Watch this amazing machine transform plastic bags into fuel

Watch this amazing machine transform plastic bags into fuel

But Japanese inventor Akinori Ito created a machine that converts ubiquitous plastic bags into fuel. The carbon negative system is now being sold by Ito's Blest Corporation.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why our global fisheries are in crisis and how you can help

INFOGRAPHIC: Why our global fisheries are in crisis and how you can…

Did you know that the true cost of your seafood dinner is much more than the menu price? Consumer habits and unsustainable industry practices have placed global fish stocks under…

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Santos, Brazil is bringing attention to biodiversity with street guides and the country's first urban birdwatching tower

Santos, Brazil is bringing attention to biodiversity with street…

Santos is the first city in Brazil to install birds pictures in streets and squares. Located on the southeastern coast of the country and surrounded by the Atlantic Forest, Santos…

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Chiltern House weaves together concrete, steel and raw timber formwork

Chiltern House weaves together concrete, steel and raw timber formwork

The house features woven steel reinforcement and raw timber formwork combined with concrete walls, creating deeps spaces and extensive windows. A large swimming pool dominates the rear…

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Technicolor Porch Parade offers Vancouver pedestrians a cool place to people watch

Technicolor Porch Parade offers Vancouver pedestrians a cool place to…

The installation is a fanciful take on relaxation—notably because these porches aren’t attached to houses or any other kind of building. This row of sitting spaces is more akin to a…

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Hide from the world at this mirrored sauna that disappears into the woods

Hide from the world at this mirrored sauna that disappears into the…

The Cadyville Sauna seems simple, but the design is quite smart, like Hisel's other designs. The structure was built from local western red cedar and stones, lending a natural…

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Golden Water installation dazzles onlookers with mesmerizing LED lights

Golden Water installation dazzles onlookers with mesmerizing LED…

The artist was inspired by the ancient Hohokam Indians who once occupied the northern Arizona and were among the first cultures to rely on irrigation canals. The resulting structure is…

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Enter the 2016 City of Dreams Pavilion competition and see your design come to life on Governors Island

Enter the 2016 City of Dreams Pavilion competition and see your design…

FIGMENT has opened the call for entries in its 2016 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition for Governors Island.

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The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste into a Colorado river

The EPA just spilled 1 million gallons of mustard-colored mine waste…

On Wednesday of this week, like so many days of so many other weeks, environmental workers were using heavy equipment to cleanup an area near a disused mine. This time, near Durango,…

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Fuelled by drought conditions, California's 70,000-acre Rocky Fire is completely unpredictable

Fuelled by drought conditions, California's 70,000-acre Rocky Fire is…

The 70,000 acre Rocky Fire that is still raging near Clear Lake California has defied firefighter's predictions of how a wildfire should behave. It has already crossed highways, fire…

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A community fridge in Spain lets residents avoid food waste by sharing

A community fridge in Spain lets residents avoid food waste by sharing

What if you could walk down the street and pick up a half a quart of milk without paying anything? What if you were going on vacation and instead of tossing that unused cheese or those…

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California's drinking water source Lake Oroville plummets to 33%

California's drinking water source Lake Oroville plummets to 33%

Lake Oroville, a source of drinking water for 23 million Californians, has plummeted dangerously to a low 33 percent capacity. Illustrated in an emotional narrative by Diana Marcum for…

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Eco-conscious Neeson Cripps Academy will empower Cambodia’s impoverished youth

Eco-conscious Neeson Cripps Academy will empower Cambodia’s…

The five-story Neeson Cripps Academy will offer free education to approximately 300 students from the local families who previously made a living off of scavenging the former Steung…

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Study shows planting street trees can make residents feel up to 7 years younger

Study shows planting street trees can make residents feel up to 7…

A new study published in the journal Nature has a shown a strong correlation between an abundance of street trees and local residents' improved sense of well-being.

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Russia makes a massive Arctic land grab for oil exploration

Russia makes a massive Arctic land grab for oil exploration

If you thought Santa Claus was as American as apple pie and baseball, think again. The jolly old elf might soon need to apply for a Russian passport if Russia's new claim over a vast…

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Submit your futuristic and eco-friendly pavilion designs to the 2016 City of Dreams competition

Submit your futuristic and eco-friendly pavilion designs to the 2016…

FIGMENT NYC’s City of Dreams Pavilion competition—one of our favorite annual design competitions—just issued its call for proposals. For the sixth year in a row, the international…

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Pop-up art gallery brings beauty back to a public square in Oslo

Pop-up art gallery brings beauty back to a public square in Oslo

Students from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design teamed up with Rintala Eggertsson Architects to create an art gallery intervention on the streets of the Norwegian capital. The…

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Yerka's "unstealable bike" to hit the pavement next spring

Here on Inhabitat, we get to share with our readers a whole lot of really cool designs that you can’t actually buy, and we know it frustrates the heck out of you—because you tell us…

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Citi Bike to expand across the Hudson into Jersey City

Citi Bike to expand across the Hudson into Jersey City

Jersey City is the newest hub in the Citi Bike bike-sharing program. When the program launches next month, it will add 350 bikes at 35 stations to the existing network of bikes in New…

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Critics fired up over UK power plant's promise of

Critics fired up over UK power plant's promise of "negative emissions"

Coal and wood pellets aren’t the only things burning at the Drax Power Station in Yorkshire, England. The world’s biggest “green” power plant is under fire for its claims to be…

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Ultra modern PV+ House boasts scissored solar panels for a super energy boost

Ultra modern PV+ House boasts scissored solar panels for a super…

Among the several sustainable features of the design is a roof that uses an inverted scrissor struss that provides optimal solar orientation and allows air to flow through the house.…

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Gorgeous isolated cabin with volcano views is only accessible by boat

Gorgeous isolated cabin with volcano views is only accessible by boat

Located above the rocky south shore, the House on Todos Los Santos Lake serves as a single-family weekend getaway. The precarious and steep site required a careful construction system…

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Nowlab's 100% recyclable stool was inspired by melting glaciers

Nowlab's 100% recyclable stool was inspired by melting glaciers

Berlin-based design studio NOWlab created a piece of furniture inspired by layering and natural recycling of ice inside a glacier. The idea of the optimum material cycle has been…

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Dubai is building the world’s longest indoor ski slope - in the desert

Dubai is building the world’s longest indoor ski slope - in the…

The 3.67-million-square-meter Meydan One won’t be home to Dubai’s first indoor ski resort, though it will beat the old record by three times. The extravagant desert city nabbed the…

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Watch Lexus' working hoverboard fly over water and jump a moving car

Watch Lexus' working hoverboard fly over water and jump a moving car

Since 1989, and the release of Back to the Future, Part II, the world has been anxiously waiting for the ability to scoot over the sidewalk on our own personal hoverboards. There's been…

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Zoo Zurich's new elephant house is topped with a lace-like wooden dome

Zoo Zurich's new elephant house is topped with a lace-like wooden dome

The sprawling new elephant pavilion expands the animals’ space by six times, creating seamless space between indoors and out. The new compound comfortably houses ten elephants, giving…

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Scientists just discovered the building blocks of life on a comet

Scientists just discovered the building blocks of life on a comet

Following last year’s landing on comet 67P, studies are uncovering the presence of organic compounds and the scientific community is buzzing at the larger implication: comets really…

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Good Eggs is shutting down operations in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans

Good Eggs is shutting down operations in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New…

140 employees have been laid off, as Good Eggs announces they will end their Brooklyn, Los Angeles and New Orleans services on Friday, August 7th.

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Heatherwick's gorgeous green-roofed Maggie's center makes a whole building out of a garden

Heatherwick's gorgeous green-roofed Maggie's center makes a whole…

The city officials granted permission for the construction of the building yesterday, two months after the design was first unveiled to the public. The curved structures with green…

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108-square-foot floating Walden Raft in France pays homage to Henry David Thoreau

108-square-foot floating Walden Raft in France pays homage to Henry…

This floating rustic cabin, designed by Elise Morin and Florent Albinet, is a space built by combining wood and acrylic glass which allow it to act as a transparent structure whose…

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Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as millions of locusts plague the region

Southern Russia declares a state of emergency as millions of locusts…

As California struggles to contain ferocious wildfires and the Pacific Northwest anxiously waits for the Cascadia fault to reawaken, right across the ocean, Russians are dealing with a…

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

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

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…

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World’s first 3D-printed drug wins FDA approval

World’s first 3D-printed drug wins FDA approval

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its first 3D-printed drug. The medicine is Aprecia's epilepsy-fighting Spritam. Drugmakers turned to 3D printing to…

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Design a fairytale-inspired hotel suite for SLEEP 2015’s ‘Wonder Tale’ student competition

Design a fairytale-inspired hotel suite for SLEEP 2015’s ‘Wonder…

SLEEP 2015, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, just launched the Wonder Tale student competition. This year’s contest explores the relationship between…

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DIY: Build a seat out of your clothing

DIY: Build a seat out of your clothing

WeDangle, your clothes as comfy seat. Why are clothes never used as a chair? That is the question behind the WeDangle. A quest that started 2 years ago with the investigation for an…

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Brilliant VeinViewer makes it easier (and less painful) to find a patient's vein

Brilliant VeinViewer makes it easier (and less painful) to find a…

Whether you're terrified of needles or perfectly at ease in the nurse's chair, feeling the "stick" is far from a pleasant feeling, never mind the increasing tension that comes with…

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

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

Tourists on the Koh Lanta island of Thailand made a disturbing discovery while walking along the beach recently: baby chicks dyed bright colors, most of which were lumped into sealed…

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Award-winning KinesicMouse lets the disabled control computers with facial gestures

Award-winning KinesicMouse lets the disabled control computers with…

AT&T, NYU ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF $100,000 CONNECT ABILITY TECH CHALLENGE TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES Senator Charles Schumer and Disability Advocates Join…

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Kengo Kuma to expand Portland Japanese Garden with LEED-certified buildings

Kengo Kuma to expand Portland Japanese Garden with LEED-certified…

Considered one of the top destinations for tourists in Oregon, the Portland Japanese Garden has experienced rapid visitor growth over its 52-year lifespan and currently serves 300,000…

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

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

When Chevy unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt earlier this year the automaker promised a longer electric driving range and now its been EPA certified with a 53 miles EV driving range. That…

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