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California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

California Students Create Smog-Eating Roof Tiles to Cut Urban Pollution

A team of ambitious students at the University of California at Riverside have developed an incredible new weapon in the battle against air pollution. For their entry in the Environmental Protection

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This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

This Tiny Toronto Loft Proves that Elegance Can Be Achieved on Any Scale

Toronto designer Montana Labelle has just completed one of her favorite projects to date: a teeny tiny loft project that just happens to be the designer's own live/work space.

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Chile Cancels Giant HidroAysén Hydroelectric Project, Saves Pristine Patagonia

Chile Cancels Giant HidroAysén Hydroelectric Project, Saves Pristine Patagonia

The Chilean government yesterday rejected the controversial HidroAysén hydroelectric power project, citing unresolved environmental concerns as the reason for its decision. The project had been slated to

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Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Before Supermarkets, People Foraged for Food Out in Nature (and We Still Can)

Before we gathered our food in grocery carts and online services like Peapod, we gathered it straight from the bush. It's a shocking idea that the food we eat might not be hosed with the equivalent

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Report: Cost of Climate Change to Auto Industry Drastically Exceeds Cost of New EPA Standards

Report: Cost of Climate Change to Auto Industry Drastically Exceeds Cost of New EPA Standards

A new report refutes the argument that the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon pollution regulations will create an economic catastrophe. The study examines the impact of the EPA rules

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GUN Architects’ Rainforest Pavilion Creates an Exotic Oasis in London

GUN Architects’ Rainforest Pavilion Creates an Exotic Oasis in London

The five-meter-high structure simulates the atmosphere of the rainforest and brings the exotic climate of South America to the streets of London. Seven columns with hexagonal tops create the framework for

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Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

Illinois Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics

Illinois passed a bill last Sunday that makes it the first state in the U.S. to ban plastic microbeads in soaps and cosmetics. From the end of 2018 it will be illegal to manufacture products containing

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Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Ford Turns Heinz Tomato Waste into Brilliant New Lightweight Bioplastic for Car Parts

Heinz uses the pulp of more than two million tons of tomatoes every year to make their iconic ketchup, soups and sauces - but what happens to the leftovers? Ford just announced that they have teamed up

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World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

World’s First Waste-to-Biofuels Plant Opens in Edmonton, Canada

Edmonton, Canada just celebrated the opening of the world's first waste-to-biofuel facility, which could radically transform the way we deal with our garbage. The Edmonton Waste-to-Biofuels and Chemicals

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INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

INFOGRAPHIC: Do You Live in One of America’s Most Eco-Friendly Cities?

From coast to coast, US cities are touting their latest and greatest environmental initiatives - but how do they rank in relation to each other? Upbeat recently crunched the numbers and launched a new

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Modern House on the Prairie Complements its Natural Surroundings

Modern House on the Prairie Complements its Natural Surroundings

On the expansive prairies of Yelm, Washington, almost every home is traditional and decidedly farmhouse, except one. Eric and Melinda and their two Labradors live in a “modern home on the prairie,”

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BMW Delivers the First i3 Electric Car in the U.S., Pricing Starts at $41,350

BMW Delivers the First i3 Electric Car in the U.S., Pricing Starts at $41,350

After years of development BMW recently announced the delivery of the very first i3 electric car in the U.S. The 2014 i3 has been on sale in Europe since late last year, but the first buyer, Charles Rabie

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Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction", an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open House in Susquehanna

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your

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MARS Chocolate Maker to Power Entire U.S. Operation With a 118-Turbine Wind Farm

MARS Chocolate Maker to Power Entire U.S. Operation With a 118-Turbine Wind Farm

Here's some sweet news. MARS, the makers of popular chocolate treats such as Snickers and M&M's, plans to slash its global carbon footprint by 24 percent with a new 118-turbine wind farm that will

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Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

Talking Public Space and Urban Intervention With San Francisco’s Rebar Studio

INHABITAT: How did Rebar get its start? MATT: Rebar started around a project called the Cabinet National Library. We were inspired by an art magazine in Brooklyn called Cabinet, which had bought a

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World’s Longest Artificial Reef Under Construction in Mexico

World’s Longest Artificial Reef Under Construction in Mexico

The world's longest artificial reef is under construction off the coast of Quintana Roo, Mexico. The Kan-Kanán project will be 1.9 kilometers (1.18 miles) long upon completion and will help protect the

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Handmade LaFlor Lamp Upcycles Glass Bottles into Stylish Hanging Lights

Handmade LaFlor Lamp Upcycles Glass Bottles into Stylish Hanging Lights

Spanish eco-brand Lucirmás recently launched the LaFlor Lamp, a handmade light fixture with an environmentally friendly footprint. Designed by the Nutcreatives studio, this stylish hanging lamp combines

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Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

Nevermind the Naysayers, Switching to Renewable Energy is a Bargain for States

A new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that there's no sticker shock when states add more clean energy to their power grids. The report

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France is Paying Commuters to Bike to Work!

France is Paying Commuters to Bike to Work!

You’d hope that better health, lower cost and reduced emissions would be incentive enough to push people out of their cars and onto bikes, but in France only 2.4 percent of the population commutes via

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Starbucks’ 500th LEED Store Boasts a Roof of Coffee-Fed Lemongrass at Disney World Resort in Orlando

Starbucks’ 500th LEED Store Boasts a Roof of Coffee-Fed Lemongrass at Disney World Resort in Orlando

This latest of Starbucks exquisitely-designed coffee shops is located right in the heart of the magical kingdom of Disney World in Downtown Disney West Side. David Daniels, Senior Designer for Starbucks,

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Scientists Discover New Rock Made From Human Plastic Waste and Ocean Debris

Scientists Discover New Rock Made From Human Plastic Waste and Ocean Debris

Just in time for World Environment Day, Canadian scientists have announced the discovery of a new type of rock made from the scraps of melted plastic waste and ocean debris. According to researchers at

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Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

Energy Justice Summer: Inhabitat Reports on the Fight Against Fracking in Northeast Pennsylvania

On June 2nd, I left Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to join Energy Justice Summer; a joint project with the Energy Justice Network & SustainUS. Over the next ten weeks, I'll be a part of a project that

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Scientists Caution China Against Bulldozing Over 700 Mountains

Scientists Caution China Against Bulldozing Over 700 Mountains

China wants to bulldoze more than 700 mountains in order to make way for more buildings, and the proposal has raised great concern in the scientific community. Never before has mankind attempted

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World’s First Wrench 3D-Printed with Recycled Ocean Plastic Wins Innovation Award

World’s First Wrench 3D-Printed with Recycled Ocean Plastic Wins Innovation Award

Proving that ocean garbage is anything but trash, a Canadian company has built the world's first-ever 3D-printed item made entirely from recycled ocean plastic. The Recycling Council of British Columbia

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Amazing Net Zero House in the Canary Islands has On-Site Wind Turbines

Amazing Net Zero House in the Canary Islands has On-Site Wind Turbines

Using only locally-sourced materials such as stone and basalt insulation, in addition to certified timber, this home has a very small carbon footprint. This same material menu allows it to mesh with the

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Rebuild By Design Competition Winners Announced – $1 Billion Awarded to Protect East Coast From Future Storms

Rebuild By Design Competition Winners Announced – $1 Billion Awarded to Protect East Coast From Future Storms

"The winning proposals are truly transformative and serve as blueprints for how we can safeguard the region and make it more environmentally and economically resilient," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

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MAD Architects Unveil Mountain-Shaped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

MAD Architects Unveil Mountain-Shaped Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center

Located in one of China's most historically and culturally significant cities, the Nanjing Zendai Himalayas Center will strive to preserve traces of the city's historic past while celebrating its

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Roadside Poem by Simon Armitage Devours Pollution from 20 Cars Each Day

Roadside Poem by Simon Armitage Devours Pollution from 20 Cars Each Day

Poetry has been used for ages as a tool to critique the social anxieties du jour. Now, for the first time ever, a poem is being used as a physical remedy to one of modern society's biggest challenges -

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Here at Green Building 101, we’ve looked at many ways that you can design, build, and renovate your home with more attention to your health and the environment. Now that you've been thoroughly educated,

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