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Suburban Utopia

Thanksgiving Getaway Gridlock

This gridlocked highway looks like a river of red and white. Yesterday, during the Thanksgiving getaway, ABC7 news channel’s helicopter captured this massive traffic jam on one of the busiest and most congested routes in the U.S., the 405 in southern California. This year in fact, a record number of Americans – nearly 49 million – traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday. In suburbia, we hope to get away from it all. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea. Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers!

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Suburban Utopia

Swedish Government Rewards Citizens Who Repair Instead of Throwing Away

For most Swedes today sustainability is a way of life. They eat, buy, work and travel with the environment in mind, from their shopping carts filled with fair trade products to the yearly carbon emissions reduced by 23% since 1990. In line with this conscious consumer mindset, the Swedish government proposed two economic changes; both ment to shift from a throwaway culture to an economy built on long-lasting and repairable goods.

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Suburban Utopia

Sea Delicatessen Grow Along Highways

With winter just around the corner, salt trucks are getting ready to hit the road spreading tons of salt. Ice free asphalt is necessary to drive safely and keep transports running. However, often the salt is scattered also on the soil surrounding the roads, harming the local vegetation. Though there is an unexpected side effect: delicious salt-tolerant plants from the coast are now growing alongside the highway.

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Suburban Utopia

The Scandinavian Winds Power Your Internet

“Googling” is so easy and straightforward that seems to be an activity that won’t cause any impact on the environment. Unfortunately it does, from the manufacture and shipping of computers to the powering and cooling of the servers, huge amounts of resources and energy are consumed. According to climatecare.org every Google search accounts for 0.2 to 0.7 grams of carbon emissions and every e-mail equals to four grams of CO2.

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The Italian government just launched a campaign to raise awareness for falling birthrates and encourage family planning.
Intimate Technology

More Babies for Italy

The Italian government launched a remarkable campaign to raise awareness for falling birthrates. Named Fertility Day, the operation (that took place on September 22) might sound like a national holiday, but it is meant to encourage family planning and maternity. Along the campaign, 12 promotional “postcards” were launched, which went viral for all the wrong reasons. Together with the campaign images, the government created a website and an online game, both currently offline.

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The first time you switch on your self-driving car, punch in your coordinates and cruise off to the soulless thrum of an electric motor you’ve got to wonder: does this thing know what it’s doing?
Wild Systems

Self-Driving Cars Are Here to Stay

Don’t look now if you’re someone who enjoys driving. Blame Elon Musk, blame Google, blame Al Gore… but there’s no escaping the fact that, in just a few short years, we’ll all be coddled from one destination to the next inside shiny, smart transportation appliances. And you thought holding out hope for a stick-shift was audacious.

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Paris passed a new law that not only allows locals to plant their own urban garden around the city, but also encourages them in doing so.
Suburban Utopia

Guerilla Gardening in Paris

A Jardin Partagé is a shared community garden born in Lille in 1997. Since its first establishment, this phenomenon has extended across France to stimulate social relationships among the citizens and improve gardening techniques that respect biodiversity. Paris recently approved a new law, which not only allows locals to plant their own urban garden around the city, but also encourages them to develop their green thumb.

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