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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger

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Elon Musk Mulls Plan to Open Tesla Supercharger Patents

Elon Musk Mulls Plan to Open Tesla Supercharger Patents

Tesla has proven that it isn’t about doing things by the book. After building a revolutionary electric car from the ground up, the auto manufacturer is now considering something truly forward-thinking.

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Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

Williams Energy “Open House” Yields Closed Answers About Pipeline Impact

“I wouldn’t work for a company that I didn’t think was headed in the right direction", an engineer for Williams energy company said. I was talking with him at a Williams Open House in Susquehanna

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Giuliana Gentile’s Adorable Richie the Hedgehog Brush Helps Children in Need

Giuliana Gentile’s Adorable Richie the Hedgehog Brush Helps Children in Need

This adorable hedgehog hairbrush is not just a clever piece of design - it was created to help a humanitarian cause. Giuliana Gentile designed her Richie the Hedgehog Brush to help raise funds for

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You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

You’ll Never Look at Fast Food Vegetables the Same Way After Reading This

Temporary workers are supposed to be contracted for a short period of time - but companies are increasingly using temp work as a way to circumvent labor standards and exploit workers. Reporters from

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This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

This Collaborative Art Installation Proves that Rubbish Can Be a Resource for Beauty

"Art changes people and people change the world". This idea was put forth by British artist Char Evans of Eco Art Installations, and her new collaborative art installation in Auroville, India, is proof of

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s So Important to Properly Recycle and Dispose Old Electronics

INFOGRAPHIC: Why It’s So Important to Properly Recycle and Dispose Old Electronics

It can be hard to resist upgrading your gadget for the latest shiny device, but have you ever wondered what becomes of old electronics once they get replaced? This infographic from eCycle Best shows why

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Switzerland Might Pay All Citizens a 2,500 Franc Basic Income Every Month

Switzerland Might Pay All Citizens a 2,500 Franc Basic Income Every Month

While the battle continues in the US for a slightly higher minimum wage, the Swiss are exploring drastic methods to create a fair economy. One proposed method would provide a guaranteed 2,500 franc income

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Students Build $150 Braille Robot to Help Combat Illiteracy Among India’s Visually Impaired

Students Build $150 Braille Robot to Help Combat Illiteracy Among India’s Visually Impaired

Two 20-year old students in India are working on a device that will help combat illiteracy among the visually impaired on the Indian subcontinent. Spotted over at Fast Co.Design, Project Mudra is an

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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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Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

Stanford Becomes First Major U.S. University to Divest from Coal Companies

This week Stanford University became the first major U.S. university to officially divest from coal companies. The Stanford Board of Trustees voted that the university's $18.7 billion endowment would not

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South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

South American Plastic Banks Turn Pollution into Currency

Canadian Entrepreneurs David Katz and Shaun Frankson are on a mission to tackle poverty and plastic pollution in one fell swoop. Their startup Plastic Bank recognizes that many areas affected by plastic

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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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14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

14 Stunning Photos of the Earth Remind Us How Important Conservation Is for All of Us

Great Barrier Reef Comprised of nearly 3,000 reefs and islands and stretching over 1,400 miles, The Great Barrier Reef provides a home to thousands of different species. Tropical fish, sea turtles,

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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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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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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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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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