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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You’ve all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet – are you yawning yet? Many …

How to land a green job in 2014

You want an environmental job. And who wouldn’t? You get to go to bed at night knowing you’ve done something good for the world. You can be smug …

How can I live in a passive house?

I would really love to live in a house built to passive-house standards. It's the ethical thing to do, but the cost is high. What options are there for passivhaus living?<p>If you have an ethical dilemma, email Lucy at lucy.siegle@observer.co.uk<p>Who wouldn't want to live in a <i>passivhaus</i> (passive house, …

Passive Houses: 13 Reasons Why the Future Will Be Dominated by this New Pioneering Trend

If you don’t know what a ‘Passive House’ is you’re in good company, most people haven’t. Passive Houses are essentially buildings which use very …

Apartment dwellers: 9 key ways to green your home for winter

Five years ago Sami put together How to Go Green: Rentals, looking at what people who live in apartments can do to green their homes. Now, more and …

Coming To Your Home: A Battery The Size Of A Fridge

For now, the type of batteries we commonly use can easily fit in one hand. Will there come a day when we will rely on one that is the size of a fridge?<p>That’s the pitch that California battery developer, Imergy Power Systems, will be pushing as the startup begins to roll out what’s called flow …

10 Reasons To Love Portland

• <b>People Love To Make Things Here</b>. The heart of Portland beats to an Artisanal beat. It’s true, as seen in Portlandia, the things we love to make can …

Holiday Guide for Dog Lovers

My overly indulged pug appears to always know when I place his perfectly wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree. Here is the first of two holiday gift guides for dogs with personally selected gift-giving ideas, tested by my pug, reviewed by me, and approved by both of us.<p>Let's start with the <b>Super</b> …

The World's First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

Do you love your Blackberry or iPhone, but worry about the cost to the environment? Do you wonder whether the workers who mined the materials or …

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15 great books for making your own gadgets

We love to regularly bring you stories about cool electronics projects that you can take on yourself -- things like DIY solar chargers, how to make …

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Edc Gear | Tactical-style

Together with Huckberry we have picked an EDC(everyday carry for the uninitiated) roundup. A small collection of tactical-style tools, equipment and …

5 low-tech gadgets every kitchen should have

I pity the kitchen filled with frivolous gadgets, the as-seen-on-TV items that hog cupboard space, bully the counter, and crowd utensil drawers with …

Build a $300 underground greenhouse for year-round gardening (Video)

Growers in colder climates often utilize various approaches to extend the growing season or to give their crops a boost, whether it's coldframes, …

15 best Android launcher apps of 2017

Android launcher apps have long been an integral part of the Android experience. If you don’t like the way your home screens look or act, you can simply download an app to change all of it. There is no doubt that Android launcher apps have a far more diverse set of features than any other genre of …

Shutterstock launches new learn-to-code site, Skillfeed

Skillfeed is the latest site to capitalize on the white-hot learn-to-code trend.<p>This new contestant hails from the bowels of stock photography site Shutterstock, an online behemoth with a $1.5 billion market cap.<p>Skillfeed’s curriculum covers such topics as CSS and MySQL. It also has some basic …

Combining Electric Cars With Smart Grid Technology Can Cut Charging Costs In Half

Electric cars are one of the key pieces of the renewable energy economy of the future, but they do come with a few challenges: charging them …

HOW TO: Get Your Children Excited About Gardening

The first day of spring is March 20th! It's time to start planning your garden! Wouldn't it be great if you could get your children involved in the …

Renewable energy is clean, cheap and here – what's stopping us?

The report from the Committee on Climate Change arguing that investing in renewable energy would eventually save consumers a lot of money is spot …

Make a portable solar phone charger for $5

Intro<p>Instructables user ASCAS gave us permission to share their project for making a solar-powered phone charger for only $5. It's as small as a …

2013 Sea State Report Shows Major Protections Are Needed To Keep Ocean Ecosystems Healthy

For the first time ever, a comprehensive report was released this week outlining how well states protect coastal waters. "There is much room for improvement," the Marine Conservation Institute researchers wrote.<p>The 2013 Sea States Report shows that the United States has done a lackluster job of …

Gardening Tips for Kids: Get Those Green Thumbs in Gear for Spring

Get out those gardening tools and seed catalogs: it's time to get dirty! Many adults are rejoicing for spring's return to gardening, and why …

How to fix the climate, in one simple flowchart

After we published our How to win a climate argument flowchart, we thought, “Wouldn’t it be great if all the climate solutions were boiled down into …

These adorable dogs protect endangered penguins, make your heart grow three sizes

Get ready for your cute-o-meter to explode: There is an endangered species called little penguins, and they have two fluffy sheepdog bodyguards that …

FDA Warns Pregnant Women That Magnesium Sulfate May Cause Bone Abnormalities in Babies

About one in every ten babies in the United States is born preterm, meaning that labor starts before week 37 of a woman’s pregnancy. Magnesium …

Vegetarians live longer, researchers find

If you want to live longer, you could dabble in cryonics, hire Dick Cheney’s medical team, or, more realistically, pass on the meat and live the life …

EWG Releases 2013 Sunscreen Guide + Ranks Top & Worst Rated Sunscreens

<i>Image courtesy of Shutterstock</i><p>Just in time for the Memorial Day holiday, Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their 7th annual Sunscreen …

HOW TO: Go Geocaching with Your Children

If you are looking to get your family outside this spring for a little exercise and fun while using their brains at the same time - give geocaching a …

Battery test: Nissan LEAF owner drove 78,000 electric miles, fully charging twice a day

No battery capacity loss so far<p>Extreme commuter Steve Marsh bought a Nissan LEAF electric car to ease the financial pain of his daily 130 miles …

Top Healthy and Organic Foods for the First Trimester

Good nutrition is key for a fit pregnancy and healthy baby development. A well-balanced, healthy and eco-friendly pregnancy diet includes USDA …