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Backyard Chickens

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New trend in urban agriculture finds chickens coming home to roost.

As more and more people come to terms with the negative consequences of industrial food production, many are turning to backyard gardens and localizing their diets. Along with these changes, there has been growing interest in backyard chicken coops for their gifts of eggs and meat. In addition, chickens provide pest patrol, process compost for the garden, and provide a touch of our agrarian past......read more

Sustainable Landscaping

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Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Start with the soil around your home.

The grass lawn is as conventionally American as the white picket fence. Most homes in this country are surrounded by green grass. To stay healthy and green, grass requires large amounts of inputs, including water, fertilizer, and energy. Sure, grass lawns have some aesthetic and recreational benefits, but so do parks. Considering the state of the climate, it may be due time to reconsider the idea......read more

Amalia House

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Austrian holiday home pays tribute to the natural world outside.

Earth is increasingly being touted as the building material of the future, leading to a hot new architectural trend: grass houses. Designed by GRID Architects, the Amalia House in Styria, Austria joins the trend...sort of. The family holiday home is completely covered with artificial turf, highlighting the interchange between indoors and out. We may be taking the idea of "green" design......read more

Pearl Jam To Plant $210K Worth Of Trees

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Trees planted in band's home state of Washington part of effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by their 2009 U.S. tour.

The Pulse of Radio reports that Pearl Jam is spending $210,000 to plant trees in the band's home state of Washington as part of an effort to offset the carbon footprint left behind by the band's 2009 U.S. tour. According to Reuters, the money will cover the band's own travel and hotel contributions as well as emissions made by fans traveling to shows. The group wants to continue......read more

The Villa Bio

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Brilliant Barcelona green home.

The folks at Buzz Beast bring us this suburban house of the future (which also happens to be sustainable) by Enric Ruiz-Geli’s firm Cloud9 . Featuring an hydroponic rooftop garden, underground garage and a 50-foot cantilevered section, Villa Bio was no small feat of engineering. The result is economical, beautiful, and environmental...MORE ...read more

Google PowerMeter

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Google's new home energy web app means you can finally prove that your roommate's been fluffing his underwear in the dryer.

A new, free web software released late last year by Google makes seeing how much energy your home is using as easy as opening a web browser. Google PowerMeter collects information from utility smart meters and in-home energy management devices, then visualizes it on the user's personalized iGoogle homepage, showing people how much energy their home is using - and what's using it. So......read more

Ars Natura: Lea Turto

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Finnish artist's felted trees unlock the mystical past of her homeland.

The Finns are a thoroughly modern people. They are world-famous for their uber-modern design aesthetic and are wont to include any historical references of any sort in their architecture or design. And while the country revels in its modern history, it is next to impossible to find any information on the ancient roots of the Finnish people. In contrast to Norway and Sweden, Finland is not......read more

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