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  • Tulare County, California is Out Of Water

    Mon 9:00am By Stephen Hanley
    Tulare County near Fresno, California is out of water. There’s none available for bathing, flushing toilets, or doing dishes. What’s doubly strange about that is Tulare is just south of California’s lush Central Valley where most of the fruits and…
  • Urban Farming is Coming to Los Angeles

    Fri 1:00pm By Stephen Hanley
    In the wake of the landmark passing of California’s Neighborhood Foods Act, urban farming is flourishing in Los Angeles. In October, City Councilmen Felipe Fuentes and Curren Price filed a motion to allow owners of vacant lots in the city to qualify for…
  • Cars Are Not Welcome in Zurich

    Nov 18, 2014, 5:00 pm By Jo Borrás
    Zurich wants tourists to know that they’re welcome to the beautiful, historic city. They’re welcome to walk its streets, bicycle through its lanes, and enjoy its excellent, state-of-the-art public transportation system while they visit the city’s shops…
  • This Billboard Doubles as a Homeless Shelter

    Nov 18, 2014, 4:00 pm By Stephen Hanley
    The Project Gregory initiative in Slovakia hopes to take billboard advertisements across Europe’s highways and incorporate them into the facades of homeless shelters. That way, the revenue generated by the advertising on the billboards outside will help…
  • In Case of Earthquake, Japan May Build a “Backup” Tokyo

    Nov 17, 2014, 4:00 pm By Stephen Hanley
    The Japanese government is always concerned about earthquakes, and rightly so. After all, it was an earthquake and the resulting tsunami that doomed the nuclear power station at Fukushima 3 years ago this month. Now, the Japanese government has hatched a…
  • Local Chicago Restaurant Produces Almost No Waste

    Nov 12, 2014, 12:00 pm By Guest Contributor
    I know I’ve said this about other industries, but it is really hard to imagine a zero-waste restaurant. From food trimmings and packaging coming out of the kitchen to the paper napkins, cups, tray liners, etc., that one finds in the front of quick service…
  • SolaRoad Bike Path Debuts in Amsterdam

    Nov 12, 2014, 11:00 am By Stephen Hanley
    On November 12, the first SolaRoad bike path will open in a northern suburb of Amsterdam. The Dutch are fanatical about using bicycles for transportation, especially in urban areas where finding a parking space for even a compact car is difficult if not…
  • Build Your Own Sustainable, Bamboo Bicycle

    Nov 12, 2014, 9:00 am By Jo Borrás
    Bamboo is an incredible material- suitable for building or distilling high-test fuels, the fast-growing plant could be the cornerstone of a more sustainable future. It also makes for a sikk-looking bicycle frame. That’s what the guys at Bamboobee believe, at…
  • Turning Detroit Ruins into Locally Grown Fish Farms

    Nov 11, 2014, 1:00 pm By Jo Borrás
    Detroit’s fortunes rose and fell with the American auto industry for nearly a century, but the last few decades have seen Detroit reach new lows as GM began to import cars from Korea, Ford began to import trucks from Eastern Europe, and Chrysler got sold to…
  • Locally Grown Shrimp Tastes Better, Saves Water

    Nov 11, 2014, 11:30 am By Stephen Hanley
    Started by Tony Curtis and his two sons, Josh and Adam, Tasty Harvest plans to grow truly fresh, locally-farmed shrimp and seafood to their purpose built facility in West Boylston, Massachusetts. Tasty Harvest’s facility uses radiant heated floors to keep…
  • Emissions-eating Algae Going Up on Europe’s Highways

    Nov 7, 2014, 9:00 am By Jo Borrás
    So much focus on reducing global emissions is focused on what comes out of the tailpipes of the average automobile. Replacing gasoline won’t be easy, and it won’t happen overnight either, though urban algae farms placed on highway overpasses could…
  • Abandoned Wal Mart Becomes Super Library

    Nov 6, 2014, 2:00 pm By Stephen Hanley
    An abandoned Wal Mart in McAllen, Texas has become the largest, single story library in America while- at teh same time- setting new standards for urban renewal and resource recycling. Massive, empty commercial buildings, in this day and age, tend to stay…
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