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The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

The NativeScapeGR Project Encourages Green Roofing with Native Species

Developed at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, The NativeScapeGR project focuses on uses native plant species and biocrusts to create green roofs with low water requirements, adapted to

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India Bans Import of All Cosmetics Tested on Animals

India Bans Import of All Cosmetics Tested on Animals

The Indian government announced on Monday that as of next month it will no longer permit the importation of cosmetics that have been tested on animals. The embargo comes less than five months after a

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Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

Air Pollution Levels in China Reach 20 Times the Safe Limit for Human Health

China is known for having some of the world’s worst air pollution, but air quality in the country recently hit a new high at 20 times greater than the safety limit for human health. The Guardian reports

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World’s First Kinetic Energy-Powered Football Stadium Opens in Rio de Janeiro

World’s First Kinetic Energy-Powered Football Stadium Opens in Rio de Janeiro

It's a strange partnership, but Brazilian football legend Pelé and Shell Oil have teamed up to launch the world's first player-powered community football field--right in the heart of a Rio de Janeiro

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Can You Spot this Moss-Covered “Invisible Bike” Hiding in the Forest?

Can You Spot this Moss-Covered “Invisible Bike” Hiding in the Forest?

Designer and cycling enthusiast Lorenzo Martone designed this "Invisible Bike" - a moss- and foliage-covered bicycle that appears to disappear when placed against a lush outdoor background! Inspired by

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Industrial Giant Cargill Announces Promise to Stop Leveling Rainforests

Industrial Giant Cargill Announces Promise to Stop Leveling Rainforests

Mega agricultural and industrial company Cargill has announced at the UN Climate Summit that it will begin to support the New York Declaration on Forests- and stop leveling rainforests. The company, which

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1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

1000-Foot-Tall Tower in the Amazon Will Monitor Climate Change From High in the Sky

If you think trees in the rainforest are pretty tall, a new tower being built in the Amazon to monitor climate change will make them look tiny. The Amazon Tall Tower is a joint effort between Brazil and

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Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

Amazon Deforestation Jumped a Devastating 29% in 2013

The Amazon Rainforest saw a 29 percent jump in deforestation last year, spelling bad news for one of the world’s most important forests and the future of humanity. According to the Guardian, final

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Reverse Graffiti: Street Artists Tag Images on Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

Reverse Graffiti: Street Artists Tag Images on Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

    Art piece by Scott Wade  The UK's Paul Curtis, better known as "Moose," is one of the technique's pioneers. Although based in London, he has traveled around the world,

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Giants: Os Gemeos Convert Six Enormous Silos into Awesome Works of Art in Vancouver

Giants: Os Gemeos Convert Six Enormous Silos into Awesome Works of Art in Vancouver

In what will be the Brazilian street artists' largest work yet and their first in Canada, the project is part of their international series, Giants. Similar to previous works in the series, the makeover

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19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

19 Central American Coffee Farms Now Generate Energy from Wastewater

Did you know that only 1 percent of freshwater in the world is available for human consumption? Or that 140 litres of water are required to produce a single cup of coffee? Over 70% of water used in

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Watch as Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes Contact With the Outside World for the First Time

Watch as Isolated Amazon Tribe Makes Contact With the Outside World for the First Time

In a rare event that few people have ever witnessed, a previously isolated tribe encountered the outside world for the first time - and the surprising moment was all caught on video. Several indigenous

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Unique Floating Art Installation Wows Harbor-Goers in France

Unique Floating Art Installation Wows Harbor-Goers in France

Every year, the Festival of Lively Architecture aims to raise public awareness of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning through a series of temporary art installations and pavilions.

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REVERSE GRAFFITI: Street Artists Tag Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

REVERSE GRAFFITI: Street Artists Tag Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

When is cleaning the sidewalks a crime? When you're doing it to create art. Obviously. A number of street artists around the world have taken to expressing themselves through an innovative practice known

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Singapore’s 55,000-Seat SportsHub Stadium is the Largest Dome Ever Built!

Singapore’s 55,000-Seat SportsHub Stadium is the Largest Dome Ever Built!

The stadium features a retractable roof that spans 1,017 feet. The dome’s key characteristic is that it uses one-third of the steel weight per square meter compared to other large span structures of the

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Herzog & de Meuron Complete Rammed Earth Herb Center for Ricola

Herzog & de Meuron Complete Rammed Earth Herb Center for Ricola

Herzog & de Meuron just completed a new production facility for Ricola, the Swiss manufacturer of herbal cough drops and fresh mints. The new building is one of six projects designed for the company

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São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

São Paulo Replaces Parking Spots with Mini ‘Parklets’ for a More Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Environment

Parklets are mini-parks that take up a few metered parking spaces. They are part of a growing movement to make streets more human-centered, green and accessible. The world's first formal public parklets

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Solar Panel-Carrying Donkeys Are Bringing Energy to Remote Turkish Nomads

Solar Panel-Carrying Donkeys Are Bringing Energy to Remote Turkish Nomads

How are you meant to charge your phone regularly or stay up to date on global events if you live in the middle of nowhere? Well, in parts of Turkey, you can rely on donkeys. These energy-carrying animals

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Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Will The World Cup Bring More Visibility to the Greenest City In The World?

Curitiba’s green initiatives originated in the 1960s with its mayor, Jaime Lerner, who famously said, “This city is not for cars,” well before smart growth principles were adopted in the more

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Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

Global Renewable Energy Capacity Has Nearly Doubled to 1,560 Gigawatts Since 2004

In the past nine years, global renewable energy capacity has nearly doubled from 800 gigawatts to 1,560 gigawatts, with solar and wind showing the biggest gains. According to the Renewable Energy Policy

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Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection’s Solar-Powered Smartphones Catch Illegal Loggers and Poachers

Rainforest Connection (RFCx) has just launched a Kickstarter campaign that aims to protect some of the world’s most endangered rainforests using recycled smartphones. Each device monitors rainforest

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New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

New Parklet Program Enlivens São Paulo’s Urban Streets

São Paulo, Brazil is making history with newly signed legislation for a permanent parklet program in the city. The new decree, which marks the first legal change of its kind in Latin America, follows the

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Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

Once seen as a passing fad for those that could afford them, hybrid vehicles have come very far in terms of energy efficiency and design over the last decade. The inspirational Nimbus e-Car, however,

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Studio Toer’s Grass Field Hammock is the Perfect Place to Watch the World Cup

Studio Toer’s Grass Field Hammock is the Perfect Place to Watch the World Cup

Just when you thought the old lazy boy was the best place to watch this year's World Cup, Studio Toer comes out with a comfy grass hammock! The grassy lounge combines the slow movement of the hammock with

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Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

Governor Asks Chileans to Stop World Cup Barbecues Due to Air Pollution Problems

World Cup fever is in the air - but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their barbecues during World Cup

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Paralyzed Teen to Kick Off 2014 Soccer World Cup with a Mind Controlled Exoskeleton

Paralyzed Teen to Kick Off 2014 Soccer World Cup with a Mind Controlled Exoskeleton

A paralyzed teen using an advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton could provide the first ceremonial kick of the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Brazil this month. Duke University plans to showcase their

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Studio Jon Male’s Colorful Trophy Rugs Are Made Without Hurting a Single Animal

Studio Jon Male’s Colorful Trophy Rugs Are Made Without Hurting a Single Animal

Why do people decorate their homes with dead animals? Studio Jon Male has created a line of clever oriental rugs that are both animal friendly and aesthetically pleasing. The colorful rugs were designed

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Eco Park in Uruguay Hopes to Fuse Eco-tourism with Non-Profit Sustainable Projects

Eco Park in Uruguay Hopes to Fuse Eco-tourism with Non-Profit Sustainable Projects

  Inhabitat recently took a trip down to visit Ecoparque Uruguay; a sustainable conservation project located within around 100 acres of stunning unspoiled wilderness. It all began three years

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Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador Tragically Issues Oil Drilling Permits in Amazon Rainforest Reserve

Ecuador's government yesterday issued oil drilling permits for the Yasuni reserve, a U.N. listed biosphere reserve in the western part of the country. Despite calls for a referendum on the issue and a

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20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

20 Million Bees Swarm Highway After Truck Carrying Hives Overturns

A tractor-trailer carrying a cargo of 460 beehives overturned last night on a ramp into the I-95 North in Newark, Delaware. The accident released the insects from their hives, causing a swarm of an

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