Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

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Walmart is selling "Made in the USA" goods that are made in China

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When shopping at Walmart, that made in the USA t-shirt might not be so US-manufactured after all. According to Truth in Advertising, the company’s website contains over 100 items that fail to meet both the FTC’s and Walmart’s own trade standards.

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Robin Williams forever memorialized with a rainbow tunnel in his name

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California legislators have passed a bill to rename a tunnel fronted with a giant rainbow arch after Robin Williams, the man who could put a smile on just about anybody’s face. Soon after the late actor took his own life last August, one of his fans started a change.org petition calling to have the Waldo Tunnel connecting residents of Marin county to the Golden Gate Bridge renamed after the long-time resident of Tiburon, California. The petition had 61,000 supporters.

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Win a twin size $494 organic cotton mattress

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We spend a third of our days in bed, but we rarely give much thought to the mattress underneath us. But here’s why you should: conventional mattresses have all kinds of dangerous chemicals in them, like flame retardants and PBDEs. That’s why we are teaming up with My Green Mattress to give away an organic cotton mattress that will give you and your family a healthy sleep.

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How to make organic red, white and blue popsicles for the 4th of July

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With temperatures rising well over 100 degrees in many parts of the country, this summer has been one of the hottest on record, and the first week of July figures to be no different. And when the mercury starts to climb, there’s nothing more refreshing than a popsicle, for kids and grownups alike. Over at Inhabitots we’re sharing our recipe for our favorite 4th of July-themed red, white and blue ice pops, which are filled with natural ingredients and are super simple to make. Click through to learn how to make these fun all-American ice pops and find printable one-page popsicle recipe.

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We're giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

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We spend one third of our lifetime in bed, so a natural sleep surface is one of the most important investments you can make. Why? Conventional mattresses are chock full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are extremely hazardous to our health including flame retardants linked allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are now many natural mattress alternatives including organic cotton, wool and natural latex. And now, thanks to the good folks at My Green Mattress, one lucky Inhabitat reader will have the chance to win their very own all-natural, non-toxic mattress. We’re giving away a brand new medium-firm Queen-Sized Pure Echo Mattress valued at $679! Plus, every Inhabitat reader will receive an exclusive $75 off any mattress using PROMO CODE: Inhabitat$75. Read on to learn how you can enter to win the best sleep of your life.

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE GREEN MATTRESS NEWSLETTER (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you like most about the Pure Echo Mattress and why you need a healthier, green mattress.

Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending the deadline to 7/8/2015 11:59PM EST. We want to give our loyal readers, their friends, and their family members the opportunity to win this organic cotton mattress and have a better night’s sleep!

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Rooftop cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation

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5 (Mostly) Free and Easy Ways to Green Your 4th of July

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Austin, Texas is now home to the world’s cheapest solar power

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In basically the craziest news in clean energy this week, the Texas city of Austin has become the site of the world’s cheapest solar power. Priced at just $0.04/kWh, this beats the previous record set in Dubai by $0.02/kWh, and although solar prices have been trending downward for some time, even the experts are surprised to see such a low price reached so soon. With these new figures, Austin takes a big lead in the world’s fastest growing and perhaps most competitive clean energy market.

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Win up to $33,000 in Taiwan’s 2015 Golden Pin Concept Design Award

by , 07/03/15
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Taiwan’s international Golden Pin Concept Design Award is accepting designs inspired by huaren (Chinese-speaking) philosophies and ideologies—with $33,000 USD in cash prizes! The annual competition is open to individuals and companies of all design disciplines and there is no entry fee. This year, the contest theme follows the Chinese phrase zhong guan (中觀), which roughly translates into English as the “mastery gained from the perspective afforded those at the center of things.” Concept designs submitted to the contest cannot be available in the market nor may they be produced within the year of the award. The categories include, but are not restricted to: product design, visual communication, packaging design, and spatial design. The entry deadline is July 31, 2015.

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history

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Solar Impulse 2, piloted by André Borschberg has successfully completed its record-breaking solar-powered flight from Japan to Hawaii. The plane landed at 5:55am local time today, and was met with a traditional Hawaiian welcome reception, leis included. With this landing, the Swiss-based Solar Impulse team has proven what is possible in the realm of zero fuel transportation. This leg of the round-the-world attempt marks an exciting landmark in the timeline of renewable energy production.

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Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098 mpg

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We love zero fuel vehicles, but the next best thing is a mode of transportation that can take you reeeeeeally far on just a little fuel. Vehicles with that ability compete in the SAE Supermileage competition, in which collegiate teams go head-to-head in Michigan to see whose vehicle is the most fuel efficient. This year’s winner can rack up an astounding 2,098 miles on a single gallon of gas. No, dear readers, that is not a typo. The single-seater car is an ingenuous feat of engineering and an incredible accomplishment from a group of university students.

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How to make a foraged salad with plants you can find in your backyard

With the arrival of warm weather comes the pleasure of spending time outdoors. Whether it be enjoying the fresh air, the abundance of new greens and herbs or the ability to spend entire days outside, we just can’t get enough. So what could be better than combining them all into one splendid activity which replaces the need to grocery shop or make a trip to the gym? Here at Inhabitat, foraging – finding wild edibles near our house – is one of our favorite pastimes. Foraging is available to anyone with access to nature – whether that is a nearby urban park, your backyard or nearby patch of weeds. We recently set off on a foraging adventure in the urban jungle of New York City to collect wild salad greens in Central Park with NYC’s beloved master forager, “Wildman” Steve Brill. Read on for our recipe to make a delicious, locally foraged salad using common wild greens and herbs that can be found right in your local park.

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Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California farms

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Environmentalists are outraged by a longstanding practice allowing oil companies to sell water laced with known carcinogens to California farmers. Madeline Stano of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment told Phys.org that 80 percent of the state’s oil production and 45 percent of its farms exist side by side in Kern County. For the past 20 years, a farming cooperative called the Cawelo Water District has purchased water, which is separated from crude oil after extraction, at a significantly reduced price to irrigate crops such as almonds and grapes. The water is tested by a third-party and reports are sent to state authorities, but environmentalists raise alarm that oil companies are permitted to sell water containing benzine and acetone, both of which are known to cause cancer.

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60 Water's spectacular roof deck would be the perfect spot to watch July 4th fireworks - if you lived there

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The next-generation Nissan Leaf will be able to drive over 310 miles on a single charge

The next-generation Nissan Leaf will be able to drive over 310 miles…

Range anxiety continues to be one of the main reasons that electric cars have not taken off as fast as automakers would have liked. Nissan claims that this is one of the main reasons…

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Alpine cable car station finds new life as a cantilevering restaurant in the Swiss mountains

Alpine cable car station finds new life as a cantilevering restaurant…

Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron transformed a cable-car station on of Switzerland's Chäserrugg mountain into a wooden restaurant. The building reflects the heritage of Alpine…

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Germany plans to shut down coal-fired plants to reach climate goal

Germany plans to shut down coal-fired plants to reach climate goal

Pushing forward on its lofty climate goals for the year 2020, Germany announced Thursday that it plans to shut down some polluting coal-fired plants across the country. The plants,…

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Atkins CIWEM announces 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year winners

Atkins CIWEM announces 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year…

Kamati’s winning photograph shows a husband and wife in India watering watermelon saplings on the Teesta riverbank. “Some images immediately strike a chord. Some images linger in…

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Play in a plane crash sculpture and a field of milk bottle dandelions at this art festival in France

Play in a plane crash sculpture and a field of milk bottle dandelions…

For the past nine years, the  festival has introduced visitors to the chemistry that art and nature can have together, with carefully picked, innovative large scale sculpture. Like…

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