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Know a cool kid who wants to learn how to ride a bike? Inhabitots is now offering up this beautiful new balance bike to one lucky giveaway winner! The ZumZum is the coolest new balance bike on the Kickstarter scene with a state-of-the-art all-terrain suspension system that is ergonomically engineered for a kid’s comfort and gaining confidence in bike riding. This lightweight bicycle is perfect for any adventure, either outdoors or indoors, and can be adjusted for kids from age 18 months up to four years-old! Enter to win a brand new ZumZum bike by January 29th at 11:59PM right here!


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Polish farmers blockaded Chevron frackers for 400 days and stopped drilling in their region

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In July, Chevron abandoned its plans to drill for gas in Zurawlow, Poland, after farmers and families from Zurawlow (and four nearby villages) blockaded a proposed shale drilling site with tractors and other pastoral machinery for 400 days. Now, that victory is inspiring other Poles to fight back against the fracked gas industry.

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New York's fracking ban is the cue for eco-activists to mobilize

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The ban on fracking in New York State is a great catalyst to inspire grassroots environmental groups to come together. Shortly after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking due to health and safety concerns of residents, clean air, and drinking water, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a response that said he was opposed to a ban and would make sure fracking was “safe.” A big piece of Wolf’s election promise was to slap a severance tax on dirty shale gas and use it to pay for schools, transportation, budget-balancing, etc. That sounds attractive from the sidelines, but it’s actually really scary how much new drilling will occur. Now is the time to reallocate resources from coast to coast, and get mobilized to stop fracking across the USA.

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How to live comfortably without power if an emergency forces you off grid

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The power is out. The heat is out. Water is off. Suddenly, you are off the grid. Without the proper gear, this could be an uncomfortable circumstance for a day, a week, or even longer. Whether the outage was caused by a storm or system failure, it’s is essential to have a way to live off grid if you have to. Read on to learn how you can prepare yourself if you’re forced to live without power for a while.

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6 great ways to organize your tiny home

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Living in a small space can be liberating, believe it or not. Reducing the amount of stuff you own to a point where you just have the necessities and a few of your favorite things can not only save you money, but save your sanity. The benefits of living small are numerous —from increased energy efficiency to improved family closeness. But how do you put it all together? The key to living small is being organized, especially when you have young children. We have eight children, five of whom still live at home, and our home right now is a 200-square-foot school bus that we drove here from Alaska. Here are a few tips that’ll help you organize your own small space:

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The Everglades were fracked and you didn't even hear about it

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Earlier in 2014, Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. was fined $25,000 for acid fracking near the everglades. Though the method of using hydrofluoric acid to loosen limestone bedrock has been used for a while in Floridian oil drilling operations, injecting acid under pressure, or “acid fracking” is something new. In December, Dan A. Hughes Co. tested those waters Naples, Florida on the Western edge of the Everglades. Yeah, you read that correctly—they fracked the goddamned Everglades National Park; the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. And when State regulators asked them to stop? They ignored them.

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How to recycle your holiday tree

 

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As the holidays come to a close, the gifts have been given, the cookies have been eaten, and your holiday tree is more than likely starting to look a little crisp around the edges. It’s at this point in the holiday season that the realities of the Christmas tree dilemma start to sink in. Fortunately, there are some great ways to recycle your tree so it doesn’t just end up as landfill, and we’ve also touched upon some greener ideas for future holidays. Read on to learn more!

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Inhabitat's top 7 news stories of 2014 - vote for the most important!

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2014 was a huge year for environmental news – and Inhabitat kept you posted on all of the highs, lows and breaking developments as they happened. Studies pointed to the collapse of industrial civilization even as 400,000 people joined the largest climate march in history. Tesla paved the way for the future of electric vehicles with its first battery swapping station, while the House passed a monstrous bill that prohibits giving scientific advice to the EPA. And today’s brightest minds came up with a host of innovations that could clean the world’s oceans, feed the hungry, and prevent overpopulation. Read on for our top news stories of 2014 below – and vote for the one you think is the most important!

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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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Inhabitat's top design stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

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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 introduced the world to an origami-like folding door and the Egloo room heater sparked a lively debate. When it came to re-designing the way we live, we saw a tiny trailer home with all the luxuries, woven refugee tents that get their power from the sun and a clever little microbus for the eco-traveller.  Tell us which design you think tops them all.

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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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Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 - which is your favorite?

Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 - which is your favorite?

2014 was yet another inspiring year for architecture lovers, and there was no shortage of cool stories about the built environment on Inhabitat. From a hair-raising house on the side of…

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Inhabitat's top 6 animal stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

Inhabitat's top 6 animal stories of 2014 - vote for your favorite!

We've covered some pretty spectacular animal stories over the past year, ranging from "aww"-inspiring to downright freaky. We saw photos of a little girl who grew up with elephant and…

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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…

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5 healthy and delicious treats to make for Christmas

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Paleo Chocolate-Walnut Truffles Truffles without the dairy and the cups of sugar? Yes, its possible! Try this recipe for a paleo-inspired truffle made with antioxidant-packed dark…

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RECYCLED BIKE TIRE TREE This Christmas tree in Bermondsey Square, London is made out of 35 wheels reclaimed from old bikes. It was designed by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects using…

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14 Last Minute Gifts for the Green Procrastinator

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STUFF THEY LOVE BOX It's happened again - you have just a few hours left until your holiday gift exchange and you're utterly present-less. Luckily, your local supermarket, drugstore or…

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11 Buy-Nothing Gifts of Time

Giving someone a great gift they'll really treasure doesn't mean dropping a ton of cash. Sometimes the best gift you can give a friend or loved one is something much less tangible: your…

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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…

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20 Verdant Gift Ideas for the Green Thumb

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Gardening is a wonderful pastime that can soothe the soul and nourish the body all in one go. From vegetables to culinary herbs, flowers, or even cacti, plants make every living space a…

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Attention all design geeks! In the spirit of giving for the holidays, we're teaming up with Dwell magazine to offer a lucky Inhabitat reader the chance to win some phenomenal design…

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Green products have a reputation for being expensive, but we have proof that this isn't always the case. Giving your friends and loved ones eco-friendly gifts doesn't have to mean…

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14 Gorgeous and Green Gifts for Her

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