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Refold standing desk

By now, many of us have seen the news that apparently sitting is the new smoking, so quite a few people and workplaces are turning to standing desks to help alleviate an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. However, good standing desks can get expensive, especially if you don’t want to stand ALL the time (which may not be [...]

World’s First Large-Scale Tidal Power Generator Unveiled

by John Johnston August 18, 2014
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Generating sustainable electricity from the force of the world’s constant tidal flows has huge potential, but remains a largely untapped resource. However, the world’s first large-scale tidal power generator has just been unveiled in the UK. The new tidal power generator is set for a 12 month trial period in Ramsay Sound, Pembrokeshire in Wales. [...]

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Hillary Clinton Urges ‘Mass Movement’ For Climate Change Action

by John Johnston March 23, 2014
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Potential 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, speaking at a (Bill) Clinton Global Initiative panel at Arizona State University, has said that she hopes there will be a mass movement that demands political action on climate change. Clinton stated that climate change is not “just some ancillary issue” and will determine the quality of life for [...]

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10.7 Billion Rides Taken On Public Transport In US In 2013, The Most In 57 Years

by John Johnston March 11, 2014
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Last year in the United States 10.7 billion rides on public transport were taken. That’s the highest number in a single year since 1956, according to the American Public Transportation Association. It seems that people are using cars less than they used to. In fact, public transport ridership is up 37.2% since 1995, ahead of [...]

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Electric Cars Now Among The Top-Selling Models In Norway

by John Johnston December 1, 2013
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Electric cars have already risen to be among the very top-selling cars in Norway. In fact, for the months of September and October 2013, the top-selling car in Norway was an electric car, and not the same electric car for both months, CleanTechnica has reported. For the month of September, the Tesla Model S was the [...]

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The World’s Happiest Nations, According To U.N. World Happiness Report

by John Johnston September 16, 2013
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A new World Happiness Report (PDF) from the United Nations Sustainable Development Network has attempted to measure the relative happiness of nations around the world. As it turns out, people aren’t generally that happy, with an average score of 5.1 out of 10 worldwide, according to the report. However, as you would expect, the people of some [...]

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World Population Growing Faster Than Previously Thought: 9.6B By 2050

by Mandy Adwell July 14, 2013
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World Population Day was July 11, and the latest U.N. report shows that the human population is growing faster than previously thought. The world’s population is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050 (previously predicted to be around 9 billion), and nearly 11 billion by 2100. The main reason for the higher numbers is results [...]

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Lawmakers Want To Turn The Moon Landing Sites Into A National Park

by John Johnston July 11, 2013
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Yes, you read that correctly. Some house Democrats have proposed legislation that would make the sites of the moon landing into a U.S. National Historical Park, The Hill has reported. The proposed national park would protect the artifacts of historical significance left on the moon by astronauts during the Apollo missions 11-17, between 1969 and [...]

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U.S. Has Seen A Nearly 50% Increase In Bike Commuting Since 2000

by Mandy Adwell July 8, 2013
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The United States has seen quite the bike boom over the last decade or so, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. According to the Christian Science Monitor, bike commuting grew by 47% nationwide between 2000 and 2011. Unsurprisingly, it was Portland, Oregon that took the lead with 250% growth, followed by [...]

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Bikes Are Now A Quarter Of Rush Hour Traffic In London, Survey Finds

by Mandy Adwell July 2, 2013
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London is not exactly known as the biking hub of Europe, often lost in the shadow of Amsterdam. However, some new numbers from a Transport for London (TfL) mass census show that cyclists make up 24% of the city’s morning rush hour street traffic. 1 in 4 commuters on a bike might not sound that [...]

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