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Africa’s First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria

Africa’s First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria

With a serious housing shortage but no shortage of plastic bottles littering the streets, the Development Association for Renewable Energies (DARE) - an NGO based in Nigeria - decided to build this

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Japanese Government Unveils Plan to Build a Backup City for Tokyo

Japanese Government Unveils Plan to Build a Backup City for Tokyo

In the same way that we have backup batteries for our cameras and computers, the Japanese government has recently unveiled plans to develop a whole new city that will act as a backup for Tokyo in the

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New Report Says Fracking Causes Small Earthquakes

New Report Says Fracking Causes Small Earthquakes

A report by UK energy company Cuadrilla Resources, which has investments in hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) for natural gas, found that pumping fluid into the ground at two of their hydraulic

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SolarShip’s Solar Cargo Helium Plane Is a Futuristic Airship That Actually Exists

SolarShip’s Solar Cargo Helium Plane Is a Futuristic Airship That Actually Exists

People have talked about building futuristic airships for zero emissions cargo shipping for a long time, but most of these green blimps remain on the drawing board. One company, SolarShip, has taken the

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20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii

20 Million Tons of Japanese Debris Spotted En Route to Hawaii

When the tsunami struck Japan earlier in the year, the country suffered a devastating loss of life and a nuclear meltdown. However it seems like it will not be the only country affected by the disaster.

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New Zealand to Open Its First-Ever Pop-Up Shipping Container Mall Next Week

New Zealand to Open Its First-Ever Pop-Up Shipping Container Mall Next Week

City Mall, in Christchurch, New Zealand, is on track to reopen on next week, bringing New Zealand their first-ever pop-up container mall. The mall comes after the deadly earthquake that hit earlier in

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Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) has installed 100 solar-powered street lamps in Haitian refugee camps Pétionville and Caradeux. Almost two years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti taking

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Beautiful Solar-Powered Y-House Perches on Stilts Overlooking the Chilean Coast

Beautiful Solar-Powered Y-House Perches on Stilts Overlooking the Chilean Coast

While the sun isn't great for keeping a beach-home cool, it is a superb source of renewable energy. Plus Arquitectura played to the site's strengths by incorporating solar panels onto the Y-shaped roof,

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Curry Stone Design Prize Awarded to Hsieh Ying-Chun for Sustainable Rural Design

Curry Stone Design Prize Awarded to Hsieh Ying-Chun for Sustainable Rural Design

The Curry Stone Design Prize seeks to illuminate the work of visionary designers who seek to improve the health and safety of communities and the state of the world. This year their Grand Prize was

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20 Stunning Energy-Efficient Homes in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

20 Stunning Energy-Efficient Homes in the 2011 Solar Decathlon!

The 2011 Solar Decathlon is heating up as 20 teams of students from around the world construct stunning, energy-efficient homes at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The

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Green-Roofed CA Academy of Sciences Crowned the World’s Largest Double LEED Platinum Building

Green-Roofed CA Academy of Sciences Crowned the World’s Largest Double LEED Platinum Building

Today the California Academy of Sciences achieved a groundbreaking feat of sustainable design as the U.S. Green Building Council presented it with its second LEED Platinum certification, making it

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MIT’s $1000 House Challenge Inspires Groundbreaking Designs

MIT’s $1000 House Challenge Inspires Groundbreaking Designs

Chui’s design is a series of repeated L-shaped walls made from earth blocks which are capped with a bamboo and corrugated roof. Each wall section is set 90 degrees from each other to create multiple

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Antillean Gothic is a Modern and Energy Efficient Take on the Shotgun House

Antillean Gothic is a Modern and Energy Efficient Take on the Shotgun House

The Antillean Gothic is a concept house by Amonle Studio Workshop that proposes a green and tropical way of life rooted in Caribbean style architecture. The new home is an eco concept that finds its

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MIT’s Tiny Kinetic Generator Produces 100 Times More Power from Small Vibrations

MIT’s Tiny Kinetic Generator Produces 100 Times More Power from Small Vibrations

The labs at MIT are shaking things up - literally - as they just unveiled a tiny device that harvests energy from everyday, low-frequency vibrations. The breakthrough gizmo generates 100 times more power

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Plan B Arquitectos’ Casa en Río Cedro is an Open Air Delight in Colombia

Plan B Arquitectos’ Casa en Río Cedro is an Open Air Delight in Colombia

The surrounding area has been ravaged by extensive deforestation of the native forest for livestock grazing and timbers. To avoid using wood from these locations, the team sourced certified wood and pine

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Mitsubishi Unexpectedly Raises Price of the i EV

Mitsubishi Unexpectedly Raises Price of the i EV

We told you back in April that Mitsubishi was working hard to keep the cost of its i electric car lower than any other EV on the U.S. market. Originally this brought the price to an extremely affordable

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Blast at Nuclear Site in France Kills 1, Injures 4

Blast at Nuclear Site in France Kills 1, Injures 4

An explosion at a nuclear waste treatment site in France killed one person today and injured several others. The explosion occurred at the Centraco plant located in the Marcoule nuclear site near

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LAVAs’ Disaster Relief Prefab Pod Is Both Funky and Functional

LAVAs’ Disaster Relief Prefab Pod Is Both Funky and Functional

Lava's emergency shelter is designed for ultimate ease and comfort in the worst of scenarios. Resembling an origami pod, the unit can be cut out of local plywood and assembled or even be dropped off by

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Hurricane Irene Puts a Damper on Highly Anticipated MLK Memorial Dedication in D.C.

Hurricane Irene Puts a Damper on Highly Anticipated MLK Memorial Dedication in D.C.

The much-anticipated Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial dedication ceremony that was expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to D.C. this Sunday has been cancelled due to Hurricane

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5.9 Mineral, Virginia Earthquake Shakes Six Nuclear Power Plants Within 150 Miles

5.9 Mineral, Virginia Earthquake Shakes Six Nuclear Power Plants Within 150 Miles

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake just hit Mineral, VA, sending shockwaves up and down the East Coast of the United States that evacuated the Capital Building, the White House, and the Pentagon in Washington,

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5.9 Earthquake Shakes Eastern U.S. From Virginia to NYC and Beyond

5.9 Earthquake Shakes Eastern U.S. From Virginia to NYC and Beyond

Did you feel that shake? If you're anywhere near the East Coast, chances are you did. Around 1:50 p.m. today, a 5.9 earthquake shook the Eastern U.S. from North Carolina all the way up to Martha's

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Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Japanese Bill Calling for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Gains Steam

Earlier this year, the Japanese government considered a bill that would require renewable energy to be integrated into the consumer energy grid. Initially proposed to lower greenhouse gas emissions, the

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Recycled PET Bottles Become Inexpensive Radiation Detectors in Japan

Recycled PET Bottles Become Inexpensive Radiation Detectors in Japan

Researchers in Japan have developed a method for making radiation detection devices out of recycled PET bottles that cuts costs by 90% over currently used devices. The resource reusing, life-saving gadget

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Worried About the End of the World? Buy a Stylish Vivos Bunker

Worried About the End of the World? Buy a Stylish Vivos Bunker

Look at the headlines - we have financial turmoil all over the world, riots in the UK and someone is remaking Dirty Dancing. Truly this is the end of world... or pretty close to it. If you are concerned

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San Francisco Officials Approve Treasure Island Eco-City

San Francisco Officials Approve Treasure Island Eco-City

Treasure Island lies in the middle of San Francisco Bay, visible to the left of the Bay Bridge as it crosses from San Francisco to Oakland. Abutting hilly Yerba Buena Island, Treasure Island is a man-made

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Top 6 Eco-Friendly Bookbags to Carry Back to Class

Top 6 Eco-Friendly Bookbags to Carry Back to Class

Pendleton Indian Blanket Gunpowder Bag - $264 from Fleabags Feed Haiti Bag or Feed Japan Bag - $35 from FEED Projects Ecoalf Quilted Backpack - 120 € at Ecoalf Voltaic Spark iPad and Tablet

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Shigeru Ban Unveils Towering Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch

Shigeru Ban Unveils Towering Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch

A devastating earthquake all but leveled Christchurch’s older buildings in February, however Shigeru Ban just unveiled a massive temporary cardboard building that will replace the city's historic

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Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms

Japan Will Generate Electricity by Turning Unused Rice Paddies into Solar Farms

Softbank Corporation President Masayoshi Son is rolling out a plan to turn Japan's 1.3 million acres of unused rice paddies into solar farms. Energy issues in Japan have been under heightened scrutiny

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Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

The Japanese government discovered this week that 1,256 head of cattle have been fed hay poisoned with the radioactive material cesium. The hay, which was grown in the Fukushima prefecture, was given to

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San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

San Francisco’s Greenest Office Building Tops Off!

The start-then-stop history of the project turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The building was originally designed to be a typical office next to city hall, however after the first halt in

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