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15,000km Long Eco City Revitalizes the Silk Road

15,000km Long Eco City Revitalizes the Silk Road

OFL's vision for the new Silk Road is made up of two main elements: highly sustainable and habitable towers and a vast railway system. The towers will be composed of three different types of skyscrapers

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Do Intentions Really Matter in the Success of a Green Brand?

Do Intentions Really Matter in the Success of a Green Brand?

Do intentions really matter in the success of a green brand? Are green brands backed by purist intentions more likely to succeed than brands that capitalize on the opportunistic green market? Whether

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New Nanotech Purifier Filters Water 80,000 Times Faster

New Nanotech Purifier Filters Water 80,000 Times Faster

A new water filter that employs cotton dipped in nano-sized silver wires and copper tubes works 80,000 times faster than filters that simply block bacteria from getting through. The filter, developed by

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Nanotech Tea Bag Purifies Drinking Water for Less Than a Penny

Nanotech Tea Bag Purifies Drinking Water for Less Than a Penny

Roughly 1 billion people in the world have no access to safe drinking water, and contaminated water kills more people worldwide than all forms of violence combined. Seeking to provide a solution to this

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Rwanda Taps Volcanic “Exploding Lake” for Power

Rwanda Taps Volcanic “Exploding Lake” for Power

Photo by Julien Harneis Rwanda is harnessing the natural gas in one of three known "exploding lakes" to generate electricity in a nation where just 1 in 14 houses has access to power. The technology

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Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

Top 6 Designs That Harness the Energy of Physical Play

It’s often hard not to succumb to the built-in stimuli of digital entertainment - especially when it's everywhere we turn. But we often forget that there’s a lot to be had with just one’s

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‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

‘Build a Better Burb’ Competition Revitalizes Suburban Areas

Calling out to architects, urban designers, planners, students, visionaries, the Build a Better Burb competition seeks to find a bold new design proposal that can retrofit underutilized spaces in suburban

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The Uboat is a Self-Sustaining Floating Home

The Uboat is a Self-Sustaining Floating Home

Most large urban areas are located next to a large body of water - whether it is a canal, river, lake or ocean. As a way to combat commuter and residential pollution, parts of these waterways can be

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Samsung India Announces First Solar-Powered Mobile Phone

Samsung India Announces First Solar-Powered Mobile Phone

Today, Samsung India launched the first solar-powered phone, the Solar Guru. It's the first solar mobile phone to hit the market, and, at $60, it’s designed to be affordable.

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VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

VIDEO: Architecture for Humanity is Helping Haiti Rebuild

Architecture for Humanity is network of over 40,000 design professionals around the world who donate their services to helping to improve lives of people in need. Every year they build buildings and

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Green Rollercoaster High-Rise Takes Off in Vietnam

Green Rollercoaster High-Rise Takes Off in Vietnam

No, this is not the latest roller coaster -- it’s actually a self-sustaining community designed by DWP Architects in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Noticed at Designboom, 'Everrich 2 Apartments' is a

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Africa’s Largest Slum Will Watch World Cup on Solar-Powered TV

Africa’s Largest Slum Will Watch World Cup on Solar-Powered TV

Swiss not-for-profit Solafrica has provided a portable solar power station that runs a large donated TV where residents of Kibera, Africa's largest slum, can gather to watch the World Cup.

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$1 Trillion Afghan Mineral Deposits Will Affect Green Technologies

$1 Trillion Afghan Mineral Deposits Will Affect Green Technologies

Whether or not Afghanistan's mineral wealth, which includes a massive supply of lithium, proves to be good news for the troubled nation, it will almost certainly be good news for electric vehicle makers

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VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

VIDEO: Worldbike’s Big Boda Transports Cargo and Improves Lives

Over a billion people in the world don't have access to transportation. Worldbike is trying to fight that problem with great design as their weapon. Founder Ross Evans created Worldbike a decade ago on a

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World Cup 2010 Carbon Footprint Will Be Whopping 6x That of Last Event

World Cup 2010 Carbon Footprint Will Be Whopping 6x That of Last Event

According to a startling infographic made for EU Infrastructure and a report by the Norwegian Embassy, the carbon footprint of this year's World Cup in South Africa will be a whopping 6 times that of the

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Rainproof Solar LED Bulb Could Illuminate the Developing World

Rainproof Solar LED Bulb Could Illuminate the Developing World

1.6 billion people in the world still use kerosene lamps for light. Not only are they non-renewable and expensive -- they can consume up to 5% of a family's income -- they also give off noxious

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Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Cheap Solar Refrigerator for Vaccines Could Save Millions of Lives

Talk about "green design to save the world" -- Appropriate Technology Collaborative has developed a solar powered refrigerator for vaccines that stands to save millions of lives lost each year due to

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Operation Hope Wins 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Operation Hope Wins 100K Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

We're thrilled to announce that The Buckminster Fuller Institute has just announced the winner of their third annual Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and this year's award goes to... Allan Savory for

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Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

Project H Design Launches Education Initiative, Watch Them in Action!

One our favorite design organizations Project H just launched their latest initiative which focuses on transforming the educational landscape through design. An organization founded by former Inhabitat

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The ‘Land Art Generator Initiative’ Combines Art with Energy Creation

The ‘Land Art Generator Initiative’ Combines Art with Energy Creation

The power of art is often described as being emotional, healing, ethereal, and inspirational. But in the context of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), art's power is as literal as that: power. An

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VIDEO: Project H Design Launches New Education Initiative

VIDEO: Project H Design Launches New Education Initiative

If you've been a fan of Inhabitat for awhile, you may have noticed our love for the humanitarian design non-profit Project H Design. Founded by former Inhabitat Managing Editor Emily Pilloton, Project H

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Game Teaches City Planners to Tackle Water, Energy Problems

Game Teaches City Planners to Tackle Water, Energy Problems

If you want city planners to learn how to handle the serious problems metropolises face, let them play games. IBM's CityOne is kind of like a SimCity for urban planners and city officials. The "serious

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Scientists to Use World’s Largest Laser to Create Star on Earth

Scientists to Use World’s Largest Laser to Create Star on Earth

Images via CNN According to scientists at a government lab in Livermore, CA, all we need to do in order to save our planet from its energy woes is create a star right here on Earth. It's that simple!

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Japan Gears Up to Launch “Ikaros” Solar Sail Spacecraft

Japan Gears Up to Launch “Ikaros” Solar Sail Spacecraft

Photo courtesy of JAXA Solar backpacks and sun-fueled vehicles are impressive, but a solar-powered spacecraft just blows our minds.  Japan's Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, plans to launch a

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Electronics Recycling 101: The Problem With E-Waste

Electronics Recycling 101: The Problem With E-Waste

America's love affair with consumer electronics will likely rage on for years to come. With a constant stream of iPads, e-readers and smart phones hitting the market, it's hard not to get sucked into

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22 US Cities Consider Building Streetcar Lines

22 US Cities Consider Building Streetcar Lines

Urban greenies across the US may finally get what they desire -- streetcar lines in their home cities. Due to a change in federal transportation policy under President Obama, 22 American cities are

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Indonesia Plans to Harness 4,000 Megawatts of Power From Volcanoes

Indonesia Plans to Harness 4,000 Megawatts of Power From Volcanoes

The Indonesian government recently announced plans to develop a hot new energy resource -- real hot. The country's leaders aim to generate 4,000 megawatts of geothermal energy from volcanoes by the year

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NASA’s Gift to Earth: A Climate Change Supercomputer

NASA’s Gift to Earth: A Climate Change Supercomputer

Just in time for Earth Day, a new NASA data-crunching tool aims to revolutionize global climate change research. NASA Earth Exchange, or NEX, uses a 128-screen supercomputer to combine satellite images,

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DARPA Reveals Plans for Avatar-Like Flying, Electric Transformer Car

DARPA Reveals Plans for Avatar-Like Flying, Electric Transformer Car

Photo credit: Popular Science We are totally nerd-ing out right now over a new DARPA project. The Department of Defense's research branch wants to merge the best elements of a plane, electric vehicle

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UN-HABITAT Selects Chicago as One of the World’s Greenest Cities

UN-HABITAT Selects Chicago as One of the World’s Greenest Cities

Recently the city of Chicago was honored as one of two exceptionally green US cities to be shortlisted for UN-Habitat's 100 Cities Initiative. The project aims to give cities, governments, and even

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