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Keep the Solar Decathlon on the National Mall!

The Solar Decathlon on the National Mall in 2009.Photo: NREL Solar DecathlonThe National Mall has long served as the nation’s front yard, a place where citizens can gather and display what’s important to them — whether it’s a protest to …

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Georgia congressman wants everyone behind the wheel, whether or not they can drive

Look at him. Could you deny him his God-given rights?Photo: Steven YehGeorgia representative and proven nut Bobby Franklin wants you to know that driver’s licenses are eroding your freedom as we speak, because they impinge on your Constitutional rights. From …

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New evidence cities rule and suburbs drool

Suck it, Thoreau: Looks like big cities are the way to go if you’re looking to lower your environmental impact. According to a new study published in the journal Environment and Urbanization, carbon emissions in cities are lower than in …

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Oysters to the rescue in New York?

They don’t have brains or spines, but maybe oysters could help to save the waterfront of New York. Kate Orff of Scape Design explains how in a recent TED talk. The concept was first presented as part of an exhibit …

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Residents of award-winning transit-oriented development say no to transit

Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Photo: thecourtyard So much for the widely-touted concept of “transit-ready” development. The residents of an acclaimed New Urbanist village built around planned light rail (or bus rapid transit) stops have decided that they …

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Winter from hell: Don’t panic about having enough food, panic about all the crap we throw out

Nowhere to go.Photo: Sarah Goodyear When extreme weather is in the forecast, people stock up. They storm the markets, sweep the shelves clean, and load shopping carts with bottled water, canned goods, diapers, corn flakes, milk, batteries, Pop-Tarts, you name …

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A talk with economist Edward Glaeser: Why America needs to love its cities more

Edward Glaeser.“If ideas are the currency of our age, then building the right homes for those ideas will determine our collective fate.” That’s what Harvard economist and New York Times columnist Edward Glaeser writes in his new book, Triumph of …

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Bike plows are the new fixies, but we'll never be as cool as the Danes

Check out these photos and videos of bikes plowing snow and get ready for a hot lump of shame, America ...

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Bike plows are the new fixies, but we’ll never be as cool as the Danes

Check out these photos and videos of bikes plowing snow and get ready for a hot lump of shame, America ...