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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

Seductive Urban Beehive Design Unveiled by Philips

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Sleek beekeeping solution looks great, but will it work?

Philips, the multinational Dutch electronics giant, made a big splash at the recent Dutch Design Week with its innovative Microbial Home, a net-zero vision of household appliances and fixtures that all work together in an "integrated cyclical ecosystem."  Aside from the Bio-digester -- the design's main hub -- which converts solid kitchen and human waste (ewww) to methane gas......read more

Baked Pancakes

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Dutch-style pancakes make for a perfect brunch

There are few things in life that make us act like crazed children on too much sugar, but pancakes are one of them. And we're not too humble to declare ourselves experts at making them. So we're always on the hunt for new and interesting ways to prepare our beloved flapjacks. The Dutch version of the pancake is the pannekoek, a thin, plate-sized bit of goodness that can incorporate any sort......read more

Spring Sets Off Tulip Spectacle in Holland

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Tourists flock to technicolor landscape.

Once a year, more than 10,000 hectares of farmland in northwestern Netherlands burst into a patchwork of colors. Like psychedelic Mondrians, these aerial photos capture the tulip farms at the peak of their technicolor glory. The short-lived Dutch Tulip season attracts tens of thousands of flower-gazers, who set up shop along the fields to take in the show.  (via Daily Mail)...read more

I Kayaked to Shell and Back. Here's What I Learned

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A Great Story By Katie Herzog

When my old friend Trip asked me to join him in a tandem sea kayak for Paddle in Seattle, a kayak flotilla protest against Shell’s oil explorations in the Arctic, my first impulse was a big Hell no. Spending an afternoon with hundreds of people who care deeply about climate change and are willing to brave the polluted waters of Puget Sound to make a statement may sound like a fine......read more

Tax Break Drain for Big Oil

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Obama's proposed 2014 budget includes deflated tax incentives and hiked royalty rates for the oil and gas sector

Daniel J. Weiss for the Center for American Progress: President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 would eliminate $39 billion of special tax breaks for Big Oil companies over the next decade as part of comprehensive business tax reform. These companies earned billions of dollars in recent years due to high oil and gasoline prices and do not need additional support from......read more

Dom'Up Treehouse - More Than Glamping

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From Dutch Arboriculturist Bruno de Grunne and Architect Nicolas d'Ursel

These Dutch designers give a modern and luxurious twist the the idea of a treehouse.  Bruno de Grunne and Nicolas d'Ursel from Trees and People invented a suspension style cabin that is a beauty on many levels. Not only is their treehouse a syberatic way to indulge in nature, but it's designed to respect the trees. It's apparently super easy to install and leaves no trace or impact on the......read more

Glass Prefab Cabin by 2by4 Architects

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A perfectly compact getaway in the Dutch countryside

Architects of generic, gargantuan McMansions could stand to learn a thing or two from 2by4 Architects, the Rotterdam-based firm behind the design of this compact recreational home in the Dutch countryside. At only 225 square feet, the Island House leaves a tiny footprint without sacrificing any of the client's needs in terms of comfort or views. The glass prefab is designed for......read more

Manmade Land: Photos by Siebe Swart

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Aerial photographs of Dutch waterworks

As global temperatures continue their upward trajectory, rising seas are an imminent threat for low-lying countries like Holland. The famously waterlogged nation is at the vanguard of innovation in water management, employing groundbreaking tactics to protect human settlements and maintain coastal land. In Manmade Land, Dutch photographer Siebe Swart shows his country's struggles with rising......read more

Conceptual Photos of Bolivia by Scarlett Hooft Graafland

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Dutch artist combines photography and installation on the Bolivian salt flats

Inspired by “the wonder of creating situations that have never existed before and will probably never exist again," Dutch artist Scarlett Hooft Graafland ventures deep into remote territories to create strange, captivating images that combine photography with performance and installation. From 2010 through 2011 her place of work was the Bolivian Altiplano, where she incorporated local......read more

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