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22 Most Beautiful Houses Made From Shipping Containers
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Jul-6-2014 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window     GuestWriter

By Stefan Lucian (Bucharest, Romania)

Living in these days can mean a lot more than just having a shelter, food and clothing. People have evolved a lot in the last 50 years and the trend is of an exponential growth. The differences between generations will be more significant than there are now. As a proof that people have already started to change their minds and philosophy are the random bursts of nonconformism, meaning that some people no longer feel represented by the masses, and their image can't be associated with an institution of a large group of people.

22 Most Beautiful Houses Made from Shipping Containers

Part of the nonconformism I was talking about is the residential component. People live in more and more diverse houses that suit best their needs. Some people buy large houses with concrete structures or steel and glass to reinforce their social...  See entire story

NOAA Focus On Climate
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Apr-19-2013 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       PT

World Climate Change Theme

Americans' health, security, and economic well-being are tied to climate and weather. In the last 2 years, the United States experienced 25 climate- and weather-related disasters exceeding $1 billion ($115 billion total) in damages and claiming 1,019 lives. The public, businesses, resource managers, and policy leaders are increasingly asking for information to help them understand how and why climate conditions are changing and how they can prepare.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a primary provider of climate science, data, tools, and information used by stakeholders and citizens in decision-making contexts. These resources...  See entire story

Anatomy Of A Smart City
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Dec-1-2011     GuestWriter

Anatomy of a smart city; click to see the full infographicBy Trevor Harwood /

The dramatic shift of the world's population into urban areas is encouraging citizens, city planners, businesses and governments to start looking at visions of 'smart' cities.

Click here to look into what is driving the need to establish these networked environments, how smart city concepts and projects are different in the developing world, and what technologies and systems are needed to make them a reality.

Smart Ways To Save Home Energy
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Oct-16-2011     mirha494

If you reduce your power usage, you can save money on the energy bill. If you decrease your power usage that means your lifestyle will also change, right? Wrong! There are many smart ways to save home energy that will not negatively affect your lifestyle, such as using one refrigerator, weatherizing the home, purchasing energy star-certified appliances, changing the rotation of your ceiling fan depending on the season, utilizing devices that are automated, and using low-wattage compact fluorescent bulbs.

Use One Refrigerator

One of the many smart ways to save home energy is to only use one refrigerator. Did you know that in the average American home, the refrigerator is responsible for using 15% of the house's energy consumption? It is both more energy-effici...  See entire story

Recycling Electronic Equipment, Cables, And More: The Best Buy Way
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Aug-31-2011 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       PT

Best Buy's Recycling Program – better than a toss into the garbage; click to see the videoI believe that many individuals feel responsibility to reduce their impact on the planet.  One major area where the developed world has a problem is with disposing of electronic equipment.  The consumer world of electronics consists of cell phones, CD and DVD players, televisions, computers, audio equipment, and various portable electronic devices.  I used to wonder what to do when one of these items broke down or, occasionally, when I simply needed or wanted to replace it with a newer, faster, more compatible equivalent.

The good news happened when I learned that Best Buy, at all its stores across the United States, accepts almost any electronic device for recycling.  The accompanying video shows the processing to which they subject these...  See entire story

One Starfish
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Aug-10-2011       PT

Starfish tossed on the beach by a stormWalking on the beach, a mother and daughter observed thousands of starfish, stranded on the beach after a storm that had just ended.  They felt bad for all the starfish, doomed to suffocate on dry land. Finally the daughter picked up one of the starfish, walked up to the water, and threw the starfish as deeply into the ocean as she could.

Her mother thought for a few moments, and then asked her daughter, "Dear, what difference does that make? Look how many starfish there are still stuck on the beach!".  Her daughter replied, "It made a difference for that starfish!"...  See entire story

How To Clean Central Air Vents
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May-29-2011     mirha494

If you are running a climate control system in your home, you must learn how to clean your central air vents, as doing it yourself will save you a lot of money. In addition, letting your vents sit there dirty can make your home unsafe, as it is possible for accumulated dust to catch on fire.

In addition, you will find that the dirt and mold from your air vents will be blown through the vents and into your home, which can cause additional health problems. If you have children or elderly people living with you, the respiratory problems that arise can be deadly, so taking the time to clean your central air vents should be a top priority for any homeowner.

You will begin by ensuring that you have the right equipment...  See entire story

The Majestic Plastic Bag
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Jan-27-2011 Click to play the linked video or audio in a new window       PT

The plastic bag's migration route is threatened by the Teacup Yorkie; click to see the videoThis video "mockumentary", starring a plastic bag and the voice of Jeremy Irons, really should be seen.  Plastic as a whole involves toxicity from start to finish, and its chemical components have penetrated every part of the planet, including our human bodies.  The chemical industry is one of the prime suspects in the great rise of autoimmune disease in recent years.  The humor and clever parody of the BBC "Earth" series, makes the topic quite a bit more enjoyable to watch, despite the serious underlying...  See entire story

Save Or Don't Save: Brilliant World Wildlife Federation Imagery
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Sep-22-2010       PT

Save or Don't Save this chimp?

World Wildlife Federation has a brilliant series of images dramatizing the impact and urgency of global warming. One sample accompanies here. See the others here.

How Buddhism Could Be A Way Out Of The Environmental Mess We Are In
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Sep-7-2010       PT

Vietnamese Buddhist leader, Thich Nhat Hanh. Credit: APThe Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh explains in his new book how a Buddhist approach could benefit ecology.

The Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh has turned his attention to how Buddhism could help ecology.

There is something extraordinarily child-like about the 84-year-old Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh.

To portray him out of context could make him appear naive and unworldly. It is therefore understandable that he does not like to be interviewed by journalists who have not already spent some time in his presence and meditated with him. The Daily Mirror was interested in running a piece only if they could get a picture of him with a major celebrity, which is not particularly helpful since he believes fame is one of the key paths to suffering.

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