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Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

If you've ever wondered where that computer, refrigerator or TV you threw away ended up, you may not like the answer. A recent expose on ABC.com reveals the dirty secret behind electronic wastes: many

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Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

It's easy enough to monitor home power consumption, but few people think about the energy impact of talking on cell phones for hours on end. After all, cell towers have to be powered by something, and in

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Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

When faced with the need to develop additional sources of energy, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation recently decided that its best option was not to build conventional power plants. Instead, the

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REPORT FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Hippo Rollers Delivered!

REPORT FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Hippo Rollers Delivered!

Greetings from South Africa! Regular readers of Inhabitat are hopefully aware of the exciting humanitarian design initiative called Project H Design, founded by our very own Emily Pilloton. Currently

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Floors Made From Peach Pips in South Africa

Floors Made From Peach Pips in South Africa

Peach pip floors (aka peach 'pit' floors to us yanks) have a long history in South Africa and the warm, natural materials made an early impression on South African gallery owner Allah le Roux. He caught

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ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

The Abōd™ is a prototype prefab created by BSB Design for use as affordable housing in South Africa. The simple design uses a strong, natural shape as the core. It’s durable, lightweight and can be

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Cheap LEDs to Light Up Africa and Beyond

Cheap LEDs to Light Up Africa and Beyond

We love our LEDs for lamps and Christmas lights, but there's a global application for LEDs that could bring inexpensive and efficient light to the 75% of Africa that lacks dependable access to clean, safe

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Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Motivated by a climate of widespread environmental devastation, Africa has boldly moved to initiate a continent-wide ban on plastic bags in an effort to eliminate the billions of throwaway sacks that are

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Can Africa’s Sun Provide Power for Europe?

Can Africa’s Sun Provide Power for Europe?

Proving that we really are all in this together, Europe is considering plans to spend more than £5 billion on a system of large solar power stations in North Africa. This proposed solar power plan could

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Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Rudolph and his reindeer friends face population decline

Santa may need to look for an alternate form of transportation soon. Reindeer populations around the world have diminished greatly over the past few decades, and researchers in China are concerned about

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U.S. considers allowing hunter to kill nearly extinct black rhino

U.S. considers allowing hunter to kill nearly extinct black rhino

"Killing it to save it" seems to be the misguided logic a Texas man is using to justify his plans to hunt a Black Rhino in Namibia. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is evaluating the hunter's

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VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

VIDEO: Director Kathryn Bigelow takes on the illegal ivory trade in Last Days short

WARNING: video contains scenes that may disturb some viewers (but, then again, that's the point!) Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow has never been one to shy away from a difficult subject. However,

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Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Desolenator uses sunlight to purify water for less than the cost of a big screen TV

Imagine a device the size of large, flat-screen TV that uses sunlight to produce fresh drinking water. Then imagine what you could do with that device. Would you reduce your own dependence on the grid?

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One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

One in five houses in Australia is using solar energy

An astonishing one out of every five households in Australia is now relying on solar energy, a new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) reveals. Just 3 years ago only 5 percent of homes

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Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

Only five Northern White Rhinos left in the world after aging male dies

A 44-year-old Northern White Rhino died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo safari park. His death means there are only five of the species left in the world. Known as Angalifu, the rhino came to the park

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This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all barriers

This sweet dog and lion duo proves that friendship transcends all barriers

Meet Honey the dog and Kwanza the white lion cub: a pair of best friends at the Darling Downs Zoo in Queensland, Australia. Kwanza's mum wasn't producing enough milk for him, so the lovely caregivers at

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

The Navajo people are the oldest ethnic group in the US and the Navajo Nation reservation is the largest in the country, spreading across Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. But about 38 percent of all homes in

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IKEA’s extraordinary solar-powered disaster shelters receive honorary design award

IKEA’s extraordinary solar-powered disaster shelters receive honorary design award

In 2013, the formidable team sought to design easily deployable shelters that not only provided for the basic needs of those requiring emergency housing, but that could also provide more than a simple

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Natural Machine’s Lynette Kucsma About the Foodini 3D Food Printer

Inhabitat: So to start, tell me about how the Foodini and Natural Machines came together. Lynette: It started a little bit over a year ago. There are four founders in the company and I came in around

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14 Green Gifts That Give Back

14 Green Gifts That Give Back

Today is Giving Tuesday - and to celebrate we've rounded up 14 eco-friendly organizations that make gift giving a truly philanthropic act. Voltaic donates up to three solar power kits to aid workers for

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell's facility at Bonny Island in

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Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power - hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The

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Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them!

Giraffes are in danger of extinction—help save them!

Giraffes may not be the first animals to come to mind when we think about endangered species, but it might not be long before these majestic creatures disappear from the face of the earth. Thanks to a

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Kenyan student convert’s school’s poop into safe, clean fuel

Kenyan student convert’s school’s poop into safe, clean fuel

In early January 2013, Kenya's oldest English-language school, the Maseno School, opened new dormitories for 720 students, and it had a couple of problems. Pit latrines and a faulty sewage system

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How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

How the U.S. can drastically reduce its carbon emissions for 1% of its GDP

The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) just released a preliminary, technical report that shows how the United States can cut its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050 -

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6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

6 Uses For Pee That You Probably Didn’t Know About

For Heating The Barn House in Japan's Memu Meadows is an award-winning experimental dwelling heated by urine. Designed by Keio University's Co+Labo department, it shelters two humans and two horses,

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Afghan Police Shoot Endangered Bird They Thought Was Wearing a Bomb

Afghan Police Shoot Endangered Bird They Thought Was Wearing a Bomb

On a weekend in America dedicated to eating dead birds, an innocent and endangered bird became the most recent victim of Afghanistan’s fight against the Taliban. Motherboard reports that on Saturday

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VIDEO: A Baby Elephant’s First Trip to the Ocean

VIDEO: A Baby Elephant’s First Trip to the Ocean

Incredibly intelligent, empathetic, and just gorgeous to admire, elephants form close friendship bonds with those around them, and have strong connections with their family members. Their babies are also

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Energy-Saving Luxury: Jestico + Whiles’ Intelligent Czech Villa

Energy-Saving Luxury: Jestico + Whiles’ Intelligent Czech Villa

This is a home that can think for itself, using the latest technology. Automatically optimised temperature control uses live data from the house’s weather station to provide maximum energy efficiency. A

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Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

Which Country is the Most Prepared for Climate Change?

The University of Notre Dame recently released the 2014 installment of the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN.) ND-GAIN shows "which countries are best prepared to deal with the national

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