Dahea Sun’s Cabbage-Dyed Dresses Change Color to Indicate Rain’s pH...

Jun 29, 2012 Posted by

[Translate] ecouterre by Jasmin Malik Chua, 06/27/12 “Fashion has a direct link to the environment,” Sun tells Ecouterre. “My garments are pH indicators, which is hypersensitive for pH, by changing its colour as soon as it is rained on. I wanted to embody environmental attention and responsibility in a poetic collection that has fashionable and sophisticated details.” Photos by Hee Woong Park The last time we caught up with Dahea Sun, the Central Saint Martin’s textile student was developing a set of dyes that responded to acidity levels in rainwater. Using water-soluble pigments known as anthocyanins, commonly found in red cabbages, blackberries, and eggplant, Sun was able to use her “Rain Palette” to help people visualize air quality at a glance. In collaboration with Gayeon Lee, who’s pursuing a master’s degree in womenswear, Sun...

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UN, Fashion Industry Team Up to Support African Manufacturing...

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[Translate] ECOUTERRE by Jasmin Malik Chua, recipe 06/29/12 When it comes to promoting development in Africa, the fashion industry isn’t pulling any punches. Some of the sector’s biggest names are working with the United Nations through Fashion 4 Development, a burgeoning platform for advancing such Millennium Development Goals as poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, and HIV/AIDS reduction by 2015. The fashion world can do much to encourage sustainable manufacturing in Africa, said Ray Chambers, an MDGs advocate and the secretary-general’s special envoy for malaria, at a news conference at the UN’s New York City headquarters on Thursday.   FASHION FORWARD “I believe that the fashion industry will lead the emergence of many developing economies,” said Chambers. “We need a big push to get us over the finish line.”...

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Connect: Homes 2.0 Is a Contemporary Customizable and Sustainable Prefabricated Home!...

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[Translate] by Leon Kaye, treatment ambulance 06/29/12  Connect:Homes seeks to transform contemporary prefabricated homes, viagra and based on how the company’s debut at Dwell on Design went last weekend in Los Angeles, see the company is sure on its way with the fantastic Connect 2.0. The company’s founders chose DOD to launch their company, and so far they have impressed us with this responsibly built and customizable home that could work as a studio, guest house, or even a vacation home. The 640 square foot home packs in a bevy of green building features. Starting on the exterior, a rainwater capturing system harvests rainwater from the roof for landscape irrigation. That same roof has a solar reflex index (SRI) of 107 and reflects 90 percent of the light that shines on it. The composite...

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs – What Makes Them So Tough Anyway...

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Twilight Epiphany Skyspace by James Turrell Suspends Time and Space With LEDs in Houston...

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[Translate] by Tafline Laylin, 06/29/12 James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace is a breathtaking design that suspends time and space under the Texan sun. A magnificent 100 square foot grass berm topped with a 72 square foot floating canopy, the Rice University installation is equipped with a complex arrangement of LED lights.  The best experience is said to be underneath the canopy as it changes color in tune with the Texan sun!   These interact with the natural light present during sunrise and sunset, creating an awe-inspiring space for students and Houston residents to reflect on the sublime majesty of nature.   Turrell worked with Thomas Phifer and Partners as well as Linbeck contractors to realize the project’s construction, which consists of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel. The rooftop LED light sequences are carefully...

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As Colorado River Dries Up, The West Feels The Pain...

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[Translate] Published June 28, 2012 08:11 AM ENN via NPR The Colorado River touches the lives of Americans coast to coast. The river begins in the Rocky Mountains and flows into Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. Along the way, it feeds over a dozen tributaries across the American Southwest. Many in the West rely on the Colorado for drinking water, and farmers depend on it to irrigate millions of acres of farmland. And if you’ve ever felt the cool relief of air conditioning in Las Vegas, there’s a good chance the electricity was provided by the “mighty Colorado.” But the river is drying up. As it does, those who rely on it for farming, cattle ranching, fishing and tourism fear economic disaster. Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project, and photographer and writer...

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Rapid sea level rise blamed on global warming threatens to put East Coast underwater...

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[Translate] Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 3:20 PM     Updated: Friday, June 29, 2012, 3:43 PM By Associated Press   WASHINGTON (AP) — From Cape Hatteras, N.C., to just north of Boston, sea levels are rising much faster than they are around the globe, putting one of the world’s most expensive coasts in danger of flooding, government researchers report. U.S. Geological Survey scientists call the 600-mile swath a “hot spot” for climbing sea levels caused by global warming. Along the region, the Atlantic Ocean is rising at an annual rate three to four times faster than the global average since 1990, according to the study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. It’s not just a faster rate, but at a faster pace, like a car on a highway “jamming on the accelerator,”...

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Tragic Losses in the Heart of Darkness...

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[Translate] Jeffrey Flocken DC Office Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare Because the world’s most imperiled species are sometimes found in the world’s most dangerous places, the combustible mix of focused altruism and local desperation can collide and result in horrific tragedy. Such a scenario occurred this past weekend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — the setting for Joseph Conrad’s epic novel “The Heart of Darkness.” In this wild jungle, the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature and headquarters for the Okapi Wildlife Reserve — a center devoted to conserving the rare okapi and helping improve the lives of local people — was over-taken forcefully by a gang of poachers, intent on retaliating against the staff of the center who had been thwarting their elephant poaching operations in the...

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Cooperation Key in Dealing with Tsunami Debris...

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[Translate] Leila Monroe Ocean Conservation Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council Posted: 06/29/2012 11:39 am This OpEd, healing co-written with Jim Moriarity, pilule was originally published in the San Diego Union-Tribune, June 21,2012 As more than a million tons of trash and debris from last year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan float toward the West Coast, everyone’s worried about what it will mean for the region’s beaches and public health. How will we even clean up such a mess, and who will foot the bill? From Washington to California, as a region, we are all facing this challenge together. Ocean currents don’t care about state borders. The tsunami debris, along with sewage, runoff and everyday trash travel with the waves. The same is true for marine life. Fish and whales migrate up...

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Pyromania at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission...

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[Translate] Elliott Negin Director of News & Commentary, Union of Concerned Scientists Posted: 06/29/2012 11:19 am The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is playing with fire–literally. The federal government’s nuclear industry watchdog recently granted the Browns Ferry plant in Alabama an extra year to comply with agency fire regulations. Those standards were established in 1980–and amended in 2004–in response to a disastrous fire that took place at … Browns Ferry. That’s right. The very plant that prompted the NRC to require plant owners to better protect their facilities from fire–which represents as big a risk for a reactor meltdown as all other potential threats combined–is still not in compliance. Browns Ferry’s owner, the Tennessee Valley Authority, is not the only laggard. Eight years ago, so many reactors were noncompliant with the original regulations–roughly half of the...

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India Floods 2012: Raging Waters Swamp Thousands Of Indian Villages, Killing 27...

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[Translate] By WASBIR HUSSAIN 06/29/12 06:31 AM ET GAUHATI, India — Raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in northeast India, sweeping away homes and leaving hundreds of thousands of people marooned Friday. At least 27 people were killed, but the toll was expected to rise. The Indian air force was delivering food packages to people huddled on patches of dry land along with cattle and wild elephants. Rescuers were dropped by helicopter into affected areas to help the stranded, but pouring rain was complicating operations. About 1 million people have had to evacuate their homes as the floods from the swollen Brahmaputra River – one of Asia’s largest – swamped 2,084 villages across most of Assam state, officials said. Assam’s flooded capital of Gauhati was hit by mudslides...

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Garbage Trucks’ Diesel Fumes May Be Increasing Asthma In New York City Neighborhoods...

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[Translate] Lynne Peeples Become a fan lynne.peeples@huffingtonpost.com Garbage trucks rumble by PS 132 in North Brooklyn. A swarm of parents and kids filled the sidewalk outside North Brooklyn’s PS 132 on a steamy June afternoon. Just feet away, a steady stream of large trucks rumbled down Metropolitan Avenue, the fleet nearly outnumbering the passing cars. About half of the trucks were en route either to or from the neighborhood’s 19 waste transfer stations, where garbage is shifted to 18-wheelers for shipment out of state. For the after-school crowd, the vehicles left a haze of diesel fumes, a known asthma trigger and a recently declared carcinogen. The congested scene is fairly typical here. Christina Reich, who was among the crowd with her son, said that she’s seen an increase in daily truck traffic in the...

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50,000 Pro-Life Christians Support EPA on Climate Change Action...

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This past Sunday morning the organization I work for, the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), ran TV spots in key states…asking viewers to tell their Senators “that defending the EPA’s ability to reduce carbon pollution is the right thing to do.”

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These people are negotiating a terrifying new treaty that would give unprecedented new “rights” to corporations....

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[Translate] Emma Pullman, SumOfUs.org ✆ us@sumofus.org Jun 27 (2 days ago)   In the back of a swanky San Diego hotel, corporate lobbyists are gathering next week to negotiate an ultra-secret trade deal that will empower corporations to sue our governments if they dare pass any laws that might infringe on profits. If that’s not hitting close enough to home, then check this out — newly leaked secret documents show that if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) becomes law, you could be dragged to court and receive a large fine simply for clicking on the wrong link. But here’s the good news: We can actually stop this. The corporations are counting on ramming the treaty through as quickly and secretly as possible — before the public and the media even start paying attention. That’s why...

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Ford’s New Traffic Jam Assist Technology Paves the Way to Self-Driving Cars...

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Soon there will be a day when you’ll be able to jump in your car, turn it on and let it do driving for you.

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Climate Change Is Simple: We Are Completely Screwed If We Don’t Do Something Fast...

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David Roberts of Grist gave a good TEDx talk recently about climate change.

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Urgent need for climate change adaptation in Lake Eyre region...

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“Temperatures could increase up to four degrees Celsius in Arabunna country in the next century, threatening the survival of many plants and animals.

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Tundra shrubs turning into trees as Arctic warms...

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Tundra is a cold, shrubs and willow in part of the area have been growing upward to the height of trees in the recent decades due to warming climate.

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New coal mine threatens historic South African site...

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Mapungubwe, a pre-colonial city-state, is endangered by new mining.

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‘Gasland’ Filmmaker Takes on Cuomo and ‘Dot.FlatEarth’...

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[Translate] June 28, 2012, 10:00 am By ANDREW C. REVKIN Josh Fox, the filmmaker whose “Gasland” documentary powerfully influenced debates about gas extraction from shale deposits, has started a conversation with me related to his new short video, “The Sky is Pink,” and my post supporting New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signaled plans for the state’s gas resource. Here’s Fox’s video, which centers on Cuomo and on documents that Fox asserts open a new front in the fracking wars — pointing to established problems with long-term well integrity due to failures in the steel or cement used to line and seal the vertical well shaft: Here’s our exchange so far, which has played out in the comment string on my post on Cuomo’s choices: Josh Fox, commenting on my reaction to a Jeff Goodell...

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Ask Umbra: What’s up with those ‘DO NOT EAT’ packets in shoeboxes and pill bottles?...

Jun 28, 2012 Posted by

Do you have any advice on disposal/recycling of those gel packs that come with our pills/vitamins/shoes/protein powders/etc?

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Congressional Republicans attack another job-creating American company...

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The latest faux scandal has to do with the Ivanpah solar power plant, currently under construction in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California.

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Power your laptop with your butt...

Jun 28, 2012 Posted by

By Sarah Laskow
Swedish designer Eddi Tornberg has turned the plight of modern workers — sitting like lazy larvae in front of computer screens all day — into a form of renewable energy.

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America: Awash in sunlight and oil...

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America is like this pelican, except likely to survive.

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This, That, and the American Dream...

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Perhaps you’re like me, and you grew up learning that a college degree was the key to a successful future.

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Weather underground: How TV weathercasters can help in the climate fight...

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We humans are warming our climate — mostly by burning up fossil fuels.

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The New Eco-Devastation in Rural America...

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When workers drilling tunnels at Gauley Bridge, West Virginia, began to die, Union Carbide had an answer.

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The plutocrats who bankrolled the GOP primaries–and what they want in return...

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Seven super-rich men, five SuperPACs, $40 million

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Choking on Plastic: Trash in Our Oceans and Waterways...

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[Translate] Wednesday, and 27 June 2012 10:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Blog Entry The Ocean Conservancy organizes an annual international coastal cleanup that takes place on the third Saturday of September. Based on their annual collective beachcombing, they publish an informative report called “A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris and What We Can Do About It.” The most frequent items found each year are cigarette butts, plastic bags and food wrappers or containers. This illustrates a huge problem. Cigarette butts and single-use packaging do not break down. Nor are they biodegrading in landfills. Plastic requires sunlight to break down and, if littered, it blows across the landscape, ends up in the rivers and bobs out to the ocean. Future generations could be dealing with a litter-strewn planet for centuries, if not longer....

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In utero chemical exposure leads to eczema, study funds...

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[Translate] New study finds that exposure to a certain household chemical in utero increases a baby’s risk of developing eczema. Thu, Jun 28 2012 at 12:36 PM EST Photo: Urijamjari Flickr There is nothing more heartbreaking than an itchy, rashy baby. You know why they’re itchy, but you can’t explain it to them. And they react to their discomfort with a constant stream of wails and whimpers. Eczema is a particularly irksome condition that affects millions of babies each year. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is characterized by red, itchy rashes that sometimes swell, and almost always are accompanied by dry skin. No one knows for sure what causes the outbreaks, although health experts have long suspected a link between eczema and allergies. A new study from researchers at the Columbia Center for...

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