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[ Plumber’s paradise? ]

The bad news about the dasparkhotel in Austria?  The rooms are very small with just enough room for one bed, a lamp, and a small mural.  They are also made out of old sewer pipes!

The good news is you only pay what you can afford!  Not that bad of a deal.  You can tell all your friends that you slept in a sewer pipe, too.

You can check out photos of the dasparkhotel over at Curbed.…

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[ Celebs Take to Social Media to Express Outrage Over Death of Cecil the Lion ]

Dr. Walter J. Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who admitted to killing Cecil the lion during a hunting trip to Zimbabwe, has become a hot topic of conversation on social media.

On Tuesday, Palmer issued a statement saying he regrets killing Cecil and that he blames his guides for allowing the lion’s death to occur.

“I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt.…

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[ American Dentist Identified As Killer Of Famed Lion In Zimbabwe ]

Cecil the lion was shot with a bow and arrow, then stalked for 40 hours before he was finally killed with a rifle.

An American dentist with an affinity for killing rare wildlife using a bow and arrow has been identified as the man who shot and killed Zimbabwe’s most famous lion earlier this month, local officials claim.

Dr. Walter Palmer, a dentist working in Bloomington, Minnesota, is said to have paid $55,000 to hunt the 13-year-old lion, named Cecil, according to a report from The Telegraph.…
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[ Lower PA Electric Bills Possible Under EPA Clean Power Plan ]

An Environmental Protection Agency plan to cut carbon pollution should actually save Pennsylvania families money, if meeting the plan includes energy efficiency, according to two separate analyses.

Critics of the Clean Power Plan charge it will sharply raise the cost of electricity.

But research by Georgia Institute of Technology and Synapse Energy Economics finds it would actually cut utility bills by using conservation and renewable energy.

Professor Marilyn Brown from the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy says efficiency and shifting to wind, solar and biomass should make a typical utility bill somewhat smaller.…

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[ Hunters and Anglers Favor EPA Clean Water Plan ]

A poll of national and Pennsylvania hunters and anglers has found overwhelming support, even among self-described conservatives, for a controversial EPA clean water policy.

Commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the survey found support for an EPA plan to apply Clean Water Act protections to small headwaters and wetlands – something that had been under a legal cloud.

Ed Perry, a lifelong hunter and angler, works for the federation in Pennsylvania.

“Over 85 percent of Pennsylvania hunters and anglers support the rule,” he says.…

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[ Can One Man’s Green Sports Movement Turn Fans Into Environmentalists ]

Dr. Allen Hershkowitz is the co-founder and President of the Green Sports Alliance, a coalition of hundreds of sports teams, leagues and venues committed to protecting the conditions that make life on Earth possible. 

Mother Jones has an article about his mission to bring environmental messages to America’s sports-crazed masses.

Here are a few highlights:

Back in 2004, the Philadelphia Eagles had recently moved into a brand new stadium and wanted to become more environmentally responsible. The team reached out to Hershkowitz to talk about paper, one of his areas of expertise.…

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[ Russell Simmons: NYC’s Horse Carriages Like Holocaust ]

Hip-hop mogul and animal-rights advocate Russell Simmons is comparing New York’s horse-drawn carriages to slavery and the Holocaust.

Simmons spoke Thursday at an event organized by horse carriage opponents.

The Wall Street Journal reports  that he likened horse carriages to slavery, ethnic cleansing and “people who put people in ovens.”

Simmons urged New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to follow through on his campaign promise to ban the horse carriages.

De Blasio said Simmons’ remarks didn’t bother him.

The mayor said he feels “very clear about the mission” to ban horse carriages.

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[ Neil Young Offers Support To Vermont Food Label Law ]

Neil Young is lending his support to the state’s efforts to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients

Young, who performed in concert Sunday at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction, appeared earlier with Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin and donated $100,000 to a fund devoted to defending Vermont’s genetically modified organism, or GMO, labeling law from legal challenges.

Shumlin said Monday that Young’s donation was “a huge help.”

“It’s a huge gift, and we need more like them,” he said, to help defray the costs of a legal battle that Attorney General Bill Sorrell has estimated could cost the state as much as $8 million.

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[ Recycling Records For Novelties ]

These vinyl records give “remaster” a new meaning.record

An entrepreneur transforms the lacquered discs into jewelry, clocks, wall art and other novelties, with the perk of keeping a little more trash out of the environment along the way.

Patrick Chirico, owner of Wrecords by Monkey in Brooklyn, gets his raw materials from the surplus of used-record stores, which canvas flea markets and estate sales, sell the most popular vinyl, and discard the rest.

Chirico pays about 10 cents a disc, and uses mostly 33-rpm LPs for his projects, separating them into thick and thin vinyl.

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[ Scientists Predict ‘Mini Ice Age’ Will Hit In 15 Years ]

Scientists warn that the Earth is just 15 years away from experiencing a “mini ice age” — something that hasn’t happened in 300 years.

Researchers in the U.K. created a new model of the Sun’s solar cycles that allows them to make extremely accurate predictions of changes in solar activity like never before.

Solar cycles typically last 11 years and during that time, the north and south magnetic poles flip. It looks a lot like a heartbeat when graphed out. We’re currently in Cycle 24.…

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[ Pennsylvania Farms Crucial to Chesapeake Bay Health ]

A federal court victory has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen on Pennsylvania farms to help meet the goals of a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan.

A federal appeals court ruling this week reaffirmed the legality of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, which spans six states and the District of Columbia.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation president Will Baker says the current bay blueprint plan offers “real hope” for a healthier bay, along with potential economic benefits of $22 billion per year – but he says the state is far behind where it needs to be in cleaning up farm runoff.…

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[ Pilot Sets Nonstop Record With Solar Powered Plane ]

A Swiss man attempting to circumnavigate the globe with an aircraft powered only by the sun’s energy landed in Hawaii last week, after a record-breaking five-day nonstop solo flight across the Pacific Ocean from Japan.

The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft to fly day and night without any fuel. Pilot Andre Borschberg’s 120-hour voyage shattered the 76-hour record for nonstop flight by late American adventurer Steve Fossett in 2006 on the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer.

Borschberg, who took off from Nagoya, Japan, on Monday on the seventh leg of the journey, landed at 5:55 a.m.(1155 EDT) on Friday in Kalaeloa after five days and nights.…

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[ July is National Water Gardening Month ]

pondJuly is a great month to enjoy the water garden lifestyle.  While the installation of a pond is hard work, the peaceful sounds of a fountain or waterfall, and the colorful water lilies and other plants are a source of lasting beauty and enjoyment.  Many ponds are stocked with either Koi or goldfish, which can survive through the winter even in colder climates.  Ten percent of U.S. households have a water feature as part of their gardens and they spend close to a billion dollars a year on their hobby.…

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[ Would You Ever Consider Living Like This? ]

Rob Greenfield’s life consists of living off the grid in a teeny tiny 50 square foot house in San Diego. After years of simplifying his life, he’s debt free with no bills and rich in health, happiness, and freedom.
His off the grid lifestyle consists of a simple camp kitchen with 2 sinks.  He buys his food in bulk so there’s no packaging and then stores it in glass jars.  His stove is just a few bricks and wood that’s fallen from trees. …
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[ Educating Students at Wonderful World of Water at Summer Camp ]

Sponsored by Pennsylvania American Water and organized in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Resources Council, The Outdoor Classroom, Carnegie Library of Homestead and Lackawanna River Corridor Association. The “Wonderful World of Water Day Camp” will be held August 3rd through the 5th, 2015 from 9am – 3pm for students ages 7-11. Day campers will explore water and watershed basics, learned how human impact on the land affects water quality in our rivers and streams, and discovered solutions to water pollution.

Click here for more information.…

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[ July is UV Safety Month ]

July is UV Safety Month, and it’s the perfect time to be reminded to avoid sun overexposure!

Here are a few tips of what to do to avoid sun overexposure and sunburn:

  • Check your UV Index. The UV Index predicts the strength of solar rays. Check your UV Index so you know how strong the sun’s rays will be, and avoid sun overexposure: http://www2.epa.gov/sunwise/uv-index
  • While some exposure to sunlight can be enjoyable, too much can be dangerous. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can result in a painful sunburn.
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[ 5 Foods We May Lose to Climate Change ]

We need to go on a carbon diet. If we keep pumping out emissions at current rates, we’re going to see some pretty wild changes over the next century. Here are five food and beverage staples that we could lose to climate change, gone from the menu forever:

Seafood

The oceans are one of the planet’s main carbon sinks, but their ability to absorb all the excess carbon we’ve been putting into the air has led to higher and higher levels of acidification. …

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[ America’s Top 10 Outdoorsy States ]

How does Pennsylvania rank?

The United States’ incredible landscapes, peaks, valleys, roving rivers, and gleaming beaches make us proud to call this place “home.” We hike; we climb; we wander this great continent, and still: we can’t get to everything, no matter how hard we try.

Retale.com recently did a study to find out which states are the best for hiking, climbing, and wandering-the most outdoorsy!   Many different elements make a state “outdoorsy.” From the number of recreational hiking trails to the number of campgrounds; from fly fishing waters to rock climbing locations to sailing schools. 

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[ Be Smart This July, Save Water During Smart Irrigation Month ]

Smart Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Using water wisely:

  • Saves money on your utility bill.
  • Nurtures green spaces that deliver real environmental benefits.
  • Protects your community’s water supply for generations to come.
  • Minimizes needed investments in infrastructure to store and carry water, which must be paid for by property taxes or municipal bonds.

Automatic watering or sprinkler systems — known in the trade as irrigation systems — deliver exactly the right amount of water at the right time.…

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[ Lego Puts Big Bucks Behind Push To Go Green ]

Lego is going green.

The toy company plans to invest $150 million over the next 15 years as part of a broad effort to make its iconic plastic building blocks better for the environment. It will also make its packaging more sustainable.

Lego has already done things to reduce its carbon footprint — like cutting the size of packages and investing in wind power.…

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[ Court Ruling May Delay “Life Saving” Pollution Controls ]

A Supreme Court decision may have cast doubt on controls for mercury and other airborne toxins from power plants – but it didn’t throw them out.

The high court decision could delay a permanent implementation of new air pollution rules, which the EPA says will save thousands of lives.

In a five-to-four decision, the court said the EPA should have considered the cost to industry earlier in the process of writing pollution limits.

Jim Pew, an attorney with Earthjustice, says whether or not the regulators documented it, the public will gain benefits of $3 to $9 for every $1 the protections cost.…

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[ Can You “Unshop” for 30 Days? ]

Have you heard of “unshopping”?  It’s a lifestyle choice that many people are making.  “Unshopping” is the act of letting go of things you don’t really need anymore; the opposite of hoarding.  It includes acquiring the things you need from someone else, without going to a store or spending any money and shifts consumerism away from waste, and toward a more sustainable, less expensive lifestyle.

Yerdle is challenging people to “unshop” for 30 days.  They’re calling it the Unshopping Challenge.  They’re asking people to commit to buying nothing new for 30 days to unclutter their life, save money, and create a lot less waste.…

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[ General Mills to Drop Artificial Ingredients in Cereal ]

General Mills is dropping artificial colors and flavors from its cereals, the latest company to respond to a growing desire for food made with ingredients people see as natural.

The company said that Trix and Reese’s Puffs will be among the first cereals to undergo the changes. As a result, the reformulated Trix cereal later this year will be made with four colors instead of six, said Kate Gallager, cereal developer for General Mills.

While the company was able to come up with alternatives for red, orange, yellow and purple Trix pieces, Gallager said it was too difficult to find natural alternatives for blue and green that achieved the right taste and color.

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[ How Hot Sauce Can Help Save the World ]

If you like hot sauce, the Sierra Club has some eco-friendly recommendations including Homesweet Homegrown right down the road in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

“I wanted to bring transparency back to the food system,” says Robyn Jasko. Which is why she started HOMESWEET HOMEGROWN in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Visitors can handpick peppers on her two acres of organic fields, reclaimed from growing genetically modified corn. Scotch bonnet, ghost, and lemon drop chilies all turn into tasty sauces that bring the heat. Jasko’s best-selling Punch Drunk variety is inspired by mole, incorporating raw cacao and beer from nearby Victory Brewing Company.…

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[ Eco-Friendly Safe Sex ]

Most of us see condoms as a grab-and-go type of purchase. Meika Hollender, the 27-year-old co-founder of vegan and eco-friendly condom start-up Sustain, saw them as a business opportunity.

Hollender comes with an inherent knack for eco-friendly products, as her father was the CEO of household products company Seventh Generation for 20 years. She teamed up with her dad last year to start the all-natural condoms brand in July. While selling safe-sex products with a parent is not exactly a natural career goal for most entrepreneurs, in a time when shoppers are hyper aware of ingredients in everything from juice to beauty products, Hollender’s products are filling a void.

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[ A ‘Walking’ Tour ]

An East Coast band lives up to its name beginning next month when The Walking Guys embark on a tour powered by each band member’s own two feet.

Not only is this not your usual tour announcement but The Walking Guys is hardly a typical band.  The story begins with musician Benjamin Butler, who has been envisioning a walking tour since 2013.  Earlier this year he posted a message on a Nashville musicians’ Facebook group page asking for “other musicians/videographers to go on an adventurous tour with.”

Enter Christopher Kessenich, who was browsing the Facebook page that very same day. 

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[ AMCA Tells Mosquitoes to “Buzz” Off During Mosquito Control Awareness Week, June 21-27 ]

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The American Mosquito Control Association Offers Tips for Mosquito Control and Prevention

There is nothing worse than an unwanted house guest, especially when they do nothing but suck you dry. Mosquitoes have nasty habits of buzzing around; causing itchy bite marks and making many grab the nearest can of bug repellant. Enjoy the outdoors this summer and stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses by following tips from the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) to prevent mosquito infestation and control an existing problem.…

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[ Fixing A Very Big Problem In The Ocean ]

The design might seem simple, but it’s definitely not.

In 2016, “the longest floating structure in world history” will be placed in the ocean and that is a good thing.

It’s called The Ocean Cleanup, and it’s a 1.2-mile-long system designed to collect and remove plastic from the ocean.

For two years, it will hang out in the ocean hopefully to begin undoing what we’ve done for decades: polluted the heck out of the water with plastic trash.

It’s basically a stationary array of barriers that uses the ocean’s natural currents to collect the plastic at a central location.…

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[ A Color-Blocked Tiny Home That’s Gorgeous and Eco-Friendly ]

The tiny house frenzy has taken so many surprising turns already (This boho-glam dream! A prefab glamper! A tiny wedding chapel!?). Now, the game changes again with the Toy Box Tiny Home, a handsomely colorful 140-square-foot micro dwelling on wheels, designed and constructed by Illinois-based tiny house builders Frank Henderson and Paul Schultz. The little abode is loaded with eco-friendly features, including white, energy-efficient thermoplastic roofing, a large sliding glass door and ample windows that enhance daylighting and natural ventilation, and built-in planters that can be irrigated by gray water from interior sinks.…

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[ Work to Reclaim Hazardous Abandoned Mine Land in Luzerne County ]

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation (DEP/BAMR) announced work is set to begin to reclaim abandoned mine lands in Hazle Township, Luzerne County that are classified as a significant health and safety hazard under the federal Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program. The 65.5 acres of abandoned strip mind land is considered hazardous due to its proximity to homes and heavily travelled Route 309.

The work involves eliminating a 1500-foot high-wall, with a high point of 100-feet. The wall is located approximately 350-feet from homes.…

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[ Why You Should Think Seriously About Going Solar ]

solar panelYou don’t need to live in Florida to benefit.

If you’ve been noticing more solar panels lately, you’re onto something. While only one in 100 houses has them, says David Feldman, senior financial analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, that’s 46 times as many as a decade ago. Some of that fast growth is due to a federal tax credit that is worth 30% of installation costs (and which is set to expire at the end of 2016). Some is owed to the fact that Chinese factories are churning out photovoltaic panels nearly as fast as flat-screen TVs.…

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[ EPA: PA Falling Far Behind Bay, Waterways Cleanup Plan ]

Pennsylvania is falling far short of its commitments to clean up local rivers and streams. That affects the quality of life for all of the Commonwealth’s residents, and conservation groups say it has to change.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the state’s progress on an agreement for cleaner water is far behind where it needs to be. Harry Campbell, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Pennsylvania office, said the state has reduced the phosphorus from farm and residential runoff, but more needs to be done on nitrogen and sediment.…

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[ Green Screen: New Movies With Real Avengers ]

As we head into summer, movie theaters are filling with the usual epic disasters, unnatural calamities, and superheroes battling evil. But the season’s real must-see movies are the sudden slew of new environmental documentaries arriving on the scene.

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[ Cities Save on Energy Through Rooftop Solar ]

Some U.S. cities are using solar power to cut their energy bills, and a new report shows how mid-sized cities could install as much as 5,000 megawatts of solar on municipal property, with little to no upfront cash.

Report author John Farrell, director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), says solar presents significant opportunities for cities because of unused rooftop space – and because the private sector is poised to get the job done at no cost to taxpayers.

“How easy it would be for them to do it, because they can sign up with these companies that will install the solar for them, pay for it, and then just allow them to pay less for electricity,” he says.…

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[ Should You Charge Your Phone at Home or in the Car? ]

We all have to charge our electronic devices.  Many of us charge them in our cars and might think that it’s more eco-friendly than charging them at home.  Well, that’s what Richard in San Francisco thought and asked the Sierra Club’s Mr. Green if that would be true.  Find out the answer below:

Hey Mr. Green,

I sometimes make a point to plug my phone into the car charger when I drive, thinking that the energy required to charge the phone or iPad doesn’t decrease fuel efficiency and therefore is kind of free.

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[ President Obama’s Clean Power Plan could lessen impacts of climate change on wildlands ]

There is no greater threat to the long term health of our wild lands than climate change and today’s commitment by President Obama will help ensure that polluting sources of energy are not threatening our health or our lands.

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[ Cerros del Norte Conservation Act Heads for Full Senate Vote ]

Michael Reinemer

“The Wilderness Society applauds the actions by Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall to introduce and guide the Cerros del Norte Conservation Act forward,“ said Michael Casaus, New Mexico Director with The Wilderness Society in Albuquerque.

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[ Proposed legislation could reduce wasted energy resources on public lands ]

Led by Congressmen Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Alan Lowenthal of California, this legislation would stop the practice of venting and flar

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[ Financial investment in power line studies for the southwest could protect wildlands and advance clean energy ]

Though the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has made progress in improving transmission corridors, the lack of money for studies and public outreach has been a barrier.

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