Gardens in the sky: The rise of green urban architecture

(CNN)With its balconies bursting with trees and shrubs, the “Bosco Verticale,” or “Vertical Forest” is giving rise to an entirely new take on the traditional idea of the urban jungle.   As city dwellers feel the squeeze on their living space and recreational areas, the twin residential towers in Milan, Italy offer up a refreshing vision of how urban skylines might look in the future.   Designed by Stefano Boeri…

July 28, 2016
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California Powers 6 Million Homes With Solar Energy, Slays Record

A new renewable energy record has come to light. Thanks to a heat wave, California was able to shatter a state solar record. On July 12 at 1:06 p.m., several large solar plants dotted throughout the state produced 8,030 megawatts of electricity, according to the California Independent System Operator — and it would know. The organization runs most of the state’s power grid. According to San Francisco Gate, that’s enough energy to…

July 28, 2016
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Millennials will spend 53,000 on rent before age of 30, thinktank says

Resolution Foundation says baby boomers spent just 9,000, in report that highlights struggle of young people to buy a home Millennials will spend 44,000 more on rent by the time they reach 30 than baby boomers did, according to a report that underlines the struggle younger generations face to save for a deposit on a house. A combination of falling homeownership levels and the rising cost of renting meant that…

July 28, 2016
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New York’s remodelled Governors Island has built-in climate change defense

Amid rising seas, a park on the island uses Dutch ingenuity to protect itself while maintaining its beauty with barely a seawall to be seen The Netherlands may have surrendered what is now New York to the English 352 years ago, but if Americas largest city is to withstand the inexorable rise of the seas in the years to come, Dutch ingenuity may well prove crucial. On Tuesday, a remodelled…

July 28, 2016
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She dances by her horse. When he sees her? I couldnt stop laughing!

July 5, 2016

Horses are one of the most unique and amazing animals ever. They actually display very sweet emotions which most people are not aware of. We usually see these huge, towering specimens and we marvel in their movement. But they indeed do have sweet personalities as well! All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor is the song that this woman is dancing to. And guess what? The horse wants in on…

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If I lived in that house: my addiction to the fantasy of online real estate

July 5, 2016

In the midst of peak moving season, Melody Warnick ponders her obsession with real estate websites that are constructed to elicit desire for a new reality My friend Sarah was scrolling through listings of homes on the real estate app Zillow when she experienced the homebuyers equivalent of a meet-cute. There, in full-color photos, was her dream house. Acreage for fruit trees! Big bedrooms for all three kids! Giddy, Sarah…

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Apples smart home endgame: the HomeKit-powered Apple House’

July 5, 2016

Brookfield Residential homes in the Southern California area, likes those pictured above, will start offering built-in HomeKit infrastructure later this year. Image: Brookfield Residential New homebuyers today have many things to choose from: wood floors or tile, granite or stainless steel countertops, central air or window units. But later this year, you’ll be able to decide if you want to make your space a fully Apple-supported smart home, built from…

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Bretagne, The Last 9/11 Ground Zero Search Dog, Has Died

July 5, 2016

Following the horrific terror attacks of September 11, thousands of search and rescue workers descended upon New York. Firefighters, police and volunteers all began the difficult task of looking for survivors among impossible odds. Joining in on the search were an estimated 300 dogs. On Monday, the last surviving 9/11 Ground Zero search and rescue dog, Bretagne, died at the age of 16. Denise Corliss, Bretagne’s owner, friend and partner,…

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Man Built Custom Kayak So He Could Take His Dogs On Adventures

July 3, 2016

67-year-old David Bahnson realized he could modify his kayak to accommodate a pooch after seeing how easily his dog, Susie, could fit inside the baggage compartment. When Bahnson and his wife got another dog, Ginger, they knew what they had to do. “When we got Ginger, I just put in another hole” Bahnson told Dodo. “It’s like a triple kayak, only there isn’t enough room for the paddlers to put…

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Photographer captures moment kangaroo cradles dying companion as joey looks on

July 3, 2016

Heartbreaking image snapped by Evan Switzer in Queensland shows marsupial familys grief A photographer has captured the tragic moment a young kangaroo reached out to touch its dying mother one last time. Evan Switzer took the picture on a bushland property in River Heads, Queensland, Australia, during a walk on Monday morning. He described how he witnessed the mother kangaroo dying under the shade of a mango tree while being…

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