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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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10 standout designs from Brera Design District 2015

10 standout designs from Brera Design District 2015

Orto Botanico The international foundation Be Open collaborated with Interni to launch the The Garden of Wonders, a journey through Scents. This exhibition, showcased at Orto Botanico of Brera,

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14 Awe-inspiring aerial photographs capture the beauty of the Earth

14 Awe-inspiring aerial photographs capture the beauty of the Earth

©Yann Arthus-Bertrand/Altitude Heart in Voh in New Caledonia "Heart in Voh" is a heart-shaped mangrove swamp in New Caledonia. Located in tropical coastal regions, these mangrove swamps contain rich

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14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

14 Stunning photos of the Earth remind us how important conservation is for all of us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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7 Futuristic floating cities that could save humanity

7 Futuristic floating cities that could save humanity

Floating cities may seem like utopian sci-fi, but autonomous ocean settlements could become reality as early as 2020, says The Seasteading Institute. The forward-thinking organization recently launched

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8 Water-saving solutions for your home

8 Water-saving solutions for your home

The drought in California is breaking records, and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left. Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale projects to ensure that

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Plants might have a sixth sense, researchers say

Plants might have a sixth sense, researchers say

Do plants have a sense of gravity? Some might call it a sixth sense, but it is arguable as to whether or not plants have the other five (sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch). In space, scientists are

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10 of the most gorgeous national parks you’ve likely never heard about

10 of the most gorgeous national parks you’ve likely never heard about

1. Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota Named after the voyageurs, the French-Canadian fur traders who were regular visitors through the area a couple of centuries ago, this national park is one of the

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China’s massive toxic lake will make you question buying another electronic device

China’s massive toxic lake will make you question buying another electronic device

If you’ve seen images of the tar sands tailings ponds and couldn’t believe your eyes, hang onto your seats because this massive toxic lake in China puts Canada’s oil patch to shame. To witness the

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Beautiful eco-friendly timber frame home was built in just 10 weeks

Beautiful eco-friendly timber frame home was built in just 10 weeks

The two-story house contains a garage, four bedrooms on the second floor, and an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area on the ground floor. Large steel-framed windows maximize the amount of natural

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New study shows global biodiversity loss can be reversed by tackling climate change

New study shows global biodiversity loss can be reversed by tackling climate change

You would be hard pressed to find someone who can deny that humanity has had a drastic and dire impact on nearly every other species on the planet over the course of our species’ existence. A new study

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A Church in the Netherlands has been converted into a house of coffee worship

A Church in the Netherlands has been converted into a house of coffee worship

An 18th-Century abbey in the Netherlands has been transformed into a center of worship for caffeine and great conversation. Located in the hamlet of Abshoven in the Dutch province of Limburg, the

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Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

Japan is building a 250-mile concrete sea wall to keep tsunamis at bay

It’s an age-old philosophy: if you want to keep something out, just build a big wall. That’s exactly how Japan is approaching future tsunamis in the wake of the 2011 disaster that wiped out much of

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Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

Researchers transform pesky packing peanuts into fast-charging batteries

Opening a package only to have your apartment flooded with packing peanuts is an annoying, if not archaic, waste of plastic. But researchers Vilas Pol and Vinodkumar Etacheri at the Purdue University

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India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan--one of the most

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Old Victorian Merton House gets a curvaceous modern update

Old Victorian Merton House gets a curvaceous modern update

A historic Victorian home in Australia was given a modern minimalist extension in a beautiful collaboration between Thomas Winwood Architecture and Kontista + Co. Inspired by the existing home’s bay

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Ice Sculptures Embedded with Seeds Repopulate Riverbeds as they Melt

Ice Sculptures Embedded with Seeds Repopulate Riverbeds as they Melt

[gallery_extend] Apart from raising awareness, which is an important goal all on its own, a thriving riverbank ecosystem has countless benefits both environmentally, and aesthetically. Plants can

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Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Water, water everywhere. Developing water-sensitive urban areas is rapidly becoming a key factor in sustainability, but it's a challenging topic with a lot of moving parts. FutureLearn has partnered

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Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection bans term ‘climate change’

Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection bans term ‘climate change’

Climate change is not so much a threat to parts of Florida, as much as it is a real and present problem; Miami already incurs regular street flooding at high tide, and parts of the state sit six feet

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The oceans stalled global warming, but they’re about to unleash the heat

The oceans stalled global warming, but they’re about to unleash the heat

Despite the recent floods, droughts and extreme winter weather, the effects of climate change have pretty much been on hiatus for the past few years. But according to Nafeez Ahmed at the Ecologist, about

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“Moneyless man” Mark Boyle builds the world’s first free pub

“Moneyless man” Mark Boyle builds the world’s first free pub

Mark Boyle, better known as the "Moneyless man" is bringing his message of unconditional giving to a permaculture project in Ireland called An Teach Saor, Gaellic for "the free house." When it's complete,

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INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

INHABITAT: What obstacles did you face in figuring out your design process, and what methods did you try before arriving at Pooktre? POOKTRE: There are many trees in our valley that have taught us much

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Daan Roosegaarde’s Waterlicht light installation mimics the beauty of Aurora Borealis

Daan Roosegaarde’s Waterlicht light installation mimics the beauty of Aurora Borealis

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde created a mesmerizing light installation that mimics the effect of northern lights. The Waterlicht installation created above a flood channel of the River IJssel in the

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Bates Masi Architects unveil tiny, daylit Beach Hampton House

Bates Masi Architects unveil tiny, daylit Beach Hampton House

The building was designed for a couple who purchased a quarter acre lot over 40 years ago only 500 feet from the ocean. The largest house that could be built was two storey high 600-square-feet space. It

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming

Scientists identify a new chemical contributing to global warming

As if global warming isn't bad enough, scientists have discovered that a new category of uncontrolled chemicals are depleting the ozone layer and affecting the Earth’s climate. Phys.org reports that a

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Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Minimalist Pergola House has an open trellis roof that unifies indoors and out

Apollo Architects & Associates’ modern Pergola House in Japan unifies its indoor and outdoor space with a slatted trellis roof. The rectilinear home north of Tokyo rises to two stories of open and

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Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

Google employees in Zurich (Zooglers) have the world’s coolest repurposed office

The local brewery has been transformed into a mixed-use development complete with office, residential, and retail space as well as a spa hotel. The Google offices take up a large portion of said space,

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This adorable tiny cabin by Peter Jungmann is called the Ufogel

This adorable tiny cabin by Peter Jungmann is called the Ufogel

The 485 square-foot sculptural holiday home is built mostly from glass, metal and Larch wood, a highly-ecological, waterproof and rot-resistant timber typically used for building yachts and other exterior

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China’s replica Manhattan is a half-built, abandoned ghost town amid economic woes

China’s replica Manhattan is a half-built, abandoned ghost town amid economic woes

China is now well established as the world capital of Duplitecture, with everything from its own rendition of the Eiffel Tower to a mock Venice. But the mock Wall Street financial district, constructed at

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