Hawaii Considers Plan to Protect Endangered Birds with Lasers

by , 07/08/14
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Well here’s a surprising way to save birds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) have announced that they are mulling over a plan to place lasers on top of transmission poles throughout Hawaii in order to stop birds from colliding with them. It is hoped that the use of high-concentrated light will stop the islands’ endangered birds from hitting electrical lines.

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Would You Pay 50 Percent More for Citi Bike in Order to Save It from Failure?

by , 07/08/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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New Yorkers are pretty used to fare hikes because of the MTA, but it looks like another form of transportation may soon be getting more expensive as well. The NY Daily News reports that the city has been in discussions to potentially raise Citi Bike’s annual membership fee by up to 50 percent. If enacted, the hike would increase yearly membership prices from $95 to $140 or even $155.

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Markus Jeschaunig's Arc de Triomphe Highlights Consumer Waste with Two Tons of Stale Bread

by , 07/08/14

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Did you know that 70,000 tons of edible bread goes to waste every year in Austria? According to designer and sustainability advocate Markus Jeschaunig, the amount of food that Europeans waste every year would be more than enough to feed the world’s hungry. To bring awareness to the wastefulness in current consumer behavior, Jeschaunig recreated a model of the Arc de Triomphe from two tons of stale waste bread. Designed for Austria’s 2012 Lendwirbel Festival in Graz, the metal and wood arc highlights how society has prioritized capitalism and affluence at the expense of the environment and the hungry. At the close of the festival, the old bread was transported to a biogas plant and transformed into electricity.

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Simbcity Zero-Energy Additions Revive Decaying Housing Estates in Spain

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INHABITAT INTERVIEW: Koen Olthuis of WaterStudio.nl Talks About Design for a Water World

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In light of all the dire news related to climate change, rising sea levels and the natural disasters which have stricken numerous coastal areas around the world, we here at Inhabitat would like to highlight an interview Inhabitat Editor-in-Chief Jill Fehrenbacher conducted with architect Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio.nl. A studio focused on designing for a future water world, Olthuis has been at the forefront of this once unconventional, yet now timely design vernacular. Olthuis says that despite our civilization’s history of trying to drain and fight against wet landscapes for the past thousand years, our best move for the future would be to “let water in and even make friends with the water.” Read on for the fascinating interview where Olthius describes his what designing for water landscapes worldwide really means.

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INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

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Perfectly Passive Ressò House Wins Architecture Award at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

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Scientists Create Ultra-Efficient Solar Powered Fuel Cells for Capturing and Converting Carbon

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Clean technology researchers just killed two birds with one stone by coming up with a new way to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into useful chemical compound via solar energy. In collaboration with New Jersey-based startup, Liquid Light Inc., Princeton University scientists have been able to turn a combination of carbon dioxide and water into formic acid using an electrochemical cell that’s fully powered by solar energy from local utility provider, Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G).

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Brilliant Solar-powered 'Ladybird' Robot Increases Farm Productivity!

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University of Sydney’s robotics department invented a solar-powered farm robot that can detect vegetables, trace out crops and remove weeds with its robotic arms. Called Ladybird, the robot aims to increase productivity and optimize harvesting methods.

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Scientists Find That Koalas are Officially the Original Tree Huggers

by , 07/07/14
filed under: Animals, global warming, News

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In what will no doubt go own in history as the world’s most adorable scientific study, scientists have uncovered the secrets of how koalas keep themselves cool in the sweltering Australian summer. The little marsupials have quite possibly the cutest method ever of cooling down, because when things get hot, they don’t pant or wallow in the mud like other animals. Instead, koalas just hug a tree.

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