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Living Umbrella at Vigilante Coffee Co.
An Upgrade From Artificial Shade
Dave Tilley and his family were wilting on a sun-scorched pool deck in Las Vegas when he noticed other vacationers huddled in the shade of a shrub. The University of Maryland faculty researcher figured Mother Nature could be a little more accommodating. His idea: Combine flowering plants with patio umbrellas to provide an eco-friendly form of shade, cooling and beauty. Living Umbrellas, now available outside select D.C.-area restaurants and on the shelves at Sam’s Club, produce natural blooms from spring through fall and come with a solar-powered irrigation system. 
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4 Reasons Biden’s Plan to Slash Emissions Can Work
President Joe Biden is widely expected to roll out a new climate plan this week calling for the U.S. to slash greenhouse gas emissions to half of 2005 levels by decade’s end—a challenging goal that climate scientists and policymakers agree would help keep the world on track to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and avoid drastic outcomes of climate change, from widespread flooding to droughts and increased disease. Here’s the good news this Earth Day, according to a University of Maryland researcher and a leading U.S. voice on climate policy: Not only are such cuts within our reach as a nation, we’re already well on our way—and continuing to push can actually boost our economy while protecting the planet’s future.
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People Love Hybrid Cars. Get Ready for Hybrid Planes
Now, a team led by University of Maryland professors Christopher Cadou in aerospace engineering and Eric Wachsman in materials science and engineering has its sights set on a breakthrough: a hybrid gas turbine/fuel cell system that can be used to power large aircraft such as the Boeing 737 that generate more than 85% of aviation emissions globally.
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