The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

by , 07/25/14

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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change. Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more.

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Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

by , 07/25/14

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Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and their incredible advisory council want to see your vision – enter today!

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Top 10 Plants for a Living Roof

by , 07/25/14

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Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

by , 07/23/14

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7 Plants That May Save the World

by , 07/22/14

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World's First 3D-Printed House is Being Built In Amsterdam

by , 07/21/14

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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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DIY Summer Craft Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

by , 07/16/14

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Nature Make Saltwater Drinkable?

by , 07/16/14

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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?

by , 07/16/14

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

by , 07/08/14

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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

by , 07/03/14

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

by , 06/30/14

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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Top Eco-Friendly Camping Gear for Conscientious Outdoor Enthusiasts

by , 06/25/14

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City

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?…

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

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

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…

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