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Newsletter readers select the top ten posts of the week


TreeHugger publishes a newsletter at 8:30 EDT every morning; Every Friday, we assemble a weekly newsletter based on the most popular stories in our daily paper.

Aerial views of the uneasy geometries of urban sprawl by Christoph Gielen


Urban sprawl has been "eating our planet" for decades now, an unfortunate byproduct of urban planning that caters to the car, rather than pedestrians.

Renewables = 92.1% of new US electricity capacity so far in 2014


According to the latest "Energy Infrastructure Update" report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office (FERC), 92.1% of new electricity generation capacity in the US in January through March of 2014 came from renewable energy sources.

Pons Avarcas keeps a family shoe craft alive


The Pons family started making sturdy sandals in 1945, fashioning the soles from recycled tires and uppers made from soft leather.

For $3000, you can own one of the world's smallest cafés


Move over, Starbucks. The future of hip coffee might come from baristas on bikes, and Wheely's wants to get you turning the wheels of an ecological café bike.

Cities need Goldilocks housing density – not too high or low, but just right

The Guardian newspaper is running the Live Better Challenge which is " all about coming together to make a difference to our lives, and the world around us, through positive action." This month's challenge is about energy, and I was invited to contribute an article.

Paul Rudolph's Walker Guest House to be reconstructed in Sarasota


Paul Rudolph houses are backhoe bait; Too small, too modern, too reliant on natural light and air, too dedicated to sea and sky to survive in the age of air conditioning.

British supermarket bans all junk food from checkout aisles


British grocery store chain Lidl has taken an unprecedented step in favour of healthy eating. As of January 2014, Lidl banned junk food and sugary treats from all the checkout aisles of its 600 stores.

Why cargo bikes are better than cars


Cargo biking is nothing new. The first bikes built to carry many people or heavy loads of stuff appeared more than 100 years ago in Europe.

This solar graph is so wicked it's titled "Welcome to the Terrordome"


If you follow the solar industry at all, you know that solar power costs have fallen off a steep cliff in recent years, but the graph above puts that into somewhat shocking perspective.

It’s time for U.S. employers to go green


A survey released yesterday shows than many Americans want their employers to be more environmentally sustainable, and employers should take note.

First wolf in a century spotted in the Czech Republic

As we recently wrote about, wolves are not just important because they keep the populations of their preys in equilibrium.

CarbonCure concrete blocks store CO2 for a lower carbon footprint


The production of cement is responsible for as much as 5% of the CO2 emitted each year. It's mostly because of chemistry; when limestone is cooked to about 1400 degrees Celsius, it drives off water and CO2 and becomes the main component of cement.

Driver who texted 44 times before almost killing cyclist: "I just don't care"


It boggles my mind that people even have to be told not to text and drive (do they have to be told not to play chess?

There are conflict minerals in your phone, but Congo Calling wants to change that

Since 1996, over 5 million people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s civil war. The economic fuel for the conflict comes in part from country’s rich natural resources, which armed groups fight to control.

The future of transportation, as imagined by Disney in 1958 (video)


The future ain't what it used to be! (part 2) A little while ago we posted some images of the future of transportation as predicted from the year 1900.

Portable "electronic nose" smells your meat for you and identifies food poisoning risk


Most of us are used to putting food to the sniff test, and for the most part, our senses will let us know if food is unsafe to eat.

It's that time of year when bike lanes disappear


Cycling to and from lunch yesterday on Toronto's Davenport Road bike lane, I counted sixteen cars and delivery trucks blocking the lane both ways.

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien join the Rubble Club as American Folk Art Museum demolition begins


The Rubble Club is a British organization "open to all who have had buildings destroyed in their lifetime." Tod Williams and Billie Tsien have the unusual honor of being eligible before their significant and important American Folk Art Museum even reaches Bar Mitzvah age.

BMW increases i3 production 43%, Tesla fans snear

Scrolling through my newsfeed this evening, I came across a wonderfully encouraging headline from Bloomberg: BMW lifts i3 electric car production on higher demand: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles, has increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker’s initial expectations.The premium manufacturer in recent weeks has raised daily output to 100 vehicles from 70 previously at the factory in Leipzig, Germany, where the model is assembled, Harald Krueger, BMW production chief, said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.


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