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PHOTOS: Hundreds of Thousands Converge on Manhattan in Largest Climate March in History

PHOTOS: Hundreds of Thousands Converge on Manhattan in Largest Climate March in History

Initial reports are coming in that as many as 310,000 people are participating in today's NYC People's Climate March. Yup, that's three times as many as organizers were expecting. Inhabitat writers just

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How You Can Participate in the Largest Climate March in History This Sunday

How You Can Participate in the Largest Climate March in History This Sunday

The largest climate march in history takes place this Sunday - and if you care about the environment and securing a sustainable future for people on planet earth we hope to see you there! The People's

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Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

Bill Gates’ Foundation Makes its Largest Donation Ever to Fight Ebola

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced last week that it is making a $50 million donation to various organizations working on the frontline of the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The gift

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world - the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing communication network,

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Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people - a full one quarter of the world's population - don’t have access to reliable electricity? The

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India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India’s Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

India has a pollution problem - and it's gotten so bad that it's killing off vast fields of crops that could feed millions of the country’s most vulnerable residents. A new study published in the

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Brazil Set to Elect World’s First Environmentalist President

Brazil Set to Elect World’s First Environmentalist President

Brazil is on the verge of electing their Barack Obama. Except Marina Silva would not only be the country's first black president - but also the world's first green president. Silva was born into a poor

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First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

First Ebola Vaccine to be Tested on Humans in Response to Frightening Outbreak in West Africa

As the Ebola virus continues to wreak havoc in West Africa, a new Ebola vaccine will be tested on humans for the first time this week. The vaccine is being developed by the National Institutes of Health

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WHO: World’s Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

WHO: World’s Worst Ebola Outbreak Could Affect 20,000 People or More

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the recent Ebola outbreak that started in March of this year is accelerating at an alarming rate and could affect more than 20,000 people before

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Saving Children’s Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

Saving Children’s Lives in Bangladesh with Simple Concrete Floors

  Most of us take for granted the fact that we can walk barefoot across our living room floor and not end up with a life-threatening disease, but that's far from the case in many regions of

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Kenya’s New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million Liters of Water!

Kenya’s New Rainwater-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Store 1.5 Million Liters of Water!

In 2013, PITCHAfrica's Waterbank School in Kenya was named the "Greenest School on Earth." Now another of their projects has just officially opened at the Endana Secondary School in Laikipia, Kenya. The

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Watch as Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes Contact With the Outside World for the First Time

Watch as Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes Contact With the Outside World for the First Time

In a rare event that few people have ever witnessed, a previously isolated tribe encountered the outside world for the first time - and the surprising moment was all caught on video. Several indigenous

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Asia’s Wealthiest Man is Building the Cheapest Apartments in Hong Kong

Asia’s Wealthiest Man is Building the Cheapest Apartments in Hong Kong

In a stunning illustration if the ever-widening inequality gap, the richest man in China is currently building tiny apartments in Hong Kong for those city dwellers who can’t afford housing in the

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A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

A Third of Borneo’s Forests Have Been Wiped Out in Just 40 Years

The fact that the world’s tropical forests are disappearing at an astonishing rate is cause for real concern, but the rate of destruction in Borneo’s forests is particularly shocking. That's because

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Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

Philips Gift of Light Program Brings Life-Changing Solar Lighting to a Remote Vietnamese Village

For many people who lack access to electricity, the day ends when the sun goes down. But Philips aims to slowly change that through their Gift of Light program. Through it, employees first nominate

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India To Build World’s Largest Onshore Floating Solar Power Project

India To Build World’s Largest Onshore Floating Solar Power Project

India’s National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) is planning a 50 MW photovoltaic project that will be the world's largest freshwater floating solar power plant! The estimated $64–$72 million project

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Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Environmentalists everywhere (not to mention the planet itself) can breathe a huge sigh of relief, as the UN just rejected a bid by Australia to revoke the heritage status of Tasmania’s rainforest.

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New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

New Super Bananas With Orange Flesh Could Slash Vitamin A Deficiency in Low-Income Communities

Genetically modified foods get a lot of negative attention, but sometimes GMOs can be a good thing. New genetically engineered bananas may soon be grown in low-income communities in order to prevent

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You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

You Won’t Believe How Much Space Junk is Orbiting the Earth Right Now

Whether you saw the movie Gravity or not, you probably already know that space debris can be a big problem. But until you see a visual showing just how ridiculously packed the Earth’s atmosphere is, it

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Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google Wants to Bring Internet to the World With a Network of 180 Satellites

Google is continuing its quest to spread internet across the globe with its latest investment: 180 small satellites that can provide connectivity to underserved areas. The company is investing $1 billion

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World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil

World Cup Stadium Embarrassingly Incomplete Just Days Ahead of Opening Day in Brazil

With just days to go before the World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo, the venue for the event is still not completed. After a string of construction delays and the deaths of three workers on the site,

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China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

China is Taking Over 5 Million Old Cars off the Roads to Reduce Pollution

The Chinese government announced on Monday that the country was in grave danger of failing to meet its emissions reduction targets for 2015. In response, the State Council issued a plan featuring a raft

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Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador's government yesterday issued oil drilling permits for the Yasuni reserve, a U.N. listed biosphere reserve in the western part of the country. Despite calls for a referendum on the issue and a

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New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

New Wave of Amazon Dam Building to “Force Industrialization of the Jungle”

Ecosystem collapse and social unrest could be in the Amazon's future if plans for 412 hydroelectric dams move forward. According to a new report, a wave of dam building threatens the Amazon river and five

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INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

INTERVIEW: Ed Mazria, Founder of Architecture 2030 Introduces the 2030 Palette

Ed Mazria is the influential environmental architect behind the 2030 Challenge, which aims to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in new construction, and to cut the use of fossil fuels in existing

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WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

Regardless of creed, ethnicity, or tax bracket, everyone must breathe the same air. This week, the World Health Organization announced that air pollution was responsible for seven million deaths globally

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

INFOGRAPHIC: How Green Cities Can Help Sustain the Future

People around the world are moving to urban areas in record numbers - and for the first time ever there's more people living in cities than in rural areas. This trend is only set to accelerate, so it's

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Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

Pedal-Powered GiraDora Washer Needs No Electricity and Costs Only $40

In developing countries that lack electricity or the funds to buy expensive machines, taking care of laundry the old-fashioned way requires an enormous amount of time and effort.  That's why Alex Cabunoc

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Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old

Oldest Fragment of Earth Ever Found is Confirmed to be 4.4 Billion Years Old

If you thought that diamonds were forever, they have absolutely nothing on the zircon of Jack Hills, Australia. Professor of geoscience at the University of Wisconsin, John Valley has confirmed that this

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HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

HOW TO: Use a Carbon Footprint Calculator to Maximize Energy Savings

Carbon calculator photo from Shutterstock At one time or another, you've probably used a carbon calculator to find out how you're impacting the planet. But what's next? What happens after you know how

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