World’s Loudest Animal is a Tiny Insect, Says Study

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Photo: DaveHuth / cc While normally a species measuring in at only around 2 millimeters in length might be easily overlooked, one tiny freshwater-dwelling critter has found a way to turn peoples’ heads. Researchers studying ‘water boatman’ ( Micronecta scholtzi ), an aquatic insect native to Europe, say that the minuscule species takes the mantle as the world’s loudest animal relative to its body size

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Solar Impulse Airplane Makes Public Debut at Paris Air Show

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Read the rest of Solar Impulse Airplane Makes Public Debut at Paris Air Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: france solar powered plane , Paris Air Show , solar impulse , solar impulse paris , solar impulse paris air show , Solar Power , solar power cells , solar powered plane

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Green Power Island Could Power Copenhagen Sustainably

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The proposed Green Power Island off the coast of Copenhagen seeks to be an alternative energy super center for the country.

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Blissmo Launches Monthly “Blissmobox”: Delivering Curated Eco-friendly Products to Your Door!

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Sundeep Ahuja, (yes he was on Entourage and 24! ) founded Blissmo in 2010 with the philosophy that we vote with our dollars everyday and have great power in demanding sustainable products and services. Americans plunk $4.3 trillion on consumer spending each year, Blissmo currently helps influence better buying decisions by introducing shoppers to exceptional, well-loved organic & eco-friendly products via daily offers. How it works: The Blissmo team cuts through the “green washing” out there and finds high quality, well-loved products & services that are either certified as organic or eco-friendly, or that have a people & planet positive approach in the DNA of the business. They negotiate compelling discounts and offer these products & services via deals daily.   Today, Blissmo launched Blissmobox – a monthly subscription service delivering curated boxes of well-loved organic & eco-friendly products by mail- think of it as a CSA program, where instead of farm fresh produce you will receive products ranging from skin and beauty to home cleaning supplies! Sundeep feels there is too much “noise” around green products with many brands eyeing the LOHAS consumer, who is confused and bombarded with information. “The Blissmobox makes it even easier to discover what’s better by allowing our customers to sit back and let us curate themed boxes of consumables, ranging from toxin-free beauty products to organic foods.” By curating products and offering five different products each month, this service addresses the three primary reasons that people don’t buy green products: lack of information / too much information / distrust of “green” labeling. the expectation that green products require a tradeoff around effectiveness or quality. people tend to be “brand lazy,” unwilling to spend the time/money to try out new products. In May, Blissmo tested the idea of a curated box featuring full-sized method Laundry, iQ All-purpose cleaner, and Twist sponge products among other well-loved brands as part of a “Home & Laundry” box. They sold out- selling out of all 200 available in just over 6 hours. Each box sells for $19 + $3 shipping (flat rate ) but contains almost $30 worth of green goods. Subscribers get their choice of box each month, and selection varies based on themes & seasons. For example, you can expect a “back to school” box in September and a “Halloween” box in October in addition to their staple boxes with cleaning supplies or personal products. Around the beginning of every month, Blissmobox will send subscribers an email with the featured boxes for that month who will have until the 20th of the month to make a selection. If you don’t like any of the boxes you’ll have the option to “skip” that month and receive a credit to use towards a future box. What sets Blissmo apart is the fact that they promote less than 10% of the companies that apply through their daily offers. Most of the time, they promote companies that their curators will find after spending time researching products better than conventional alternatives. The main idea behind Blissmobox -introduce subscribers to products in the comfort of their homes via a monthly subscription and make it easier for them to make the switch to products that are better for them, their families and their planet!    

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San Francisco Named North America’s Greenest City

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San Francisco bested contenders that included Vancouver, New York, Seattle, Denver and Boston in a study conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by Siemens.

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Ross Lovegrove’s Gorgeous Sun Tunnel Lamp Draws In the Light of the Sun

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Lose the light bulbs as start installing Ross Lovegrove’s gorgeous VELUX sun tunnel lamps for an illuminating green space lit by the sun! The VELUX sun tunnel is a lovely drop pendant lamp that uses the sun as its bulb, making it a sustainable alternative to electric lighting. The lamp generates as much light as a 60 Watt incandescent, can be angled and adjusted for intensity, and will even work without fail on a cloudy day. And with a simple yet stylish design, the lamp will mesh well with any interior decor .

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‘Stealth’ Wind Turbines Won’t Interfere with Radars

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Photo: Flickr , CC Tests by Vestas Show 99% Reduction in Radar Interference! Who would have thought that military stealth airplane technology could one day help to provide clean energy for the world? Swords into ploughshares, no kidding! The Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has tested a prototype of a radar-friendly turbine in the UK and found that the “stealth rotor achieved a targeted reduction in radar reflection of about 99 percent compared with standard turbines.” That’s not a small reduction… Read o…

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Cycling Duo Pedaling Over Two Continents on Bamboo Bikes For Fresh Water

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All images by Cycle for Water Thanks to our new TreeHugger Photo Pool on Flickr , we learned about a really amazing project called Cycle for Water. Starting almost exactly a year ago, on July 4, 2010, Joost Notenboom and Michiel Roodenburg started an incredible 18-month journey on bamboo bikes, cycling from northern Alaska to the southern tip of Argentina — essentially covering the entire length of North and South America. And they’re doing it in the name of clean water

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Refrigerator Door Table is an Example of “Cool” Recycled Furniture

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What happens when you give two architecture students who desperately need a drafting table a refrigerator door? A fridge door coffee table, obviously

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Porsche Developing a Self-Driving System for their Cars

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Porsche is currently taking a cue from Google and developing their very own system for a self-driving car .

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