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Chinese man builds working electric car from wood

Chinese man builds working electric car from wood

Chinese carpenter Liu Fulong spent four months this year building a fully operational, all-electric car out of wood! The car is armored, it features several missiles mounted to the sides and roof, and

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Toxic methane is leaking from Siberia’s rapidly melting permafrost

Toxic methane is leaking from Siberia’s rapidly melting permafrost

Yamal Peninsula in Sibera has a massive problem: Gigantic sinkholes have opened in its permafrost, leaking huge amounts of the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. If that weren't enough, methane

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Beautiful timber home is striking in its rugged Scandinavian simplicity

Beautiful timber home is striking in its rugged Scandinavian simplicity

The Sommarhus Akenine facade is clad in strips of Siberian larch that have been planed and treated for a smoother and more uniform appearance. The elevated terrace floor wraps around the structure to

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Green Car Reports: Tesla’s first battery swap station, Toyota Mirai test drive, and the world’s best-selling electric car

Green Car Reports: Tesla’s first battery swap station, Toyota Mirai test drive, and the world’s best-selling electric car

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of

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NASA’s robotic airships could create a cloud city on Venus

NASA’s robotic airships could create a cloud city on Venus

  We haven’t even laid eyes on the surface of Venus yet, but that’s not deterring NASA from daydreaming about sending manned missions to the planet. Although much of Venus is still a

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Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

Congress is forbidding dietary experts from talking about food-related environmental concerns

While it might not seem immediately obvious, the foods we choose have environmental impacts that can be far-reaching. Now congress is attempting to silence the voices of top nutrition experts who are

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VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world’s first bike escalator

VIDEO: Biking just got easier with the world’s first bike escalator

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec_ujdz-mn0 Biking is an awesome way to get around because it helps the planet, saves you money and improves your health at the same time. Awesome, that is, until you

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VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

VIDEO: Orphaned baby Indonesian orangutan named Rickina

Did you know that orangutans share 97 percent of our DNA? Like us, they have complex emotions, family bonds, and a love of drawing and music. Rickina is a little orphaned orangutan who's being cared for

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Obama just banned drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Obama just banned drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

On Tuesday, Barack Obama passed a ban on drilling in Alaska's Bristol Bay, saying that the area is "one of America's greatest natural resources ... a beautiful natural wonder." The bay is "something

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Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

Scientists may have discovered life on Mars

Almost everyone has heard that there was once water on Mars, but that doesn’t answer the question of whether or not there is or was life there. But new information from NASA’s Curiosity rover might

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A brilliant rainbow lights up Amsterdam Central Station

A brilliant rainbow lights up Amsterdam Central Station

Daan Roosegaarde's site-specific rainbow was installed last Thursday, just in time for the holiday rush at the highly-trafficked Amsterdam Central Station, which sees approximately 50 million people a

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This Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World’s Vegetation

This Satellite Map from NASA and NOAA Shows All the World’s Vegetation

Just how much greenery covers the Earth? Now we have an answer, thanks to a new interactive map produced by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that shows how much of the

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Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Historic UN climate change deal requires every nation to cut emissions—but will it be enough?

Early this Sunday, UN representatives from around the world reached the first-ever climate change agreement that commits all 196 nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Unprecedented in its inclusion of

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Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

Greenpeace activists face criminal charges after damaging Peru’s heritage Nazca site

Greenpeace activists have been known to take strong steps to get their message across, but this latest stunt—aimed at garnering attention during the UN climate talks in Lima—may have caused

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Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

Mandala Homes bring traditional yurt living into the 21st century

  We've featured yurts from Mandala Homes here on Inhabitat before, and their latest creation has raised the bar to new heights. Prefabricated in B.C., Canada, Mandala Homes' "fancy yurts" are

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Were comets the source of Earth’s water? Rosetta spacecraft says “no”

Were comets the source of Earth’s water? Rosetta spacecraft says “no”

The Rosetta spacecraft is currently orbiting and exploring comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—a large mass of rock and ice that it landed the Philae probe on in November—and its newest discovery might

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Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Continuing his recent efforts to reach out to young Americans in non-traditional and innovative ways—including an appearance on Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" and a blog post on Medium—Barack

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can reduce our dependency on plastic

Plastics are one of the most versatile and convenient materials on the planet, but their improper disposal has had devastating effects on the environment. The amount of plastic waste in our environment

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14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts That Sparkle

14 Eco-Friendly Jewelry Gifts That Sparkle

Make spirits bright this holiday with gifts of jewelry that pander the planet as much as their recipients. Add some polish to a loved one's attire with a pair of hand-hewn cuff links made from recycled

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Mars Curiosity rover bolsters case for life on Mars with evidence of ancient lake

Mars Curiosity rover bolsters case for life on Mars with evidence of ancient lake

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover has turned up a curious find on the surface of Earth’s closest neighbor - evidence shows that a 96-mile-wide crater on the Red Planet may have been filled with water

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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

"It's the MOST wonderful time of the year," sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I'm looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not always sarcastic in

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Extraordinary panoramic photos celebrate the sacred geometry of Iran’s mosques

Extraordinary panoramic photos celebrate the sacred geometry of Iran’s mosques

Sheikh lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan Construction of this breathtaking mosque began in 1603, and it was completed in late 1619. It's one of the smaller mosques in the area, designed to be used solely by the

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United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

United Nations: 2014 will be the hottest year ever

According to new temperature data analyzed by the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization, 2014 is currently tied with 2010 for the hottest year on record—suggesting that there has been no

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INFOGRAPHIC: Make Fresh Food Last Longer

INFOGRAPHIC: Make Fresh Food Last Longer

Wasted food is more than just wasted money. Every time you toss uneaten produce in the compost, it causes unnecessary environmental damage and wastes water. So how do you make your food last longer? This

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Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Stephen Hawking says AI could spell the end of the human race

Professor Stephen Hawking has revealed in an interview with the BBC that he believes, "The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Since Professor Hawking is in

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Spanish architects SelgasCano chosen to design the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion

Spanish architects SelgasCano chosen to design the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion

2015 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Serpentine Pavilion commission; one of the most famous architectural and design honors on the planet. Many of the world's most renowned architects have created a

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World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

World is overlooking climate change effects of eating meat, says new report

A new report reveals most consumers aren't aware that the meat and livestock industry is a bigger source of global carbon emissions than transport -- and that's even when air travel and shipping are

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Congrats: A new gifting app that helps to plant trees

Congrats: A new gifting app that helps to plant trees

"Send a smile, save a tree". That's the slogan coined by a new gifting app called Congrats, which encourages folks to send heartfelt greetings without harming any trees. Considering that over 300,000

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

If you're worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while you're at it! We've

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Contemporary Stave Church Rises like a Pointy Wooden Crown in Norway

Contemporary Stave Church Rises like a Pointy Wooden Crown in Norway

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter was awarded the bid to design the Community Church Knarvik in a 2010 design competition. To show respect for the environment, their winning design carefully adapted the Christian

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