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How a Bite from This Tick is Turning Some People into Vegetarians

by , 08/11/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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A tiny little tick is turning some meat lovers into vegetarians. It may sound like something out of a science fiction film, but the strange occurrence has been documented across the United States, with more and more cases popping up on Long Island as the arachnid, known as the Lone Star tick, makes its way around the area. While the bug’s bite is harmless to some, it’s causing others to become allergic to certain types of meat and meat byproducts, forcing them to swear off of some of their favorite foods.

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America's Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

by , 08/11/14

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President Obama’s Clean Power Plan could be all smoke and mirrors, as some of the country’s dirtiest power plants might end up exempted from it. The Huffington Post reports that some of the most polluting fossil-fueled power plants in the United States (located on Indian reservations in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah) are excluded from the Environmental Protection Agency’s calculations used to set the the carbon emissions rate cut goals for their respective states – because rules in each state don’t apply to Indian reservations.

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

by , 08/11/14

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Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants – in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable greenhouse filled with over 200 living specimens (it sort of resembles the page in Where the Wild Things Are where Max’s room turns into a forest). Check out our gallery for a glimpse inside Summer’s abode, and find out how she got started creating her cool, new vertical garden.

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

by , 08/10/14

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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change. Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more.

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Hunger Strike at a Garment Factory Gets Violent in Bangladesh

by , 08/10/14
filed under: Ecouterre

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A hunger strike ends in violence when police fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and water canons at a protest by garment factory workers in Bangladesh this past week. The raid may have ended the 11-day strike but the fight continues on and protestors are still demanding changes from the factory. After not receiving owed salary, overtime, or a bonus for three months, the workers have been protesting to change the working conditions.

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Store Your Summer Harvest in a DIY Backyard Root Cellar

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Amazing Exoskeleton Gives Shipyard Workers Superhuman Strength

by , 08/10/14
filed under: green technology, News

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Iron Man, step aside – there’s a new superhuman in town. Dock workers in South Korea recently received a set of robotic exoskeleton suits that enable them to lift heavy equipment without breaking a sweat! The suits are currently being tested by Daewoo, and one day they may enable workers to lift as much as 220 pounds.

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Help Support Greenpeace's Petition Urging LEGO to Break Ties With Shell Oil

by , 08/10/14
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Lego art is one of our favorite topics here at Inhabitat, which is why we were dismayed to learn that the world’s biggest toymaker has partnered with Shell to distribute toy bricks branded with the oil company’s logo. In protest to the deal and Shell’s controversial drilling plans in the Arctic, Greenpeace has launched a petition to urge Lego to break ties with Shell. To help explain why the partnership is harmful for both the environment and kids worldwide, Greenpeace has put together compelling videos that they hope will persuade Lego to choose integrity over profit. Click through to watch both video campaigns and sign the Greenpeace anti-Shell petition.

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Cameron Sinclair Launches the Dead Prize for Designs That Harm Humanity and the Planet

by , 08/09/14

Architects for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair has just launched the Dead Prize, an award “to celebrate engineering, architecture and designs that have had a negative impact on the planet.” Sinclair believes that there are plenty of prizes celebrating good design, but nothing that acknowledges when something has miserably failed its end users or the environment. The prize is intended to become an annual event, with submissions closing on 1 November each year. Read on to see how you can nominate the design you think is most (or is that least?) worthy.

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5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World

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We May Soon Be Able to Walk to Governors Island Using This Floating Pedestrian Bridge

by , 08/09/14
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Carnivores, Vegetarians, and Vegans Unite For This Delicious Dish!

by , 08/09/14
filed under: Inhabitots

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Want to make your family and friends crave for more vegetables? Create towers of polenta, eggplant, tomatoes, and basil for a main course.  The simple recipe is completely vegan, but even carnivorous friends will enjoy it.

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How Did This Airplane End Up On Top of a New York City Building?

by , 08/09/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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From bars to swimming pools to gardens, we’ve seen lots of things on NYC rooftops. But a World War I fighter plane? Now that’s a first. Those who work in the Financial District have probably walked by 77 Water Street without ever noticing the replica 1916 British Sopwith Camel biplane sitting atop the building on an Astroturf runway. So what the heck is the place doing there?

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Could One Piece of Clothing Have Prevented World War I?

by , 08/09/14

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In 1914, the shot that killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand was fired and World War I began. The Archduke knew that there was a risk of an assassination attempt, but that day he chose not to wear the body armor that Polish inventor Casimir Zeglen had created for him. Researchers in England decided to recreate the silk armor that Ferdinand was given in attempt to see if it could have actually stopped the assassin’s bullet had Ferdinand been wearing it and determine if that one piece of clothing could have changed the course of history.

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The Moon Could Meet the World's Energy Needs for the Next 10,000 Years

by , 08/09/14
filed under: News, Renewable Energy

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Mining the moon to meet our energy needs may sound like the plot from a sci-fi movie, but China is considering doing exactly that. Helium 3 is an extremely valuable isotope that could be used in clean fusion plants to generate energy – and it’s available in vast quantities on the moon. Some scientists say that the moon is so rich in Helium 3 that it could solve the world’s energy problems for at least 10,000 years.

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This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don't Need to Swim in Chlorine

This Gorgeous Natural Swiss Pool Proves We Don't Need to Swim in…

Construction began on Naturbad Riehen in 2013 with the full support of Riehen's residents, who desperately wanted a new swimming pool and elected to go au natural by ditching the…

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Is Damien Hirst's Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Is Damien Hirst's Plan for a Green UK Town Half Baked?

Controversial artist Damien Hirst has turned his focus from diamond skulls to green building, announcing plans to design an eco-friendly town near Ilfracombe north of Devon, England.…

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Snowflake-Shaped Floating Krystall Hotel to Sparkle off the Coast of Norway

Snowflake-Shaped Floating Krystall Hotel to Sparkle off the Coast of…

Koen Olthuis and Dutch Docklands have announced a new project: a five-star floating hotel off the coast of Norway named the Krystall. Reminiscent of their Maldives development the…

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Contemporary House in the Pyrenees Overlooks Amazing Views of Northern Spain’s Mountains

Contemporary House in the Pyrenees Overlooks Amazing Views of Northern…

Completed in 2010, House in the Pyrenees was built for a father and son who wanted two independent units within the same rehabilitated structure. In the top unit, a steeply pitched roof…

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Álvaro Siza Completes Floating Green-Roofed Chemical Plant on an Artificial Lake in China

Álvaro Siza Completes Floating Green-Roofed Chemical Plant on an…

In 2009 Siza was commissioned to design The Building on the Water as an office building for the company’s soda ash and ammonium chloride production plant in Huai’An City. A total of…

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