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Green Design Predictions for 2014

Green Design Predictions for 2014

Bill McKibben Environmentalist, Green Journalist, President and Co-Founder of 350.org I think it's going to be the year when it finally hits home that we've got to keep most fossil fuel

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INFOGRAPHIC: Philips’ New Instant Fit LED Tubes Cut Energy Use in Half

INFOGRAPHIC: Philips’ New Instant Fit LED Tubes Cut Energy Use in Half

Philips just announced a new instant fit LED lighting tube as a direct replacement for 12 billion fluorescent tube lights which are the most common form of lighting in shops, offices and industrial spaces

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Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Egg-Shaped HemLoft Treehouse is Nestled in the Forests of Whistler

Lovingly constructed over a period of several years with mostly recycled materials and help from friends, the HemLoft is truly one of the most perfect treehouse designs we have seen over the years, and we

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Schwinn’s CycleNav Helps Bicyclists Navigate Without Riding into a Tree

Schwinn’s CycleNav Helps Bicyclists Navigate Without Riding into a Tree

Schwinn’s new CycleNav Smart Bike Navigator helps riders navigate unfamiliar areas safely and simply. The handle-bar mounted device connects to a smart phone via Bluetooth, and gives riders audible

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Polluted Well Water Found Near Drilling Sites in Four States

Polluted Well Water Found Near Drilling Sites in Four States

Well water in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas has been found to be contaminated due to nearby drilling. Over the last two years, locals near oil and gas drilling in each of the states have

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California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

California Doubles Solar Capacity in Just One Year

Last year, California residents installed more rooftop solar capacity in one year than in the previous thirty combined! In 2013 alone, the state added a whopping 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity to their

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Friends Use Recycled Cardboard Boxes to Build Amazing Life-Size Pirate Ship!

Friends Use Recycled Cardboard Boxes to Build Amazing Life-Size Pirate Ship!

Three creative eco-artists have built an incredible life-sized pirate ship out of recycled cardboard! Three Reddit-using friends named Josh, Mikey and Joel made the ghostly ship in just five days for what

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Vermont Woods Studios’ Colorful Polywood Chairs Are Made From Over 90% Recycled Plastic

Vermont Woods Studios’ Colorful Polywood Chairs Are Made From Over 90% Recycled Plastic

Vermont Woods Studios's colorful Polywood all-weather outdoor furniture is made from over 90% recycled materials! It's hard to believe that this high-end, luxury beach and patio furniture is the product

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Scientists Genetically Engineer Omega-3 Rich Seeds as an Alternative to Wild Fish Oils

Scientists Genetically Engineer Omega-3 Rich Seeds as an Alternative to Wild Fish Oils

Scientists in the UK are working on a new crop of seeds rich with essential Omega-3 fatty acids that could be a sustainable alternative to getting them from wild salmon. Omega-3s are vital for our health

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Patrick Blanc Enlivens the Perez Art Museum with Hanging Vertical Gardens

Patrick Blanc Enlivens the Perez Art Museum with Hanging Vertical Gardens

Blanc first worked with Herzog & de Meuron in 2008, when he created a vertical garden wall for the CaixaForum arts center in Madrid. The gardens for the Pérez Art Museum are quite different,

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Marco Gregori’s Flexible Facile Sofa Adapts to Accommodate Extra Guests

Marco Gregori’s Flexible Facile Sofa Adapts to Accommodate Extra Guests

Marco Gregori's clever Facile Sofa features a flexible design that can be adapted to provide extra seating or table space when guests visit. The comfortable cushions can be pulled out easily from the

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

WHITEPOD ECO RESORT, SWITZERLAND HOTEL de GLACE, QUEBEC MONTE ROSA HUT, SWITZERLAND ICEHOTEL, SWEDEN IGLOO VILLAGE OF HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN, FINLAND MOUNTAIN HILL CABIN, NORWAY SKIPARK 360,

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Wildspitzbahn Ski Lodge Harmonizes with Austria’s Alpine Landscape

Wildspitzbahn Ski Lodge Harmonizes with Austria’s Alpine Landscape

Perched on the side of an alpine peak, the Wildspitzbahn welcomes visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the Austrian alps after a tiring day of winter sports. The restaurant, ski lift and visitor center

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Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

We're excited to announce that IF YOU BUILD IT, a documentary starring Inhabitat’s former managing editor Emily Pilloton, will be premiering this week in New York City. The film follows Emily and her

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INTERVIEW: MVRDV’s Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive Tunnel-Shaped Rotterdam Market Hall

INTERVIEW: MVRDV’s Anton Wubben on the Design of the Massive Tunnel-Shaped Rotterdam Market Hall

INHABITAT: How did you get your start with MVRDV? Anton: After my architecture studies in Delft, I worked for one year as a freelance researcher at the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. During

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Studio Twenty Seven Unveils Gorgeous LEED Platinum +2edison7 Home in Virginia

Studio Twenty Seven Unveils Gorgeous LEED Platinum +2edison7 Home in Virginia

This home is a design and research project that sought to revitalize a typical suburban residential building with modern amenities and sustainable retrofits while adjusting the building's spacial program

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Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Researchers Find Underground Garbage River Beneath London

Scientists have discovered a river of garbage-strewn water deep beneath the upper Thames Estuary in London. The research team from Royal Holloway, University of London and the Natural History Museum

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BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

BOOK REVIEW: William McDonough and Michael Braungart expand on Cradle to Cradle With The Upcycle

The term “upcycle” - used to describe the process of turning something old and used into a new and useful item - has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years. The term was popularized by Cradle

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Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

Scientist Uses Whiskey Byproduct to Purify Water Contaminated with Arsenic in Bangladesh

A scientist at Aberdeen University has discovered a byproduct of whiskey production that can be used to purify water. Dr. Leigh Cassidy had the idea to use draff, the leftover residue from barley husks

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ONZ Architects Unveil Plans for Tiered, Green-Roofed Ostim Eco-Park

ONZ Architects Unveil Plans for Tiered, Green-Roofed Ostim Eco-Park

ONZ’s Ostim Eco-Park was designed to minimize impact on the existing natural landscape, while also fostering new vegetation. By planting grass and shrubbery in and on the buildings, the project lets

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Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

Build Your Own Green Garden with Togetherfarm’s Recycled Plastic Building Blocks

These playful Togetherfarm blocks made entirely from recycled plastic allow users to build their own raised garden beds in under five minutes. Inspired by LEGO building blocks, the recycled plastic bricks

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Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

Ice Architecture: 6 Incredible Buildings Made from Ice and Snow

TRON ICE HOTEL SUITE QUEBEC'S HOTEL DE GLACE HARBIN INTERNATIONAL ICE AND SNOW SCULPTURE FESTIVAL RUSSIAN ICE PALACE  GEOTHERMAL ICE CASTLES FINLAND'S LUMI LINNA SNOW CASTLE TRON ICE

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One World Trade Center is Set to Open in 2014

One World Trade Center is Set to Open in 2014

We've got a lot to look forward to in the new year, including the opening of the long-awaited One World Trade Center. The tower's construction has faced many obstacles over the past few years, but

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Giant Rubber Ducky Bursts Before a Crowd in Taiwan

Giant Rubber Ducky Bursts Before a Crowd in Taiwan

It’s a sad day for the giant yellow rubber duck that has made its way around the ports of the world. The oversized bath toy designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman suddenly burst before crowds of

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Candlestick Design Creates Awe-Inspiring Off-Grid Light Installation With Solar-Powered LEDs

Candlestick Design Creates Awe-Inspiring Off-Grid Light Installation With Solar-Powered LEDs

These surreal Technicolor trees aren't photoshopped - they're illuminated by solar-powered LED lights! The Brompton Lodge Trees is a semi-permanent, off-grid lighting installation by Candlestick Design.

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Dome-Dotted Whitepod Eco Resort is a Winter Wonderland in the Swiss Alps

Dome-Dotted Whitepod Eco Resort is a Winter Wonderland in the Swiss Alps

The charming eco resort is located at an elevation of 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) in the Swiss Alps and features 7 km of ski slopes with private ski lifts. Guests are encouraged to explore the mountain

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Move Over Bloody Marys – Asparagus is the New Hangover Cure

Move Over Bloody Marys – Asparagus is the New Hangover Cure

There's a new cure for champagne-induced New Year’s Eve hangovers. We used to think that Bloody Marys or a cup of coffee were miracle hangover cures, but new research shows that a few stalks of

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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32,000+ LEDs Will Light Up 2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

32,000+ LEDs Will Light Up 2014 New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

New York City will be ringing in 2014 tonight with a dazzling, energy-efficient ball drop featuring over 32,000 LEDs in Times Square. The 11,875 lb. geodesic sphere boasts 2,688 Waterford Crystal

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Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Pop-Tarts Transforms Vintage Airstream Trailer into Oversized Toaster

Breakfast pastry Pop-Tarts has transformed a vintage Airstream trailer into an oversized toaster, with giant Pop-Tarts ready for the taking. The silver Airstream toaster rolled up to Park City, Utah,

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