Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

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Here’s good news for tackling climate change: the Green Climate Fund has announced it will only invest in energy projects that depart from “business as usual” and have a major impact to counteract climate change. The recently established Green Climate Fund (GCF) aims to make an ambitious financial contribution to global efforts in meeting goals set out to combat climate change. Reuters reports that the recent announcement was made on the back of a letter from environmental organizations and development agencies that called on the GCF not to allow its funds to be used to finance fossil fuels or other polluting energy sources – either directly or indirectly.

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Top 6 cabins for a green retreat this winter

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Older Kids

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Scratching your head over what to get the older kids on your list this holiday? Look no further than our hip, thoughtfully curated guide to the gifts that will make the standard issue eye rolls take a backseat to enthusiastic glee. You won’t find these presents on typical toy store shelves. We’ve dug deep to bring you unique ideas ranging from a vibrant Wonder Tent to a rip-roaring Spooner Board. There’s a present for every kid’s penchant in this round-up — from gardening and weaving to reading and active play. We’ve got the keys to unlocking a successful holiday right here

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Massive oil spill in fragile Israeli desert nature reserve could take years to clean up

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A major oil spill in an Israeli nature reserve could take years to clean up, according to ecologists with Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority. About three to five million liters of crude spilled from the Eliat-Askelon pipeline into the Evrona Desert Reserve near the Red Sea earlier this month, flooding 200 acres of desert with oil. According to the Huffington Post, the slick of oil has pooled in ravines, but without heavy rainfall, it’s unlikely it will reach the sea. Reuters reports that cleanup has begun, with teams vacuuming up the oil slick and digging barriers to stop further spread. However, experts in the country are saying a full cleanup of the spill isn’t likely to come soon.

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NYC developers team up to boost shipping container housing and retail in the city

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Shipping container homes and shops have been popping up here and there around New York City, but two developers are hoping to bring a lot more of the sustainable design trend to the Big Apple. Palladium Management and SG Blocks recently created a new partnership to implement multi-family and retail space made of repurposed shipping containers throughout some of the city’s boroughs. Funded by Westchester County-based Dillon Hill Capital, the ambitious project is currently waiting on approval for 24 sites across NYC. 

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Reimagine an old bullring in Barcelona in the Archallenge student competition for a shot at 4,000€ prizes

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Archallenge just launched a new architecture competition that invites students from around the world to reimagine an old bullring in Barcelona. Although bullfighting is one of Spain’s most popular and dramatic sports, the centuries-old tradition was banned in Catalonia in 2011. As a result, the city is seeking solutions that would both revitalize the obsolete bullrings and add to Catalonia’s urban vitality. As part of this effort, Archallenge challenges students to breathe new life into the “Las Glorias” Square. Registration ends March 13, 2015 and the deadline for submissions is March 30, 2015. A 4,000€ prize will be distributed amongst the three winning teams.

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This angular guest house brings a music room and chicken coop to a lush property

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Eagle Energy is helping the Navajo Nation become energy independent

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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 the vast Navajo Nation are completely off the electrical grid. Non profit Eagle Energy is hoping to change that by installing and distributing solar power light kits to the Navajo people.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which countries are the most energy efficient?

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Every year the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy publishes a report revealing the most energy efficient countries in the world. The council looks at the 16 biggest economies and ranks them in terms of transportation, industry, building and national efforts to cut costs. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the US ranks close to the bottom at number 13, while super efficient Germany took the stop slot. Irish energy supplier Jones Oil created an infographic with tons of interesting information about the report – including the reason why China managed to grab the fourth slot in the rankings.

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Were comets the source of Earth's water? Rosetta spacecraft says "no"

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The Rosetta spacecraft is currently orbiting and exploring comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—a large mass of rock and ice that it landed the Philae probe on in November—and its newest discovery might give us startling insight about the origin of water on our own planet. It has been discovered that comet’s water contains three times the amount of deuterium than water here on Earth, which throws a wrench into theories that this planet’s oceans and rivers may have originated from comets slamming into it during its formation.

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Mischer'traxler unveils blooming kinetic installation at Design Miami

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

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Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

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In a massive show of solidarity towards solutions for climate change, thousands of people from all walks of life paraded through the streets of Lima, Peru on Wednesday, as world leaders talk at United Nations Lima Climate Change Conference. The Guardian reports that while the conference is taking place behind closed doors, the people marching in the streets added a human face to the struggle for climate justice. They also represented a broad cross-section of humanity, including indigenous peoples from all over South America, trade unionists, students and women’s groups.

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this eco-conscious Tribeca loft

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Industrial modernism meets rustic ski lodge in this Tribeca loft by Jane Kim Design. The NYC-based designer used reclaimed barn wood for the counters and salvaged marble slabs in the master bathroom to give the space a sustainable touch. Proving that luxury can be green, Kim’s loft boasts wooden and wrought iron columns, hardwood floors, and exposed dark red brick. The beautiful home is a great example of how, with good design, one man’s trash can be another man’s counter top. See more photos here.

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India's air pollution blamed for discoloring Taj Mahal's iconic dome

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India’s airborne pollution has always been a problem for the rapidly developing country, but now it could severely impact one of its most famous structures – the Taj Mahal. According to a study from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Taj Mahal’s iconic marble dome and soaring minarets now require regular cleaning due to increasing levels of airborne carbon particles and dust, which have turned the white marble an unappealing shade of brown.

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This breathtaking Lithuanian Christmas tree looks like a tumbling cascade of clouds

This breathtaking Lithuanian Christmas tree looks like a tumbling…

For the 2014 tree, the artists of Kaunas came up with the idea of building a cloud-like structure with twelve angels sitting within it, speaking to the public below. They are meant to…

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How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

How to Find a Wolf Sanctuary Near You and Meet Some Wild Wolves!

Did you know that there are wolves living near you in almost every state in the country? Sadly most of these wolves are not living in the wild, but in wolf sanctuaries, which are…

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HOW TO VIDEO: Make Delicious Raw Almond Cranberry Christmas Cookies!

HOW TO VIDEO: Make Delicious Raw Almond Cranberry Christmas Cookies!

Everybody loves sweet treats at the holidays, but many of us who are trying to stay in shape would rather consume healthy sweets packed with protein, good fats, fiber and vitamins than…

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6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

Apple Sparkler To make this bubbly concoction, pour organic raspberry or cranberry juice into the bottom 1/3 of a normal wine glass. Fill the remaining 2/3 of the glass with Samuel…

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Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Obama appears on Colbert Report, slams Keystone XL

Continuing his recent efforts to reach out to young Americans in non-traditional and innovative ways—including an appearance on Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" and a blog post…

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