Humans have killed nearly half the trees on earth so far

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This is the kind of news that makes us groan. A new study of arboreal density around the globe indicates humans are directly responsible for killing almost half the trees on the planet. This latest report confirms the devastation we already knew, but in a very real way, since this study is the first of its kind to be derived from actual data, giving us a more accurate picture of the Earth’s forests than ever before.

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Three-legged teahouse in the Netherlands boasts a cantilevering green roof

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Crazy 54-propellor super drone lifts off with a man aboard

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When is a drone not just a drone? When it is 54-propeller flying machine with a man aboard. A YouTube video uploaded by a British man who goes by his username gasturbine101 shows the drone-esque flying machine carrying a fully-grown male passenger as it lifts several feet off the ground and wobbles around in the air. This crazy flying machine is being called a “manned super drone” by its creators, who have also given it the more affectionate name “The Swarm” to the colony of tiny drones that keep it airborne.

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World’s largest outdoor mural completed in just four days

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Scientists have finally invented ice cream that doesn't melt

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If there’s one product that we can all agree is begging to be improved upon, it’s ice cream. Sure, there have been forays into weird new flavors like bacon goat cheese and jalapeño pickle, but the basic recipe, which literally no one likes, hasn’t changed for hundreds of years. Until now, that is. Scientists in the UK have developed a formula for ice cream that doesn’t melt – presumably in response to increasing global temperatures.

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Olafur Eliasson launches a gorgeous and affordable handheld solar phone charger

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Tiny wedge-shaped writer’s cottage is the ultimate creative retreat in Norway

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Is it real? Redditor claims to show first glimpse of futuristic Hyperloop test track

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One bold Reddit user claims to have captured a photo of a high-speed Hyperloop test track being built outside of Los Angeles at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The post, which originally went up yesterday, has Hyperloop enthusiasts and graphics experts in a tizzy, debating about the authenticity of the Redditor’s claim. If this image is genuine, it marks the very first glimpse of the futuristic public transportation system that could someday allow commuters to travel up to 700mph between major cities in California.

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

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It’s hard to believe, but fall is nearly upon us and a new semester will be in full swing sooner than we know it. Where did summer go? If you’re heading off to school, Inhabitat is here to help you hit the books with a lighter footprint – and in this year’s Back to School Contest we’re giving you the chance to win a Voltaic solar-power backpack to keep your phone and other gadgets charged all day! No more running out of juice between classes, and having to search for a power outlet. Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $199 OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack, packed with 6 Watts of solar energy to power your phone, tablet, and USB devices anytime, anywhere. And our two RUNNER UP WINNERS will snag a $129 Converter Solar Backpack that will power you through a full day of classes. Read on to learn how to enter!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so you’ll need to receive it to find out if you won!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you need a Voltaic Solar Backpack. The deadline for this giveaway is September 11, 2015. We’ll choose the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS 11:50 PM SEPT 11

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Old Testament nomadic tents recreated in Tel Aviv with high-tech materials

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California passes sweeping ban on rhino horns, elephant ivory to protect endangered animals

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filed under: Animals, Conservation, News, Policy

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Lawmakers in California passed a bill yesterday outlawing the sale of nearly all ivory and rhinoceros horn products in the state. This move is an attempt to reduce elephant and rhino poaching, which is threatening both species with extinction. The ban gives current owners of ivory products until next summer to sell the items, before facing hefty fines and jail time.

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LAST CHANCE: Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

DEADLINE: Friday, Sept 4th, 11:59 PM EST

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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Storm-resilient SURE HOUSE can even charge your neighbors' devices during blackouts

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New bifacial solar module takes advantage of direct and reflected sunlight

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Solar panels work when they are pointed at the sun. Everyone knows this. But, in some areas of the earth, a double-sided solar panel is just the thing you need to maximize the sun’s energy. Canada-based Silfab Solar recognized the potential for a two-faced solar panel that can capture sun reflected back up from a snowy surface. The company has announced they intend to begin offering a new bifacial solar module by the end of this year.

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Secluded home outside of São Paulo epitomizes living in harmony with the environment

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BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

BOOK REVIEW: Anjie Cho's 108 Ways to Create Holistic Spaces

Did you know that Feng Shui practitioners were some of the first environmentalists in the world? Many people are not aware that the basis of Feng Shui is synonymous with green design.…

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VIDEO: How to find and cook delicious Chanterelle mushrooms in a forest near you

VIDEO: How to find and cook delicious Chanterelle mushrooms in a…

In 1836, Swedish mycologist Elias Fries called the chanterelle "one of the most important and best edible mushrooms." They are also incredibly nutritious - in addition to containing…

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Beauer 3X camper telescopes to three times its size in 20 seconds flat

Beauer 3X camper telescopes to three times its size in 20 seconds flat

The camper, which measures 8.5 feet long by 6 feet wide, has been designed to be roughly the size of its tow vehicle when on the road. In its fully telescoped space, there is room for a…

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’Death Ray’ Walkie Talkie is crowned Britain’s worst building

’Death Ray’ Walkie Talkie is crowned Britain’s worst building

Not many buildings can melt cars and blow people over, but London’s ‘Death Ray’ Walkie Talkie certainly can. The ‘deadly’ 160-meter office tower, officially known as 20…

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Tesla pre-order customers can now customize their Model X SUV for just $132,000

Tesla pre-order customers can now customize their Model X SUV for just…

Tesla’s looooong-awaited Model X crossover SUV has been a source of great excitement among auto buffs for several years now. The fastest selling car in Tesla’s history reached that…

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