Giant reservoir of molten magma discovered under Yellowstone National Park

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A new report has revealed the underground workings of the Yellowstone National Park volcanic system – and in the process unveiled new details of how one of the world’s largest volcanoes could catastrophically erupt on a scale never-before seen by humanity. According to the Washington Post, an eruption in Yellowstone would eject 1,000 times as much material as Mt. St. Helens did in 1980, creating a disaster of global scale. Needless to say, scientists have been busy studying the inner workings of Yosemite’s volcanic system and a new study from the University of Utah now shows a complete diagram of Yellowstone’s system that reveals some stunning details that show how massive the eruption could actually be.

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

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You’ve all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet – are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a gesture of self-sacrifice that often comes at great expense and inconvenience – but nothing could be further from the truth. What many don’t realize is that going green is not really about doing something good “for the planet” but is instead about improving your own quality of life through making your environment safer and healthier. And one of the easiest places to start leading a greener and healthier life is in the home.

No one better epitomizes smart, healthy and stylish green living than Ecofabulous founder and cradle-to-cradle green designer Zem Joaquin. This eco jetsetter and green girl about town is well known for her phenomenal green parties, her insightful analysis of green products over on her site Ecofabulous, and her ability to make eco-friendly lifestyle choices feel glamorous and fun. We recently sat down with Zem to find out more about her gorgeous green home in the beautiful hills of Marin County, CA, and get her personal tips and tricks on how to make your home cleaner, greener and healthier through the power of smart design. Read on to find out about Zem’s secret tips for a green home, including – believe it or not – foot pedals on sinks!

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Thai customs seizes three tons of illegal elephant ivory worth millions of dollars

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Authorities have intercepted more than three tons of illegal elephant ivory in a Thai port as it was en route to Laos from Kenya. The shipping container, marked as tea leaves, was opened to reveal 511 pieces of ivory, which would fetch millions of dollars on the Laotian black market. The stash comes just days after a shipment of four tons of elephant ivory was discovered at a port in Bangkok, also headed for Laos but shipped from the Congo. Because of these discoveries, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has warned Thailand that it will ban the country’s entire wildlife business if they do not take action. The Thai government has complied, and has vowed to crack down on poached ivory.

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Kengo Kuma's striking renovation of a Tokyo eatery is made from thousands of re-used multicolored cables

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DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable "Swiffer" covers

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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods, diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers.

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Dwell on Design 2015: America's largest design event is coming to Los Angeles!

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America’s largest design event, Dwell on Design, is celebrating its 10th year at the Los Angeles Convention Center from May 29-31, 2015! Curated by the talented editors of Dwell magazine, this inspiring three-day wonderland of modern design will let visitors explore the latest design trends, tour some of L.A.’s most stunning residences, walk through prefab homes and living landscapes, attend thought-provoking conversations, and network face-to-face with industry experts. To secure your spot at the show and save, register here and use promo code INHABITAT15 for $5 off!

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Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence.

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Vineyard Schmidt's striking tasting room is wrapped in a vertical wooden lattice

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Passage of Landscape House soaks up light, winds and sounds of Japanese rice fields

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Boston Food Forest inspires community through ecological design

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As a brutal winter retreats into the record books, Bostonians of all species are out and about. “Mating sparrows, wild turkeys, hunting hawks, they’re all around us as we work,” says Orion Kriegman, Director of the Boston Food Forest Coalition. On the idyllic grounds of the Boston Nature Center in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston, neighbors work to prepare the Boston Food Forest for its second growing season. After only one year, the Food Forest is well stocked, boasting 34 young fruit and nut trees, with 45 more to join them in 2015. Though the most plentiful harvests are years away, the Food Forest is already yielding a stronger community and a fine model for economic and environmental justice in the city.

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Learn how you can help the victims of the Nepal earthquake

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The massive 7.8 earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, near Kathmandu, has devastated the region and left thousands dead. Rescue and recovery efforts are still underway in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh, as many people are missing. A natural disaster like this leaves people, their homes, and cities torn asunder, and tens of thousands of families have been displaced from their homes and have been left out in the cold, as medical facilities and emergency shelters are overwhelmed. Many of us who are safe and far from the quake’s effects wonder how we can help. We’ve compiled a list of organizations you can support to aid the victims of this traumatic event.

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveil designs for earthquake-resistant New Central Library

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Why is the government shutting down community seed banks?

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A slow raid is raging across the United States, and its targets are not what you’d expect. They’re often tucked into local libraries, stocked in vintage card catalogs, and wear handwritten labels scrawled with names like green zebra tomato, brown speckled tepary, and purple tomatillo. They are locally-adapted seed varieties shared between backyard gardeners and organic farmers in communities from Boston, Massachusetts, to Oakland, California. According to recent rulings in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Illinois, the seed banks that facilitate the free exchange of these rare legumes, vegetables, and fruits are “illegal seed distribution centers” under state and federal law. In some communities, the libraries have been uprooted before even getting in the ground.

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Tablo upcycles lamps upcycled from the most unexpected household items

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Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

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Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

This is the Toroidion. It’s Finnish. No one knows how to pronounce it, so don’t worry about that. All you need to know is that it’s very pretty and -- oh yeah. It’s electric. In…

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UK artist transforms salvaged circuit boards into gorgeous lifelike insects

UK artist transforms salvaged circuit boards into gorgeous lifelike…

Chappell first began tinkering with the idea of making insect miniatures out of discarded electronics several years ago when she experimented with donated electronic scrap at “The…

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Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint

Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon…

The Dune House is a contemporary reinterpretation of the local architectural typology that features wood cladding and pitched roofs. The wooden cross-laminated structure uses a unique…

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The Casa Caja

The Casa Caja "Box House" by S-AR is a model for low-cost concrete…

On the outskirts of Monterey, Mexico, the Galváns  recently completed construction on their first family home: la Casa Caja, or the "Box House." For years, the five-member family has…

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MIT's self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for now)

MIT's self-assembling chair is really cool, but totally useless (for…

The future is here. We have in our midst self-sustaining homes, self-charging cell phones, and even a variety of self-driving cars. MIT engineers are digging on the autonomous vibe,…

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