Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

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The Amazon Rainforest saw a 29 percent jump in deforestation last year, spelling bad news for one of the world’s most important forests and the future of humanity. According to the Guardian, final figures released by the Brazilian government earlier this week show satellite data indicating about 2,275 square miles of forest were cleared in a 12-month period ending in July, 2013. This news doesn’t bode well for global warming either, as the Amazon is a major carbon sink that absorbs more than 16.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year – or about a quarter of annual American emissions. And let’s not forget the massive amount of biodiversity in the Amazon that includes socres of species that have not yet been studied.

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Zaha Hadid Architects Win Bid to Design Mathematics Gallery in London's Science Museum

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Honda Demonstrates Collision-Free Automated Driving Tech in the U.S.

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This week Honda introduced its connected car and automated driving technologies at the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit. Marking the first-ever U.S. demonstration of Honda’s automated driving technology, the automaker also highlighted its latest advancements in vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology. This technology is designed to provide enhanced protection for automobile occupants, motorcycle riders, pedestrians and other road users as part of its dream to create a collision society.

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VIDEO: The Story of The Pear Tree That Survived 9/11

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Today, on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York-based ad agency BBDO Worldwide released a short commemorative film featuring a little-known tree found at the World Trade Center site. As a way of highlighting the resilient nature of the city in the aftermath of the tragedy, the new two-minute film illustrates the inspirational story of the “survivor tree,” which somehow made it through the destruction to flourish once again. See the video after the jump.

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The Planet Needs You! Help Avaaz Create the Biggest Climate Change Mobilization in History

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As an Inhabitat reader, you’re already aware of just how much the fragile balance of the Earth’s climate is under threat. We hear regularly about how climate change threatens to raise sea levels, destroy even more habitats, plants and animals and make life harder or impossible for many people. The UN will meet with world leaders in New York on September 21, 2014, and there’s only one way they’re going to be persuaded to take action. Avaaz urgently needs donations to create the biggest climate change mobilization in history. Will you help shake up the status quo?

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Young Harris College's Freshman 'Pod' Towers Create a Welcoming Environment for New Students

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9/11 Memorial Museum's Design Honors the History and Recovery of Ground Zero

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Disturbing Videos Show How Fracking Affects Everyday People in California

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just released three new thought-provoking videos that show how oil and gas development affects residents of California. The slideshow videos illustrate some of the ways fracking and other controversial extraction methods can disrupt everyday life in rural and urban communities. Each short film gives personal insights into the issues faced by three families – from health concerns in South L.A. as the city mulls a fracking ban, to the strain on water supplies in San Benito County in the midst of a severe drought, to a family driven from their home in Kern County. Click through to see all three videos.

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Smart Transforming Sofabed Saves Space in Style for Compact Living

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Whether its moving into a teensy dorm room or squeezing into a small urban apartment, learning to embrace small living quarters is a challenge that many of us have to face. In an effort to make downsizing easier (and more stylish!), designer Matthew Lewis Hill has created the SofaBed, a multifunctional piece of furniture that minimizes floor space but can also transform to fit a variety of needs. Made from American White Oak and 100% wool, the compact Sofabed can comfortably seat two people or pull out to form a double bed. The integrated side table doubles as storage space.

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Fashion Icon Paul Smith Co-Designed a Rotating Shed That Chases Natural Light

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PHOTOS: Tour the Beautiful National 9/11 Memorial in NYC

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A Story of Hope: The Letter That Survived 9/11

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WTC Memorial Plaza Will Be Open to Public on Evening of 9/11

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For the first time ever, the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza will be open to the general public on the night of 9/11 (tonight) after the official anniversary service paying homage to the over 3,000 lives lost in the attacks. In previous years, the area was closed to outside visitors on the day of the memorial services due to safety concerns related to the ongoing construction around Ground Zero. This year, although the site will be inaccessible to the public during the actual ceremony, the plaza will be open from 6 p.m. until midnight tonight for those wanting to pay their respects and view the Tribute in Light beams up close.

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And the Best Biking City in the U.S. is...

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Congratulations, New York City! Bicyclist Magazine recently named NYC as the best city for biking in the country. Although many local cyclists may be fast to point out their never-ending battles with potholes, congested bike lanes and car drivers, it would be hard to deny that the city has come a long way in a short time in terms of encouraging its ever-growing bike-riding population.

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These Amazing Dutch Floats Made From Thousands of Flowers Will Blow Your Mind!

by , 09/10/14
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Archaeologists Discover 1000-Year-Old Viking Fortress in Denmark

Archaeologists Discover 1000-Year-Old Viking Fortress in Denmark

Archaeologists from Aarhus University in Denmark and The Danish Castle Centre have made a sensational discovery south of Copenhagen: A massive Viking fortress built with heavy timbers…

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Zaha Hadid Architects Unveil Trio of "Blossoming" Residential Towers…

Zaha Hadid Architects recently revealed designs for Grace on Coronation, a trio of futuristic residential towers to be developed by the Sunland Group. Located along the Toowong…

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Global CO2 Levels Are Rising at the Fastest Rate in Three Decades

Global CO2 Levels Are Rising at the Fastest Rate in Three Decades

You would hope that will all of the talk about climate change and all of the positive efforts that people are making that CO2 levels would at least be holding steady, if not dropping.…

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Toyota's New Transforming Urban Utility Vehicle is the Swiss Army Knife of Cars!

Toyota's New Transforming Urban Utility Vehicle is the Swiss Army…

Makers, meet your DIY dream car. Toyota's Calty Design Research Studio just unveiled its brand new Urban Utility concept car - an ultra flexible vehicle with a transforming interior…

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DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That'll Stay Green All Winter Long

DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That'll Stay Green All Winter…

Avid gardeners and outdoor lovers tend to mope all winter long because of the lack of greenery around them, but there's an easy way to fix that! Indoor plants give any space a lively…

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