What the US Government Shutdown Means for the Environment

by , 10/01/13

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After a prolonged debate over the Congressional budget and the effective date of the new healthcare law, Democrats and Republicans have failed to reach an agreement on appropriations bills for the coming year. That means the federal government has effectively shut down for the foreseeable future, closing all non-essential government agencies, sending home an estimated 1.2 million federal employees, and potentially delaying paychecks for the remaining workers kept on staff. The shutdown will also stymie climate research, close all national parks, and reduce the EPA’s workforce by 93.5%. Read on to learn what the US government shutdown means for the environment.

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Join Inhabitat, Ford & the AIA for 'Design With a Purpose' Panel Discussion on Resilient Design

by , 09/30/13

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In celebration of Archtober happening this month in NYC, the Ford Motor Company and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY) chapter are teaming up to bring us a brand new panel discussion and webcast focused on resilient design. ’Design With a Purpose‘ is the third in Ford’s illuminating webcast series which has hosted talks between several of today’s leading architects and automotive designers. This month’s webcast will feature high-profile architects and builders from across New York, including Erik Churchill, project manager at SHoP Construction; Frank J. Sciame Jr., Hon. AIANY Chapter and CEO/chairman of Sciame Construction Company; Ford’s VP of Global Design J Mays; and moderator Rick Bell, FAIA, the executive director of the AIANY. This panel of though-leaders will discuss how designers can create strong, functional buildings that are resilient enough to endure the test of time, much like New York City‘s famous skyscrapers. We’ll be live streaming this discussion on Inhabitat.com on October 3rd, so mark your calendars!

We want your participation in this conversation! You can join in by submitting your questions in advance below in the comments, or during the live panel by tweeting questions to @Ford and @Inhabitat with the hashtag #FordArchitecture! We’ll be sending Inhabitat t-shirts to the selected question submitters, so send us good ones!

WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2013, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

by , 09/29/13

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In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual, I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big industry. It’s a problem that comes up in nature all the time. Think about it: we have to dust to keep our home surfaces clean, but a plant can’t do that. But they need to let in maximum sunlight. They just can’t afford to be grungy! Lots of creatures deal with this same issue for all kinds of reasons. How do they do it? Can we learn better ways to stay clean from them? Read on to find out!

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear?

by , 09/28/13

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I’m off to the wilds of Montana this week, doing some in-person, up-close biomimicry research, and I’ve got my fingers crossed I’ll see a grizzly bear. But you know, over there, not over here. With five inch long claws, massive muscular shoulders and forearms, and a habit of rearing up ten feet tall with a throaty growl, I don’t want this guy breathing hot bear breath down my neck. A subspecies of brown bear, he makes his home in the woodlands and mountains in Asia, Europe, Western Canada, Alaska, and down into the ‘Lower 48.’ He’s pretty much got the widest range of any bear. How’s he do it? Easy. He’s an opportunist par excellence. Can we learn something about adapting to change from the grizzly?

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SPONSORED: Rest Easy Knowing Your Vehicle's Always Connected with OnStar

by , 09/28/13


We’re pretty lucky to now live in a time where vehicles are smart…really smart. For instance, how amazing is it that a car can call for help in seconds after a crash? With OnStar, a powerful built-in technology available in most GM vehicles, you’re connected to a live Advisor 24/7  so help is always close at hand. Additional technologies from OnStar include Stolen Vehicle Assistance and OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics emails, which track your vehicle’s health.

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Cardboard Glasses and Toilet Brush Lamps Amuse and Provoke at Designersblock at London Design Festival 2013

by , 09/24/13

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HOW TO: Extend the Shelf Life of Root Vegetables by Storing Them in Sand

by , 09/24/13

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A startling amount of food gets wasted by households every year; more than restaurants, grocery stores, and farms combined. Many people are doing their best to be more diligent about their own household waste, and that includes finding new, smart ways to store groceries so they don’t spoil. Using sand to preserve food isn’t a new method by any means, but it’s certainly effective, and can be used a few different ways to extend the shelf life of root veggies and certain firm-fleshed fruit.

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Park(ing) Day 2013: The Best Pop-Up Parks Across the States! [PHOTOS]

by , 09/21/13

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DIY: How To Make Vegan Wild Mushroom & Olive Tapenade in a Few Simple Steps

by , 09/21/13

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10 Warming Vegan Drinks for Autumn and Winter

by , 09/19/13

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You know that autumn will kick into high gear soon when people are ordering pumpkin lattes, apple cider, and cocoa instead of frozen drinks at your favorite cafes. All over the northern hemisphere, folks will wrap chilled fingers around warm mugs and sip at the deliciousness therein. Whether you’re aiming to be more budget-friendly or would just rather make your own drinks at home, you can whip up some fabulous, delicious vegan sip-ables with just a few ingredients, a saucepan, and a stove top.

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

by , 09/18/13

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If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally conscious a manner as you can. But how do you measure, compare and make choices about the environmental footprint of different products, materials and building practices? Over the past few years, you’ve probably encountered a veritable cacophony of eco labels competing for your attention, stamped on everything from carpeting, appliances and furniture, to building materials, windows and roofing, to entire buildings. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by this onslaught of competing eco labels, fear not. Inhabitat is here to break them down for you and help you decipher what green building labels really mean, and which are the most important ones to pay attention to when it comes to building green.

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Shanghai Shopping Mall Sprouts a Flourishing Urban Farm! [PHOTOS]

by , 09/18/13

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9 Exceptionally Delicious (and Easy) Vegan Meals You can Make on a Budget

by , 09/17/13

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From DIY Bikes to 3D-Printed Guns: Adhocracy is a Cultural Revolution in Making at the London Design Festival

by , 09/17/13

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Enter Inhabitots' Back to School Contest to Score Over $100 Worth of Green Goodies

by , 09/14/13

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Summer break is over and most kids have already started to head back to school. If you want to make your little one’s new academic school year all the more special, then enter the Inhabitots’ Green Back to School Contest to win an awesome prize package worth over $100! We’re giving away not one, but THREE adorable EcoZoo backpacks from the Ultimate Green Store, each brimming with green goodies like a Klean Kanteen stainless steel sport bottleLunchSkins reusable snack bags, and an art and craft kit Kiwi Crate. Hit the jump to find out how you can win one of these amazing prize packages!

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Unconventional Yet Scrumptious Apple Recipes for Autumn

Unconventional Yet Scrumptious Apple Recipes for Autumn

Image via Shutterstock You may have seen an abundance of apples popping up in grocery stores and farmers' markets lately, and with good cause: this is the time of year in which these…

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DIY: Pocket Hand Warmers for Chilly Days

DIY: Pocket Hand Warmers for Chilly Days

The first leaves of autumn have begun to fall, and although it's not officially fall yet, you may be feeling a bit of crispness in the air in the early morning or after sunset. Days…

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About Insulation, Elasticity and Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Honeybee Teach Designers About…

What exactly is biomimicry? I think of it as a way of unlocking a whole world of super-powers for humanity. It is literally the next stage of human evolution. Leonardo DaVinci himself…

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