2016 Chevy Volt can officially travel up to 53 miles in electric mode

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Chevy has announced that the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt can travel up to 53 miles on a fully charged battery, which is nearly a 40-percent improvement over the first-generation Volt! Just like the first Volt, the all-new version returns with a range extender engine that gives it a total driving range of 420 miles.

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China is building a massive 6,300 acre solar project in the Gobi Desert

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While environment-related headlines regarding China often focus on the devastating smog that coats major cities in the nation, there’s reason for optimism where their energy-future is concerned: namely, the IEA expects that China will surpass the EU, US and Japan in renewable energy projects by 2035. And China has just broken ground on their most iconic renewable energy project yet; their first large-scale solar farm, which will provide power for a whopping one million homes and slash coal usage by 4.26 million tons every year.

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Music festival-ready SPECK mobile kiosk is 100% powered by the sun

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Zoo Zurich's new elephant house is a pre-fab lace-like wooden dome

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Botswana confirms ban on trophy hunting in wake of Cecil the Lion’s death

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The government of Botswana, neighbor to Zimbabwe and the Hwange National Park, from where famed and revered lion Cecil was lured and killed earlier this month, has confirmed a nationwide ban on trophy hunting. The news follows a wave of international outrage over Cecil’s slaughter at the hands of American hunter Walter James Palmer.

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Sign this petition to stop the sale of dyed baby chicks as toys

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Tourists on the Koh Lanta island of Thailand recently made a disturbing discovery while walking along the beach: vendors are selling baby chicks that have been dyed bright colors and lumped into sealed plastic bags on sweltering hot days. A petition is making its rounds on Care2 to bring attention to the cruelty – sign it here!

STOP SELLING DYED CHICKS AS TOYS >

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95-year-old lobster saved from the supermarket gets to live out his days in an aquarium

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Recently, a Long Island restaurant worker discovered a lobster the size of a small child in a shipping crate. The crustacean weighs in at 23 pounds and, judging by its size, could be as old as 95 years. Luckily for him, he will be sent off to live out the remainder of his golden years in an aquarium, instead of succumbing to the taste buds of all the hungry press and customers who have swarmed to catch a glimpse.

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Shigeru Ban Architects' Oita Prefectural Art Museum opens in Japan

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Four US airlines join the ban on hunting trophies after Cecil outcry

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Four US-based airlines have joined the ban on transporting trophy kills as cargo in the midst of the public outcry against the killing of Cecil the Lion. On Monday, Delta announced that they would support the ban and Tuesday, United Airlines, American Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic followed, all confirming that they would no longer allow trophy kills as cargo. Foreign airlines Qantas, KLM, Air France, Iberia, IAG Cargo, and Singapore Airlines had all previously changed their policies.

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This incredible 390-year-old bonsai tree survived an atomic bomb blast

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Almost 70 years ago, on 6 August 1945, the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb “Little Boy” over Hiroshima. It killed some 200,000 people and caused incalculable long-term damage. Yet, just two miles from the site of the bomb blast, a Japanese white pine bonsai tree that had been tended to every day since 1625 sat against a wall of a nursery—and due to its fortuitous placement, the tree survived even as windows of an adjacent building were blown out. The bonsai was donated without explanation to the National Arboretum in Washington, DC in 1976, only for its story—and astonishing age—to be revealed in 2001.

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100,000 LEED-certified ceramic tiles clad Milan’s restored Rainbow Tower

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New 100% effective Ebola vaccine could end the deadly epidemic

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The west African Ebola epidemic may soon be fizzling out, thanks to the speedy development of a vaccine that has shown 100% effectiveness against the virus in clinical trials. Normal vaccine trials can take decades to produce results, but thanks to 4,000 people in Guinea who volunteered for the trials, along with a combined effort by multiple countries and organizations, the vaccine will begin saving lives right away.

 

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Japan just installed the world's largest floating wind turbine off the coast of Fukushima

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After the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed the Fukishima nuclear power plant, Japan is diversifying its energy mix. Engineers are currently installing the world’s largest floating wind turbine just 12 miles off the Fukishima coast. It is one of three turbines sponsored by the Japanese government that will be connected to a floating sub-power station.

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This all-electric off-road spider car can drive over just about anything

It may not look like your typical off-roading beast, but the ingenious Swincar by French company Mecanroc may be the most incredible ATV ever created. With four independent wheels mounted on spider-like legs and a suspended hammock-like seat for the driver, this thing can tackle terrain that most vehicles could never even attempt. Seventy-percent grade? No problem. Down the center of an irrigation ditch with each wheel at a different height? Easy peasy. Better yet, the all-electric four-wheeler can do all that with none of the smog-generating pollution of traditional off-road vehicles.

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Solar-powered LEED-certified home in Portland boasts a dazzling array of eco-friendly features

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Folly by archaus' prefab skin was inspired by sunlight filtering through leaves

Folly by archaus' prefab skin was inspired by sunlight filtering…

Folly is a conceptual house design aimed at provoking a debate around the housing vernacular in New Zealand; impregnating the public with the idea that creativity, innovation and…

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World's first moldable glue lets you fix and improve nearly anything

World's first moldable glue lets you fix and improve nearly anything

Sugru is a handy moldable glue ideal for any number of household, DIY and craft projects.

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Delightful pop-up Camping restaurant brings the great outdoors to busy Buenos Aires

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Camping is located at Buenos Aires Design's terrace, in one of Argentina's capital most affluent neighborhoods, Recoleta. It was envisioned by Gabi Balan, who created a horizontal…

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Deceptively small home in Denmark hides spacious living quarters at the forest edge

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A newly completed Villa by CF Moller features maximized living space and minimized building footprint, allowing the inhabitants to enjoy it's enviable forest edge location near Aarhus…

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Brooklyn Hotel by creators of the Lowline boasts winding gardens and tiny hidden spaces

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