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If You Are Flying, You Should Be Buying Carbon Offsets

Buying carbon offsets to mitigate the impact of air travel won't reverse climate change, but it will do some good. A few caveats apply. [Image credit: Ryan Greenberg / CC BY-NC / Flickr] This post originally appeared at Ensia. You desperately want to book that flight for the family wedding. But the frightening Fourth National Climate Assessment released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program in November has flipped on the guilt switch for you. Climate change used to be a faint background murmur you could ignore when there were fun places to go. But November’s report is clear: It’s…

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Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants

Deer are creatures of habit. Once they’ve claimed your garden as their favorite lunch spot, it’s difficult to persuade them otherwise. And while there are all manner of foul-smelling repellents and deterrent devices out there, perhaps the best solution is simply to landscape with plants that deer don’t like to eat.That’s easier said than done, of course. Many garden stalwarts—including roses, daylilies, tulips, rhododendrons, and hostas—are favorites of deer, too. All produce the tender foliage and plump buds that deer salivate over. Plus, almost any plant can be enticing in spring as it’s sprouting soft new growth. More challenging still,…

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Italian Spring: A Villa in the Puglia Countryside, with Rooms for Let

For us, nowhere has more exemplified the ideal rustic-chic Italian getaway than Masseria Moroseta. For the past three years, since we first covered it, we’ve pored over the whitewashed rooms, designed by architect Andrew Trotter, on a working olive oil farm, with low-key, white slipcovered sofas and windows looking out at an open courtyard. Now we have another Italian getaway to dream about: Villa Castelluccio, Trotter’s latest, renovated in the countryside of Puglia, and soon available to rent via Moroseta Villas. Join us for a walk through. Photography by Salva López and Marcelo Martinez, courtesy of Andrew Trotter. Above: The villa…

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America Can Afford a New Green Deal — Here’s How

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey are calling for a “Green New Deal” that would involve massive government spending to shift the U.S. economy away from its reliance on carbon. Their congressional resolution goes into great detail about the harms of climate change and what the U.S. government should do about it. Left unanswered, however, is how America would pay for the proposed deal. Some commentators have been calling a Green New Deal unaffordable, with some estimates putting the bill for complete decarbonization at as high as $12.3 trillion. As the author of the United Nations Environment Program’s Global Green New…

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Bath Makeover for $189

First, she went to work repainting the walls, as well as the dingy vinyl flooring that was otherwise in good shape. To give the builder-grade oak vanity a more rustic look, she sanded off the shiny finish and protected the raw wood with a matte clear sealant. Since tiling was not in the budget, a roll of subway-tile-print wallpaper went up to achieve a similar look. A can of matte black spray paint unified the existing hardware and light fixture with some new knobs, pulls, and a mirror. Cynthia shopped her house for the rest of the decor, and clocked…

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Passive House Conference Opens in New York on June 27

A Passive House certified dormitory at an Australian university is one of the topics for discussion at the upcoming Passive House conference in New York City. [Image credit: JCB Architects] A Passive House certified mass timber dormitory at Australia’s largest university is among the projects on the program for the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) conference in New York City in June. The six-story dorm on the campus of Monash University in Melbourne has room for 150 students and was built with cross-laminated timber (CLT) components. The 70,000-square-foot building is the largest of its kind in the country to…

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