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Customers can pedal for a scoop at this bicycle-churned artisanal ice cream parlor

At this small LA creamery, every batch of ice cream is churned by bicycle, and 20 minutes of pedaling earns you a free scoop of their organic frozen desserts.

The frugal lesson in my grandma's delicious relish

The past has so much to teach us about simple, frugal, and wise living that goes beyond anything that our gadget-obsessed society can ever achieve.

Woman survives leopard attack


At 10 am on a Sunday morning Kalama Devi, 54, encountered a leopard. She only had a farm tool to defend herself when it turned on her and attacked her, she told CNN.

The Happy Cheap House is precisely that


Every time we show a small prefab the upper case comments pour in: ITS SO EXPENSIVE! There is always the statement that "prefab should be cheaper than site-built" and cost about $50 per square foot," which my dad built his house for on some farm in Arkansas." I try to explain that these houses are built of better materials to higher energy efficiency standards, that it costs more to not build out of carpet and vinyl, that building small costs more per square foot than building big.

100% of new US electricity capacity came from renewables in 3 of the last 10 months


The tides are a shifting. Renewables may not dominate the electric grid yet (far from it), but they are growing fast.

World's oldest wooden toilet seat discovered at Hadrian's Wall


The Romans had pretty sophisticated toilets, often with running water and stone seats. But up in the north end of Roman Britain, where they were building Hadrian's Wall, a stone seat would be pretty uncomfortable.

I can’t enjoy nature with your dog chasing after me

There’s a network of beautiful trails winding their way around the town where I live. They are well maintained, either paved or covered with a fresh layer of woodchips every two weeks.

Verizon to install 10 megawatts of solar this year

Verizon has already committed to slashing its carbon intensity by 50% by 2020, and it has apologized for previous support of a climate change-denial rally.

Another multinational abandons a lobby group over anti-renewables efforts

When Microsoft left ALEC (allegedly) over anti-renewable lobbying, I suggested this might be the next phase of corporate social responsibility.

Make the most of summer sweet corn with these 10 vegetarian recipes


In North America, corn is in season all summer long and into the early fall. You can add its sweet flavor to a wide range of dishes, from main courses to desserts.

China is about to make a really big bet on electric cars (100 billion yuan!)


Any way you slice it, a hundred billion yuan is a lot of moolah (equivalent to about 16.3 billion US dollars at today's exchange rate).

Ultimate urban utility bike winner is packed full of commuting features


A bike design competition project to create and produce the "next-wave urban bike" garnered some amazing entries from design firms and their bike builder partners, and while all of the designs had some notable features, one bike rose above them all and was named as the Ultimate Urban Utility Bike.

Is this the end of the plastic wars? US Green Building Council to work with American Chemistry Council


For the last few years, the US Green Building Council, which administers the LEED green building certification system, has been under attack by the chemical industry.

What's really in your plate? Mislabelled fish could mean more mercury than you think


Mercury is bad for you, especially if you are pregnant or are a child, and it's also increasingly present in the food chain.

Small brown duck seeks permanent home


Researchers from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust are looking for a home for the last 25 Madagascar pochard.

Whistle-blowing website WildLeaks targets powerful poaching networks

Wildleaks, a new website in the vein of WikiLeaks has set its sights on taking down powerful poaching networks and illegal logging operations.

Make your own chemical-free essential oil diffuser

This DIY project is cheap and easy, and ensures that you won't have a room full of toxic fragrance. The purpose of an essential oil diffuser is to spread the aroma of essential oils throughout a home, deodorizing and purifying the air, making a room smell great, and lifting the mood.

Hivehaus: Modular hexagonal home is stylish off-grid living option (Video)


Modular designs have a lot going for them: they are expandable, customizable and are made to adapt to any number of circumstances, be it for disaster relief situations or building an affordable off-grid home.

We need smart thermostats because people are dumb

Our esteemed editor Lloyd has, until recently, been an ardent critic of "smart thermostats" and other gadgetry.

DNA "fingerprinting" of illegally logged trees needs reliable databases, says professor

Despite recent advances in the fight against illegal logging, tropical forests are still being cut down at an alarming rate, thanks to lack of regulation in some places, or weak enforcement of existing laws in other locales.


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