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Every 2.5 minutes, a new solar system is installed in the United States!

treehugger.com — Last year, a new solar system was installed every 2.5 minutes on average in the US, with over 200,000 systems being connected to the grid. This compares favorably to 2013, when a solar system was installed every 3.7 minutes on average, and that's 4x more than in 2011 when only around 50,000 systems were installed (which was a record at the time).
Jan 23, 2015

RT @TreeHugger: Every 2.5 minutes, a new solar system is installed in the United States! bit.ly/1yZDonE pic.twitter.com/DT0Cec18Cd

Jan 23, 2015

RT @TreeHugger: Every 2.5 minutes, a new solar system is installed in the United States! bit.ly/1yZDonE pic.twitter.com/DT0Cec18Cd

Debunking a winter myth: No need to idle your car more than 30 seconds before driving

treehugger.com — Idling = Zero Miles per gallon There's a very common myth about winter driving that leads to a tremendous amount of waste and air pollution. Most people believe that when it's cold outside, that you still need to idle a car for an extended period of time before driving off to avoid causing mechanical damage.
Jan 23, 2015

RT @TreeHugger: Debunking a winter myth: No need to idle your car more than 30 seconds before driving bit.ly/15DWliI pic.twitter.com/JIA6TpaeRa

Jan 23, 2015

RT @TreeHugger: Debunking a winter myth: No need to idle your car more than 30 seconds before driving bit.ly/15DWliI pic.twitter.com/JIA6TpaeRa

Cubitat shrink-wraps the guts of a house into a ten foot cube.

treehugger.com — As Mick Jagger noted, you can't always get what you want. Particularly in real estate, where you are usually forced to take what the developers give you when it comes to bathrooms and kitchens and those parts of the home that are wired and plumbed; for convenience and efficiency they are usually placed in corners and connected to walls.

Rescued sea lion pup makes makes friends at rehabilitation center

treehugger.com — Leo is a rescued Stellar sea lion who's been living at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. At 7 months old, the aptly named sea lion pup already weighs over 200 pounds, more than twice the amount he weighed when he arrived at the center.

What living abroad has taught me about how to dress

treehugger.com — Town & Country is a series that looks at different aspects of sustainable living from the perspectives of two 20-something women. Here, Margaret and Katherine discuss how moving to another country has impacted how they think about clothing. There is a very powerful trope of how the French dress: striped shirt, beret, scarf, and black clothes.

It's National Handwriting Day. Do you still write by hand?

Jan 23, 2015

Yes, yes I do. But poorly. RT @TreeHugger: It's National Handwriting Day. Do you still write by hand? bit.ly/1y82UQG

“Smog Journeys” gives China’s air pollution problem a human face

treehugger.com — China's air pollution problem poses a significant threat to the country's public health. A number of studies have tried to come to grips with these effects, like one that found coal pollution in northern China lowered life expectancy by five years, another study estimated that 670,000 people die from smog-related causes, and another suggested that air pollution negatively impacted the brain development of children born near a coal-burning power plant.
Jan 22, 2015

“Smog Journeys” film gives China’s air pollution problem a human face bit.ly/1uzyImW

No place like magnetic home: Sea turtles have a 'GPS' that uses Earth's magnetic field

treehugger.com — Beach Sweet Beach Many animals have a talent for finding their way around the globe that any of us who gets lost doing a short trip can't help but envy. From birds who go back and forth across continents, following the seasons, to the beautiful sea turtles that can find the specific beach where they were born years before to, in turn, lay their eggs.
Jan 22, 2015

RT @TreeHugger: No place like magnetic home: Sea turtles have a 'GPS' that uses Earth's magnetic field bit.ly/1y4dCaM pic.twitter.com/uRNtKd2hNz

The solar industry is creating jobs 20x faster than the rest of the US economy!

treehugger.com — Now twice as many solar workers as coal workers A few years ago, the words "green jobs" were on everybody's lips. Yet now that they're actually here and growing fast, it seems like the issue has fallen off the radar screen.
Jan 22, 2015

RT @TreeHugger: The solar industry is creating jobs 20x faster than the rest of the US economy! bit.ly/1GCqCig pic.twitter.com/O74fJWCpTK

The 2015 New American Home is big, beige and foamy

treehugger.com — It's one of my favorite times of the year, when the giant International Builders Show takes over Las Vegas and I get to have so much fun with my annual trashing of The New American Home.
Jan 22, 2015

The New American Home this year isn’t the biggest ever, but it is the beigeist and foamiest. goo.gl/mbNOhF pic.twitter.com/pOSqkTcTzo

If you want a natural birth in Brazil, you'd better go elsewhere

treehugger.com — Brazil is a country with shockingly high C-sections rates, upwards of 87% in the private medical system. How does an entire nation lose sight of natural childbirth, one of our basic human functions? Being pregnant while traveling through Brazil has been a fascinating lesson in cultural differences.

Rise up, Rise up! Yet another study confirms that sitting on the job is bad for you

treehugger.com — TreeHugger has been saying for years that sitting on your butt all day will kill you, but now there is fresh evidence: A meta-analysis of 47 other studies has confirmed the fact.
Jan 22, 2015

Rise up, Rise up! Yet another study confirms that sitting on the job is bad for you. goo.gl/yWnNm8 youtu.be/JcC-SbcihKI

Why small is the new green

Jan 22, 2015

Great slideshow on how everything is getting bigger and why we need to reverse the trend buff.ly/1yMENuB

Jan 21, 2015

In which I try to Pecha Kucha a two hour @RyersonU lecture: Small is the New Green goo.gl/BDZUZi pic.twitter.com/3UTlrEf29J