Taking care of the planet from Inhabitat

It’s been a rollercoaster week for environmentalists – first Ivanka and Donald trump met with Al Gore to discuss climate change, but then the President Elect turned about face and picked a climate change denier and friend of the fossil fuel industry to lead the EPA.

And then this morning we learned that Leonardo DiCaprio met with Donald Trump to try to school him on climate change.  At least there’s some good news in Standing Rock – this week the US Army officially blocked the Dakota Access Pipeline in a major win for protestors. (But don’t get too complacent about this issue yet…)

In design news, America’s first urban “Agrihood” has risen in Detroit and it’s feeding 2,000 households for free. Researchers developed a new type of super battery that could charge phones in seconds and electric cars in minutes. And PLP Architectures proposed a network of crazy CarTubes that could move city traffic underground.

Give Green With Inhabitat’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!

The holidays are fast approaching, but don’t fret if you haven’t found the perfect gifts for your friends and family – our 2016 Green Holiday Gift Guide to the rescue! We’ve rounded up over 200great green gifts sure to please everyone on your list, including the guys, the ladies, and the kiddos, green thumbs, gadget geeksand furry friends.  Check them all out here!

Why people are going nuts over this unusual pillow

When is a pillow more than just a pillow? While most pillows are filled either with goose down or synthetic foam, this unusual Hullo pillow is filled with buckwheat hulls, and devotees say this unique material makes for an amazing sleep experience.

How stone can help you create a more sustainable home

It’s no coincidence that world’s oldest man-made structures are built from stone – it’s one of most durable, low-maintenance materials on earth, and it won’t rot, mildew, or disintegrate over time. Find out more about how to create a more resilient home with Mother Earth’s more durable material.

NEWS

US Army blocks Dakota Access Pipeline

Donald Trump taps climate denier to head EPA

Leonardo DiCaprio schools Trump on climate change

Al Gore meets with Donald and Ivanka to talk climate

Leo DiCaprio gives climate documentary to Ivanka Trump

These crazy CarTubes could move city traffic underground

Earth’s rotation is slowing – and days will be 25 hours long

The US’ first urban agrihood feeds 2000 households for free

70-mile crack appears in Antarctic ice shelf

New super batteries could charge phones in seconds

Google will run entirely on renewable energy by next year

Futuristic Droneport is a hub for flying delivery bots

Japanese kindergarten features awesome green courtyard

Snails defeat Trump: Irish seawall scrapped

Work shirt made from reflective fabric lights up at night

We finally know just how much humanity’s footprint weighs

WIN GREEN STUFF

ANNOUNCING: Our Artisan Moss Giveaway Winners!

Drumroll please! We’re excited to announce that the grand prize winner of our Artisan Moss giveaway is… Eliza Jandrasi-Shaughnessy! We’d also like to extend congrats to our 2nd place winner Monica Seoane and our runners-up Sarah Ann Waldron and Ed. Thanks to everyone who entered!

DESIGN COMPETITIONS

Thanks for reading, everyone!

Yours truly,
Jill and Mike

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Protect our global environment

In the Philippines, one small island almost disappeared from the pollutants coming from nearby mining company. An island suffered the same as flooding cannot be contained as a result of illegal logging, cutting of trees and no sustainable solutions in place.

Here in the USA, you can see the beauty of nature as each person try to help preserve the environment.

NPCA views the bridging of Tamiami Trail as the highest priority to restoring critical habitat and an entire ecosystem in a national park. Tamiami Trail (U.S. Highway 41/State Road 90) connects Tampa to Miami and forms a portion of the northern boundary of Everglades National Park. It provides access to one of the most popular areas of the park – Shark Valley Slough and observation tower – and is the only way to access the Big Cypress National Preserve Visitor Center and Headquarters.

Since the 1920s, an 11-mile stretch of Tamiami Trail has acted as a dam, impeding the natural north-south flow of water through the greater Everglades ecosystem. As a result, Everglades National Park is starved of vital water, causing deterioration of the park’s wading bird and wildlife habitat and its unique ridge and slough landscape.

In 1989, Congress authorized the Modified Water Deliveries project, which included bridging one mile of Tamiami Trail. Twenty years later, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke ground on the one-mile bridge in 2009.

In March 2013, NPCA celebrated the ribbon cutting of the one-mile bridge. This project is critical to restoring water flows and distribution that marine wildlife, fisheries, and nesting colonies of birds rely on, including the endangered Everglade Snail Kite and the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow. The bridge construction already has brought much needed jobs to South Florida. From 2010 to 2012, 1,212 jobs were created.

This one-mile bridge span is a critical first step to restoring water flows to Everglades National Park; however, it alone will not achieve the water flows necessary to restore the Everglades.

In 2010, the National Park Service (NPS) released its final environmental impact statement for the “Everglades National Park Tamiami Trail Modifications:  Next Steps Project,” which identified the preferred alternative to be four additional spans of bridging, resulting in 5.5 miles in addition to the one-mile bridge. This would reestablish seasonal water depths and flooding durations critical to the survival of numerous species and bring the total elevated portions of Tamiami Trail to 6.5 miles.

NPCA strongly supports NPS’ preferred alternative for bridging an additional 5.5 miles on Tamiami Trail. The Everglades ecosystem has been severely damaged by the drastic low water levels, with Everglades National Park only receiving 30 percent of the water it needs to function properly.

In fall 2012, NPS started the planning and design phase for the next segment of bridging on Tamiami Trail, which will be a 2.6-mile span. A design build is expected to be ready mid-2014.

NPCA is exploring options to fund the construction for the next span of bridging.  Among possible options are settlement penalties from the BP-Gulf oil spill because moving water south will improve the health of Southern Gulf estuaries, specifically Florida Bay and the Caloosahatchee. These estuaries are being damaged from the erratic and often devastating flows of water because water is unable to flow south through its historic course.