Stories from the Pursuit of a Cleaner Energy System

October 3, 2017 by  
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Corporate buyers, state regulators and large utilities are increasingly taking a leadership role across the U.S. with significant renewable energy projects. In New York, ConEdison is leading a set of initiatives called Reforming the Energy Vision, or REV, to redefine the way customers participate in the electric power system. In California, Governor Jerry Brown, state legislators and the California Public Utilities Commission are pushing increases in renewable energy procurement.

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Beyond the Messy Truth with Van Jones

October 3, 2017 by  
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The CNN political commentator and founder of Dream Corps discusses how to communicate with people with different political and personal world views.

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Dramatic lookout tower in Tasmania is built from repurposed shipping containers

February 11, 2017 by  
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The Devil’s Corner Cellar Door was designed as a contemporary interpretation of the traditional rural vernacular. The project comprises five timber-clad shipping containers carefully placed to form inviting spaces with thoughtfully curated views. Three distinct openings frame unique views—SKY, HORIZON, and TOWER—with the hope that they will help visitors gain a better appreciation for the landscape. Related: Gravity-defying staircase floats above Belgium’s famous “fairytale forest” “By creating a dynamic scenic lookout and providing associated facilities, visitors are drawn to a new upgraded cellar door for the Devil’s Corner wine label,” write the architects. On the opposite side of the building is the Cellar Door, made up of timber-clad volumes set around an open courtyard. The semi-protected courtyard hosts the food market and overlooks views of The Hazards’ granite peaks. + Cumulus Studio Via Dezeen Images via Cumulus Studio

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Wonderful recipes for the weird veggies in your CSA box

February 11, 2017 by  
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Kohlrabi Sounds like something to be shouted in Klingon, doesn’t it? No need to fear: kohlrabi won’t leap up and devour your face if you lean over it. This bizarre little “turnip cabbage” has a thick skin that needs to be peeled off before you get to its juicy little heart (which tastes quite a bit like broccoli stem), and its leaves can be cooked like collard greens or kale. Great recipes to try: Kohlrabi and zucchini fritters with sriracha mayo  – You can make fritters out of just about any vegetable, but these two pair together perfectly. Kohlrabi, cardamom, and coconut curry – Warming and filling, with just the right amount of heat. Shaved kohlrabi with apple and hazelnuts – This is a beautiful way to highlight kohlrabi’s mild sweetness and crunchiness. Spicy kohlrabi-kale kimchi – If you have more kohlrabi than you know what to do with and you’d like to use it up before it goes bad, make a batch of this kimchi and enjoy it later. Celeriac Root It looks like a tumor and tastes like celery, but what can you do with it? Quite a lot, actually. Celeriac is indeed part of the celery family, but is cultivated for its large root instead of its stalks. Great recipes to try: Celery root puree with balsamic beets and pearl onions – Buhhh. If anyone ever disparages vegan cuisine, feed them this, and it’ll blow their minds. Celeriac, fennel, and pear salad with lentils – Celery root’s refreshing crunch is echoed by both the fennel and sweet pear, and complemented by creamy, nutty Puy lentils. Celery root steaks with tomatillo salsa verde – Way to incorporate 2 CSA box items in one recipe! The savory meatiness of the root steak is brightened by spicy green salsa, and is a perfect summer dinner recipe. Celeriac and roasted garlic soup with parsley oil – This is a delicious, elegant soup that’s both perfect for cooler evenings, and for when you’re aiming to impress dinner guests. Or in-laws. Same idea. Rutabagas Also known as “Swedes”, rutabagas are root vegetables that likely originated by crossing a turnip with cabbage. Sounds bizarre, I know, but these tuberous powerhouses are quite versatile. They have a nutty sweetness from the cabbage, and the firm crunch normally associated with turnips. They can be used raw or cooked, and they make a great substitute for mashed potatoes for Paleo recipes, or for folks avoiding nightshade vegetables. Great recipes to try: Rutabaga fries – They’re low carb, vegan, AIP paleo compliant, and incredibly delicious. Spiralized rutabaga noodles – You can top them with anything you like. Try them with pesto and hazelnuts. Rutabaga hash with chilies and bacon – This can easily be made vegan with veg bacon or even toasted coconut. Latkes – An all-time favorite pancake, only made with rutabaga instead of potato. Fennel It looks like something from an alien landscape with its bulbous base and frilly hair, but fennel is a wonderful vegetable that’s quite versatile with a slight licorice flavor. You can eat it raw or cooked, and the green fronds are edible as well. Great recipes to try: Braised fennel with capers and olives – Magic happens when you combine the ingredients in this recipe. Arugula, fennel, and olive salad – A great mixture of textures, flavors, sweetness, and bite. Fennel, asparagus, and artichoke empanadas – This is a perfect way to showcase summer produce. Roasted fennel and onion gratinati – It’s as scrumptious with vegan almond cheese as it is with regular Parmesan. Garlic Scapes They may look like a tangle of skinny snakes, but these vibrant greens are garlic’s flower stalks, and they’re as delicious as their root bulb, only milder. Garlic scapes can be pureed into sauce, chopped and sautéed like green beans, added to frittatas… they’re really only limited by your own culinary creativity. Great recipes to try: Garlic scape pesto – One of the easiest and most delicious recipes for scapes. You can add in foraged greens like garlic mustard, lambsquarters, or dandelion leaves to. Summer vegetable strata – A brilliant way to use random bits from your CSA box in one delicious dish. Beet, garlic scape, and leek pizza – Pizza is fabulous no matter what you put on it, but these ingredients elevate it to an art form. Grilled garlic scape and asparagus soup with caramelized shallots – A lovely summer soup that’ll impress just about anyone. Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes) These adorable little knuckle-shaped roots go quite nutty when you cook them, and are woefully under-used in most people’s kitchens. Not related to globe artichokes, these tubers are part of the sunflower family, and are packed with protein, potassium, iron, and calcium. Great recipes to try: Crispy Jerusalem artichokes with aged balsamic – Roasting the sunchokes brings out their natural sweetness, and the balsamic adds depth to their flavor. Roasted Jerusalem artichoke, chestnut, and thyme soup – All of these rich flavors harmonize into a luxurious, creamy soup. Baked Jerusalem artichoke chips – Who doesn’t love chips? These are low-carb, paleo, vegan, and have a low glycemic index too. Sunchoke banana cake with maple syrup drizzle – Like any other tuber, these add richness, moisture, and texture to baked goods. Tomatillos Most people who are unfamiliar with South American cuisine may never have encountered a tomatillo, but they’re definitely worth getting to know. Relatives of tomatoes and ground cherries (physalis), these papery-coated green gems have a great tart acidity that works beautifully for salsas and other sauces, and can be sweetened for preserves and jams. Great recipes to try: Watermelon, strawberry, and tomatillo salad – If this isn’t a perfect summer salad, I don’t know what is. Tomatillo and lime salsa verde – Sharp and fresh, it’s as good on huevos rancheros as it is scooped up with tortilla chips. Green shakshuka – One of our favorite brunch dishes. Tomatillo jam – It can be made thick or thin (as a spread or as a syrup for pancakes), and is ridiculously good. Radishes Although most people can identify radishes at a glance, these poor little roots often get relegated to salads. Regardless of whether you’ve received cherrybelle, watermelon, or even daikon radish, you’d be amazed at how their flavors change when they’ve been roasted with the aforementioned garlic and olive oil (or butter). Great recipes to try: Watermelon radish tea sandwiches – These radishes are bright pink and green, and are fabulous when sliced thinly on bread. Try these tea sandwiches for a light summer meal, or make open-faced versions for bridal showers. Mulor shaak (spicy sauteed radish greens) – Don’t toss those radish greens into the compost! They’re the tastiest part of the vegetable, and are divine when sauteed with oil and spices. Quick pickled radishes – This one is ideal if you don’t think you’ll be able to eat your radishes before they go bad: just make a quick pickle of them and keep them in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Cinnamon sugar radish chips – Although this one sounds a bit weird, the result is startlingly good. The radishes retain their warming bite, which is complemented perfectly by the cinnamon sugar. If you’ve come across some other veggies , herbs, or even fruits that have been new and fun to explore, feel free to share your recipes in the comments section below. Images by Stacy Spensley , ted_major , romana klee , ilovemypit , mom2rays , Green Mountain Girls Farm , stetted , and Oregon State University via Flickr Creative Commons.

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Interactive sculptural Etazin lounge chairs embrace a comfy hammock character

January 9, 2015 by  
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Designer Kate Brown designed Etazin , a series of sculptural and interactive outdoor lounge chairs that turn a full 360 degrees to take advantage of surrounding views. Inspired by the Asian moon gate garden elements, the modern lounge chairs are made of steel and are approximately eight-and-a-half feet tall and wide. The striking art piece come in either a square or circle version, and is coated with a high-grade polyurethane to protect against rusting. + Etazin The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Etazin , Kate Brown , Lounge Chair , moon gate , outdoor lounge chair , reader submitted content

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New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

February 20, 2014 by  
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A newly released NASA satellite image taken from space shows the extent of California’s worst drought since record-keeping started in 1885 and potentially the region’s driest period in 500 years . The data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites vividly displays green areas that are supposed to be white with winter snow cover and brown areas that are supposed to be green with plant growth this time of year. Read the rest of New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aqua , brown , California , Climate Change , Drought , dry , global warming , green , moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer , nasa , obama , rain , record , satellite image , snow , space , Terra , water issues        

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Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse

January 27, 2014 by  
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Animal Planet’s Ernie “Turtleman” Brown Jr. of “ Call of the Wildman ” has been accused of grotesque abuse to animals that have appeared on his show. The host has been accused of nearly starving three raccoons regulars, as well as drugging a zebra from the Franklin Drive Thru Safari. Kentucky officials have warned Brown against endangering animals , but he has continued the abuse nonetheless. Read the rest of Call of the Wildman’s Ernie Brown Jr. Accused of Grotesque Animal Abuse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal abuse , Animal Planet , Animal Planet show , call of the wild man animal abuse , Call of the Wildman , call of the wildman animal abuse , eco design , Ernie Brown Jr , Ernie Turtleman Brown , green design , Kentucky animal abuse , reality tv animal abuse , sustainable design        

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Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog

January 27, 2014 by  
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China gets all the attention when it comes to terrible air quality , but the truth is that the worst day in Beijing is really just an average day in Delhi. Though it gets far less notice, the air in Delhi is some of the most polluted on the planet. In fact, India’s citizens have some of the weakest lungs, highest rates of asthma and highest mortality rates from respiratory issues of any nation in the world. Read the rest of Delhi’s Air Pollution is Even Worse Than Beijing’s Smog Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Beijing air pollution , beijing air quality , Beijing smog , Delhi air pollution , Delhi air quality , Delhi asthma , delhi india , Delhi lung damage , Delhi PM measurement , Delhi smog , Delhi worse than Beijing air , Delhi Worst Air Pollution , Delhi worst smog , India air pollution , India smog , worst air pollution in the world , worst smog in the world        

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Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year

January 27, 2014 by  
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Washing dishes may soon be a thing of the past thanks to an incredible new coating that makes food simply roll of your plates and bowls. It sounds too good to be true, but according to Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine , it’s a very real solution to the wasteful (and not to mention laborious) task of washing dishes. The studio’s self-washing dishes are imbued with a special coating and designed to mimic leaves of the lotus plant, so any water or dirt simply beads up and slips right off. Instead of using up gallons of water cleaning up after a meal, simply tip the waste straight into the compost. Sounds easy, right? Read the rest of Incredible Self-Cleaning Dishes Could Save Thousands of Gallons of Wasted Water Each Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , eco-friendly , environmentally conscious , green design , KTH Stockhold research , self-cleaning dishes , sustainable design , tomorrow machine        

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Pope Francis is Writing an Encyclical to Address Pressing Environmental Issues

January 27, 2014 by  
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Income inequality isn’t the only important issue Pope Francis is taking on. Add environmental protection to the list as the Argentinian-born leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics has begun drafting an encyclical on ecology, according to the Vatican. A Papal encyclical — a letter addressing some form of Catholic doctrine — carries much weight in the religion and addressing man’s relationship to the environment could have a major impact in global efforts to address climate change . Read the rest of Pope Francis is Writing an Encyclical to Address Pressing Environmental Issues Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecology , encyclical , Environment , green pope encyclical , Jorge Mario Bergoglio , Pope Francis , pope francis encyclical , pope francis to write an encyclical , pope takes on environmental issues , Roman Catholic Church , St. Francis of Assisi , the ecology of man , the green pope , vatican        

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