Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

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By 2040, 33 countries are expected to face extreme water stress, according to the World Resources Institute , making the race to develop innovative solutions more furious than ever. Ap Verheggen has been on the cutting-edge of solar thought experiments for several years. You may recall his SunGlacier – a conceptual solar-powered leaf that produces water in the desert. Now he’s back with WaterDrop, a handheld solar-powered device that produces condensation for drinking. Ap acknowledges the concept is a bit like science fiction, but solar technology has taken huge strides in recent years, so it’s worth giving it a closer look. Read the rest of Solar-powered handheld WaterDrop produces cool drinking water in the desert

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Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

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Bill McKibbem warned us three decades ago that climate change would create a series of devastating phenomena that we have never before seen, and we are already starting to see that prediction come true. On Saturday evening, for the first time in recorded history, three category 4 hurricanes were churning in the central and eastern Pacific basins at the same time as illustrated in the above satellite image. Two of the hurricanes have since subsided, but the incident should be a major wake-up call for anyone still insisting that climate change is normal. Read the rest of Three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific simultaneously for the first time in recorded history

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Arizona judge rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

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A federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona just ruled that all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from animal shelters or non-profit organizations. The ruling upholds an ordinance passed in 2013 that was challenged by a store called Puppies N’Love, which claimed it violates constitutionally-granted interstate commerce laws. Those in favor of doing away with puppy mills and encouraging pet owners to adopt or rescue companions see the decision as a great step forward. Read the rest of Arizona judge rules all dogs and cats sold in pet stores must come from shelters

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Obama’s Mt McKinley renaming as Denali infuriates Ohio lawmakers

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Over the weekend, President Barack Obama announced plans to formally restore Mt. McKinley’s original name Denali , an Athabascan word meaning “the high one.” This move, which will take place during the president’s trip to Alaska this week, re-ignites a decades-long conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio, where the mountain’s namesake hailed from. Although locals have called the mountain Denali for ages, its official name comes from William McKinley, the 25th U.S. president, who was assassinated during his second term. Read the rest of Obama’s Mt McKinley renaming as Denali infuriates Ohio lawmakers

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Register now for San Francisco’s 2015 Architecture and the City festival

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Heads up San Francisco design fans – the Architecture and the City festival kicks off tomorrow, and you definitely won’t want to miss out. We’re looking forward to a month filled with great events – from exhibitions and walking tours to educational lectures , films , and home tours that will show you a whole new side of the City by the Bay. ( Past festivals have featured a house with a tree-root chandelier , a cottage that generates 30% more energy than it uses and a Victorian home renovation that will blow your mind.) If you’d like to join in the fun, sign up today before spots fill up! + Architecture and the City + AIA SF + Center for Architecture + Design

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Giant LEGO bricks snap together into life-size modular furniture

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MAD Architects unveil futuristic Cloud Corridor skyscrapers for Los Angeles

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop buying bottled water

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Americans buy a staggering amount of bottled water every year. Not only does that bottled water consumption add to a wasteful water footprint —the average U.S. consumer uses as much as 1,320 gallons per day—but it’s also the source of tons of landfill trash. Buying bottled water isn’t economically sound either. Even though half of most bottled waters come from the tap, some water brands charge up to 500 times more than the cost of tap. Wheels for Wishes put together an infographic to examine the many reasons why Americans need to reduce their bottled water footprint. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop buying bottled water

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A Year In Shingle Recycling

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When getting ready to replace a roof, many people don’t know that the shingles can be recycled — and turned into new products like roads. Up to 10 million shingles are torn off homes and buildings every year. Most are land-filled, but it doesn’t…

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National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

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National Geographic  is taking an incredible stance in the efforts to stop the illegal ivory trade in Africa by planting and tracking their own faux tusks. Commissioned specially for NatGeo, the fake tusks were equipped with GPS trackers, so the publication could follow the route of the illegal tusk trade around the continent. Traveling almost 600 miles, NatGeo created a comprehensive interactive map that shows the actual route of illegal ivory, poaching hot spots, trader values and major market and exporting hubs, making the illegal industry more transparent then ever before. Read the rest of National Geographic plants faux ivory tusks to track the illegal ivory trade route

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