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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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UN Scientists Estimate Sea Levels Could Rise 27 Inches This Century

UN Scientists Estimate Sea Levels Could Rise 27 Inches This Century

Photo via Shutterstock We all know that sea levels across the world are steadily rising due to climate change, but just how these changes will affect us remains to be seen. The UN's Intergovernmental

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Inhabitat’s Favorite Brooklyn-Made Green Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013!

Inhabitat’s Favorite Brooklyn-Made Green Designs at BKLYN Designs 2013!

Inhabitat's favorite local NYC design show, BKLYN Designs, just wrapped up a three-day run in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, and the Inhabiteam was on the scene to source the latest and greatest

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Perkins + Will Unveils Green-Roofed LEED Silver Instructional Centre for the University of Toronto

Perkins + Will Unveils Green-Roofed LEED Silver Instructional Centre for the University of Toronto

With the University of Toronto Mississauga’s commitment to sustainability in mind, Perkins + Will set out to design a multi-use academic building that not only uses renewable energy, but also embraces

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Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

Haunting Images Show What Major US Cities Would Look Like if Sea Levels Rose 25 Feet

To create these images, Nickolay Lamm contacted Remik Ziemlinski from Climate Central, who provided more precise versions of the same maps that were originally featured in the New York Times article. Lamm

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27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census

27,000 Rivers “Disappear” in China, According to Recent Waterway Census

20 years ago there were an estimated 50,000 rivers running through China - but a recent survey has found that over 27,000 of the waterways have disappeared.  An extensive three-year waterway census

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11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

Climate Central recently reported that 11 billion gallons of untreated human waste spilled into the waterways surrounding New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy ripped through Northeastern United

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

Last week we reported on the groundbreaking new media platform Earth 2 Hub which aims to create a space for the world's most creative artists, designers, scientists, and storytellers to explore and share

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Heavy Rainfall in Chicago Causes Sewage to Spew into Lake Michigan

Heavy Rainfall in Chicago Causes Sewage to Spew into Lake Michigan

Heavy rain overwhelmed Chicago's aged infrastructure yesterday, causing sewage to back up into homes and burst through manhole covers in the middle of the street. The videos make for pretty horrifying

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Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

An Ekinoid Home is 34 feet in diameter and sits elevated above the ground on supports. Accessed via a spiral staircase, which also doubles as the hydroponic garden, the home provides 2,500 sq ft (239 sq

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Italy’s Green-Roofed Antinori Winery is Topped With a Vineyard!

Italy’s Green-Roofed Antinori Winery is Topped With a Vineyard!

Constructed with natural materials such as terracotta that not only fit in with the vernacular architecture but also help to control temperatures without excessive mechanical intervention, the winery's

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Building Trust International Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Cambodia

Building Trust International Announces Winners of Competition for Sustainable Low-Income Housing in Cambodia

Building Trust International’s competition called for entrants to design homes that could withstand flooding and offer a safe and secure home for low income families – all for the price of $2,000.

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Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock Haiti's hills were once lined with lush greenery - but now it's 98 percent bereft of plant coverage, making it one of the least forested nations on earth. To address the issue

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Yellow-Brick Buda Art Studio Carved into an Abandoned Textile Factory in Belgium

Yellow-Brick Buda Art Studio Carved into an Abandoned Textile Factory in Belgium

Two main interventions allowed 51N4E to transform the dinky old building into a contemporary marvel that now takes up a big chunk of a large city block. First they cut out a giant pentagonal "void" from

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Gardeners Plant Strawberries and Tomatoes in the Arctic Valleys of Greenland for the First Time

Gardeners Plant Strawberries and Tomatoes in the Arctic Valleys of Greenland for the First Time

Although global warming has a negative impact for most of the planet, some are finding that it has some unexpected benefits. In the Arctic Valleys of Greenland, gardeners are finding that strawberries,

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Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Climate Change Could Alter the World’s Wine List

Whether it is a fruity Napa merlot or an oaky and acidic Chablis chardonnay, any wine lover will tell you that each variety of grape and the region in which it is grown gives each wine a unique character.

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Foster + Partners’ Energy-Efficient Queen Alia Airport Terminal Opens in Jordan

Foster + Partners’ Energy-Efficient Queen Alia Airport Terminal Opens in Jordan

Tradition was integral to the design of the Queen Alia Airport terminal. Noting that "Amman is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world," the architects were inspired to create the

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic “La Miniatura” Millard House Hits the Market for $4.5 Million in Pasadena, California

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Iconic “La Miniatura” Millard House Hits the Market for $4.5 Million in Pasadena, California

The Millard house is one of five concrete block homes constructed by Wright in Southern California — others include the Hollyhock House, the Freeman House (under the care of USC), the John Storer House

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Scientists Link Somalia’s Devastating 2011 Drought with Climate Change

Scientists Link Somalia’s Devastating 2011 Drought with Climate Change

The alarming effects of climate change have been unfolding before our very eyes over the past few decades, and in some cases we've only recently realized it. A team of British scientists recently found

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Derek Diedricksen’s Tiny Gypsy Junker Cabin Can Be Yours for $1,200

Derek Diedricksen’s Tiny Gypsy Junker Cabin Can Be Yours for $1,200

Derek “Deek” Diedricksen is arguably the king of tiny houses: his work has been covered everywhere from the New York Times to the History Channel, and his micro homes have inspired people everywhere.

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Super-Sized Mosquitoes to Descend on Florida This Summer, Experts Warn

Super-Sized Mosquitoes to Descend on Florida This Summer, Experts Warn

Photo by Marison Amador Time to stock up on bug spray. “Gallinipper” mosquitoes -- one of the world's largest and most aggressive mosquito species -- are expected to descend on Florida this

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Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

It's been two years since the deadly earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan, destroying homes and triggering a nuclear disaster. Although the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent deluge killed thousands

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Australian Government Links Recent Extreme Weather to Global Warming for the First Time

Australian Government Links Recent Extreme Weather to Global Warming for the First Time

Australia has had one heck of a summer this year, from flooding to fires and multiple record high temperatures. But until now, the link between these events and climate change has largely been ignored by

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Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

Schwartz Besnosoff & SO Architecture Unveil Plans For Jerusalem’s New Museum of Nature and Science

According to the architects, the new Museum of Nature and Science in Jerusalem will be an open structure capable of communicating with the surrounding environment. It will consist of a series of

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Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Environmentalists Baffled at State Department Claim that Keystone XL Would Have Little Environmental Impact

Rumors have been circulating as to whether or not the President would approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. On Friday, the State Department released a study suggesting that the pipeline, which is slated to

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Autodesk’s New Milan Offices Achieve LEED Gold With Lots of Italian Flair

Autodesk’s New Milan Offices Achieve LEED Gold With Lots of Italian Flair

Revamping an existing condominium complex, Goring & Straja crafted a new 850 sq m (9,150 sq ft) office space for Autodesk in Milan. Their first goal was to make the new space as sustainable as

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Tony Hobba Architects’ Third Wave Kiosk in Australia is Made from Recycled Sheet Piling

Tony Hobba Architects’ Third Wave Kiosk in Australia is Made from Recycled Sheet Piling

The sheet piles that form the exterior wall of the new Third Wave Kiosk were used along the Murray River during the devastating 2010-2011 Victorian floods. Now, in their new life, they serve an entirely

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Balance Associates’ Sustainable Metal-Clad Tower House Overlooks Michigan’s Glen Lake

Balance Associates’ Sustainable Metal-Clad Tower House Overlooks Michigan’s Glen Lake

The Tower House was placed on top of a wooded hill where it is possible to spot Lake Michigan on a good day. The client wanted to build a "sustainable retreat" that would preserve the area's "timeless

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Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

Off-Grid Stamp House is a Cyclone-Proof Home in North Queensland, Australia

The client asked Charles Wright Architects to design an off-grid home on the edge of the FNQ beachfront rainforest. The goal of the home was to make the most of its natural surroundings and ensure the

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LearnStuff’s Infographic Explains How Climate Change is Destroying the Earth

LearnStuff’s Infographic Explains How Climate Change is Destroying the Earth

With an increase in abnormal weather, severe droughts and flooding, and numerous species nearing the brink of extinction, it's hard to contest that climate change isn't a problem touching every corner of

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