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Average Chinese Citizen’s Carbon Footprint is Now Equal to the Average European’s

Average Chinese Citizen’s Carbon Footprint is Now Equal to the Average European’s

China's industrial growth has really taken off in the last decade - and new research shows that the per capita emissions of the world's most populated country are now almost on a par with the European

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Songa Designs Brings Sustainable Business to Rural Rwanda Through Handmade Fashion Accessories

Songa Designs Brings Sustainable Business to Rural Rwanda Through Handmade Fashion Accessories

We live in a world where it's clear that traditional humanitarian aid creates dependency rather than sustainable independence, and the people who should have a say when it comes to their own lives often

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Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

The city of São Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, produces massive amounts of solid waste on a daily basis. In order to manage this constant flow of trash, the municipal government provides

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Lack Of Exercise, Too Much Food and Advanced Medicine Have Given White Americans ‘Bigger Heads’

Lack Of Exercise, Too Much Food and Advanced Medicine Have Given White Americans ‘Bigger Heads’

Researchers from the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center have discovered that over the past 150 years, changes in lifestyle and an increase in calorie in-take have given white

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Rio+20: New UN Report Says Mankind’s Future is Not Sustainable

Rio+20: New UN Report Says Mankind’s Future is Not Sustainable

A new UN report issued in advance of the upcoming Rio+20 Conference calls for urgent environmental measures to protect not only the environment - but also ourselves. The report states that population

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Are Green Spaces an Indicator of Social and Economic Inequality?

Are Green Spaces an Indicator of Social and Economic Inequality?

Look out of your window. Can you see many trees or vegetation? If so, then you may be living in one of the more affulent parts of your city. That or you live in the countryside. Tim DeChant, of Per

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Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland, Oregon is often recognized as one of the greenest cities in America. The city has plans for peak oil and climate action and policies to address recycling and sustainable urban development, so

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INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition

INTERVIEW: CEO of Bentley Systems Greg Bentley Talks About the Future City Design Competition

While we write a lot about a sustainable built environment, we often overlook the contribution of engineers. We recently talked at length with Greg Bentley, CEO of Bentley Systems,

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Cambodia’s New Stock Exchange Tower Has Dragon Scales

Cambodia’s New Stock Exchange Tower Has Dragon Scales

The building will be LEED certified, and it consists of two towers and a glass and steel podium. Tower 1 will hold world-class offices, luxury retail, as well as studios, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom serviced

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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Project Green Light Launch “Sustainia” to Inspire Sustainable Living

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Project Green Light Launch “Sustainia” to Inspire Sustainable Living

Sustainia, an ambitious initiative by Project Green Light to present a virtual realization of a truly sustainable world, was launched March 7 at the University of Geneva by Arnold Schwarzenegger and

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UK Retailers Are Failing To Meet Their Food Waste Reduction Targets

UK Retailers Are Failing To Meet Their Food Waste Reduction Targets

All over the western world, food waste is a major concern. When so many are starving, sending thousands of tons of unwanted food to the landfills shouldn't be an option. In the UK, British retailers have

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University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

University of Texas Students Integrate Sustainability and Education With Africa’s Promise Village School

In the Spring of 2011, graduate students in Professor Garrison's vertical design studio were tasked with the design of a school in rural Tanzania. Seeking sustainable design advice, Dr. Gunn, the

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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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