13 Stunning Sand Sculptures to Help Unleash Your Inner Architect at the Beach

by , 07/21/14
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For most, a trip to the beach is all about relaxing and soaking up the sun, but for others it’s an opportunity to unleash their inner starchitect. From the classic castle fit for a fairytale princess to gigantic teddy bears, we’ve rounded up over a dozen stunning sand art masterpieces guaranteed to make your jaw drop. Click through the link to see some truly amazing artworks to fuel the inspiration for your next beach creation.

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

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It’s frightening to think, but one of every six people in the world today doesn’t have enough safe water to drink. Within 30 years, thirst will spread to three-quarters of the world’s population. But surely this clever ape can figure out how to tap our watery planet’s vast oceans? We can’t drink saltwater, of course, but doesn’t desalination offer tantalizing potential? We already do it in some of the world’s driest spots, but in general, it’s still an expensive proposition, fraught with environmental disaster. But even as we humans struggle to meet the freshwater challenge in a sustainable way, nature is busy doing it. Every day, tide in and tide out, fueled by sunshine and emitting nothing more than sea salt. How do they do it? Find out in todays entry of The Biomimicry Manual.

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Was the Devastating New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Actually Caused by Superstorm Sandy?

Superstorm Sandy wreaked absolute havoc all along the USA’s east coast, and in addition to the massive flood damage, subsequent fires along the Jersey Shore (among other areas) were devastating. Hurricane Sandy made the Jersey Shore town of Seaside Heights infamous by the shocking photos of their iconic roller coaster in the ocean. A year later the same town suffered a second devastation, when the newly-rebuilt boardwalk burned down. At the time most bystanders scratched their heads and wondered why Seaside Heights had such bad luck – was it cursed? Those with an understanding of electrical engineering realized that the fire was the result of damage already done by Hurricane Sandy. Evidence has come to light that many of the fires were electrical in nature, as both electrical and mechanical systems were damaged by saltwater from ocean floods. By revisiting the placement and maintenance of these systems, we should be able to avoid similar damage from (inevitable) future storms.

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

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7 Tips for a Red, White and GREEN Fourth of July!

by , 07/03/14

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World's First Glow-in-the-Dark Road Promises a Brighter, More Energy-Efficient Future

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Dung Beetles Teach Us About the Circular Economy?

Dung beetles eat poo. It’s what they do, and they do it many different ways. Rollers tumble it home in little balls; they cradle their eggs in it or save it for a snack. Tunnelers bury it right where they find it, and dwellers, well, dwell in it. Nothing goes to waste in nature, and these little beetles are perfect examples of a species that transforms another’s dross into gold. So, what can they teach us about re-using and recycling materials for a true circular economy? Read on to find out!

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We Test Out The New Lincoln MKC: A Crossover Vehicle with a Small Footprint, but Big Style

This summer, luxury crossover buyers have a new model to choose from when the 2015 Lincoln MKC rolls into showrooms. The MKC is a new crossover that has a small footprint, but a big dose of style mixed in, like the Lincoln MKZ sedan.

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City

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Hey Inhabitat readers!

Any of you want to work for an awesome online publication with passion, a vision and a mission to make the world a better place through the power of design? Would you like to work for the web’s largest green design publication, which is read by 100,000 thought-leaders every day, and over 4 million readers every month? Of course, we’re humbly talking about Inhabitat here — we’re expanding and currently looking to fill a few freelance & full-time positions. If you (or someone you know) are passionate about sustainable design, and want to work for an exciting and fast-growing publishing company focused on design innovation, we want to hear from you!

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Dwell on Design 2014: America's Largest Design Event is Coming Up!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, will be back at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 20-22, 2014! Curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, this exciting three-day celebration of modern design will allow visitors to explore the latest and greatest design trends, tour some of the area’s most coveted homes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry leaders. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT14 for $5 off!

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

 

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The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest estuary in the USA, covering about 4,500 square miles and spanning across 6 states. Population increase and industrialization have resulted in the pollution and deterioration of Chesapeake Bay, ruining the livelihood of local residents. If the people of Buzzards Bay, MA, do not help to improve nitrogen levels, a similar situation could happen in New England.

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How To: Create Unique Fabric Prints with Veggies

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

 

In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger generation to understand. By recounting his own experiences in nature as well as pointing to past environmental atrocities, Ned explains reasons for a societal paradigm shift that starts with the changing of our own personal habits and ends with the implementation of international and progressive political negotiations.

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MAKEOVER: See How Decorview Revamped Our Windows with Beautiful and Energy-Efficient Honeycomb Shades

Watch Yuka Yoneda from Inhabitat Get A Window Makeover, automated blinds, automatic blinds, automatic window shades, cellular shades, cooling your home with shades, cordless blinds, cordless window shades, decorview, energy efficient window treatments, energy efficient windows, green window treatments, honeycomb shades, how to insulate your windows, hunter douglas

Floor-to-ceiling windows: They’re a good thing in theory, but finding window coverings to fit them can be a huge “pane” in the “glass”! Especially when you only have one floor-to-ceiling window and it’s paired awkwardly with a square swing-out window. Of course, another downside to huge windows is excessive heat and glare in the summer months. Because of this tricky configuration and the fact that my apartment faces a brick wall, I’d been putting off window treatments for several years now, but the blazing summer temps and afternoon glare in my living room were starting to take a toll. That’s why when window treatment specialists Decorview contacted us with the opportunity to give their custom window shades a try, I happily – albeit a bit skeptically at first – took them up on their offer. Read on to see what the process was like and check out the final result!

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Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

by , 06/11/14

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Before we gathered our food in grocery carts and online services like Peapod, we gathered it straight from the bush. It’s a shocking idea that the food we eat might not be hosed with the equivalent pesticides of a 1970′s DDT public swimming pool before we eat it, but once upon a time, we foraged. No Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and everything came from nature, au naturale—naked food.

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Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight…

Heinz uses the pulp of more than two million tons of tomatoes every year to make their iconic ketchup, soups and sauces - but what happens to the leftovers? Ford just announced that…

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Recycled Noah's Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

Recycled Noah's Ark-Inspired Sculpture Pops Up at New York Park

A modern-day Noah's Ark has popped up at a park in Queens, New York. The overturned boat sculpture made of recycled materials was designed by Philadelphia-based Austin + Mergold with…

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Williams Energy "Open House" Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline…

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction", an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open…

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and…

Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall…

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Brighten Up Father's Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

Brighten Up Father's Day with a DIY Lamp Made of Upcycled CD Cases

  Does your dad have a collection of CDs that's just sitting there collecting dust? Author and DIY expert Tiffany Threadgould recently shared this bright idea about how to…

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8 Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts for the Procrastinator's Papa

8 Last-Minute Father's Day Gifts for the Procrastinator's Papa

Do you and your dad share a love of nature? If so, honor him by sending the Nature Conservancy a donation in his name. He'll receive a Father's Day eCard with one of three designs…

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7 Ways to Raise Your Voice (and Not Sea Levels) for World Environment Day

7 Ways to Raise Your Voice (and Not Sea Levels) for World Environment…

Take the WED Challenge Head over to the United Nations Environment Program's WED Challenge webpage and pledge your support for one of four WED teams to commit to taking action, not…

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Moss Graffiti!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Moss Graffiti!

  We lurve green graffiti, so when we spotted this DIY moss graffiti recipe over on Green Prophet we just had to share it with you. Stories from Space is experimenting with…

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6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

6 Awe-Inspiring, Isolated Micro-Shelters from Around the World

Muir Trail Hut in California Muir Trail Hut stands at 12,059 feet within California's rocky peaks, and is one of the trail's greatest landmarks. Built in 1930 by the Sierra Club of…

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How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

How To: Make a Bird Feeder for Small Spaces With Recycled Materials

Step One: Gather the materials Gather the materials you'll need to create your recycled bird feeder. We used: A recycled clean plastic peanut-butter jar with a screw-on lid (any…

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6 Super Easy Eco-Home Changes You Can Make for $20 or Less

6 Super Easy Eco-Home Changes You Can Make for $20 or Less

Image via Shutterstock Caulk Your Home If you're looking for the most eco-bang for your buck, it's hard to go wrong with caulking. You can score a can of caulk for about $3.00-$4.00…

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How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

How Suburban Sprawl is Killing Us

Have you ever thought about how the design of our cities, towns, and communities has wide ranging effects on both our own lives and on larger global issues? Yes, simply by changing the…

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Terrarium

DIY: How to Make Your Own Green Terrarium

MATERIALS: A clear glass jar, vase, bowl, glass, or whatever interesting glass container you have on hand Rocks, pebbles or recycled glass chunks Activated charcoal (sometimes…

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DIY: 5 All-Natural Insect Traps and Deterrents You Can Make at Home

DIY: 5 All-Natural Insect Traps and Deterrents You Can Make at Home

Summertime brings a wealth of fun to the world, doesn't it? The days are long and warm, flowers perfume the air with their luscious scents, and produce is fresh and abundant. Many…

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DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Into It

DIY: Backyard Composter from a Garbage Can + What Can Be Tossed Into…

Many cities around the world now have composting programs so household food scraps and garden clippings can be mulched rather than ending up in landfills. This is a great practice, but…

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