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Consumerism in Iran 17.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
When Thomas Cristofoletti walked into the Hyperstar supermarket in Shiraz, Iran, he was stopped at the door. He had his camera over his shoulder, and the international-style grocery store was built inside a large mall with a strict policy against photography.
An app to save 400 million animals 15.12.2014 Environmental News Network
Brazilian biologist Alex Bager has been leading a crusade to raise awareness of a major but neglected threat to biodiversity in his country.Every year over 475 million animals die in Brazil as victims of roadkill, according to an estimate by Centro Brasileiro de Ecologia de Estradas (the Brazilian Centre for the Study of Road Ecology) or CBEE, an initiative funded and coordinated by Bager. This means 15 animals are run down every second on Brazilian roads and highways."The numbers are really scary and we need people to know about them," Bager said.To register cases of roadkill throughout the country, Bager came up with the idea of an app, now used by thousands of citizen scientists. And a national day of action in November saw hundreds of volunteers participate in events to highlight the impact of roadkill on biodiversity. 
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REPORT: China’s Rapid Urbanization to Play Key Role in Curbing Country’s Climate Pollution 10.12.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
LIMA, PERU (December 10, 2014) — China’s cities now account for more than half of the country’s energy use and are home to nearly half of the country’s population; that makes cities’ long-term sustainability critical to China’s climate change goal of peaking carbon pollution by 2030 or before, according to a new report. “Climate Change and Urbanization: Challenges and Progress in China” was released today by five international nonprofit organizations at the COP 20 international climate conference in Lima, Peru and focuses on key urban land use, transportation and building efficiency solutions being implemented today in cities in ...
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Do Wind Turbines Affect Property Values? 9.12.2014 Environmental News Network
Wind turbine developments have no effect on property values of nearby homes and farms, according to new research from the University of Guelph. Published in a recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, the study is believed the first peer-reviewed study on this issue in Canada.
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The Quest to Hit 1,000 MPH in an Insane Rocket-Powered Car 9.12.2014 Wired Top Stories
A maverick group of British engineers is preparing to smash the World Land Speed Record with Bloodhound SSC. Can they launch themselves into ...
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Rap Guide to Wilderness celebrates wild nature and the ways it enriches our lives 3.12.2014 TreeHugger
The man who brought us the Rap Guide to Evolution is back to entertain, educate, and inspire us with a thought-provoking album that captures the spirit of conservation.
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Relics from 'Wonder Years' given to Smithsonian 3.12.2014 AP National
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Kevin Arnold's green New York Jets jacket that he wore in "The Wonder Years" became a piece of history Tuesday along with other items from the popular TV show that were donated to the Smithsonian Institution....
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Travel poems that capture the joy of exploration and inspire journeys 30.11.2014 LA Times: Opinion
Like the blast of a ship's whistle or the click-click-clack of train wheels, travel can be insistent. The second you leave home it starts demanding that you tell its story. It tugs at your elbow. It turns into a daily pest.
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Show Up on Thanksgiving or Get Fired 27.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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This holiday season, try to focus less on physical gifts and more on experiential ones 24.11.2014 TreeHugger
Giving physical gifts just for the sake of giving loses its noble purpose when it results in an overstuffed house and more trash in our landfill sites.
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These State Lawmakers Want To Save Thanksgiving From Greedy Retailers 24.11.2014 Mother Jones
In recent years, more and more big-box retailers have begun forcing their employees to work on Thanksgiving Day . Now, some Ohio state legislators have had enough. They're introducing bills that would give workers the right to refuse to punch in on Thanksgiving, and, if they do agree to show up on the holiday, to receive substantial overtime pay. "Thanksgiving Day is supposed to be a day when we retreat from consumerism," says Cleveland's Democratic State Rep. Mike Foley, the author of one such bill. "It's a day when you hang out with your family, go play touch football, have a big turkey dinner, and complain about your crazy uncle or cousin—but you don't think about super blockbuster sales at Target." Foley's House Bill 360 would allow stores to open on Turkey Day but ban them from retaliating against workers who opt to stay home with their families. Workers who do show up would be guaranteed triple wages—which would also apply on Black Friday if stores open earlier than normal (12:01 a.m. and earlier ...
'That Dragon, Cancer' brings a serious real-life ordeal to gaming 22.11.2014 LA Times: Top News
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If ladybugs move into your house this fall, make them welcome 21.11.2014 Environmental News Network
During the warm months of the year, ladybugs are like adorable, bright-colored lapel pins. They land on us, accessorize our clothing in brilliant red or orange with stylish black spots, and are delightful to have around. Several cultures even think of ladybugs as good luck charms for anything from marriage to childbirth to the weather to a good harvest. Then fall arrives and the ladybugs need to find warmth, which is most available inside people’s homes – where they often descend in large numbers. Suddenly they’re not as cute to many people as they seemed outdoors. But Jessica Ware, an insect expert and assistant professor of biology at Rutgers University-Newark, says having ladybugs indoors serves a very useful purpose, and humans should welcome their temporary houseguests. 
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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Climate change: U.S. is easing its guilt with $3B pledge 18.11.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
The United States is pledging $3 billion to a U.N. fund to help developing countries adjust to climate change [“U.S. pledges $3B to help poor nations with climate change,” Nation & World, Nov. 14].
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PlushBeds Awards the Most Influential Green Living Bloggers for 2015 15.11.2014 ENN Network News - ENN
The Top 50 Bloggers with the Most Meaningful Contributions in the Green Living Space
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Pope To G20: 'Unbridled Consumerism' Damages The Planet 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In what has become an annual ritual, Pope Francis now sends a letter to whomever is chairing the G20 each year to express his concerns about the global economy and the state of world affairs. Here is his letter this year to Tony Abbott, the prime minister of Australia, who is chair of the G20 Leaders' Summit that convenes in Brisbane Nov. 15-16: THE VATICAN -- The G20 agenda in Brisbane is highly focused one efforts to relaunch a sustained and sustainable growth of the world economy, thereby banishing the spectre of global recession. One crucial point that has emerged from the preparatory work is the fundamental imperative of creating dignified and stable employment for all. This will call for improvement in the quality of public spending and investment, the promotion of private investment, a fair and adequate system of taxation, concerted efforts to combat tax evasion and a regulation of the financial sector which ensures honesty, security and transparency. I would ask the G20 Heads of State and ...
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Shaking hands with the Dalai Lama 10.11.2014 CNN: Top Stories
Whether or not you get to shake the Dalai Lama's hand, the hills around Dharamsala offer a spiritual journey full of energy.
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Is the Vertical City a viable solution for sustainable living? 7.11.2014 TreeHugger
Some architects and planners believe that By building Vertical Cities we can save energy, support our growing population and preserve our horizontal spaces for food production, nature and recreation.
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