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The Earthship Era: Eco-Tech Driven

The draw of Earthships isn’t solely their looks; these DIY palaces of green living are driven by eco-tech and steered by environmental responsibility.  Self-sustained living is not accomplished by magic.  Earthships are reliant on their owners regular maintenance of their life-support systems.  Sound geeky?  The technology behind these amazing houses has more in common with […]
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Art & Design Geography & Travel

12 Fantastic Floating Cities and Artificial Islands

When you imagine an island nation or floating city, you probably conjure up images of a peaceful, breathtakingly beautiful paradise where locals lounge around in hammocks, frozen cocktails in hand. But real-life artificial islands and floating communities are far more interesting than that, from rickety abandoned oil industry communities in the middle of the ocean […]
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Energy & Fuel Science & Research Technology & Gadgets

Liquid Technology: 12 Wonderful Water-Powered Designs

Hydroelectricity has become a buzzword in the renewable energy industry, promising emissions-free electricity generated by the force of moving water. Tidal power farms could be a major source of sustainable power in the future, but smaller water-powered gadgets, batteries and even vehicles already exist. Recent advancements in hydropower technology have resulted in a surprising variety […]
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Energy & Fuel Nature & Ecosystems

The Destructive Process of Mountaintop Removal

Mountaintop removal mining in the Appalachian Mountains is among the most destructive actions that humanity has ever taken against the planet — and it is still happening today. The long process of removing a mountaintop to access the coal underneath puts local communities at risk of water and air pollution and turns entire ecosystems to rubble.
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Home & Garden Nature & Ecosystems

22 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Compost

Composting is a way of utilizing microorganisms to break down and decompose organic matter.  The unique benefits of composting include a reduction of waste needlessly going into landfills and the production of a free stable, organic soil amendment that can’t be beat.  Many people compost their yard waste and kitchen scraps, but there are many […]
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Energy & Fuel News & Politics

Clean Coal? 10 of the World’s Dirtiest Power Plants

Coal is the undisputed leader in dirty fuel sources. But beyond the issue of global warming/climate change (burning coal is the number one source of the greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide), coal-fired power plants also release dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, mercury, arsenic, lead, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons into the atmosphere, creating environmental […]
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Energy & Fuel Geography & Travel

9 of the World’s Most Amazing Wind Farms

(image via Caveman92223) The world currently has 121 gigawatts of installed wind energy capacity. Most of this electricity is generated via large wind farms. While the newer installations are made up of larger, more efficient turbines with slower-moving blades, earlier wind farms, like those in the California, were made up of thousands of small, fast-spinning […]
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Art & Design Home & Garden Tricks & Hacks

15 Awesome Ways to Reuse Shipping Containers

Steel shipping containers outlive their usefulness as cargo carriers within 5 years, and they used to sit abandoned at shipyards for years. Now, they’re gaining increasing recognition for their durability, adaptability, light weight, low cost and ease of stacking, spurring a recycling trend that has resulted in shipping container sculpture, homes, hotels, museums and more. […]
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