UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could cause crop extinctions

UN says climate change is threatening global food diversity and could…

A policy paper released by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that climate change is posing a very real threat to the diversity of food crops. Researchers are…

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Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

Tiny tubular treetop studio has incredible detail and daylighting

The studio is a masterpiece in warm ochre. Built from locally-sourced hoop pine, the studio is not the first cylinder Pritchard has designed. He admits to using the circular form in…

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Lower East Side's massive Essex Crossing complex could break ground this summer

Lower East Side's massive Essex Crossing complex could break ground…

The massive 1.9 million-square-foot Essex Crossing complex, slated to transform the Lower East Side, may break ground as early as June of this year. Currently occupied by six acres of…

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Mexican accident called "worst environmental disaster by mining…

In August of last year, a copper mine owned by Buenavista del Cobre, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, spilled 40,000 cubic meters (or 10.5 million gallons) of copper sulphate acid into…

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Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

Malaysian Factory Harmonizes Elegantly with Nature

With this extension of the JST Malaysia factory, Japanese architect Ryuichi Ashizawa has worked with nature, capturing sunlight, wind, rainwater and geothermal energy to build a living…

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Dream-like Kaleidoscope is a mirrored, multi-sensory children’s playhouse in Spain

Dream-like Kaleidoscope is a mirrored, multi-sensory children’s…

Although A2arquitectos kept the squash court building’s short and boxy structure, the space was majorly altered by the insertion of a 29.5-foot-long hexagonal tunnel. Measuring…

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Solar Impulse unveils route for first round-the-world flight powered by the sun

Solar Impulse unveils route for first round-the-world flight powered…

Slated for take off in either late February or early March 2015, the Solar Impulse 2 flight is expected to span approximately 25 flight days across 5 months and land in 12 different…

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Artist uses poop to paint portrait of Mark Zuckerberg

Artist uses poop to paint portrait of Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is not generally thought of as a well-loved person—many, in fact, believe that he single-handedly ruined the Internet by making the surveillance-rife, brand-punishing,…

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Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Officials are working to determine the impact of a pipeline breach that occurred Saturday morning, and spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, in…

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How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar Farm

How to build a solar farm in California—a profile on the Topaz Solar…

  With its capacity to power 160,000 average-sized American homes, the Topaz Solar Farm in southern California is one of the largest solar farms in the world. This sea of 9…

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Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world's first aquaculture and biofuel plant at Masdar City

Boeing, Etihad, GE and MIST to build world's first aquaculture and…

Traditionally, biofuels have a bad reputation for eating up precious land and water resources and pilfering food from the world's hungry. But a groundbreaking new bioenergy pilot plant…

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Joel Rea's captivating surrealist paintings will make you feel tiny

Joel Rea's captivating surrealist paintings will make you feel tiny

Rea captures the dynamic motion of natural elements inspiring a deep feeling of humility. He represents how small we are within nature, leaving us wondering who has ultimate control in…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How polluted is the air in your home?

INFOGRAPHIC: How polluted is the air in your home?

How clean is the air in your home? Although you might not be aware of them, it's possible that many pollutants are swirling around your living space and affecting your health. Dust…

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DIY: Make your own bowl out of an old LP record

DIY: Make your own bowl out of an old LP record

Brooklyn based Vinylux fashions tableware from old records. Artist Jeff Davis started hand?making these symmetrical, stepped bowls from non-playable LPs as part of his graduate thesis…

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Scientists unearth potential evidence of climate change 2,400 feet beneath Antarctic ice sheet

Scientists unearth potential evidence of climate change 2,400 feet…

A research team at work on the coast of West Antarctica has uncovered evidence that points to climate change deep beneath one of most isolated parts of the ocean. Earlier this month, a…

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Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever sold in New York City

Two-story penthouse at One57 becomes the most expensive condo ever…

The 10,923-square-foot condo is housed in the luxurious mixed-used building on West 57th between Sixth and Seventh avenues. At 1,000-feet-tall, One57 is currently the tallest…

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Beijing's hazardous air is so bad, it's off the charts

Beijing's hazardous air is so bad, it's off the charts

Despite taking steps to limit carbon output, Beijing’s toxic air is still breaking records. In fact, Beijing’s air is so bad that last Thursday, it was literally off the charts.…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities

INFOGRAPHIC: Why urban forests are essential to successful cities

It’s no secret that the world’s most beautiful urban spaces are almost always lined with trees. However, urban forests offers far more than just beautification benefits—trees do…

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Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Harry Potter fans succeed in push for fair trade chocolate treats

Some of the world’s biggest Harry Potter fans have gathered together for a sweet reason- ethically sourced chocolate. The Harry Potter Alliance, an actual group of Hogwarts…

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What would NYC's 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a light rail system?

What would NYC's 42nd Street look like as a pedestrian haven with a…

Ateliergeorges Studio's design, From Infrastructure to Urban Renewal, focuses on connecting the city's existing transportation systems into a new urban transit hub while simultaneously…

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Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that renewable energy is highly competitive with fossil fuels. But solar power…

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What’s your brilliant idea to improve the world? Submit it to the INDEX: Award contest for a chance to win €500,000!

What’s your brilliant idea to improve the world? Submit it to the…

Do you have a brilliant idea that could change the world for the better? If so, submit your life-improving designs to the 2015 INDEX: Award competition for a chance to win €500,000…

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and…

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Charles Wright's self-sufficient Alkira House in Northern Australia on sale for $15 million

Charles Wright's self-sufficient Alkira House in Northern Australia on…

The Alkira Resort House shocked the design world when it emerged like a spacecraft from the World Heritage rainforests of Queensland, Australia, in 2012. After serving as an…

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Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down

Architecture for Humanity headquarters shuts down

Architecture for Humanity, the international nonprofit that addresses global humanitarian problems with sustainable architectural solutions, recently shut down its San Francisco…

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6 designs that could save your life

6 designs that could save your life

Inhabitat readers know that good design can save the world - but did you know design could also save your life? Engineers, designers, and hackers around the world are harnessing…

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Óbidos Technological Park's floating architecture frames the Portuguese landscape

Óbidos Technological Park's floating architecture frames the…

The project aims to increase the presence of green surfaces. This attitude informed the overall shape of the buildings, which creates a large piazza in the middle of a countryside. The…

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Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Inspired by the mud dauber, a little wasp which builds its home with mud, Massimo Moretti later learned of bio-architecture and started to work to put the two together. Concerned about…

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NASA images reveal just how much climate change is transforming the planet

NASA images reveal just how much climate change is transforming the…

    The lawsuit argues that Harvard, by investing in companies that contribute to climate change, is going against its charter, which speaks of working…

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NASA and NOAA confirm 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded

NASA and NOAA confirm 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded

pic In a startling announcement, NASA and NOAA researchers reported that 2014 was the hottest year ever, beating the previous high temperature records by 0.07F (0.04C). Last year…

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Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

Germany more than doubled its wind power capacity in 2014

In 2014, Germany’s capacity for wind power generation jumped to more than double the previous year’s figures. The work of 543 offshore wind turbines establish Germany’s offshore…

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Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views in Sydney

Energy-efficient Queenscliff House overlooks breathtaking ocean views…

Closely sandwiched between neighboring buildings on the east and west sides, the Queenscliff House uses large fin walls to provide privacy for the upper level bedroom wing. The…

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Amazing 5-foot-long Boeing 777 replica is made from over 2,000 hand-made pieces of manila folders

Amazing 5-foot-long Boeing 777 replica is made from over 2,000…

Luka found the inspiration for the project during a high school art architecture class in 2008. He acquired the schematic designs of an Air India 777-3000ER and began building the…

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Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates increasing

Study shows mass die-offs of birds, fish and marine invertebrates…

A new analysis of 727 mass die-offs of 2,500 animal species in the last 70 years has found a marked increase in deaths among birds, fish and marine invertebrates—and decreasing deaths…

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BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

A federal judge determined this week that BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This penalty is several billion dollars less than…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

INFOGRAPHIC: The 7 best treehouses on Earth

Treehouses appeal to the child in all of us, but some of them go far above and beyond the simple structures of our youth. These seven treehouses, brought to you by Heiton Buckley and…

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Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai village

Innovative energy solutions bring light and warmth to a remote Thai…

Solar power and biogas solutions are helping residents of a remote Thai village to create their own grid. Those who live in Pa Deng in Kaeng Krachan, Phetchaburi, have homes that seem…

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PETITION: Free Ricky the bear from her inhumane cage at an ice cream shop

PETITION: Free Ricky the bear from her inhumane cage at an ice cream…

Ricky is an 18-year-old bear who has spent her entire life inside a concrete-floored cage at Jim Mack’s Ice Cream Parlor in York, PA. The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) has filed a…

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Aviator's Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds

Aviator's Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in…

Open to grand views on three sides, "Villa for an Aviator" comprises raised and stacked vertical volumes that mimic the motion of an ascending plane. Rather than keep a plane's…

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Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

If you have any interaction with the public at all, you've probably noticed that there are a lot of sickly people out there right now. Half my Facebook feed consists of folks who are…

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