Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California's Drought, Denies Accusation

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Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the pool to film a video for her song G.U.Y., and reports claim that the water was wasted because it was treated with an excessive amount of chlorine. Gaga denies the accusation and is making an effort to draw attention to California’s water shortage.

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs - What Makes Them So Tough Anyway?

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However you feel about eggs – love ‘em fried with onions, hate ‘em in anything, or are morally opposed to consuming them at all – one thing you can’t argue about is that they are an incredibly effective package for embryonic animals of all kinds. They are so successful, in fact, that female animals as diverse as birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians all evolved eggs to mature their young outside their bodies, which presents a number of evolutionary advantages (and some disadvantages; namely that mammals, especially, like to eat eggs).

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These Pinecone Lamps Bring a Touch of Nature Into Your Living Room

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Inspired by cones from French pine trees, Zappy lamps by Shneid are made from lightweight panels of either ash or oak, and fill any space with soft, natural-seeming light. Each piece is crafted by hand from untreated, FSC-certified wood harvested in northern Germany, and its manufacturers are dedicated to ensuring that their products are as environmentally sustainable as they are aesthetically appealing. Zappy won second place in Europe’s 2014 Green Product Award contest, and has been featured in magazines such as ELLE Decor.

 

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The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

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The latest drilling boom to hit California isn’t the kind you’d expect: Farmers all over the state are so desperate for water in the midst of a year-long drought that some well drilling companies are booked up to a year in advance. Some farmers have even taken drastic measures to get the water they need for their crops by purchasing $1 million drilling rigs.

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Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

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Patrick Nadeau's Green-Roofed Wave Home Changes Appearance with the Seasons in France

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Killing the Lorax: 900 Environmental Activists Slain in the Past 10 Years

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A shocking new report finds that in addition to waging war against the only planet capable of sustaining human life, we’re also attacking those who would seek to protect it. The survey, conducted by London-based Global Witness, revealed that between 2002 and 2013, more than 900 environmental activists were killed as a direct result of their work defending environmental and land rights. And these are just the known murders–actual numbers in the last couple of years are suspected to be higher. Why, in a time of high public concern about the environment, are we killing the very people working to stop its destruction? The answer, as always, comes down to money.

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Graypants' Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture

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Industrial Chic Nannup Holiday House Perches on Stilts to Protect the Australian Bush

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Tennessee Senate Passes Koch Brothers-Backed Ban on Bus Rapid Transit

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Despite the country’s recent transportation victories on bike share expansion and other mass transit investments, Tennessee seems to have taken a giant step backwards. Last week, the Tennessee Senate overwhelmingly voted to ban any kind of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) construction in the state. The ban was heavily backed by the wealthy Koch Brothers–who some may remember for their devastating oil spill in Texas last year–and seems to have been specifically targeted at squashing the 7.1 mile AMP BRT project in Nashville.

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KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

by , 04/16/14

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Keystone XL Pipeline opponents have carved a massive 80-acre crop drawing in a Nebraska cornfield that sits directly in the path of the proposed project. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the tractor that created the message based on a design by artists John Quigley and Richard Vollaire. The message reads “Heartland#NoKXL” and features a profile of a cowboy and Indigenous American in solidarity against the pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada to Gulf Coast refineries for shipment to China.

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Life in 64 sq. ft. Chinatown Apartments Captured in Annie Ling's Mesmerizing Photographs

by , 04/16/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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At Inhabitat, we’re all about downsizing to smaller spaces, but for many people, tiny living is less of a choice and more often a painful and necessary part of life. Photographer Annie Ling has captured this unfortunate reality in her photos of 81 Bowery, where Chinese immigrant laborers were housed in 64-square-foot cubicles. In addition to three other series that showcased everyday life in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Ling’s 81 Bowery photographs were recently displayed at the Museum of Chinese in America.

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Tiny SCADpad Asia Apartment Captures the Spirit of Hong Kong for Just $40,000

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Homeless People Are Moving Onto the Manhattan Bridge and Turning It Into a Shanty Town

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Some of New York’s most resourceful homeless residents are making the Manhattan Bridge their new home. The New York Post reports that several people have been spotted turning the cozy confines between the bridge’s metal beams into coffin-sized living spaces. Apparently the bridge has become a popular “neighborhood” comparable to a shanty town with multiple denizens.

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INTERVIEW: We Chat With 16 Year Old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

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World's First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of Four Hectares of Woodland Every Day

World's First Urban Algae Canopy Produces the Oxygen Equivalent of…

Forming part of the Future Food District project curated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the Urban Algae Canopy marks the culmination of six years worth of research. A custom designed ETFE…

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Missed the Blood Moon? Watch the Event Unfold Through NASA's Stunning Footage

Missed the Blood Moon? Watch the Event Unfold Through NASA's Stunning…

On the off chance that you weren’t one of the many people who stayed up late to watch the blood moon, NASA has got you covered with a video of the crimson event. Last night an event…

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Amazing Photos Reveal The Oldest Living Things on Earth Before They Disappear Forever

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Rachel Sussman collaborated with a group of biologists to research and create her stunning photo project. She begins her investigation at “year zero,” photographing the past in the…

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Brera District Exhibits Designs for a Strong, Sustainable Future at Milan Design Week

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Sweden-based designer Hampus Penttinen created his Svartskär chair out of the flotsam that washes up on the shore of Kosterhavet—Sweden's only national marine park. He used grafting…

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Tesla Model S Blazes Across the United States on Record-Setting 12,000-Mile Road Trip

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Summer is almost here, and thousands of US travelers are gearing up for the great American tradition of road tripping across the States. But what if those trips could be taken by…

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