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Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster

Fukushima rice passes radiation test for the first time since the disaster

Ever since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, rice in Japan has been tainted by radiation. This year, for the first time, the rice harvest is finally below the radiation standard set by Japan’s government.

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Tiger farming is cultivating a taste for luxury tiger products in China – and increasing poaching

Tiger farming is cultivating a taste for luxury tiger products in China – and increasing poaching

What do you do when you can’t poach tigers anymore? Why you raise them, of course. Instead of stopping the sale of tiger parts in countries like China, some enterprising Chinese entrepreneurs are simply

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Autonomous Audi A7 Concept drives itself from the Silicon Valley to Las Vegas

Autonomous Audi A7 Concept drives itself from the Silicon Valley to Las Vegas

Audi wants to showcase its autonomous driving technology at the upcoming  International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in an effort to demonstrate the technology's capabilities. To back up their

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New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time

New app lets Chinese citizens track biggest polluters’ activity in real time

Tracking China’s most devious polluters? Now there’s an app for that, after Chinese environmentalist Ma Jun and his supporters developed an app that can show citizens just who is polluting their

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The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

The aviation industry is responsible for 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions

A new study indicates that the aviation industry is responsible for up to 2.5 percent of the world’s carbon emissions, which is higher than most individual countries. Researchers calculate that the

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La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

La Paz, Mexico to be 100 percent solar powered by the end of 2015

When a new solar power plant goes online later in 2015, the city of La Paz, Mexico will be entirely powered by solar energy. Aura Solar I, the largest solar power plant in Latin America, went online in La

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Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

Help fund the brilliant Warka Water tower to pull drinking water out of thin air

The Warka Water project was inspired by a trip the design team took in 2012 to isolated villages in northeast Ethiopia that lacked access to clean and safe water. Determined to improve the villagers’

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Fukushima radiation arrives on North America’s West Coast after more than two years

Fukushima radiation arrives on North America’s West Coast after more than two years

Have you been downing iodine like mad to protect your body against all that nuclear radiation emitted from the Fukushima meltdown? If so, it looks like your precautions might have been a bit premature, as

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Green Design Predictions for 2015

Green Design Predictions for 2015

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org 2014 was the hottest year we've ever recorded on our home planet. Which means 2015 will have to be the hottest

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Ambio lamp glows with bioluminescent bacteria instead of electricity

Ambio lamp glows with bioluminescent bacteria instead of electricity

A Dutch designer has created a lamp that needs no electricity: it consists of a glass tube filled with bioluminescent bacteria taken from octopuses and suspended in a saltwater solution. All it needs in

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Swans still at risk in NYC parks, thanks to Governor Cuomo

Swans still at risk in NYC parks, thanks to Governor Cuomo

  A couple of weeks ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have protected the mute swans that flock to waterways in Brooklyn and Queens. The swans are not indigenous to the area

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Energy-efficient Yatsugatake Villa unfolds like an origami fan in Japan’s countryside

Energy-efficient Yatsugatake Villa unfolds like an origami fan in Japan’s countryside

Following traditional Japanese design principles, the Yatsugatake Villa design emphasizes a harmonious relationship with the surrounding natural environment. MDS used passive house techniques to provide a

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Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry

Revolutionary recycled cardboard mini batteries can charge your phone in a hurry

Need a quick charge on your smartphone? Sick of carrying around cables and bulky chargers? Tired of searching out plugs and waiting for your phone to charge? This award-winning cardboard battery concept

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Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

Solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal or natural gas in some markets

While renewable energy has been getting more affordable for residential installations, that has not always been the case on a commercial scale. For years, the solar and wind industries were unable to

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Pope Francis will urge Catholics to combat climate change

Pope Francis will urge Catholics to combat climate change

In March 2015, Pope Francis plans to deliver an edict urging his followers to take action against climate change. This conservationist call-to-action will be the first of its kind delivered by a pope. The

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How to find a wolf sanctuary near you and meet some wild wolves!

How to find a wolf sanctuary near you and meet some wild wolves!

Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are conservation

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How to recycle your holiday tree

How to recycle your holiday tree

  As the holidays come to a close, the gifts have been given, the cookies have been eaten, and your holiday tree is more than likely starting to look a little crisp around the edges. It's at

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Inhabitat’s top 7 news stories of 2014 – vote for the most important!

Inhabitat’s top 7 news stories of 2014 – vote for the most important!

2014 was a huge year for environmental news - and Inhabitat kept you posted on all of the highs, lows and breaking developments as they happened. Studies pointed to the collapse of industrial civilization

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo

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Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

Safer sonar protects dolphins while providing better images

There's a new type of seismic imaging called Acoustic Zoom, and it's better than older forms of sonar for both dolphins and scientists alike. It works by emitting smaller amounts of energy over a longer

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind pioneering

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Scientists discover that trees yelp when they’re running out of water

Scientists discover that trees yelp when they’re running out of water

If a tree falls in the forest with no one around, does it make a sound? According to new research by French scientists, dying trees emit noises that indicate their imminent demise before they ever hit

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Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 – which is your favorite?

Top 6 Inhabitat architecture stories of 2014 – which is your favorite?

2014 was yet another inspiring year for architecture lovers, and there was no shortage of cool stories about the built environment on Inhabitat. From a hair-raising house on the side of a cliff to a

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Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai’s World Islands

Artificial snow is set to fall on Dubai’s World Islands

Snow is a distant dream in a place like Dubai, where the wintertime temperature doesn’t typically drop below 57 degrees Fahrenheit. Real estate developer the Kleindienst Group wants to make it snow and

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INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

INTERVIEW: We Talk With Prefab Home Architect Toby Long

We at Inhabitat are bona fide prefab lovers. And while we tout the benefits of the prefab process every day, it's also important to step back and examine the potential of the prefab market, its

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Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists

Endangered tiger trade soars as Myanmar offers up wild cat parts to Chinese tourists

There are less than 3,000 tigers left in the world, but that doesn't matter in Mong La, a Myanmar town where tiger parts are big business. A new study based on two decades of data shows that tiger numbers

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Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Last week, a pipeline outside the Russian town of Tuapse burst, sending a flood of oil into the Black Sea. Cleanup efforts have been slow due to severe storms and unsafe water conditions, and the local

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Maui is winning the war against Monsanto

Maui is winning the war against Monsanto

Maui is winning the war against Monsanto, according to an attorney for the Sustainable Hawaiian Agriculture for the Keiki and the Aina (SHAKA) Movement. On November 4, Maui voters approved a measure that

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Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life

Highly toxic residue from winter road salt is killing aquatic life

Salting a snowy and icy road is standard procedure for most cities and towns. Where that salt ends up is rarely a concern, but according to new research it is concerning because the salt washes into

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Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel

Revolutionary U.K. project is experimenting with algae to turn toxic mine waste into biofuel

Combining pollution cleanup, green energy, and recycling, a new project in the U.K. investigates the potential of using algae to clean up an old mine site, while producing both  biofuels and metals

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