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Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Learn what really happens to the plastic you throw away

Recycled and upcycled plastic bottle designs are among Inhabitat’s favorite featured topics, but have you ever wondered what happens to the billions of plastic bottles that don’t make it to the

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Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig, claiming 11 lives and sparking a 87 day-long, 200 million gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies continue

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William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California’s water woes

William Shatner proposes $30 billion Kickstarter-funded pipeline to solve California’s water woes

William Shatner has been many things over the course of his career—actor, author, activist, car insurance spokesperson, but his latest area of concern is somewhat of a head-scratcher. In an interview

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INFOGRAPHIC: How urbanization affects the environment

INFOGRAPHIC: How urbanization affects the environment

Urbanization has fostered greater conveniences, cross-cultural collaborations, and ideas exchange—but what about its costs? The humane wildlife removal service Gotcha Wildlife explores urbanization’s

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San Diego County is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to address drought

San Diego County is building a massive $1 billion desalination plant to address drought

As the drought in California reaches desperate proportions, San Diego County has undertaken to build the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere, one which will transform 50 million gallons

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Goldfish are taking over a Colorado lake

Goldfish are taking over a Colorado lake

A few years ago, someone dumped some unwanted goldfish (poor fish) into Teller Lake in Boulder, Colorado. Well, the fish, doing what fish do (in apparent rabbit-like fashion), multiplied. A lot. There are

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The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

The Blue Diversion Toilet is an off-grid portable potty that filters waste water for washing

Touted by its creators as an "appealing, affordable and safe solution for washers as well as wipers," the Blue Diversion Toilet is designed to provide off grid sanitation for low income areas. Not only

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8 Water-saving solutions for your home

8 Water-saving solutions for your home

The drought in California is breaking records, and recent data suggests that the state may have just one year of water left. Local agencies have taken on a number of large-scale projects to ensure that

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California issues first-ever mandatory water restrictions to combat disastrous drought

California issues first-ever mandatory water restrictions to combat disastrous drought

As record low snow packs increase the seriousness of California's drought, Governor Jerry Brown has issued the first mandatory water restrictions in the state's history.

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California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

California’s drought is so bad that the Eastern US is shipping its snow west

As California enters its fourth year of drought, there's still no relief in sight. According to NASA, the state has just one year of water left, and in a last ditch effort cities are drilling wells to tap

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

INFOGRAPHIC: Why are rainforests so important?

"Save the rainforests!" is a call to action that most of us have come across at some point or another, whether it was on a news broadcast or splayed across an activist's tee-shirt. It's a great slogan,

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INFOGRAPHIC: Ten tips to save you 25,000 gallons of water

INFOGRAPHIC: Ten tips to save you 25,000 gallons of water

With World Water Day this Sunday, it's the perfect time to consider all the small changes you can make to be water smart. For instance, if every American home replaced their old toilets with WaterSense

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India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

India’s “Water Gandhi” harvests rainwater to transform dust bowls into lush agricultural areas

By using an ancient method of rainwater harvesting, Rajendra Singh is bringing about massive change to drought-stricken areas of India. 30 years ago, Singh visited Rajasthan--one of the most

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Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector greenhouse provides veggies and water in Ethiopia

Roots Up’s Dew Collector green house can help farmers in arid climates raise fresh vegetables, even during droughts. Dedicated to creating a system of self- reliant farmers in Ethiopia, the greenhouse

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California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California is tapping water that rained 20,000 years ago to deal with epic drought

California has been making headlines for the gravity of its drought. The Los Angeles Times reported that January was the driest month on record since 1895. Other sites including this one have explained

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California has just one year of water left

California has just one year of water left

California is drying up and it’s happening faster than you think. According to the LA Times, January of this year was the driest on record since 1895. Groundwater and snowpack levels are also at an

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INFOGRAPHIC: Surprising water use facts and how you can make a difference

INFOGRAPHIC: Surprising water use facts and how you can make a difference

  Of all of the water on the planet, only 1% of it is drinkable. That means 7 billion people are sharing the precious little drinking water that we have, which really makes every drop count. Water

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Congressmen introduce bill to enact U.S-wide ban on microbeads

Congressmen introduce bill to enact U.S-wide ban on microbeads

Two congressmen have introduced a bipartisan bill that, if passed, could see a nationwide ban on the use of microbeads in soaps and cosmetics. The tiny balls of exfoliating plastic—commonly found in

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Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Learn about water-sensitive urban design for FREE with this online course

Water, water everywhere. Developing water-sensitive urban areas is rapidly becoming a key factor in sustainability, but it's a challenging topic with a lot of moving parts. FutureLearn has partnered

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Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

Tasmania bans fracking for five more years, but the battle rages on

At the end of a one-year fracking moratorium, the island state of Tasmania, Australia, confirmed that it will ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing for five more years, until

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Where’s the beefalo? Running amok in the Grand Canyon

Where’s the beefalo? Running amok in the Grand Canyon

Once upon a time, some folks thought it would be a good idea to cross-breed a buffalo with a domestic cow. The cross-breeding, resulting in a new hybrid species dubbed “beefalo,” was supposed to

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This sexy faucet saves water while you get your swirl on

This sexy faucet saves water while you get your swirl on

In his design, Qiu intended to keep to the "gentle and swirly" nature of water. To that end, he designed a system of turbines installed inside the faucet to create different swirly flows. Similar to a

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New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

New study finds Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution

One creature's trash may be another creature's lunch, according to new research out of James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, that suggests some Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic pollution.

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Could a Spillway Bar Pavilion Manage Seine Flooding in Paris?

Could a Spillway Bar Pavilion Manage Seine Flooding in Paris?

With water levels rising worldwide, there's a very real risk of floods in any city that has a river at its core. Architect Dr. Margot Krasojević has envisioned a dynamic spillway pavilion that could play

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The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL battle should be about food security and climate change, not economics

The Keystone XL Pipeline is no stranger to news headlines. Unfortunately, the headlines often mention the economy and only some vague kind of connection to the environment. In reality, the Keystone XL

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Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland is now powered by water pipes and flushing toilets

Portland residents are now helping to generate their own green electricity, just by turning on their water taps or flushing their toilets. Fast Company reports that the Oregon capital is using a

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Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Watch a little polar bear cub experience snow for the first time

Apparently it's not just human kids who react adorably the first time they play in the snow. Although polar bears live in icy environs, their young are born in relatively warm dens and only experience

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Exploration’s zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature, designed by science

Exploration’s zero-waste textile factory is inspired by nature, designed by science

Solving human problems with inspiration from nature is known as biomimicry. For the design of this zero waste textiles factory, located in India, Exploration Architecture was charged with the hefty task

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6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

Okamoto Studio Carved Chess Pieces in Manhattan This graceful and beautiful 14-piece ice sculpture chess set was set up in Midtown Manhattan back in December. Carved by Okamoto Studios, this installation

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13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

13 million tons of plastic dumped into the ocean in 2010, study finds

A massive study undertaken by researchers from Australia and the U.S. has determined that we are throwing far more plastic waste into the oceans than previously thought. In 2010, between 4.8 and 12.7

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