This week: How your good intentions may be causing bees more harm than good, the case for banning 'problem lawns' and a visit to the home of a passive design pioneer. Plus, utopian wind turbine dwellings.
Residents living near the Gowanus Canal — New York's most charming/super-polluted waterway — rally against a planned residential development that they believe will overcrowd the area and lead to increased flooding risk.
Video: Imagine living in a trash dumpster tricked out with all the comforts of home. Well, leave it to New York City to have such a place. Gregory Kloehn has retrofitted a dumpster to include a shower, toilet, and what passes for a bed and more.
We all know that poo doesn't join Mr. Hankey in BM heaven once it's flushed. AsapScience offers a fascinating look at the afterlife of waste as it enters the sewage treatment process in 'The Poop Cycle.'
The U.K. is lousy with abandoned retail storefronts and short on housing. And so, officials explore a scheme that would allow for the conversion of boarded-up commercial spaces into private residences.
With the home stretch of summer upon us, there's never been a better time to gather up a few friends (and a couple of watermelons) and head out back for an old-fashioned picnic. Here's a few goodies to have on hand ...