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The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

The 6 Most Pressing Environmental Issues—And What You Can Do to Help Solve Them

Image via Shutterstock CLIMATE CHANGE While 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is occurring and greenhouse gas emissions are the main cause, political will has not been strong

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Todmorden, UK Expands Edible Garden Initiative With Flourishing Aqua Farm

Todmorden, UK Expands Edible Garden Initiative With Flourishing Aqua Farm

The British town of Todmorden has already made name for itself by sprouting edible plants up and down its streets - and the city recently received a grant of over £500,000 to expand their edible

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The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The World’s Most Beautiful Street is a Tree-Filled Oasis in the Heart of Porto Alegre, Brazil

The Tipuana trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho were planted in the 1930's and they have grown into a shady neighborhood canopy for the past 70 years. In 2005, construction of a mall in the area

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Europe’s First Chemical-Free Apartment Village for ‘Hypersensitives’ Completed in Switzerland

Europe’s First Chemical-Free Apartment Village for ‘Hypersensitives’ Completed in Switzerland

Europe’s first chemical-free housing complex was recently completed near Zurich in Switzerland. The development was carefully designed for those suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and is

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Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

Hollow Lamp: Salvaged Wood Pendant Shines a Light on Forestry Devastation

Daniel Byström and Kristján Kristjánsson used discarded wood to develop a series of beautiful, hand-crafted light fixtures that raise awareness for serious issues plaguing forests. Their Hollow Lamp

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Honduran Palm Oil Cooperative Named World’s Most Sustainable by Rainforest Alliance

Honduran Palm Oil Cooperative Named World’s Most Sustainable by Rainforest Alliance

Palm oil plantations are destroying animal habitats, threatening forest peoples, and ravaging rainforests in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea. However it doesn't have to be that way - Hondupalma

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Hey Gardeners! Consider Planting an Extra Row for the Hungry This Year

Hey Gardeners! Consider Planting an Extra Row for the Hungry This Year

It's estimated that one in eight people suffers from hunger and malnutrition, which means that all around the world, millions of people—including children—go hungry each and every day. That means that

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Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Edith Macefield: The 84-Year-Old Who Refused a Million Dollars and Forced a Shopping Mall to Build Around Her House

Have you heard of Edith Macefield? This old lady turned down a million dollar offer to sell her home to make way for a shopping mall in Seattle, Washington. Without Edith's land, the developer had to

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VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

VIDEO: The Secret Life of Paper

Did you know that the most important source of biodiversity on the planet - the rainforest - is being decimated so that you can have paper towels to wipe up? Did you know that the paper industry is the

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paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

paraSITE Inflatable Shelter Uses Excess HVAC Air to Keep the Homeless Warm

Artist Michael Rakowitz designed a smart urban shelter that uses excess heat from building HVAC systems to keep the homeless warm. Inspired by Bedouin tents that respond to different kinds of desert

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London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London’s First Cat Cafe is Open for Play

London's very first cat cafe, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened its doors over the weekend. Located in Shoredich, just off Brick Lane, this unique teashop offers the prrrfect space for playing with

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Crows Teach Us About The Sharing Economy?

Mother Nature doesn’t give her information for free. Her minions cloud their enemies’ judgement with devilish deception, and make plain the truth for their friends. Birds flock and fish school,

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VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

VIDEO: Added Value Empowers New York’s Youth With Urban Farming

Urban farming is on the rise across the globe; people all over are bringing their food source closer to their doorstep by farming in abandoned lots and on empty rooftops. Ian Marvy, the Executive Director

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Is Your Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Fueling Child Slavery?

Is Your Hershey’s Chocolate Bar Fueling Child Slavery?

Back in 2012, Hershey reported that it would be investing $10 million over 5 years to reduce the use of child labor and improve the cocoa supply in West Africa. It's now 2014, and though the company has

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Children Mining Cosmetics Ingredients in India Put at Risk for Death and Illness

Children Mining Cosmetics Ingredients in India Put at Risk for Death and Illness

You may not see your lip gloss as much more than a way to add a bit of sparkle to your smile, but the children mining the material that makes your makeup glimmer have much less to beam about. According to

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Life-Saving Boot Can Detect Active Landmines from 6.5 Feet Away

Life-Saving Boot Can Detect Active Landmines from 6.5 Feet Away

Bogota-based design firm Lemur Studio has designed a life-saving boot insert which can detect landmines from a distance of 6.5 feet. SaveOneLife was created with soldiers in mind, but civilians and

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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Israeli Architecture Studio SAYA Aims to Reclaim Architects’ Role in Facilitating Peace

Israeli Architecture Studio SAYA Aims to Reclaim Architects’ Role in Facilitating Peace

Israeli architecture studio SAYA designs projects that try to make politicians think more like architects and architects to approach space like policymakers. Through designs for areas of conflicts,

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All Intel Microprocessors Will be Conflict-Free Starting Today

All Intel Microprocessors Will be Conflict-Free Starting Today

When you buy an electronic device, it is almost impossible to know whether or not it has been made with materials that fuel social unrest, violence, and corruption in areas like the Democratic Republic of

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Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Water, hygiene, and transportation are constant challenges for developing nations like India, and women often shoulder the burden of collecting water for their families. In order to make this chore less

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6 Ways You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

6 Ways You Can Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS  The International Medical Corps focuses on infection control and deployed a team of medical personnel and sanitation experts to respond immediately to the disaster. The

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Black Friday? How About Buying NOTHING for the Holidays?

Black Friday? How About Buying NOTHING for the Holidays?

This morning Americans across the country arose at ungodly hours, braving the dark, cold, and unruly crowds all in the name of SHOPPING. Each year Black Friday marks the upcoming holiday season with a day

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Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Emoya Estate’s Fake Shanty Town Offers a Totally Tasteless South African Vacation

Mocked by Stephen Colbert as "poverty porn," the Shanty Town sits alongside Emoya's five-star lodgings. For about $98 a night, guests can pretend to live the rough life, relieving themselves in "long

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Bangladesh Garment Workers to See Their Minimum Wage Pay Increase by 77 Percent

Bangladesh Garment Workers to See Their Minimum Wage Pay Increase by 77 Percent

Workers in Bangladesh's garment industry finally have some good news to celebrate. After several days of violent protests that forced the closure of 200 factories in the Ashulia industrial belt, Prime

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Researchers Accidentally Kill World’s Oldest Living Animal While Trying to Determine its Age

Researchers Accidentally Kill World’s Oldest Living Animal While Trying to Determine its Age

In 2006, Bangor University researchers caught what they thought was an ordinary clam off the coast of Iceland. Curious about its age, scientists cracked open its shell. They soon realized they’d made a

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Rural Studio’s Quaint $20,000 House Offers Alabama Residents Much Needed Affordable Housing

Rural Studio’s Quaint $20,000 House Offers Alabama Residents Much Needed Affordable Housing

Rural Studio’s unique program focuses on providing its students with practical building experience, and directs that effort towards providing affordable housing solutions to the impoverished communities

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IKEA Launches Virtual Flea Market to Encourage Furniture Reselling, Sees 100% Success Rate

IKEA Launches Virtual Flea Market to Encourage Furniture Reselling, Sees 100% Success Rate

Big box retailers like IKEA profit from selling new furniture, so many were surprised to see the Swedish home furnishings giant encourage people to buy used furniture during a recent ad campaign. Created

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Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

Sculptor George Sabra Transforms Discarded Cardboard into Figures for Environmental Change

The great philosopher Macklemore said it best in his hit song “Thrift Store” that one man’s trash is another man’s come up. This statement rings particularly true for artist and sculptor George

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Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Madrid’s New Repsol Campus Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

It’s not often that we see oil companies making serious environmental initiatives an integral part of their corporate portfolio, but at least one company is seemingly coming out as a leader by

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Humanitarian Low-Cost House With Shipping Container Rooms Springs Up in South Korea

Humanitarian Low-Cost House With Shipping Container Rooms Springs Up in South Korea

The design and construction team examined the conditions of the family’s existing home and found that the physical and environmental conditions were too poor to renovate. Therefore, they decided to

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