14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

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Report: President Obama Likely to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline

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Rolling Stone is reporting that President Obama will likely reject the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that has become a symbol of the bitter partisan divide in Washington and the battle between environmental activists and the fossil fuel industry. The news could signal a major victory for groups like the 350.org and the Sierra Club who have been relentless in their activism to stop the tar sands pipeline – most noticeably in February 2013 when the biggest climate rally in U.S. history took place in the nation’s capital to pressure the president to do more to fight global warming and become the first world leader to reject a project because of its impact on the climate.

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Google Invests $100 Million to Make Solar Panels More Affordable for American Homeowners

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Google recently announced its biggest renewable energy purchase to date (and that’s saying something: the company has already invested $5 million in a German solar power plant and bought enough wind energy in Texas to power 170,000 US homes.) Just after Earth Day, Google announced a partnership with solar cell manufacturer SunPower Corporation that will establish a $250 million dollar fund to buy–and then lease–thousands of solar panels to American homeowners. Google and SunPower claim the initiative will allow Americans to access solar energy at “a cost that’s typically lower than their normal electricity bill.”

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Inhabitat Talks to Elea Robinson, Founding Faculty at New Amsterdam School, About Growing a Green School

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Do you remember the antsy feeling you would get in school while waiting for the recess bell to ring? Luckily, more kids today are spending time outdoors as educators begin to realize the link between connecting with nature and a holistic education. We recently had a chance to talk with Elea Robinson, a founding faculty member of the New Amsterdam Waldorf School to learn more about how a nature-based curriculum can help to improve the education and well-being of our kids. Read on for the full interview!

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Gorgeous Detroit Bus Shelters Made of Materials From Abandoned Homes

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If you have ever had to wait around in the rain or snow for hours waiting for a bus to arrive, then you can imagine the public transport situation in Detroit. With half of the bus routes cancelled and a serious lack of bus shelters throughout the city, waiting for bus can be unpleasant. The Door Stop project hopes to make travel in the city a little more pleasant with eye-catching portable shelters made of materials salvaged from abandoned homes.

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Unique Elliptical Skylight Naturally Illuminates Portugal's Sophisticated Pó House

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INTERVIEW: Smart Tips on How to Green Your School from Aimee Østensen of the Manhattan Country School

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Studies show that sustainable learning environments can be a big advantage for students, improving their well-being, happiness and even their cognitive processes. But how can parents ensure that their children’s classrooms are as green as they can be? We recently spoke to Aimee Arandia Østensen of the Manhattan Country School about the best ways to implement an eco-friendly curriculum at your child’s school. Read on for her tips here!

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Plans for Submerged Oasis Park in Abu Dhabi

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Thomas Heatherwick just unveiled plans for an incredible semi-subterranean public park in Abu Dhabi that features a fragmented canopy to keep visitors cool. Al Fayah Park would transforms the desert into a place of relaxation for locals to enjoy. The sprawling park is topped with a desert-inspired floating roof canopy supported by staggered columns.

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Solar Power is Now as Cheap as Buying From the Grid - in Europe

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Although solar power’s return on investment has been debated endlessly, it now looks like the renewable energy source has finally become as cheap as buying off the grid – at least in some European countries. Renewable energy consulting firm Eclareon just released a report confirming that the price of solar power in Germany, Italy and Spain has finally reached what is referred to as “grid parity.” While grid parity has quite a few variables, it means that, over the course of the equipment’s lifetime, the total cost of installing solar panels is now on par with the costs associated with buying from the country’s grid system.

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Studio Formafantasma Creates Mind-Blowing Objects from Mt. Etna's Volcanic Lava

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Studio Formafantasma create beautiful art from volcanic lava, De Natura Fossilium by De Natura Fossilium, De Natura Fossilium made from material collected at Europe's last two active volcanos. Studio Formafantasma use igneous rock to create unique pieces of art, obsidian mirror by Studio Formafantasma, Studio Formafantasma experiment with volcanic fiber to create hand-woven wall art, hand-blown glass artwork made from the volcanic rocks of Mt Etna

Studio Formafantasma is more focused on the materials that go into their work than the form or function it will ultimately take. This has led to projects that make use of organic resins in place of plastics, hand-crafted leather, and now basaltic lava taken from two of the last active volcanoes in Europe. The De Natura Fossilium line includes beautifully carved clocks, tables, stools, glasses, tableware, and textiles, some of which are even made from a lava-based glass.

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Bevan Architects Build Carbon-Negative Hemp Eco Retreat For Under £100,000

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Amazing Tiny Tack House Was Built Entirely by Hand!

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In Search of the Purr-fect Latte? Check out Purina's Pop-Up Cat Cafe in Manhattan This Weekend

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Well, it’s finally happened—cats have achieved what their doggy nemeses have been reveling in for years: a place alongside their human subjects at designer cafes. The Purina One Cat Cafe is a new pop-up coffee shop that welcomes anyone to come and meet adorable, adoptable cats while enjoying a cup of joe. It’s happening in Manhattan this weekend, so if you love kitties as much as you love caffeine, head on over for some love! Cuddly furry friends from Long Island’s North Shore Animal League will be the stars of the show, so get ready for some ankle-twining affection if you plan to stop by.

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Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban on Sustainability and What Makes a Building Truly Permanent

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On Monday, 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban sat down with New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman at the NYT Cities for Tomorrow conference to discuss Ban’s pro bono work in disaster areas, use of recycled materials and the true meaning of permanence in architecture. We also had a chance to speak to the Japanese architect about his thoughts on sustainability, and were a bit surprised at his answer. Read on to see what he had to say.

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Lorna Barnshaw Makes Creepy Casts of Her Face Using 3D Technology

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Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" Transforms Historic School into LEED…

Founded in 2007, the Make It Right Foundation was created to rebuild safe, energy-efficient and affordable housing for Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. Using…

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BKLYN Designs 2014: Get a Sneak Peek at Elkamii’s Space-Saving Furniture Made in Brooklyn

BKLYN Designs 2014: Get a Sneak Peek at Elkamii’s Space-Saving…

Peliships are just the tip of the space-saving furniture iceburg for Elkamii. Another delightful creation this Brooklyn collaborative design consultancy has made is the The Curved…

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5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

5 Brilliant Backyard Sheds Built from Recycled Materials

Coco Hut Made From Recycled Scrap Wood Made from FSC-certified wood and random scraps, Coco Hut is a cozy shelter shaped like a ball. Created by Dutch designer Gert Eussen, it stands…

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School - Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

NYC Event: How to Green Your School - Attend Our Informative Panel…

Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At…

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gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai's First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai's First Closed Cavity Facade…

In addition to its emphasis on sustainable design, the real estate giant has secured a prime location for its new office buildings near the Shanghai South Railway Station. The 900,000…

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