Kristine Lofgren

 

Kristine is a writer and designer from Salt Lake City, Utah. Passionate about green design and pretty words in equal parts, she spends her days blogging, writing, designing and working towards her Masters in English at the University of Utah. Kristine discovered her passion for the environment while growing up on the trails of the Rocky Mountains and has had her feet (and hands) in the dirt ever since.

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France is Paying Commuters to Bike to Work!

France is Paying Commuters to Bike to Work!

You’d hope that better health, lower cost and reduced emissions would be incentive enough to push people out of their cars and onto bikes, but in France only 2.4 percent of the population

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Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Detractors Say that Solar Roadways Must Be Stopped

Solar Roadways have been getting a lot of attention lately after securing nearly $2 million in funding on Indiegogo - but some detractors are decrying the innovation, saying that the idea just

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Scientists Caution China Against Bulldozing Over 700 Mountains

Scientists Caution China Against Bulldozing Over 700 Mountains

China wants to bulldoze more than 700 mountains in order to make way for more buildings, and the proposal has raised great concern in the scientific community. Never before has mankind attempted

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Researchers Find the World’s Oldest Pair of Pants

Researchers Find the World’s Oldest Pair of Pants

If you've ever wondered exactly when primitive people ditched loin clothes and tunics in favor of the pants we know and love today, the latest discovery in a Chinese excavation is right up your

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Researchers in Oregon Expect Wasting Disease to Completely Wipe Out Starfish Populations in the Near Future

Researchers in Oregon Expect Wasting Disease to Completely Wipe Out Starfish Populations in the Near Future

The sea star wasting syndrome has reached epidemic proportions and researchers expect that local starfish extinctions are all but guaranteed at this point. The awful disease causes starfish to

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Getting Rid of Your Car Could Save You $10,000 Every Year

Getting Rid of Your Car Could Save You $10,000 Every Year

Imagine all of the things you could buy, the bills you could pay and the vacations you could take with an extra $10,000 in your pocket every year. According to a report from the American Public

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Terrafugia is Looking for Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016

Terrafugia is Looking for Funding to Launch its Flying Car in 2016

We’ve been eagerly following the progress of Terrafugia’s flying car here at Inhabitat - and the latest news from the company has us more excited than ever. Terrafugia is seeking $30 million

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Devastating Disease Wipes Out Half of Central America’s Coffee Crops

Devastating Disease Wipes Out Half of Central America’s Coffee Crops

If you look forward to your cup of joe in the morning, the latest news from Central American coffee growers could ruin your day. Coffee plantations are currently suffering the worst epidemic of

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Painting Roads White Could Help Cities Tackle Increasing Temperatures

Painting Roads White Could Help Cities Tackle Increasing Temperatures

Although there are plenty of factors that contribute to temperature increase in cities, perhaps one of the humblest is the ubiquitous asphalt. Blacktop roads cover anywhere from 24 to 35 percent

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Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google is continuing its quest to spread internet across the globe with its latest investment: 180 small satellites that can provide connectivity to underserved areas. The company is investing

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Hungary Builds World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

Hungary Builds World’s Tallest LEGO Tower

If you have ever dreamed of building a LEGO tower up to the sky, this latest world record is right up your alley. A group of schoolchildren teamed up with workers in Hungary to create the

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You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

Temporary workers are supposed to be contracted for a short period of time - but companies are increasingly using temp work as a way to circumvent labor standards and exploit workers. Reporters

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The Manicure of the Future Gives You Smart Fingernails

The Manicure of the Future Gives You Smart Fingernails

You've seen smart phones, smart glasses and even smart watches, but how about smart fingernails? Wearable technology is poised to become huge, so two students at the Art Center College of Design

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This Ring is Made of Smog Harvested From Beijing’s Polluted Skies

This Ring is Made of Smog Harvested From Beijing’s Polluted Skies

Last October we wrote about Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, who developed a vacuum cleaner that can suck urban smog right out of the air. Now the designer is turning that smog vacuumed from

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Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic ice is poised to unleash a torrent of more than 1 trillion pieces of plastic into the ocean over the next 10 years. According to a new report, there's an immense amount of plastic

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The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

The Ocean Has Become So Acidic it’s Dissolving Baby Oyster Shells

When we talk about the acidification of the oceans, we sometimes focus on the impact that it will have in the future. But for Taylor Shellfish Farms, a fifth-generation farm in Oregon that

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Canada Loses Appeal to Sell Seal Products in the EU

Canada Loses Appeal to Sell Seal Products in the EU

The World Trade Organization reaffirmed this week that when it comes to seal hunting, European countries aren’t buying. Canada has been battling a ban that prevents any products from the

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Ikea Announces Plans to Launch an Electric Bicycle!

Ikea Announces Plans to Launch an Electric Bicycle!

Ikea has tried to change the way you eat, the way you shop and the way you light your home, and now the Swedish retailer is trying to change the way you travel. Ikea is launching an electric

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Scientists Discover the World’s Loneliest Dinosaur – the Sole Survivor of Mass Extinction

Scientists Discover the World’s Loneliest Dinosaur – the Sole Survivor of Mass Extinction

For years scientists have believed that many types of dinosaurs died out after the great extinction at the end of the Jurassic Period, but recently discovered fossils show that at least one

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Las Vegas Water Czar Warns Other U.S. Cities to Gear Up for Climate Change

Las Vegas Water Czar Warns Other U.S. Cities to Gear Up for Climate Change

Former “water empress” Patricia Mulroy knows a thing or two about the effects of climate change. As the former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, she was forced to deal with

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Research Finds 102 Often Everyday Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer

Research Finds 102 Often Everyday Chemicals Linked to Breast Cancer

A new study has identified a list of over 100 chemicals that are linked to breast cancer, and even more concerning, most Americans come across some of them every single day. Chemicals found in

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Raw Studio’s Luna Light Looks Just Like the Moon Right in Your Own Room

Raw Studio’s Luna Light Looks Just Like the Moon Right in Your Own Room

For those who love to stare at the moon, but wish they could capture it and bring it indoors, Raw Studio makes a stunning LED light that looks just like the moon in the sky. Hand made using

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Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Minnesota is the First State to Ban the Anti-Bacterial Chemical Triclosan

Scientists have known for years that triclosan has a range of awful effects, from strengthening bacterial resistance to possibly even altering our very DNA. Minnesota is the first state taking a

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Switzerland Might Pay All Citizens a 2,500 Franc Basic Income Every Month

Switzerland Might Pay All Citizens a 2,500 Franc Basic Income Every Month

While the battle continues in the US for a slightly higher minimum wage, the Swiss are exploring drastic methods to create a fair economy. One proposed method would provide a guaranteed 2,500

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Boneco the Beekeeping Donkey Has An Amazing Protective Suit

Boneco the Beekeeping Donkey Has An Amazing Protective Suit

Man’s best friend may be a dog, but beekeeper Manuel Juraci’s best friend is a donkey named Boneco. Juraci is an inventor and beekeeper from the town of Itatira, Brazil. He wears the

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Nuclear Power Plant and Thousands of People Threatened in Nine San Diego County Wildfires

Nuclear Power Plant and Thousands of People Threatened in Nine San Diego County Wildfires

Dozens of homes and thousands of acres have burned as not one, but nine wildfires ripped through the San Diego County landscape. Universities, attractions like Legoland and tens of thousands of

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The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

California’s drought is causing all sorts of problems, but one of the most surprising is the fact that the water shortage may actually increase the chance of an earthquake. New research shows

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Environmentalists Sue US Government to Get Bees Listed as Endangered Animals

Environmentalists Sue US Government to Get Bees Listed as Endangered Animals

What’s an insect have to do to get on the endangered species list these days? That’s the question some environmentalists are asking after a failed attempt to get a vanishing bumble bee

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Electric Bus Breaks World Record by Traveling 700 Miles in One Day

Electric Bus Breaks World Record by Traveling 700 Miles in One Day

Electric busses are a great alternative to the diesel spewing mass transit vehicles of yesteryear, but they suffer from one major limitation: range. South Carolina-based Proterra is changing all

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Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Coral reefs aren’t just home to a whole ecosystem of sea life, they also protect nearby land from wave surges - but the 2014 National Climate Assessment reports that reefs are in big trouble.

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