Nature / Environment

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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Vyacheslav Mishchenko Captures the Micro World’s Beauty in Magical Photos

Vyacheslav Mishchenko Captures the Micro World’s Beauty in Magical Photos

People are often accused of anthropomorphizing non-human creatures when their actions "seem" to be similar to human activities, but is it really inconceivable that insects might think and feel the same

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New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

New QueensWay Plan Reveals Zip-Lines, Ping-Pong Tables and a Giant Slide

Zip-lines, ping-pong tables and a giant slide could be in Queens' future if The Friends of the Queensway have anything to say about it. The group revealed their vision to revamp an abandoned train track

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Stunning Geometric Art Studio Sits in Gentle Contrast to Rugged Fogo Island

Stunning Geometric Art Studio Sits in Gentle Contrast to Rugged Fogo Island

Despite being incredibly remote, Fogo Island is still susceptible to human impact. The Shorefast Foundation is eager to protect both the dynamic, rough natural surroundings without disrupting an

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Global Temps to Rise Another 7.2 Degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, Study Says

Global Temps to Rise Another 7.2 Degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, Study Says

A new scientific study published in the journal Nature warns that by the year 2100 global temperatures could rise to the catastrophic level of 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celcius) unless dramatic

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If You’re Hoping to Raise Eco-Conscious Kids, Waldorf School May Be the Way to Go

If You’re Hoping to Raise Eco-Conscious Kids, Waldorf School May Be the Way to Go

Every parent hopes to ensure that their children get the best education possible, but finding decent options is undoubtedly one of the more challenging aspects of parenting today. Should you enrol your

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Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Shigeru Ban’s Paper-Tube Hut Built on World Heritage Site in Japan

Beloved Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban continues to impress the public with designs using cardboard as a construction material. This time Shigeru Ban Architects has designed a mountain lodge hut on

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House in Melides Promotes Peace and Tranquility Through Modern Design in Portugal

House in Melides Promotes Peace and Tranquility Through Modern Design in Portugal

The House in Melides is separated into two major programmatic areas within the two stacked rectilinear volumes. The lower volume hosts the sleeping and service areas, while the suspended upper volume

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Knitted Replicas of Forest Fungi Help Fabric Artist Commune with Nature

Knitted Replicas of Forest Fungi Help Fabric Artist Commune with Nature

When's the last time you got up close and personal with a mushroom? Or stopped to consider the beauty of fungus growing from the base of a tree? For Leigh Martin, an Oklahoma fiber artist and

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Andy Goldsworthy Uses Natural Materials to Make Ephemeral Art Installations at the Presidio in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy Uses Natural Materials to Make Ephemeral Art Installations at the Presidio in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy is a world-renowned artist, known for constructing complex and elaborate site-specific sculptures from natural materials. He has produced works using everything from icicles and mud to

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Snapshot Serengeti: University of Minnesota Captures Millions of Candid Photos of African Wildlife

Snapshot Serengeti: University of Minnesota Captures Millions of Candid Photos of African Wildlife

The African Serengeti is host to some of the world’s most diverse and iconic wildlife, but there aren’t enough documentaries in the world to capture it all. That's where the University of

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The Spiritree: Eco-Friendly Burial Planter Grows a Tree With Your Earthly Remains

The Spiritree: Eco-Friendly Burial Planter Grows a Tree With Your Earthly Remains

Those who strive to be eco-conscious in life can also leave a legacy of caring for the planet after they pass away. The Spiritree is a biodegradable cinerary urn that holds cremated remains of the

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Polar Bear Tragically Starves to Death Because of Global Warming

Polar Bear Tragically Starves to Death Because of Global Warming

It's always sad to see dead animals in the wild, but the death of this 16-year-old male polar bear found dead on a beach north of Norway is especially tragic. After examining the bear's emaciated body,

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Snow Leopards are Fashion’s Next Victim

Snow Leopards are Fashion’s Next Victim

Image via Shutterstock Snow leopards and other wild animals from the mountains and steppes across the Tibetan plateau, Mongolia and West India are struggling to survive because of a surge in cashmere

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US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

The US military dropped four bombs weighing a total of 4,000 pounds on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as part of a training exercise last week. The bombs, which were unarmed, were supposed to be

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Birdsong Apps are Harmful to Birds, UK Experts Warn

Birdsong Apps are Harmful to Birds, UK Experts Warn

Image via Shutterstock A slew of new mobile phone apps allow birdwatchers to identify bird calls, but experts in the UK warn that when used improperly, these apps can have a detrimental impact on the

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail

PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail

The first thing you will notice about the ceramic pail composter when taking it out of the box is that it's very simple to set up. After snapping the stainless steel handle onto the knobs on either side

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Infographic Shows the 100 Most Endangered Species in the World

Infographic Shows the 100 Most Endangered Species in the World

Human development, global warming, and changing ecosystems have put many animal species around the world at risk of becoming extinct - and this interactive infographic shows the 100 most endangered

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Floating Mangrove Forest Springs Up in a Wrecked Coal Ship

Floating Mangrove Forest Springs Up in a Wrecked Coal Ship

Artists, designers, filmmakers, and writers often imagine what a post-apocalyptic world will look like - and we think this wrecked ship offers a hopeful clue. Originally built in 1911, the SS Ayrfield had

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5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Summer in a Big City

5 Easy Ways to Enjoy Summer in a Big City

Park it at the Park Parks were designed to be an oasis from the concrete jungle, and every major city has a public park system. We all know the big ones like Central Park or San Francisco’s Golden Gate

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Ny Anstalt Prison Heals With a Connection to Light & Nature

Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s Ny Anstalt Prison Heals With a Connection to Light & Nature

Schmidt Hammer Lassen's winning design for the prison in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland is an 8,000 sq m facility that plays on the contrast of roughness and the beauty of nature. While designing the

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Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Every year since 2005, the North Pole has shifted several centimeters, and researchers have now attributed those rapid changes to climate change. While the location of each pole is always in seasonal

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Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Sonia Rentsch Creates Harmless Weapons from Organic Materials

Rentsch enjoys creating "deceptively clever scenes from the simplest of objects." Using plant matter, she reconstructs weapons of metal and plastic, softening their bodies and pulling the man-made objects

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Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers warn that the cold Arctic seas are undergoing a process of rapid acidification as a result of rising carbon emissions. With its protective ice cap diminishing during

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Grand Canyon Uranium Mine as Big as a Walmart Parking Lot to Proceed Despite Obama Ban

Grand Canyon Uranium Mine as Big as a Walmart Parking Lot to Proceed Despite Obama Ban

Grand Canyon photo from Shutterstock A Canadian company has received federal approval to proceed with a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon despite a ban put in place by President Obama last year.

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San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

San Antonio “Ghost Buildings” Renovated into Beautiful Mixed-Use Project by Lake|Flato Architects

Vacant since 2004, these heavily vandalized buildings had become a local “ghost town” full of transients and ripe with crime. The property was auctioned to new owners recently and developers AREA Real

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Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Photo via Shutterstock Some researchers believe that creating a legal rhino horn trade is the only way to curb runaway poaching of the endangered mammal. At present, roughly two rhinos are killed for

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Snøhetta Wins Competition to Design €50 Million Lascaux IV Cave Painting Center in France

Snøhetta Wins Competition to Design €50 Million Lascaux IV Cave Painting Center in France

Tucked into the side of a hill to retain harmony with the existing topography, the Lascaux IV Cave Painting Center will provide visitors with a rich multi sensory experience that is designed to replicate

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Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Minimalist Summer Home by Lode Architecture Blends Into the Landscape of Brittany, France

Just 250 square meters, the compact D House comprises a perfect blend of home and landscape, private retreat and party house. The double glazed first floor, which is tucked into the earth, boasts

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Sociable Weavers Build Giant Climate-Controlled Nests in the Kalahari Desert

Sociable Weavers Build Giant Climate-Controlled Nests in the Kalahari Desert

Captured by South African photographer Dillon Marsh, these fantastic photographs depict the many designs employed by sociable weavers to build sturdy nests that are safe from intruders such as cobras and

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