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California Lawmakers Pass Nation's First Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

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California just scored a major potential win for the environment last Friday, when the State Senate approved the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic grocery bags. The Senate passed the ban with a 22-15 vote just one day after the controversial bill won approval from the State Assembly. If Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signs the legislation into law by September 30, California’s plastic bag ban will go into effect starting July 1, 2015.

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Toxin is Causing Pelicans to Drop Dead Out of the Sky in California

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All along California’s coastline fisheries have been shuttered, marine hospitals have been flooded and birds have been dropping dead right out of the sky. The problem? A dangerous neurotoxin called domoic acid. As nutrients from human activities are pushed into the ocean, dangerous algae blooms containing the toxin have started blooming more and more often and animals across the food chain are being poisoned as they eat it. And the danger isn’t restricted to sea life – the toxin poses a serious danger to humans as well.

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COBE Transforms Old Industrial Silo Into High-Rise Housing in Copenhagen

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BOOK REVIEW: Bridgette Meinhold's Urgent Architecture Showcases 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World

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VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews Janine Benyus, Author and Founder of Biomimicry 3.8

In 1997, biologist and innovation consultant Janine Benyus, released her first book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this publication she coined the term ‘biomimicry‘ and laid the groundwork for an emerging discipline that looks for innovative solutions to pressing global problems by emulating nature’s designs and processes. Since her book’s release more than 15 years ago, Benyus has evolved the practice of biomimicry research through numerous initiatives, including Biomimicry 3.8 — an amazing organization providing business consulting, professional training, and education on what humans can learn from the genius of nature that surrounds us. Though biomimetics is technically not a new idea, the relevance of this field has become increasingly apparent over the past few years as we’ve come to realize that Mother Nature is one of the universe’s most successful and time-tested designers, and we have much to learn from her. Watch our video above to hear from biomimicry pioneer Janine Benyus as she chats with us about some of the incredible innovations that have come from Biomimicry, such as velcro, solar power, and more-efficient wind turbines.

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How-To: Make a Summery Coconut-Sea Salt Lip Scrub

by , 09/01/14
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Seoul Installing Hydro-Powered Smartphone Charging Stations

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The smartphone capital of the world has found an innovative and environmentally-friendly way to charge all those homegrown Samsungs and other mobile devices—Seoul, South Korea, is planning to install five charging stations powered by three mini-hydroelectric turbines embedded in the manmade Cheonggyecheon River that runs through the capital’s downtown.

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The Sochi Winter Village is Now a Ghost Town Just Six Months After the Olympics

by , 09/01/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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There was a lot of controversy over the Sochi Winter Olympics both before and during the competition, with allegations of corruption, shoddy construction work, and facilities not being ready for the athletes. However six months after the games ended, Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy decided to go explore the Olympic site and found it abandoned and desolate. In his own words, Belenkiy said Sochi was a “ghost town”, and a “huge wasteland that’s abandoned.”

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Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

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Handcrafted Para Hammock is Made From Over 700 Pieces of Walnut

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Hammocks are usually made for the outdoors, but Los Angeles-based furniture designer Chaffee Graham has created a stylish wooden version that we’re convinced would look just as great as an indoor statement piece. Designed by Graham’s furniture company 4th Period Woodshop, the Para Hammock is handcrafted out of over 700 pieces of walnut. The flexing wooden pieces are connected by paracord and are treated for all weather conditions and for durability.

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Bio-Hotel Ulrichshof's New Luxury Addition is Inspired by Old Bavarian Fairytales

by , 09/01/14
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3XN's Semicircular High Rise Will Bring High Quality Affordable Housing to Denmark

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Billionare Vinod Khosla Battles to Block Public Access to Popular California Beach

by , 09/01/14
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Surfers have been battling with landowners over access to beaches on America’s West Coast for years, but NBC News reports that the highest profile case of the lot to date involves some hard line action from a surprising adversary – billionaire Democrat supporter, Vinad Khosla. Khosla made his fortune by cofounding Sun Microsystems and then poured his money into green energy ventures as well as the coffers of the Democratic Party. He later bought an 89-acre piece of prime real estate on Martin’s Beach, near Half Moon Bay in Northern California – a popular surfing spot to which the property’s previous owners had allowed access. San Mateo County told Khosla he would have to maintain public access to the beach, a dictate that he went to court over and then lost. After allowing access for two years, Khosla decided to go rogue – locking his gate, and adding security guards along with a sign stating “Beach closed, keep out.”

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Victoria One: Melbourne's Tallest Residential Tower Will Feature a Botanic-Like Green Glass Facade

by , 09/01/14

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Innovative Modular Eco Pods Operate Off-Grid in Any Locale

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Parachuting Grilled Cheeses Coming to New York This Week

Parachuting Grilled Cheeses Coming to New York This Week

Do grilled cheeses taste better when delivered by parachute? Probably not, but New Yorkers will get to find out this week when Aussie company Jafflechutes brings its air-dropped…

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DIY: How to Make Delicious Nutty Coconut Breakfast with Leftover Rice

DIY: How to Make Delicious Nutty Coconut Breakfast with Leftover Rice

You slept through your alarm, the kids are in chaos and the cupboards are bare. What’s a savvy person to do? How about using last night’s leftover rice to make a protein-packed…

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9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

9 Brilliant Backwoods Cabins for Reconnecting with Nature

Nathan Fisher's Whaelghinbran Nomadic Cabin Architect Nathan Fisher's tiny self-sufficient cabin won first place in the International Backwoods Cabin Competition. A cross between…

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Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure Seekers

Tiny Baobed Treehouse is a Cocoon-Like Sleeping Pod for Adventure…

Baobed’s oval shape was inspired by exotic fruit that dangles from the branches of baobab trees, known as the “tree of life,” characteristic of African…

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World's First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy Environment

World's First Quiet Treehouse Provides Safe Haven in a Noisy…

Luxury treehouse design and construction firm Blue Forest has charmed us before with their beautiful timber structures and this year’s Quiet Treehouse is no exception. Inspired by the…

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