Federal court orders first hearing on the science of climate change

March 8, 2018 by  
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Lawyers will present climate change science in what could be the first-ever court hearing in the United States on the topic, McClatchy Washington Bureau reported . Lawyers for BP , Exxon , Chevron , and other oil companies will go up against lawyers for the California cities of Oakland and San Francisco after United States District Judge William Alsup ordered “a two-part tutorial on the subject of global warming and climate change .” Sabin Center for Climate Change Law executive director Michael Burger told McClatchy, “This will be the closest that we have seen to a trial on climate science in the United States, to date.” San Francisco and Oakland filed lawsuits against BP, Exxon, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Royal Dutch Shell “alleging that the Big Oil giants are responsible for the cities’ costs of protecting themselves from a global warming-induced sea level rise , including expenses to construct seawalls to protect the two cities’ more than five million residents,” according to Hagens Berman , the firm representing the California cities. In late February, Alsup ordered the tutorial, which is to take place on March 21. Related: This lawyer wants Big Oil to pay for climate change Experts on both sides said they hadn’t heard of a call like this before. Physicist Steven Koonin, who served as an Energy Department Under Secretary for Science under Barack Obama and also penned a piece for the Wall Street Journal titled “ Climate Science Is Not Settled ,” told McClatchy, “I don’t know of any judge who has asked for a tutorial like this. I think it is a great idea. Anybody having to make a decision about climate science needs to understand the full spectrum of what we know and what we don’t know.” The first part of the tutorial will cover “the history of the scientific study of climate change;” each side will have an hour to delve into “scientific inquiry into the formation and melting of the ice ages , periods of historical cooling and warming, smog , ozone , nuclear winter, volcanoes , and global warming.” The second part, for which each side again has one hour, will cover “the best science now available” regarding global warming, sea rise, coastal flooding, and glacier melt. + United States District Court for the Northern District of California Via McClatchy Washington Bureau Images via Jeff Head on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons

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Your Smart Thermostat Tutorial

December 11, 2017 by  
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By Eric Murrell If you’re interested in smart home gadgets … The post Your Smart Thermostat Tutorial appeared first on Earth911.com.

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HOW TO: Create fabulous custom-designed boxes without lifting a brush

November 17, 2015 by  
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Want to create Pinterest-worthy home decor but feel a bit lacking in artistic talent? You’re in luck: Ananda of A Piece of Rainbow has an easy DIY tutorial for sprucing up wooden crates that doesn’t require any painting or stenciling. The steps are simple. All you’ll need to do is print your mirrored designs onto wax paper, rub the paper face down on the damp wood surface, and repeat until you’re satisfied with the saturation of the final image. The pieces can be finished with non-toxic furniture wax for protection. Visit A Piece of Rainbow for the full in-depth tutorial. + Justina 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!

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DIY: Learn How to Make Fashion Rings from Paracord Scraps

March 20, 2014 by  
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Working with paracord is fun, but it sure yields lots of waste. If you think these tiny pieces of scrap paracord are nothing more than trash, think again. Check out this tutorial to see great uses for paracord scraps, and learn how to easily transform them to amazing craft, like the cool fashion rings shown above! Via  Instructables 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: dit paracord rings , diy ideas , diy rings , paracord , paracord crafts , paracord rings        

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7 Festive Holiday Wreaths You Can Make From Recycled Materials!

December 7, 2013 by  
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‘Tis the season to be decking the halls! If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your home or office for the holidays, but would rather not use (formerly) living trees and ivy, have we got the tutorial for you. Seven of them actually! We’ve rounded up a whole collection of DIY holiday wreath ideas that use materials that might otherwise end up in the landfill. These easy-to-follow how-to guides utilize everything from recycled wine corks and leftover pieces of wrapping paper to broken holiday lights and dad’s least favorite neckties! Making these upcycled wreaths is a great activity for an adult holiday party, or crafts with the kiddos! Follow the link below to see all seven festive holiday wreath designs. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY , diy holiday decorations , holiday wreaths , how to recycle magazines , make your own holiday decorations , recycled wreaths        

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How can I reuse or recycle novelty Christmas jumpers?

December 5, 2011 by  
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I got this email from Edie a few weeks ago but I thought I’d keep it until people were thinking a little more festive-ly — I hope it’s not too late for Edie now though! I love silly Christmas jumpers but not to wear, god, not to wear! I’m thinking of getting some to make into Christmas cushion covers but thought I’d ask to see if you had any ideas for making other things from them too and the bits like the sleeves etc. Some of the various sweater-to-cushion-cover tutorials I’ve seen have used the sleeves to make a flap like on a housewife style pillow. Another tutorial suggests making patchwork cushion covers – depending on the patch size/style, that could easily use up all the different bits of a jumper. Sleeves could also be used to make hot water bottle covers, with the cuff “hugging” the neck of the bottle. Other ideas for the jumpers: lots of people make Christmas stockings out of old jumpers – the sleeves might be enough for that too. Could they also be cut up to make Christmas placemats or pot holders? If they’ve got a high wool content, they could be felted for extra heat protection (although that would probably distort the pattern). Or how about a skirt for the Christmas tree if it’s in a pot? Any other suggestions for Edie? (Photo by lisa humes )

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DIY: How to Make an Adorable Chia Pet Dog Costume for Halloween

October 26, 2011 by  
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Ch-ch-ch-Chia ! Anyone who grew up in the 80′s is sure to remember the jingle announcing everyone’s favorite terracotta pet plant, so this Halloween why make your pooch the most popular pup around by outfitting it as a real live Chia Pet . This adorable eco-friendly costume was one of the top finalists in our 2010 Green Halloween Costume Contest , and you can make it yourself from organic materials and eco-friendly felt by following a simple set of instructions – read on for our tutorial! Read the rest of DIY: How to Make an Adorable Chia Pet Dog Costume for Halloween Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chia pet dog costume , diy halloween costume , eco costume , green design , green halloween , Green Halloween Costume Contest , halloween , halloween dog costume , sustainable design

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Green Halloween: 13 Eco-Creepy Crafts & Decor

October 24, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Home & Garden . ] You don’t need to buy a bunch of disposable plastic junk to decorate your entire house for Halloween! Create your own reusable, recycled eco-friendly Halloween decorations with these 13 easy and fun tutorials. Spooky milk bottle lights, pumpkin garlands made of paper towel tubes, scrap wood tombstones and skull-face Easter eggs full of candy are among the items you can make using household items, recyclables and a few craft supplies. Head in a Jar Illusion (images via: madhaus , dabbled.org ) Print an image of a flattened face with a laser printer, stick it in a jar full of water and add some hair for effect, and you’ve got an eerily realistic, rather gruesome Halloween prop that costs next to nothing. Use a tall, narrow jar and roll up the paper when you insert it so that it unfurls close to the glass, giving it a three-dimensional look. Using a laser printer ensures that the ink won’t run when placed in water. Vampire-Repelling Garlic Wreath (images via: metrolic , gardenwise ) Ward off vampires with an odiferous warning that they’re not welcome at your door. Garlic that still has its dried greens can be braided onto a wreath as explained by Garden Wise Online , or you can hot-glue heads of garlic onto a wreath form. Bottle Ghost Lights (images via: fun in the making ) Turn single-serving milk bottles into adorably spooky decorations with nothing more than a string of lights, a hole puncher and some black paint. Check restaurants like Chik-fil-A for discarded bottles, wash them out well, punch holes in the sides of the neck, paint on your faces and then use scrap ribbon to tie the bottles to your light string. Upcycled Tombstones (images via: inhabitots ) Erect a makeshift graveyard using scrap wood for tombstones, instead of the environmentally harmful polystyrene normally used in commercial versions. Inhabitots has a tutorial that uses wood you may already have laying around in the garage as well as a saw, no-VOC paint, brushes, a hammer and nails. X-Ray Lampshades & Votive Holders (images via: fun in the making ) Got some old x-rays laying around? Here’s a novel use for them: placing them in front of a light as creepy, bone-themed decor. Fun in the Making explains how to cut them to fit lamp shades, votive candle holders and even night lights. Recycled Book Pumpkin (images via: creations by kara ) An old book is saved from the dumpster and transformed into a DIY Halloween decoration that’s perfect for any literature lover. Creations by Kara shows us how to cut it into a pumpkin shape, glue it, paint it and add a branch and ribbon. Batty Branches (images via: womans day ) Make an easy centerpiece tutorial much greener by using reclaimed materials. Follow the instructions offered by Women’s Day magazine, but select used styrofoam packaging instead of a floral oasis, and consider painting scrap cardboard black instead of using new paper. Halloween Flower Pots (images via: family fun ) Old, unwanted flower pots can be turned into reusable Halloween decor with a little orange and yellow paint. You could keep terra-cotta pots their natural color and add painted jack o’ lantern faces, or glue on the shapes using scrap paper. Paper Towel Tube Pumpkin Garland (images via: a glimpse inside ) A few slices of a cardboard paper towel roll are painted and glued into pumpkin shapes for a super-easy, cheap DIY fall garland , a decoration that could be left up through Thanksgiving. Mummy Boxes (images via: then she made ) An ideal craft project for kids, this tutorial uses empty cardboard cereal and cracker boxes and wraps them in strips of scrap white fabric. Use an old sheet or whatever you have on hand, wrap up your ‘mummies’ and add some goggly eyes. Easter Egg Skulls (images via: martha stewart ) Re-use your old plastic Easter eggs for Halloween! While Martha Stewart’s crafty version of this project involves specially purchased ‘egg boxes’, you can easily just paint the Easter eggs white, draw on the design with a black permanent marker and fill them with candy. Martha makes it easy to replicate her skull faces with a printable pattern. Creepy Potato Stamps (images via: martha stewart ) Did you know that potatoes make ideal all-natural DIY stamps? Use Martha Stewart’s skull template to carve a skull into a halved potato, dip it in paint and press it onto paper or any other surface you want to skullify. Cutout Skull Tee (images via: cut out and keep ) Need last-minute, Halloween-appropriate attire on a shoestring? Make your own skull face cut-out tee out of a shirt you already have in your closet. Cut Out and Keep offers a template that you simply print out, place under your shirt, trace and then cut. Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: 10 Surprising Reclaimed & Recycled Building Materials Old airplanes, shipping containers, silos and beer bottles are just a few of the surprising reclaimed and recycled materials that can be used in green building. 7 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Illuminating Reuse: 15 Recycled Lights and Lamps Traffic lights, egg cartons, cardboard and other junk materials are transformed into brilliant light fixtures in these recycled lamp designs. 52 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» Geeks, Gamers, Gory Flicks: 114 Cool Pumpkin Art Carvings A Halloween tribute to geeks, gamers, and gory flicks. Here are 114 treats, or cool pumpkin art as jack-o-lanterns with intricate carvings from freaky to geeky. Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design & Home & Garden . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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Upcycling ideas: bows & flowers & tins & umbrellas & everything

October 4, 2011 by  
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It’s been a while since I’ve done a “links round-up” post about some of the things that I’ve been emailed or spotted around the greater internet recently so … here goes!   With the major gift giving time of the year looming in the near-distance, I love this idea of reusing colourful children’s pictures to make gift bows instead of using generic plastic ones. Of course the same idea can be applied to any old paper – as the tutorial shows black-on-white newspaper text looks pretty cool too.   I’m always a sucker for stuff made with drinks cans but these flowers are rather cute – I especially like the painted ones.   Tinplategirl emailed recently her new tutorials site about working with tinplate – the smooth heavier-weight metal from various large tins & cans. The site includes a number of free videos introducing the craft – where to find the materials and how to work with them – and how-to PDFs for making all sorts of things (some free, some costing up to $9.95). A great resource for people wanting to move on from working with the more malleable drinks can metal.   And speaking of large tins, this tiered unit made from old biscuit/chocolate tins has been around for a while now but I thought it was worth mentioning because it’s a lot of fun and useful.   Another thing that’s a bit old but feels newly relevant given the sudden switch to autumn this week: how-to recover an umbrella frame . Great for revamping a brolly or fixing it if it gets torn – double up your green points by using old fabric (an old tent? old synthetic clothes?) for the umbrella and reclaiming the best bits of the original fabric for other craft projects (a water resistant swimming bag? or to make foam bath cushion?)   Oh, and if you haven’t seen it, do check out WeUpcycle.com , which started as a 30 day/30 upcycled things project but is now a wider collection of upcycling ideas. No how-tos but lots of inspiring, pretty pictures.   Have you seen any fun or interesting reusing or recycling projects recently? Or have you got anything you’d like to show off of your own creation? Do leave a comment below!

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Reusing, recycling and upcycling links – and a video

June 16, 2011 by  
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It’s been a while since I’ve featured some of the wonderful reusing, recycling and upcycling links I’ve spotted recently.

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