Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof

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Philips' new GrowWise indoor farm will revolutionize food production

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Solar-powered Stella Lux family car generates more energy than it uses

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Most of the super efficient green cars on the market aren’t really designed for regular folks. In fact, some of the vehicles with the highest fuel economy are only made to hold one person: the driver. Those contraptions can move right over to the slow lane, though, because a Dutch team of solar engineering students has developed a family-friendly green car that actually generates more energy than it uses.

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Plans for world’s first self-sufficient floating city advance to next phase

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The Seasteading Institute is on target to launch the world’s first floating city by 2020. The Floating City Project is set to have political autonomy, although the concept involves an integrated relationship with a “host nation.” The self-sufficient floating community is planned to have residences, tourism, aquaculture, a business park, a research institute, and a power plant to sell energy and clean water back to the host nation.

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Passive solar beach house is a contemporary take on the Australian beach shack

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Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places

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São Paulo, the most populous city in the Americas, is growing food in unexpected places to feed a burgeoning population. Almost 12 million people reside within the city limits of Brazil’s capital, while the greater São Paulo area is home to more than 20 million. This swelling growth presents great economic challenges that require creative solutions. Which is why the local NGO Cities without Hunger is working with residents to promote urban farming through school gardens, community gardens, greenhouses, and even under electricity pylons.

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'From Piss to Pilsner' recycles urine to make beer

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An estimated 100,000 visitors to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark this summer had the unusual opportunity to recycle their urine into beer. “From Piss to Pilsner” hopes to ignite a new movement called beercycling, transforming 25,000 liters of festivalgoers’ pee into kegs of frothy beer. The collected urine will be used to fertilize beer’s building block–barley.

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Colorful community center was built from recycled materials from the London Olympics

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We're giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

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We spend one third of our lifetime in bed, so a natural sleep surface is one of the most important investments you can make. Why? Conventional mattresses are chock full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are extremely hazardous to our health including flame retardants linked to allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are many natural mattress alternatives including organic cotton, wool and natural latex. And now, thanks to the good folks at My Green Mattress, one lucky Inhabitat reader will have the chance to win their very own all-natural, non-toxic mattress. We’re giving away a brand new medium-firm Queen-Sized Pure Echo Mattress valued at $679! Plus, every Inhabitat reader will receive an exclusive $75 off any mattress using PROMO CODE: Inhabitat$75. Read on to learn how you can enter to win the best sleep of your life.


1. SIGN UP FOR THE GREEN MATTRESS NEWSLETTER (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page)

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us what you like most about the Pure Echo Mattress and why you need a healthier, green mattress.

Due to popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending the deadline to 7/8/2015 11:59PM EST. We want to give our loyal readers, their friends, and their family members the opportunity to win this organic cotton mattress and have a better night’s sleep!

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Adorable Gobble furniture is made of recyclable cardboard to teach children about sustainability

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It’s never too early to teach kids about the importance of green. Eco-conscious design firm Form Maker wants to make the learning process fun and easy with Gobble, a series of recyclable and lightweight cardboard furnishings ranging from chairs to toy boxes. Designed in the shape of animals like hippos and crocodiles, these adorable eco-friendly pieces boost ecological awareness and emit “nearly six times less carbon dioxide per kilogram compared to plastic.” Strong enough for an adult to stand on, the sturdy water-resistant pieces are built with an engineered fluted core held together by water-based adhesive with non-toxic ink. Want to get your hands on Gobble? Head over to their website to sign up for their email alerts to be the first to know when Gobble launches on Kickstarter!

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INFOGRAPHIC: These pollution-busting houseplants will have you breathing easier

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With all those nasty chemicals floating inside our homes, its no wonder that indoor air quality can be downright dismal. Gasses from things like benzene in paints and detergents, and formaldehyde in fabrics and furniture can build up, which may make you start longing for an expensive air filtration system. But fear not, NASA has released a list of pollution-busting plants that will not only beautify your home, but make your indoor breathing a little easier. Check out the following infographic from Barratt Homes for all the details and find out which plant reigns supreme in the fight against toxic air.

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Camille Kurowsky's Green Roof House is a rustic leisure home in Brazil

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Tubular school canteen made from 4 prefab modules pops up in 90 days

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Shrinking Lake Mead reveals surprising treasures as Southwest drought deepens

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Although the drought is a scary nightmare for many throughout the Southwest, and the once mighty Lake Mead is no longer so mighty, a strange benefit of the receding waters is bringing tourists to the area in increasing numbers. Why? Because the lower water levels have revealed some curious surprises, including a ghost town and a B-29 bomber long-submerged below the Lake’s once roaring waters.

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LEED Gold Riverhouse's double glass curtain-wall provides drama as well as energy savings

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Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the United States

Infographic Shows Surprising Trends in Summer Energy Use Across the…

It's no secret that households across the US blast the AC when the summer heat sets in, leading to high electricity loads - but did you know that renewable energy production peaks…

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New proposal calls for NYC commercial food vendors to separate organic waste to keep it out of dumps

New proposal calls for NYC commercial food vendors to separate organic…

All food service establishments in hotels with 150 or more rooms All food service vendors in arenas and stadiums with seating capacity of at least 15,000 people Food manufacturers…

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Unbelievable miniature Japanese village will astound you with its attention to detail

Unbelievable miniature Japanese village will astound you with its…

The 70-second video above is completely enchanting and serene. Gentle instrumental music accompanies the visuals and the video begins with scenes of everyday life in a quiet village in…

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Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles made of old car parts

Industrious Manhattan man drives to work in homemade electric vehicles…

“I just carry a 50-foot extension cord in a storage box on board. I frequent restaurants and cafes that have parking in front or nearby and ‘top off’ charge at various waypoints.…

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Lithium battery technology breakthrough could totally change solar power

Lithium battery technology breakthrough could totally change solar…

Though the obstacles to a clean energy economy are largely political, one particular technological challenge to this goal is the expense and capacity of storage batteries. The sun may…

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