Poachers in Mozambique are Killing Thousands of Elephants on an Industrial Scale

by , 09/25/14
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The elephant poaching crisis in Africa, fueled in part by demand for ivory in the far east, is getting worse. Environmentalists warn that elephants are being killed on an industrialized scale in Mozambique – 22 of the creatures were killed for their tusks in the first two weeks of September alone. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) said organized crime syndicates are slaughtering between 1,500 and 1,800 elephants a year in the east African country.

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Fukushima Radiation is Still Wreaking Havoc on Insects Around the Plant

by , 09/25/14
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Three years later and the world has slowly returned to normal after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station disaster, but the frightening consequences just keep on going. Scientists have found that even today, butterfly larvae that feed on radiation-tainted leaves have lower survival rates and physical abnormalities as a result.

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INTERVIEW: Home Improvement Legend Bob Vila Talks to Us About Green Building

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Bob Vila’s name has been synonymous with home improvement since he helped launch This Old House in 1979. After nearly thirty years of producing and hosting television shows about the world of home design and improvement, he now showcases many of his ideas on his popular website, BobVila.com – a destination also packed with how-to articles and archived episodes. A pioneer of the adaptive reuse movement, Vila helped bring “green” thought to the forefront, and in more recent years he has focused much of his efforts on investigating sustainable building and design. Read on for our conversation with one of the most recognized voices in remodeling as he discusses green building, retrofitting, materials and energy, and how we need to recognize science and the role of government when we talk about policy.

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Stunning Lakeside Villa in Austria Boasts an Amazing Wooden Shading Structure

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BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

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Zig-Zagging Constellations Bar Rocks Urban Rehabilitation in Liverpool's Arts District

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We love urban rehabilitation projects, and this one in Liverpool is especially inspiring. The zig-zagging Constellation Bar is an outdoor venue located on a former industrial site that has been converted into a creative quarter known as the Baltic Triangle. A large waffle-like canopy made from green oak shelters along with a cast-concrete bar and wooden stools establishes a large space for parties and events. The canopy, created by furniture designer Hugh Miller and his brother, architect Howard Miller, was conceived and built in under three months.

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Graham Hill’s Transformable Cube-Within-A-Cube Cleverly Makes the Most of a Small Footprint

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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio's Powerful Speech at the UN Climate Summit (Video)

Actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio delivered a brief but powerful speech Tuesday morning before world leaders gathered in New York City for the United Nations Climate Summit. DiCaprio, who on Sunday participated in the People’s Climate March — the biggest climate march in history with an estimated 400,000 concerned citizens hitting the streets of Manhattan to demand climate action — humbly implored the international community to “answer the greatest challenge of our existence on this planet” before it is too late. The recently appointed UN Messenger of Peace issued a bold challenge to the attendees, saying that “you can make history or be vilified by it.”

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Why Many Americans May Flee to Alaska in the Coming Decades

by , 09/24/14

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Job opportunity, the cool factor and affordability may no longer be the major reason Americans move. Instead, climate change may force people to flee certain regions into cities that can maintain cooler temperatures and ward off rising sea levels. Scientists predict that most of California and the Southwest, along with the East Coast and Southeast will be disaster zones in a few decades due to drought, wildfires, heat waves, hurricanes and rising sea levels. But the Pacific Northwest, the northern Great Plains and the Midwest are predicted to fair much better as global warming heats up. We may also see a great exodus to our northernmost state.

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Green Alien-Like Algae Eggs Wash Up on Sydney's Beaches

by , 09/24/14
filed under: Animals, News

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The aliens have landed! If you were hanging out on Sydney’s Dee Why beach last weekend, you would have been a witness to the flood of rare, bizarre green balls that washed up on shore. Locals woke up to find hundreds of spongy alien-like egg-shaped spheres all along the beach, like something out of a crazy sci-fi movie.

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Colorful Intricate Creatures Made from Recycled Prints and Magazines

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Masdar Buys Big into Yet Another Offshore Wind Farm Project in the UK

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Demonstrating that renewable energy is on the rise the world over, a company from the oil-rich United Arab Emirates recently bought a stake in a $2.5 billion offshore wind farm project in the United Kingdom. Abu Dhabi-based Masdar bought a 35 percent stake in the 402 Megawatt Dudgeon wind farm project located off the coast of Norfolk in Eastern England, worth a total of more than $850 million – along with Norway’s Statoil and Statkraft, which own 35 and 30 percent respectively.

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How The Clark Art Institute's Renovation Saved a Whopping 1,000,000 Gallons of Water

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Brooke Shields' Bizarre and Wonderful Citi Bike Halloween Costume is a Must-See

by , 09/24/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Wondering what to be for Halloween this year? Take a tip from actress Brooke Shields and copy her amazingly bizarre and wonderful Citi Bike costume from last year. For her one-of-a-kind getup, the actress donned a blue wig, head lamp and electric blue outfit emblazoned with the Citi Bike logo. What do you think of Brooke’s costume touting eco-friendly green transportation? Tell us in the comments below!

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Handcrafted Dual Function Tipsy Stools are Made from 100% Sustainably Harvested Wood

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Chicago-based Tinsel & Timber just released their latest design: the Tipsy Stool, a handcrafted chair that doubles as a side table. Made from 100% sustainably harvested wood, the Tipsy Stool is set atop a powder coated steel wire base and is available in Walnut or Maple. Each stool is made in their Chicago studio and is hand finished with natural oil and wax. The Tipsy Stool retails for $249; Tinsel & Timber plant a tree through their partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation for each product sold.

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Mayor de Blasio Pledges Major Steps Towards Greener NYC Buildings

Mayor de Blasio Pledges Major Steps Towards Greener NYC Buildings

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a major overhaul of New York City's energy-efficiency standards this week right on the heels of the world's largest climate march this past weekend.…

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New Study Warns that Superstorm Sandy was Not 'The Big One'

New Study Warns that Superstorm Sandy was Not 'The Big One'

Bad news, folks. Although she completely clobbered the East Coast in 2012, Sandy was not the worst storm to ever hit the area and it looks like it's not going to be the last. According…

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Beautiful Wooden Addition Strikes Contrast With an Old Brick House in Belgium

Beautiful Wooden Addition Strikes Contrast With an Old Brick House in…

Belgium's residential architecture has been dominated by widely-produced pavilion-type houses, which are affordable and can be quickly built. The industrialization of housing enabled…

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Tim Cook Says Apple's New Spaceship Campus Will be the

Tim Cook Says Apple's New Spaceship Campus Will be the "Greenest…

Apple’s new spaceship campus could be the "greenest building on the planet" according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who made the assertion in a talk at yesterday's Climate Week NYC event.…

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ABC's Investigative Team Uncovers Plastic Microbeads in Toothpaste Getting Stuck in Patients' Gums

ABC's Investigative Team Uncovers Plastic Microbeads in Toothpaste…

ABC7 Chicago reports that Dentists and dental hygienists have begun speaking out against plastic microbeads in toothpastes after many have noticed the tiny blue beads lodged in…

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