Toyota Prius has the best gas mileage of any car Consumer Reports has ever tested

May 27, 2016 by  
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While the green car industry has been obsessed with the latest electric cars  ( Tesla Model 3 , anyone?) some mainstays like the Toyota Prius hybrid continue to shine outside of the limelight. Case in point:  Consumer Reports  just revealed that the all-new 2016 Prius recorded the best gas mileage of any car in the publication’s history! With a combined 52 mpg rating, the Prius outperforms any other hybrid on the market without a plug. Last year, Consumer Reports recorded a combined rating of 44 mpg with the last generation Prius, so an 8 mpg improvement is significant. Thanks to its more aerodynamic body and more powerful battery, the all-new Prius also achieved a 59 mpg rating in a 65 mph test. Of course the 59 mpg rating is nothing compared to the MPGe rating that some electric cars and plug-in hybrids get, but the Prius is still the best conventional hybrid you can buy if you’re not quite ready to make the switch to a vehicle with a plug. Related: Toyota’s new Prius Prime has the world’s highest MPGe for a plug-in hybrid If you are ready to switch to a plug-in hybrid, Toyota recently revealed the 2017 Prius Prime , which can now travel up to 22 miles in fully electric mode. Toyota also announced that the Prius Prime will have the highest MPGe rating of any plug-in hybrid with an estimated 120 MPGe rating. + Consumer Reports

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‘Nightmare’ bacteria found in the U.S. resists all known antibiotics

May 27, 2016 by  
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Last November researchers in China discovered a strain of bacteria that resisted all forms of antibiotics – including the ” last-resort drug ” colistin. Now, government officials have found the first case of an antibiotic-resistant superbug in the United States. A 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania went to the doctor for symptoms akin to a urinary tract infection, however the ailment did not respond to antibiotics . She had not traveled during the five months before her infection. Doctors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center obtained samples and tested them, finding they did not respond to colistin. They released a study detailing the drug-resistant bacteria. Related: Antibiotic resistant bugs could kill 10 million people each year by 2050 The bacteria doesn’t respond to drugs because of a particular gene called mcr-1. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), mcr-1 “exists on a plasmid,” or a bit of DNA, and plasmids can travel between bacterium. The bacteria found in the woman had actually been infected with mcr-1 via a plasmid. Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden said , “The more we look at drug resistance, the more concerned we are. The medicine cabinet is empty for some patients. It is the end of the road for antibiotics unless we act urgently. We risk being in a post-antibiotic world.” According to Reuters , both feeding antibiotics to livestock and over-prescription have contributed to the dilemma we face. Between 30 to 50 percent of antibiotics given by doctors to patients are either needless or incorrectly prescribed. Further, drug companies haven’t been willing to shell out money for research on better antibiotics because they can make more money on drugs that combat cancer or uncommon diseases. Reuters reports that in the United States, 23,000 people already die due to antibiotic resistance every year. Last year President Obama released the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, at which point the HHS said that it has been studying antibiotic resistance and is undertaking a ” coordinated public health response .” According to HHS and the USDA, a few ways to avoid antibiotic resistant bacteria are to thoroughly wash hands and produce, and properly cook all fish, meat, and poultry to kill bacteria. Via Reuters Images via V on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Extraordinary thatched Enterprise Centre may be the UK’s greenest building ever

March 10, 2016 by  
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Penguin swims 5,000 miles each year to visit the Brazilian man who saved his life

March 10, 2016 by  
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Rio de Janeiro resident Joao Pereira de Souza did not expect to make a lifelong friend when he rescued a struggling, oil-slicked penguin from the beach years ago – but that’s exactly what happened. Now Dindim swims thousands of miles to spend eight months out of the year with his buddy, renewing everyone’s faith in the deep connection we share with animals. Read the rest of Penguin swims 5,000 miles each year to visit the Brazilian man who saved his life

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Turkey’s first certified Passive House saves over 90% in energy use

February 15, 2016 by  
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Ethereal eco-resort blends Chinese tradition with modern elegance

November 9, 2015 by  
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INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you ever wanted to know about LEED

October 1, 2015 by  
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You’ve probably heard about LEED buildings , but do you know how projects go about getting certification or which states are leading the LEED charge? Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a green building certification program that addresses everything from sustainable site development to indoor environmental quality, focusing on building practices that support human and environmental health. There are more then 68,000 LEED commercial projects in the United States and LEED certified buildings exist in more than 150 countries and territories and 6 continents. These green buildings save money, have a positive influence on the health of occupants, and promote renewable clean energy. The following infographic from Custom Made gives you all the details about LEED certification and it’s benefits. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you ever wanted to know about LEED

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M-Projects transforms a two-bedroom home into a wood-wrapped modern marvel

September 30, 2015 by  
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Award-winning twisted timber Cube tower is the largest of its kind in Europe

September 21, 2015 by  
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Pumpkin Ridge Passive House consumes 90% less heating energy than a conventional house

August 20, 2015 by  
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