Oil Company Leaves ALEC Over Climate Change

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It’s easy to see why some of the more environmentally friendly companies would leave the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) based on the council’s lies about climate change, but what about an oil company? In the wake of Microsoft, Google, Yelp and Yahoo’s recent departure from the council, Occidental Petroleum parted ways with ALEC after investors expressed concern about the anti-renewables group.

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Jonas Wagell's Tiny Green-Roofed Arjan Sauna Vanishes in the Norwegian Outback

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INFOGRAPHIC: Wood's the Difference?

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We features lots of sustainably sourced wood furniture here on Inhabitat, and for good reason – wood is a durable, natural, renewable resource that literally grows on trees. But there’s hundreds of different kinds of wood out there – do you know which types are best for which applications, which grow locally near you, and which should be avoided at all costs? This new infographic from Furniture UK compares some of the most popular wood types so you can make informed buying decisions while furnishing your home – check it out after the break!

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Philips Tackles Chronic Psoriasis With First-Ever Wearable LED Light Treatment

by , 10/02/14
filed under: Design for Health, News

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Philips, the lighting company best known for their interior lighting solutions, has just launched a pioneering new wearable treatment for psoriasis that utilizes blue LED lights. Psoriasis is a skin disease that affects some 125 million people worldwide, causing inflammation, scaly red patches and peeling of the skin. Philip’s clinical trials have shown that their BlueControl treatment can reduce the severity of outbreaks without the risk of side effects associated with other clinical treatments.

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Help Crowdfund the Gekkotel Eco Community in Costa Rica

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Canadians Matt Becker and Andres Pang are working together to create an eco-community through crowdfunding efforts. With ecotourism as the travel industry’s fastest-growing sector, and increasing numbers of tourists sensitive to the needs of both local populations and the environment, the couple felt that the time was right to reach out and found an eco-community. The name “Gekkotel” is comprised of “gekko” (“gecko” in Spanish), merged with “tel” (from “hotel”) to conjure the image of an environmentally friendly getaway in the natural setting of Costa Rica.

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VIDEO: How You Can Cut Your Building's Energy Costs by Changing the Color of Your Roof

by , 10/02/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

An initiative called the White Roof Project is cutting energy costs for buildings across New York City just by changing the color of their roofs. The volunteer-driven organization focuses on low-income residences, coating dark-colored roofs with a special reflective white paint. While the initiative is primarily environmental, it also has financial benefits since cooler buildings mean lower energy costs. Many thanks to Thomas Shomaker of NationSwell for sharing this informative video with us.

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Architect Alex Michaelis Went Underground to Build His Elegant Notting Hill Home

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Opbrid's Groundbreaking Busbaar V3 Charges Electric Buses in Just 5-8 Minutes

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Spanish firm Opbrid, in partnership with Furrer + Frey has just released the Busbaar V3, a revolutionary new charging system that can power up a electric or hybrid bus in just five to eight minutes. Not only does this coincide with scheduling and driver rest breaks, but regular charging throughout the day reduces the size of the battery required, making the buses lighter and providing more space for passengers. The system can also be adapted to suit garbage trucks, street cleaners and delivery vehicles.

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Climate Change Could Make Fall Foliage Last Longer - But That's Not a Good Thing

by , 10/02/14
filed under: News

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Fall foliage watchers can rejoice in the news that climate change may make the incredible autumn colors found in the Northeast and Midwest last a bit longer – but it spells bad news for the planet. New research from Princeton University shows that global warming will cause tree leaves to respond in wildly unpredictable ways come autumn. According to Modern Farmer, the research shows that leaves will start changing color later in the year and will keep their bright colors for longer.

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Rat-Infested Seward Park Could Improve with Help from New Neighborhood Conservancy

by , 10/02/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Lower East Side residents are fed up with the unkempt conditions at Seward Park and they’re ready to do something about the problem. In its current condition, the century-old green space is more reflective of a garbage dump than of a place where children come to play. Despite several neighborhood clean-up efforts and requests made to the Parks Department to improve staffing and maintenance, the area remains riddled with trash and infested by vermin and overgrown weeds. In an effort to turn things around, The Friends of Seward Park and the local SPaCE block association have teamed together to raise funds to help bring the city’s oldest municipal park back up to snuff.

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California's Cat Town is Opening the First Permanent Cat Café in the U.S.

by , 10/02/14
filed under: Animals, News

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Oakland’s Cat Town, a nonprofit cat rescue and adoption organization, is set to open the first permanent cat café in the U.S. this month. Following the hugely popular Japanese cat café model, café-goers will be able to enjoy tasty drinks and snacks, then slip into the adjacent “Cat Zone” for some feline snuggles. All the cats at the café will be rescue cats, and all will be up for adoption – should you fall in love and decide you want more than just a coffee to go.

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WineHive: Modular 100% Recycled Aluminum Honeycomb Rack "Grows" with Your Wine Collection

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If you’re a wine lover tight on living space, you’ll love the space-efficient Winehive, a modular wine rack inspired by the honeycomb structure. Made from 100% recycled aluminum, the WineHive uses a patented interlocking system to fit together an infinite array of honeycomb structures. The stylish rack even packs flat for efficient shipping and can be easily assembled with no tools required.

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6 Clever Tips to Make Your Tiny Apartment Feel Larger

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Submit Your Urban Design Projects for a Chance at Winning $50,000 in the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence

by , 10/02/14
filed under: Design Competitions

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The Bruner Foundation just announced their call for entries for the prestigious 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. The biennial award celebrates innovative urban spaces in the United States that are distinguished by their significant social and economic contributions to the nation’s urban fabric. The projects must be real–not just a plan or program–and be located in the 48 contiguous United States. The foundation will award one $50,000 Gold Medal and four $10,000 Silver Medals. There is an application fee of $45.

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VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

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Did you know that the most important source of biodiversity on the planet – the rainforest – is being decimated so that you can have paper towels to wipe up? Did you know that the paper industry is the 4th largest emitter of greenhouse gases? Without those rainforests to suck up that extra carbon, we’re going to be in a bad state! Learn more about the Secret Life of Paper with Inform, Inc.’s informative and rousing video (after the jump).

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MVRDV's Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in Rotterdam

MVRDV's Gorgeous Tunnel-Shaped Market Hall Opens its Doors in…

Markthal will primarily serve as a daily fresh food market and as a community hub that links the various surrounding neighborhoods. Its development, however, is part of a long-term city…

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Is Istanbul's Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes?

Is Istanbul's Urban Design Causing Freak Mini-Tornadoes?

We are all aware of humanity's impact on climate change, but are meteorological researchers taking the idea too far by blaming Istanbul’s rapid urbanization for a series of “freak…

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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei's Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei's Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at…

Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation greets visitors with a colorful explosion of paper forms that take flight within the former prison. The dragon is a symbol of power and freedom,…

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The UK's First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

The UK's First Floating Solar Farm Unveiled in Berkshire

The UK's first floating solar farm was just installed in Berkshire. The floating array features 800 photovoltaic panels and has a capacity of 200kW. The project cost £250,000…

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Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly Requires Zero Maintenance

Arkitema Architects Design an Elegant New Home that Supposedly…

The Innovation Maintenance-Free House by Arkitema Architects promises to last 150 years, with minimal maintenance during the first third of its lifespan. The prefab structure was built…

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