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UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

UN Warns Rising Sea Levels Threaten to Overwhelm Senegal

Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations’ head of disaster risk, has warned that flooding caused by climate change has reached emergency levels in Senegal. Called the “Venice of Africa,” the

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More Than Half of Kenya’s Electricity Will Come From Solar Power by 2016

More Than Half of Kenya’s Electricity Will Come From Solar Power by 2016

Kenya recently laid out an ambitious plans to construct nine solar power plants at a cost of $1.2 billion, with the hope that they will provide more than half the country's electricity by 2016. The

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Al Gore Blasts Geo-Engineering Solutions for Climate Change as Insane

Al Gore Blasts Geo-Engineering Solutions for Climate Change as Insane

While some have suggested geo-engineering projects could avert a climate change catastrophe, Al Gore described the idea as "insane, utterly mad and delusional in the extreme." The former vice president

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Rammed Earth Muyinga Library Provides a Bright Learning Experience for Deaf Kids in Burundi

Rammed Earth Muyinga Library Provides a Bright Learning Experience for Deaf Kids in Burundi

The construction process was preceded by two months of research and fieldwork, which enabled the architects to incorporate local know-how and traditions of Muyinga province. Studying the region’s

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Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

Scientists Scramble to Save India’s Threatened Tigers from Deadly Dog Disease

As if urban encroachment and poachers were not bad enough, India's tigers now must contend with a deadly virus for their survival. Canine distemper, a disease commonly found in domestic dog populations,

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Infamous Permit to Hunt One of the Last Black Rhinos in the World Auctioned for $350,000 in Dallas

Infamous Permit to Hunt One of the Last Black Rhinos in the World Auctioned for $350,000 in Dallas

Well, we knew this was coming. In October 2013, Inhabitat reported on the Dallas Safari Club's nefarious plan to auction off a rare permit to hunt and kill a black rhino in the African nation of Namibia.

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Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Scientists Warn Killing Carnivores Greatly Threatens Ecosystem Balance

Every animal is the end result of millions of years of evolution, and when you remove particular species entire ecosystems become vulnerable to instability. An international team of scientists from the

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China Pulverizes $10 Million Worth of Ivory in Fight Against Illegal Trade

China Pulverizes $10 Million Worth of Ivory in Fight Against Illegal Trade

Today China destroyed six tons of ivory from its official stockpile in an effort to discourage the ongoing trade the illicit substance. China is one of the world's biggest markets for ivory from

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Remote Rainforest Found Using Google Earth Harbors Never-Before-Seen Species

Remote Rainforest Found Using Google Earth Harbors Never-Before-Seen Species

You might think we've explored every inch of the planet, but just a few years ago scientists used satellite images from Google Earth to discover a lost world in Mozambique that is packed with

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MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

MIT Distributes $6 Water Filter Made with Local Materials to Developing Countries

Nearly a decade ago, Fernando Mazariengas sought a way to provide clean, affordable water to those living in areas without, so he created a ceramic water filter that could be made using locally-sourced

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we're seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and positive

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Inhabitat’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

Inhabitat’s Top 10 Most Inspiring Stories of 2013

The media tends to feed on negativity - but if you dig a little deeper you'll find a wealth of uplifting and inspiring stories just below the surface. Sometimes they're about brilliant teenagers who came

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Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

Top 6 Most Disturbing Inhabitat Stories of 2013

2013 saw a number of uplifting stories, but unfortunately, we also saw the dark side of humanity rearing its ugly head too many times. From the extinction of this majestic rhino off the face of the Earth

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How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

How to Reuse, Recycle and Green Your After Christmas Waste

Want to get a P.H.D. in what to do with your P.H.W.? (That's short for post-holiday waste in case you didn't know.) While you may not have heard of the term (we kind of just made it up), we're pretty sure

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Viral Video Captures Water Buffalo Flipping a Lion into Mid Air to Defend Herd Mate

Viral Video Captures Water Buffalo Flipping a Lion into Mid Air to Defend Herd Mate

A young male lion in South Africa discovered that it had taken on more than it could chew when a water buffalo flipped the lion several feet into the air in a daring attempt to rescue a fallen comrade.

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Newly Discovered Pygmy Tapir is the Largest Terrestrial Mammal Found Since 1992

Newly Discovered Pygmy Tapir is the Largest Terrestrial Mammal Found Since 1992

This week, the biggest animal discovery of the 21st century was announced. Meet kabomani, the “little black tapir.” He’s a shy and elusive fellow, living below the radar in the grasslands and

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Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

Norway Announces Plans to Digitize Entire National Library

 Photo © Shutterstock The National Library of Norway has just announced plans to digitize its entire library of hundreds of thousands of books by the mid-2020s. A new law will require all published

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Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Air Travel Across Brazil Will Double 2014 World Cup Carbon Emissions Compared to 2010

Brazil photo via Shutterstock All those airplanes crisscrossing Brazil for the 2014 World Cup next summer will nearly double carbon emissions compared to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. According

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Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Scientists Discover Freshwater Reserves Under Ocean Floor 100 Times Greater Than All Water Used in the 20th Century

Humanity just found an incredibly valuable resource hidden under the ocean floor, and it's more precious than fossil fuels or minerals. Scientists discovered vast aquifers of fresh water underneath the

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Zvi Hecher’s Hivelike Ramot Polin Housing Complex is an Ambitious Failed Experiment in Israel

Zvi Hecher’s Hivelike Ramot Polin Housing Complex is an Ambitious Failed Experiment in Israel

The Israeli government commissioned the project in the aftermath of the Six Day War as an experiment in geometry and architectural construction. The housing complex was planned for a stop atop a hill,

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Thank You Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Rest in Peace

Thank You Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Rest in Peace

When Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was inaugurated in Pretoria on 10 May, 1994, I distinctly remember wondering what would happen to South Africa, where I spent my childhood. By then, I was finishing high

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Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

Film Reveals the Horrors of One of the World’s Largest E-Waste Dumps

The relentless evolution of electronics means that consumers are constantly upgrading to the latest and greatest - but all of those dated flip phones and CRT monitors have to go somewhere. Australian

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Congolese Forest Giraffe Added to List of Endangered Animals

Congolese Forest Giraffe Added to List of Endangered Animals

Okapi photo from Shutterstock The blue-tongued forest giraffe is the latest species to fall under risk of extinction. The animal, also known as the okapi, is the national symbol of the Democratic

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Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town

Vintage Bicycles Get Crocheted in Cape Town

Whether you want to call it yarn-bombing or guerrilla knitting, this craze has spread across the world in a colorful display of environmentally friendly public art. Isabeau Joubert has done something

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Philadelphia Becomes First U.S. City to Ban 3D-Printed Guns

Philadelphia Becomes First U.S. City to Ban 3D-Printed Guns

Last week, Philadelphia's 10-member city council unanimously passed a measure banning the production of firearms made by 3D printers. In doing so, Philly has become the first U.S. city to outlaw a

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Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Film Exposes Fracking in World’s Second Largest Wildlife Preserve

Kalahari Desert photo from Shutterstock Botswana government officials are in hot water over fracking in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, which is the second largest wildlife preserve in the world.

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World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

World’s Greenest Cities Recognized at UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

Some of the world’s most sustainable cities have been given special recognition at the COP 19 Climate Change Conference underway in Warsaw. Vancouver, Cape Town, and Abu Dhabi are the winners of the

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Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

Wildlife Conservation Society Releases Chilling Audio of Elephant Falling at the Hands of Poachers

The Wildlife Conservation Society has just released a tragic video which captures the audio of an elephant being shot and killed by ivory poachers in Central Africa. The chilling sounds were captured on

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133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

133 Developing Nations Walk Out of COP 19 Climate Talks Because of Stubborn Industrialized Countries

In Warsaw, 133 representatives from developing nations walked out of COP 19 climate negotiations. Their exit follows a refusal from industrialized countries such as the United States, Canada, Norway, and

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Philips’ New LED Carpeting Ensures You’ll Never Get Lost in the Airport Again

Philips’ New LED Carpeting Ensures You’ll Never Get Lost in the Airport Again

Philips has achieved a new milestone in its quest to integrate energy-efficient LEDs into all surfaces. We've seen the company install LEDs on ceilings, walls and now they are putting them in floors.

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