Drought in California Grows More Severe as Winter Progresses

January 20, 2014 by  
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While many parts of the East coast and Midwest are covered in ice and snow , California is suffering from a severe drought and record-breaking high temperatures. A high pressure system spanning from the Oregon Coast to Mexico is to blame for blocking the storm systems that usually hydrate the state. As a result, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency last week giving his office the authority to waive certain laws and regulations and expedite funding to deal with the crisis. Read the rest of Drought in California Grows More Severe as Winter Progresses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: california department of water resources , california drought , east coast , glendora , governor jerry brown , hibernating animals , Humboldt County , Los Angeles , mexico , midwest , national weather service , Oregon coast , parched vegetation , record high temperatures , Santa Cruz , Sierra Nevada , sierra nevada snowpack , wildfire        

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Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad

January 20, 2014 by  
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Green Mountain College students are redefining the American dream with a tiny “living system” home that offers a mobile lifestyle with a reduced environmental footprint. Created as part of professor Lucas Brown’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class, the 70 square foot pod-shaped house includes a sleeping loft, rainwater collection, and a 300-watt solar powered electrical system. Nicknamed OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space), this self-sufficient mobile home uses reclaimed materials and costs less than $2,000 to build. Read the rest of Green Mountain College’s Tiny Pod-Shaped House is Designed for the 21st Century Nomad Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: design/build , green mountain college , lucas brown , Optimal Traveling Independent Space , OTIS , rainwater catchment system , Renewable Energy and Ecological Design , Solar Power , tiny house        

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Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun?

January 20, 2014 by  
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There’s no question that China is facing a dire pollution problem. We’ve already seen dozens of photos of the nation’s smog-ridden capital , and if that isn’t evidence enough, check out this  latest image from Tiananmen Square . A ChinaFotoPress   photographer visiting Beijing snapped up this image of a fake sunrise displayed on a large outdoor screen amidst a dense cloud of smog graying out the horizon and even a nearby building. Read the rest of Is Beijing’s Pollution So Bad that Residents Need a Fake Sun? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air Monitors , Beijing smog , china , Chinese Pollution Problem , Chins smog , environmental destruction , health concerns , pm 2.5 , Pollution , Pollution epidemic , smog , smog levels in China , Technology        

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