Montana judge stops massive coal mine expansion, citing climate impact

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In another strike against coal, a federal judge just shut down plans for a large coal mine expansion in Montana, saying that US officials had exaggerated the economic benefits of the mine while downplaying the impact it would have on the environment. Signal Peak Energy wanted to expand the Bull Mountain coal mine by 28-square kilometers (11-square miles) and 159-metric tons (176-million tons).

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy blocked the proposal, ruling that approving such a request should… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Airy Costa Rica home enjoys incredible views of the ocean and jungle

This gorgeous residence in Costa Rica occupies a unique location near Santa Teresa Beach in Costa Rica, where the jungle meets the Pacific Ocean. Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe designed the Ocean Eye House as an airy residence that offers stunning views of its natural surroundings and supports an outdoor lifestyle.

The house, listed for the WAN House of the Year 2017, rests against the back of a steep hill. It combines closed, private spaces and lightweight, open areas that allow the owners to… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building