10 resolutions to make the world a better place this year

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The new year is upon us and the forecast looks dreary. From the election of a lying, corrupt megalomaniac to the U.S. Presidency, to the loss of countless beloved cultural figures such as David Bowie, Prince and Carrie Fisher, to 2016 breaking the hottest year on record AGAIN, 2016 has been one sucky year. I think it’s a safe bet to assume that for many of readers, 2017 doesn’t look like it is going to be any better, and many people are dealing with deep anxiety and depression over the coming year. As the world’s carbon emissions rise towards the point of no return, the new Trump Administration is threatening to smash the strides we’ve made towards clean energy, environmental conservation, social progress, and a sustainable future. But in darkness there is always light, and in the face of despair we can find hope and strength. Let the encroaching darkness of 2016 be your wake up call to find the light, share the light, and be a guiding light this year – for your fellow citizens of this planet and for future generations.

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The top 7 WTF moments in fashion this year

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Has there ever been a year in our lifetime that so many of us have been so eager to kiss good-bye? It seems like there wasn’t a single thing not touched by tragedy: music, art, fashion, (ahem) politics. Check out our roundup of the top 7 WTF moments of 2016 and tell us which was the worst of the worst.

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12 scrumptious vegan slow-cooker soup recipes

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There’s nothing that keeps the winter chill away as much as a hearty bowl of soup. Make that soup uber-healthy and super easy to make and you’ve got a winning combo. We’ve got 12 vegan soup recipes that you can make in a slow cooker – read on to check them all out.

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December 31 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • China plans to spend 3.5 trillion yuan ($503 billion) by 2020, expanding its high-speed railway system. The expansion will see the network grow to 30,000 km (18,650 miles), according to recent reports that followed a State Council Information Office briefing in Beijing. The network would connect 80% of major Chinese cities. [CleanTechnica]
High-speed rail map of China

High-speed rail map of China

  • In a statement at a gathering of scientists, the Pope said, “there has never been such a clear need for science” to inform political decisions. The Pontiff’s message seemed directed at president-elect Donald Trump, who has signaled that the United States will no longer play a leadership role on the issue of climate change. [The Alternative Daily]
  • Electricity prices from Boston to Dallas plunged this year as cheap natural gas cut fuel costs, and wind and solar alternatives came online. Consumers also used less electricity for the second straight year, despite a summer heat wave, amid an industrial slowdown and growing awareness of ways to boost energy efficiency. [Bloomberg]
  • Despite the Obama administration’s commitment to curb CO2 emissions, nuclear plants have been retiring. Now the Nuclear Energy Institute, is asking the incoming Trump administration to take steps both to improve the economic prospects of existing plants and to improve the chances for new nuclear reactors. [Electric Light & Power]
  • Siberian permafrost is one of the things being hardest hit by climate change. Now, in addition to the melting permafrost causing mass die-offs of reindeer and resurrecting long-dead strains of “zombie anthrax”, it appears the very cities built on it are also in imminent danger, according to new Russian-US research. [IFLScience]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

 

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6 natural hangover remedies to cure what ails ya on New Year’s Day

“Whyyyyyyyyyyyy?” If those are your sentiments tomorrow morning after partying a little too hearty on New Year’s Eve, we’ve got some all natural hangover cures that can really help. If you consider yourself a hangover veteran, you might already know about some of these, but a bunch of them were new to us. The good news is that they’re all things you can easily stock up on today and, if need be, place right next to your bed (or whatever hovel you’re planning to pass out in) for some much needed day-after relief. Read on to see them all, and if actually getting hungover in the first place is what you need help with, check out our 6 organic cocktail recipes roundup!

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Lumberjill hacks stylish bench out of a felled tree trunk

When the designers from Practice of Everyday Design were looking for a unique seating option for a client, they threw out the conventional design process and turned to a professional lumberjill to carve out seats on a reclaimed felled log. Hacked out of pure brute strength and surgical precision, the deep notches on the log were then covered in beautiful red upholstery hand-sewn by a local motorcycle seat maker. Now that’s what we call true artisanal furniture.

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Chinese company LeEco begins building $3 billion electric car factory

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Chinese technology company LeEco just commenced construction of a $3 billion electric car factory. The facility could start churning out the company’s LeSee sedan in a few years, producing a staggering 400,000 vehicles by 2018. Roughly 90 percent of the futuristic factory’s work may be completed by robots.

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