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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

The Next California Earthquake Could Be Caused by Human-Made Drought

California’s drought is causing all sorts of problems, but one of the most surprising is the fact that the water shortage may actually increase the chance of an earthquake. New research shows that the

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Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Kiribati Farmer Fails Bid to Become World’s First Climate Change Refugee

Ioane Teitiota from Kiribati in the South Pacific has lost his latest bid to be recognized as the world's first climate change refugee. Since 2010, Mr. Teitiota, 37, has claimed he is the victim of

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6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

6 Great Green Designs that Put South Africa on the Map

1. Visserhoek School Tsai Design first become known to the international design world during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but they haven't stopped producing environmentally and

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INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INTERVIEW: 8 Questions with Starbucks Global Responsibility VP Ben Packard

INHABITAT: Can you tell us a little about what drew you to work for Starbucks as Vice President of Global Responsibility? Ben: I came to Starbucks 14 years ago as Environmental Affairs Manager, after

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Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

Actor Ed Begley Jr. Builds Massive Home Underground Rainwater Harvesting System in LA

"Six Feet Under" and "Arrested Development" fans may be surprised to know that well-known actor Ed Begley Jr. is also a staunch environmental campaigner. Together with his wife Rachelle Carson-Begley, he

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Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Qatar Unveils Luxurious Off-Grid Floating Hotels for 2022 World Cup

Sigge Architect’s designs are linked to the mainland by boats and new transit lines in Qatar.  The hotels will be accompanied by luxury apartments and are part of a new island called Oryx Island off

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United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) just announced $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy's Marine Corps Hawaii Base in

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Gorgeous Natural Swimming Pool Uses No Chlorine

Gorgeous Natural Swimming Pool Uses No Chlorine

Located in Moncada, this natural swimming pool is 130 sq meters, including the swimming area and the regeneration zone. In order to ditch the chlorine, the regeneration zone is used to filter and clean

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IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

IVANKA’s H2O Filtering RainHouse Produces Fresh Drinking Water Every Time it Rains

There were a lot of creative, efficient designs featured at Milan Design Week, but this one just might be our favorite. The RainHouse's complex rainwater harvesting system is built around IVANKA's unique

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Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

Mysterious Underwater “Crop Circles” Discovered Off the Coast of Japan

More than 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, yet the oceans are still the most mysterious parts of the world. Deep-sea photographer and diver Yoji Ookata discovered something he had never

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The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

The California Aqueduct’s Flow May Be Reversed to Combat Drought

Some of California's central districts are facing dangerously low supplies of water as the state's megadrought continues. To address this scary prospect, 47 miles of the 400-mile California Aqueduct could

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Nissan Tests Self-Cleaning Nano-Paint Technology That Could Make Car Washes Obsolete!

Nissan Tests Self-Cleaning Nano-Paint Technology That Could Make Car Washes Obsolete!

What would you say if I told you there was a car that could never get dirty? That you'd never have to waste time (or money) scrubbing away the dirt and grime that collects on the exterior and dulls the

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Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills Becomes First California City to Ban Fracking

Beverly Hills has become the latest city in the United States (and the first city in California) to ban hydraulic fracturing -- the controversial practice of blasting a mix of water and chemicals into

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Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

Skylab Architecture’s Radial Green-Roofed Columbia Building Tracks the Portland Sun

The Columbia Building is an educational demonstration of sustainable building techniques. Designed in a radial fashion to track the sun, this single-story concrete building folds seven cast-in-place

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Second Phase of China’s Largest Water Desalination Project Begins in Beijing with a Massive New Plant

Second Phase of China’s Largest Water Desalination Project Begins in Beijing with a Massive New Plant

Despite being just a hop away from the ocean, Beijing is suffering from a serious water shortage. China’s capital city has a chronic lack of water despite recent attempts to provide more water to its 22

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Portland, Oregon Dumps Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water After Teen Urinates Into Reservoir

Portland, Oregon Dumps Millions of Gallons of Drinking Water After Teen Urinates Into Reservoir

Portland administrators have agreed to flush away 38 million gallons of formerly clean drinking water from Mt. Tabor Reservoir after a Portland Water Bureau video camera caught a teenager urinating

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Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Whale-Shaped Floating Garden Designed to Clean the World’s Rivers

Vincent Callebaut, visionary behind the Lilypad and Dragonfly, has created a whale-shaped floating garden designed to drift through the world's rivers while purifying their waters. The Physalia is a

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Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Billboard Produces Drinkable Water From Desert Air in Peru

Peruvian researchers have collaborated with an ad agency to create an unusual billboard that generates drinking water from thin air. While the billboard fulfills its traditional role as an advertising

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Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California’s Drought, Denies Accusation

Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the pool to film a video

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The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

The latest drilling boom to hit California isn’t the kind you’d expect: Farmers all over the state are so desperate for water in the midst of a year-long drought that some well drilling companies are

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KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

KXL Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Pipeline Crop Art in Nebraska Cornfield

Keystone XL Pipeline opponents have carved a massive 80-acre crop drawing in a Nebraska cornfield that sits directly in the path of the proposed project. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the

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Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone

Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone

With freshwater declining throughout the globe, desalination looks increasingly attractive, but current technologies are expensive, demand far too much energy and are prone to contamination. Now

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Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Brilliant WarkaWater Towers Collect Drinking Water from Thin Air in Ethiopia

Throughout many remote villages in Ethiopia, water gathering is quite an ardous and dangerous task. With the burden typically falling on matriarchs of the family, the trip to the nearest water source can

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Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Bycatch: There’s More Than Just Your Seafood on the Line

Americans love to eat seafood. In fact, seafood consumption in the United States has grown 50 percent in the last 50 years, with shrimp, tuna and salmon topping the list as most popular choices. What many

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Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

Students Design Edible “Ooho” Water Bottle You Can Cook up in Your Own Kitchen

London-based design students just invented an innovative edible water bottle called Ooho that you can cook up in your own kitchen! Made from a gelatinous membrane, the biodegradable bottle can be eaten or

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Devastating Cost of By-Catch in U.S. Fisheries

INFOGRAPHIC: The Devastating Cost of By-Catch in U.S. Fisheries

Did you know that some fisheries throw back almost 63% of the sea life that is hauled onto boats? A recent Oceana report reveals the horrifying cost of by-catch in nine of the dirtiest fisheries in the

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Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids the World’s Oceans of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids the World’s Oceans of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Millions of tons of trash enter the ocean each year and cluster in particular areas of the world's oceans. One of the most infamous plastic debris patches is located in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre,

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Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

Oceana Report Reveals the Horrifying Cost of By-Catch in US Fisheries

The human appetite for fish has caused a great deal of trouble for the well-being of the world's oceans. A single animal on your dinner plate can translate into hundreds of pounds of "by-catch" -

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Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

Lotus-Shaped Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper Harvests Rainwater to Fight Fires in the Amazon

The general shape of the Rainforest Guardian Skyscraper is inspired by the lotus flower, a plant well known for its ability to survive for many decades in a watery environment. Like the lotus flower, the

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