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Gorgeously Renovated San Francisco Home Combines Sleek Sophistication With the Warmth of Wood

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Canada's Toxic "Dumpcano" Finally Extinguished After Four Months

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A dump fire that has been burning for nearly four months in the remote northern Canadian city of Iqaluit has finally been extinguished. The “Dumpcano” as it has been known locally has been spewing toxic fumes into the town’s air, forcing residents indoors over the summer months due to the short- and long-term health risks of the smoke. The fire began when garbage in the four-story pile spontaneously combusted, forming a molten core that at times burned at temperatures of 500 degrees Celsius. The incident has highlighted the difficulties of managing waste materials in an environment that is frozen solid for around nine months of the year.

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British Columbia's First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

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In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the home features green building methods, water conservation, organic growing techniques, and renewable energy. In 2011, this inspiring project won $5,000 in the So Nice “A Better Organic World” contest, and both the home and its surrounding gardens have been evolving beautifully ever since.

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HUD Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is partnering again with The Rockefeller Foundation to help communities become more resilient in the face of increasingly severe weather from a changing climate. Building upon the successful Rebuild by Design competition, new HUD Secretary Julián Castro and Rockefeller President Dr. Judith Rodin on Wednesday launched a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition. The 67 eligible applicants at the state and local level can now begin applying for funds.

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Snøhetta's New 'Plus House' in Norway Will Produce Twice The Energy It Uses

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This gorgeous experimental house in Norway can produce twice the energy it consumes! Designed by Snøhetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, the building demonstrates the latest sustainable technologies and proves that houses can go beyond their own energy needs to produce additional electricity for the grid.

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Massive Red Tide is Devastating the Northeast Gulf of Mexico

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A disturbing menace is invading southwest Florida – and it’s killing kills sea turtles, sharks and fish while threatening the region’s economy. The “red tide” is caused by a bloom of toxic algae called Karenia brevis. It’s present nearly every year off the coast of Florida, but large blooms can be devastating to fishermen and tourism. Right now the algae is collecting in an area 60 miles wide by 100 miles long that stretches from St. Petersburg to Florida’s Big Bend, where the peninsula ends and the Panhandle begins.

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New NASA Tech Lets You Design and Print Your New Martian Home in Just 24 Hours

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The idea of living on Mars is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. In fact, one way or another, humans will likely be hanging out on the red planet within the next few decades. But landing there and living there are two very different propositions because, at current prices, it costs anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 to get one measly kilogram of building material onto Mars. (It’s a good thing that Elon Musk is planning to build a city there, because no one else will be able to afford to.) Fortunately, NASA has a solution – and you can download, print and build your own Martian home in just 24 hours!

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Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

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Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

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Czech Republic’s Prefab Pavilion is Built Around a Swimming Pool to Keep Cool at the 2015 World Expo

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Swing Time: Glowing LED Hammocks Change Color When You Move

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Metropol Parasol Architect Juergen Mayer H.

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Weed Wildfire Leaves Hundreds Without Homes, Jobs

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What would you do if all your most cherished possessions suddenly went up in smoke? That’s the situation facing dozens of families in Weed, California right now as a fast-moving wildfire destroyed about 150 buildings in the Northern California logging town on Monday. According to the LA Times, the 375-acre wildfire was relatively small in the scope of the massive wildfires that have burned through California this year. Yet it was able to wreak significant damage in a short period of time, burning down two churches, a library and a community organization that aided the poor. The town also lost machinery at its plywood mill – putting many out of work.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Amazing Facts About the World's Tallest and Most Iconic Skyscrapers

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Cities around the world are pushing the architectural envelope as they race to build taller and more spectacular skyscrapers. To track the progress and history of these super tall towers, Window & Door Guys created an information-packed “Super Tall Skyscrapers” infographic. From a snapshot look at the Burj Khalifa to a rundown on the evolution of the skyscraper, this infographic takes you around the globe for a look at some of the world’s most iconic architecture.

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Get a Free Fruit Tree at MillionTreesNYC's Fall Tree Giveaway!

by , 09/18/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Great news tree huggers: MillionTreesNYC just launched its seventh tree giveaway season and for the first time ever, the green initiative will be handing out a variety of highly coveted fruit trees! Hosted by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the 40+ giveaways across the five boroughs will distribute 4,500 fruit trees this fall. But hurry–this limited quantity of plants is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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