How one app fed almost 600,000 homeless people

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A simple lunch with a homeless vet forever changed the life of Komal Ahmad, who was then a student at University of California, Berkeley and is now a CEO. Ahmad was walking near campus a few years ago when a homeless man asked her for money. She bought him lunch instead. The meeting left a deep impact, so she soon devised, along with classmate Chloe Tsang, a way to get campus food waste onto the plates of local people who were going hungry. Her initiative sparked food waste “forwarding” programs on other campuses and inspired an app that has fed almost 600,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area alone.

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Supreme Court halts Obama’s limits on power plant emissions

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A lot of people are thrilled with the Supreme Court after the landmark decision to support gay marriage rights, but President Barack Obama might have mixed feelings about the justices for other reasons. In another, quieter decision handed down on June 29, the Supreme Court blocked Obama’s plan to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. This decision will make it more difficult for the Environmental Protection Agency to meet its goal to cut power plant emissions 30 percent by 2030.

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Peek inside the beautiful sustainable home an architect designed for her family

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The Great Wall of China is wasting away

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The Great Wall of China is one of the most awe-inspiring manmade structures in the world. And now it is showing signs of decay at the hand of its maker. The effects of tourism and non-sanctioned recycling of its stone elements are starting to take a noticeable toll on the wall, with 30 percent of what was built during its construction’s heyday now gone.

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Carbon-negative Ashmount Primary School produces enough energy to power the neighborhood

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We're giving away a queen-sized organic cotton mattress worth $679!

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We spend one third of our lifetime in bed, so a natural sleep surface is one of the most important investments you can make. Why? Conventional mattresses are chock full of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that are extremely hazardous to our health including flame retardants linked allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and cancer. Fortunately, there are now many natural mattress alternatives including organic cotton, wool and natural latex. And now, thanks to the good folks at My Green Mattress, one lucky Inhabitat reader will have the chance to win their very own all-natural, non-toxic mattress. We’re giving away a brand new medium-firm Queen-Sized Pure Echo Mattress valued at $679! Plus, every Inhabitat reader will receive an exclusive $75 off any mattress using PROMO CODE: Inhabitat$75. Read on to learn how you can enter to win the best sleep of your life.

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Street artist SpY gifts 1000 euros in witty coin installation

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50 percent of Europe's energy to come from renewables by 2030, leaked report shows

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As a whole, the European Union has some of the boldest renewable energy goals out there; their current commitment is to source at least 27 percent of final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. But a new report from the EU commission, which has been leaked to the Guardian, shows that this goal is set to be far exceeded, with EU nations getting a full 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the end of the next decade.

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Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

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Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

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Dutch city to hand out free basic income in new social experiment

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If your government gave you enough money every month to cover your bills, would you stay home and watch Orange is the New Black all day, or go out into the world and do meaningful things? This is the question behind a new social experiment in The Netherlands. Utrecht authorities are teaming up with the University College Utrecht to give people living on welfare a basic income. For nothing. Free money, no questions asked. They will then track recipients to determine whether a welfare system with no rules results in a happier, more productive society.

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Incredible bricklaying robot can build a house in just two days

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World's first commercial jetpack to hit the market in 2016

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Those of us who grew up thinking the year 2000 would bring jetpacks and hover cars finally have something to look forward to: the world’s first commercially available jetpack is set to go on sale in 2016. The P12, an updated version of the Martin Jetpack, could soon be available to buy for the low price of $150,000. Once the dream of a New Zealand university student named Glenn Martin, the pack flies up to 3,280 feet off the ground, and landings occur by parachute.

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Breathtaking images capture the magical shine of glowworms in a limestone cave

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Solar Impulse launches five day trip across the Pacific Ocean toward Hawaii

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Last week we reported that the Solar Impulse 2 could be grounded for up to a year if the experimental solar-powered airplane missed its window to take off across the Pacific Ocean. When the June 23 attempt was canceled due to worsening weather forecasts, co-founder Bertrand Piccard lamented via live web feed about the difficulty of making flight decisions with the whole world watching. It was hardly surprising to hear the news, then, that Solar Impulse successfully took off early this morning from Nagoya, Japan. Pilot André Borschberg has embarked on a solo five-day, five-night flight to Hawaii with nothing but the sun to fuel the journey.

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Colorful rainbow bridge pops up to brighten a gloomy Monday in London

Colorful rainbow bridge pops up to brighten a gloomy Monday in London

Spark Your City is a 'global movement dedicated to spark joy in everyday city life'. They are a new group of creative change makers designing disruptive temporary installations to…

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Terrifying flying car is powered by 16 spinning propeller blades (video)

Terrifying flying car is powered by 16 spinning propeller blades…

Just how much do we really want a flying car? If it looks as dangerous as the one Thorston Crijns built, some of us might think, “umm….maybe not.” On the other hand, one does have…

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Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar ovens

Palestinian man overcomes Gaza energy cuts with affordable DIY solar…

Life in the Gaza Strip is challenging, to say the least. The day-to-day Gazan experience is riddled with fuel and food shortages, unreliable electricity, and a rapidly growing…

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Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced they will invest another $2billion in renewable technologies to help the fight against global climate change. This good news toward…

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Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

Floating bamboo pavilions in China pop up in 8 short weeks

These multi-functional pavilions look like a floating village in Songyang County in China. The cluster of open-plan structures was built in only eight weeks using locally sourced bamboo…

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