Australian Prime Minister Says 'Coal is Good for Humanity'

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Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott raised eyebrows in his country of Australia after declaring “coal is good for humanity” while opening a new coal mine in Queensland. The PM added that coal was vital to the world and that fossil fuel should not be demonized - and it’s not the first time that Abbott’s love for coal has stirred controversy.

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The Serenity Passive House Redefines the 21st Century Country Manor

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6 Festive Architecture Designs Inspired by Fall Harvest Vegetables

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RRA's Micro Cluster Cabins Give Traditional Pitched Roofs a Modern Twist in Norway

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Li Xiadong's Beautiful Wood Liyuan Library Wins the First Moriyama Prize

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MIT Study Shows Mars One Colony is Dangerously Unsustainable

by , 10/13/14
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Mars One has captured a lot of attention with plans to build the first colony on the red planet – but a new paper from MIT warns that the project has little chance of success. According to the MIT paper, the success of the mission in its current form relies on “in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) and life support technologies that are more capable than the current state of the art.” While the volunteer astronauts in the Mars One program have all signed up for a one-way ticket, the paper reveals that there several unexpected deathtraps within the proposed habitat system, and that the first astronaut fatality could occur as early as day 68, simply due to low oxygen levels in the artificial environment.

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Wunderbugs Pavilion Creates Music From the Movement of Insects and Humans

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Dutchman Johan Huibers Opens His Life-Size Noah's Ark to the Public

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East Coast Flooding Will be 10 Times Worse in 30 Years Due to Climate Change

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The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) just released a new report warning that rising sea levels from global warming could increase flooding during high tides on the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States — potentially tripling flood events in 15 years and inundating coastal communities with a ten-fold increase in 30 years. The study, ominously titled “Encroaching Tides,” analyzed 52 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tide gauges in Atlantic and Gulf cities stretching from Portland, Maine to Freeport, Texas. The study projects that by 2030, more than half of the 52 communities will experience, on average, at least 24 tidal floods per year and by 2045, most of the towns would see at least 48 floods at high tide each year. At least nine of those communities are expected to experience a whopping 240 tidal floods per year in 30 years, when sea levels are expected to rise at least one foot.

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EMBT and Elizabeth de Portzamparc Unveil Plans for Two New Paris Metro Stations

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Striking Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel Glows Like a Lantern

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The World's First 3-D Printed Rocket is Ready for Lift-Off

by , 10/13/14
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Is there anything 3D printers can’t do? From internal organs to cars, 3D printers around the world have been churning out just about anything you can imagine. But now a British team of amateurs is about to break new ground by launching the world’s first 3D printed rocket. NASA has already been printing rocket parts, but this is the first time that an entire rocket has been made using the technology.

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Gorgeous Glass Ribja Brv Footbridge Floats Across a River in Slovenia

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Modern Wood-Clad House Uses Limestone Walls for Passive Cooling in the Italian Alps

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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

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China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The Guardian reports heavy smog is enveloping parts of northern China and causing visibility levels to drop as measurements of small (PM 2.5) pollutant particles are rising. The particles are dangerous because they can embed themselves deep in the lungs, and they’ve reached more than 500 micrograms per cubic meter in parts of Hebei, near Bejing. The World Health Organization’s level for maximum health exposure to PM2.5 particles is 25 micrograms per cubic meter, and current levels are 20 times higher. The situation has led authorities to issue an “orange alert.”

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Now You Can Watch the London Zoo's Otters LIVE on YouTube

Now You Can Watch the London Zoo's Otters LIVE on YouTube

Need a jolt of real, live cuteness to brighten up a dull work day? London Zoo has just the thing for you. In a groundbreaking partnership with Google and British regulators Ofcom, the…

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Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon's Espaço Espelho d'Água

Lush Vertical Garden Brings Life and Fresh Air to Lisbon's Espaço…

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

INFOGRAPHIC: How Five Building Technologies Bridge the Gap

We tend to take for granted the bridges that bind the world around us, but where would we be without gap-spanning marvels of modern construction? The Ohio University's Masters in Civil…

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Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

Amazing ColorUp LED Lamp Can Match the Color of Any Surface

The amazing ColorUp lamp can mimic any color from a surface or physical object, allowing you to customize your lighting again and again to fit the mood or room. The giant bulb-shaped…

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Old YMCA Building Transformed into a Brooklyn Heights Loft with Cozy Reading Nook

Old YMCA Building Transformed into a Brooklyn Heights Loft with Cozy…

This well-appointed Brooklyn Heights loft makes us want to break out into the YMCA dance. A couple living in a converted YMCA building hired Ensemble Architecture/Elizabeth Roberts…

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