Obsession with material possessions makes you anxious and depressed

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filed under: Ecouterre, News

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We’ve all heard that possessions won’t make you happy and now here’s the proof:  a new report reveals that those who prioritize possessions experience more negative emotions than people who don’t. The bottom line? During this holiday season, keep in mind that it’s not the material things that count.

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Eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives for the holidays

by , 12/20/14
filed under: DIY, Green Holidays, How To

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Chances are that a lot of us will be wrapping some last-minute gifts this weekend, whether we’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or Festivus. Rather than going for regular store-bought wrapping paper, which is as wasteful to use as it is to create, there are some brilliant eco-friendly alternatives to use instead. Re-usable bags, fabric, or homemade wrap are just a few fun ideas that can be put to use to wrap presents, so read on past the jump for some ideas on how you can make this holiday the most eco-savvy yet!

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Unlock a New App Experience on Your Windows Devices

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Windows Store gives you access to tons of gaming, lifestyle, entertainment and social apps. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find some gems.

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Study finds that holiday goods from retailers like Target and Walmart contain toxins

by , 12/20/14
filed under: Green Holidays, Inhabitots

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As the holidays kick into high gear, it’s worth noting that many of the holiday goods that you might pick up at major retailers like Target and Walmart might actually be bad for your health. A study found that a high percentage of holiday goods contain toxic chemicals. More than two-thirds of the products tested showed a high enough level of toxins that it could raise serious concerns, which is particularly concerning if you have those holiday purchases around children.

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

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Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid? Give it to a family in need? Send one to a school in Africa? The team from Desolenator is exploring those possibilities – and you can help.

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Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

by , 12/20/14
filed under: News

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While it might not seem immediately obvious, the foods we choose have environmental impacts that can be far-reaching. Now congress is attempting to silence the voices of top nutrition experts who are trying to spread the word about how the production and creation of our food affects the world around us. NPR reports that a government-appointed group of nutrition experts who are tasked with establishing dietary guidelines for Americans decided earlier this year to gather data on the environmental implications of food choices. But a recent spending bill passed by both the House and Senate contains a list of “congressional directives” expressing concern over the Dietary Advisory Guidelines Committee’s (DAGC) actions.

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Africa's tallest skyscraper will basically be the Eye of Sauron

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filed under: Architecture, News

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Solar-powered Heijmans ONE is a portable and affordable rental home for millennials

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California needs 11 trillion gallons of water to recover from worst drought ever

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New research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena shows that California’s drought is so bad it will take 11 trillion gallons to recover. That number is hard to fathom, but to give you an idea, it’s: twice as much as the Colorado River’s annual flow; 1.5 times the volume of Lake Mead, the country’s biggest reservoir; and more water than California’s 38 million residents use for domestic and municipal reasons. NASA’s figure includes a startling 4 trillion gallons of water lost by the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers every year since 2011—with water levels now 11 trillion gallons below normal levels.

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The “Light of Life” chapel in Korea is a luminous haven for retired missionaries

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Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway!

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Attention all design geeks! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we’re teaming up with Dwell magazine to offer a lucky Inhabitat reader the chance to win some phenomenal design products from the Dwell store. The prizes include swoon-worthy home goods like a pair of comfy new Vitra cork stools (worth $940), a conversation-starting ceramic Sky Planter (worth $25), a handy and darling portable lamp ($245), and the elegant Boskke Cube 3 clear planter ($49.95). So give yourself a gift for the holidays and enter to win today!

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VIDEO: Double amputee is fitted with two limbs that he controls with his mind

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The future of prosthetics is here after researchers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory completed a groundbreaking experiment that gave a double amputee the ability to control his prosthetics using only his mind. Les Baugh, who lost his arms 40 years ago, became the first-ever, bilateral, shoulder-level amputee to wear two Modular Prosthetic Limbs. To control his new robotic arms, Baugh received a pair of neural implants, which give him the necessary control over his new limbs.

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Climate change could kill Scandinavia's iconic Christmas trees

by , 12/19/14

 

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It looks as though climate change could kill the traditional Christmas tree in Scandinavian countries, as reduced snowfall is affecting the health of spruce trees there. New Scientist reports that snow is very important for the health of trees because it acts like a layer of insulation to protect their roots from the cold northern winters. Studying a stand of 47-year-old Norwegian spruce trees in Eastern Finland for two seasons revealed to the Finnish Forest Research Institute (FFRI) that a thinner snowpack had negative consequences for the trees. Sirkka Sutinen and fellow researchers from the FFRI simulated the effects of thin snowpacks and discovered that when thaws were delayed until mid summer, buds opened much later and created smaller needles.

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VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

To learn how to make an incredible DIY edible snow globe that will impress all of your friends at your next holiday party, read on….

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Australia is destroying indigenous land with fracking

by , 12/19/14

Channel Country Queensland Australia

The Mithaka people of Channel Country, Queensland, Australia have a serious problem: Australia wants to frack their traditional homeland, targeting hundreds of wells beneath their rivers and floodplains for extracting shale oil and gas. Despite staunch opposition from the Mithaka, Queensland’s government is proceeding with fracking plans—including removing protective legislation. Those are legal decisions the Mithaka haven’t been meaningfully consulted on.

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A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

A crumbling Warsaw building gets a luscious new green face

The leafy vertical garden contrasts with the smooth pale concrete panels in an attractive juxtaposition of textures. The three-dimensional green wall will give depth and variation to…

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Juniper Ridge's Christmas Fir Cabin Spray is a holiday tree in a bottle

Juniper Ridge's Christmas Fir Cabin Spray is a holiday tree in a…

The scent of fresh evergreen is one of the hallmarks of the holiday season - but why cut down a living tree just for a few weeks of festivities? Faux Christmas trees offer a more…

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INFOGRAPHIC: 7 cool crafts to make with your home printer

INFOGRAPHIC: 7 cool crafts to make with your home printer

Have you considered using your printer as a crafting tool? Whether you're scrambling for some last-minute holiday decor ideas, or are looking for some unique, crafty gifts to make, your…

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Ferguson Riot Cleanup: Artists turn boarded windows into beautiful art

Ferguson Riot Cleanup: Artists turn boarded windows into beautiful art…

Racial tensions following the trial of the white police officer that put six bullets into an unarmed 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown escalated into riots that flooded the…

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree at MulchFest 2014!

Recycle Your Christmas Tree at MulchFest 2014!

New Yorkers looking to recycle their Christmas trees after the holidays can do so the easy way at MulchFest 2015. On January 10th and 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the New York…

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