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UK Drivers Trade Their Old Cars for New Trees Through the ‘Scrap Car Plant Tree’ Program

UK Drivers Trade Their Old Cars for New Trees Through the ‘Scrap Car Plant Tree’ Program

Cars accounted for a whopping 21% of the total greenhouse gas emissions in the UK in 2009, but a creative new program from Giveacar and Trees for Cities aims to repair some of the damage caused by cars

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‘Waste Cooking’ is a Reality TV Show That Makes Delicious Dishes From Discarded Food

‘Waste Cooking’ is a Reality TV Show That Makes Delicious Dishes From Discarded Food

As a species, we waste an amazing amount of food. According to Natural Resources Defense Council, people chuck an incredible 40% of all food we produce. Dumpster divers have long sought to live off of the

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Green Design Predictions for 2013

Green Design Predictions for 2013

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think there's actually a chance 2013 will be a significant year in climate history — the year when the

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Could Changes in School Design Prevent Future Attacks?

Could Changes in School Design Prevent Future Attacks?

Since the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings a few weeks ago, there have been extensive public debates on gun control issues and violent content affecting the mental health of young people. Many are

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Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

Irony Abounds: Big Pit Coal Mining Museum in the UK Installs Solar Panels to Save Cash

It seems that irony is a dish best served coal. The Wales National Coal Mining Museum located in Big Pit, Blaenavon, Nr Abergavenny in south Wales has just installed a huge solar panel array to save

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MakerBot Removes 3D-Printable Gun Parts from Thingiverse Database after Sandy Hook Tragedy

MakerBot Removes 3D-Printable Gun Parts from Thingiverse Database after Sandy Hook Tragedy

Photo via Shutterstock Until a day ago, anyone could download 3D printing files for key gun components from MakerBot’s website. In the wake of last week’s Sandy Hook tragedy, the 3D printing firm

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The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

The Million Trees Project Lets You Design and Plant a Tree From the Comfort of Your Computer

Instead of chopping down a stately conifer this holiday season, give the gift of a real live tree from the Million Trees Project! By designing your own tree online for the price of a cup of coffee, the

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Earth Day Network Plants 350,000 Trees in Uganda, Aims to Plant 10 Million Trees in 5 Years

Earth Day Network Plants 350,000 Trees in Uganda, Aims to Plant 10 Million Trees in 5 Years

We all know that trees are great for the environment, but did you know that trees are also good for the social well-being of communities, so much so that they can help to stabilize entire

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Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

When most of us were teenagers, we were more worried about an embarrassing outbreak of acne or who to ask to homecoming than the challenges of developing nations. After witnessing children in India

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Oil Could Still Be Leaking from The BP Deepwater Horizon Site

Oil Could Still Be Leaking from The BP Deepwater Horizon Site

On the heels of a massive criminal indictment for BP, it looks like the trouble for the oil giant is far from over. The company is set to head out on the fifth day of a mission under the supervision the

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Tim Cook Says Some Apple Macs to be Made in USA Next Year

Tim Cook Says Some Apple Macs to be Made in USA Next Year

Apple photo from Shutterstock Apple lovers will soon be able to buy Mac computers produced in the United States. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, one of the existing lines of Macs will be produced In

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Studio H Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Build a Shipping Container Classroom at Berkeley’s REALM Charter School

Studio H Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Build a Shipping Container Classroom at Berkeley’s REALM Charter School

Regular readers of Inhabitat are likely to be familiar with Studio H. The high school design/build curriculum, which was founded by friend of Inhabitat Emily Pilloton, creates large-scale community

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Donate to the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Get a Rare 4D Tower Light Projections Poster!

Donate to the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Get a Rare 4D Tower Light Projections Poster!

The Buckminster Fuller Institute, a non-profit dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions which radically advance human well being and the health of our planet's ecosystems, is

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UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

Shipping container photo from Shutterstock Shipping containers offer a surprisingly versatile foundation for small-scale, sturdy homes - they're readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to

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UN Offers Prize to Help Bring Power to 3,000 Bosnian Homes Using Renewable Energy

UN Offers Prize to Help Bring Power to 3,000 Bosnian Homes Using Renewable Energy

Photo by Shutterstock To help deliver power to the more than 3,000 families living far from Bosnia’s power grid, the United Nations is offering a $20,000 prize to whoever invents a relatively cheap

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Zara Pledges to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals After Being Called Out By Consumers

Zara Pledges to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals After Being Called Out By Consumers

After a week of intense pressure from Greenpeace’s “Detox” campaign, Zara and its parent company have pledged to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its supply chain and products by

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire Kills 112 Because of Safety Issues

Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire Kills 112 Because of Safety Issues

Late Saturday an industrial blaze took down a multi-level garment factory outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, claiming the lives of at least 112 people. The fire is said to be the country's worst-ever in the

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Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

There is water in the air around us at every moment. While this may not seem very significant if you live in a water-rich area, this untapped resource could benefit everyone from athletes on the go to

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Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

Mine Kafon: Wind-Propelled Bamboo Sphere Designed to Clear Landmines

The toys Massoud and his brother Mahmud built as children were created from a variety of  found materials, but all were propelled by the desert’s string winds. For his final project at the Design

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It’s World Toilet Day – Here’s Why You Should Give a Sh*t

It’s World Toilet Day – Here’s Why You Should Give a Sh*t

Don't give a shit about toilets? Maybe you should. World Toilet Day calls our attention to the fact that while in the first world we may take toilets for granted and don't really like to talk about them,

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Amazing Organic FreshPaper Keeps Your Produce From Rotting

Amazing Organic FreshPaper Keeps Your Produce From Rotting

There are few things more disappointing than reaching into your refrigerator for a nice fresh piece of produce only to be greeted by a slimy, stinking glob of mush in a bag. While you could have sworn you

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BP to Pay $4.5 Billion in Damages for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

BP to Pay $4.5 Billion in Damages for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Two years after the horrific Deepwater Horizon explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the verdict is in for oil giant BP. The company has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in penalties and it

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Stanford Scientists Create Self-Healing Material That Responds To Touch

Stanford Scientists Create Self-Healing Material That Responds To Touch

Human skin is an amazing barrier that is able to sense pressure and heal itself. Now, researchers at Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering have created a material that mimics skin

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Building Trust International Highlights Solutions for Affordable, Single-Occupant Housing

Building Trust International Highlights Solutions for Affordable, Single-Occupant Housing

The winning design was produced by London-based Levitt Bernstein Associates. Their design, entitled Pop Up HAWSE (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skills for Employment) tackles homelessness in the

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Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Voltaic is Offering “Buy One, Give One” Emergency Power Kits to Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Looking to help out with the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, but aren’t sure how to make the biggest impact with each donation dollar? New York-based solar company Voltaic may just have the answer. In

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Airbnb is Offering Free Housing for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

Airbnb is Offering Free Housing for Victims of Hurricane Sandy

New Yorkers have been opening their homes to one another all week in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg and online accommodations marketplace Airbnb announced a way to make

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Architecture for Humanity Teams Up with MTV’s Jersey Shore to ‘Restore the Shore’ After Hurricane Sandy

Architecture for Humanity Teams Up with MTV’s Jersey Shore to ‘Restore the Shore’ After Hurricane Sandy

In between trips to the tanning booth and the gym, the cast of 'Jersey Shore' is dabbling in philanthropy. MTV and their most notorious reality TV cast have joined together with Architecture for

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PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

Many people in Lower Manhattan live in tall high-rise buildings, and without access to power elevators stop working, refrigerators stop working and food spoils, water stops pumping, and it is extremely

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Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar, an area that covers 2,217 square kilometers at the southern tip of Malaysia, is the center of its country’s sustainable development strategy as an ultra-green and socially integrated city of

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Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival

Hassell’s Sustainable Common Ground Housing Project Honored at the World Architecture Festival

International architecture and planning firm Hassell recently won multiple awards and commendations at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. One of the projects recognized was Hassell’s Common

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