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Gridded Modular Eco Home in the Hills Outside Sao Paulo

Gridded Modular Eco Home in the Hills Outside Sao Paulo

The Grid House sits on a parcel of land where walking paths converge, leading away to the jungle and off towards hill tops with views. This protected little valley comprises about 16 acres and it is the

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Researchers One Step Closer to Capturing Electricity Out of Thin Air

Researchers One Step Closer to Capturing Electricity Out of Thin Air

Electricity's most fundamental riddle: How does it form in nature? Even centuries after Ben Franklin so famously harnessed lightning, recreating this natural phenomenon has remained an unsolved mystery

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Can the UK Really Cut Transport Emissions 76% by 2050?

Can the UK Really Cut Transport Emissions 76% by 2050?

It's generally agreed the world over that transportation is the largest contributor to global warming. As such, governments have begun heavily investing in high-speed rail projects and other transport

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Fields of Windstalks Harvest Kinetic Energy From the Wind

Fields of Windstalks Harvest Kinetic Energy From the Wind

Some consider wind turbines to be garish blips on serene landscapes. Not so with this Windstalk concept, which utilizes a series of 1203 kinetic energy-generating “stalks” to harness power.

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Dune Hotel Provides Prefab Accommodation Where You Want To Be

Dune Hotel Provides Prefab Accommodation Where You Want To Be

The Dune Hotel is a prefab modular idea that is intended to fill urban niches and go where the action is. Emerging Brazilian Architect Guilherme de Vasconcelos wants us to take a look at those unused

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Incredible Breathing “Necklace” Filters CO2 and Stores It as Energy

Incredible Breathing “Necklace” Filters CO2 and Stores It as Energy

We’ve seen numerous endeavors undertaken by individuals, organizations and government bodies alike, each attempting to bring our world into a more sustainable state of being. But even with all these new

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Santiago Calatrava Unveils Green “Museum of Tomorrow” for Rio

Santiago Calatrava Unveils Green “Museum of Tomorrow” for Rio

Internationally-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava has just unveiled his latest work — a sleek and sustainable “Museum of Tomorrow” planned for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Situated upon

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NYC Assemblyman Proposes City-Wide Cigarette Recycling Program

NYC Assemblyman Proposes City-Wide Cigarette Recycling Program

Approximately 176 million pounds of cigarette butts are discarded in the United States every year. Usually they end up on the ground or in a landfill and leach their toxic chemicals into the water table.

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Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Check out these cheerful candy-colored buildings! Murals are a fantastic way to sugar-coat concrete and brighten up otherwise drab buildings. Artists Haas and Hahn have adorned several concrete

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Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Recycling used electronics is great, but in some cases, there's an even greener option out there -- several charities accept used and even broken electronic equipment. These non-profits ensure that

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Vein-Like Piezoelectric Shower Harvests Kinetic Energy to Heat Water

Vein-Like Piezoelectric Shower Harvests Kinetic Energy to Heat Water

This incredible concept for a self-heating piezoelectric shower combines inspiration from the human body’s circulatory system with technological innovations in piezoelectricity. The fluid web of piping

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LIGHT BULBO is a Lamp Made From a Gourd!

LIGHT BULBO is a Lamp Made From a Gourd!

Your parents may have told you to eat your veggies, but we bet they never reminded you to turn them off when you leave the room. But they may have if you'd had 'LIGHT BULBO', an ingenious lamp made of a

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Milan 2010: Fuori Salone Goes Green During Milan Design Week

Milan 2010: Fuori Salone Goes Green During Milan Design Week

In Zona Tortona’s Superstudio Piu, the Brazil-based Campana brothers came together with the Cosentino group to showcase their Ecosentino material. An ideal substitute for natural or fake stone, this

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The “Bug” Urban Electric Concept Mini-Car

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The “Bug” Urban Electric Concept Mini-Car

This mini concept car, designed by Brazilian designer Ricardo Fedrizzi, is all electric, meaning it has zero emissions. The “Bug” is a super cute two-seater vehicle meant for puttering around

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Former Sprint, Radioshack CEOs Form Cell Phone Recycling Company

Former Sprint, Radioshack CEOs Form Cell Phone Recycling Company

It may shock you to learn that only 10 percent of America's 275 million cell phone users recycle their handsets. Globally, the situation is even more depressing: A mere one percent of the world's four

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Hufft Project’s Beautiful Butterfly House

Hufft Project’s Beautiful Butterfly House

Inhabitat readers huffprojects recently wrote in to tell us about this green office complex they designed for their clients R. B. Murray and Co. Here at Inhabitat we have been referring to this beautiful

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Gary Neville’s Underground Eco Home Blends Into the Earth

Gary Neville’s Underground Eco Home Blends Into the Earth

Far from classification as a drab bunker, this thoughtful design not only considers its eco-impact, but keeps in tune with the tranquil and expansive meadows and hillsides which surround it. The

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SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids

SOLAR EAR: Affordable Sun-Powered Hearing Aids

For anyone unfamiliar with hearing aids, know that they require a great deal of two things: money and batteries. Luckily, one humanitarian project aims to make the medical devices much cheaper and more

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Beautiful Papercraft Tree Pledges to Save 6,500 Acres of Rainforest

Beautiful Papercraft Tree Pledges to Save 6,500 Acres of Rainforest

The idea of a tree made from paper is kind of sad and ironic. Luckily, design group Le Creative Sweatshop constructed this paper tree from recycled, FSC-certified and carbon-neutral paper stock.

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Gordon Brown’s New Year Resolution: Reach Climate Consensus in 2010

Gordon Brown’s New Year Resolution: Reach Climate Consensus in 2010

The beginning of a new year is a time to set goals and make plans for the future, and a New Year's resolution we desperately want to come to fruition is a global agreement on climate change. That being

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Hillary Clinton Announces US Ready to Join $100 Billion Finance Deal

Hillary Clinton Announces US Ready to Join $100 Billion Finance Deal

Photo by Chris Ratcliffe, Bloomberg US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced earlier today at COP15 that the US is ready to join other industrialized countries in offering developing nations a

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Rio’s Paineiras Hotel to Receive Eco Renovation

Rio’s Paineiras Hotel to Receive Eco Renovation

With the World Cup scheduled to take place in Brazil in 2014 and the Summer Olympic games following in 2016, officials in Rio thought it was high time to revitalize the abandoned Paineiras hotel and turn

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Smarter Cities: Vertical Farming Could Ease World’s Agricultural Woes

Smarter Cities: Vertical Farming Could Ease World’s Agricultural Woes

By 2050, the world's population will have increased by 3 billion people, requiring an additional chunk of arable land the size of Brazil in order to grow enough food. Add to that the potential loss of

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Art and Design Converge at the 2009 London Design Festival

Art and Design Converge at the 2009 London Design Festival

One of our favorite shows from the 2009 London Design Festival was Corn Craft, a beautiful showcase of sustainable materials hosted by Gallery FUMI and Studio Toogood. Held in Gallery's FUMI's personal

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Inhabitat Reports from London Design Festival 2009

Inhabitat Reports from London Design Festival 2009

The London Design Festival is in full swing, and Inhabitat has been on the scene to give you the scoop on the dazzling examples of sustainable design presented at this year's event. Read on for our

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Our Top 7 Favorite Green Shoes for Fall

Our Top 7 Favorite Green Shoes for Fall

Start fall off on the right foot by stepping into some sustainably stylish shoes! With so many colorful options in the hottest autumnal hues, it can be tough to choose. That's why we've compiled our list

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IS IT GREEN?: McDonald’s

IS IT GREEN?: McDonald’s

McDonald’s is a fast food chain rife with contradictions. The restaurant ships in food from all over the world on carbon-intensive planes and trucks, while simultaneously installing electric vehicle

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GREEN WEDDING GUIDE: Eco-friendly Wedding Dresses!

GREEN WEDDING GUIDE: Eco-friendly Wedding Dresses!

Welcome back to our Green Wedding Guide! If you've missed any of our issues in weeks past, we've already covered finding conflict-free eco-wedding rings, greener wedding locations, more sustainable

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Laser Cut Leaves are Nature’s Unique Business Cards

Laser Cut Leaves are Nature’s Unique Business Cards

If you're in the market for new business cards or a cutting-edge new advertising medium, you should take a look at this brilliant idea - your message or logo etched right onto a real leaf, no paint

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Sizzling Stuff for a Sustainable Summer

Sizzling Stuff for a Sustainable Summer

As summer heats up, we're looking forward to bikini and pina colada time by the pool. If you're looking for stylish items to help keep you cool that won't break the bank or your eco-conscience, here are

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