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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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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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The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

The World Health Organization Declares Air Pollution an Official Carcinogen

Air pollution photo from Shutterstock It's official - air pollution causes cancer. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) just announced that air pollution

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$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

$99 23andMe DNA Test Could Predict Your Entire Health Future

Our current health care system is built around reaction: doctors wait for patients to fall ill and only then find a way to heal them. But what if, some time in the future, doctors can predict what disease

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Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Rhino Poaching has Increased 5000% in Past 6 Years

Photo via Shutterstock A recent spike in the illegal wildlife trade is threatening to undo years of work by NGOs and governments around the world to save endangered rhinos. A new video series released

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Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Cuts in Carbon Emissions Could Prevent 3 Million Premature Deaths Per Year by 2100

Photo via Shutterstock Recent studies have put striking figures on the number of premature deaths and illnesses associated with pollution; one found that air pollution is responsible for two million

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Image via Shutterstock According to a new report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, antibiotic resistance in factory meat production contributes to nearly 23,000

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“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

“Clean Water” is a Natural Plant-Based System that can Inexpensively Remove Arsenic from the Environment

The World Health Organization states that arsenic is responsible for one of the largest mass poisonings in human history, causing cancer in over 1.2 million people and sickening 150 million every year. In

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New Filter Uses Bugs and Slime to Clean Poisoned Water

New Filter Uses Bugs and Slime to Clean Poisoned Water

Australian scientists have developed a new water filter that can cheaply and easily filter arsenic out of drinking water. The technology it uses, however, isn't something you'd normally think of putting

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Carlos Ayesta’s Photographs Highlight the Fear and Uncertainty of the Fukushima Aftermath

Carlos Ayesta’s Photographs Highlight the Fear and Uncertainty of the Fukushima Aftermath

Ayesta and Guillaume traveled to areas of Fukushima that are still off-limits today for fear of radiation poisoning. They went to dead zones that hold the most brutal traces of the nuclear accident.

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NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

NASA Wants to Beam Microwave Energy to Earth with a Solar Power Plant in Space

When we first heard about the Solar Power Satellite via Arbitrarily Large Phased Array (SPS-ALPHA) - a proposed flower shaped solar power energy collector that beams down concentrated microwave energy

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