INFOGRAPHIC: How to garden indoors year-round

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Those of us with green thumbs might spend most of the winter yearning to dig in the dirt outside, but there’s good news! No-one has to wait until the warmer months to enjoy gardening: there are many ways to grow all kinds of plants indoors, from flowers and herbs to edible greens and vegetables. From re-growing grocery-bought plants like spring onions and bok choi from their root trimmings to aquaponic systems that let you grow just about any plant imaginable, you can keep gardening all year round. Check out the full infographic after the jump to learn more!

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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

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“It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year,” sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I’m looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not always sarcastic in my head and I know that for my young children, each day of December holds the promise of something holiday related. Unfortunately, while Christmas can bring out the best in our giving spirits, it can also be a nightmare of consumerism at its worst and the packaging, wrappings, and trappings of holiday celebrations both small and large make it even worse. Fighting the “gimmes” with children at this time of year can be hard, especially when Santa is supposedly able to bring anything your child’s heart desires. Read on to learn how you can you make the holidays a little greener for the planet, a little kinder for everyone, and little lighter on your wallet.

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Pearl Izumi's new headquarters blends into the rocky landscape of Colorado

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Car sharing revolution: BlaBlaCar to expand after huge investment

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The world’s largest long-distance car-sharing network, BlaBlaCar, looks set to transform the way we travel by helping fill empty seats. After a huge $100 million investment by Index Ventures back in July, the Paris-based company has leaped into a new realm that it hopes will better connect drivers travelling from one city to another with someone who wants a ride. Since everyone chips in for fuel, BlaBlaCar provides a cheaper alternative to other forms of public transport and also means spare car seats don’t go to waste.

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Brooklyn Bicycle Co. channels Pantone Color of the Year for its latest bikes

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How’d you like to paint the town red (or “Marsala” rather) on a bike inspired by Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year? The Brooklyn Bicycle Co. recently announced the launch of its Driggs 3 and Willow 3 models in Soft Burgundy, a slightly more subtle variation of the winning wine-tinged hue. Pre-orders of the bikes are available at the Brooklyn Bicycle Co. website now.

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BMW to introduce plug-in hybrid versions of all core-brand models – starting with the 3 Series

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Following the success of its electric i-sub brand, BMW has announced plans to introduce plug-in hybrid versions of all of its core-brand models, with the first model being the popular 3 Series. BMW plans to unveil a 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype in Miramas, France, in addition to a new generation of hybrid vehicle concepts incorporating technology already used in the BMW i models.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why you should stop using peat compost for your garden

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Using compost is a great way to give your garden an extra boost, but did you know that certain kinds of compost are linked to environmental destruction? Many of the commercially available compost mixes are made with peat, a finite natural resource that has been mined extensively around the world, leading to the destruction of habitat and the release of carbon emissions. Luckily, there are many peat-free alternatives that are just as beneficial for gardens. Compost Direct developed an infographic that goes over those different types of compost and why it’s so important for gardeners worldwide to make the switch to peat-free composts.

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The sad reason why One World Trade Center had to scrap its green dreams

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When plans for the recently opened One World Trade Center were first made public years ago, they promised to deliver not only one of the tallest and most impressive buildings in the world, but also one of the greenest. And although the original concept included ultra-advanced, large-scale environmental features in order to achieve LEED Gold certification, the final version of the building falls noticeably short of its initial green objectives. Why? Unfortunately, it looks like 2012′s Hurricane Sandy is to blame once again.

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NYC taxis may soon get their own app to compete with Uber and Lyft

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One of the reasons that ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft have gained so much popularity is because users can request a ride via an app, alleviating the need to stand outside in the cold or rain to hail a cab. Well NYC’s taxis could soon follow suit if one lawmaker’s new legislation passes.

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James Inhofe: Barbra Streisand created 'climate change hoax'

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When the Republicans take control of the Senate in January, one very, very terrifyingly dense individual is going to be handed the keys to the environment committee—Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), an 80-year-old climate denier who is so sure that God controls the world’s climate – not humanity – that he’s more prepared to believe Bible passages than the scientific consensus. To quote Inhofe, “as long as the Earth remains there will be seed time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” But just how dense is Inhofe, you ask? Oh, it gets better. Much, much better.

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14 Heirloom Gift Ideas That Will Stand the Test of Time

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gift that will stand the test of time is one that can be treasured by many people – not just the current recipient! Heirloom gifts such as cast iron cookware, pocketwatches, and rare books can literally last for generations if loved and cared for properly, so check out our list of gorgeous heirloom gift ideas that can suit anyone on your holiday list.

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AMAZE: Magical labyrinth of lights takes over downtown Toronto

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

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Psychedelic mirrored pavilion pops up in a Budapest forest

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Ecuador indigenous leader opposed to mining found dead days before UN climate conference

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A dark shadow has been cast over the international climate talks in Lima, Peru – as the body of an indigenous leader opposed to a major mining project in Ecuador was recently found bound and buried. The Guardian reports that José Isidro Tendetza Antún, the former vice-president of the Shuar Federation of Zamora, had been missing since 28 November, after he was last seen heading to meet some people protesting against the Mirador copper and gold mine. After his son Jorge got a tip, his body was found in a grave marked “No Name,” with arms and legs tied by a blue rope. Tendetza was planning to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference currently underway in Lima, Peru.

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This lucky tortoise can walk again thanks to a custom-built LEGO wheelchair

This lucky tortoise can walk again thanks to a custom-built LEGO…

Image by Action Press/REX When humans encounter mobility problems, we have a host of options that range from walkers to prosthetics, but for our four-legged friends things aren't…

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Moshe Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

Moshe Safdie's Jewel Changi Airport biodome breaks ground in Singapore

The 134,000 square meter addition to Singapore's main airport will wow travelers with an environment unlike any other. Retail, leisure and entertainment facilities will be combined with…

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BP loses Supreme Court appeal to reduce Gulf Spill payments

BP loses Supreme Court appeal to reduce Gulf Spill payments

BP has been busy scrambling to limit the amount of money it must pay out as a result of the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, but yesterday the gas and oil giant had a serious set…

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200+ Inspiring, Ethical and Eco-Friendly Gifts in Inhabitat's 2014 Green Gift Guide

200+ Inspiring, Ethical and Eco-Friendly Gifts in Inhabitat's 2014…

Have you heard that green is the new black? If you don't particularly feel like having your feet run over numerous times by rabid shopping cart-pushers today, why not skip the Black…

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Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as 'insane' – but he means it in a good way!

Head of Hyperloop design program describes it as 'insane' – but he…

The head of the UCLA-based design program developing Elon Musk's Hyperloop high-speed transport concept has described the project as "insane" and "pure science fiction," but only in the…

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