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FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

FARM:London Creates an Urban Food Production Hub in Dalston

Urban farming projects are popping everywhere! A derelict shop in Dalston, London, is yet another site set on urban rejuvenation with its innovative FARM: project. The project, which has transformed an

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5 Tips for Greening Your Finances

5 Tips for Greening Your Finances

When you're considering ways to green your lifestyle, revamping your personal finance practices probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But considering the energy and materials wasted through

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Architects and Building Professionals Team Up To Rebuild London After the Riots

Architects and Building Professionals Team Up To Rebuild London After the Riots

Since a fatal shooting on August 4, riots have swept across London and spread to other parts of England. Rioters have been looting stores, robbing homes, setting fire to buildings, and destroying property

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Colorful and Quirky Tree Planter Art Brightens Up Toronto’s Streets

Colorful and Quirky Tree Planter Art Brightens Up Toronto’s Streets

Tree planters are often placed on the streets with good intentions of adding a necessary boost of green space, yet they can often become neglected within large sprawling cities where no one takes direct

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Surprise! Yet Another Report Shows that Eating Meat Contributes to Global Warming

Surprise! Yet Another Report Shows that Eating Meat Contributes to Global Warming

In news that will come as no surprise to the green-minded, a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that eating meat significantly contributes to global warming. Now, you may be

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inhabitat Visits New York City’s Future Freshkills Park!

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inhabitat Visits New York City’s Future Freshkills Park!

Inhabitat recently toured the future site of Freshkills Park, a reclaimed landfill in New York City's Staten Island that is currently being capped and repopulated with native flora and fauna. The

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US Kids Targeted by ‘Fracking’ Cartoon

US Kids Targeted by ‘Fracking’ Cartoon

Energy companies are rarely the most popular bunch these days, with their enormous profits, executive bonuses and environmental impact. So how would you feel if you found out that a Canadian oil and gas

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Cable Car System Crowns Urban Revitalization Project in Rio de Janeiro’s Alemão Favelas

Cable Car System Crowns Urban Revitalization Project in Rio de Janeiro’s Alemão Favelas

©Bruno Filipe Soares Lira (Bruno Itan) The system is the work of Alemão PAC (Growth Acceleration Plan), and part of an urban revitalization program started under former President Luis Inácio Lula

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Interactive ‘Almost Extinct Calendar’ Raises Awareness of Endangered Species

Interactive ‘Almost Extinct Calendar’ Raises Awareness of Endangered Species

The Almost Extinct Calendar combines great simple design with an assertive environmental reminder. Each day is marked with an image of a different endangered animal, making it impossible to avoid the

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Lucerne’s Clever Street Decals Make Taking Out the Trash Fun

Lucerne’s Clever Street Decals Make Taking Out the Trash Fun

New York City could definitely take a cue from Lucerne when it comes to getting its citizens to properly dispose of their trash. To discourage residents tossing their empty cups and wrappers on the

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Golan Levin’s Info-graphic Stencils are for the Graffiti Loving Environmentalist

Golan Levin’s Info-graphic Stencils are for the Graffiti Loving Environmentalist

Making a bold, politically charged environmental statement just got easier with Golan Levin’s customizable graffiti stencils. Combining the worlds of data visualization and urban art, Levin’s easy

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ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

ARCHIVE Institute’s Health and Housing For Haiti Winners are Clean, Green, Off-Grid Homes

The competition's grand prize winner is Breathe House by Initiative Recover, a collaboration between a University of Virginia architecture professor, his students, and a team of medical professionals,

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Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Part of an effort to empower residents in their Chicago neighborhood, long time friends Jeff Munie and Bill Vassilakis conceptualized a mobile, participatory research center that will capture the stories,

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Sustainable Prison Project Connects Inmates to the Environment and More

Sustainable Prison Project Connects Inmates to the Environment and More

Prison-life operates around the clock, draining on both resources and funds. One example is the Department of Corrections in Washington, a facility responsible for 16,000 inmates in 15 Washington prisons

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Artist Ramon Coronado Transforms Reclaimed LA Shopping Carts Into Park Furniture for Kids

Artist Ramon Coronado Transforms Reclaimed LA Shopping Carts Into Park Furniture for Kids

MacArthur Park, which sits near downtown Los Angeles, is an area filled with trash on the sidewalks, homeless people sleeping on every corner, and an abundance of shopping carts. Shopping carts exist all

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‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

Artist Candy Chang’s spirited “Before I Die” installation transforms the negative connotations attached to abandoned spaces by renewed a disused building in New Orleans to create an

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Winning Design Re-purposes Old Los Angeles School Into an Inspiring Urban Food Center

Winning Design Re-purposes Old Los Angeles School Into an Inspiring Urban Food Center

As more and more abandoned spaces are being repurposed for urban farming projects, Caroline Hadilaksono has taken a cue from the movement and re-imagined an old Los Angeles Elementary School as an

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Budweiser Is Challenging Guys to Save Water By Growing a Beard for World Environment Day

Budweiser Is Challenging Guys to Save Water By Growing a Beard for World Environment Day

If you've been looking for a excuse to keep all that scruff, then here's you chance to do a little good while keeping it a little rough. Budweiser wants all you fine dudes to conserve 1 million gallons of

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Pirwi: Sustainable Designs Made in Mexico Make an Appearance at Milan Design Week

Pirwi: Sustainable Designs Made in Mexico Make an Appearance at Milan Design Week

The collection is comprised of designs from main players of Mexico’s design scene, as well as young emerging talents. Godoy and Castro are no strangers to the Milan Furniture Fair, in recent years they

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Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

A group led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects -- who designed the Bayside Marina Hotel we featured not long ago -- has formed the Ex-Container Project with the intention of using shipping containers as

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Tune in to the Live 4 Sendai Online Fundraising Event Right Now!

Tune in to the Live 4 Sendai Online Fundraising Event Right Now!

From the earthquake in Japan to the subsequent tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster, the island nation is currently experiencing its worst crisis since World War 2. If you're eager to help but not sure

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Sanergy Bicycle-Powered Poo Pump Could Redefine Sanitation in Developing Nations

Sanergy Bicycle-Powered Poo Pump Could Redefine Sanitation in Developing Nations

A new bicycle-powered latrine pump could redefine low-cost sanitation in developing countries. The pump makes work easier for latrine shovelers, who empty a latrine's sewage pit when it's full. The pump's

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Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Alan Garcia, the President of Peru, just announced that the country will be handing out their one millionth XO laptop by the end of this year and will soon be building manufacturing facilities to build

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Bike Rental Program in Uganda Supports Livelihoods of Local Women

Bike Rental Program in Uganda Supports Livelihoods of Local Women

Bike rentals with a social twist, Ride 4 a Woman (R4W) encourages visitors to take to two wheels to support local women in a small community in Uganda. Taking advantage of the growing popularity of bike

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PepsiCo Unveils World’s First 100% Renewable Food-Based PET Bottle

PepsiCo Unveils World’s First 100% Renewable Food-Based PET Bottle

PepsiCo just unveiled a brand new, 100% renewable PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based resources that could revolutionize the bottling industry. Coca-Cola and other consumer giants have also

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Wal-Mart Bans Controversial Flame Retardant That’s Been Showing Up in Our Butter and Breast Milk

Wal-Mart Bans Controversial Flame Retardant That’s Been Showing Up in Our Butter and Breast Milk

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (or P.B.D.E.s for short) are toxic chemicals found in common products like electronics, textiles and, scientific evidence suggests, a widely available flame retardant. The

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BP Execs Awarded Hefty Bonuses Despite Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP Execs Awarded Hefty Bonuses Despite Gulf Oil Spill Disaster

BP awards two senior executives bonuses for 2010 despite the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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United Nations Report Says Just 2% of GDP Would Create a Green Economy

United Nations Report Says Just 2% of GDP Would Create a Green Economy

A new report by the UNEP says that just 2 percent of the global domestic product could move the world from fossil fuel dependency to a low carbon economy.

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Blaanc Borderless Architecture Unveils Green Mexican Sports Center

Blaanc Borderless Architecture Unveils Green Mexican Sports Center

The community of San Pedro Apóstol in rural Mexico is set to benefit from a fantastic new sustainable sports center designed by the Portuguese office Blaanc Borderless Architecture in partnership with

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Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

Housing Complex in Slovenia is a Series of Honeycomb Modular Apartments

This stunning seaside structure bursts free from the all-too-frequently stale stock of public housing projects with its dynamic array of brightly shaded cells. Taking its cues from the modular honeycomb

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