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The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

The World’s Deserts Are Greening from Carbon Dioxide Fertilization

Thanks to increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, the world's deserts are getting a little greener through a process called "CO2 fertilization." Scientists from CSIRO have been taking satellite data of

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Conservationists Rescue the Iberian Lynx from the Brink of Extinction

Conservationists Rescue the Iberian Lynx from the Brink of Extinction

Just five years ago, the Iberian lynx was classified as critically endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List (IUCN), but now the population in southern Spain has

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Evolution Can’t Keep Pace with Climate Change

Evolution Can’t Keep Pace with Climate Change

Image via Shutterstock Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson made headlines last year when he famously dismissed climate change as something that we should just adapt to, but new research shows that most

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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Protect Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos

President Obama Issues Executive Order to Protect Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos

Image via Shutterstock Illegal wildlife trafficking imperils the continued existence of Africa's elephants and rhinos, and it poses an increasingly dangerous security threat. During his recent tour of

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Goncalo Mabunda Upcycles Weapons of the Mozambique Civil War into Beautiful Furniture

Goncalo Mabunda Upcycles Weapons of the Mozambique Civil War into Beautiful Furniture

Mozambican designer Gonçalo Mabunda’s gorgeous sculptural chairs, furniture and masks are made from upcycled guns. The artist transforms symbols of his country’s civil war-torn past, including

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Australian Researchers Develop the World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Australian Researchers Develop the World’s First Malaria Vaccine

About half the world's population is at risk of catching malaria, and in 2010 alone around 660,000 people died from the disease. Fortunately, researchers in Australia recently made a breakthrough by

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Afrique Authentique – Authentic Africa Brings the Green Textile Traditions of Africa to the World

Afrique Authentique – Authentic Africa Brings the Green Textile Traditions of Africa to the World

Afrique Authentique - Authentic Africa is an organization that aims to empower local craftspeople in Burkina Faso in Western Africa. The collective recently showcased its first 100% hand-woven African

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INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of ‘Urgent Architecture’

When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating

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NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

NRDC Releases Online Tool to Track Local Effects of Climate Change

Reading about the melting ice sheets in the Arctic or desertification in Africa may seem like remote instances, but the effects of climate change also can be seen locally throughout the United States. In

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Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa’s Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Africa's Western black rhino is now officially extinct, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006, the Northern white rhino is also

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Beautiful Bishop Edward King Chapel Contains a Forest of Wood Arches Within

Beautiful Bishop Edward King Chapel Contains a Forest of Wood Arches Within

Niall McLaughlin Architects used sand-colored stone to create the criss-crossing pattern on the façade of the Bishop Edward King Chapel. The façade emulates the hue of the trees surrounding the property

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IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

IUCN Finds Staggering Number of Species Threatened by Climate Change

Most nature lovers are familiar with the concept of a threatened species, or organisms that are in danger due to habitat loss, poaching, disease, or environmental factors. The International Union for

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Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

Design Inspiration from Nature – Biomimicry for a Better Planet

People have been turning to nature for inspiration to help them solve problems for millions of years. From buildings and bridges to materials and medicine - examining the design of nature has aided in the

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8 Tips to Keep Your Summer Fruits and Vegetables Fresher for Longer

8 Tips to Keep Your Summer Fruits and Vegetables Fresher for Longer

Broccoli + Lettuce + Celery Suffering from limp celery, soft broccoli, or less that sprightly salads? Keep these greens their crispest by wrapping them in tin foil before storing them in the fridge.

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World Population Expected to Reach Almost 11 Billion People by 2100

World Population Expected to Reach Almost 11 Billion People by 2100

Photo via Shutterstock According to numbers recently released by the UN, the world's population is expected reach nearly 11 billion people by 2100. That's about 8 percent more than was predicted in

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Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

Cool Planet Energy’s Carbon Negative Biofuel Costs Just $1.50 Per Gallon

In a warming world, every gas-powered vehicle contributes to CO2 emissions. California-based Cool Planet Energy not only believes they have a low-cost alternative to gasoline, but one that is actually

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S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

S1 Solar LED Lamp by d.light Aims to Provide a Brighter Future for Rural Areas in Asia and Africa

With hopes of replacing hazardous kerosene wick lamps, d.light has created a series of affordable solar LED Lamps for areas without a reliable source of electricity. The lamp has an integrated solar

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Lion Meat Becomes an Appalling New Culinary Fad in the US

Lion Meat Becomes an Appalling New Culinary Fad in the US

Before you read this, you may want to put down any food or drink, lest you lose both your appetite and respect for your fellow human beings completely. Every couple of months or so, it seems that lion

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Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Google’s New Finnish Data Center to be Powered Entirely by Wind Energy

Photo via Shutterstock Google just announced that its new Finnish data center will be powered entirely by wind energy. The company is no stranger to renewable energy, and it struck up a ten year deal

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Inventor Creates 3D-Printed Prosthetic Robohand

Inventor Creates 3D-Printed Prosthetic Robohand

South African carpenter Richard van As suffered a woodworking accident and lost four fingers on his right hand. But instead of accepting his new disability he decided to create a set of mechanical fingers

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GLUCK+’s Tower House is an Ultra-Modern ‘Treehouse’ for a Family of Architects

GLUCK+’s Tower House is an Ultra-Modern ‘Treehouse’ for a Family of Architects

The four-story Tower House was designed as a single-family home in a skyscraper’s body. The vertical tower rises from a narrow 14 foot footprint, and a horizontal, cantilevered volume bisects the fourth

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1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

1.1 GW Of Wind Power to be Added to Grid in Africa Amid New Investment

Photo via Shutterstock The African Development Bank just announced that private investors have raised enough funds to add a whopping 1.1GW of wind power to Africa's grid. Currently wind power only

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Tucker Robbins Transforms Indonesian Fishing Baskets into Beautiful Pendant Lamps

Tucker Robbins Transforms Indonesian Fishing Baskets into Beautiful Pendant Lamps

Tucker Robbins showcased these simple yet beautiful pendant lamps made from repurposed fishing baskets at this year's ICFF. The woven lamps give new life to disused fishing baskets made by local

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FATmaison’s Translucent Revival Sunset Chapel Enlivens a Forest Clearing in Central Africa

FATmaison’s Translucent Revival Sunset Chapel Enlivens a Forest Clearing in Central Africa

Revival Sunset Chapel combines local tradition and contemporary design by mixing materials like Cor-ten steel, u-glass, and stainless steel with pinewood and aluminum. The chapel, originally commissioned

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Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

Low-budget School in Africa is Made from Earth Bricks Fabricated On Site

The new school replaces an old one on the same site and is attended by kids from three villages in the area. Completely made from compressed earth blocks with a layer of waterproof cement, the shelters

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World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

Work on the world's largest hydropower plant is expected to start in October, 2015 following commitments from the World Bank and other development agencies to finance its construction. South Africa has

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32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

32.4 Million People Were Displaced in 2012 Due to Climate and Weather Events

Photo by Ritu Raj Konwar via IDMC A new report released last week by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) shows that a whopping 32.4 million people were forced to flee their homes

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Protea Debuts a Fetching New Wine Bottle that’s Designed to Be Upcycled

Protea Debuts a Fetching New Wine Bottle that’s Designed to Be Upcycled

It's Friday, which means many of us are just counting the minutes until happy hour. After enjoying a bottle of wine, it's always a bit sad to dump the bottle in the recycling bin. Although there are

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The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

The World’s First Flat-Pack Truck Can Be Assembled in Just 12 Hours

Flat-pack goods typically make more efficient use of materials and have lower shipping costs, and in recent years companies have designed everything from flat-pack beds and dressers to flat-pack lamps and

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UN Report Says We Should Be Eating More Bugs

UN Report Says We Should Be Eating More Bugs

Photo via Shutterstock Let them eat… cockroaches? In an effort to address world hunger, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations recently published a report suggesting that

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