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Environment News Service 10 Urban Spaces Around the World Reborn as Vibrant Green Parks In some cities, parks are replacing asphalt, and city dwellers are suddenly discovering new green space just steps away. To make cities more livable for an often growing population, government officials, activists and citizens are reclaiming unused or abandoned structures and lots and turning them into new, vibrant green spots that fill the surrounding areas with life. These 10 examples --- spanning four continents -- are perhaps just the beginning of the concrete-to-green revolution. A water reservoir until shut down in 1899, the Paddington Reservoir went on to become a garage, workshop and a commercial garage once more. After sections of the roof collapsed in 1991, the garage was shut down for the last time.

Simple Practical Ways to Live Eco-friendly. Sustainable - Natural - Re-Use - Chasing Green Action Center Skip to main content You Can Help... Urge the EPA to support a limit on carbon pollution! Tell the EPA and the Corps you support restoring Clean Water Act rules. TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA to put the Arctic Ocean off-limits to the oil industry. View More Actions More U.S. Children Being Diagnosed With Youthful Tendency Disorder REDLANDS, CA–Nicholas and Beverly Serna's daughter Caitlin was only four years old, but they already knew there was a problem. More U.S. Children Being Diagnosed With Youthful Tendency Disorder The EnviroLink Network "Fish Chopper" Animation Shows the Gruesome, Deadly Side of Power Plant Cooling Towers (Video) Image via YouTube video The Sierra Club is pointing attention to the once-through cooling systems used by many power plants. Power plants suck up over 200 billion gallons of water a day, and with that water comes millions of fish that don't exactly make it out alive. The conservation group has put together an animation showing how the systems work, and why they need to be upgraded. As the Sierra Club points out, there are already closed-cycle cooling systems that can replace the once-through systems and not only conserve a huge amount of water, but also save countless fish and other aquatic species, not to mention the animals that depend on the fish as a food source.

Brighter Planet's 350 Challenge Izaak Walton League of America Discarded Tomes Recycled Into Elegant Book Lamps Photos: Erdem Designs Is it premature to predict the death of the paper book? With sales of e-readers recently outpacing that of real books, it may seem like the end is near. But even so, according to that logic, that's a lot of "useless" books that are left out there. Not so for Turkish designer Ragip Erdem of New York-based Erdem Designs, who handcrafts these lovely lamps from recycled books and which are fit for the die-hard book lover.

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