backup battery delivers off-grid juice to phones or tablets $100.00

The BoostSolar Charger, new in 2013 from Eton, is a handy backup battery that gets powered up by the sun then can be used to charge smartphones and tablets while you're off the grid. On one side, the BoostSolar features a 5" solar charger; on the other, a removable 4,000mAh lithium battery. The solar panel can charge the battery in 10 hours, giving the battery enough juice to charge two iPhones......read more

Criticism Mounts For Obama's Oil Drilling Plan

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Proposal to open coastlines to drilling draws ire from both sides of the political debate.

Aurora Robson's glimmering reputation was built on Plastic bottles are utterly detestable Notcot recently reminded us about the Aurora Robson's most recent exhibit, Be Like Water, just finished showing at 2424 in Philadelphia. For more Robson, visit her site. (via Notcot)...read more

The Schwitchinator

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Schwarzenegger ends backing for offshore drilling.

Even though expanded drilling operations off the Santa Barbara coastline could have created $100 million dollars in California revenue, Governor Schwarzenegger has switched positions and no longer supports drilling expansion. This is one of the more positive responses to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is shaping up to be the worst in American history. If a Republican......read more

How to Reduce Your Oil Footprint

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A few simple ways to effect change.

In the wake of last week's catastrophic oil spill, still growing in the Gulf of Mexico, many people are feeling helpless as to what they can do in their personal lives to stop supporting offshore oil drilling and the use of oil in general. Fortunately, our everyday lifestyle and purchasing decisions matter. We as individuals have the power to help reduce our country's reliance on oil,......read more

Obama Orders Freeze on Offshore Drilling

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President concedes neither oil companies nor government were prepared for worst-case scenario.

In Washington on Thursday, President Obama addressed widening public anger over the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ordering a moratorium on offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The announcement reverses a previous decision to expand offshore drilling off American coastlines. At the White House press conference, the President also said there was too much complacency in goverment prior......read more

Obama Issues New Offshore Drilling Ban

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But will the latest moratorium survive?

In Washington Monday, the Obama administration took another stab at halting offshore drilling in U.S. waters, announcing a six-month moratorium that's no longer based on water depth. The goverment's previous two moratorium orders were rejected by the courts. Echoing the sentiments of environmentalists, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar argued that the order is necessary because of......read more

U.S. Strengthens Offshore Drilling Laws

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New measures aim to improve worker and environmental safety.

NPR reports that the Obama administration released a new set of rules for offshore drilling operators that create tougher requirements for well design, cementing practices, blowout preventers, and employee training. In effect, the rules will improve the safety of drilling operators and lessen the chance of another disaster like the one in the Gulf. With the federal ban on offshore drilling in......read more

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