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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

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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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Groasis Waterboxx Can Grow Trees in Any Climate–Even the Desert!

Groasis Waterboxx Can Grow Trees in Any Climate–Even the Desert!

A new device can make a tree grow in Brooklyn--or California, or Holland or even the Sahara desert. The Groasis Waterboxx captures rainwater and condensation in the air, helping plants grow in even the

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Company Uses Cement Plant’s CO2 Emissions to Create Algae-based Biofuel

Company Uses Cement Plant’s CO2 Emissions to Create Algae-based Biofuel

It's hard to imagine a cement plant going green. Creating cement is a scarily dirty process, and the industry is responsible for about five percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. One Canadian company

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BOB, America’s Biggest Sodium Sulfur Battery, Powers a Texas Town

BOB, America’s Biggest Sodium Sulfur Battery, Powers a Texas Town

They say everything's bigger in Texas. Apparently that's true for batteries, too. Presidio, Texas, recently built a giant sodium sulfur battery that's powerful enough to provide energy for the entire

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Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

In the poorest regions of the world, exposure to kerosene kills one person every 20 seconds. That's why we're really impressed with the folks over at Plus Minus Solar who've designed their Solar Pebble to

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Chagos Archipelago to Become World’s Largest Marine Reserve

Chagos Archipelago to Become World’s Largest Marine Reserve

In a move that will double the amount of the planet's protected oceans, the U.K. announced late last week that it is turning the Chagos Archipelago into the world's largest marine reserve. The 55-island,

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Obama Set to Announce Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

Obama Set to Announce Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

Later today, President Obama is set to announce a plan that will open up many offshore areas for oil and natural gas exploration. While the move will surely anger environmentalists, many folks hope that

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Solar Powered Cellphone Towers in India to Save 5 Million Tons of CO2 and $1.4 Billion

Solar Powered Cellphone Towers in India to Save 5 Million Tons of CO2 and $1.4 Billion

India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is poised to mandate that telecom operators power their cellphone towers with solar panels instead of the diesel generators that are currently used. This may

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New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

New Tsunami Generator Can Help Designers Create Wave-Proof Buildings

The recent earthquakes and tsunamis sparked a slew of research into designing disaster-proof infrastructure. The latest tech to boost scientists' understanding how these disasters work is a

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Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

Elastic Iron Alloy Could be Used to Make Earthquake-Proof Buildings

In light of the world's recent earthquakes, finding a quake-proof building material is a top priority. A group of Japanese researchers are answering the call. They've developed a super elastic iron alloy

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New Nuclear Reactors May Almost Completely Destroy Atomic Waste

New Nuclear Reactors May Almost Completely Destroy Atomic Waste

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant Despite its lack of carbon emissions, many environmentalists fear wider adoption of nuclear power. One main concern is where to store all that atomic waste produced

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New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

New Video Game Teaches Cambodian Kids How to Avoid Real Land Mines

Instead of showing kids how to kill, a new video game instructs them on how to stay alive. A group of students and their professor at Michigan State University recently launched a video game that aims to

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Carbon Emissions at All-Time High Despite Economic Slowdown

Carbon Emissions at All-Time High Despite Economic Slowdown

If there were one good thing to come out of the economic recession, you would think it would be a decrease in carbon emissions from industrial slowdowns. Unfortunately, new research shows that's not the

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Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Research Shows Climate Change Disproportionately Affects Women

Examples of climate change's strange consequences abound. Warmer temperatures may bring about more instances of kidney stones and cause longer allergy seasons. Now, research shows that environmental

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Hugo Chavez Sends Army to Change All Lights in Venezuela to CFLs

Hugo Chavez Sends Army to Change All Lights in Venezuela to CFLs

Due to a bad drought that's dried up the hydroelectric plants that supply more than two-thirds of its power, Venezuela has been suffering through its worst energy crisis in the last 50 years. President

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China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

China to Launch Multi-Billion Dollar Renewable Energy Program

Photograph: Bob Sacha/Corbis China recently announced that it is planning to reduce its carbon intensity by 40-45% (from 2005 levels) and generate 15% of its electricity from renewables by 2020.

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MIT Team Makes Wireless Network in Afghanistan Out of Garbage Bits

MIT Team Makes Wireless Network in Afghanistan Out of Garbage Bits

At Inhabitat, we've seen a ton of cool things made of garbage, but never a whole wireless network - until now, that is. That's right, members of MIT's Bits and Atoms lab taught locals in Jalalabad,

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NASA to Launch New Weather Satellite in Space

NASA to Launch New Weather Satellite in Space

While everyone else is commuting home from work today, a NASA rocket will be making another, longer, trip--taking the agency's newest weather satellite into space! After the Geostationary Operational

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Senators Try to Block Government Financing for Renewable Energy Projects Overseas

Senators Try to Block Government Financing for Renewable Energy Projects Overseas

One day after Obama announced his “Cash for Caulkers” energy efficiency program, a group of senators is trying to block government-funded, international renewable energy projects. In a letter

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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