Transportation 

Walkonomics App: Best Walking Route

  Walkonomics was seen in The Guardian ‘Best iPhone Apps of the Week’. It is an app that will help you find the most walkable routes to your destination. So far the app works in the following 7 cities: Central London Paris New York San Francisco Toronto Buenos Aires Glasgow How it works: Walkonomics analyses over 1.7 million street trees and thousands of urban parks to find beautiful routes through tree-filled streets and parks. Features / Benefits: Research has shown that walking through streets with plenty of trees and parks…

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Transportation 

Uber Prices At London Tube Strike

  A few days ago, a massive strike by London Underground workers caused Uber prices to go up as much as 3 times. For some emergencies such as Hurricane Sandy, Uber did not increase rates, however not in this situation. According to Quartz “London made extra buses, bicycles, and riverboats available in an attempt to compensate for the outage, but additional demand for taxis and Uber rides was inevitable. The ride-sharing service has a standard and fairly straightforward policy on surge pricing: when demand for rides increases, so do fares….

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Transportation 

Transform Your Bike Into a SmartBike

  Helios Ride launched a Kickstarter fund last year for the release of the world’s first integrated headlight & blinker system for bicycles which also utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 & GPS to add smart features to any bike. Helios has both Andiod and iOs Apps. Here’s all the great new stuff we packed into Helios Bars V2 for you: Brighter Headlight – TheHelios Bars headlight which is capable of running at upwards of 1,200 lumens! This will keep you very visible on the road. Improved Turn-by-Turn Navigation – The software engineers…

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Eco-City Europe 

Oslo’s First Bee Highway

  30 – 40% of food requires pollination. There is a mutual dependence for agriculture on pollination as insects on agriculture for survival. According to the Guardian Oslo’s “bee highway” aims to give the insects a safe passage through the city, lined with relays providing food and shelter – the first such system in the world, according to the organizers. “We are constantly reshaping our environment to meet our needs, forgetting that other species also live in it,” Agnes Lyche Melvaer, head of the Bybi, an environmental group supporting urban bees,…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Wall Street Adding Farmland to its Portfolio

            As prices are rising for farmland, financial institutions have been buying more farmland.  TIAA-CREF, the massive California teachers pension plan, and big insurers such as John Hancock now invest in farmland.  Pension funds own almost 700,000 acres, by one estimate.  Hancock Agricultural Investment Group manages 230,000 acres worth more than $2 billion, 40 percent of it for almonds, pistachios, walnuts and macadamia nuts, Asia favorites.  Swiss giant UBS’s farm portfolio more than doubled to over $400 million from 2010 to 2012. By some estimates,…

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Transportation 

Cargo Bikes Everywhere

  Cargo bikes were once used to deliver goods and services. Today, they are on the verge of revolutionizing transport in London. London-Consignment.com is raising awaress of independent cargo retailers that sell and service cargos. Four retailers to check out are London Green Cycles, Carry Me Bikes, Bikefix, and Richmond Cycle Centre. For example, London Green Cycles has advertised “Hybrid, folder, road bike, dutch bike, hub gears, hydraulic brakes, flat tyre, you name it we fix it. Fully equipped workshop with 2 experienced and helpful mechanics. Visit us and get a free quote. Within 10 minutes ride…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

6 Massive Shifts To Energy Markets

  The renewable-energy boom is here. Trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years. Solar Prices Keep Crashing: Solar power will eventually get so cheap that it will outcompete new fossil-fuel plants and even start to supplant some existing coal and gas plants, potentially stranding billions in fossil-fuel infrastructure. Solar Billions Will Become Trillions: According to BNEF, $3.7 trillion dollars will be invested in Solar making it 1/3 of new power energy source. Decentralized Revolution: The biggest revolution will be on rooftops.  High electricity prices and cheap residential battery…

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Living Products 

General Mills Eliminating Artifical Flavors

  The cereals of your childhood — like Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs, and Trix — are getting a makeover. General Mills announced today that it will be eliminating artificial flavors and colors from all of its cereals. The company has been experimenting with fruits, vegetables, and spices to replace those artificial ingredients, according to its press release. So, for its most vibrantly colored cereal, Trix, it will now use ingredients like fruit and vegetable juices and spice extracts such as turmeric and paprika to create the red, yellow, orange and purple hues….

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Attire Living 

Indigenous Fair Trade Fashion 

  Indigenous organic + fair trade fashion has been leading the way in stylish, handmade fashion since 1994. All Indigenous’ sustainable apparel is made with extreme care by artisans who are paid a Fair Wage. The founders, Scotty and Matt, have helped form a scalable artisan network through the Indigenous clothing line that reflects a commitment to sustainability and socially responsible actions. Indigenous clothes contain only organic and natural fibers as well as low-impact dyes. This keeps harmful chemicals away from your body. Purchasing organic clothing is also an important…

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Home Living 

Atelier 8000 EcoLodge

  Atelier 8000 developed the proposal for the Kežmarská Hut architectural competition, which asked applicants to design a building offering accommodation, a restaurant, a medical facility, skiing storage and a garage for a snowmobile. The competition was won by a team made up of architects Karel Havliš, Filip Havliš, David Zámečník and Ondřej Novosad, so Atelier 8000’s concept is now unlikely to make it off the drawing board. According to the designers, the orientation of the structure would allow three sides of it to be visible from any given point around…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Beirut’s ABC Mall Solar Roof

    ABC Achrafieh, the most beautiful mall in Beirut, is turning into the most eco-friendly one by installing the largest private photovoltaic plant in Lebanon on ABC’s rooftop. The installation will cover up to 4,000 m2 and will provide a capacity of 0.45 MW that is enough to power ABC department store, the equivalent of feeding up to 500 houses. By doing so, ABC will reduce its need for electricity and secure free renewable energy for up to 20 years. I love the initiative and I hope others malls…

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Eco-City North America 

Hidden West Village Rooftop

  It’s been a winning week for the Village’s rooftops. First, a glorious, coveted cabin poised high above East 13th Street came to market, and now, Gothamist relays word of a bucolic rooftop cottage replete with porch and lawn at 719 Greenwhich Street. Color us jealous. The cottage belongs to David Puchkoff and Eileen Stukane, who live on the top floor of the building. A 2006 New York Times article profiling the cottage (yes, you’ve been walking by it unknowingly for at least that long) says that Puckhoff developed the building…

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Eco-City Europe 

London Green Bridge Approved

  Last year, the fabulous actor and green activist Joanna Lumley teamed up with the Pretty Terrific architect Thomas Heatherwick to imagine a gorgeous pedestrian bridge across the Thames in London. This November, the pedestrian Garden bridge spanning London’s River Thames won local-government approval. In the Guardian the bridge is described as “It will be like a tiara on the head of our fabulous city,” coos Lumley. “It will set hearts racing and calm troubled minds. It will enchant everyone who uses it.” The Westminster borough endorsed the project in…

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Attire Living 

Levi’s Field of Jeans To Promote Recycling

  In an effort to promote recycling, Levi Strauss & Co. started a drive that brought in 18,850 pairs of jeans. The event known as “Field of Dreams” is meant to show the impact of throwing clothes in a landfill versus recycling. The collected jeans weighted 24,000 pounds. They were put on display at the 49ers football stadium by a team of 50 people over 16 hours creation period. Levi’s emphasizes sustainability in its business practices in a number of different ways, in addition the Field of Jeans. It launched…

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Eco-City North America 

New York’s “Big U” Climate Change Risk

  New York City, with a population fast approaching 9 million and vast cultural, historical, and financial resources, is fast approaching the danger zone for climate change. The city sits on a “Big U” shaped waterfront property. The OECD ranked New York City among the 10 cities most vulnerable to rising sea levels with 2.9 million people and $2.1 trillion in assets exposed to storm surges by 2070 if sea levels keep rising. Hurricane Sandy is an example of how unprepared that area is for disaster. Tempestuous winds downed trees…

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Attire Living 

Southwest Airlines Upcycles 80,000 Leather Seats Into Shoes, Bags, Balls

  Southwest Airlines will lighten its 737-700 aircrafts by over 600 pounds by replacing its leather covered seats with lighter material. The change was aimed at reducing weight – 600 lbs per plane – and thus fuel. The airline, having cracked the top 100 in Newsweek’s annual green company rankings this year didn’t want to throw away the 80,000 leather seat coverings in a landfill. To solve this problem, Southwest Airlines, launched LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose, a multi-phase sustainability program that partners with social enterprises in Nairobi, Kenya, the Republic of Malawi and the…

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Energy Sources 

Yingli Solar at World Cup 2014

  Yingli who? If you watched the World Cup 2014, you would have seen Yingli Solar ads, one of the 12 companies advertising at the World Cup. FIFA made over $1 billion from ads, $70m of directly from Yingli. Additionally, Yingli placed 1,500 solar panels encircling the World Cup stadium in Maracana, Brazil. As the world’s largest solar panel manufacturer based out of China, Yingli Solar is hoping to break into the Latin American by growing its less than 5% market share in 2013 to more than 10% by 2015. Cracking…

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Copenhagen’s Bike Increase Jumped 5% to 41%

  Copenhagen is known to have more bikes than people. Last year, bike usage increased by 5% due to 17 large Metro construction sites in the city that make driving unpleasant. Increased bike usage was not deliberate, it became the preferred option when driving due to construction became inconvenient. Lesson learned is that there is a more effective way to get people to ride bikes other than advertising “Go Green Bike” signs around a city. The 17 additional metro stations come with a price tag of 3 Billion Euros. Some…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Ecosphere Shipping Containers Turned into Solar Stations

  Ecosphere Technologies designed a mobile solar station that can be installed anywhere in the world. It can create and store energy with a wireless connectivity toa range of 30 miles. The pop-up panels provide 400% more energy than solar panels on the roof with a maximum of 15 kilowatts. This station in many situations including military, humanitarian or disaster relief. The electricity generated can be used to power various onboard systems, including communication systems, water treatment systems as well as water distribution systems and much more. These systems are…

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Attire Living 

Primark Dress Includes Worker’s Cry For Help

  Mysterious messages about working conditions discovered in a store remind us that textile industry standards have changed little since the Rana Plaza disaster. Two Swansea shoppers have come forward saying they found extra labels sewn into items bought last year. “Forced to work exhausting hours” read the first; “Degrading sweatshop conditions” says the latest, pictured in the 25 June edition of the paper. In part this is down to the sheer complexity of the fashion supply chain. Perhaps the most poignant and ironic thing about the message in a…

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Eco-City North America 

A Rescue Package for the Ocean

  The Global Ocean Commission, co-chaired by Jose Maria Figueres, has issued a groundbreaking new report that charts a course forward in our effort to protect this beautiful ecosystem. In September this year, the United Nations will begin discussing the future of the high seas and how they should be governed. We are polluting and depleting the ocean at a mind-boggling pace. “From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Ocean” will address on some of the threats affecting our ocean. The report identifies five major drivers of ocean…

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Farm Bill Winners and Losers

  The long-stalled farm bill, which represents nearly $1 trillion in spending over the next 10 years and passed on a rare bipartisan vote, 68 to 32, produced clear winners and losers. Over all, farmers fared far better than the poor. The nearly 1,000-page among other things expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over a decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop. But anti-hunger advocates said the bill would harm 850,000 American households, about 1.7 million people spread…

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Apple Solar Patents

  Apple appears to be creating a new device that can let natural light in and absorb the energy via solar cells in the devices. The key component in the patent is Smart Glass, or electrochromic glass. Acting like sunglasses, the glass can fluctuate its translucency to filter in light. The idea is to have a layer of photovoltaic cells – cells found in solar panels that absorb energy – located behind the LCD screen on the back of the device to work with the Smart Glass. Since the Smart…

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Energy Sources Solar Energy 

Solar Glass Orb Phone Charger

  Beta.ey is a spherical glass solar phone charger and atmospheric lamp. German architect André Broessel of Rawlemon has designed a solar cell phone charger and atmospheric lamp that follows the sun’s path to allow for maximum powering up. The Beta.ey is mounted on a dual axis tracking system and is small enough to fit on a regular desk. It works across all mobile devices. At night it transforms into a stand-alone atmospheric lamp with a colored RGB LED light. Beta.ey is currently raising funds on Indiegogo. Backers can purchase…

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Attire Living 

Stella McCartney Uses Sustainable Wool for 2014 Pre-Fall Collection

  Stella McCartney’s 2014 Pre-Fall collection at the Harold Pratt House introduced McCartney’s sustainable wool partnership with the Nature Conservancy and Ovis XXI, through which her tailoring and knitwear will use wool from the sheep of Patagonia, South America produced in accordance with the conservancy’s new sustainability standards. Its aim to prevent overgrazing in a bid to preserve grasslands in the region. The collection included patterns drawn by British designer Gary Hume to soften McCartney’s edgy black and white punk look. The range is enhanced with jacquard motifs, thread work…

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Eco-City 

TIME’s top 10 Green Changes of 2013

  Below is a list from TIME: 10. The anti-genetically modified food movement gains momentum The food movement is powerful—just look at the number of farmer’s markets and Whole Foods shops in your area—but politically, it’s remained diffuse, unable to challenge the powerful mainsteam farming lobby. Instead, the food movement is flexing its muscles on another area: genetically modified foods (or GMOs, with the O standing for organism). First in California in 2012, then this year in Washington, anti-GMO activists managed to get initiatives on the ballot that would have…

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Transportation 

Bankrupt Bixi Montreal Bike Sharing Program

  Bixi owes $50M, files for bankruptcy protectionPopular bike-sharing service gets taken over by City of Montreal. The company that owns Bixi — the Public Bike System Company, known in French as the Société de vélos en libre-service (SVLS) — owes $50 million to various creditors, including the City of Montreal. Coderre said rather that sinking more money into the SVLS, a private company, the city would take over Bixi’s Montreal assets. He said they are worth approximately $11 million. The mayor said he believes Bixi was, and continues to…

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Attire Living 

June Bracelet Measure Sun Exposure

  The June bracelet — by French jewelry designer Camille Toupet — is feminine and flattering, while also practical. Camille has worked with brands such as Harry Winston and Louis Vuitton. She made the bracelet to help women prevent skin diseases due sun exposure. The bracelet ($99) made its debut at the International CES Show and will be available in the second quarter of 2014 at various fashion, beauty and consumer electronics stores. The jewel on the wristband collects data and syncs with an iOS device to provide advice based…

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Energy Sources Farming 

Prince William Enrolls in Agriculture Classes

  Early next year, Prince William plans to return to school and complete a 10-week program in agricultural management at the university at the University of Cambridge. What William, 31, learns could help him when he takes over responsibility for the Duchy of Cornwall, an estate that includes farmland, from Prince Charles and make better decisions in the public sector. More importantly, his decision to enroll in this course projects the importance of sustainability nowadays. The program is designed to give the Duke of Cambridge “an understanding of contemporary issues…

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Carbon, Coal, and Ethanol Energy Sources 

China Launches Second Largest Carbon Market

  On Thursday China began trading in Guangdong’s carbon permit market, which is expected to be the world’s second-largest market after the European Union in terms of carbon dioxide emissions covered. It is far larger than either the Australian or Californian emissions trading schemes. The Chinese government has approved seven pilot carbon trading exchanges in total, with Shenzhen being the first to launch in June followed by Beijing and Shanghai. However, Guangdong, which is home to over 100 million people and has an economy larger than Indonesia, far outweighs the…

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