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Report Reveals That Three Common Building Materials Are Now on the Cancer List

Report Reveals That Three Common Building Materials Are Now on the Cancer List

A newly released report by the US Department of Health and Human Services shows that three very common building materials have now been added to the cancer list.  Among the 8 chemicals that were added

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Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Part of an effort to empower residents in their Chicago neighborhood, long time friends Jeff Munie and Bill Vassilakis conceptualized a mobile, participatory research center that will capture the stories,

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The Great Wall Apartment-Factory is a Green Destination for Life, Work and Play

The Great Wall Apartment-Factory is a Green Destination for Life, Work and Play

The Korean term ‘apartment-factory’ is usually employed to describe piled up, small-scale manufacturing factories or office. However, in many instances, these stockpiled structures have given way to

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Greenworks’ Green Screen Brings a Lush Living Wall into any Sullen Space

Greenworks’ Green Screen Brings a Lush Living Wall into any Sullen Space

The folks at Greenworks are best known for livening interior spaces with their living plant walls. But if an entire wall covered in vegetation is not viable in your space, the company now offers smaller

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Electric Vehicles Could Account for 70% Reduction in Lung Illnesses

Electric Vehicles Could Account for 70% Reduction in Lung Illnesses

Despite its strict tailpipe emission standards, California is still the state with the dirtiest air due to its geography that traps pollution and the fact that it is the state with the largest number of

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Your Pet Dog May Be Ingesting High Levels of Flame Retardants

Your Pet Dog May Be Ingesting High Levels of Flame Retardants

A study at Indiana University has just shown that the chow you’re feeding your pet Rover could be laced with chemical heavy flame retardants. They found the average domestic pup had a surprising level

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Charge Your Electric Car at Night and You Could Help Diminish Harmful Ozone Levels

Charge Your Electric Car at Night and You Could Help Diminish Harmful Ozone Levels

A recent study shows that charging your electric vehicle at night could help diminish harmful pollutants at the Earth's surface. The study was conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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MTU Students Create Innovative Carbon Sequestering Liquid

MTU Students Create Innovative Carbon Sequestering Liquid

Students in Michigan Technical University's Chemical Engineering Program have developed a cheaper substitute for conventional carbon capturing methods at power plants. Their proprietary liquid is capable

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Giant Rose Colored Blinds Keep Geneva’s Coral House Pretty (And Cool) in Pink

Giant Rose Colored Blinds Keep Geneva’s Coral House Pretty (And Cool) in Pink

The exterior and roof are heavily insulated to meet the requirements of the Minergie energy label while coated aluminum, thermal breaks, and a third layer of glass covered with mechanized coral-colored

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Fukushima Nuclear Core Melts Through Containment Vessel, Radiation Levels Skyrocket

Fukushima Nuclear Core Melts Through Containment Vessel, Radiation Levels Skyrocket

In a futile attempt to save Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant from meltdown, workers have been feverishly pumping water into the reactors, but one radioactive core has overheated and melted.  The

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Ken Salazar Announces More Public Land in Wyoming to be Auctioned for Coal Mining

Ken Salazar Announces More Public Land in Wyoming to be Auctioned for Coal Mining

With the abundance of alternative energy sources available at our fingertips, coal mining seems a little archaic. But Interior Secretary Ken Salazar disagrees -- at a press conference on Tuesday he

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Researchers Reveal That Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine

Researchers Reveal That Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine

A group of researchers in Belgium have discovered that air pollution causes more heart attacks than cocaine and about the same amount of incidents as other well known causes such as alcohol, coffee and

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Spain’s Largest Vertical Garden Cleans Air Inside Office Building

Spain’s Largest Vertical Garden Cleans Air Inside Office Building

The courtyard of the office building enjoys a large skylight, which bathes the interior of the building as well as the vertical garden with light. The vertical garden is visible from offices, meeting

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New York Fashion Week is Spewing Pollution All Over Lincoln Center

New York Fashion Week is Spewing Pollution All Over Lincoln Center

It seems that Mercedes Benz Fashion Week brought more than just style to New York City's Lincoln Center, it also brought a whole lot of diesel smoke as well. A perturbed neighbor shot some video footage

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TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

TREEPODS: Carbon-Scrubbing Artificial Trees for Boston City Streets

Trees naturally filter and clean our air, but in today’s heavily polluted world, it's just too huge of a task to expect Mother Nature to take care of herself. Taking this into account, designers Mario

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Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Farts to Fuel: New Methane Processing Plant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Flatulence as fuel may sound like a joke, but it's becoming a reality in Brooklyn. Already in the works, National Grid is building a gas processing facility in Greenpoint, set to open in 2012. The

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123 US Lawmakers Intend to Block EPA from Updating the Clean Air Act

123 US Lawmakers Intend to Block EPA from Updating the Clean Air Act

The US Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to update the Clean Air Act and a stronghold of lawmakers aren't happy about it; they've introduced a series of legislative bills that could permanently

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Texas Wins Appeal to Block EPA Emissions Regulations Temporarily

Texas Wins Appeal to Block EPA Emissions Regulations Temporarily

On January 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new permitting regulations for large stationary polluters went into effect and the state of Texas isn't at all happy about it. The Lone Star

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Federal Judge Blocks Part of California’s Climate Change Law

Federal Judge Blocks Part of California’s Climate Change Law

A federal judge in Fresno, California has blocked a portion of California's Global Warming Solutions Act, which aims to lower the carbon life cycle of fuel entering the state. The judge ruled that the

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Whole City of Tehran Shut Down Due to Unsafe Smog Levels

Whole City of Tehran Shut Down Due to Unsafe Smog Levels

For the third time in two weeks, Iran's capital, Tehran, has been effectively shut down due to seriously unhealthy air pollution levels. All government offices, banks and schools were closed on Thursday

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Mayors of the World Sign Agreement to Address Climate Change

Mayors of the World Sign Agreement to Address Climate Change

In Mexico City earlier this morning, the mayors of the world made a pact to address climate change and we could not be more thrilled. The leaders of 135 global cities put their pens to the agreement,

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Could Eggshells Be Used To Fight Climate Change?

Could Eggshells Be Used To Fight Climate Change?

Many methods are being researched and tested in a bid to reduce the world's carbon emissions - however it's possible that none are as peculiar as this. Researchers at The University of Calcutta are

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Bill Gates Gives $700K to Preserve Global Warming Law

Bill Gates Gives $700K to Preserve Global Warming Law

We all know Bill Gates is a philanthropist -- he's got so much money it must be a blast for him to give it away to good causes. Well, he's added one more to the list: Maplight.org recently reported that

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“Emergency Bra” Doubles as a Gas Mask Wherever Disaster Strikes

“Emergency Bra” Doubles as a Gas Mask Wherever Disaster Strikes

No longer a prop for imaginative kids playing cops and robbers - this idea is certainly not a joke. Dr. Elena Bodnar’s“Emergency Bra” is the latest piece of artillery available against fire,

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High-Tech Wallpaper Cleans the Air!

High-Tech Wallpaper Cleans the Air!

We've seen wallpaper that monitors your environment and wallpaper that tells a scientific story, but now there's even wallpaper that cleans the air! That's right, Blücher Technologies has come up with a

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Edmonton, Alberta to Turn 90% of Their Trash into Biofuel

Edmonton, Alberta to Turn 90% of Their Trash into Biofuel

Oh, Canada! What wonderful green things you do! Edmonton, Alberta is about to get the world's first municipal scale gas to biofuel plant and when it is up and running they'll be recycling 90% of their

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Greener Tech Could Eliminate 9,000 Pollution Deaths in California

Greener Tech Could Eliminate 9,000 Pollution Deaths in California

Here at Inhabitat we know there are a lot of green haters out there in the world -- those who don't believe global warming is real and think nothing of destroying the environment. Well, here's a story

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Hong Kong Activist Group Selling “Fresh Air” for 25 Cents a Bottle

Hong Kong Activist Group Selling “Fresh Air” for 25 Cents a Bottle

Are you a resident of Hong Kong? Are you having trouble breathing because of the dense air pollution? Have no fear, Fresh Air is here! The Clean Air Network, a Hong Kong based awareness group is selling

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Paving Slabs Could Scrub Out 70% of the Pollution in the Air

Paving Slabs Could Scrub Out 70% of the Pollution in the Air

What if scrubbing pollution out of the air was as easy as laying down specially coated paving slabs? It soon might be - at least for one German city that is experiencing toxic levels of nitrogen oxide

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Octopus-Like Migrating Floating Gardens are Not Aliens

Octopus-Like Migrating Floating Gardens are Not Aliens

The verdant dirigibles would target areas where the heat island effect is greatest, and could be programmed to travel to southern cities during winter months vice versa. Each plant would have sensors

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