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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The Oak Tree Ring House is an innovative home that blurs the lines between inside and out

The Oak Tree Ring House is an innovative home that blurs the lines between inside and out

  The Oak Tree Ring House is a new kind of interactive home designed by Michael Jantzen. The space was designed with a temperate climate in mind and the structure consists of a

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Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it’s off the charts

Beijing’s hazardous air is so bad, it’s off the charts

Despite taking steps to limit carbon output, Beijing’s toxic air is still breaking records. In fact, Beijing’s air is so bad that last Thursday, it was literally off the charts. Fine air

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

Treehouses appeal to the child in all of us, but some of them go far above and beyond the simple structures of our youth. These seven treehouses, brought to you by Heiton Buckley and NeoMam

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Dolfi is a washing machine that fits in your hand

Dolfi is a washing machine that fits in your hand

The future of washing on-the-go fits in the palm of your hand and uses ultrasound to get your garments clean. Called Dolfi and designed by MPI Ultrasonics, the little handheld clothes washer

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HOW TO: make your own decadent vegan chocolate mousse

HOW TO: make your own decadent vegan chocolate mousse

Chocolate mousse is the ultimate decadent dessert, but if you want to make yours just a little bit healthier (and better for the environment), try our delicious vegan mousse topped with candied

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GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

GenZe is a smart scooter that helps redefine urban mobility

Increasing traffic congestion—along with energy, pollution, parking and maintenance hassles—are definitely creating a demand for smart, two-wheel solutions for getting around cities,

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INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

INFOGRAPHIC: The dirtiest, most germ-ridden items you touch every day

Avoiding the worst germs isn't as simple as dodging hand rails and hovering over toilet seats. Did you know that there is 200 times more fecal bacteria on the average kitchen cutting board

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American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

American Farm Bureau prepares for climate change-driven drought

Although the American Farm Bureau is tied to conventional agriculture and its conservative base, the organization is worried about climate change, and it's preparing for the future impact that

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This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and which countries are in big trouble)

This map reveals which countries will survive climate change (and which countries are in big trouble)

As the global climate changes, some countries are going to feel the impact of global warming more than others. Notre Dame has created an annual index showing which countries will get away with

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Bibliophonies is a public bench that dispenses music, text and light

Bibliophonies is a public bench that dispenses music, text and light

Near the newly-constructed L'Autre Lieu library in Bretagne, France sits a clever little bench that isn't your typical resting spot. Called the Bibliophonie, the bench dispenses sound, text and

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Salt-grown potatoes could revolutionize crop production

Salt-grown potatoes could revolutionize crop production

Common knowledge dictates that most food plants can’t grow in areas fed by salty sea water. But a group of researchers in the Netherlands has found that perhaps that isn’t necessarily the

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Is this the ultra-efficient refrigerator of the future?

Is this the ultra-efficient refrigerator of the future?

The classic refrigerator is one of the most power-hungry appliances in the home. Phononic is hoping to change that with a new solid-state refrigerator that is more reliable, greener and quieter

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Formerly homeless girl’s non-profit provides supplies for the needy

Formerly homeless girl’s non-profit provides supplies for the needy

Mariah was born and abandoned on Christmas Eve twenty years ago, but from challenging beginnings came something incredible. Mariah was inspired, after helping a homeless man one night, to start

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Misfit and Swarovski reveal the world’s first solar-powered fitness tracker

Misfit and Swarovski reveal the world’s first solar-powered fitness tracker

Gone are the days of replacing batteries and the inconvenience of plugging your device in to charge after Misfit and Swarovski revealed the world's first solar-powered fitness tracker. Misfit is

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Nebraska Supreme Court approves Keystone pipeline

Nebraska Supreme Court approves Keystone pipeline

The Keystone pipeline is one step closer to reality after a Nebraska court approved the route of the controversial project. The decision comes after six years of legal and political

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Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster

Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster

Ever since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, rice in Japan has been tainted by radiation. This year, for the first time, the rice harvest is finally below the radiation standard set by Japan’s

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Panasonic’s new technology can purify water using sunlight

Panasonic’s new technology can purify water using sunlight

A new technology from Panasonic could produce clean drinking water with the purifying power of sunlight. Using a combination of sunlight and photocatalysts, the new technology quickly turns

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Check out this adorable igloo made entirely out of recycled milk jugs

Check out this adorable igloo made entirely out of recycled milk jugs

Looking for a creative community project? We spied this adorable milk jug igloo over at Diary of a Working Mom and it just screams the perfect way to get people together and get creative. The

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Obsession with material possessions makes you anxious and depressed

Obsession with material possessions makes you anxious and depressed

We've all heard that possessions won't make you happy and now here's the proof:  a new report reveals that those who prioritize possessions experience more negative emotions than people who

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New startup plans to produce a working Hyperloop within the decade

New startup plans to produce a working Hyperloop within the decade

Ever since Elon Musk unveiled open-source plans for the Hyperloop transport system, people have been trying to make it work. The project just got one step closer to reality as the crowdsourcing

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat

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Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

This year there was a range of technological innovations that could not only improve our lives but help save the planet as well. We saw a group of 16-year old girls who revolutionized crop

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Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat’s top design stories of 2014 – vote for your favorite!

Green design will save the world, and this year designers went all out with an incredible range of innovations. Sada brought us an incredible hubless folding bike while Klemmens Torggler

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant

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China builds new 1100-mile high-speed train route

China builds new 1100-mile high-speed train route

China is creating a new high-speed train route that is so blazing fast it can take people 1,100 miles from Shanghai to Guangzhou in just 7 hours. That’s like traveling from Los Angeles to

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Stop Idaho hunters from massacring wolves in cruel wolf-killing derby!

Stop Idaho hunters from massacring wolves in cruel wolf-killing derby!

A radical group of wolf haters is gearing up for a "wolf-killing derby" in Idaho. This year, a group of hunters will gather together to slaughter as many wolves and coyotes as they can, with

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Wearable biospheres could allow people to live on other planets

Wearable biospheres could allow people to live on other planets

If humans are ever going to survive on different planets in our solar system, we are going to need a steady supply of oxygen, food and water. People have had any number of ideas to solve the

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What is your favorite Inhabitots story of 2014?

What is your favorite Inhabitots story of 2014?

As 2014 draws to a close, we are looking back at the Inhabitot stories that inspired, amused and touched us. From natural fairy tale-like tunnels to a realistic Barbie doll and enchanting

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VIDEO: This dude floated up to 8,000 feet with nothing but a bunch of balloons and a lawnchair

VIDEO: This dude floated up to 8,000 feet with nothing but a bunch of balloons and a lawnchair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUg8pArZbCs#t=254 Who hasn't dreamed of grabbing a bunch of balloons and floating away into the sky? The difference between the dreamers and professional

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The US could power itself with solar 100-times over

The US could power itself with solar 100-times over

There’s a lot of debate about whether or not solar power could feasibly power the entire country. A new report by Environment America and a breakdown by Treehugger’s Micheal Graham Richard

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