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Stanford: California Can be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2050

by , 08/11/14

A new study by a team from Stanford presents a “roadmap” for converting California’s all-purpose energy infrastructure over to renewable sources by 2050. The paper, published in the journal Energy, outlines the state’s expected 2050 energy needs, then proposes several steps to ensure that they can be met by a combination of wind, water and sunlight (WWS). The plan begins with all new energy infrastructure implemented from 2020 onwards using WWS sources.

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Speedo's New Humpback Whale-Inspired Swim Fins Will Turn You Into an Underwater Speed Demon

by , 08/11/14
filed under: Animals, biomimicry, News

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When it comes to design, it’s hard to beat mother nature. That’s why Speedo turned to the humpback whale when they sought to design a pair of seriously effective flipperes. Speedo’s Nemesis fins feature sleek channels, strategic holes and ridges that displace a great amount of water with each kick – and we have to admit, they look kind of amazing while doing it.

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Airtight Leeuw House Requires Almost No Energy for Heating

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Rintala Eggertsson Architects' Spectacular Wood Pavilion Stretches Across a Norwegian Beach

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World's First Climate Change Refugees Arrive in New Zealand

by , 08/11/14
filed under: Architecture, News

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The once abstract of climate refugees fleeing from a weather-ravaged corner of the world in search of safety has now become cold, hard reality. According to Grist, New Zealand officials recently accepted a refugee application by a family from Tuvalu, where climate change is causing their Pacific island home to sink. New Zealand has rejected similar refugee claims in the past, but UPI reports that this recently accepted application may have far-reaching legal implications for other cases.

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Students 3D-Print a Better Brick that Snaps Together Like LEGOs

by , 08/11/14
filed under: 3d Printing, News

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We’ve seen 3D printed building materials before, but a team at Cornell has developed a unique ceramic brick that snaps together like legos! The bricks can be used to create incredibly complex structures using a single material, and the system completely eliminates construction waste.

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Tokyo's Transustainable House Becomes More Beautiful Over Time

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Baltimore's New Bus Shelter Lets Straphangers Lounge Inside Giant Letters

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A New Kickstarter Campaign Can Transform Any Bicycle into an Electric Bike

by , 08/11/14

If you’ve ever wished that your regular bike were an electric one, you’re in luck: a Pittsburgh-based engineer named Micah Toll has created a kit that allows any bicycle to transform into a perky little E-bike, at a fraction of what electric bicycles cost. Each kit comes with a battery, controller, motor (contained in the hub of a bicycle wheel, which you swap in for one of your current ones), and throttle, all of which are super-easy to install and use. Once put together, your regular bike is now a clean, green moped that can take you wherever you need to go. You’ll still get all the exercise and health benefits of a regular bike—you can turn off the motor any time you like and pedal to your heart’s content—but when you need a bit of extra “oomph” to get over a hill, or pick up a bit of extra speed, you’re golden.

The Kickstarter campaign is now underway, with shipping estimated to begin in December.

+ Barak Electric Bicycle Kickstarter

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BMW Announces Wireless Inductive Charging System for the i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles

by , 08/11/14

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Electric vehicles are the future of personal transportation – but hooking your car up to a cable every time you stop can be a drag. Several automakers are working on wireless inductive technology that can recharge electric vehicles without cables – and BMW just announced that it’s testing the technology with its i3 and i8 electric vehicles.

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Powerful Street Art Speaks for the Animals at Rock Werchter Music Festival

by , 08/11/14
filed under: Art, carousel showcase, gallery

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PITCHAfrica's Rain-Harvesting Soccer Field Can Capture Enough Water for 1000 People for a Full Year

by , 08/11/14

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Almost one billion people on Earth have no access to clean drinking water, and dirty water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence. Jane Harrison and David Turnbull of Atopia Research have come up with a way to raise awareness around this dire situation by marrying it with one of the world’s most popular sports. Their creation, PITCHAfrica, is a soccer field (or pitch) that collects and filters water. The ingenious invention is both a fun place for communities to gather and a way for them to access clean water.

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Indulge Your Inner Ewok with a Hanging Treehouse Sphere

by , 08/11/14

How delighted would you be if we told you that you could own your very own hanging treehouse? Inspired by the natural world around him, Canada-based Tom Chudleigh creates gorgeous wooden Free Spirit Eco Spheres, which can either sit on the ground or be suspended high in the trees by means of suspension lines and webbing. Available for purchase or for rent at Tom’s eco-retreat in the Pacific Northwest, they offer a whimsical new way to experience the outdoors. Whether your heart lies in Endor or Lothlorien, these hanging treehouses are sure to rejuvenate the wild-loving spirit within.

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New Studies Warn That a Pesticide Sprayed at NYC Parks Could Be Linked to Cancer

by , 08/11/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Public parks are supposed to be safe places for children to play, but several studies are now warning that a pesticide sprayed at some NYC playgrounds could pose a health threat for kids. DNAinfo reports that the Roundup brand of pesticide used by the Parks Department around city playgrounds has been linked by researchers to both breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (a cancer that effects the immune system).

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Housefish Launches Easy-to-Assemble Lock Seating Made From 100% USA-Sourced Materials

by , 08/11/14

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Denver-based design firm Housefish just launched Lock, their newest furniture line made from sustainably harvested wood. Available as a regular height chair or as a counter stool, these easy-to-assemble chairs are crafted with FSC-certified plywood and zero-VOC finishes. The chairs ship flat-pack and can be hand-assembled by simply sliding the seat into a locking notch in the back and then securing it in place with four screws.

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Brooklyn Bridge Park Erects a Clever and Low-Tech Solution to Obnoxious Highway Road Noise

Brooklyn Bridge Park Erects a Clever and Low-Tech Solution to…

Brooklyn Bridge Park is a lovely place to escape the city and enjoy nature - except for one thing. Because the park is located right next to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, the sound…

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How a Bite from This Tick is Turning Some People into Vegetarians

How a Bite from This Tick is Turning Some People into Vegetarians

A tiny little tick is turning some meat lovers into vegetarians. It may sound like something out of a science fiction film, but the strange occurrence has been documented across the…

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America's Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power Plan

America's Dirtiest Power Plants Could Be Exempted from the Clean Power…

  World Cup fever is in the air - but in Santiago, Chile it’s literally polluting the skies. The governor of Santiago recently put a call out to citizens not to light their…

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INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn…

Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a…

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The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change Threatens Our Economy

The Cost of Doing Nothing: The Economist Looks At How Climate Change…

This past May was the hottest on record ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average surface temperature around the world was almost 1°C above…

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