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Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, and 23 Others Arrested in Cove Point Civil Disobedience

  How could Rachel tell her daughter that some people are exploited because they can't fight back? That sometimes the people meant to protect us are profiting from the dangerous infrastructure

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A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

A Toxic Tour: Violations, Lies, and Dangers of the Shale Gas Industry

“They say I’m not to be trusted,” said Vera Scroggins, a local fracking activist from Montrose, PA. Vera has recently been targeted by the industry for speaking out against shale gas extraction. She

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LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling

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5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Burning Dinosaurs This Summer

  It's been a long winter, people, but Jack Frost went packing to the North Pole and the summer sun is back in the lifeguard seat. Summer's always been the best time to be outside for

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Killing the Lorax: 900 Environmental Activists Slain in the Past 10 Years

Killing the Lorax: 900 Environmental Activists Slain in the Past 10 Years

A shocking new report finds that in addition to waging war against the only planet capable of sustaining human life, we're also attacking those who would seek to protect it. The survey, conducted by

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Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

Britain Breaks Ground On First New Nuclear Power Plant Since Fukushima Disaster

The Fukushima nuclear power plant remains a toxic disaster more than two years after an earthquake and tsunami struck coastal Japan. While damages to local residents and the environment are still being

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Top Five Dumbest Greenwashed ‘Earth Day’ Gimmicks

Top Five Dumbest Greenwashed ‘Earth Day’ Gimmicks

'It's easy being green'. 'Green is the new black'. Are you tired of simplistic eco slogans and soundbites yet? This may come as a bit of a surprise -- but I'm really starting to hate Earth Day. One

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$1 Million 24-Carat Gold Vacuum Cleaner Defines Wretched Excess, Has its Own Rap Song

$1 Million 24-Carat Gold Vacuum Cleaner Defines Wretched Excess, Has its Own Rap Song

There are mainly pointless designed object in the world, but this has got to top the list of wretched excess.  GoVacuum.com has created a 24-carat gold vacuum cleaner that comes with the hefty price

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Carmen Miranda Meets LEGOs In Bizarre Brazilian Fruit Branding Campaign

Carmen Miranda Meets LEGOs In Bizarre Brazilian Fruit Branding Campaign

Tired of peeling labels off of your fruit? The Brazilian advertising agency AGE Isobar has found a solution with its cubic mold, which presses a brand's label into the surface of pieces of fruit. The mold

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Sorry, FOX News – Wind Farms Are Not Causing Global Warming

Sorry, FOX News – Wind Farms Are Not Causing Global Warming

The web is buzzing today over a new research study that looks at the effect that large Texas wind farms have on surface temperatures in their immediate surroundings. "New Research Shows Wind Farms Cause

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6 Earth Day Activities That Will Actually Make a Difference

6 Earth Day Activities That Will Actually Make a Difference

1. GO VEGETARIAN The amount of greenhouse gas produced by the livestock industry is staggering - the Worldwatch Institute estimates that meat and dairy production accounts for 51% of the world's total

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GoDaddy CEO’s Elephant Hunting Inspires Individuals to Donate Money to Save Elephants

GoDaddy CEO’s Elephant Hunting Inspires Individuals to Donate Money to Save Elephants

A couple weeks ago we reported on the killing of an elephant for sport by GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons. As shocking as the news may have been, it seems that in a strange turn of events it may have come as a

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GoDaddy CEO Hunts Endangered Elephants for Sport

GoDaddy CEO Hunts Endangered Elephants for Sport

Bob Parsons, the CEO of domain registry company GoDaddy, apparently enjoys hunting endangered species for fun.

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Republicans Attempt to Repeal Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs

Republicans Attempt to Repeal Ban on Incandescent Light Bulbs

How many legislative bodies does it take to block efficiency? Well, it appears only one -- as Republicans in Congress try to repeal the 2007 Ban on incandescent bulbs. Spearheading the charge is Sen. Rand

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Yellow Pages Finally Launches Phone Book Opt-Out Website

Yellow Pages Finally Launches Phone Book Opt-Out Website

The YPA is calling the site the National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice & Opt-Out Site, because it allows you to opt out of all books or choose to receive selected books. I clicked through through the

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Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Are Low-E Windows Melting Your Neighbor’s House?

Architects Newspaper recently shared some surprising news suggesting that new low-E windows could be responsible for melting the vinyl siding on neighboring homes. Reflections from the windows are

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5 Great Tips on How to Win Over an Eco-Blogger

5 Great Tips on How to Win Over an Eco-Blogger

In light of increased environmental, health and lifestyle awareness around the world, it’s not surprising that green cache can be a key factor in boosting a brand’s reputation and consumer reach. So

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5 Tips To Win Over Green Bloggers

5 Tips To Win Over Green Bloggers

The market for eco-friendly products and services has exploded in the past five years, and it is pretty clear that companies with environmental brand cache have an edge over their competitors. If you

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Is LEED Still Leading the Way for Green Building?

Is LEED Still Leading the Way for Green Building?

For the past five years Inhabitat has written about many LEED buildings. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification system has proven to be enormously successful at pushing commercial

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5 Mistakes Businesses Make Trying to Go Green

5 Mistakes Businesses Make Trying to Go Green

If you've been shopping, watching TV or surfing the web at all, you've undoubtedly noticed all of the companies taking their products and services green. While this is generally a good thing, we can't

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5 Mistakes Businesses Make While Trying to Go Green

5 Mistakes Businesses Make While Trying to Go Green

If you're reading Inhabitat, you're no doubt aware of how popular the 'green' trend has become. Businesses have finally started to realize that the environmental movement is here to stay, and that there

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Borders Plans to Trash Tens of Thousands of Unsold Books!

Borders Plans to Trash Tens of Thousands of Unsold Books!

Ok, now we're really mad. The news about trashed merchandise keeps getting worse. In the wake of last week's story that H&M and Walmart have been ditching unsold clothing in trash cans behind their

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GREEN RANT: Stop Sending me Phone Books!

GREEN RANT: Stop Sending me Phone Books!

Inspiration for this rant landed on doorsteps in my area a few weeks ago, and has been sitting there, becoming increasingly soggy and unsightly ever since. Digging around the internet I found that many

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ECO RANT: Stop Wasting Beer and Cups!

ECO RANT: Stop Wasting Beer and Cups!

Ahhhh summer. The afternoon picnics. The poolside cookouts. The breezy rooftop parties. The gazillion plastic cups to clean up? The half-filled bottles of beer that have been abandoned by their drinkers?

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Screw Earth Day! One Day is For Amateurs

Screw Earth Day! One Day is For Amateurs

For some, Earth Day is a reconciliatory one day affair - a way to make all of your eco-wrongdoings from the past year disappear. While Earth Day has certainly provided critical impetus in years past for

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GREEN RANT: Why Won’t NYC Recycle Plastic?

GREEN RANT: Why Won’t NYC Recycle Plastic?

Why does NYC send easily recyclable PET plastic containers to landfill? New York City recycles plastic - or so I thought! For the last several years I have been carefully scrubbing all plastic number 1

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Containers Manufactured For Housing

PREFAB FRIDAY: Containers Manufactured For Housing

Shipping container buildings have gained incredible popularity over the last year. And now here is another one to add to the list - the 2+ Weekend House by Jure Kotnik Arhitekt. This mini housing unit is

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Mailman Cuts Out Junk Mail, You Can Too!

Mailman Cuts Out Junk Mail, You Can Too!

A former North Carolina mailman was recently fined $3,000 and ordered to do 500 hours of community service for cutting out the junk mail. For over seven years, no one on Steven Padgett's route received a

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GREEN RANT: Can Explosives Go Green?

GREEN RANT: Can Explosives Go Green?

Ah, science - constantly trying to make the world a better place. Although air quality may not be first and foremost on your mind when there are bombs going off, you'll be glad to know that scientists are

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BEIJING OLYMPIC GREENS: China’s Green Facade of Shrubbery

BEIJING OLYMPIC GREENS: China’s Green Facade of Shrubbery

In preparation for the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing has festooned the Olympic grounds with lush sculptures portraying a greener version of China than we're used to seeing. Over the last few decades China

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