The National Geographic Channel publishes the most amazing series of photos I've seen so far this year: A small home being carried sky-high by a ginormous cluster of balloons (300 to be exact) a la Pixar's "Up." The record-breaking stunt was filmed for the NatGeo Channel series, "How Hard Can It Be?" 

Core77 rounds up the niftiest finds from this year's reusable water bottle-heavy International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. 

EcoHome gives props to the urban infill Skinny Project composed of three LEED Platinum rowhouses in Philly designed to “to be built narrow but live wide” by developer PostGreen. 

TreeHugger chats with "Superstar Product Designer," pink-lover, and Mr. Bobble water bottle himself, Karim Rashid, to "find out if there's any green in his sensibility."

Dwell talks wastewater treatment with Dan Philbin, facilities manager of the Carneros Inn in Napa, Calif. 

Jetson Green digs the Montrose House, an eco-friendly three-bedroom $345,000 home in Virginia from design-build firm Latitude 38. J.G. describes the home as having "something of a Pacific Northwest Modern feel – warm, friendly, and contemporary at the same time."

The New York Times does it again with another great profile of a remarkable green home. This week it's an off the grid West Texas desert hideaway belonging to John Wells that's known as the Southwest Texas Alternative Energy and Sustainable Living Field Laboratory, or Field Lab for short.

Re-Nest shares "25 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes for the Whole House." Break out the borax, white vinegar, and eucalyptus oil, folks ... 

The Guardian crowd-sources the query: "What's the most eco-friendly alternative to a garden patio?"

The Huffington Post reports on the latest in the Republican-lead battle against energy-efficient light bulbs. Says Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) who is pushing a bill to repeal light bulb efficiency mandates: "Government doesn't need to be in the business of telling people what light bulb they have to use. If left alone, the best bulb will win its rightful standing in the marketplace."

Bloomberg News shares similar energy-efficiency hatin' from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ken.). He unleashed these choice sound bites on Kathleen Hogan, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at a hearing yesterday: “Frankly my toilets don’t work in my house. I blame you and people like you who want to tell me what I can install in my house, what I can do." Paul goes on to say, “I find it really appalling and hypocritical that there should be some self-examination from the administration on the idea that you favor a woman’s right to an abortion, but you don’t favor a woman or a man’s right to choose what kind of lightbulb, what kind of dishwasher, what kind of washing machine.” No comment. 

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