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Organic Food May Not Be as Organic as You Think

Organic Food May Not Be as Organic as You Think

When it comes to organic foods, the labels you see at the grocery store might not be as straightforward as you expect. You might assume those organic apples were grown without antibiotics, but the USDA

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Pornhub “Gives America Wood” by Planting a Tree for Every 100 Video Views

Pornhub “Gives America Wood” by Planting a Tree for Every 100 Video Views

In celebration of Arbor Day, Pornhub has launched a campaign called "Give American Wood" that will plant a tree for every 100 video watched in their "Big Dick" category. So far, the site has racked up

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Southern California Has the Worst Pollution in the US According to the American Lung Association

Southern California Has the Worst Pollution in the US According to the American Lung Association

Every year the American Lung Association rates cities based on air quality, and this year Los Angeles tops the list. Despite having improved air quality over the past few decades, the city violates

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Flesh-Eating Fungus Outbreak Raises Questions About a Children’s Hospital in New Orleans

Flesh-Eating Fungus Outbreak Raises Questions About a Children’s Hospital in New Orleans

The outbreak of deadly fungus at a New Orleans hospital in 2008 killed five children, and now people are looking for answers about whether those tragic deaths could have been prevented. The children were

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FDA Proposes New E-Cigarette Regulations That Ban Sales to Minors

FDA Proposes New E-Cigarette Regulations That Ban Sales to Minors

Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a 241-page proposal that would for the first time impose federal regulations on the use of battery-powered electronic cigarettes -- a booming

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Forget Junk Food: Colorado’s First Pot Vending Machine Serves Up Recreational Marijuana

Forget Junk Food: Colorado’s First Pot Vending Machine Serves Up Recreational Marijuana

In 2012, Colorado made history by becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults over 21. This week, the state enjoyed another first: the installation of a vending machine that

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Scientists Find that Nanoparticles in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics May Damage DNA

Scientists Find that Nanoparticles in Clothing, Toys and Cosmetics May Damage DNA

The makeup, sunscreen and clothing and that you wear every single day could possibly be damaging your DNA, according to a new study from MIT. Nanoparticles like zinc oxide and nanoscale silver, used by

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Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks

Om Aroma & Co. Founder Angela Jia Kim Gives Advice on What to Do When Your Business Plan Stinks

While having a lot of heart can certainly bring your business to great heights, at the end of the day you'll still need customers to keep your doors open. Eco-beauty line Om Aroma & Co.'s

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Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Residents Allowed to Return Home to Fukushima Disaster Area For the First Time

Three years ago when the Fukushima nuclear disaster forced people to evacuate their homes, many were left wondering when and if they would ever be able to return. The Miyakoji area of Tamura, a city 12

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WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

WHO Study Claims Air Pollution Killed 7 Million People in 2012

Regardless of creed, ethnicity, or tax bracket, everyone must breathe the same air. This week, the World Health Organization announced that air pollution was responsible for seven million deaths globally

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Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Have you heard of Edith Macefield? This old lady turned down a million dollar offer to sell her home to make way for a shopping mall in Seattle, Washington. Without Edith's land, the developer had to

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This Simple Wristband Reveals Your Body’s Chemical Load

This Simple Wristband Reveals Your Body’s Chemical Load

You know those plastic bracelets people wear to show their support for cancer research and the like? Well now a new version has the potential to save lives in a different way. Health and environmental

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New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods

New Report Reveals Rubberizing “Yoga Mat” Chemical Present in 500 Everyday Foods

Yoga Mat photo from Shutterstock Until Subway announced it was pulling azodicarbonamide (ADA) out of its bread last week, few people had ever heard of this food additive found in many baked goods. As

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Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup Herbicide Found in 75 Percent of Rain and Air Samples

Monsanto’s Toxic Roundup Herbicide Found in 75 Percent of Rain and Air Samples

Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is toxic, causes insect and weed immunity, and it has been found in 75 percent of air and rain test samples in at least one part of the United States. The US Geological Survey

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Green Architect & Cradle to Cradle Founder William McDonough

INHABITAT: What inspired you to write 'Cradle to Cradle' (the book) and launch the Cradle to Cradle system? William McDonough: From an early age, I was fascinated by differing attitudes towards

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5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

5 Tips to Make Your Home Safe, Green & Healthy from Zem Joaquin

You've all heard the tired mantras about changing your lightbulbs and recycling at home in order to save the planet - are you yawning yet? Many consumers think that going green is a gesture of

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Baking With Splenda Releases Carcinogenic Chemicals Into Your Food

Baking With Splenda Releases Carcinogenic Chemicals Into Your Food

There's clearly something unnatural about artificial sweeteners - and new research shows that the ever-popular Splenda sweetener could release toxic chemicals when it's cooked. According to a study

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New Nanoribbon Implant Powers Pacemakers With Heartbeats

New Nanoribbon Implant Powers Pacemakers With Heartbeats

Researchers from several institutions in the U.S. and Tsinghua University in China have developed a new implantable generator that can convert heartbeats into energy. The device utilizes a nanoribbon

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China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

China’s Pollution is Crossing the Pacific Ocean to Cover the Western US

Smog photo from Shutterstock The massive pollution that covers China has been making its way to the western United States. A new study has shown that pollution from China’s burning of fossil fuels

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Terrarium Backpack: Essential For Life In A Polluted World?

Terrarium Backpack: Essential For Life In A Polluted World?

Global levels of carbon emissions and greenhouse gases are a threat to human and environmental health. In China, there are days when smog levels are so high that people can't go to work or school, and

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we're seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and positive

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Harvard Researchers Successfully Reverse Aging in Mice

Harvard Researchers Successfully Reverse Aging in Mice

 Photo © Shutterstock In a new study published in the journal Cell, Harvard researchers claim to have discovered a new compound that can revive old cells in mice and make them act “young” again.

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Pollution Levels in Shanghai Reach Highest Levels Since Records Began

Pollution Levels in Shanghai Reach Highest Levels Since Records Began

Shanghai's concentration of toxic particulate matter (PM) reached 602.5 micrograms per cubic meter on Friday afternoon - the highest level since records began last December, and more than 24 times higher

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Translucent ‘Cactaceae’ Shelter is Inspired by the Geometry of Flowering Cacti

Translucent ‘Cactaceae’ Shelter is Inspired by the Geometry of Flowering Cacti

Muted lace-like panels keep the heat from the sun from penetrating the inside of the shelter while framing the views of the magnificent landscape. The geometric structure is made from triangular panes

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Two Ohio Senators Propose a State-Wide Ban on LEED Certification System

Two Ohio Senators Propose a State-Wide Ban on LEED Certification System

Ohio Senators Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) and Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) have submitted a resolution in the state senate to ban the LEED rating system in public construction projects. Both senators claim that

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Gillette Auctions Balls Of Beard Hair To Raise Money For Charity

Gillette Auctions Balls Of Beard Hair To Raise Money For Charity

You've heard about people giving the shirt off their back, but what about the hair off their face? Gillette (the razor company) recently teamed up with members of the Boston Red Sox to raise money for

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Hawaii’s Big Island Bans All GMO Crops and Biotech Companies

Hawaii’s Big Island Bans All GMO Crops and Biotech Companies

GMO photo from Shutterstock Hawaii is a growing center for genetically modified crops, as large biotech companies like Syngenta, Monsanto, Pioneer, Dow and BASF have set up offices on the smaller

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Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

The toilet, ubiquitous as it is, hasn't changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day, plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to change

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‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

‘No Communion for Big Polluters’ Says Naples Archbishop Crescenzio Sepe

The Bible tells us to be "good stewards of the Earth," and many religious leaders feel that it's a sin to disregard the planet. Nowhere has this been more evident than in Naples, Italy, where Archbishop

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New Report Lists World’s Most Polluted Places

New Report Lists World’s Most Polluted Places

Green Cross Switzerland and the Blacksmith Institute just released a report that details the world's most polluted places. The report, titled The Top Ten Toxic Threats: Cleanup, Progress, and Ongoing

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