Recycle Your Christmas Tree at MulchFest 2014!

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New Yorkers looking to recycle their Christmas trees  after next week 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 City Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC will be setting up their tree recycling stations at designated parks across the city! Simply bring your tree to one of the convenient locations, and have it transformed into mulch to be used at city parks or take some home for yourself.

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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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This giant tortoise gets by with a little help from his friend

We all get into tight spots on occasion, and it’s at times when we’re particularly vulnerable that a helping hand from a friend is much appreciated. This giant Galapagos tortoise at a zoo in Taipei found himself in a bit of a pickle when he rolled over onto his back and couldn’t flip over on his own. Fortunately, his buddy was nearby and was able to help him out.

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It will soon be illegal to trash electronics curbside in New York

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In the state’s ongoing effort to reduce its massive amounts of e-waste, New York has finally made it illegal to kick your unwanted electronics to the curb. Effective January 1st, the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act will make it a crime to leave computers and other electronics on the street for curbside trash pickup.

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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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TAOsHouse: Net-zero passive house built in senior co-housing community in New Mexico

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Climate change could kill Scandinavia's iconic Christmas trees

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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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Businesses urged to restore viability of the Gulf Coast

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The America’s Wetland Foundation is calling for a plan that will make restoration of the coast attractive to business, particularly along the Gulf Coast. A meeting held at the Tabasco headquarters on Avery Island, Louisiana revealed the need for the scientific community to communicate with the private sector and encourage investment in imperative coastal restoration projects.

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Interface recycles fishing nets and reclaimed fibers into cozy, earth-toned carpet tiles

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International carpet designer Interface created Reclaim, a carpet tile line that combines style and socially responsible manufacturing into a 100% recycled product. Inspired by the “natural beauty found in salvaged matter,” the earth-toned carpet tiles are made from reclaimed carpet fiber and salvaged fishing nets. Reclaim is available in eight color ways, from cool Antique Grey to the forest floor-like Worn Olive. Interface developed Reclaim as part of their Mission Zero promise to reach net-zero environmental impact by 2020.

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Popular graffiti-clad artist collaborative slated for passive house makeover

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After years of delays, it looks like ABC No Rio‘s popular graffiti-clad art house will finally be getting its ultra-green makeover. Almost five years ago, news of the artist cooperative building’s demise was met with a flurry of controversy, but that soon died down as progress on the project stalled. Recently, however, Bowery Boogie published a new rendering of what the building could soon look like, showing one very impressive, ultra-efficient passive house design.

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

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14 Affordable and Green Gifts Under $20

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Green products have a reputation for being expensive, but we have proof that this isn’t always the case. Giving your friends and loved ones eco-friendly gifts doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, as evidenced by our Gifts Under $20 Guide. From hanging planters to DIY mason jar lamp kits to recycled wine bottle platters, check out all of our wallet-friendly picks here.

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Help NASA and the USGS make use of all their climate data and be in the running for $35,000!

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NASA and the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) have data. Big data! Together the two organizations have amassed a wealth of open-access climate-related data and now they are calling on citizen-scientists to help make best use of it through the Climate Resilience Data Challenge. The Challenge’s goal is “to imagine new applications of climate data to address climate vulnerabilities.” And as if lending NASA a helping hand wasn’t exciting enough, the Challenge is offering a prize pool of $35,000 for the most innovative ideas. Read on for details.

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Beery Christmas? Massive holiday tree made of kegs lights up Rochester

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Move over Rockefeller Center. Rochester, NY’s Genesee Brewing Company has an impressive Christmas tree of its own and it’s made out of hundreds of beer kegs. Built by 20 of the brewing company’s industrious employees, the tree was constructed out of 300 stainless steel kegs and stands at 23 meters high. Looks like it will be a beery Christmas, after all!

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

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Australia is destroying indigenous land with fracking

Australia is destroying indigenous land with fracking

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…

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VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world's first bike escalator

VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world's first bike escalator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec_ujdz-mn0 Biking is an awesome way to get around because it helps the planet, saves you money and improves your health at the same time. Awesome,…

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Reinterpret ceramic floor tiles in the RESTILE competition for a chance at $12,000 in cash prizes!

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Italian ceramics company MIRAGE has launched RESTILE, a design competition for the reinterpretation of the ceramic tile. Aimed at young designers and innovators, RESTILE is specifically…

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VIDEO: How to Make an Edible Terrarium Snow Globe

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.... YOU WILL NEED: - 2 cups of coconut juice…

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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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