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Should you dress your kid up in safety vests before they go trick-or-treating?

treehugger.com — In Maryland, the State Highway Authority is generously lending "reflective vests to children, and their chaperones, as part of its annual "Vests for Visibility" Program. Designed to be worn over clothing, the reflective vests help increase the visibility of pedestrians."

Are solar power forecasts too pessimistic? Analysts missed by 59% in the past 4 years...

treehugger.com — As Niels Bohr is reported to have said: "It's hard to make predictions, especially about the future." Yet we rely on all kinds of forecasts about all kinds of things to get an idea of what the future will be like.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @TreeHugger: Are solar power forecasts too pessimistic? Analysts missed by 59% in the past 4 years... bit.ly/1tpTr8n pic.twitter.com/DauFRyWLyz

Frank Gehry gives the finger to 98% of architects. Why he should look in the mirror.

treehugger.com — Frank Gehry made a rude gesture recently, that can't be shown on a family friendly site like TreeHugger. ( You can see it here) He then ranted: Let me tell you one thing. In this world we are living in, 98 per cent of everything that is built and designed today is pure sh*t.
Oct 31, 2014

I am on @TheCurrentCBC Monday morning re Frank Gehry (see goo.gl/7N9lj3 ) debating schoolmate Don Schmitt of @DiamondSchmitt

Don’t be afraid of Dracula orchids, they need your help!

treehugger.com — Dracula orchids may be named after a powerful vampire from Transylvanian, but these strange and rare flowers are native to Central America and the northwest Andes. "Dracula" applies to a whole genus of orchids, including some species that are blood-red and and have long, pointy sepals.
Oct 31, 2014

Don’t be afraid of Dracula orchids, they need your help! bit.ly/108FH7C

What's the real problem with Net-Zero homes?

treehugger.com — In a recent post I asked Is a net-zero energy building really the right target? The premise was that Net Zero Energy design seems totally focused on single family houses in the suburbs or exurbs, those houses that have the roofs that can support the solar panels.
Oct 31, 2014

My problems with Net-zero Part II, and I don’t hate single family houses! goo.gl/OgdYUG pic.twitter.com/QL3oDCV9qR

Looking back at Superstorm Sandy

treehugger.com — Two years ago this day I was in the midst of what ultimately, I would learn, was getting off easy. Two days previously I had been quickly filling as many containers as I could with water.
Oct 31, 2014

By me (obviously) RT @TreeHugger: @treehugger emeritus @matmcdermott writes about his experience of Sandy 2 years ago goo.gl/kO6ODg

McDonald's promises transparency about its food, if only customers will come back

treehugger.com — The company has launched a few efforts to reclaim marketshare, from promoting regional specialties to answering questions about food production. Too bad the promotional videos aren't convincing, and fail to address the whole issue. McDonald's is getting really worried. The fast food giant recently posted earnings that showed a 3.3 percent drop in sales in established U.S.

SpeeZees T-shirts teach kids about endangered species

treehugger.com — When you buy one of these adorable organic cotton T-shirts, $1 will be donated to an organization working to protect the animal featured on the shirt.

86 square foot Paris apartment has the works in a drawer

treehugger.com — The small space living website Living in a Shoebox certainly lives up to its name with this apartment in Paris. It's a former maid's room in the attic of a classic Hausmann 7 storey building, all of 86 square feet.

Zero-waste blogger launches 3-ingredient laundry detergent

treehugger.com — Lauren Singer, the creator of the Trash is for Tossers blog, plans to sell a homemade detergent with just 3 ingredients.
Oct 30, 2014

The woman behind @Trashis4Tossers is launching a 3-ingredient laundry detergent bit.ly/1u9U6hB

Is a net-zero energy building really the right target?

treehugger.com — The phrase Net-zero energy or Zero-carbon has always troubled me. I have noted that I can make my tent net-zero energy if I have enough money for solar panels, but that's not necessarily a sustainable model.

Net-zero building unveiled in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood

treehugger.com — A ribbon cutting ceremony for a green apartment building was held today in Brighton Beach, on the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated this neighborhood in southern Brooklyn. The date is a symbolic reminder of the importance of building in a way that contributes minimally to climate change and that are resilient in the face of extreme weather events.

Kengo Kuma designs a simple urban prefab for Muji

treehugger.com — The Japanese housing market is different from that in North America or Europe; houses are thought of as depreciating products, not much different than cars, that are often thought of as worthless after fifteen years. (see Why Japanese houses are so weird) That's why this new prefab from MUJI, The Vertical House, is so interesting.

Game-changer: Rooftop solar will be at grid parity in all 50 U.S. states by 2016

treehugger.com — According to Deutsche Bank Right now, the cost of a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system has reached grid parity - which means it costs the same or less than getting electricity from the power grid - in 10 U.S. states.
Oct 30, 2014

"Game-changer: Rooftop solar will be at grid parity in all 50 U.S. states by 2016" treehugger.com/renewable-ener…

Oct 29, 2014

RT @TreeHugger: Game-changer: Rooftop solar will be at grid parity in all 50 U.S. states by 2016 bit.ly/1vhootk pic.twitter.com/z8O8tGISZA

Mid-century Modern dream homes: Are they a secret killer of children?

treehugger.com — TreeHugger shows a lot of lovely projects with what readers consider to be dangerous stairs that don't meet building codes. One of the great benefits of being an architect in the midcentury modern era is that the codes were a lot looser, if they existed at all.

Wolf hunt up for vote on Michigan’s November ballot

treehugger.com — The grey wolf was taken off the federal list of protected species in 2012, having recovered from being nearly hunted to extinction by the mid-twentieth century. A year later, the state of Michigan held its first grey wolf hunt and a total of 22 wolves were killed, about half the permitted quota for the season.
Oct 31, 2014

Also, #Michigan tweeps: wolf hunt on the ballot. Here's the deal: bit.ly/100skX3

Oct 29, 2014

Wolf hunt up for vote on Michigan’s November ballot bit.ly/100skX3

Oct 29, 2014

My home state will vote for or against hunting wolves next week: bit.ly/100skX3