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!

by , 12/31/14

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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?

by , 12/30/14

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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 a cliff to a collection of DIY homes built on the cheap, check out our most popular architecture stories below and let us know which one wowed you the most.

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

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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 cheetah friends in Africa, and were shocked at how humans are milking blood from horseshoe crabs. There was a strange little green cat running around the streets of Varna, Bulgaria, and we learned about a bizarre little tick whose bite can turn people into vegetarians! From a heartbreaking story about how our actions are causing sea turtles to break out in tumors to a shriek-inducing tale of a Baltimore warehouse infested with over 100 million spiders, our animal stories have certainly kept us on our toes. Check out the top stories from the past year below, and let us know which was 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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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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by , 12/22/14

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Windows Store gives you access to tons of gaming, lifestyle, entertainment and social apps. With so many to choose from, you are sure to find some gems.

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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 little bit brighter, and those who take up gardening rarely ever quit. To pamper your green-thumbed loved ones, check out our list of 14 gifts for budding botanists here.

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Win a Boskke Planter, Vitra Cork Stools and more design goodness (worth $1200) in our Dwell Store holiday giveaway!

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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 products from the Dwell store. The prizes include swoon-worthy home goods like a pair of comfy new Vitra cork stools (worth $940), a conversation-starting ceramic Sky Planter (worth $25), a handy and darling portable lamp ($245), and the elegant Boskke Cube 3 clear planter ($49.95). So give yourself a gift for the holidays and enter to win today!

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They taught us how to tie our shoelaces, cleaned our poopy diapers and, no biggie, created us -- so they definitely deserve some heartfelt thanks in the form of a fabulous holiday gift!…

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