Nominate a socially responsible design to win $100K in the 2015 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

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The Buckminster Fuller Challenge just launched their 2015 search for “socially responsible design’s highest award”—and they want your help in the nomination process. Every year, the Buckminster Fuller Institute awards a $100,000 cash prize to a deserving project with significant potential to solve some of humanity’s most pressing problems. Previous winners include the Living Building Challenge and Operation Hope, a project that reverses desertification in Africa. If you’d like to recommend a visionary project to the 2015 visionary project, keep reading for more details.

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Gorgeous Catalan building renovated into an eco-friendly hostel in Barcelona

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Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin remembers the Holocaust to prevent future acts of genocide

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The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

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It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but for jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be – because the solar power jobs sector grew 20 times faster than any other sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In fact, the number of solar jobs has surpassed the number of coal mining jobs – a hopeful sign for both alternative energy and job growth.

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Man rebuilds the ancient city of Pompeii with 190,000 LEGO bricks!

by , 01/27/15
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Ryan McNaught, aka The Brickman, was recently commissioned by the Nicholson Museum in Sydney, Australia to recreate the ancient city of Pompeii entirely from LEGO bricks! The exhibit, now on display in the museum, shows how Pompeii looked at the moment of destruction in A.D 79, how it looked when it was discovered in the 1700′s, and how it looks today.

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Obama protects 12.3 million acres of Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge against drilling

by , 01/27/15
filed under: Conservation, News

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As President Obama put it in his State of the Union address, he has “no more campaigns left to run.” Therefore it looks like he is using his remaining time in office to make as much of a difference as possible. Amongst his final efforts are plans to keep potential drilling and exploitation out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world.

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The true story behind Groundhog Day

by , 01/27/15
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This year, as poor Punxsutawney Phil is hoisted into the air to divine our future weather, you might find yourself wondering how on earth this became a “thing”. The modern Groundhog Day holiday is based on ancient celebrations of the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, prompted by the early signs of spring. But the holiday’s origins are much weirder than that, and they involve a wood-gathering witch, a Roman hedgehog, and a whole lot of candles.

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This tiny Wedge cabin looks great and has a place for everything

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

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Tiny refuge in the Alps built in memory of young Italian mountaineer

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

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The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project just passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The proposed 515-mile transmission line could be used to carry any type of electricity, but project managers promise the focus will be on wind and solar resources of Arizona and New Mexico. The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying the approval is the culmination of a 7-year effort by SunZia.

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INFOGRAPHIC: A half a billion people worldwide still lack access to clean water

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The United Nations has a goal to make sure that 75% of the world has access to safe drinking water by 2015. Unfortunately, they are still far short of reaching that goal.  This infographic provides insight into the current global sanitation coverage and shows how far we have to go to provide the world with clean drinking water. If you want to help, you can get involved here - http://www.wateraid.org/uk

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Australia encourages recycling with "Cash for Containers" kiosks

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Australians are being encouraged to increase their recycling habits with a program called “Cash for Containers“. In Sydney (and hopefully areas across the country soon), kiosks are being installed that take in recyclable cans and plastic bottles and allow recyclers to choose their rewards, from cash to bus tickets. With beverage containers now outnumbering cigarette butts as far as litter is concerned, these reverse vending kiosks have the potential to help reduce public litter in a great way, and keep plastic from polluting the coastline and local waterways.

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VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Valentine

Wondering what sweet treats to give your Valentine this Friday? Here’s a delectable recipe that is sure to delight. Follow along as Inhabitots’ pint-sized pastry chef Petey Rojas shows you the easy steps to making his yummy vegan red velvet cupcakes in this adorable video. We promise that your better half will love them—and it wouldn’t hurt to whip up a batch for yourself too!

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LOT-EK uses recycled truck bodies to create a rooftop penthouse in NYC

by , 01/27/15
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British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

British farmer plants heart-shaped meadow in honor of his late wife

Winston Howes, green thumb and hopeless romantic, planted 6,000 oak trees in the shape of heart in his South Gloucestershire meadow 15 years ago as a tribute to his late wife, Janet.…

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Construction underway on Canada's first Holocaust memorial designed by Libeskind

Construction underway on Canada's first Holocaust memorial designed by…

Today marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, a day commemorated by International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It’s a perfect time to unveil the design for Canada’s…

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Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

Kalepocalypse: Winter snowstorm causes kale shortage in NYC

While New York City managed to remain relatively unscathed by the first big snowstorm of the year, we're still facing a bigger and even scarier emergency - a major shortage of kale. In…

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Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every year

Winter storms will hit new extremes as the planet gets warmer every…

Your views on the historic snowstorm of 2015 likely depend largely on where you are; NYC: "wha, that's it?" vs. New England: "we'll dig ourselves out eventually"), and who you are:…

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Reinier de Jong designs minimalist Stip table made from birch plywood and ash

Reinier de Jong designs minimalist Stip table made from birch plywood…

Dutch designer Reinier de Jong completed the Stip table, an elegant wooden furniture piece remarkable for its minimalist design and high-quality craftsmanship. The sturdy dining table…

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