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10 hobbit homes that will have you ready to move to The Shire

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The charm and appeal of hobbit homes have lasted long after the Lord of the Ring movies launched. Here are some of the cutest of these homes around the world

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Hawaii declares a climate emergency

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Hawaii is the first state in the U.S. to declare a climate emergency. The islands are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and more climate change effects

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Research continues to unravel plastic industry recycling lies

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A new study has proven once more that plastic recycling is a lie. According to American Chemistry Council data, only 14% of all plastic is recycled. The data further shows that 16% is incinerated and 70% ends up dumped into landfills

Nestl ordered to stop diverting spring water from San Bernardino Forest

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Nestlé has been ordered to stop taking spring water in the San Bernardino National Forest

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Vertical wind turbines could make wind farms more efficient

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Researchers have found that vertical wind turbines can improve each other's performance by up to 15

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Easy, meaningful ways to celebrate Arbor Day

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How will you celebrate Arbor Day

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Soil-dwelling invertebrates are victims of pesticides

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The lowly earthworm’s feeding and burrowing mixes organic residues into the soil, enhances nutrient cycling, decomposition and the structural development of soil. But rampant pesticide use threatens the existence of these crucial invertebrates, according to a new study

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HECTAR offers free design plans for open source hydroponics unit

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Among all of the new hobbies picked up during the COVID-19 lockdowns, gardening has to be one of the most popular. Felix Wieberneit from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London imagined a way for U.K. citizens with a limited amount of indoor space to build their own vertical garden and is now making the design free for anyone to download

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Idaho okays killing 90% of state's wolves

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Wolves, a controversial animal in western states, have just been given a death warrant in Idaho

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Climate change is causing the Earth's axis to shift

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New research shows just how far-reaching the impacts of the climate crisis can be

AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

Join our amazing panelists, Nik Gowing, Founder at Thinking the Unthinkable and International Broadcaster; Brenda Laurel, PhD, Principal, Neogaian Interactive; Sheridan Tatsuno, Principal, Dreamscape Global; Archie Kasnet, CEO, Regenerative; and Bruce Armstrong Taylor, The Climate 4.0 Project, to discuss how today's AR/VR and related AI-enabled technologies can be effectively applied, using data from such sources as NASA and NOAA, to both improve and accelerate urban sustainability planning and design.

Levi's Wellthread collection showcases sustainable use of hemp

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Levi's is setting new sustainability goals

Only 1% of global rivers contribute 80% of riverine plastic pollution to oceans

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Most riverine plastic that flows into the oceans comes from just 1% of rivers worldwide

Coal miners union shows support for renewable energy

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The United Mine Workers of America has come out in favor of renewable energy, provided that miners can shift to well-paid jobs in that sector

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DC Microgrids, building infrastructure for energy's future

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The DC Microgrids project will help to build more resilient renewable energy using green sources and out-of-the-box ideas to solve the world's problems

Los Angeles is the largest US city to be certified as a biodiversity haven

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The city of Los Angeles has been certified as biodiversity haven by the National Wildlife Federation

Los Angeles gets an F in air quality

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This year's installation of the American Lung Association's State of the Air report gave Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties an F in particle and ozone pollution

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Aztec-inspired eco home sits lightly on the land in Mexico

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MCXA designed Casa Mague around existing trees

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Florida waterways demand their rights

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Last year, Orange County, Florida passed a "rights of nature" law. Now, some lakes and marshes are suing a developer for infringing on their rights

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The Netherlands to ban carbon-emitting delivery vehicles

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By 2025, only zero-emissions delivery vehicles will be allowed in urban areas

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Green-roofed CABI HQ champions biodiversity and energy efficiency

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After 33 years of working in an old drafty building in Oxfordshire, international nonprofit CABI has upgraded to a new low-energy home that combines beautiful design with employee wellness and environmental sustainability

Barrels of toxic DDT discovered off the coast of California

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David Valentine, a marine scientist at the University of California, has discovered barrels of DDT buried in the ocean just 10 miles off the coast of Southern California

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Can paint eat smog? Volkswagen thinks so.

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Volkswagen is painting enormous ads on the sides of U.K. buildings in an attempt to neutralize pollution. But is this smog-eating paint actually effective

Fukushima nuclear power plant to release contaminated water into ocean

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Ten years after an earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, Japan has announced plans to release contaminated water from the plant into the ocean

Lessons from Schoonschip, Amsterdam's floating eco-village

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How can people live in harmony with global warming and rising water levels? In Amsterdam, a group of forward-thinking people decided to go with the flow

New Zealand requires financial institutions to prepare climate impact reports

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New Zealand has introduced a new law that will require all financial institutions to report the impacts of climate change on their businesses

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Blue X is a new, wave energy-harvesting prototype

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Mocean Energy, a U.K.-based based wave power company, has unveiled Blue X, a machine prototype that will be used to harvest tidal energy

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Global warming driving mass migration of marine life

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Marine life is migrating from the equator to the tropics, according to a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Nepal's rhino population is on the rise

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The 2021 numbers are up 16% for a total of 752 rhinos, according to results released by Nepal’s government this week

French government to ban short domestic flights in favor of trains

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The French government is planning to end all short flights for routes that could be traveled in 2.5 hours or less by train in order to reduce carbon emissions

Harmful algal blooms release "Very Fast Death Factor" into air

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A new study shows that the dangerous anatoxin-a, produced by cyanobacteria and found in algal blooms, can be released into the air, posing serious health risks

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BLM approves solar farm construction in California desert

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The Bureau of Land Management has approved the Crimson Solar Project, a massive solar farm in California that will power over 80,000 homes

Canoos new electric pickup truck features modular design and hidden storage

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The newly revealed electric pickup truck comes fully loaded with a range of unique, sustainable elements

Oregon State mass timber buildings sequester over 2,000 tons of CO2

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Last year, the College of Forestry at Oregon State University welcomed Peavy Hall and the Advanced Wood Products Laboratory (AWP)—two new mass timber buildings that serve as living laboratories for sustainable architecture. Designed by Canadian architecture firm Michael Green Architecture, the mass timber structures comprise a total of 2,130 cubic meters of wood that store 1,884 metric tons of carbon dioxide. A sustainable design approach was also applied to the buildings’ operations, which are

Can bacteria capture and eliminate microplastics?

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Scientists at Hong Kong Polytechnic University have found a way to use bacteria’s natural stickiness to pull microplastics from the environment

Virtual Pollinator Park shows a future with or without pollinators

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What will the world be like once pollinating insects, like the honeybee, are gone

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Aether makes diamonds out of dirty air

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A company called Aether has announced that it can make diamonds out of the air — polluted air, that is

USA Surf Team and Wyland Foundation launch national waterway cleanup

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As we all know, Earth Day’s 24 hours aren’t quite enough time to offset the other 364 days. So the U.S. Olympic Surf team and Wyland Foundation are partnering on a year-round eco-challenge, starting April 24

Seaspiracy inspires grocery store to stop selling fish

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"Seaspiracy" is trying to save the oceans, and the new Netflix documentary and movement is making strides

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UK launches world's largest ocean monitoring system

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The U.K. has announced a plan to install an underwater network of cameras to monitor and protect ocean biodiversity

These custom, igloo-shaped workspaces are 3D-printed with recycled PET

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Has your work-from-home situation become permanent? Now, you can have a dedicated workspace thanks to R-IGLO, a 3D-printed studio made of recycled plastic

Leaking wastewater pond causes state of emergency in Florida

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A leak in a wastewater pond caused a state of emergency in Manatee County, Florida last weekend

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