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Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

The Port of New Orleans and surrounding areas were closed Sunday after a barge collided with a tow boat, causing oil to spill into the Mississippi River. The boats were located between Baton Rouge and New

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Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Wecyclers Launch Bicycle-Powered Recycling Service in Lagos

Nigeria's most populous city, Lagos is facing a major waste management crisis that threatens to crush its skyrocketing population under a heap of health and environmental problems. The overburdened

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Artist Creates Steve Jobs Portrait Out of Discarded Apple Products

Artist Creates Steve Jobs Portrait Out of Discarded Apple Products

The old adage "One man's trash is another man's treasure" is definitely true for mosaic artist Jason Mercier, who works almost exclusively with discarded materials. His newest portrait, a strikingly

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PCB’s Banned 35 Years Ago in the US Still Found Leaching Into the Environment

PCB’s Banned 35 Years Ago in the US Still Found Leaching Into the Environment

Image via Shutterstock Despite the fact that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been banned in the United States for over three decades, traces of the chemicals are still prevalent in the

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl

INHABITAT: How would you describe your signature style? As we all know, we're in the era of the 'iconic building' and the 'starchitect'. However facile this might be, the designs of public institutions

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The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio ‘Prints’ Sweaters In Under An Hour!

The OpenKnit Printer by Gerard Rubio ‘Prints’ Sweaters In Under An Hour!

Has "learn to knit" been on your to-do list for years? Are you envious of the scarves, sweaters, and cowls knitted by your DIY-minded friends? A new invention from Gerard Rubio could make homemade clothes

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Creepy or Cool? Haunting Sculptures Made From Upcycled Doll Parts

Creepy or Cool? Haunting Sculptures Made From Upcycled Doll Parts

Throughout the course of his or her life, the average child will break more than a few toys. Some will be loved to death, while others might meet a more sudden demise in a childhood experiment gone

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Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District

Los Angeles Launches First Bicycle Friendly Business District

Los Angeles just launched the city's first Bicycle Friendly Business District (BFBD) in Northeast L.A., and it will serve as a pilot program for a larger citywide initiative in 2015-16. The public-private

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Self-Contained Dementia Village Protects People Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Self-Contained Dementia Village Protects People Suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s

A self-contained village in the Netherlands called De Hogeweyk is designed to protect people who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Called Dementia Village, the center allows its inhabitants to shop,

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EQUAL: A Compact Electric Vehicle Specially Designed for People with Disabilities

EQUAL: A Compact Electric Vehicle Specially Designed for People with Disabilities

A new eco-friendly vehicle from Absolute Design could make independent, low-emission transportation possible for people who utilize a wheelchair. Most of us can't even imagine what life would be like with

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San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

San Francisco’s Old Bay Bridge to be Recycled Into a Green Airbnb Home and Museum

While driving over the bridge one day, David Grieshaber came up with the idea to convert the bridge into a house in order to save the old urban monument for posterity. Following a whole host of ideas on

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Tesla’s Elon Musk Confirms Talks with Apple, Reveals Plans for First Road-Ready Autonomous Car

Tesla’s Elon Musk Confirms Talks with Apple, Reveals Plans for First Road-Ready Autonomous Car

Earlier this week it was reported that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a secret meeting with Apple's merger and acquisitions chief Adrian Perica last year at Apple's headquarters, which sparked countless rumors

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Steel ‘Ribbon’ Sculpture Doubles as an Artistic Bike Rack in Boulder

Steel ‘Ribbon’ Sculpture Doubles as an Artistic Bike Rack in Boulder

Local environmental artist Michelle Lee designed this beautiful and functional bike rack in commemoration of last year's US Pro Cycling Challenge in Boulder, CO. Built from a combination of steel and

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Re Rag Rug Makes Socially and Ecologically Responsible Rugs from Textile Waste

Re Rag Rug Makes Socially and Ecologically Responsible Rugs from Textile Waste

Re Rag Rug is an experimental design project that explores the social and ecological sustainability of the rug. Supported by the Swedish Art Grants Committee Konstnärsnämnden, the team behind the

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Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show

Local Motors to Debut First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle at the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show

Unlike other automakers that mass produce their vehicles, Local Motors co-creates vehicles with a global community of designers, engineers and enthusiasts. So far the group has produced one car, the Rally

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INTERVIEW: ECOBroker John Beldock on Green Real Estate

INTERVIEW: ECOBroker John Beldock on Green Real Estate

Green homes are on the rise, but a world dominated by green real estate is far from reality. In this interview with ECOBroker John Beldock, we thought we'd take a look at ways to locate green homes that

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Brammo’s High-Performance Electric Motorcycle Gets an Upgrade for 2014

Brammo’s High-Performance Electric Motorcycle Gets an Upgrade for 2014

Brammo did for electric motorcycles what Tesla did for electric cars by creating a high performance vehicle that is both environmentally-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. For 2014, the company has gone

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The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

The Via Verde B&B is an Off-Grid Eco Paradise Built by a Journalist Couple in Uruguay

Via Verde rise above the acacia and pine trees at a small fishing village called Punta del Diablo in northern Uruguay. Located near the village's center, this green B&B stands right where the luscious

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New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

New NASA Satellite Image Shows California Drought from Space

A newly released NASA satellite image taken from space shows the extent of California's worst drought since record-keeping started in 1885 and potentially the region's driest period in 500 years.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Water Scarcity Threatens the Planet

INFOGRAPHIC: How Water Scarcity Threatens the Planet

Water is one of the world's most important natural resources - yet safe, fresh drinking water is in increasingly short supply. Studies show that over 1.1 billion people lack access to potable water, and

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Cellar Ridge’s 50/10 Homes Boast 50% Greater Efficiency for 10% More Money than Similar Homes

Cellar Ridge’s 50/10 Homes Boast 50% Greater Efficiency for 10% More Money than Similar Homes

Cellar Ridge Construction has developed the 50/10 House model, a new green home that is 50 percent more energy efficient than a code built home with only a 10 percent increase in the home's cost. “Some

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Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Awesome DIY FAB Velomobile is Made from Old Bikes and Walkers

Industrial designer Mark Richardson has transformed a slew of salvaged materials into an awesome DIY velomobile! The Monash University lecturer began collecting old wheels, bike parts, and wheelchairs to

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How Smart Meters Could Optimize the United States’ Energy Grid for EV Charging

How Smart Meters Could Optimize the United States’ Energy Grid for EV Charging

Last year car buyers bought a record 100,000 electric vehicles - and that number is expected to grow more and more each year. As electric cars like the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf leave dealer

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Hot Pockets Recalled Due to Concern Over Diseased Meat

Hot Pockets Recalled Due to Concern Over Diseased Meat

Spoiler alert (literally): Hot Pockets may contain diseased animal products. The microwavable monstrosities produced by Nestlé and reportedly filled with "real meat" may be at risk of contamination. The

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The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The World’s Largest Solar Plant is Frying Birds

The world’s largest solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, officially opened for business a few days ago, but not all environmentalists are happy about it. The plant consists

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Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

Could the Buildings of the Future be Grown Underwater in the World’s Oceans?

London-based Exploration Architecture creates cutting-edge projects that explore truly sustainable concepts. Their designs are inspired by natural forms ranging from sea urchins to coral reefs, and they

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GOP Lawmaker Says We Actually Need More CO2 in the Atmosphere

GOP Lawmaker Says We Actually Need More CO2 in the Atmosphere

Utah has a fair share of air quality problems - in fact, Salt Lake City is often rated as one of the most polluted cities in the nation. But one lawmaker suggests that the problem isn’t too much CO2 in

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Artist Converts 1950s Ranch-style Michigan Home into a Stylish Eco Art Gallery

Artist Converts 1950s Ranch-style Michigan Home into a Stylish Eco Art Gallery

'm emailing on behalf of owner and artist, Brad Kopek. We would love if you would consider Brad's fully sustainable Gallery/Residence/Work Space for a feature on your website. Brad owns a unique

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Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

Swedish Machine Turns Sweat into Perfectly Good Drinking Water!

You probably never thought you could go to the gym and then rehydrate at the end of a grueling session with your own sweat, but that possibility now exists. Inspired by NASA astronauts, who are required

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INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

INHABITAT TOUR: Build Your Very Own Bamboo Ski Poles with Soul Poles

Friedman was one of the top US World Cup Downhillers and a member of the U.S. Ski Team for 10 years before an injury forced him into retirement in 2009. Every year, Friedman was handed a load of new gear

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