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Honda FCV fuel-cell concept makes its U.S. debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Honda FCV fuel-cell concept makes its U.S. debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Fuel-cell vehicles have been dominating the news the past few months and today at the Detroit Auto Show, Honda revealed its latest fuel-cell concept to the U.S. for the first time ever. The Honda FCV

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Divooe Zein’s stunning Siu Siu Laboratory of Primitive Senses reconnects people with nature

Divooe Zein’s stunning Siu Siu Laboratory of Primitive Senses reconnects people with nature

According to the architects, the lab aims to 'explore the environmental transition between urban space and natural forest." And they hope that local flora and fauna will creep into the open-ended

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It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded on Earth

If the massive droughts and wildfires this past summer weren’t indications enough, new data out of Japan indicates that 2014 was the hottest year on record for planet Earth. According to Discovery News,

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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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Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Recycled paper cup lamp is a glowing honeycomb of light

Disposable cups are hardly ever re-used, and they often find their end at the local landfill. So to cut back on this paper waste, six innovative designers in Japan have banded together to save the world

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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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The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family home in Texas

The Tree House by Matt Fajkus Architecture is a light-filled family home in Texas

Matt Fajkus Architecture has created a bright, daylit home in Austin, Texas, and is centered around a huge oak tree on the property. Clad in stucco, the upper level is a floating white box that acts as a

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Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s top 6 green technology and science stories of 2014

This year there was a range of technological innovations that could not only improve our lives but help save the planet as well. We saw a group of 16-year old girls who revolutionized crop yields, an

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 7 Most Inspiring Stories of 2014

Every year you come across those stories that warm your heart and lift your spirits. Whether it involves a tough old lady who refused to back down to developers or a teenager with a brilliant idea that

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The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Prefab MUJI House is a Daylit Minimalist Dream Home in Tokyo

The Japanese retailer recently built their first new dwelling in Tokyo. Designed to maximize its small city plot, it features three levels with a minimalist aesthetic that's so common in Japanese

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This brilliant house fits perfectly into its mountain site, thanks to computer mapping

This brilliant house fits perfectly into its mountain site, thanks to computer mapping

The architects used raw materials for both the interior and exterior. Concrete slabs and OSB sheets are projected away from the main volume of the house, while an angled roof protects the interior from

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10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

1. Make your own recycled gift wrap:  Did you know that some Christmas gift wrapping isn't even recyclable? Keep bags of trash out of the landfill by creating your own simple gift wrap from recycled

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Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

Kyocera is building the world’s largest floating solar plant

Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation recently announced plans to build the world’s largest floating solar installation. The massive 13.4 megawatt plant will be located in the Chiba

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Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

How did they do it? The Tokyo-based architecture firm studied the structural configuration of the space and realized the suspended ceiling was positioned much lower than the actual slab. So they

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Eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives for the holidays

Eco-friendly gift wrap alternatives for the holidays

Chances are that a lot of us will be wrapping some last-minute gifts this weekend, whether we're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, or Festivus. Rather than going for regular store-bought wrapping

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Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla

Green Car Reports: Audi Unveils Q7 e-tron quattro, Nissan Leaf with laser beams, and the Passion of the Tesla

What defines a "green car" can be the source of much discussion among environmentalists, advocates, and actual buyers. Every week Green Car Reports shines a light on the industry with coverage of

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Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

Glumac’s pioneering net-zero Shanghai office paves the way to greener buildings in China

The 6,000-square-foot project's LEED v4 Platinum and projected full-petal LBC certifications are impressive, but the arguably more outstanding accomplishment is how the cross-cultural and geographic team

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Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

Alventosa Morell squeezes a narrow, day-lit home between two blocks of flats in Barcelona

Located in Nou Barris, Barcelona, the 55-foot-long site was a challenge not only because of its size and relation to the adjacent buildings, but also because of the extremely noisy surroundings. Thus, the

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Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s

Plummeting sales show Americans are basically over McDonald’s

McDonald's recently reported that their same-store sales (at stores open at least 13 months) fell a whopping 4.6% month-on-month. That's coming on the heels of a brutal fall in sales overall since early

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Stunning Moroccan tent installation contrasts with Nouvel’s famous Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris

Stunning Moroccan tent installation contrasts with Nouvel’s famous Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris

The studio, based in Paris and Casablanca, covered 500 square meters of space in front of the famous institute with a canopy made of camel hair and goat wool. The fabric was woven by a

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This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

This light-filled Taiwanese home goes with the breezy flow to ward off the tropical heat

A major challenge of the renovation project for architect Fang Wei's team was how to capitalize on the lushly vegetated city views to the site's west without opening the home to the harsh afternoon

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MenoMenoPiu Architects design tiny capsule hotels with stunning views of the Parisian waterfront

MenoMenoPiu Architects design tiny capsule hotels with stunning views of the Parisian waterfront

MenoMenoPiu Architects' design for the EauBERGE Paris Capsule Hotel was inspired by the structure and shapes of the bookseller huts along the Paris riverfront as well as the space-efficient capsule hotels

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Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

The chunky Jupiter line comes with a dual watch face, with two Miyota movements to let you keep track of time in your top two destinations. We chose the fashionable Blackwood watch, since we all know

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Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

Atkins’ H2 low carbon building is an “ecological sandwich” in China

The newly opened TEDA H2 Building in China is the world-first low-carbon building that has been accredited with four green building certificates: the US LEED (Gold), Chinese 3-Star, Japanese CASBEE (S

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How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) just released a preliminary, technical report that shows how the United States can cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050 -

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RCA student Olivia Wright receives green light to renovate a ruined pottery factory in England

RCA student Olivia Wright receives green light to renovate a ruined pottery factory in England

The project would be located on a site in the Burslem region of Stoke-on-Trent in England, and was designed as Olivia Wright's final project at the Royal College of Art. Her design was actually selected

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6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

For Heating The Barn House in Japan's Memu Meadows is an award-winning experimental dwelling heated by urine. Designed by Keio University's Co+Labo department, it shelters two humans and two horses,

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6 Finalists Revealed in Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

6 Finalists Revealed in Guggenheim Helsinki Competition

The shortlist includes practices with offices in seven countries: London-based Asif Khan, Zurich firm AGPS Architecture, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 from

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Spencer Byles Sculpts Mystical Forest Artworks from Natural Materials

Spencer Byles Sculpts Mystical Forest Artworks from Natural Materials

Towering woven structures, hanging pods and large-scale constellations of shapes create a theatrical or even supernatural realm within the picturesque woodland environment. The pieces seem to communicate

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