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Cool Roofs

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White roofs touted as an easy way cool off energy use and emissions.

The global fight against climate change is an overwhelming challenge, so it makes sense to start pick the lowest hangng fruit first. While the slow wheels of politics and legislation creep forward, we can do the simple things that make a difference today. A new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that using roofs that are white or light instead of black or dark significantly......read more

CoolClimate Art Contest

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deviantART announces the winners of its climate change art contest.

The CoolClimate Art Contest called on artists worldwide to submit work that addresses the impact of climate change. Over 1,000 artists from around the globe submitted their climate change-inspired works through deviantART. Agnes Gund, one of the judges for the Contest, said, “There is probably no issue more important facing us today then how we are affecting our environment. The CoolClimate Art......read more

Katharine O'Brien's Heat Beating Tip

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Healthy, cool juice pops

Mercy, can you feel the climate change? I saw a friend with two ice packs in her bra. LA is so hot, it's lead people to invent self-cooling underwear. While everyone is trying to figure out how to do the cold version of everything, we've done it with green juice - making popsicles! Juice your favorite mix of veggies or fruit and pour it into popsicle holders to freeze. Tastes clean and refreshing......read more

Explaining the 'Pause' in Global Warming

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A cooler Pacific Ocean may account for the apparent slowdown in rising air temperatures

As more and more greenhouse gases are spewed into the atmosphere, it logically follows that the Earth is warming at a commensurate pace. Right? Not really. The pace of warming has in fact decreased since the 1980s, even as carbon emissions hit record highs. Skeptics like to point to this fact as proof that burning fossil fuels is not impacting the climate.  A new study published in Nature......read more

Cool Conceptual Photography by Ross Sawyers

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Photos of model environments question the idea of 'home'

Inner city condo development gets marks for increasing urban density and making homes more affordable. But it also creates a new form of tension as people adjust to living in smaller spaces, in closer proximity to one another. Using miniature models of residential spaces, conceptual photographer Ross Sawyers explores the tensions inherent in housing development: By constructing model rooms......read more

The Coolest Music Community You Aren't A Part Of... Yet

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Google Plus is a nascent but growing music discovery platform

I had the recent pleasure of becoming friends with Daria Musk after meeting her at TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland. The first singer-songwriter to use Google Plus as a discovery platform, she's built a massive global following using the nascent social network. With the help of G+'s "Hangout" feature, Daria has created a bespoke concert platform which, from a technical standpoint, was initially......read more

Solar Energy Sphere by Rawlemon

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Say hello to the coolest solar power generator you've ever seen

As a means of generating sustainable electricity, solar panels are a win. As objects of beauty, well, not so much. Barcelona-based architect André Broessel reimagines the look of renewable power with this stunning spherical glass solar energy generator, which we can only hope signals a prettier future for solar energy.  But it's not just a pretty face. Broessel's creation......read more

Find a Clean Beach to Cool Down At

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The NRDC releases its annual report on beach pollution in America

With summer in full swing, many among us will be heading to a body of water, where cooling off is just a splash away. But do you know what the water quality is at your favorite vacation spot? Us neither. Luckily, the ever-resourceful folks at the NRDC have done the work for us. NRDC's 2012 report on water quality at beaches around the US is a useful guide, not only for vacationers looking for a......read more

L'Horizon by Romain Laurent

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Cool photo project finds a surf bro exploring NYC on his board

You wouldn't generally think of New York City as a surfing mecca, but there's more and more wave-seekers bombing out from the city to hit the surf. Hell, the hottest shop in the city is a SoHo surf shop. Closer to the ocean, eco-consciousness and surf culture are transforming Rockaway Beach (for proof, check out this episode of Brooklyn Informed). So this new series of photos from Romain Laurent......read more

Jennifer Collier's Sewn Paper Sculptures

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A British artist stitches recycled paper into cool objects

We recently stumbled on these recycled paper sculptures by Jennifer Collier via a Fast Co. Design post from a few months ago. It's some amazing stuff. The British artist takes found bits of paper, then recycles them into 3D objects by stitching the paper using an ordinary sewing machine.  Collier adds layers of irony by constructing each sculpture from paper that refers to the......read more

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