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San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant to Close After 40 Years of Operation

Southern California Edison just announced plans to permanently close the San Onofre nuclear power plant after a 16-month battle over whether or not to restore its twin reactors. Facing political

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David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

David Spurgeon’s Passive Solar Houseboat Conserves Energy in Sausalito

The history of Sausalito's houseboat community dates back to the late 19th century, when wealthy San Franciscans would keep floating holiday homes in Marin County. But after the devastating 1906

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Help Save the Gap Filler Shipping Pallet Pavilion in Christchurch, New Zealand!

Help Save the Gap Filler Shipping Pallet Pavilion in Christchurch, New Zealand!

The Gap Filler Pallet Pavilion in Christchurch, New Zealand, was built as a community space following devastating earthquakes. The recycled shipping pallet pavilion is an incredible facility, but

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Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Japan Takes Steps to Permanently Close First Nuclear Reactor Since Fukushima Disaster

Photo via Shutterstock Japan has hemmed and hawed about closing its nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At first there was talk of closing down all reactors, but the motion was whittled

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UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

UN Report Says Disasters Have Cost $2.5 Trillion Since 2000

A new United Nations report makes the startling assertion that disasters have resulted in $2.5 trillion in damage within the last 13 years alone. Those losses fall principally on the private sector,

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Sky City: World’s Tallest Tower to Break Ground in June

Sky City: World’s Tallest Tower to Break Ground in June

Sky City will be prefabricated off site in three months, and it will then be assembled in just seven months. Reaching up 838 meters (2,749 feet), the 220-floor tower will feature residential, office

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Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices

Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices

Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters We've been closely following the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, where over 700 people have lost their lives when an eight-story garment factory collapsed on April

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Hurricane Sandy Was So Strong it Registered 2.0 on Seismometers Across the US

Hurricane Sandy Was So Strong it Registered 2.0 on Seismometers Across the US

Hurricane Sandy was so strong that the impact of the waves it sent crashing into the East Coast of the United States reverberated all across the country. According to Oner Sufri, a geophysics doctoral

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Futurist Melissa Sterry About Earth 2.0 and the Bionic City

Last week we reported on the groundbreaking new media platform Earth 2 Hub which aims to create a space for the world's most creative artists, designers, scientists, and storytellers to explore and share

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Enormous Fertilizer Plant Explosion Registered 2.1 on Richter Scale, Many Feared Dead

Enormous Fertilizer Plant Explosion Registered 2.1 on Richter Scale, Many Feared Dead

Several firefighters who responded to a fire at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas are missing following an enormous explosion last night that was so powerful it registered 2.1 on the Richter Scale,

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New Leak at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Raises Yet More Safety Concerns

New Leak at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Raises Yet More Safety Concerns

Efforts to repair damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant in Japan suffered yet another setback on Sunday when workers found a small leak in pipes leading from the facility's cooling pools. Last

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The Best Green Designs at Fiera Milano During the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

The Best Green Designs at Fiera Milano During the 2013 Milan Furniture Fair

Werner Aisslinger's Hemp Chair is made from over 75% hemp! Natural fibers, sustainable production processes and innovative technologies borrowed from the car-making industry are the pillars of the

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Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hear What Leading Automotive Designers and Architects Had to Say at Our ‘Design with a Conscience’ Webcast!

Hey Inhabitat readers! In case you missed it, we just wrapped up our broadcast of the Design with a Conscience conference in San Francisco, CA! We teamed up with Ford Motor Company and the American

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Up to 120 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak from Fukushima Daiichi Storage Tank

Up to 120 Tons of Radioactive Water Leak from Fukushima Daiichi Storage Tank

Tens of thousands of gallons of radioactive water leaked from an underground storage tank at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant this past Saturday. It is still uncertain how much water has reached

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Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Many of the survivor stories we have heard from the 2011 earthquake and and Fukushima disaster in Japan involve worrying levels of radiation - but now we have a happy fish tale to tell. A small fishing

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Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock Haiti's hills were once lined with lush greenery - but now it's 98 percent bereft of plant coverage, making it one of the least forested nations on earth. To address the issue

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Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

Google Launches Haunting Street View of Fukushima Exclusion Zone Two Years After the Disaster

A little over two years since a devastating earthquake struck Japan and triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Google has collaborated with the town of Namie-machi, which sits inside the

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Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

Matternet’s Battery-Powered Drones Could Bring Supplies and Disaster Relief to Remote Areas

While drones are typically—and quite reasonably—associated with the horrors of modern warfare, California-based startup Matternet, Inc. hopes that a network of peaceful unmanned aerial vehicles could

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Fukushima Cooling System May Have Been Knocked Offline by a Rat

Fukushima Cooling System May Have Been Knocked Offline by a Rat

When a partial power outage caused the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to fail earlier this week, concerns were renewed as to the vulnerability of the now infamous power

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Toyo Ito Awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize!

Toyo Ito Awarded 2013 Pritzker Prize!

The Pritzker Prize jury, which included Lord Peter Palumbo, an internationally known architectural patron of London, and renowned architects Glenn Murcutt, Yung Ho Chang, Juhani Pallasmaa and Alejandro

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Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

Japanese Town Memorializes Miracle Pine Tree That Survived the 2011 Tsunami

It's been two years since the deadly earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan, destroying homes and triggering a nuclear disaster. Although the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent deluge killed thousands

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WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima

WHO Estimates That Cancer Risk is 70% Higher For Female Infants Near Fukushima

The 2011 Fukushima disaster was incredibly devastating, but the event's full impact may not be realized for years to come. According to a recent report from the World Health Organization, people living

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Arcgency’s Green-Roofed WFH House is Made From Three Recycled Shipping Containers

Arcgency’s Green-Roofed WFH House is Made From Three Recycled Shipping Containers

Arcgency's WFH House uses three recycled shipping containers as structural supports. The containers are lined with insulation, which is covered with bamboo, effectively concealing the rough-hewn

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Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

Recycled “Gecekondoo” Emergency Shelters Could Provide Relief to Displaced Residents of Istanbul

The Turkish Government recently voted on a ‘’disaster risk’’ law that will demolish and rebuild roughly 7,000,000 dwellings in Turkey over the next 20 years. Although the object of this law is to

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Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

Indian Researchers Create Low-Cost Bricks From Recycled Paper Mill Waste

While recycling trash is preferable to simply chucking refuse into the dump, the process still creates tons of byproducts that end up making their way to the landfill. Fortunately, Professors Rahul

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Cantilevered Bioclimatic House Breathes Through its Roof in Greece

Cantilevered Bioclimatic House Breathes Through its Roof in Greece

Located in Paiania just outside of Athens, an area that shifts from industrial to residential, this striking new home consists of stacked metal containers clad in light panels. Well-insulated to prevent

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Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Kengo Kuma’s Transparent Temporary Shelter Pays Homage to Classic Japanese Literature

Architect Kengo Kuma recently built a humble modern pavilion as a tribute to a classic Japanese story written 800 years ago. The short story, Hojoki, by Kamo no Chomei tells the story of how Chomei left

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Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Japan To Build World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

Photo via Shutterstock Japan's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy has announced plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm near Fukushima as part of plans to reconstruct the area

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Recycled Shipping Pallet Pavilion Springs Up in Christchurch, New Zealand

Recycled Shipping Pallet Pavilion Springs Up in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand suffered a number of devastating earthquakes in the past 2 years, which left almost 200 people dead and thousands without a home. Now artists and architects are rebuilding the

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Fish Caught Near Fukushima Shows Record Radiation Level 2,500 Times Above Safety Standards

Fish Caught Near Fukushima Shows Record Radiation Level 2,500 Times Above Safety Standards

A fish caught in the waters near Fukushima Daiichi's main reactor on Friday had over 2,500 times the legal limit of radioactivity for human consumption. Caught by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO),

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