Air quality

‘Chikuno Cube + House’ Charcoal Filter Cleans the Air Without Chemicals or Electricity

‘Chikuno Cube + House’ Charcoal Filter Cleans the Air Without Chemicals or Electricity

Japanese designer Satoshi Umeno has created a beautiful wooden air purifier that looks like a miniature house. Dubbed the Chikuno Cube + House, the design consists of an all-natural wood base and a

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The Air Quality Egg Enables You to Monitor Air Pollution Inside and Outside Your Home

The Air Quality Egg Enables You to Monitor Air Pollution Inside and Outside Your Home

If you're worried about your city's air quality, unfortunately checking the stats on local air reports won't do you much good. The air pollution data collected by the government is by and large taken

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Arceas is a Green Wall that Doubles as an Exercise Machine!

Arceas is a Green Wall that Doubles as an Exercise Machine!

When exercise time rolls around, there are two discreet handle bars at the top of the Arceas, and another two at the base. These provide great resistant training whether standing or seated. Also, a nifty

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REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico

REC Architects Build a Grass & Glass Modern Building in Mexico

A strage mix that works really well, REC architects´office block in Mexico is a modernist building with a twist. Mixing traditional biodegradable materials with sharp glass and steel,

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Oasegroen Greens Up Dull Interiors With Living, Breathing Moss Walls

Oasegroen Greens Up Dull Interiors With Living, Breathing Moss Walls

Oasegroen's moss walls are virtually maintenance-free, which is a real boon for those whose thumbs are more brown than green. This is because they are able to obtain their own light and air, and require

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Spain’s First Certified Passive House Cuts Energy Use by 90%

Spain’s First Certified Passive House Cuts Energy Use by 90%

Josep Bunyesc's home consists of a ground floor, first floor and a basement, where the architect has his office. The wooden shelter with solar panels on its facade is orientated to the south to capture

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EPA Aims To Improve Air Quality in National Parks

EPA Aims To Improve Air Quality in National Parks

Last week, the federal government took a big step towards cleaning up the air in our national parks when a U.S. District Court in Washington, DC approved an agreement between the EPA and conservation

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BIG’s Twisting Vancouver High-Rise is Lined with Vertical Gardens That Filter Vehicle Emissions

BIG’s Twisting Vancouver High-Rise is Lined with Vertical Gardens That Filter Vehicle Emissions

The soaring tower would add 600 residential units for new downtown dwellers. The apartments would be set on a large nine story mixed use base, which will feature retailers, commercial space, restaurants

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London Mayor Accused of Using Dust Suppressants to Lower Pollution Levels Before Olympics

London Mayor Accused of Using Dust Suppressants to Lower Pollution Levels Before Olympics

Mayor Boris Johnson has come under fire for his office’s recommendation that municipal trucks spray saline solution along busy streets to reduce air pollution levels before the upcoming London Olympics.

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Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

Study Shows Air Emissions from Fracking Sites Contain Carcinogens and Other Harmful Chemicals

When hydraulic fracturing (or fracking - the technique of extracting natural gas from rocks) was thrust into the public consciousness with the release of the 2010 film Gasland, most of the conversation

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School of the Arts is a Vibrant Green Addition to Singapore’s City Center

School of the Arts is a Vibrant Green Addition to Singapore’s City Center

The school is located in the heart of the Civic district at the edge of the Arts and Entertainment district. The project follows an unconventional model, combining a high-density inner city school with a

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7 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air Around You Naturally

7 Indoor Plants That Purify the Air Around You Naturally

Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true. On our recent trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids

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Coal Accounts for Less than 40% of U.S. Electricity Production in 2011, Lowest Level in Over 30 years

Coal Accounts for Less than 40% of U.S. Electricity Production in 2011, Lowest Level in Over 30 years

The Energy Information Administration has released data to show that in 2011, coal power made up less than 40% of all U.S. electricity. As coal-fueled electric dropped to 30 year lows last year, the

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Future Forest Plants Trees in the Mongolian Desert to Reduce Korean Dust Storms

Future Forest Plants Trees in the Mongolian Desert to Reduce Korean Dust Storms

As severe desertification hits the Gobi Desert and temperatures there rise at a rate twice the global average, it is not only the largely nomadic desert population who suffer — the desertification is

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Multi-Agency Suomi Satellite Will Provide Insight Into Climate Change & Air Pollution

Multi-Agency Suomi Satellite Will Provide Insight Into Climate Change & Air Pollution

The Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite launched in October of 2011 on a mission to measure the Earth's environmental systems. The satellite was developed by a partnership between NASA,

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The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions

The World’s Oceans Are Acidifying Faster Than in the Past 300 Million Years Due to Emissions

Researchers at Columbia University released a report yesterday detailing their discovery that human-generated emissions are causing the world's oceans to acidify faster than they have in the past 300

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Midwest Utilities to Shutter 10 Fossil Fuel-Powered Plants In Response to New Regulations

Midwest Utilities to Shutter 10 Fossil Fuel-Powered Plants In Response to New Regulations

Two midwest utility companies this week announced the closure of 10 coal and natural-gas fired power plants by 2015. The two utility companies, Midwest Generation and GenOn Energy, cited an inability to

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EPA Backs Off Harsh Permitting Regulations for Large Stationary Polluters

EPA Backs Off Harsh Permitting Regulations for Large Stationary Polluters

The EPA has been trying to enforce harsher permitting processes to keep large stationary polluters from spewing greenhouse gasses (GHG) into the atmosphere, however its efforts have been met with lots of

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New Study Ranks the Least Toxic Cars, Honda Civic Tops the List

New Study Ranks the Least Toxic Cars, Honda Civic Tops the List

Many car buyers love that “new car smell” that comes with their brand new rides, but the chemicals that give off that “pleasant” scent are actually quite toxic. According to a new

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CASE and SOM’s AMPS Living Green Wall Promises to Reduce Air Pollution and Energy Costs

CASE and SOM’s AMPS Living Green Wall Promises to Reduce Air Pollution and Energy Costs

The modular wall system provides habitat for multiple types of plants including English Ivy, Boston Ferns and dieffenbachia, which are all fed water and nutrients through a hydroponic system. The key to

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New Study Finds That Electric Cars in China Using Fossil Fuels Have a Higher Carbon Footprint Than Gasoline Gars

New Study Finds That Electric Cars in China Using Fossil Fuels Have a Higher Carbon Footprint Than Gasoline Gars

If you read Inhabitat, you probably know that we're big fans of green transportation, but we do think it's important to see the bigger picture when it comes to electric cars. A new finding from the

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Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Study Shows Spike in Japan’s CO2 Levels After Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

A newly released study from the Breakthrough Institute shows a clear indication on how dependent Japan has been on nuclear power. First the good news: after the devastating earthquake and resulting

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Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Herzog and de Meuron Unveil Plans for Brilliant Naturally Ventilated Mãe Luiza Gymnasium

Before Herzog & de Meuron stepped in, Mãe Luiza's local recreation center was a fully exposed concrete platform framed with columns and trusses. Plans for the new gymnasium expand upon this

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Pollution from North America Causes Europe To Lose 1.2 Million Tons of Wheat Per Year

Pollution from North America Causes Europe To Lose 1.2 Million Tons of Wheat Per Year

Think air pollution in the US is just a local problem? Think again - a new study published in the journal Biogeosciences finds that man-made ozone pollution in North America can cause European farmers to

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Wave of Public Criticism Causes China to Cave on Pollution Control Problems

Wave of Public Criticism Causes China to Cave on Pollution Control Problems

In response to a practical protest by Chinese citizens worried about levels of air pollution, China's government has announced a plan to measure and limit the amount of small particle pollution in the

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Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Amazing Map Shows Every Tree in the United States

Have you ever wondered what the tree population and density of the United States looks like? This amazing map shows just that. Created by Josef Kellndorfer and Wayne Walker of Woods Hole Research Center

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NASA Study Says Air Pollution Controls Could Slow Climate Change and Boost Agriculture Yield

NASA Study Says Air Pollution Controls Could Slow Climate Change and Boost Agriculture Yield

A recent NASA study completed in New York City at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) found that fourteen key air pollution control measures could not only help to curb climate change, but

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Newly Observed Criegee Molecule Could Be the Key to Cooling Climate Change

Newly Observed Criegee Molecule Could Be the Key to Cooling Climate Change

Researchers in the United Kingdom have finally been able to nail down and measure the impacts of the elusive Criegee biradical (or Criegee intermediate) - an atmospheric molecule that could be one of the

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EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack

EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack

Information is power and as it turns out power equals emissions. Or at least that's what a new comprehensive database of the United States' 6,700 biggest stationary emitters put together by the

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NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let's face it - they aren't exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of

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