Watch Reese Witherspoon’s powerful new PSA fighting climate change.

Not any old actor can pull off the role of planet Earth.

But Reese Witherspoon isn’t any old actor.

The Hollywood heavyweight is the voice behind a powerful new PSA by environmental group Conservation International. She narrates the minute-long video seen below, which aired at the Momentum for Change Awards on Dec. 10, 2015, during the UN climate talks in Paris.

Her role as our “home” as in, the world we all share is making waves online.

Photo via Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV/Flickr.

The PSA serves as a commanding reminder that Earth might not need us. But we certainly need Earth.

With the entirety of humanity hanging in the balance, why aren’t we prioritizing the protection of our planet?

It’s a question Dr. M. Sanjayan, executive vice president of Conservation International, wanted to emphasize with the PSA.

“We wanted something that reminds everyone we have a shared planet,” he told Mashable. “That everything we have, from our building materials, to our food, to the air we breathe and the water we drink all of it comes from home. It’s the earth itself reminding us.”

The PSA, part of Conservation International’s #INeedNature campaign, is just the latest video getting some A-list traction behind it.

Just last month, Liam Neeson took on the role of “ice” for the initiative, and other celebs including Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, and Harrison Ford have supported the cause, too.

Witherspoon’s PSA comes at a time when climate change has never been more of a hot (pardon the pun) topic.

World leaders just met up in Paris and decided upon a historic agreement to slash carbon emissions around the globe. Business leaders and philanthropists, realizing how vital the issue is, are investing billions of dollars in clean energy.

And more and more citizens around the globe are supporting organizations, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, that demand our leaders make combating climate change a #1 priority.

With Witherspoon now on board, this movement might just be unstoppable.

Watch the PSA narrated by Witherspoon below.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/watch-reese-witherspoons-powerful-new-psa-fighting-climate-change?c=tpstream

The sky is about to get quieter, thanks to these innovations in air travel.

If you live near an airport or have driven by one, you may have noticed something: Planes are pretty loud.

That’s gotta get old. Image via iStock.

There are 87,000 flights in the sky on any given day in the United States. That’s a lot of air travel. What does that mean for the people on the ground looking up?

For the millions of people who live in communities surrounding airports, plane noise from takeoff and landing is part of their everyday life.

It’s a constant noise that can be frustrating and take a toll on the mind and body.

According to a study in the NIH’s Environmental Health Perspectives journal, the impact of noise exposure goes beyond hearing impairment and can also negatively affect blood pressure, stress levels, and sleep.

Noise isn’t the only concern with all the air traffic. The environment feels it, too.

Similar to other transportation vehicles, airplanes release many pollutants into the air. With the industry’s growth in size comes more noise and pollution.


Air traffic worldwide. GIF via pinyponsi_cgr/YouTube.

This may seem like it only affects people living near airports, but with air travel demand expected to double in the next 20 years, the demand for flights and airports to host them is only going to increase.

For many people, traveling less isn’t an option. So innovators have come up with some more realistic solutions for the environmental and noise pollution problems.

What about a plane that’s 100% powered by solar energy?

Solar Impulse 2, changing the aviation game. Image via Steve Jurvetson/Flickr.

There’s one out there now! It’s called the Solar Impulse 2, and instead of using jet fuel, it generates electricity from the solar panels on its 236-foot wingspan. Incredible.

It’s going to be a while before any of us step foot on a plane operated in this capacity, but the fact that clean energy is part of the conversation and is working is huge.

Or, for instance, a plane engine that’s 75% quieter.

The company, Pratt & Whitney, has spent the last two decades developing a new engine for airplanes called the PurePower Geared Turbofan engine, which entered into commercial service January 2016. Their goal was to make an engine that is quieter and more sustainable for the Earth, and so far theyre delivering.

Their new engine reduces the plane’s noise footprint by 75%, which means a whopping 500,000 fewer people can hear the aircraft taking off compared to a typical plane without it.

That’s a lot of lives no longer interrupted by the sound of a plane overhead. And because of that, airports could potentially extend runway hours to allow for more service.

Technologies for better air traffic control make airplanes way more efficient.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been working on modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system through what it calls NextGen. Instead of relying on old-school radar-based tracking for air traffic control, the NextGen technology uses more satellite procedures.

According to The Dallas Morning News:

“This technology promises GPS-based tracking as well as new data sharing and communication tools that will allow for more efficient flight paths, better navigation through inclement weather and quicker taxiing times on takeoff and landing.

That increased efficiency translates to fuel and cost savings for airlines, fewer delays for passengers and less air and noise pollution.”

The coalition ASCENT is all about reducing the environmental impact of aviation.

The group, made up of 16 leading U.S. research universities and over 60 private-sector stakeholders, is figuring out how to reduce noise, improve air quality, and reduce the climate impact of aviation today.

Through research, ASCENT (the Aviation Sustainability Center) is rethinking the technology, operations, planning, and sustainability within the industry. It’s quite a big job.

There is no one single solution to overcome the noise and environmental impact of the planes in our sky.

But it is encouraging to see how much more we know now, and how companies are realizing that more sustainable and greener operations aren’t just good for the world, but good for their bottom line.

Flights are cheaper and more accessible than ever before. We should be able to fly to our destinations without harming the Earth and the people in our path.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/the-sky-is-about-to-get-quieter-thanks-to-these-innovations-in-air-travel?c=tpstream

The Paris climate accord has been approved! Now here’s what that actually means for you.

For the first time in history, representatives of 195 nations agreed to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Rejoice! Hooray! The world is saved!

GIF from “Captain Planet,” obvi.

Well. Sort of. Ish. For now.

The so-called “Paris Agreement” was signed into effect Saturday evening, Dec. 12, 2015, after two weeks of grueling negotiations (and technically one day after what was supposed to have been the end of the Conference of the Parties, but that’s OK).

It is a landmark step in slowing the effects of climate change across the globe. The mere fact that 195 nations actually came together and agreed on something is a pretty remarkable feat in itself, especially considering that the last 20 times the United Nations tried to get together to address global warming, all ended in resounding shrugs.

GIF via MTV News/Kanye.

While the historical importance of this cooperation is certainly worth celebrating, it’s also an easy distraction from the more … lackluster aspects of the climate deal.

Imagine those 195 nations involved in the agreement are 195 friends who all went out for dinner one night.

Now imagine the nightmare of trying to split the bill 195 ways. The Democratic Republic of the Congo doesn’t want to go in on the $300 bottle of wine that the United States bought for the table. And the Marshall Islands had two more pieces of calamari than Brazil did, so Brazil wants them to pay the difference. Then, of course, there’s Monaco, who only got a salad and yes OK paid for exactly what they ate plus a stingy tip, but they didn’t factor in the tax and everyone else wants them to split the cost of the appetizers, too. And we haven’t even gotten started on entrees yet!

Let’s just say there was a lot of compromise involved. But hey, at least everyone had a good time, right?

Actual footage from the signing of the agreement. GIF via New York Times.

For example, there was a whole lotta hemming and hawing about the difference between a 1.5 and 2C global temperature increase.

We know the overall climate is warming and we need to stop it before it gets worse. But there’s some disagreement on what “worse” means, exactly.

The general consensus has been that 2 degrees Celsius is the cutoff for rising global temperatures by the end of the century. Any hotter than that, and it gets increasingly difficult to predict just how unpredictable the ecological damage could be. Also, 2 degrees seemed like a pretty attainable goal for most countries.

There are others, however, who were pushing to cap the rise at 1.5 degrees. And while that half-degree might seem like splitting hairs, there are some parts of the world where it could be the difference between life and death.

GIF from “Anchorman.”

The result of all this back-and-forth? The global temperature increase will be capped at … um … well, we’re gonna cap the global temperature increase.

Basically, every country gets to set its own limits for greenhouse gas emissions. These limits will be publicly available through the UN website so all nations can be held to proper public scrutiny.

Unfortunately, there’s not really any requirement for these emission reductions other than “less than what we’re doing now.” Amid the fancy legalese of the formal agreement, it actually says: “Parties aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible” (emphasis mine).

That’s remarkably vague and noncommittal, especially for a legally binding contract. But the parties will reconvene every five years to review their progress and maybe-possibly increase those limits. So that’s something?

The upside of the Paris Agreement: Everyone agrees that we need to take climate action.

Even if specific action is still left to the discretion of each nation, this is a big move in the right direction.

While the issue of global warming is hardly “solved” and we’re not any closer to saving the planet once and for all (if such a thing is even possible), at least we acknowledge there’s a problem, and we’re committing to fix it.

Yes, there are some changes that will happen in your country and some things that might be integrated into your day-to-day lives. But you might not even notice them, and they might not be enough to make a difference.

That might seem like cold comfort. But it all depends on what we do from here on out.

So let’s pledge as individuals to embrace climate-conscious lives whenever possible.

Vote with your dollars and go green when you can. You don’t have to buy solar panels for your home just pay attention to what you recycle. Walk, bike, or carpool when you can (and maybe next time you buy a car, aim for electric). Be aware of the world as you move through it, and consider the impact that actions might have on the future of our planet. And whenever there’s an option that involves less fossil fuels, I implore you to take it.

That might be as vague and noncommittal as the Paris Agreement. But everything has to start somewhere.

Let’s get started.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/the-paris-climate-accord-has-been-approved-now-heres-what-that-actually-means-for-you?c=tpstream

He Turned A Rusty, Old Cargo Van Into An Epic Camping Mobile

Here at ViralNova, we’re no strangers to seeing people take old, rusted-out cars, ripping their innards out, and giving them a completely new look. Somehow, each new van remodel is more amazing than the last. And Reddit user VAN-Wilder‘s cargo-van-turned-Adventuremobile does not disappoint.

It all started with this 2006 Ford van that he bought on Craigslist.

The floors were rusted, but that would be easily remedied.

After ripping out all the stuff inside, VAN-Wilder got to work.

An angle grinder made quick work of the rusting.

He laid down a coat of primer.

And then painted the floor.

Runners were glued down with liquid nails — they would serve as the surface for the flooring to rest upon.

Then came the insulation.

OSB plywood went down on top.

Because the thing had seen some wear and tear over the years, VAN-Wilder had to patch up holes here and there.

More insulation on the walls meant this van would be ready for anything.

After he cut a hole out of the van’s side, he placed a propane tank inside and sealed it up with a hinged door.

He had a high top roof made for the van — this was crucial…

It meant he had six feet, five inches of standing room!

He cut out a hole in said new roof to add a fan for circulation.

He measured, cut, and put down Lonseal heavy-duty flooring.

Luan plywood was added to all the walls and the bed frame was finally built and installed!

Of course, you can’t have an epic camper van without power to operate your sound system and kitchen appliances.

Solar panels help, too.

Let there be light!

He has a working burner, refrigerator, and sink.

The bed has plenty of storage underneath it.

A privacy curtain went up for all those overnights he has planned.

There’s even enough room for his surfboard!

This is incredible!

All in all, it took VAN-Wilder about four months to make his camper. If you’d like to see the whole tutorial, check it out here. You can also follow along with his adventures on his Instagram.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/camper-van-remodel/

Listen to Reese Witherspoon voice a new PSA fighting climate change.

Reese Witherspoon is the voice behind a powerful new PSA combating climate change.

She narrates the minute-long video seen below, which was produced by environmental group Conservation International and aired at the Momentum for Change Awards on Dec. 10, 2015, during the UN climate talks in Paris.

Her role as our “home” as in, the world we all share is making waves online.

Photo via Red Carpet Report on Mingle Media TV/Flickr.

The PSA serves as a commanding reminder that Earth might not need us, but we certainly need Earth.

With the entirety of humanity hanging in the balance, why aren’t we prioritizing the protection of our planet?

It’s a question Dr. M. Sanjayan, executive vice president of Conservation International, wanted to emphasize with the PSA.

“We wanted something that reminds everyone we have a shared planet,” he told Mashable. “That everything we have, from our building materials, to our food, to the air we breathe and the water we drink all of it comes from home. It’s the earth itself reminding us.”

GIFs via Conservation International/YouTube.

The PSA, part of Conservation International’s #INeedNature campaign, is just the latest video getting some A-list traction behind it.

Just last month, Liam Neeson took on the role of “ice” for the initiative, and other celebs including Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, and Harrison Ford have supported the cause, too.

Witherspoon’s PSA comes at a time when climate change has never been more of a hot (pardon the pun) topic.

World leaders just met up in Paris and decided on a historic agreement to slash carbon emissions around the globe. Business leaders and philanthropists, realizing how vital the issue is, are investing billions of dollars in clean energy.

And more and more citizens around the globe are supporting organizations, like the Natural Resources Defense Council, that demand our leaders make combating climate change a #1 priority.

With Witherspoon now on board, this movement might just be unstoppable.

Watch the PSA narrated by Witherspoon below.

Read more: http://www.upworthy.com/listen-to-reese-witherspoon-voice-a-new-psa-fighting-climate-change?c=tpstream

He Turned His Jeep Into A House On Wheels. This Is Amazing!

Dan is no stranger to adventure. Just a few years ago, he took to the open road and drove a Jeep from Alaska to Argentina…covering 17 countries over the 22-month trip.

What did he learn from that journey? That he wanted to keep traveling!

So, after a few years saving up and planning his next great adventure, Dan got to work on his ultimate travel-mobile. This time around, he planned on exploring all of Africa with it.

Check out how he turned this regular car into a full-on home that you’ll be entirely jealous of.

Dan bought one Jeep, got to work on it, but not long after that, the engine exploded. After a period of feeling like a failure, the world traveler picked himself back up and bought a new car.

He decided his plans were too big and too exciting to let go of. These were the dimensions for his custom-built cabinetry.

He was able to transfer them from the other Jeep — thankfully, they fit perfectly.

Dan learned his lesson from the mistakes he made with the original engine.

He added some cool things like an air compressor so he could pump his own flat tires.

Due to the arid climate, Dan wanted to prepare for lots of dust…this snorkel will filter it out before it reaches the car’s air cleaner. It’ll also help if he has to cross any streams.

On the back, he mounted a carrier that can hold a 13-gallon tank of gas.

And on the undercarriage? That’s where he built storage for a jug of drinking water.

He had a custom pop-up roof installed that would allow him to stand up and walk around inside.

Look at all this space!

Mattress slats slide out and are covered with pads for a complete sleeping space.

Here’s the roof popped up…along with solar panels.

He installed a tailgate table and added a cutlery holder that he crafted himself.

This is a pretty tricked out Jeep.

The final touch? Dan painted the continent on his hood…

His plan was to trace his route as he went along.

Of course he couldn’t leave without giving it a test drive — he spent a couple of weeks in Moab, Utah, off-roading and camping.

Then, it was time to ship out! The Jeep fit in a shipping container and set out across the Atlantic.

How cool is that? He turned something that was a car into an actual home!

If you’d like to follow along with Dan’s wild adventures, you can do so here on his website or via Facebook.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/jeep-home/

DNC communications director sucks at communicating

http://twitter.com/#!/mantone1/status/228261586148659203

DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse is no stranger to breakdowns, and a communication breakdown has been a long time coming. Today, we got one.

Naturally, he’s a bit cranky:

How weak is @GOP message: busting my chops about typos in email (not a memo) sent to a few reporters instead of defending WMR on substance

— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) July 25, 2012

.@GOP message: Dems have typos, elect Romney. Defense of failed Romney record: Crickets.

— Brad Woodhouse (@woodhouseb) July 25, 2012

Whatevs, Brad. You might as well put down that shovel, because you’re not gonna dig your way out of this one.

.@SeanSpicer "If you want to see what pulling the emergency rip cord looks like in written form" –> http://t.co/tgxpKT8U cc @woodhouseb

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 25, 2012

@woodhouseb you are referring to the panic memo you sent responding to 24 GOP small biz owner events pushing Romney message?

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 25, 2012

Yup! That’s the one! Here’s the memo in its busted entirety:

In conjunction with OFA, we’re going to turn the page tomorrow on Mitt Romney’s trumped up, out of context fact-checked-to-death BS about the President and small business and set the record straight on how Mitt Romney has a horrible record on small business, a failed record on jobs and who is advocating for policies that are great for millionaires, billionaires, big oil and corporate America – but that would devastate small businesses and stifle job growth and small business expansion. We’ll being done this with on the ground events in states which are coming together as we speak and with a national press conference call which will include small business owners and others – including at least one person from MA – who will speak about Romney’s failed record and failed policies as well as President Obama’s record as a consistent advocate for small businesses.

Mitt Romney’s going to have to have more than manipulating video and taking quotes out of context to make up for his failed record on jobs and economic and small business development as Governor of Massachusetts and the policies he’s advocating for now that would roll back the investments and support small businesses and communities have always counted on to succeed. As governor of Massachusetts you need look no further than Mitt Romney finishing 47th out of 50 in jobs and manufacturing plummeting to know Mitt Romney’s tenure was a disaster for small businesses in the Bay State.

He left Massachusetts with the highest per capita debt in the nation and created or raised over 1,000 taxes and fees that came to $750 million a year – taxes and fees that fell largely on the middle class and small businesses.

If you’re the Governor that raised a fee on milk and attempted to impose a $10 fee for a state certificate of blindness, it becomes clear why Mitt Romney doesn’t want to talk about his record as Governor on jobs or the economy or budget and taxes.

And he slashed job training programs and cut the manufacturing extension partnership – both devastating to small business development.

What’s worse is that Romney wants to take his failed approach national where he’s pledged to slash the budget so deeply to pay for tax breaks for millionaires like himself he’d devastate the very investments needed for businesses of any size to succeed – especially small businesses. We know the Romney-Ryan budget would slash funding for education, training, research and development, scientific research, investments in clean energy, higher ed, student loans. He’d forgo new investments in high speed rail, broadband, road and bridge construction and repair. And of course – he would have let Detroit go Bankrupt.

Mitt Romney knows a thing or two about financial engineering for his own gain and off shoring money, outsourcing jobs and setting up Swiss Bank Accounts – but he clearly has little clue how the real economy works for small businesses or the middle class. If Mitt Romney thinks that communities and small businesses can succeed strictly on their own – he needs to acquaint himself with the real world where businesses depend on an educated workforce, RandD, and solid infrastructure – everything from broadband to road, bridges and rail.

No – there is only one candidate in this race who should apologize for his record, positions and attitude towards small business – and that’s Mitt Romney.

Oh, our aching grammatical sensibilities! There’s only one cure for this kind of pain: snarkage. Boatloads of it.

Conservatives delivered, gleefully — and stylishly! — taking Woodhouse to, well, the woodshed.

DEER @woodhouseb, U RITE GUD.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 25, 2012

After seeing @woodhouseb's writing, we have a pretty good idea who wrote all those Lolcat captions. They're not as funny now though.

— Jim Jamitis (@anthropocon) July 25, 2012

The sad thing is, @woodhouseb is probably on the far right side of the West Wing bell curve.

— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) July 25, 2012

Because you didn't push Amercia typo RT @woodhouseb: .@GOP message: Dems have typos, elect Romney. Defense of failed Romney record: Crickets

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) July 25, 2012

I WUNDERIN @woodhouseb, HOW I B GUD RITER LIKE U? DO ME TAK CLASSSES OR REEDN BOOK OR WUT? I HAS NUBER 2 PENCAL ALL REDDY.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 25, 2012

When did the DNC hire @mccainblogette to write press releases?

— Charly J. (@chuck_dizzle) July 25, 2012

Oh, snap.

I GEUSS @woodhouseb NO TOK AT ME. DAT OK. HE BIZZE RITING WRODS. AN RITEING MOR BIG LONG SANSTANCES.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 25, 2012

good Lord… @woodhouseb is a huge drama queen AND a terrible writer http://t.co/M9nQDkyU

— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 25, 2012

@woodhouseb Did you & @RevAl have the same English/Grammar teacher as kids? http://t.co/zCHpR8Cb

— Brent Munlin (@Bmunlin) July 25, 2012

I LIKE'S PARk;; UM I LIKE'S PART WEAR @woodhouseb USE ALL TOSE WRODS. HE MAKE GOOD WORDKS .? HE SAY BIG WORDS GOODER TAN ME DOO. I THINK

— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 25, 2012

Good news, job seekers: apparently, anyone with a 4th grade education can get a job with the DNC as communications director.

— Charly J. (@chuck_dizzle) July 25, 2012

https://twitter.com/jeffemanuel/status/228241940892762112

Here's hoping @Woodhouseb sends more incomprehensible memos attacking business owners.

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 25, 2012

Yes, please! Side-clutching makes for great exercise, and our obliques could use a workout.

So @PJTV superproducer Sammie is on board with my dramatic reading of the @woodhouseb memo. #Exxxxxcccellent.

— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) July 25, 2012

Oh, we’re quivering with antici … pation. To quote Woodhouse’s idol, we can’t wait!

***

Update:

The VodkaPundit came through!

It is my pleasure to present The Woodhouse Memo on @PJTV, in honor of the @TheDemocrats' @woodhouseb http://t.co/osrpvgPk

— Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit) July 26, 2012

Please to enjoy.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/25/dnc-communications-director-sucks-at-communicating-mockage-ensues/

Hollywood fuel fight: Mark Ruffalo vs. Adam Baldwin

http://twitter.com/#!/Ria_/status/214733903552970753

Hollywood meets fossil fuel!

Actor/director Mark Ruffalo jumped on the United Nations agenda bandwagon with these tweets.

Good Morn! Can you help us end fossil fuel subsidies? Pls tweet #endfossilfuelsubsidies TODAY to help us send a msg & spread the word.!!!”

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

@MeeraGhani: @Mruff221 as a next step lets think about where this money could be better spent #endfossilfuelsubsidies#RenewableEnergy!

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

@natrlgasguzzler @watercitizen The real solution is Wind Water and Solar. Natural Gas is as bad as any other fossil fuel and destroys water.

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) June 18, 2012

Bless his heart. Dear Mr. Ruffalo: When you are on the side of Greenpeace nuts, you are doing it wrong.

Want to stop climate change? Stop funding it! #EndFossilFuelSubsidies

— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) June 18, 2012

The hashtag was trending this morning as eco-nuts tweeted out messages to the Rio+20 United Nations Summit.

The easiest ask ever–pls join the #endfossilfuelsubsidies twitterstorm today. It's gone global very quickly–trending #2 a moment ago

— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) June 18, 2012

The summit appears to be as irrelevant as its supporters.

(Reuters) – As Brazil welcomes nearly 120 heads of state and government for a summit on global development this week, the mood could not be more different than it was two decades ago, when global leaders gathered here for the landmark Earth Summit.

Back then, once-arcane concerns about climate change and deforestation had finally grabbed the world’s attention, leading to a global treaty on biodiversity and decisions that cleared the way for the Kyoto agreement on greenhouse gases.

Now, though, the minds of global leaders are elsewhere.

Instead of clean energy, food, the oceans and other topics scheduled for debate at Rio+20, as the summit is known, political focus is attuned to a teetering Europe, turmoil in the Middle East and a presidential campaign in the United States.

Actor Adam Baldwin is not a fan of what he calls this anti-American propaganda campaign. So, he decided to fight propaganda with truth.

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214756305527783425

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214757287305297920

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214749669195128832

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214761308946571265

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214758959213576194

Boom. And then began the counter hashtag #endethanolsubsidies.

https://twitter.com/adamsbaldwin/status/214734589061640195

@adamsbaldwin 1day we'll look back on using food 4 fuel > save climate as we look at human sacrifice to please the gods #EndEthanolSubsidies

— mark (@ratPack66) June 18, 2012

We burn our food for fuel! Historians will refer to us as… idiots! #EndEthanolSubsidies

— Fedup w/POTUS (@dcarney321) June 18, 2012

https://twitter.com/BrandonSFrazer/status/214740996574031874

Silly Politicians, Corn is for Food! #EndEthanolSubsidies

— Dedicated Tenther (@Dedicated10ther) June 18, 2012

Hashtag box office results? Win for Mr. Baldwin. Plus, he’s way easier on the eyes. Are we right, ladies?

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/06/18/hollywood-fuel-fight-mark-ruffalo-and-endfossilfuelsubsidies-vs-adam-baldwin-and-endethanolsubsidies/

He Turned This Ugly Cargo Van Into An Awesome Home On Wheels

For years, Instructables user had a dream to overhaul a Sprinter cargo van. This dream came at a price, though. He booked a trip from Portland, Oregon, to the East Coast where he was finally able to purchase the exact Sprinter model that he had always dreamed of.

With the van in his possession, in order to transform the vehicle from drab to fab, he first needed to gut the entire interior. In just over six months, was able to remodel his 2006 Sprinter into an RV ready for nomadic inhabiting.

loves to engineer and create new designs in CAD, so it only made sense that he would use the program to map out his new RV.

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With the layout finalized, he was able to break up chunks of the design, such as the cabinetry, into smaller pieces, making it easier to produce a materials list.

He found a professional to insulate the inside of the van. The catch? He had to complete all the prep work himself.

He masked out the cab and floor with painter’s plastic.

He then taped off areas where he was planning on attaching paneling.

The insulation work took just over 15 minutes and was almost instantly dry to the touch.

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Then it was time to get to the meat of the van — he used a pre-finished piece of baltic birch plywood for paneling.

The plywood was flexible enough to bend to the curve of the van’s interior.

The flooring went in and things were finally looking homey.

Assembling the cabinets took a lot of patience — there were A LOT of pieces.

He assembled the cabinets in his garage and then transferred them into the van.

He started the installation with the upper cabinets and worked his way down.

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The cabinets came together rather quickly thanks to the precision of the CNC used to cut the pieces.

The birch cabinets were already pre-finished on both sides and therefore required very little attention after installation.

Making It There knew that he would be living out of the van for an extended period of time, so he wanted to make sure that when it came to cooking, he wouldn’t have to sacrifice much.

His design included a working oven and a kitchen sink. He also made the decision to house the propane and water tanks inside the van under the oven.

To save water, he installed a foot pedal and a hand pump.

His decision to house the water tanks inside the locker stemmed from not wanting the water to get too hot or too cold during summer and winter.

He created custom roof pods to house larger camping accessories like chairs and picnic tables.

The pods can be opened from both sides of the van, for easy access.

They were designed with energy efficiency in mind and reinforced with extra polymetal protection.

Two 100-watt solar panels solved their need for electricity.

And finally the van was ready!

The interior looks a lot roomier than you would expect.

Just your average kitchen-living room hybrid.

No need for a tent on this camping trip, this RV has a comfortable bed spread.

Now the first question that comes to my mind, is where are they going to go to the bathroom?


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