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Solar City Tower

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Design unveiled for gigantic artificial waterfall in Rio.

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its beaches, its carnival celebrations, its rich musical traditions, and the massive Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks the whole city. For environmentalists, Rio is remembered as that hosted the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit, a landmark in global environmental awareness. When the coastal Brazilian city hosts the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, a gigantic......read more

Favela Painting

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Artists give Rio community a radiant makeover.

In Santa Marta, a hillside favela in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, two artists from Holland are using a massive art intervention to transform the community. Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn originally came to Brazil in 2005 to shoot a documentary on the vibrant favela music scene. They never left. The two stayed in Rio to form Favela Painting, an organization dedicated to creating "striking......read more

Rio Earth Summit: Success, More or Less

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Bob Keefe of the NRDC discusses mixed results

There's a saying in Portuguese, one of the few that I know: Mais ou Menos. It means more or less. Brazilians often use the phrase when you ask them how they’re doing. Mais ou Menos: Good, more or less. Looking back, with the road to Rio+20 now behind us, the expression seems to be a fitting way to sum up the successfulness of the Earth Summit. Mais ou Menos. No, the document that......read more

End Fossil Fuel Subsidies Today

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With the Rio Earth Summit in full swing, Robert Redford explains why we need to stop giving public money to dirty energy companies

Every year, around the world, almost one trillion dollars of subsidies is handed out to help the fossil fuel industry. Who came up with the crazy idea that the fossil fuel industry deserves our hard-earned money, no less in economic times of such harsh human consequence? We fire teachers, police and firemen in drastic budget cuts and yet, the fossil fuel industry can laugh all the way to the bank......read more

Massive Fish Sculptures Made from Recycled Bottles in Rio

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Epic beach installation offers poignant comment on ocean pollution

In Rio de Janeiro, where world leaders are meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), two gigantic fish are rising from Botafogo Beach. The public art installation has been created entirely from discarded plastic bottles collected on and around the beach. By day, the plastic sculptures shimmer in the sun, against the gorgeous backdrop of Rio's mountains. By night, the big......read more

Ars Natura: Fragile Blue Globe

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The story of the COP15 logo.

The sketchy, ephemeral blue globe which served as the official logo for the COP15 climate talks in Copenhagen has in interesting story. The UN in conjunction with the Danish Ministry of Culture launched a design competition in the early part of the year to create an identity for what would become the most important climate summit in history. The judges received hundreds of entries and selected a......read more

Scraplights Disc by Graypants

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Cardboard scraps brilliantly repurposed as light fixtures $279.00

Seattle-bred design collective Graypants turns heads with their handmade Scraplights, which proudly tell the story of the journey from dull, discarded cardboard box to  stunning, unique light fixtures. The Scraplights come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit any space. Here we feature our favorite, the Disc-16, which instills a curvaceous new spirit into salvaged pieces of......read more

Graypants Recycled Scrap Lights - Hive

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Gorgeous reuse and brilliant design. $219.00

Graypants use their scrap lights to proudly tell the story of their journey from being a dull, discarded cardboard box to becoming a stunning, unique light fixture. Instilling new spirit into salvaged pieces of corrugated cardboard, a scrap light’s lively play on light and shadow invigorates once lifeless materials....read more

Graypants Recycled Scrap Lights - Bell

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Gorgeous reuse and brilliant design. $479.00

Graypants use their scrap lights to proudly tell the story of their journey from being a dull, discarded cardboard box to becoming a stunning, unique light fixture. Instilling new spirit into salvaged pieces of corrugated cardboard, a scrap light’s lively play on light and shadow invigorates once lifeless materials....read more

David Byrne's Bike Racks

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Renowned artist/environmentalist has some fun with bike rack design in New York City.

Is (Via Treehugger / Fast Co Design) Images: Decker Yeadon...read more

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