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Hazardous Smog Levels Paralyze Chinese City of 11 Milllon People

Hazardous Smog Levels Paralyze Chinese City of 11 Milllon People

Debilitating smog has essentially shut down Harbin - one of China's largest cities with a population of 11 million - due to health concerns and a limited visibility of just 33 feet. As of Monday

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Thomas Heatherwick Tapped to Design as Many as 20 Beijing Subway Stations

Thomas Heatherwick Tapped to Design as Many as 20 Beijing Subway Stations

Beijing Subway photo from Shutterstock Beijing is planning to add 125 miles to its underground rail network - and the city just appointed Thomas Heatherwick to design at least two brand new stations.

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Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Buckminster Fuller Challenge Unveils 2013 Finalists!

Ecovative The EPA has found that plastics make up 25% of the volume in our landfills, with expanded plastic foams being the worst contributor. These products are also highly flammable and have been

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“Professor Dumpster” to Live Out of a Texas Garbage Can for an Entire Year

“Professor Dumpster” to Live Out of a Texas Garbage Can for an Entire Year

What makes a home? Four walls and a roof? Some nice furnishings? Maybe some indoor plumbing? For Dr. Jeff Wilson, an environmental science professor in Texas, a home can be made in something as

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800,000 Evacuated as 140mph Cyclone Hits India’s East Coast

800,000 Evacuated as 140mph Cyclone Hits India’s East Coast

Indian authorities are expressing relief at what appears to be a relatively low rate of causalities after "Super Cyclone" Phailin made landfall in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday

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Flies Fattened on Organic Waste to Feed Farmed Fish in South Africa

Flies Fattened on Organic Waste to Feed Farmed Fish in South Africa

South Africa is building a huge factory to farm millions of flies that will spend their days gorging on food industry leftovers such as animal manure, blood, and brains from abattoirs. The $3.7m facility

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Albert Einstein High School Transforms Ugly 1960′s Building into a Modern Beauty in France

Albert Einstein High School Transforms Ugly 1960′s Building into a Modern Beauty in France

The project was realized as a collaboration between architecture agency NBJ (Elodie Nourrigat/Jacques Brion/Romain Jamot) and Francois Privat architects. The site, dominated by large, linear buildings

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The ‘Everywhere Library’ Provides Free Digital Books to All Ugandan Mobile Phone Users

The ‘Everywhere Library’ Provides Free Digital Books to All Ugandan Mobile Phone Users

Living in America, it’s easy to forget that developing countries have a harder time providing the many things we take granted such as water, electricity, and education. Now a South African-based

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Day One Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013 in Singapore Revealed

Day One Winners of the World Architecture Festival 2013 in Singapore Revealed

There are two winners in the housing category, the first of which was The Left-Over-Space House in Australia by Cox Rayner Architects, Casey and Rebekah Vallanc. It's a three-meter-wide caretaker's

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Tshanfeto Farm Teaches Sustainable Farming Techniques to Ivory Coast Youth

Tshanfeto Farm Teaches Sustainable Farming Techniques to Ivory Coast Youth

Tshanfeto is a teaching farm in the Ivory Coast that trains around 40 young people each year in sustainable agriculture techniques. Enterprises like this are vital for local communities in the country,

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Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Mobile Mae Sot Bamboo School Pops Up in Thailand to Aid Refugees

Located in the town of Mae Sot, MOVING Schools 001 was created through the joint effort of architecture professionals, a social enterprise, volunteers from around the world, kids and adults. This diverse

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Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

To understand the world's changing climate, scientists often look to tree cores and ice samples. For a record of ocean pollutants, researchers are beginning to turn to whale ear wax. Since whales are

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“Tree Dragon” Super-Treehouse Built for Child Survivors of the Japanese Tsunami

“Tree Dragon” Super-Treehouse Built for Child Survivors of the Japanese Tsunami

"Tree House Guru" Takashi Kobayashi has created something spectacular for the child survivors of the Japanese Tsunami: a magnificent treehouse that melds with its environment to create a safe, beautiful

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin School of Architecture Faces Loss of Accreditation

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin School of Architecture Faces Loss of Accreditation

The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture housed in Wright’s Taliesin West has suspended new student enrollments for this fall, as it might be facing the loss of its accreditation. The school’s

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally

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‘Pink Slime’ Makes a School Lunch Comeback in Seven U.S. States

‘Pink Slime’ Makes a School Lunch Comeback in Seven U.S. States

Kids are back in school - and so is the ground beef filler known as “pink slime.” Last year, thousands of U.S. schools rushed to stop feeding their students the ammonia-treated lean beef product. But

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Life-Threatening Floods Devastate Colorado, at Least 3 People Dead

Life-Threatening Floods Devastate Colorado, at Least 3 People Dead

Flash floods are sweeping across Colorado, washing out roads and cutting off communities. At least three people have been reported dead as a result of a devastating overnight storm that dumped over half a

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Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Harvest Home: Team Capitol DC Unveils Net-Zero 2013 Solar Decathlon Entry!

Students from the Catholic University of America, George Washington University and American University have been working long and hard on their net-zero home to compete in this year's Solar Decathlon.

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‘Scoring Africa’ Infographic Compares the Development of Countries Across Africa

‘Scoring Africa’ Infographic Compares the Development of Countries Across Africa

Africa accounts for 15% of the world's population and 20% of its land mass - and despite its abundant natural resources it remains the poorest and most underdeveloped continent on earth. Great Business

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Frigate Bird Teach Us about Flight?

The frigate bird is a powerful and aggressive seabird, with a deserved reputation as the pirate of the high seas. One of world's fastest birds, he swoops and soars up to 100 miles an hour, spending up to

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America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

America’s Top 10 Greenest Universities of 2013

10. University of California, Santa Barbara Forty-four of the buildings on campus at UC Santa Barbara are LEED certified and 47% of academic departments offer a class about sustainability, totaling 321

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Barcelona’s Euronet 50/50 Project Wins European Sustainable Energy “Learning” Award

Barcelona’s Euronet 50/50 Project Wins European Sustainable Energy “Learning” Award

Over the last decade, Europe has emerged as a leader in the development of innovative environmental initiatives that encourage public awareness and engagement when it comes to sustainable living. However,

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Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Human Urine Used to Prepare Traditional Egg Delicacy in Chinese City of Dongyang

Pee power is often heralded as a sustainable design solution that can yield plant fertilizer or even power your cell - but using urine to prepare a delicious springtime snack is a whole different story.

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2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

Smart Highway While car technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century, roads have remained basically unchanged since the late 1800s. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard plans to change

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Projexity Helps Communities Crowdsource for Better Urban Development

Projexity Helps Communities Crowdsource for Better Urban Development

Want to turn that pesky vacant lot into a pocket park but don't know where to start? Projexity's got you covered. Started by a group of Canadian architects, landscape architects and urban designers,

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Vietnamese Kindergarten Feeds 500 Students With Rooftop Vegetable Garden!

Vietnamese Kindergarten Feeds 500 Students With Rooftop Vegetable Garden!

Respect for the environment and the skills needed for self-sufficiency must be taught at a young age. In addition to "reading, writing, and arithmetic," why not also teach kids how to grow their own food

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New Study from Duke University Links Autism to Induced and Augmented Labor

New Study from Duke University Links Autism to Induced and Augmented Labor

Duke University researchers recently published a study that suggests that autism may be linked to labor induction and augmentation. The study revealed that mothers who had induced labor have a 13 percent

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Real Food Farm’s Mobile Market is a Produce Oasis in the Food Deserts of Baltimore

Real Food Farm’s Mobile Market is a Produce Oasis in the Food Deserts of Baltimore

Food Deserts are areas where a supermarket is more than 1/4 mile away, poverty is high, access to a vehicle is rare and the average Healthy Food Availability Index score is very low. The area surrounding

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INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

INTERVIEW: HOK’s Bill Odell on the Design of Saudi Arabia’s KAUST University, the World’s Largest LEED Platinum Project

This interview was first published in November, 2011 Opened late 2009, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, has come to be Saudi Arabia's first LEED

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Apple Supplier Pegatron Accused of Employing Minors and Imposing Overtime

Apple Supplier Pegatron Accused of Employing Minors and Imposing Overtime

US-based non-profit China Labor Watch has just issued a report which finds that three factories making Apple products impose excessive overtime on their workers and employ minors. The advocacy group said

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