Moshe Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

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BP loses Supreme Court appeal to reduce Gulf Spill payments

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BP has been busy scrambling to limit the amount of money it must pay out as a result of the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, but yesterday the gas and oil giant had a serious set back. The US Supreme Court denied BP’s challenge to the multibillion dollar settlement that the company signed in 2012. That settlement forced the company to compensate businesses for financial losses due to the spill.

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200+ Inspiring, Ethical and Eco-Friendly Gifts in Inhabitat's 2014 Green Gift Guide

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Have you heard that green is the new black? If you don’t particularly feel like having your feet run over numerous times by rabid shopping cart-pushers today, why not skip the Black Friday madness and peruse eco-friendly gifts from the comfort of your own computer screen? Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Gift Guide is full of unique, useful and eco-conscious presents for everyone on your list, from the gals to the guys, the big kids to the wee ones, the green thumbs to the gadget geeks, and everyone in between. We’ve also got affordable offerings under $20 and under $50, and for those who choose to avoid consumerism altogether, we’ve got clever DIY tutorials for goodies you can make yourself and buy-nothing gifts of time. So get comfy, down some coffee, and get a head start on your holiday shopping here.

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Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as 'insane' – but he means it in a good way!

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The head of the UCLA-based design program developing Elon Musk’s Hyperloop high-speed transport concept has described the project as “insane” and “pure science fiction,” but only in the most positive sense of the terms. In speaking with the Daily Breeze, Professor Craig Hodgetts was also very quick to add that the physics of the project were sound. Radical the concept most certainly is though, and while there are many logistical, engineering and legislative hurdles yet to overcome, the 25 graduate students enrolled in the program are currently working towards building a full-scale prototype of one of the system’s transport pods.

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Stunning cross-shaped Norderhov Cabin nestles into the landscape in Norway

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Canadian clean energy jobs eclipse oil sands employment this year

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Canada is infamous in environmental circles for the Alberta tar sands, a destructive and polluting oil development that’s widely seen within the country as the nation’s main economic generator. However, according to a new report from Canadian think tank Clean Energy Canada, the country’s clean energy sector now employs more people than tar sands. The Huffington Post reports jobs in Canada’s green energy sector have increased by 37 percent over the past five years, bringing employment numbers in that sector up to 23,700 jobs. This just sneaks past the 22,340 jobs provided by the tar sands industry.

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Bjorn Qorn uses giant mirrors to make solar popcorn

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Brooklyn based Bjorn Qorn is making popcorn in the most spectacular way – using nothing but the sun. Gigantic reflectors collect the sun’s rays and focuses them onto a kettle of corn kernels, creating a totally unique sun-popped popcorn. The company is a test implementation of a new technique to build cheap solar mirrors. Since solar mirrors could be used for just about anything, Bjorn Qorn thought to themselves, why not start with popcorn? If you want to get a taste of the solar treat, the company is releasing a limited edition holiday popcorn tin that illustrates the ingenious process and makes a pretty cool gift.

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Are "green" buildings really the best for addressing climate change?

According to designer Bryn Davidson of Lanefab Design/Build, “green” buildings can make a significant difference, but only if we start asking the right questions about them. In his recent TEDx talk in Vancouver, BC, Bryn mentions the need for questions about what really makes “net-positive” change–to determine how buildings impact global climate, and what actions can be taken to reduce that impact. In his presentation, he addresses the fact that the biggest challenge may be shifting our current ideas about what it means to build “green”. Check out his video and website for more information.

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Pont9 proposes a parasitic takeover of a Paris bridge to make use of underutilized space

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Grow Your Own Mushroom Objects with Ecovative Design's "GIY" Kits

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You might already DIY, but do you GIY? New York-based Ecovative Design is already known for creating packaging and even buildings out of mushroom root material, and now they are bringing that ability to the masses with their “grow-it-yourself” kits. The easy-to-use GIY kits contain everything you or someone on your holiday giftlist would need to create your own sustainably-made products using Ecovative’s signature mushroom material.

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Celebrate the holidays with nature-loving traditions from around the world

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Although December has become the most commercialized time of year, celebrating the holidays doesn’t have to center around spending lots of money on things you don’t need. In addition to the religious holidays, this time of year is traditionally a time to celebrate the natural world and the winter solstice.  In the spirit of the season, we’ve rounded a few ways to celebrate the season without getting caught up in the materialist mindset. From nature-inspired decorations to vegan menu ideas, read on to be inspired by some natural holiday traditions from around the world.

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Saying "NO" to the Keystone XL pipeline is just the first step in our environmental revolution

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If you’ve checked Facebook in the past week or so you probably know that the Keystone XL Pipeline bill failed in the Senate, despite aggressive attempts by Mary Landrieu (D-LA) to ensure its passing. But what does this mean for the United States? Does it mean we won’t have all those promised jobs? Will it lead us to living in caves because of a lack of energy? Are we more vulnerable to ebola, AIDS, asthma, and heart disease? No. It just means we’ve shown that the environmental movement is actually going somewhat forward now.

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Gecko-inspired adhesives could enable humans to climb walls Mission: Impossible style!

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If you’ve ever watched with envy as Spider-Man or Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt scale structures with ease, then this could be your lucky day. According to the MIT Technology Review, a team from Stanford University have created a gecko-inspired human climbing system that allowed a grad student to scale a glass wall just using two hand-sized sticky pads.

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Modular Stars Pavilion enhances the urban fabric with minimal environmental impact

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Underground park project seeks funding for sunlight-funneling 'Lowline Lab'

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Looks like support for the Lowline initiative, a plan to build NYC’s first underground park, is still going strong. The team behind the ambitious project is currently on the funding trail with a new Kickstarter campaign looking to raise some green for the development of the subterranean park’s “Lowline Lab.” According to the proposed design, the lab space is slated for research and exhibitions and will feature cool innovations like “remote skylight” solar technology and a sneak peek at the kind of landscaping we could see at the park in the future.

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7 amazingly intricate paper models crafted by artist Charles Young

7 amazingly intricate paper models crafted by artist Charles Young

Young started experimenting with paper during his Masters studies at Edinburgh College of Art. It was there he taught himself the art of paper and card modeling, practicing until he…

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Will the Hudson Yards "Thrill Device" really make you crap your pants?

In this week's odd architecture news, Related Companies president Jay Cross reportedly surprised guests at a real estate luncheon recently by boasting that the second tower in the…

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Tots

Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Tots

This holiday season, delight the tots in your life with playful eco-gifts that educate and inspire creativity. From a transforming cardboard pet 'dog' to Montessori and…

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Calling all emerging architects—Enter Harvard's Wheelwright Prize Competition to win a $100,000 travel fellowship!

Calling all emerging architects—Enter Harvard's Wheelwright Prize…

The Harvard Graduate School of Design recently announced the third edition of the Wheelwright Prize, an open international competition that will award a $100,000 travel fellowship to a…

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Eco Friendly Stocking Stuffers

Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Eco Friendly Stocking Stuffers

This year, fill the stockings of your loved ones with the things they really crave. Whether you are shopping for the beauty junkie or the outdoor lover, we’ve got you covered with…

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