Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

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Gorgeous Hawaiian school features an outdoor auditorium and reef pool so no child is left indoors

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SoNo Arhitekti Unveils Prismatic Slovenia Pavilion for the 2015 World Expo

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Financial supporters pull the plug on climate change denier Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon amid bribery scandal

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It looks like financial backers are abandoning Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon after documents were released that proved the prominent U.S. climate change denier accepted $1.2M from oil and gas companies in exchange for lying about the causes of climate change. Exxon Mobil and the American Petroleum Institute were among the sources of funding revealed by the documents, and now companies like that are questioning whether they should continue their relationship with Soon.

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Stone and glass Torispardon House is a modern take on traditional Scottish farmhouses

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Daan Roosegaarde's Waterlicht light installation mimics the beauty of Aurora Borealis

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Ringling Bros Circus will stop exploiting elephants for entertainment by 2018

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In an announcement that marks a huge win for animal welfare activists, Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s infamous elephants from performances by 2018. According to the statement given to Associated Press, the circus decided to change their practices almost solely based on the enormous public concern about mistreatment of animals, which activists have spent years insisting is a top priority.

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OFIS clads contemporary Ljubljana villa with double-perforated metal

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Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

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Heads up design fans – are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great contributors to report on the best green designs from this year’s show! We’re offering you the opportunity to share your photos and writing with our audience of millions of readers around the world – and many of our Milan correspondents continue on to become regular Inhabitat contributors. The fair is coming up quick on April 14th, so we’re looking for correspondents who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend this year’s events.

If you think you’d make a fantastic Inhabitat contributor, send an email to editor[at]inhabitat.com with the headline “Milan Furniture Fair Contributor” and the information below. Please note that only contributors who are currently based in Milan or who are already planning to attend the Milan Furniture Fair will be considered.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and why you would make a great Inhabitat correspondent.

2. Attach 2-3 samples of your writing

3. Attach 2-3 samples of your photography (or a link to your online portfolio).

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

+ Milan Furniture Fair Coverage on Inhabitat

 

Japanese wedding chapel is lined with intricate hand-carved flowers to connect the past with the future

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INFOGRAPHIC: Could we end our fossil fuel addiction by 2050?

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Scientists say that unless we change our ways quickly, we could be seriously screwed when it comes to climate change. But since we are reliant on fossil fuels, is it even possible to move away in time? This infographic, courtesy of Arbtech, takes a look at whether or not we could be fossil fuel-free by 2050 – and what will happen if we aren’t.

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Marcel van Heeswijk designs airy office for GoodHabitz in Eindhoven

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GoodHabitz, an online education hub in Eindhoven, Netherlands, hired Marcel van Heeswijk to design the interior of their new office space. Since the company’s mandate is the transfer of knowledge, van Heeswijk created a pair of stages equipped with workstations, where clients can focus. These stations have sound-dampening partitions, which allow for greater focus and concentration, as well as privacy during consultations and phone conversations. Additional, movable noise barriers made of galvanized steel are placed around the open space, and one corner of the loft is used as a consultation room: it’s screened with a coconut fiber wall, which also helps to dampen acoustics. In the waiting area, a large bar has been created from a tree trunk with an LED lamp overhead, and two of van Heeswijk‘s signature concrete sofas add extra color to the space in hues that match and complement the partition walls.

+ Marcel van Heeswijk

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This colorful Belgian apartment has beds built right into the walls!

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Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

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Over the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of biodegradable plant pots, and I’m finding them everywhere from my beloved Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens (which sells locally grown, organic veggie seedlings and THE most gorgeous annuals and perennials) to the embarrassed-that-I-shop-there-occasionally Home Depot. If you have a green thumb, and want to avoid a heap of plastic where your garden is supposed to be, read on to check out some of the biodegradable pots that are available; and be sure to tell give your local nursery a thumbs-up if you notice they are using some of these options (consumer praise – and criticism – works!)

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Artist Sarah Hatton's newest artworks feature more dead honeybees arranged in intricate patterns

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DIY hugelkultur: how to build raised permaculture garden beds

DIY hugelkultur: how to build raised permaculture garden beds

Although the term "hugelkultur" was coined by German horticulturalists Hans Beba and Herman Andra in the late 1970s, the actual technique has probably been used for thousands of years.…

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How to get your home featured in Dwell Magazine's upcoming Brooklyn home tours

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Dwell Magazine is gearing up for its 2015 Brooklyn Home Tours, and they're currently on the lookout for unique homes in the borough to showcase as part of the event on Saturday, May…

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Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and…

A new bamboo multi-use structure designed by SchilderScholte has popped up in the Bengalese town of Rajarhat. Funded by the Pani foundation out of the Netherlands, the building was made…

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Leonardo DiCaprio's eco-friendly NYC apartment rents for a cool $25,000 a month

Leonardo DiCaprio's eco-friendly NYC apartment rents for a cool…

A photo of a similar apartment in the Delos that was being eyed by Kim Kardashian. As reported by the NY Post and 6sqft, DiCaprio leased out his $10 million Delos apartment to…

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Jawdropping: Oldest human fossil fills in a 2.8-million-year-old gap in evolution

Jawdropping: Oldest human fossil fills in a 2.8-million-year-old gap…

It’s been a big year for old bones. Archaeologists have unearthed a jawbone—with teeth—in Ethiopia that is believed to be the oldest remains ever found from early humans. The…

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