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Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens

Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens

Looking for a productive and environmentally-friendly way to combine your love of recycling with gardening? A new product called Petomato allows aspiring gardeners to convert plastic bottles into

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New Metal-Eating Shrub Species Could Clean Up Toxic Waste Sites Around the World

New Metal-Eating Shrub Species Could Clean Up Toxic Waste Sites Around the World

A newly described shrub species is capable of consuming between 100 to 1000 times the amount of nickel that normal plants can. A team from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños that described the

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles

Burst Pipe Spills 10,000 Gallons of Crude Oil Onto the Streets of Los Angeles

10,000 gallons of oil spilled onto the streets of Los Angeles last night when a pipe burst at a transfer station in Atwater Village near Glendale. Fire crews worked to contain the spill overnight and an

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

Welcome back to Green Building 101. In our last post, we touched upon how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode, and in this piece, we'll begin to discuss ways you can

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TEST DRIVE: The 45 MPG Ford Fiesta is Fast and Best in Class

TEST DRIVE: The 45 MPG Ford Fiesta is Fast and Best in Class

Now, maybe we just love our small and nimble cars, but the engine of the Ford Fiesta really feels like the company could do something with it, like pump it up and put it in a sports car, if it added a

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The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

California’s drought is causing all sorts of problems, but one of the most surprising is the fact that the water shortage may actually increase the chance of an earthquake. New research shows that the

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Ice Sculptures Embedded with Seeds Repopulate Riverbeds as they Melt

Ice Sculptures Embedded with Seeds Repopulate Riverbeds as they Melt

[gallery_extend] Apart from raising awareness, which is an important goal all on its own, a thriving riverbank ecosystem has countless benefits both environmentally, and aesthetically. Plants can

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Mark Jupiter Wins the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Editors’ Choice Award!

Mark Jupiter Wins the Inhabitat BKLYN Designs Editors’ Choice Award!

This year's BKLYN Designs showcase of Brooklyn-based furniture makers featured so many talented designers that it was really difficult to pick one that stood out from the pack. But after much

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6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

6 Incredible Glamping Retreats for Experiencing the Great Outdoors (Without Roughing it)

EcoCamp in Chile EcoCamp is immersed in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in the Chilean Patagonia. It offers guided treks, as well as luxury camping in solar-powered geodesic domes. Loch

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Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Ryue Nishiziwa’s Gorgeous Vertical Garden House Takes Root in Tokyo

Instead of a true facade, full-height windows, curtains, benches, and planters separate rooms and amenities. A living room and kitchen occupy the ground floor. Ascending the painted steel staircase leads

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Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Ioane Teitiota from Kiribati in the South Pacific has lost his latest bid to be recognized as the world's first climate change refugee. Since 2010, Mr. Teitiota, 37, has claimed he is the victim of

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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

New Gluten-Free Flour Could Reduce the Coffee Industry’s Appalling Environmental Impact

An engineer who has previously built factories for General Motors and Starbucks, Dan Belliveau founded Coffee Flour, a unique new company that makes flour from the byproduct of coffee production. Using

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What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

A section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to a new study released by researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine. Warmer sea temperatures

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Origami-Inspired Microgarden Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Grow Fresh, Organic Veggies at Home

Origami-Inspired Microgarden Gives City Dwellers an Easy Way to Grow Fresh, Organic Veggies at Home

Tomorrow Machine and INFARM envision Microgarden as the "next generation of home farming," in which the miniature greenhouse serves as an affordable and space-efficient way to grow pesticide-free

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Adjustable Shutters Allow for Optimal Daylighting in Portugal’s Miramar House

Adjustable Shutters Allow for Optimal Daylighting in Portugal’s Miramar House

The L-shaped balcony made out of thermally insulating pine shutters are foldable panels which allow for natural light and ventilation on the interior, as well as heat retention in the winter months. The

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Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Could Hyper-Evolved ‘Designer’ Coral Reefs Survive in Warmer Oceans?

Coral reefs aren’t just home to a whole ecosystem of sea life, they also protect nearby land from wave surges - but the 2014 National Climate Assessment reports that reefs are in big trouble.

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Extraordinary Floating City Offers a Self-Sustaining Solution to Overcrowding in China

Extraordinary Floating City Offers a Self-Sustaining Solution to Overcrowding in China

Although a Floating City may sound fantastical, it is much more realistic than you’d like as it would be built with the same technologies that CCCC has used to build a 31 mile bridge between Hong Kong,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

5,600-Square-Foot Tah.Mah.Lah. Passive House Restores the Surrounding Environment

The house, which takes its name from the Native American Ohlone word for “mountain lion,” was mostly constructed with salvaged materials. Its recycled steel roof, limestone fireplaces, kitchen hood,

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China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

China Unveils Plans to Build an 8,000-Mile High-Speed Underwater Railway Line to America

It sounds like an April Fool's joke, but from what we can tell, the Chinese government is completely serious about their latest high speed rail project. According to multiple news outlets, China plans to

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Honda Wants You to Drink the Emissions From Its New Car

Honda Wants You to Drink the Emissions From Its New Car

Honda’s new car has such clean emissions that the car company wants you to drink them. The Honda FCX Clarity is the world’s first mass-produced car to use compressed hydrogen instead of gas - and in

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Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian Student Converts a VW Beetle into a $6,000 Wind- and Solar-Powered Car

Nigerian student Segun Oyeyiola converted a Volkswagen Beetle into a wind- and solar-powered car perfect for the country's extreme weather. A student at Obagemi Awolowo University, Oyeyiola completed

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Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Coloni: Exotic Mini-Gardens for Small Spaces

Not everyone has a green thumb, but Swedish gardening house Coloni has found a way to allow anyone to create a beautiful indoor garden of their own. They've scoured the globe for some of the prettiest

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Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia: World’s Deepest Hole Yields Surprising Data

Kola Superdeep Borehole in Russia: World’s Deepest Hole Yields Surprising Data

The Kola Superdeep Borehole is the world's deepest human-made hole. Located high up on the Kola Peninsula in Russia, near Finland, work began on the site in May, 1970. A Cold-War-era relic, the hole began

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Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

Hive-Like Residential Platonian Tower Rises as Stacked Geometric Modules in Peru

The Platonian Tower is a competition entry for a redevelopment site in Lima, Peru. Starting from the site's boundaries and code for height and extents, Tammo Prinz designed an expressive residential

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Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Right now there are about 46,000 pieces of trash floating around in every square mile of the ocean, which is why Belgian company Ecover is now making their cleaning product packaging from plastic fished

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Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

Affordable Housing in America Finally Catches up with Europe

The categories of the program included: Excellence in Affordable Housing Design, Creating Community Connection Award, Community-Informed Design Award and Housing Accessibility – Alan J. Rothman Award.

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