Scaly Anteater Being Poached to the Point of Extinction

by , 07/29/14
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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Scaly anteaters are so in demand for their meat and scales that the animal is being poaching to extinction. Pangolins look like walking pine cones and can be found across Asia and Africa, but they are so popular as a meal in Vietnam and China that all eight species have recently been upgraded to threatened. In fact, it is getting so hard to keep up with demand that a thriving poaching trade between Asia and Africa has popped up.

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Autoban Unveils Futuristic Wooden Cocoons for Azerbaijan's Baku Airport

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Sunswift Sets World Record For Fastest Long-Range Electric Car

by , 07/28/14

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Australian team Sunswift destroyed a 26-year old record for the world’s fastest long-range electric vehicle this week, traveling over 310 miles at an average of 62 mph. The previous record clocked in at 45 mph, which the Sunswift team handily beat using their Sunswift eVe vehicle.

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Win $50,000 for a Dream Expedition from National Geographic

by , 07/28/14

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Prefabricated 240-Ton Steel-Wrapped KHM26 House Transported to Final Site by Boat

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Pacific Northwest Burns as Drought Leads to Unprecedented Wildfire Activity

by , 07/28/14

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Nobody is fiddling while the Pacific Northwest burns in an unprecedented and devastating ‘ring of fire.’ Roughly 1 million acres of forest is currently ablaze in 21 separate wildfires in Washington and Oregon – the most the region has seen at any one time in recorded history. The fires were set off by the perfect storm: A wet spring was followed by severe drought conditions and then lightning passed through the area about a week ago. The biggest fire of the bunch, dubbed the Carlton Complex, is the largest in Washington’s history and has already consumed an area of northern Washington three times the size of Seattle. It’s currently just 52 percent contained.

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MIT Develops Brilliant Graphite Sponge that Converts Solar Energy into Steam

by , 07/28/14

Researchers at MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have developed a simple, graphite and carbon-based sponge that soaks up water and heats it using the sun’s rays. The sponge converts the water into steam that can then be used for water purification or as a power source. With low-cost materials and an 85 percent efficiency rate, the invention has the potential to become an extremely cost-effective source of solar-derived clean water and steam power for remote or developing areas.

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Water Architect Koen Olthuis on How to Embrace Rising Sea Levels

by , 07/28/14

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Sea levels are rising, floods are prevalent, and cities are at greater risk than ever due to climate change. Now that we’ve accepted these facts, it’s time to design and build more resilient structures. Koen Olthuis, one of the most forward-thinking and innovative architects out there, has a solution for rising sea levels. His solution: Embrace the water by incorporating it into our cities; creating resilient buildings and infrastructure that can handle extreme flooding, heavy rains, and higher water. Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio.nl have been showing coastal communities the benefits of building on the water. With countries like the Maldives and Kiribati having to build oceanside or move in order to escape rising sea levels, New York learning to battle storm surges, and Jakarta dealing with massive flooding, embracing water may be our only option for survival. We chatted with Olthuis about how coastal cities can become more resilient in the face of change—read on for our interview!

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Colorful Binishell Dome Homes Made from Inflatable Concrete Cost Just $3,500

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The Number 6: Turin's Historic Palazzo Valperga Galleani Receives an Epic Green Upgrade in Italy

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California Couple Faces Fine for Not Watering Their Lawn Despite Extreme Drought

by , 07/28/14
filed under: News, Water Issues

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Long gone are the days of latent suburban battles over who has the nicest lawn. Now folks in California are facing fines for letting their lawn go brown to conserve water as the state endures the worst drought in recorded history. The Weather Network reports that Laura Whitney and Michael Korte of Glendora, California are facing a fine of up to $500 after they stopped watering their lawn to save water. The fine notice from the City of Glendora came on the same day as mandatory water restrictions came into place and told the couple they have 60 days to get their lawn back into shape or else they would have to pay the fine.

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

by , 07/28/14
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In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency Identification sensors work much like a car’s e-tag, and scientists will use a technique called “swarm sensing” to study how changes in the environment impact the behavior of bee colonies.

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Emeco's New Su Stool Captures the Spirit of the Navy Chair With Recycled Materials

by , 07/28/14

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Design lovers are sure to be familiar with Emeco‘s 1006 Navy Chair – a classic seat that was originally designed for the US Navy but found popular appeal due to its simplicity, durability, and light weight. Emeco recently called upon Nendo to design Su – a new stool that embodies the spirit of the classic Navy Chair. The stool has the familiar curves and indentations of its predecessor, and it’s available in recycled PET resin, recycled aluminum, cement and reclaimed oak. According to Nendo, the name “refers to the Japanese word su, which means basic, simple and pure.”

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth's Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

by , 07/28/14

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren’t aware of just how vital our oceans are, or that untold damage has been done to them over the past half-century. In the last decade alone, 600,000 barrels of oil have been accidentally spilled from various ships per year, and the cumulative damage being done to ocean ecosystems from spills, garbage dumping, and chemical waste water is downright horrifying. This infographic offers both a sobering look at the damage humans have done to these waters, and advice on how each and every one of us can do our part to set things right, for all life on Earth.

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System D's Compact Ozone Generator Makes Dirty Water Sparkle Using Zero Chlorine

by , 07/28/14

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System D has designed a compact ozone generator that can provide clean sterilized water anywhere. At the heart of this system is an electric powered “corona discharge” ozone generator that converts oxygen in the air (O2) to ozone (O3). The air is then injected into water. Ozone is a powerful oxidizer, way more powerful than chlorine. In the water it oxidizes metals, kills bacteria, and eats up just about any organics there are. Murky polluted water can be totally cleaned up and sterilized in a jiffy. We designed the O3 system to be reliable, inexpensive, long lasting and efficient. Our primary objective was to make this available to developing countries where children do not have clean water, opting for mass production, effectiveness and reliability. The O3 System kickstarter launches tomorrow – be sure to check it out.

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