Asia's Wealthiest Man is Building the Cheapest Apartments in Hong Kong

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In a stunning illustration if the ever-widening inequality gap, the richest man in China is currently building tiny apartments in Hong Kong for those city dwellers who can’t afford housing in the world’s most unaffordable city. Clocking in at just under 200 square feet, the apartments cost about $250,000 and rate as some of the cheapest in the entire city.

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World's Longest Suspension Bridge and Bungee Jump Heaven Opens in Sochi, Russia

by , 07/24/14
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The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge just opened in Sochi National Park, Russia. It’s not really meant to serve your daily commute, though – the bridge is part of the AJ Hackett Sochi Skypark. The 1,800-foot-long bridge was built over a 650 foot chasm and it attracts bungee jumpers and sightseers alike.

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Entire City Quarantined in China After Man Dies of the Bubonic Plague

by , 07/23/14
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You might have thought that the bubonic plague was ancient history, but last week a man in Yumen, China died of the disease, prompting the country to seal off an entire city in order to stop it from spreading. The man contracted the disease after coming in contact with a dead marmot that was carrying the virus. Now, about 30,000 people in Yumen have been placed under quarantine and no one is being let in or out of the city.

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Last Chance to See the Cape Romano Dome Homes Before the Sea Swallows Them Whole

by , 07/23/14

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on How to Embrace Rising Sea Levels

by , 07/23/14

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Sea levels are rising, floods are prevalent, and cities are at greater risk than ever due to climate change. Now that we’ve accepted these facts, it’s time to design and build more resilient structures. Koen Olthuis, one of the most forward-thinking and innovative architects out there, has a solution for rising sea levels. His solution: Embrace the water by incorporating it into our cities; creating resilient buildings and infrastructure that can handle extreme flooding, heavy rains, and higher water. Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio.nl have been showing coastal communities the benefits of building on the water. With countries like the Maldives and Kiribati having to build oceanside or move in order to escape rising sea levels, New York learning to battle storm surges, and Jakarta dealing with massive flooding, embracing water may be our only option for survival. We chatted with Olthuis about how coastal cities can become more resilient in the face of change—read on for our interview!

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World's First Supermarket Completely Powered by Food Waste Rises in the UK

by , 07/23/14

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Proving that there’s life beyond the dumpster for wasted food, a U.K. store just became the first in the country to be totally powered by leftovers. The Guardian reports that a Sainsbury’s store in the West Midlands of the U.K. is set to leave the national power grid in favor of food power created through the anaerobic digestion of food scraps – via a partnership with waste recycling company Biffa.

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Levi's Stadium Becomes First Pro Football Field to Earn LEED Gold Certification as New Construction

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Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

by , 07/23/14

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Whether you prefer to explore in the outback or under a microscope, National Geographic is looking for the next generation of explorers in any field to submit their dream project for “Expedition Granted,” where one person’s proposed expedition will be fueled by $50,000. Check out this video featuring Brain Games host Jason Silva, who shows you how to submit your big idea at expeditiongranted.com. Whether your goal is to secure a future for captive wildlife or bring music lessons to those who can’t afford them, National Geographic and their incredible advisory council want to see your vision – enter today!

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

by , 07/23/14

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This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above its average last century, and Alaska almost 2°C over its average. There’s no denying that climate change is already happening, so the question we need to start asking ourselves now is how is this going to impact our lives, and how can we prepare? Astute business analysts are asking the obvious question: how is this going to impact our economy? A new study highlighted by The Economist magazine looks at precisely this question and tries to calculate the economic cost of climate change. Examining everything from the threat of rising sea levels to coastal real-estate (from Miami to New York City), the economic impact on farming (from increased temperatures and decreased precipitation), to the economic impact of increasingly erratic weather patterns on businesses, homeowners and farming, The Economist takes an in-depth look at what climate change is going to mean for business in the coming decades. Read on to find out more.

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Hundreds of Children Build Amazing Elephant Sculpture from 900 Recycled Plastic Bottles in the UK

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Invasivores Exercise Eradication by Mastication in the Fight Against Exotic Species

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Rainwater-Harvesting Vertical Garden Flourishes on the Facade of Barcelona's Raval Theatre

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Tiny Solar Shed Generates 100% of the Energy Needed to Run Historic Farm in The Netherlands

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Dine With Endangered Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Manor Sanctuary-Hotel in Kenya

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

by , 07/23/14

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Our bodies are comprised of about 60 percent water, and to stay healthy, we need to drink 8-10 glasses of it a day—even more than that in summertime. But how safe is our drinking water? From lead paint in older homes to an overabundance of chlorine in a municipal supply, there may be many toxins lurking in the water we consume every single day, and it’s scary to think that monitoring water quality has only been happening for a little over a century! Read on to see how water safety has evolved over the years, and how you can ensure that your own drinking supply is clean and healthy.

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Stackable B-and-BEE Colonies Provide Sweet Shelter for Festival Goers in Belgium

Stackable B-and-BEE Colonies Provide Sweet Shelter for Festival Goers…

Several companies and designers joined forces to design this fantastic stackable honeycomb shelter in Belgium. Appropriately named B-and-BEE, the shelter was developed specifically to…

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Amazing Green-Walled Japanese Bathroom Answers Nature's Call

Amazing Green-Walled Japanese Bathroom Answers Nature's Call

Botanical artist Makoto Azuma recently teamed up with Naruse-Inokuma Architects to design a beautiful bathroom that is overflowing with leafy green foliage! The temporary space was…

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What Can You Do with Old Incandescent Bulbs? Turn Them into a Dazzling Chandelier

What Can You Do with Old Incandescent Bulbs? Turn Them into a Dazzling…

The ubiquitous incandescent light bulb has come a long way since its invention 130 years ago, and as we all swap out our old bulbs for energy-efficient LEDs and such, there are…

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Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

Affordable Solar-Powered Floating Village Planned for Edinburgh

While floating homes have been the norm in the Netherlands for many years, they're just starting to gain in popularity in the UK. Houseboats are increasingly dotting the Thames in…

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Expedition Finds Permanent Plastic Islands Within the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Expedition Finds Permanent Plastic Islands Within the Great Pacific…

Back in 1997 Capt. Charles Moore discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch during a sailboat race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. Since then, many have tried to reduce the size of the…

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