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"Liquid Freedom": First Company to Export US Crude Oil Now Exporting Iran's Oil

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Proponents of lifting the U.S. crude oil export ban trumpeted the rhetorical question that since U.S. geopolitical rival Iran can export its oil, why can't the United States? But now that "liquid freedom"...Show More Summary

Climate Change This Week: Cool Landscapes, Hot Futures, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. The Bear Cub Club meets in the Tongass National Forest, which, with the Great Bear Rainforest is part of the Pacific temperate rainforest, the largest such ecosystem in existence. Show More Summary

Luxurious off-grid tiny home in New Zealand is 100% self-sustaining Built for a client who will live in the house full-time, the tiny mobile home is entirely powered by a 600-watt solar array and a solar collector that heats the water supply. The solar setup...Show More Summary

World’s first solar-powered hydrogen development takes homes 100% off-grid The 100% self-sustaining Phi Suea House development comprises a variety of buildings, from a workshop to guesthouses, but only five of the buildings and two water features—a large fishpond waterfall and a 400-square-meter swimming pool with a well pump—require electricity. Show More Summary

Uganda to launch its first solar-powered bus this month

What better place to harness the power of the sun than right at the equator? The east African nation of Uganda will launch its first completely solar-powered bus this month, named the Kayoola. The test drive was successful, leaving the country eager for cleaner public transit. Show More Summary

World’s largest waste-to-energy plant in China will be topped with green roofs and photovoltaics Located on the mountainous outskirts of Shenzhen, the Waste-to-Energy Plant will be housed inside a single circular structure that comprises all the auxiliary buildings and industrial facilities. The plant’s simplified and compact form helps minimize its building footprint and the amount of site excavation required. Show More Summary

Neit is the world’s first hard case, collapsable smart luggage

Tired of cramming your suitcase into whatever precious square feet you have for storage in your small living space? So were the creators of Néit luggage, which is why they developed suitcases able to be flattened and stowed away so you can save your space for more important, everyday items. Show More Summary

Climate Change This Week: The New Coal, Hot Water, Clean Energy Justice, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. When we harm forests, we harm ourselves. Unique Giraffe Beetle, another biodiversity wonder, is threatened as Madagascar's forests continue to be destroyed. Wikipedia OO...Show More Summary

We Don't Need Another Natural Gas Mega Leak. Will You Help?

The massive natural gas leak at SoCalGas' Aliso Canyon storage facility in Southern California has now continued unabated into its fourth month. The company says the leak is still weeks from being stopped. It's forced 2,000 familiesShow More Summary

France to pave 1,000 kilometers of road with solar panels Although France isn’t the first country to pave roads with solar panels—the Netherlands installed the world’s first solar panel-paved bicycle path in 2014—their plans for 1,000 kilometers of solarized roads are the most ambitious. Show More Summary

Rotating homes follow the sun, produce 5 times the energy they use "The sunflower effect is created by combining two motions: the rotation of the building itself, of 180° throughout the day, and the rotation of the photovoltaic roofing hood,...Show More Summary

Researchers generate energy with nothing but cardboard, tape, and a pencil

  An Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) postdoctoral researcher made an interesting discovery recently -- using nothing more than cardboard, Teflon tape, and a pencil, it's possible to make a small, eco-friendly device that packs a more powerful punch than you might expect. Show More Summary

MdAA turned an old stable into amazing apartment with an elevated “treehouse” bedroom Located in the northern area of the capital, the apartment was converted from what remained of an old stable.  The large patio sheds plenty of natural light into the interiors and the stable...Show More Summary

New plug-and-play home battery system saves money by avoiding high energy rates

The average American household consumes 911 kWh of electricity each month, and fluctuating utility rates make some of that energy cost much more than the rest. One company is launching a device that seeks to eliminate those cost spikes. Show More Summary

Greenhouse “grows legs” to escape flooding in the UK BAT Studio designed the greenhouse for Middlesex homeowners Erica and Peter, who love their riverside home but needed a solution after suffering their fifth flood in 2014. "When we bought the house in 2000 we were told the flood risk was 1 in a 100 but we have flooded five times,” Erica told Gizmodo. Show More Summary

Climate Change This Week: Solar Job Boom, US Blizzard Gloom, and More!

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. It's a Cuke! It's a Popsicle! No, no, it's a... Caterpillar! from an Asian rainforest: one more reason to preserve these carbon-storing ecosystems. Source bayucca at flickr OO...Show More Summary

New ice-melting concrete offers electrifying alternative to road salt

Move over, road salt. There's a new ice-melting technology up ahead, and it could prove to be safer for humans—and the environment—than the troublesome salt crystals used in most snowy regions. For the past several years, researchers...Show More Summary

Trash-munching vultures enlisted to find and reduce garbage in Peru

No longer are vultures to be depicted as heartless, hungry scavengers circling the lost traveler in the desert. The people at Gallinazo Avisa, or Vultures Warn, are giving vultures quite a PR boost by using the birds to find concentrated garbage piles in Lima, Peru. Show More Summary

Watch these spectacular flipbooks bring ghost-like birds and butterflies to life Fontanive’s enchanting creations are part film and part sculpture. While the visually striking and colorful images are what initially draw the eye, it’s the auditory component that really brings his pieces to life. Show More Summary

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