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Rainproof Solar LED Bulb Could Illuminate the Developing World

Rainproof Solar LED Bulb Could Illuminate the Developing World

1.6 billion people in the world still use kerosene lamps for light. Not only are they non-renewable and expensive -- they can consume up to 5% of a family's income -- they also give off noxious

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Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Brilliant Favela Paintings Energize Neighborhoods!

Check out these cheerful candy-colored buildings! Murals are a fantastic way to sugar-coat concrete and brighten up otherwise drab buildings. Artists Haas and Hahn have adorned several concrete

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Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

One our favorite design organizations Project H just launched their latest initiative which focuses on transforming the educational landscape through design. An organization founded by former Inhabitat

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THE GUYANA PROJECT: Students Turn South American Rainforest into Design Studio!

THE GUYANA PROJECT: Students Turn South American Rainforest into Design Studio!

The lucky group of graduate students constructed their projects in the Liana Cane factory, an ethical working environment using only renewable, non-timber rainforest materials. Liane Cane's owner, Jocelyn

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How to Use Technology to Green Your Shopping

How to Use Technology to Green Your Shopping

While the recent rise in consumer spending is certainly a good sign for our ailing economy, what does this mean for our fragile environment? If you’re one of the many stepping out this weekend for

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Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Electronics Recycling 101: Five Charities that Accept Old Electronics

Recycling used electronics is great, but in some cases, there's an even greener option out there -- several charities accept used and even broken electronic equipment. These non-profits ensure that

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Naturally Occuring Bacteria Could Help Clean Oil Spill

Naturally Occuring Bacteria Could Help Clean Oil Spill

Almost two weeks after the disaster started, the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico is still gushing up to 10,000 barrels of oil into the ocean every day. Efforts by BP and the US government to stop

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Polar Bear Sugar Cubes Melt Away in Your Morning Coffee

Polar Bear Sugar Cubes Melt Away in Your Morning Coffee

These days it’s hard to deny that global warming is melting away our precious glaciers, and, sadly, the animals living in the polar regions are the ones that are suffering most.  Using this dire fact

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Electronics Recycling 101: The Problem With E-Waste

Electronics Recycling 101: The Problem With E-Waste

America's love affair with consumer electronics will likely rage on for years to come. With a constant stream of iPads, e-readers and smart phones hitting the market, it's hard not to get sucked into

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BOOM! A Political Statement in the Form of Chocolate

BOOM! A Political Statement in the Form of Chocolate

Mexico is one of the largest producers of cacao in the world, cultivating this ancient currency for over three millennia. But while it’s the birthplace of chocolate, any production of this lucrative

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Oberlin’s LEED Downtown Development Revitalizes a Community

Oberlin’s LEED Downtown Development Revitalizes a Community

Ten years ago three college students had a vision to reclaim a stagnant downtown area in Oberlin, Ohio -- in a couple of months that vision will become reality. Sustainable Community Associates has

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San Francisco’s EcoCenter Opens This Sunday at Heron’s Head Park!

San Francisco’s EcoCenter Opens This Sunday at Heron’s Head Park!

The Heron's Head park project is the kind of thing that makes a social justice environmental activist's heart sing. Situated literally down the street from the Hunter's View projects (now undergoing major

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EARTH HOUR 2010 IS TONIGHT!

EARTH HOUR 2010 IS TONIGHT!

Earth Hour 2010 is tonight, and you’ve got a V.I.P. invitation to the hottest event on the planet! Now in its fourth year, the event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature asks everyone to take a

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Silicon Chips Embedded in Human Cells Could Detect Diseases Earlier

Silicon Chips Embedded in Human Cells Could Detect Diseases Earlier

It's hard to imagine a computer chip tinier than a single, human cell. Still, scientists recently created silicon chips small enough to be embedded into body cells. Once the technology is studied more and

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New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

Instead of showing kids how to kill, a new video game instructs them on how to stay alive. A group of students and their professor at Michigan State University recently launched a video game that aims to

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Beautiful Bamboo Flow Lights are Powered by the Wind!

Beautiful Bamboo Flow Lights are Powered by the Wind!

How do you create effective lighting when there’s no way to get to the grid? Leave it to a couple of ingenious designers to come up with a beautiful and self-sufficient bamboo lighting system! Designed

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Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Examples of climate change's strange consequences abound. Warmer temperatures may bring about more instances of kidney stones and cause longer allergy seasons. Now, research shows that environmental

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16 Cities Sue Atrazine Maker for Contaminating Their Water

16 Cities Sue Atrazine Maker for Contaminating Their Water

Atrazine (the most common herbicide on Earth) has been clogging the news waves lately with a recent study that showed it caused male frogs to become female. Atrazine was outlawed in the EU for its

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Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal Gets Superfund Status

Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal Gets Superfund Status

The EPA announced this week the addition of 10 hazardous waste sites to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites. One of the sites added to the NPL is the super-famous and now Superfunded

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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Google Launches Person Finder for Chile Earthquake Victims

Google Launches Person Finder for Chile Earthquake Victims

Looking for friends and relatives who were affected by the recent 8.8 magnitude mega-quake in Chile? Google can help. The Internet search giant launched its Person Finder for the Chile earthquake over the

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Apple Supplier Audit Reveals Apple Manufacturing Uses Child Labor

Apple Supplier Audit Reveals Apple Manufacturing Uses Child Labor

Apple announced this news in its Supplier Responsibility Report, a report released for three years running that audits of Apple's supplier factories. These factories aren't owned by Apple, but while

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T-Shirts Upcycled into Laptop Sleeves Help Sex-Trafficking Survivors

T-Shirts Upcycled into Laptop Sleeves Help Sex-Trafficking Survivors

Is your favorite t-shirt in such distress that it garners more attention for its rips and holes than its clever declaration against CO2 emissions? There is no reason to despair over your cherished

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DropNet Fog Collector Harvests the Mist to Create Pure Drinking Water

DropNet Fog Collector Harvests the Mist to Create Pure Drinking Water

Every year 2.5 million people die from thirst or from drinking polluted water, and The United Nations expects that by the year 2025 two-thirds of the world’s population will be suffering from water

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VOTE to help Project H Launch a High School Design Program in Rural NC!

VOTE to help Project H Launch a High School Design Program in Rural NC!

Project H Design, the design nonprofit founded in 2008 by Inhabitat Senior Editor Emily Pilloton, is in the running for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project to launch Studio H, a high school

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Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Kicks Off in California!

Project H’s Design Revolution Road Show Kicks Off in California!

This month Project H Design is hitting the road in a vintage Airstream trailer with their Design Revolution Road Show, starting with exhibitions in SF and LA this week! The show will be run by Inhabitat's

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Upward Bound: LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

Upward Bound: LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

A crowd that included actor/activist Don Cheadle gathered last week to celebrate the completion of the Upward Bound House Family Shelter in Culver City, Los Angeles, what is undeniably one of the

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Urban Umbrellas to Replace NYC Sidewalk Sheds

Urban Umbrellas to Replace NYC Sidewalk Sheds

Another successful NYC design competition! New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced that Young-Hwan Choi’s “Urban Umbrella” design won the urbanSHED design contest to

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How Dan Rosenthal is Greening Chicago’s Restaurant Industry

How Dan Rosenthal is Greening Chicago’s Restaurant Industry

At this month’s Green Drinks in Chicago, extroverted and engaging restauranteur Dan Rosenthal inspired the crowd with tales of his limitless efforts to green the city. When he realized that he could not

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Interface’s Ray Anderson Discusses Radical Industrialism and More in LA

Interface’s Ray Anderson Discusses Radical Industrialism and More in LA

In a charming Southern lilt, Interface founder and chairman Ray Anderson addressed a private gathering last night in Los Angeles, hosted at the LEED Platinum rated home of LivingHomes founder, Steve

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