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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren't aware of just how vital our

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How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

How We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood to Save Human Lives

Do you give much thought to horseshoe crabs? No, me neither. But it turns out that without them, we could be in a very precarious position. Horseshoe crabs – or to be more precise, their incredible,

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

Our bodies are comprised of about 60 percent water, and to stay healthy, we need to drink 8-10 glasses of it a day—even more than that in summertime. But how safe is our drinking water? From lead paint

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INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World’s First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

James Dyson Wants to Use His Famous Vacuum Technology to Clean Rivers

Beneath their spotless surfaces, rivers are often incredibly filthy and not particularly easy to clean up. After all, you can’t just bust out your vacuum and suck up all of the debris lingering there,

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The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

The Future of Medicine May Lie in the Fur of the Sloth

As bacteria become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, we're going to have to find a different way to fight the diseases that threaten us. After all, we tend to take for granted that we can tackle a

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OVA Studio Transforms Shipping Containers into Modular, Jenga-Like Urban Farming Ecosystem

OVA Studio Transforms Shipping Containers into Modular, Jenga-Like Urban Farming Ecosystem

OVA Studio just unveiled plans for the Hive-Inn™ City Farm, a modular farming structure that aims to bring fresh and locally grown greens to urban centers. Constructed out of shipping containers stacked

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Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

Gravel always wondered about the abandoned railroad tracks he’d seen in some of the city’s older neighborhoods. Further investigation during his thesis research revealed the gem that became the

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LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling

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New Study Reveals the Great Whale Conveyor Belt is Essential to Ocean Health

New Study Reveals the Great Whale Conveyor Belt is Essential to Ocean Health

The great whales are the largest creatures on Earth, but their relative rarity in our oceans means they are generally overlooked in favor of the far more abundant algae and planktons when it comes to

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Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

Natural Swimming Pools Let You Beat the Heat, and Ditch the Chemicals

There are few experiences that are as refreshing as dipping into a cool swimming pool on a sweltering summer day. As climate change continues and summer temperatures soar, taking refuge in cool water is

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10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

10% of U.S. Beaches Are Too Polluted for Swimming: How Does Your Favorite Rate?

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released its 24th annual Beach Report, "Testing the Waters 2014," which identifies the most polluted beaches in the U.S. Shockingly, 10 percent of the

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Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Australia’s Proposal to Strip Rainforest of Heritage Status is Rejected by the UN

Environmentalists everywhere (not to mention the planet itself) can breathe a huge sigh of relief, as the UN just rejected a bid by Australia to revoke the heritage status of Tasmania’s rainforest.

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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently, President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force. The Task Force will address

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Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $7 Million Towards Ocean Conservation Projects

Leonardo DiCaprio Pledges $7 Million Towards Ocean Conservation Projects

Longtime environmental activist (and actor) Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged to donate $7 million over the next two years to back marine conservation projects. DiCaprio, who has often said that he wanted to

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VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

VIDEO: Mitchell Joachim on How to Grow a Treehouse with TeReForm

We love treehouses here at Inhabitat, and are enamored with eco-architect Mitchell Joachim's visionary ideas about how to grow living treehouses from ficus molded around frame structures. We've covered

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President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

President Obama Announces Executive Order to Fight Illegal Fishing

This morning President Barack Obama announced sweeping new initiatives to combat illegal fishing and "seafood fraud." Using his executive power in the name of a major environmental issue for the second

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Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

Lessons from the Chesapeake Bay: How to Save Buzzards Bay from Nitrogen Pollution

  The Chesapeake Bay was formed eighteen thousand years ago when glacial melting generated sea level rise that flooded the Susquehanna River Valley. Today, it is the largest estuary in the

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INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

INFOGRAPHIC: IBM Helps Safeguard Water Quality and Fragile Ecosystems Along Ontario’s Grand River

As populations increase and urbanization intensifies, our water and ecosystems are at risk. Today IBM announced a project that will introduce first-in-Canada technology that uses big data to help protect

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America’s First Food Forest: From Ground Level to Canopy, Urban Agriculture is Growing Seattle

America’s First Food Forest: From Ground Level to Canopy, Urban Agriculture is Growing Seattle

“A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals,” writes Beacon Food Forest co-founder

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Researchers in Oregon Expect Wasting Disease to Completely Wipe Out Starfish Populations in the Near Future

Researchers in Oregon Expect Wasting Disease to Completely Wipe Out Starfish Populations in the Near Future

The sea star wasting syndrome has reached epidemic proportions and researchers expect that local starfish extinctions are all but guaranteed at this point. The awful disease causes starfish to tear

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Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

Adorable Vegetable Nursery Home Made of Bamboo and 2,000 Plastic Bottles Pops up in Vietnam

The bottles used to complete the structure, all of which were donated by students and the local community, help to regulate sunlight and control the temperature within the nursery. A water inlet tray on

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Help Save the Critically Endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphin From Going Extinct

Help Save the Critically Endangered Irrawaddy River Dolphin From Going Extinct

The WWF reports that construction of a dam on the Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos could spell the end for the last 85 Irrawaddy dolphins. Work on the Don Sahong dam, which is being spearheaded by

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Stay in Lloyd’s Prefabulous Sustain Mini Home at the Timber House Eco Resort in Ontario

Stay in Lloyd’s Prefabulous Sustain Mini Home at the Timber House Eco Resort in Ontario

Our friend Lloyd over at Treehugger is celebrating his 10,000th post, but before he became a star of one of the world's most influential green blogs, he sought to sell this eye-catching Sustain Mini Home

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Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador's government yesterday issued oil drilling permits for the Yasuni reserve, a U.N. listed biosphere reserve in the western part of the country. Despite calls for a referendum on the issue and a

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20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

A tractor-trailer carrying a cargo of 460 beehives overturned last night on a ramp into the I-95 North in Newark, Delaware. The accident released the insects from their hives, causing a swarm of an

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

INFOGRAPHIC: How Ecosystem Services Benefit Agricultural Productivity

There exists a fabulous symbiosis in nature between a healthy ecosystem and the diversity of life that flourishes in its vicinity. From microbes and mycelium to insects and birds, through to plants and

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EcoSystems Designs Flat-Pack Modos Furniture Made from Sustainably Harvested Plywood

EcoSystems Designs Flat-Pack Modos Furniture Made from Sustainably Harvested Plywood

We love the concept behind flat-pack furniture, but are sometimes let down by poor build quality or difficult assembly. Brooklyn-based designers EcoSystems understands this frustration, which is why

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

Biophotovoltaic Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis

What if your lamp and laptop could be powered by plants? Biophotovoltaics' Moss Table is an innovative furnishing that demonstrates the future potential of Bio-Photo-Voltaic (BPV) technology. Here

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