global development

Nicole Dextras’ Giant Words Made of Ice Depict the Folly of Environmental Destruction

Nicole Dextras’ Giant Words Made of Ice Depict the Folly of Environmental Destruction

Dextras capitalizes on the notion that a single word or set of words juxtaposed against a certain backdrop can create a lasting impression that hopefully shifts people's awareness of their environmental

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DOE Invests in High Tech Solutions to Make Deepwater Drilling Safer for the Environment

DOE Invests in High Tech Solutions to Make Deepwater Drilling Safer for the Environment

Inhabitat doesn't in any way condone deep water drilling for oil and natural gas, but we understand that until renewable solutions even out with emissions-heavy energy resources, it will exist. With the

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Scientists Planning to Cryo-Freeze Coral Samples to Preserve Endangered Species

Scientists Planning to Cryo-Freeze Coral Samples to Preserve Endangered Species

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located on Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, is a vast underground cavern that holds almost every type of seed in the world. The idea behind it is that if there is ever a

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Food Demand to Double by 2050, Urban Agriculture to Become Increasingly Important

Food Demand to Double by 2050, Urban Agriculture to Become Increasingly Important

A new report from researchers at the University of Minnesota says that the world's food demand will double by 2050, however thankfully there is a gaping hole in their research - the team neglected to

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Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

Tree Cards by Seed Our Future Help Businesses Plant Trees Around the World

In a happy marriage of brand marketing and global restoration efforts, Tree Cards are a way for a business to encourage clients and customers to help developing communities become self-sustaining. Tree

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World Population to Hit 7 Billion People This Week!

World Population to Hit 7 Billion People This Week!

This week the world's population will reach a whopping 7 billion inhabitants, marking a critical time for us to consider the conservation of natural resources to ensure a sustainable planet for future

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Zambikes: Bamboo Bikes That Help Fight Poverty & Save Lives in Africa

Zambikes: Bamboo Bikes That Help Fight Poverty & Save Lives in Africa

Customized fixies may be all the rage in urban America nowadays, but even the simplest, cheapest bike is a rare sight in rural Africa. Fortunately, the bamboo from which to craft bikes grows on trees –

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Four Cooking Stove Designs That Can Save The World

Four Cooking Stove Designs That Can Save The World

The technology is dubbed the rocket stove, a seemingly simple device that has a large vertical cylinder to hold a pot and an opening at the bottom to feed the combustible biomass to efficiently cook a

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Capital Growth Scheme Creates 2,012 Public Gardens by 2012 for London

Capital Growth Scheme Creates 2,012 Public Gardens by 2012 for London

Urban gardening projects are springing up all over the world, and London's metropolis is no different with their public gardening scheme, Capital Growth. Transforming Britain's urban hub, Capital Growth

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Earth’s Population Will Hit 7 Billion People This Year

Earth’s Population Will Hit 7 Billion People This Year

It seems like only yesterday that the planet's population hit 6 billion, but in fact it was 12 years ago in 1999. This year, the planet will hit the next big milestone - the UN Population Division just

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SODIS: PET Bottles Can Serve as Cheap Solar Water Disinfection Systems

SODIS: PET Bottles Can Serve as Cheap Solar Water Disinfection Systems

1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to a clean water supply, and nearly 2 million children die each year just from diarrhea (which is often water-borne). SODIS solar water disinfection systems offer

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Germany To Completely Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2022

Germany To Completely Phase Out Nuclear Power by 2022

In reaction to the current nuclear crisis in Japan, Germany has vowed to abolish all nuclear power. Announced today, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that all nuclear power will be completely phased out

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Rainbow Warrior: Greenpeace Building First Purpose-Built Sailboat to Fight Environmental Destruction

Rainbow Warrior: Greenpeace Building First Purpose-Built Sailboat to Fight Environmental Destruction

Greenpeace is hard at work in Germany building a purpose-built -- meaning something that is designed from the ground up for its intended job --sailboat to aid in their environmental work around the world.

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Samsung to Invest $7 Billion in South Korean Eco-Town

Samsung to Invest $7 Billion in South Korean Eco-Town

Electronics company Samsung has made a $7.04 billion commitment to the government to construct a massive eco-friendly production facility in South Korea. The reclaimed wetland area of Saemangeum has been

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Following New Law, Apple and Intel Say They Will Cease Using Conflict Minerals

Following New Law, Apple and Intel Say They Will Cease Using Conflict Minerals

Your future iPod or laptop will soon bear the words “Conflict Free,” thanks to the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed by President Obama last week.  Apple and Intel have joined up

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How Will the Crisis in Japan Affect Global Nuclear Energy Policy?

How Will the Crisis in Japan Affect Global Nuclear Energy Policy?

As Japan's nuclear crisis worsens, nuclear energy policies around the world come under scrutiny.

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Study Reveals Vicious Cycle of Pollution on Tibetan Plateau Snows

Study Reveals Vicious Cycle of Pollution on Tibetan Plateau Snows

A new research paper reveals that the snow at the Tibetan Plateau is melting faster due to industry and agriculture far below. The study published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics is remarkable in how

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Environmental Documentaries Bring a Green Theme to 2011 Academy Awards

Environmental Documentaries Bring a Green Theme to 2011 Academy Awards

Gasland Gasland is the a visually provocative story by writer director Josh Fox who was inspired to explore the dangers of gas drilling when he was offered money to drill at his property in Pennsylvania.

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United Nations Report Says Just 2% of GDP Would Create a Green Economy

United Nations Report Says Just 2% of GDP Would Create a Green Economy

A new report by the UNEP says that just 2 percent of the global domestic product could move the world from fossil fuel dependency to a low carbon economy.

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Circular Hakka Houses Create Self-Sustaining Communities

Circular Hakka Houses Create Self-Sustaining Communities

Settled in the mountainous southwest of the Fujian province, these communities are known as Tulou and are essentially fortresses built in either square or round shapes. Structures typically had only one

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Tianjin Eco City is a Futuristic Green Landscape for 350,000 Residents

Tianjin Eco City is a Futuristic Green Landscape for 350,000 Residents

Eco-City will make use of the latest sustainable technologies such as solar power, wind power, rainwater recycling, and wastewater treatment/desalination of sea water. In order to reduce the city's carbon

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Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Brilliant Toolbox Transforms Into a Table or Bench

Marlon Dabreau wants us all to live in a multifunctional world -- why have many objects that do one thing when you can design everything to be multi-purpose? His Peera toolbox is a perfect example of a

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New Device Uses World’s Smallest Animals to Detect Water Toxins

New Device Uses World’s Smallest Animals to Detect Water Toxins

Since 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies, and 3.573 million people die each year from water-related diseases, it's clear that securing safe water sources in communities around the world

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Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance

Dead Coal Mine Pits Grow New Trees Without Human Assistance

Addressing the issues related to reforestation can give way to lengthy conversations -- how do you regrow natural habitats after they've been decimated? However, there is another delicate ecosystem

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Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil

Earthworms Could Be Used to Clean Up Hazardous Toxins in Soil

Cleaning up disused industrial sites can be a hazardous line of work, however researchers in South America have found an ally in one of the most unlikely creatures on the planet: the earthworm. According

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COP16: Traffic Jams, Mired Talks, and Glimmers of Hope

COP16: Traffic Jams, Mired Talks, and Glimmers of Hope

The first week of talks is over at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico, and my brain is mushy. It's not from margaritas -- what's spinning me around is the political web of the talks, the freakishly high stakes, and

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COP16 UN Conference for Climate Change Starts Monday!

COP16 UN Conference for Climate Change Starts Monday!

This Monday the 29th will mark the 16th edition of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP) and the 6th Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto

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Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger

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15,000km Long Eco City Revitalizes the Silk Road

15,000km Long Eco City Revitalizes the Silk Road

OFL's vision for the new Silk Road is made up of two main elements: highly sustainable and habitable towers and a vast railway system. The towers will be composed of three different types of skyscrapers

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