Half the World's Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years

WWF Report 2014

The World Wildlife Fund‘s annual Living Planet Report surveys over 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The 2014 report has just been released and it shows populations of wild vertebrate species declined 52 percent between 1970 and 2010. The report points the finger at habitat loss and destruction and the exploitation of animal populations as the primary causes of the die-off. The effects of climate change are also having a significant impact and are anticipated to have an even greater impact in the future. While the WWF admits the report “is not for the faint-hearted,” they hope that the information will prove useful so “humanity can make better choices that translate into clear benefits for ecology, society and the economy today and in the long term.”

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New Biomass Plant for the UK Looks Like a Giant Green Volcano

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Meet Nixie, the World's First Wearable Drone

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The selfie just went airborne thanks to Nixie, a drone you can wear on your wrist like a watch! According to the inventor, with just a simple gesture, the drone takes off, turns its camera to you to snap a video and returns to your wrist, letting you capture those moments where a simple selfie just won’t do.

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Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

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Canada’s Hayley Todesco has developed a method to speed up the detoxification of oil sands tailings ponds using 5th grade science. The 18-year-old Google Science Fair 2014 finalist won a $25,000 scholarship for her idea, which involves using sand filters to accelerate the biodegradation of toxic naphthenic acids.

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Thomas Heatherwick Unveils Stunning Greenhouses for Bombay Sapphire Distillery

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Germany's Allianz Insurance Company Building Wins the Country's 2014 Green Roof Prize

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The oldest green roof association in the world, FBB (Fachvereiningung für Bauwerksbegruenung e.V.), has awarded a prize for Green Roof of the Year 2014 to a 30-year-old green roof atop the Allianz Insurance Company in Stuttgart, Germany. In 1981, Allianz decided to build their local headquarters in the heart of Stuttgart, and its green roof was designed and created by a team consisting of Jörg Breuning, CEO at Green Roof Service LLC/Green Roof Technology, architecture firm Brümmendorf, Müller, Murr, Reichmann, and landscape architect Prof. Hans Luz. The team worked together to lower the environmental footprint of the building by utilizing porous pavements for the green roofs. 30 years later, the greenery is still growing strong, and is a model inspiration for similar buildings around the world.

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"What's That Smell?": Artist Kate McLean Creates a Smellmap of NYC

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Let’s face it: NYC stinks. Garbage, dog poop, sewage…that guy squished up next to you on the train who forgot to wear deodorant (lucky you). You might not be able to avoid the stank completely but thanks to artist Kate McLean, you may be able to sidestep the city’s smelliest areas. Kate and her sniffers recently mapped out the delicious and disgusting scents of NYC for her Smellmap series. From the looks of it, there are some lovely fragrances in Greenwich Village, but be sure to check out the Lower East Side map for the smelliest block in the city. See more Smellmaps on 6sqft.

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Toxic Blue-Green Algae Stirs Up Trouble For Pets and People at Prospect Park Lake

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Pet parents are being warned to avoid the murky waters of Prospect Park Lake. Last week, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation tested and confirmed the widespread presence of toxic blue-green algae in the popular Brooklyn waterbody. Also referred to as cyanobacteria, the algae floats on top of the water like a thin sheen of green scum. Park-goers in the area will want to re-route their recreational activities, and deter pets from swimming in or drinking the water to avoid toxic exposure.

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Seattle's Stream Belmont Apartment Complex is the Latest in Upscale Sustainable Living

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INTERVIEW: Tesla Climate Riders Drive 1,100 Miles to People's Climate March

 

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A team of sustainability leaders from Orlando, Florida, drove a  Tesla Model S Sedan 1,100 miles to the People’s Climate March in New York City to demonstrate that zero emission electric vehicles can be a part of the climate solution. The trip took 27 hours with stops at nine Tesla Supercharger stations along the East Coast. Their destination was the newest Tesla showroom at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, where the biggest climate march in history started with an estimated 400,000 people taking to the streets of Manhattan to demand climate action ahead of the UN Climate Summit.

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

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We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible bent-bamboo buildings take the cake. The Bali-based bamboo building team already has luxury villas, houses, schools and infrastructure buildings in their portfolio, and is renowned for their dedication to using traditional Indonesian building techniques. We spoke with the firm’s founder and CEO, designer Elora Hardy, about vernacular architecture traditions, her involvement with designing bamboo buildings, and the reasons behind her vocational change from high-end fashion to sustainable architecture

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INFOGRAPHIC: Learn How to Defend Yourself Against Harmful Chemicals Hidden in Your Home

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Did you know that dangerous toxins are hidden in many of our everyday household objects? We all want to feel safe in our homes, but studies have shown that prolonged exposure to these hidden, but pervasive chemicals can cause hormone disruption or even increase the risk of cancer. To help you protect your body and home, Body Logic MD compiled a tidy infographic of some of the leading offenders and how best to avoid these harmful toxins.

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PHOTOS: Iconic High Line Park in NYC Opens Final Section To Public

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5 Common Weeds You Can Make into Healthy (and FREE!) Teas

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Standing Desks Help Kids Lose Weight at School, Improve Attention Spans

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It’s widely known that sitting is bad for your health, but a new study of elementary school students reveals that standing desks can actually reduce obesity in children while improving their attention spans. Texas A&M associate professor Mark Benden tested out the theory by introducing “stand-biased” desks into the classrooms of 480 elementary school students in the College Station Independent School District. Each student donned a sensor on their arm to record their “step count” and “calorie expenditure” over a period of five school days. The results? Giving kids more standing time during class time helped them burn more calories – up to 15 percent more than traditional desks – and also seemed to improve their attentiveness.

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Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx

Prefab Casita Adds Fun and Functionality to the Willis Avenue…

Just in time for the crisp fall weather, Bronx residents are celebrating the opening of a newly revamped green space in Mott Haven. The Willis Avenue Community Garden officially…

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Transforming 'Leviathan' Antarctic Research Facility is Out of This World

Transforming 'Leviathan' Antarctic Research Facility is Out of This…

The flowing form mimics the edges of the ice formations along the coastline and allows ships to reach its hidden docks. A curved glass tower extends upwards from a mainly horizontal…

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A 650-Foot-Long Running Track Tops This Space-Saving Elementary School in China

A 650-Foot-Long Running Track Tops This Space-Saving Elementary School…

Land shortage is a common problem in the old but cramped city of Zhejiang, and the nearly 78,000-square-foot area allocated for the elementary school was simply not big enough to…

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TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota's 2015 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota's 2015 Hydrogen…

For the past 20 years, Toyota has been working on a vehicle that could revolutionize the way we get around. It's virtually silent, its emissions are so clean you could drink them, and…

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A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won't Want to Miss

A Round-Up of ARCHTOBER House Tours You Won't Want to Miss

Happy first day of fall everyone! You know what that means: sweater weather, pumpkin ale, vibrant foliage, and the best part of all - house tour season. Whether you're into classic…

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