One-third of the world’s protected areas face ‘shocking’ human impact

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2.3 million square miles — or around twice the size of Alaska — of protected areas around the world face human pressure from activities like road building, urbanization, or grazing, according to a new study. Lead author Kendall Jones, a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, said in a statement, “We found major road infrastructure such as highways, industrial agriculture, and even entire cities occurring inside the boundaries of places supposed to be set aside for nature conservation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Pence vows America will put boots on the face of Mars in near future

During a speech at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday, Vice President Pence made a bold promise that in the near future, the United States of America will send astronauts to both the moon and Mars. Now the chair of the National Space Council — which was only revived last Friday, Pence added that new, ambitious goals will be set to ensure America becomes a leader in space exploration.

“Here from this bridge to space, our nation will return to the moon and we will put… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Eco-coffins face off with die-hard traditions

The Green Living Education Foundation unveils its selection of eco-friendly coffins. They’re cheaper than standard coffins and you’d do your bit for the environment. But the group’s chairman, Simon Chau, says it’s been tough breaking into the market due to Chinese traditions.