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Mixed-Use Butterfly Square Absorbs Solar Energy Through Wing-Like Green Roofs

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Red Tide is Devastating the Northeast Gulf of Mexico in Florida

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A disturbning menace is invading southwest Florida in the form of a “red tide.” A toxic algae that kills sea turtles, sharks and fish, red tides also threatens the region’s economy. This particular strain called Karenia brevis is present nearly every year off the coast of Florida, but large blooms of it can be devastating to fishermen and tourism. Right now the algae is collecting in an area about 60 miles wide and 100 miles long, about five to 15 miles off St. Petersburg in the south and stretching north to Florida’s Big Bend, where the peninsula ends and the Panhandle begins.

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Get a Free Fruit Tree at MillionTreesNYC's Fall Tree Giveaway!

by , 09/18/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Great news tree huggers: MillionTreesNYC just launched its seventh tree giveaway season and for the first time ever, the green initiative will be handing out a variety of highly coveted fruit trees! Hosted by the New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the 40+ giveaways across the five boroughs will distribute 4,500 fruit trees this fall. But hurry–this limited quantity of plants is available on a first come, first serve basis.

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How to Buy Discounted Flowers From Yesterday's Soiree (For a Good Cause)

by , 09/18/14
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Adaptable House Accommodates Major Life Changes to Dramatically Reduce its Carbon Footprint

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New Technology Lets You Design and Print Your New Home on Mars in Just 24 Hours

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The idea of living on Mars is no longer just the stuff of science fiction. In fact, one way or another, humans will likely be hanging out on the red planet within the next few decades. But landing there and living there are two very different propositions because, at current prices, it costs anywhere from $100,000 to $200,000 to get one measly kilogram of building material onto Mars. It’s a good thing that Elon Musk is planning on building a city there, because no one else will be able to afford to. Unless, of course, you could just do what NASA plans on doing and download, print and build your own Martian home in just 24 hours.

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C.F. Moller's Saeby Strand Apartments Win Award for Outstanding Social Housing Development

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LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest!

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It’s that time of year again – school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine we’re offering you a chance to win a brand new PUBLIC Bike or a Voltaic solar backpack! We’re looking for smart ideas that will lower your environmental footprint for the coming academic year, and our grand prize winner will receive their choice of a PUBLIC C1 or PUBLIC V1 bike decked out with a rear rack, a metal basket, and a brass bell (worth a total of $574!), and three runners-up will each win a Voltaic Converter solar-powered backpack (worth $129) — perfect for keeping your electronics charged for a full day of classes. The deadline for all submissions is TODAY September 17th at 11:59PM ET – read on to learn how to enter!

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This Blazing Fast Electric Car is Powered by Saltwater!

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Nanoflowcell has developed the world’s first saltwater-powered electric car – the Quant e-Sportlimousine – it just received approval for testing in Europe! The futuristic gull-winged vehicle runs on a special type of gasoline that is made from salt water, and it’s now street-legal on public roads in Germany. According to Nanoflowcell, the Quant e-Sportlimousine can accelerate from 0-62 mph in a blazing 2.8 seconds and it has a driving range of up to 373 miles.

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Spiky Sea Urchin-Inspired Hydroelectric House Converts Wave Energy into Electricity

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LAST CHANCE: Win $100 Worth of Green Back-to-School Supplies!

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Hey parents! School is in session, and to help prepare your kids for the coming school year we’re giving away $200 worth of green school supplies from our friends at The Ultimate Green Store! Two lucky grand prize winners will each receive $100 to spend on eco school supplies for your kids – including upcycled backpacks, BPA-free lunchboxes, tree-free recycled pencil sets, and much more. The deadline to enter is TODAY September 17th at 11:59PM ET – submit your awesome green ideas here to win!

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Vo Trong Nghia Unveils Lovely Low-Cost Housing Made from Locally Sourced Palm Trees

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Yellowstone National Park to Kill up to 900 Bison This Winter

by , 09/17/14
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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Yellowstone National Park just annoucned plans to kill up to 900 bison this winter in an effort to control the size of the park’s herd. Any animals that stray from the park over the winter months will be killed in what could be the largest cull of the US’ last free-ranging pure-bred bison in seven years. Currently, Yellowstone‘s bison population is estimated at 4,900, and the park hopes to reduce this number to 4,000.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon just named Leonardo DiCaprio a United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change. The Academy Award-nominated actor and committed environmental activist joins 11 others in the role, including Stevie Wonder, primatologist Jane Goodall, author Paulo Coelho, and fellow actors Michael Douglas, Charlize Theron and George Clooney. DiCaprio’s first engagement as a Messenger will be to address the UN Climate Summit in New York on 23 September, 2014.

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Airy Green On Main is a Live-Work Space Built With 14 Upcycled Shipping Containers in Venice Beach

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Restless Futures Showcases Emerging Technologies and their Potential Consequences at the London Design Festival 2014

Restless Futures Showcases Emerging Technologies and their Potential…

Located at the Lethaby Gallery, Restless Futures forms part of an 18-month Central Saint Martins program organized around four themes: Disruptive Technologies, Expanded Boundaries, No…

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

DIY: How to Make Your Own Solar Power Generator!

Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source that can help limit climate change by liberating us from fossil fuels - but do you know what actually makes the technology tick? It's not…

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Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our Code

Get $10 Off Passes to the First Ever Dwell on Design NY Show with Our…

Dwell on Design NY, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, debuts at 82 Mercer in SoHo, NY. Join 5,000 design elite as Dwell upends the standard ‘trade show’ format and creates a…

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ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York Architecture and Design

ARCHTOBER: Brace Yourselves for a Month-Long Celebration of New York…

The fourth annual Architecture and Design Month is coming to New York City this October. Rechristening the tenth month of the year as Archtober, it will be a month-long festival of…

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LimeMakers Debuts 3D-Printed Home Collection at the London Design Festival

LimeMakers Debuts 3D-Printed Home Collection at the London Design…

3D printing technology has finally entered the world of mainstream design - and Germany-based LimeMakers just unveiled a cutting-edge line of 3D-printed products at this year's London…

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