The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014!

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2014 was an incredible year for green design – and here’s why. We’ve seen technological breakthroughs ranging from airborne wind turbines to Tesla’s first battery-swapping station and a floating device that could clean the world’s oceans. We were blown away by a brilliant team of teenagers that discovered a world-changing crop breakthrough, and we showcased tons of inspiring feats of green building along the way. Read on for a look at our top 7 posts of 2014 – and vote for your favorite!

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The 6 Most Horrifying Inhabitat Stories of 2014

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This year we witnessed a number of inspiring stories across the world, but as always, there was also a fair share of horribly disturbing stories we published that shocked us to the core. From a depressing predictions about our civilization’s imminent demise to gut-wrenching, unforgivable animal cruelty, read on to see which articles horrified us the most and reminded us how important it is to protest these horrible acts of injustice and fight for a better future.

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Inhabitat's Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

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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 idea that could save the oceans, they’re the kind of stories that give you hope for the future of society. This year we saw stories about a kayak instructor who built his own woodland home for just $11,000 and a round-up of DIY homes that anyone can build on the cheap. Hamburg announced plans to become car-free in the near future and a group of 16-year old girls from Ireland showed the world how to improve crop yields. Check out the stories and tell us which one inspires you most.

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Making your own DIY gifts this holiday season is a smart way to ensure that your gift will be one-of-a-kind, and it doesn’t hurt that it’ll probably save you some cash too. We’ve rounded up a list of cool and creative homemade presents for the 2014 holiday season from tricked out terrariums to make-it-yourself lip balm to custom cat pillows. Check out our DIY Gift Guide to see them all!

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Whether you want to woo your wife, charm your mom, sweep your girlfriend off her feet or put a grin on granny’s face, we’ve got a selection of fabulous eco-friendly presents perfect for the special ladies in your life. From dazzling fair-trade earrings to pretty recycled wine bottle planters to luscious vegan truffles, make your life a little easier by checking out our Green Gifts for Her Guide today.

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