Chinese cities ban bacon smoking after claiming it causes smog

by , 01/26/15
filed under: Air quality, China, News, Policy

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In the Chinese province of Sichuan, government officials have unveiled “the criminal culprit” responsible for increasingly severe air pollution in the area: bacon. Smoked pork is a key component in of Sichuan cuisine, but local residents have been banned from home-smoking pork this year as smog worsens in the region. Those who decide to stick with the traditional cooking method will face a fine equivalent to $800.

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Plans for affordable Micropolis houses can be purchased and downloaded as PDFs

by , 01/26/15
filed under: Architecture, gallery

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Striking metallic shell shields this larch-clad cabin from the harsh Swiss winters

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'Historic Blizzard' begins covering New York in snow

by , 01/26/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Get those shovels ready, New York. According to the National Weather Service, NYC is about to get clobbered with the first major snowstorm of 2015 and from the looks of it, it’s going to be a big one. Mayor Bill de Blasio described the upcoming storm, which is expected to start on Monday, as what could be “one of the largest snowstorms in the history of this city.”

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Lana Crooks' creepy textile sculptures look like something out of a Tim Burton movie

by , 01/26/15
filed under: Art, carousel showcase, gallery

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6 delicious plants you can forage in your local urban park — VIDEO

Many of us are completely unaware of the delicious edible plants that surround us, especially in urban environments, but did you know that there are a multitude of tasty plant species right in your own neighborhood park? No matter where you live, foraging is a free, fun culinary activity which requires only a keen eye, some plastic bags and a sense of adventure! It’s easier than one might think to uncover nutritious natural edibles, from medicinal herbs, to edible flowers, brain-boosting nuts and exotic salads. We followed NYC’s famed foraging experts Wildman Steve Brill and his daughter Violet Brill to discover six abundant and delicious plants nestled within the urban forestry of Prospect Park, right in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Watch the video and read on to learn how to identify these forageable plants, from field garlic and ginkgo biloba to black walnuts and sassafras. Some of them could even be growing in your own backyard!

You can learn more about foraging for these delectable plants (and many more) with Wildman Steve Brill’s new Master Foraging App, now available for iPhone, iPad, and Android systems.

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Rising Ocean Temperatures Burst Through NOAA's Charts

by , 01/26/15

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Last year was not only the hottest year on record, but the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration has just released a terrifying chart showing a sharp increase in the temperature of the world’s oceans. The graph outlines ocean temperatures since 1960, illustrating that the effects of global warming go beyond air temperature. In fact, the waters have warmed so quickly over the past 30 years, NOAA scientists have had to consistently retool their ocean heat charts to convey temperature increases.

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Plus energy Villa Bondö overlooks beautiful lakeside views in Sweden

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Architect tops his sophisticated Irish farmhouse with repurposed shipping containers

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Dreamy Panchoran Retreat is made from old telephone poles and bamboo from the forests of Bali

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The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

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What do you get when you cross a solar-powered LED lantern with a foldable pop-up box? The Solarpuff, that’s what! Created by the good people at Solight, this lightweight, portable, solar-powered LED lantern is designed to be an economical off-grid lighting solution for the developing world where access to electricity is limited, as well as a viable emergency response lighting solution during crisis situations.

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Fascinating photos show how old NYC subway cars are reborn on the sea floor

by , 01/25/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Spine-tingling photos of highliners camped out hundreds of feet up in the Italian Alps

by , 01/25/15
filed under: Art, Eco Tourism, gallery

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Google Glass is dead, long live Google Glass

by , 01/25/15

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The opportunity to buy Google Glass is now past. The test drive is over. The beta install has expired. The free trial membership has ended. The testing phase of the product development life cycle has come to a close, and Google Glass has graduated. Early adopters who already scored a pair are probably wondering what will happen next. Read on to find out.

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Step into the fairytale world of the Brothers Grimm with these amazing landscape photos

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Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

Incredible Amsterdam office created entirely from cardboard

The designers created an entire office space by carefully cutting and folding sheets of 15 mm honeycomb cardboard. The area includes desks, tables, bookshelves, columns, stairs, and…

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NL Architects design luxury hotel shaped like a massive amethyst geode

NL Architects design luxury hotel shaped like a massive amethyst geode…

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first Amethyst Hotel will be located on the man-made Ocean Flower Island in China, a country known for its literal architecture and reverence for amethyst.…

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12,000-square-foot 3D-printed mansion pops up in China

12,000-square-foot 3D-printed mansion pops up in China

China’s newest mansion is not only made from recycled materials, but the sprawling 12,000 square foot home was made with 3D printing! Developed by Chinese company WinSun, the luxury…

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The Lay family transforms an old backyard tool shed into an adorable children’s playhouse

The Lay family transforms an old backyard tool shed into an adorable…

Families often shell out hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a children’s playhouse, but Joni Lay of the blog Lay Baby Lay decided to go the DIY route for a much more impressive…

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Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike is the coolest bike around for kids with an ergonomic seat and natural suspension for safe and fun riding experience. We are offering you a chance to…

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