Ringling Bros Circus will stop exploiting elephants for entertainment by 2018

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In an announcement that marks a huge win for animal welfare activists, Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will phase out the show’s infamous elephants from performances by 2018. According to the statement given to Associated Press, the circus decided to change their practices almost solely based on the enormous public concern about mistreatment of animals, which activists have spent years insisting is a top priority.

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SoNo Arhitekti Unveils Prismatic Slovenia Pavilion for the 2015 World Expo

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Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

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OFIS clads contemporary Ljubljana villa with double-perforated metal

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Packaging the Future: Biodegradable Planter Pots for Spring Gardening

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Over the last decade there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of biodegradable plant pots, and I’m finding them everywhere from my beloved Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens (which sells locally grown, organic veggie seedlings and THE most gorgeous annuals and perennials) to the embarrassed-that-I-shop-there-occasionally Home Depot. If you have a green thumb, and want to avoid a heap of plastic where your garden is supposed to be, read on to check out some of the biodegradable pots that are available; and be sure to tell give your local nursery a thumbs-up if you notice they are using some of these options (consumer praise – and criticism – works!)

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Artist Sarah Hatton's newest artworks feature more dead honeybees arranged in intricate patterns

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DIY hugelkultur: how to build raised permaculture garden beds

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Although the term “hugelkultur” was coined by German horticulturalists Hans Beba and Herman Andra in the late 1970s, the actual technique has probably been used for thousands of years. Roughly translated into “hill culture”, this method consists of creating raised garden beds by covering rotting wood with compost and soil, and then planting into them. If you think about it, it’s really just recreating the effects of forest floor decomposition—just in one’s own garden space. Learn how to make your own after the jump!

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Stone and glass Torispardon House is a modern take on traditional Scottish farmhouses

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Japanese wedding chapel is lined with intricate hand-carved flowers to connect the past with the future

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Gorgeous Hawaiian school features an outdoor auditorium and reef pool so no child is left indoors

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How to get your home featured in Dwell Magazine's upcoming Brooklyn home tours

by , 03/05/15
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Dwell Magazine is gearing up for its 2015 Brooklyn Home Tours, and they’re currently on the lookout for unique homes in the borough to showcase as part of the event on Saturday, May 9th. If you’re a homeowner, architect or designer who would like to highlight your property, this is your chance to show it off to the world as part of BKLYN Designs and NYCxDesign Week, as well as on dwellondesign.com and dwell.com. To submit your entry, please send an email with the following information to hometours@dwell.com: exact location, description, date built, square footage, number of rooms, and a few interior and exterior images.

* Please note that homes currently for sale are not eligible for consideration. Also please indicate whether the home has been on, or is being considered for, any other tour. Homes must have reasonable access to public transportation for attendees. Insurance and security is provided, and complete privacy is assured. To learn more information about this opportunity, contact us today! Submissions are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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Daan Roosegaarde's Waterlicht light installation mimics the beauty of Aurora Borealis

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Leonardo DiCaprio's eco-friendly NYC apartment rents for a cool $25,000 a month

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Financial supporters pull the plug on climate change denier Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon amid bribery scandal

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It looks like financial backers are abandoning Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon after documents were released that proved the prominent U.S. climate change denier accepted $1.2M from oil and gas companies in exchange for lying about the causes of climate change. Exxon Mobil and the American Petroleum Institute were among the sources of funding revealed by the documents, and now companies like that are questioning whether they should continue their relationship with Soon.

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Jawdropping: Oldest human fossil fills in a 2.8-million-year-old gap in evolution

by , 03/05/15
filed under: News, Science

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It’s been a big year for old bones. Archaeologists have unearthed a jawbone—with teeth—in Ethiopia that is believed to be the oldest remains ever found from early humans. The jawbone was found basically laying around in a pile of rubble, at a site used to mine fossil fuels. It belonged to the earliest specimen of Homo and dates back 2.8 million years. That, dear readers, is not a typo.

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The oceans stalled global warming, but they're about to unleash the heat

The oceans stalled global warming, but they're about to unleash the…

Despite the recent floods, droughts and extreme winter weather, the effects of climate change have pretty much been on hiatus for the past few years. But according to Nafeez Ahmed at…

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Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and recycled materials

Pani Community Center in Bengal is made entirely from local and…

A new bamboo multi-use structure designed by SchilderScholte has popped up in the Bengalese town of Rajarhat. Funded by the Pani foundation out of the Netherlands, the building was made…

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Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair!

Inhabitat is hiring contributors to cover the 2015 Milan Furniture…

Heads up design fans - are you a writer, photographer, designer, or media professional planning to attend the 2014 Milan Furniture Fair next month? Inhabitat is looking for a few great…

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World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.'s largest geothermal system

World’s highest LEED-scoring school is powered by D.C.'s largest…

Located a few streets down from the U.S. Capitol, the historic Dunbar High School was founded in 1870 as the nation’s first public high school for African Americans. The school was…

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6 green ways to ward off the winter blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

6 green ways to ward off the winter blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective…

WINDOWHOP It's easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you've got the sickly pallor to match and it's not nearly as sexy on you).…

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