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Green Pedestrian Crossing – More Walking, Less Driving

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Jody Xiong of DDB China in conjunction with the China Environmental Protection Foundation created this wonderful outdoor campaign to push their message.

They decided to leverage a busy pedestrian crossing, a place where both pedestrians and drivers meet and lay a giant canvas of 12.6 meters long by 7 meters wide on the ground, covering the pedestrian crossing with a large leafless tree. Placed on either side of the road beneath the traffic lights, were sponge cushions soaked in green environmentally friendly washable and quick dry paint. As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they would step onto the green sponge and as they walked, the soles of their feet would make foot imprints onto the tree on the ground. Each green footprint added to the canvas like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people feel that by walking they could create a greener environment.

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Impure Photography – Photographer uses chemical pollutants to manipulate his images

Brandon Seidler

Photographer  Brandon Seidler takes photos of contaminated sites in and around New Jersey and the Hudson River, and then takes his photographic negatives and soaks them in the very same chemicals found to be polluting  the bodies of water and land he’s documenting. 

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The Smog Free Tower : world’s largest air-purifier

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Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde worked with scientist Bob Ursem and European Nano Solutions to create the Smog Free Tower. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund what he describes as “the largest air-purifier in the world”, the Smog Free Tower has been installed in Rotterdam.

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The Ubari lakes

ubari-lakes-libya-1Oum al-Maa Lake, Ubari Sand Sea. Photo credit: unknown

The Ubari Lakes are a group of about 20 lakes, set amidst magnificent sand dunes and palm fringed oases in the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya. The lakes were once one big lake but climate change caused the region, a part of Sahara, to gradually dry up between 3,000 to 5,000 years ago. The water is super-saturated with salts and carbonates, as lakes are being continuously evaporated and have no rivers replenishing them.

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Flower Turns Transparent in the Rain

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Diphylleia grayi also known as the skeleton flower. native to moist wooded mountainsides in colder regions of China and Japan, has petals that turn transparent with the rain. Blooming from mid-spring to early-summer, these little pretties prefer shady conditions and should only receive partial sunlight. While these characteristics and preferences may seem on the level, it’s when it rains that this pretty flower displays its uniqueness.

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Rainbow Eucalyptus

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Eucalyptus deglupta, commonly known as the rainbow eucalyptus, is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for planting in tropical and subtropical climate gardens and parks. The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones.

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The Monkey Orchid

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These rare primate-esque flowers are formally known as Dracula simia. They  only grow in the cloud forests of southeastern Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1,000-2,000 meters on the side of mountains. In the scientific name, “simia” refers to the monkey face and “Dracula” refers to the two long spurs that hang down, almost like fangs.

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