Pentagon Report States Climate Change is an Immediate Risk to National Security

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That hotbed of leftist, green activism – the Pentagon – is at it again, having just released a report that nominates climate change as a “threat multiplier” for national security. Jokes aside, the story is true: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has just signed off on the 20-page Department of Defense 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, which demonstrates just how alienated from official U.S. government policy climate change deniers are becoming. In his introduction to the report, Secretary Hagel notes, “a changing climate will have real impacts on our military and the way it executes its missions.”

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Video Game Mogul's Unusual Home Conceals a Trick Bookcase, Secret Passageways and Other Surprises

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NASA Discovers That a Massive Methane Cloud Over American Southwest was Caused by Coal Mining

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NASA scientists have confirmed that satellite data shows a methane hot spot in the southwest United States that is so big that it was ignored for years as a possible instrument error. The cloud of methane gas — a short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) that  is around 30 times more potent as a heat-trapping gas than carbon dioxide — takes up 2,500 square miles above the Four Corners region where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah intersect. The methane plume is about the size of Delaware and released about 0.59 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere annually during the seven years it was studied from 2003 to 2009.

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HAO's Binhai Eco City Master Plan Provides Case Study for a Completely Green Development

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Frothy Geodesic Foam Dome is a Bubble Bath in the Sky

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Foam Party, anyone? London-based Vppr Architects installed a frothy futuristic Geodesic Foam Dome at this year’s 100% Design event. The architects designed the dreamy dome in the sky to create an indulgent spa-like ambiance, complete with frothy bubbles drifting to the ground. Who wouldn’t want to take a luxurious bubble bath in the sky?

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Sustainable Rubber Bio-Bricks Could Save Billions of Gallons of Water

Drop a BrickYou probably already know that dropping a brick in your toilet could help your household save up to 50 gallons of water every week, but the concrete or ceramic bricks that most folks place in their toilet’s water tank can actually damage (or even break) a standard porcelain toilet. Drop-A-Brick is a not-for-profit, grassroots initiative that aims to save as much water as possible in homes across America.  Standard bricks will crumble and disintegrate over time, and will clog up the plumbing, but Drop-a-Brick is made of a bio-based sustainable rubber and filled with an eco-friendly hydro gel that solidifies when water is added to it. It’s flat-packed at a mere 8oz in weight so it has a low carbon footprint as it makes its way over to your home. Just add water, drop it in the tank, and presto: billions of gallons of clean water can be saved across the nation.

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This Crazy Solar-Powered Cabin Looks Like a Giant Ice Cube

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Wind is the World's Cheapest Source of Energy According to EU Report

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A report prepared for the European Commission has found that onshore wind power provides the cheapest source of energy once external factors such as air quality, health impacts and expenditure, and the costs of climate change are taken into consideration. The report’s authors found that onshore wind costs around $133 per MW/h to produce, whereas gas and coal cost up to $208 and $295 per MW/h each. However, continuing a controversy that shadowed the Commission last year, extracts from the report have already been published that fail to include the external costs, which is where many of the subsidies to coal, gas and nuclear are made.

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Italy's First Electric Supercar by Tecnicar Has a Whopping 789 Horsepower

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Italy is known for producing some of the world’s best supercars from automakers like Ferrari and Lamborghini, but it has yet to produce a fully-electric supercar. That may change now that Italian company Tecnicar has unveiled a new electric supercar called the Lavinia that can keep up with the world’s best supercars with its 789 horsepower electric motor!

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New Batteries Charge to 70% in Two Minutes and Last 20 Times Longer

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We use rechargeable batteries for practically everything these days – from our toothbrushes to our cars – but when a battery runs down, it can put a damper on our daily routine. Now imagine that instead of waiting an hour for your phone to charge up, you only had to wait two minutes – and that the same quick-charging battery can last 20 years. That battery will soon be a reality thanks to a team of researchers who developed a lithium-ion battery that can charge 70 percent in just two minutes and lasts 20 times longer than a battery today.

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Apple Patents Next-Gen Flexible 'Smart Paper' Display

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The US Patent and Trademark Office just granted the latest batch of Apple’s patents, and as usual, none of us has any idea which of them will go anywhere. But one of them—#8,855,727, to be precise—is rather interesting (if not entirely original). It suggests the possibility of a flexible, double-sided display that would serve as a “digital periodical.”

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GM is Working on an Affordable, 200-Mile All-Electric Chevrolet

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General Motors executives recently confirmed that the company is working on an all-electric Chevrolet with a range of 200 miles and an expected price tag of around $30,000. Details on the new EV are scant; but it is expected to rival Tesla’s forthcoming 200-mile, $35,000 Model III, which is due to be released in 2017.

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These No-Carve "Pumpkinstein" Jack-O-Lanterns Grow Right on the Vine

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Move over Dr. Frankenstein, “pumpkinstein” is taking over this Halloween. Unlike Mary Shelley’s monstrous fictional creation, the pumpkins that bear his face are real and available to add to your Halloween decor this year. According to the New York Times, they were created by the mind of California farmer, Tony Dighera who, like Shelley, wanted to bring a new creature to life. So he decided to try growing Jack-o-lantern pumpkins in a plastic mold shaped like the face of Frankenstein.

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews the Designers of the LowLine Underground Park

By now, you’ve probably heard of the High Line, but did you know that there is also an underground park called the LowLine proposed for downtown Manhattan? It may have seemed like a pipe dream at first but with many residents backing the project and New Yorkers in awe of what a subterranean park could mean for the city, the LowLine is picking up speed and could soon bring an amazing new public space (not to mention added revenue for the city) to the Lower East Side . Inhabitat’s very own Editor-in-Chief, Jill Fehrenbacher, recently caught up with the LowLine team, James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, to pick their brains about what could be New York’s next design landmark. Click through to see the video, and learn more about this incredible initiative.

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10 Awesome Ways to Use Old Books to Spruce Up Your Home Decor

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LEGO Superheroes Show Up to Celebrate New LEGO Flatiron Store

LEGO Superheroes Show Up to Celebrate New LEGO Flatiron Store

The LEGO celebration took place from October 10th to the 13th and spilled from inside the new Flatiron store over to Madison Square Park and to the public plaza between the two. Folks…

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VIDEO: How to Winter-Proof Your Home, With Eco-Blogger Starre Vartan

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If you're worried about keeping warm and cozy these next few months, look no further than our video on how to button up your home for the cold season and cut your utility bills while…

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Launched in September 2012, the Breathe competition challenged international architects to submit innovative urban design concepts for a medium density residential village in the…

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Carré Seine is an Energy Efficient Hotel & Apartment Complex Near Paris

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Issy-les-Moulineaux's environmental quality charter, called ISSEO, began in 2009 when the town and 20 developers agreed that all new housing and offices would be built to high standards…

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Renovated XVIII-Century Venetian Villa Combines Noble Patina and Luxury Modern Design

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The design approach was based on the teaching of the Schola Riccatiana and the concept of absolute beauty achieved through the relationship between architecture, mathematics and music.…

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