Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history

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Solar Impulse 2, piloted by André Borschberg has successfully completed its record-breaking solar-powered flight from Japan to Hawaii. The plane landed at 5:55am local time today, and was met with a traditional Hawaiian welcome reception, leis included. With this landing, the Swiss-based Solar Impulse team has proven what is possible in the realm of zero fuel transportation. This leg of the round-the-world attempt marks an exciting landmark in the timeline of renewable energy production.

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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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Quebec university students design a car that gets an astounding 2,098 mpg

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We love zero fuel vehicles, but the next best thing is a mode of transportation that can take you reeeeeeally far on just a little fuel. Vehicles with that ability compete in the SAE Supermileage competition, in which collegiate teams go head-to-head in Michigan to see whose vehicle is the most fuel efficient. This year’s winner can rack up an astounding 2,098 miles on a single gallon of gas. No, dear readers, that is not a typo. The single-seater car is an ingenuous feat of engineering and an incredible accomplishment from a group of university students.

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How to make a foraged salad with plants you can find in your backyard

With the arrival of warm weather comes the pleasure of spending time outdoors. Whether it be enjoying the fresh air, the abundance of new greens and herbs or the ability to spend entire days outside, we just can’t get enough. So what could be better than combining them all into one splendid activity which replaces the need to grocery shop or make a trip to the gym? Here at Inhabitat, foraging – finding wild edibles near our house – is one of our favorite pastimes. Foraging is available to anyone with access to nature – whether that is a nearby urban park, your backyard or nearby patch of weeds. We recently set off on a foraging adventure in the urban jungle of New York City to collect wild salad greens in Central Park with NYC’s beloved master forager, “Wildman” Steve Brill. Read on for our recipe to make a delicious, locally foraged salad using common wild greens and herbs that can be found right in your local park.

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Carcinogenic water from the oil industry used to irrigate California farms

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Environmentalists are outraged by a longstanding practice allowing oil companies to sell water laced with known carcinogens to California farmers. Madeline Stano of the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment told Phys.org that 80 percent of the state’s oil production and 45 percent of its farms exist side by side in Kern County. For the past 20 years, a farming cooperative called the Cawelo Water District has purchased water, which is separated from crude oil after extraction, at a significantly reduced price to irrigate crops such as almonds and grapes. The water is tested by a third-party and reports are sent to state authorities, but environmentalists raise alarm that oil companies are permitted to sell water containing benzine and acetone, both of which are known to cause cancer.

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60 Water's spectacular roof deck would be the perfect spot to watch July 4th fireworks - if you lived there

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The next-generation Nissan Leaf will be able to drive over 310 miles on a single charge

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Range anxiety is one of the main things holding electric cars back – but the next generation of electric vehicles will be able to drive farther. Much farther. Nissan just announced plans to give its 2016 Leaf a more powerful battery with a range of 110 miles – and the automaker is also working on a prototype next-generation Leaf that will be able to travel more than 310 miles on a single charge!

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5 (Mostly) Free and Easy Ways to Green Your 4th of July

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Alpine cable car station finds new life as a cantilevering restaurant in the Swiss mountains

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Robin Williams forever memorialized with a rainbow tunnel in his name

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California legislators have passed a bill to rename a tunnel fronted with a giant rainbow arch after Robin Williams, the man who could put a smile on just about anybody’s face. Soon after the late actor took his own life last August, one of his fans started a change.org petition calling to have the Waldo Tunnel connecting residents of Marin county to the Golden Gate Bridge renamed after the long-time resident of Tiburon, California. The petition had 61,000 supporters.

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Germany plans to shut down coal-fired plants to reach climate goal

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Germany is taking significant strides to meet its pledge to reduce carbon emissions. The government announced plans on Thursday to shut down several coal-fired plants throughout the country in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in keeping with its 2020 climate goals. The plan will affect coal-powered plants with a capacity of 2.7 gigawatts, but it is unclear how many will be shut down or where.

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Atkins CIWEM announces 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year winners

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Play in a plane crash sculpture and a field of milk bottle dandelions at this art festival in France

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Tesla rival 2017 Chevy Bolt EV production expected to kick off in late 2016

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Chevy has released two teaser photos of the 2017 Bolt electric vehicle, which is currently undergoing testing. The 2017 Bolt was previewed in concept form at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and will finally give Tesla a rival with its estimated 200 mile driving range and $30,000 starting price.

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Brilliant 5CUBE sends powerful tangible message of Ireland’s dependence on fossil fuels

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The Rainbow Chapel's stunning kaleidoscope windows reference ancient Chinese symbolism

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This gorgeous wedding chapel in Shanghai, designed by Chinese studio Coordination Asia is enclosed in glass panels made from 3060 elements using 65 different colors. The kaleidoscope…

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Dubai to print world's first 3D-printed office building

Dubai to print world's first 3D-printed office building

Architecture in Dubai is constantly pushing the envelope. The United Arab Emirates likes to be first when it comes to amazing feats of construction and technology, and it often is.…

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BREAKING: BP will pay a record $18.7 billion to settle 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims

BREAKING: BP will pay a record $18.7 billion to settle 2010 Deepwater…

BP has finally agreed to settle all federal and state claims over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill with a record $18.7 billion payment—the largest environmental fine in U.S.…

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Kyocera breaks ground on Kyoto's largest solar power plant, on a golf course

Kyocera breaks ground on Kyoto's largest solar power plant, on a golf…

Kyocera is about to break ground on Kyoto's largest solar power plant--on an abandoned golf course. Golf courses have long been the bane of environmentalists, who consider them a waste…

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2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles

2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel…

In the market for a zero-emissions vehicle that can travel almost as far as a regular gas-powered vehicle? Up until now, you're only choice has been the Tesla Model S with its 265 mile…

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