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Getting down and dirty about the hygiene hypothesis
There are "old friends"- bugs that we need, and there are killer pathogens. So you still have to wash your hands.
Nomadic photographer lives, works & travels solo in her trusty teardrop trailer (Video)
After years of staying put and punching the clock, this photographer finally decided it was time to hit the road, and to pursue her passion for capturing majestic images of nature.
Passive House is not just for houses
A quick look around Vienna shows that they can be any kind of building, from kindergartens to prisons.
In business and tech, the low carbon revolution moves ahead
Yes, there are massive challenges ahead. But there are also plenty of reasons to cheer.
Johnson & Johnson's half-hearted switch from plastic to paper cotton buds isn't good enough
It's only happening in half the world. The rest of us can keep using plastic sticks. (Don't they know about ocean currents?)
Get ready for zero waste shopping with these great reusables
Waste-free shopping requires the right tools to make it successful for shoppers and storeowners alike. Do you have what it takes?
Photo: These pretty flowers are actually poisonous, meat-eating animals
Our enthralling photo of the day comes all the way from Eaglehawk, Tasmania.
Food label sell-by dates get simplified, here's what to know
Currently there are more than 10 different confusing date labels on packages, it's going down to two.
It's like Shazam for birds: Song Sleuth app IDs birds by their song
What's that bird? Find out by letting your smartphone listen to its singing.
Nokia is relaunching its most iconic dumbphone
Are you trying to disconnect more? It might be time to go back to the early 2000s.
Canadian humorist Stuart McLean on the price of water
One of the late radio host's early pieces is still relevant.
Disruption to oil demand may be much closer than you think
Signs of a transition are coming thick and fast these days. Here's just a small sample...
My Morning Routine offers a glimpse into how other people start their days
Every week, the site publishes a new interview, asking the same basic questions meant to inspire readers.
Social housing can be beautiful and sustainable, like the Kings Road Affordable Flats
We missed this one; time for another look.
10 of the largest living creatures in the sea
Meet the incredible animals that have inspired legends of sea monsters throughout the ages.
This is what the sonic boom of an earthquake looks & sounds like (Video)
Using computer code, the seismic data of powerful earthquakes are transformed into sound-rich visualizations that may help advance the study of earthquakes further.
Hawaii wants to ban chemical sunscreens to save its coral reefs
When sunscreen chemicals wash off beach-goers, they bleach coral, stunt its growth, and sometimes kill it outright.
My foray into the mysterious world of sound healing
Sound healing is based on the idea that pure, deconstructed sound can rebalance the body's energy.
What should designs for children look like?
A look back to a 1929 classic publication shows that not much has changed in attitudes
Dinner at Ottolenghi was an unforgettable experience
Having read and used the cookbooks published by this famous London restaurant, I was delighted to be able to eat there in person.
Modern rammed earth home echoes region's natural cave dwellings
A traditional "cave house" is transformed into a contemporary home of rammed earth, using locally sourced materials.
Parenting is hard, but coparenting is tougher.
How coparents interact and communicate with each other is more important than their actual involvement in kids' lives, experts say.
Is this a playground or is it a design statement?
A modernist minimalist play structure is built in the middle of a modernist community.
US energy spending lowest in 60 years
But hey, let's still keep complaining about those "elite" greenies.
Stair of the week is really a big sculpture
But what will the handrail police say?
4 steps to improve your home cooking
Take your homemade meals to the next level with some surprisingly simple concepts.
Photo: Wind and water conspire to create a winter wonderland
Our photo of the day comes from the prettiest town in Canada.
Oslo, Norway, is giving residents $1200 toward purchasing an electric cargo bike
One way to move toward a cleaner, greener city is through offering citizens financial incentives to get out of their cars and onto two wheels.
Image recognition software for sharks tells them apart by their fins
A shark's fin is like its fingerprint, with each animal having its own unique patterns and scars.
The "Stopping EPA Overreach Act" redefines what a pollutant is and stops regulation of greenhouse gases
This is beyond climate denial, it's science denial
Have we finally reached Peak Car?
The latest report from UMTRI shows that fewer people are driving shorter distances
Biodegradable drones will take off on one-way humanitarian missions
These drones can deliver supplies to disaster-hit areas and degrade quickly once they reach their target.
'The Smog of the Sea' is Jack Johnson's new film about plastic pollution
There's no such thing as a giant floating garbage patch. The reality is much, much worse.
Utilities vote to close gigantic Arizona coal plant
Just one more sign that coal is on its way out. For the workers who relied on it, we need a plan for what comes next.
Give the world a Valentine – shop sustainably
Before you choose a particular box of chocolates or a certain greeting card, ask yourself where in the world it came from. Same goes for other gifts, whether your true love happens to love coffee, tea, new clothes, or camping gear.
The best trick for cutting down on sugar
After your Valentine's day sugar binge, try this trick to finally get your sugar habit under control
Collaborative conservation: The story behind the nation's newest wildlife refuge
How a small preserve north of New York City became the first piece of a unique multi-state conservation effort.
Fabulous floating cities promise freedom
A design competition shows ideas that might soon be floating off French Polynesia
Brilliant tiny house features $500 DIY elevator bed built with free plans (Video)
This rustic, modern tiny home features lots of smart space-saving ideas, plus a self-built bed that can lift up and down automatically.
Lush and the Zero Waste beauty routine
Forget plain old soap bars! Lush goes above and beyond with some unusual package-free options at its London store.
Don't rush out to buy a last-minute Valentine's Day gift
It's important to remember that every physical gift comes at a cost that's both financial and environmental.
Photo: Snow geese take to the misty sky
Our ethereal photo of the day comes from foggy California.
Folding waterproof solar charger packs a pocket-sized punch
Portable solar chargers keep getting lighter, smaller, and more rugged, and PocketPower promises to deliver on all three of those features at a low price.
Photo: Be mine?
Photo of the day, Valentine's edition.
Forget about "balance" with cars; we have to prioritize walking, biking and transit
Planner Brent Toderian gets it right.
New plastic wrap might keep buildings cool even when the sun is shining
It is based on the principle of passive radiative cooling
A fashion accessory for our smog-filled dystopian future: Airinum Urban Breathing Mask
It's come to this: Designer "Urban Breathing Masks" will protect your lungs when you leave the house.
Hip hop is used to teach kids about gardening
This innovative education model gets kids rapping, planting, and cooking in marginalized neighborhoods of London.
Lush brings together cosmetics and activism
Not your typical beauty showcase, the goal of this year's Lush Summit was to motivate, engage, and incite environmental action.
This new battery runs on seawater
The saltwater battery is far cheaper than a typical lithium-ion battery.
Coworking space features 1,000 plants for a healthier, open plan office
Plants help reduce stress and increase productivity in offices; here they are a built-in perk in this new coworking space in Portugal.
Interface introduces vinyl flooring. What would Ray say?
This is what has been touted as the greenest company in America. Will they give vinyl a green sheen?
New aluminum battery with urea electrolyte could be a low-cost renewable energy storage solution
Kinda makes you wonder if they shouted "Urea-ka!" after the discovery.
Photo: Yosemite's Nevada Fall is a picture of paradise
Our photo of the day is a love letter to Yosemite National Park.
Imagine a world reliant on robot bees to roam the fields and meadows
Welcome to your dystopian nightmare installment #4692.
These adorable birds patiently wait in line to repeatedly woo a single she-bird
The super civilized courting by male blue manakins is as humorous as it is mesmerizing.
Does embodied energy really matter in green building?
It's controversial, but more and more people are becoming convinced that it does.
Affordable solar-powered device can create water out of air (Video)
This inexpensive and low-maintenance gadget uses the power of the sun to produce water using condensation.
The principles behind designing a backyard food forest
It's not like other forms of gardening. Here's why.
New cabins built for Fallingwater Institute
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson builds a project that belongs to the hill.
Should we just stop shaking hands already?
Maybe we need an executive order banning handshakes as barbaric.
Photo: Crested hornshark rests on the rocks
Our photo of the day comes from the waters off New South Wales, Australia.
Trump delays listing bumblebee as an endangered species
Protection for the beleaguered rusty patched bumblebee was set to begin on February 10.
Are consumer purchases an act of political rebellion?
Shopping isn't voting. But it still sends a message.
Researchers at Texas A&M develop a bossy and nosy standing desk
It tells you when to get up and to sit down, and checks up on you too.
Artist 'domesticates' plant roots into intricate geometric forms
Exploring new scientific ideas about 'plant neurobiology', this artist shapes plant roots in complex, textile-like forms.
This exotic electric sports car seats four people, hits 160 MPH, & has a 370 mile range
The Dubuc Motors Tomahawk is a mean green head-turning machine.
Toronto's CN Tower could be cluttered with clip-on cross-laminated condos
You can sell anything in Toronto these days; why not a wooden barnacle?
How Lush Cosmetics is helping cotton farmers in Fukushima
The cosmetics retailer purchases organic indigenous cotton from this now-marginalized area of Japan, providing much-needed income.
'We Got Schooled': Couple travels full-time with off-grid school bus tiny home (Video)
After years of staying put, this couple finally decided it was time to make some changes and to hit the road in a DIY school bus conversion.
Virtual company gets a real world office, a Mobile Work Unit
is it a trailer? Or an office? Yes.
Flecks of "solar glitter" can make almost anything solar powered
The tiny, flexible solar cells can be integrated into objects of any shape or size.
One and a half stories to tell about mid-sixties designs
There's lots to learn from these small house plans from the '60s
Photo: Adorable face of a shield mantis belies a masterful disguise
Our fabulous photo of the day comes from the rainforest of Ecuador.
Eclipse, comet, and a full Snow Moon on the menu for Friday night
If this trifecta of sky antics doesn't portend unicorn sightings and magic portals, then nothing will.
This high-quality ink is made from air pollution harvested from vehicle tailpipes
What if the ugly, in this case air pollutants, could give birth to something beautiful?
Man saves dog, dog saves hummingbird, hummingbird saves man who saved dog
And now the three unlikely friends live together under a single roof.
Do we have a population crisis or a consumption crisis?
Population growth is in fact slowing down but everyone is using more of everything.
How to cook rice to remove the most arsenic
It's downright Victorian, but alas, our rice is rife with arsenic - here's how to enjoy it without the poison.
Is owning a car still key for a date?
One Canadian study says so. So much for city kids
This solar briefcase will charge your phone, laptop, and a host of other gadgets
Another large-sized solar charger and battery system is about to hit the market, as an off-grid solar generator in a briefcase.
Beijing mayor: We'll cut coal use 30% in 2017
The city already had some ambitious targets. Now it's doubling down.
It's time for another look at plug-in housing
Can the vertical trailer park cut the price of housing?
There are lessons to learn from the great British lettuce crisis
Romaine calm and try some alternatives.
MIT makes a battery that's safe to swallow
Swallowing a normal battery means a trip to the ER, but this ingestible battery is powered by stomach acid and could deliver drugs or help carry out medical screenings.
In China, 20% of new buses are now electric
Of all the vehicles to convert to electric, diesel-spewing buses may be the most important.
Unilever's game-changing decision to reveal fragrance ingredients
Listing of specific ingredients under the mysterious "fragrance" catch-all has never been required by the government; Unilever's voluntary move to list them is a big deal.
Winnipeg warming huts get political
Dutch designers build a border wall that you can skate through.
This $35 inflatable waterproof solar lantern will also charge your phone
The inventors of the innovative LuminAID solar lantern are Kickstarting another version of their device, this time with the added feature of a charging port for portable electronics.
All-in-one cube is 'room within a room' that hides bed, bike, closet & office
This multifunctional unit puts a lot of functionality and storage into a small space.
Hundreds of mysterious ancient earthworks found in the Amazon
Deforestation has revealed the large geometrical geoglyphs built over 2000 years ago - their discovery holds valuable lessons for today.
Photo: Giant puppy basks in the sun
Our photo of the day reveals the sly smile of a handsome elephant seal.
Whoever drives in Berlin has too much time
In which a brash-talking politician takes on the lobbyists - and everybody wins (hint: the "lobbyists" aren't who you think!)
Sweet Swedish pair rescues a moose from frozen lake
What would you do if you came across a giant ruminant stuck in the ice? Here's how this quick-thinking couple saved the day.
Is the world finally ready for uhü, the plug and play prefab?
It's an idea that many have dreamed about for years- affordable, moveable plug-in housing
This is what a baby sloth sounds like
Think kitten-meets-lamb in the latest installment of 'gratuitous cuteness distraction.'
Meet the extraordinary catfish that travels the width of South America
The dorado catfish swims more than 7,200 miles, making it the world champion of freshwater fish migration.
Small fridges make good cities: the podcast
TreeHugger's Lloyd Alter does radio
Photo: Citrus swallowtail plays in the pompoms
Our pretty photo of the day shows off both flora and fauna.
Norway wants tourists to slow down and travel more sustainably
Cruise ships and Disney's 'Frozen' have led to crowds of unprecedented size, about which Norwegians are not entirely happy.
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