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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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Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Lincoln Reimagine Project Helps Launch Green Pocket Park in San Francisco

Community-driven urban design just scored a big win in San Francisco with a newly announced public-private investment that will transform an underutilized street into a green pocket park. Architecture for

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Artists Haas & Hahn Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Paint and Repair Rio de Janiero’s Favelas

Artists Haas & Hahn Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Paint and Repair Rio de Janiero’s Favelas

Haas & Hahn's murals are inspired by the beauty of the favelas poised on the hilltops of Rio de Janeiro. They see the project as an opportunity to improve social conditions while creating beautiful

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Journalist Goes Undercover to Document Life as a Worker in a Bangladesh Sweatshop

Journalist Goes Undercover to Document Life as a Worker in a Bangladesh Sweatshop

When you buy a piece of clothing, chances are high that you purchasing the work of someone living in Bangladesh. Journalist, Raveena Aulakh decided to go undercover as an employee in a Bangladeshi

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Quazi Design Creates Stunning Eco Jewelry From Old Magazines

Quazi Design Creates Stunning Eco Jewelry From Old Magazines

Quazi Design is a cutting-edge craft company that transforms waste magazines into original accessories and interiors. Through innovative techniques they push the boundaries of craft, social

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Farmers Build Sustainable Energy Barn Directly in Keystone XL Pipeline Path

Farmers Build Sustainable Energy Barn Directly in Keystone XL Pipeline Path

A group of Nebraskan farmers and ranchers are trying get President Obama's attention with a sustainable energy barn built directly in the path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Recently highlighted by The

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“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

“Designtists” Dream Up a Hopeful Future at Designersblock’s Fifth Element Show at the London Design Festival

Featured projects at The Fifth Element ranged from the playful to the practical to the poetic. Blow by Florian Dussopt is an interactive LED light installation that is activated by visitors blowing into a

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Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada

Shipping Container Social Housing Project is a First for Canada

The shipping container project will have 12 units in a three story building. Although the units' 280-290 square foot layout may seem small, even by city standards, many of the women at Atira have had

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New Investigation Reveals ‘Appalling’ Treatment of Migrant Laborers Working on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

New Investigation Reveals ‘Appalling’ Treatment of Migrant Laborers Working on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup

A recent investigation conducted by The Guardian has revealed alarming data on Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers engaged in preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. According to findings, at least

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VIDEO: The Buckminster Fuller Institute

VIDEO: The Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI) is an organization after Inhabitat's own heart. It was formed by the visionary eco architect/designer's family in 1983 to champion Buckminster Fuller's amazing

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Tshanfeto Farm Teaches Sustainable Farming Techniques to Ivory Coast Youth

Tshanfeto Farm Teaches Sustainable Farming Techniques to Ivory Coast Youth

Tshanfeto is a teaching farm in the Ivory Coast that trains around 40 young people each year in sustainable agriculture techniques. Enterprises like this are vital for local communities in the country,

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Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

The UN and the World Health Organization define access to water and sanitation as a basic human right, yet many homeless go without. In San Francisco alone, there are 16 public showers for the 3,100+ men,

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The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

The World’s First Ethically-Sourced Smartphone Unveiled in London

Do you love your Blackberry or iPhone, but worry about the cost to the environment? Do you wonder whether the workers who mined the materials or assembled the device were exploited? Whether your purchase

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UK Report Finds Up To 40% of All Fruit and Vegetables Are Wasted Because of “Ugliness”

UK Report Finds Up To 40% of All Fruit and Vegetables Are Wasted Because of “Ugliness”

Tomato photo from Shutterstock If your tomato isn't Instagram-worthy, does that mean it deserves to be thrown away? A recent UK study reported that up to 40% of edible, but "ugly" produce—fruits and

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Project Loon: Google to Test Balloon-Powered Internet in California’s Central Valley

Project Loon: Google to Test Balloon-Powered Internet in California’s Central Valley

Google wants to bring Wi-Fi to the world by launching high-altitude internet-equipped balloons in an effort dubbed Project Loon. The hope is that these balloons will bring internet access to rural and

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Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Isla Urbana’s Rainwater Harvesting Revolution Tackles Mexico City Water Shortages

Mexico City residents face huge water scarcity issues. In fact, eight million people living in the country’s capital suffer from inadequate water supply. Sometimes this means going months without access

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Basque Activists Create Green Graffiti on a Hillside to Petition the Construction of a High Speed Train

Basque Activists Create Green Graffiti on a Hillside to Petition the Construction of a High Speed Train

Villagers in the French-Basque region have found a creative way of expressing their discontent with a new railway to be constructed on a picturesque hillside at the foot of La Rhune mountain. Residents

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Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

Top Tips for Raising Your Pet in a Sustainable Way

Image via Shutterstock There is no doubt that pets give us unmatched companionship, but owning one can take its toll on the environment. In a book written by two New Zealand scientists, they suggest

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8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

8 Toilet Designs That Could Save Millions of Lives Around the World

Ecological Urinal The Ecological Urinal was created as a solution for places like Uganda's capital, Kampala, where on average, 1,000 people have to share the same toilet. The make-shift urinal is an

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Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program Helps Citizens Combat Stormwater Runoff and Climate Change at Home

Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program Helps Citizens Combat Stormwater Runoff and Climate Change at Home

"Green Your Yard, Green Your Wallet." Sound like a good deal to you? Chicago Sustainable Backyards is betting on it by offering Chicagoans a financial incentive to combat climate change and stormwater

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