Solar Sister Empowers Women to Bring Solar Energy to Rural Africa

electricity, clean energy, solar power, solar sister, reliable electricity, kerosene lamps, energy poverty, solar devices, solar lanterns, solar cell phone chargers, women's rural networks, micro-consignment, business in a bag, solar sister entrepreneur, indoor air quality, uganda, rwanda, south sudan, africa

We take electricity for granted in the developed world, but did you know that 1.6 billion people – a full one quarter of the world’s population – don’t have access to reliable electricity? The consequences are far-reaching: The lack of electric lighting impacts children’s ability to do well in school and prevents people from working once the sun has set, and dangerous kerosene lamps fill the air with soot and CO2 emissions. Enter Solar Sister, a nonprofit that is eradicating energy poverty one solar device at a time while empowering women with economic opportunity. The organization distributes solar-powered products like lanterns and cell phone chargers through women’s rural networks in Africa.

Read More >

Advertisement

Seriously? Japan Plans to Restart Nuclear Reactors

japan, restart, nuclear, power, plant, sendai, kyushu, fukushima, meltdown, disaster, power

Despite the devastation wreaked by the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, Japan wants to restart two nuclear reactors that were shut off in the wake of the disaster. According to the Guardian, Japan’s nuclear watchdog has said the reactors can be started up again, as long as the operator can convince the local communities they are safe. That might not be an easy task as the Japanese public has been wary of nuclear power since Fukushima, which was the worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl.

Read More >

ART

See Astonishing Photos of Iceland's Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

Read More >

Advertisement

Former Firehouse Converted Into a Beautiful Loft in Fort Greene

by , 09/10/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

forte green, brooklyn apartment, fort greene apartment, brooklyn renovations, brooklyn conversions, old firehouse, duplex loft

This beautiful Brooklyn space has quite a storied past. Not only has it been home to NYFD Engine 256, but it’s also been a water tower and a bomb shelter. 6sqft reports that this turn-of-the-century firehouse at 124 Dekalb Avenue in Fort Greene now boasts two duplex loft apartments. And though there’s no standard fireman’s pole to slide down from, that beautiful wooden spiral staircase will make do. Check out more images of this spacious loft here.

READ MORE >

 

Wuhan Park Place Lifestyle Project Merges Urban Farming and High-Density Living in China

Read More >

Extraordinary House of Hungarian Music Has No Straight Lines or Planar Surfaces

by , 09/10/14
filed under: Architecture, gallery

Read More >

Digital Mapping of Stonehenge Reveals Site is More Massive Than We Thought

by , 09/10/14
filed under: Architecture, News

University of Birmingham Stonehenge

Previously unknown archaeological monuments have been discovered around Stonehenge as part of an enormous digital mapping project that has transformed scientists’ knowledge of this iconic landscape. A team from the University of Birmingham’s Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project have used remote sensing techniques and geophysical surveys to map the area to a depth of three meters below ground, resulting in the most detailed archaeological digital map of Stonehenge and its surroundings ever produced. Startling new discoveries include 17 previously unknown ritual monuments dating to the period when Stonehenge was developed into its iconic ring shape.

Read More >

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's New 4-Block-Long Public Plaza Opens Today

by , 09/10/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

Read More >

Energy Efficient 46-Unit Passivhaus Bruck Building Opens In China

Read More >

Lucirmas Upcycles Wine Bottles into Glass Lamps that Double as Flashlights

Lucirmas, upcycle, glass bottle, upcycle glass bottle, 75cl lamp, Dario Martone, glass bottle lamp, glass bottle flashlight, reader submitted content

Spanish eco-design company Lucirmás just unveiled a handy lamp made from a recycled wine bottle! Created in collaboration with designer Dario Martone, the 75cl lamp is made from a sparkling wine bottle fitted with a 100% recycled wooden rim that allows the user to set the light on a flat surface. Alternatively, the lamp can be displayed as its original wine bottle shape, in which the bottom glass portion functions as a color filter to create a diffused green light. Want to see more of the 75cl lamp? You can watch this video to see it in action!

+ Lucirmás


The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

 

Five Major Landscape Architecture Firms Unveil Competing Designs for New Presidio Parklands Project in San Francisco

Read More >

Never Have to Refill Your MetroCard Again by Getting This

by , 09/10/14
filed under: Inhabitat NYC

metrocard, metrocard auto refill, refill metrocard, metrocard automatic refill, metrocard top up, nyc transportation, mta, nyc subway card, easypay, metrocard xpress, express metrocard, xpress metrocard

When you’re already late for work and you see your train approaching on the other side of the turnstile, there’s nothing quite as disheartening as seeing the words “Insufficient Funds.” But did you know that there’s a way to avoid this situation altogether? Commuters who take advantage of the MTA’s EasyPay Xpress program can get around long kiosk lines and missed trains with MetroCards that refill automatically.

Read More >

INTERVIEW: Boyan Slat, Teenage Inventor of the Ocean Cleanup Array


Boyan Slat, Boyan Slat array, cleaning plastic, cleaning trash, crowd sourcing ocean array, Crowdfunding, crowdfunding ocean array, garbage patch, Ocean Array, ocean cleaning, ocean cleanup, Ocean Cleanup Array, Ocean Plastic, Ocean plastic cleanup, ocean trash cleanup, pacific garbage patch, sea patch, sea plastic, interview, the ocean cleanup

Last year, 19-year-old inventor Boyan Slat made waves by designing an “Ocean Cleanup Array” which he claimed could remove 72.5 million tons of plastic from the world’s oceans. Although his idea received criticism from some quarters, a year-long feasibility study concluded that the idea will work. Not just that—it could potentially remove half the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within a decade. The last 12 months have been a whirlwind for the young inventor; he’s given talks around the world and conducted tests in The Azores. We sat down with Boyan Slat to ask him about his inspiration, dealing with criticism and what the future holds for the Ocean Cleanup Array.

Read More >

PHOTOS: Apple Unveils The Apple Watch - Its First Wearable Device

Read More >

India's Smog is Killing Off Crops that Could Have Fed 94 Million People

india, farmers, farming, crops, smog, food, security, pollutions, crops, ground, level, ozone, agriculture

India has a pollution problem – and it’s gotten so bad that it’s killing off vast fields of crops that could feed millions of the country’s most vulnerable residents. A new study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters shows ground-level ozone, which is the main component in smog, damages roughly 6.7 million tons of India’s food staples like wheat and rice in a single year. The shows that the lost crops are worth about $1.3 billion and could feed about 94 million people – about a third of the country’s poor.

Read More >

A Gigantic Carpet Made Entirely From Flowers Just Popped Up in Brussels!

A Gigantic Carpet Made Entirely From Flowers Just Popped Up in…

Begonias are chosen for their robustness, resistance to bad weather and longevity, thanks to which the carpet can stay in place for days. Vivid colors and delicate pastel shades create…

Read More >

Iceland's Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

Iceland's Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the…

The water appears blue because of the high concentrations of silica, algae, and minerals within it. Although the water itself is actually a milky white hue, the silica within it…

Read More >

Apple Hires World-Renowned Designer Marc Newson as VP of Design

Apple Hires World-Renowned Designer Marc Newson as VP of Design

The tech world is buzzing about today’s big reveal from Apple, but some of the most exciting news for design lovers has already taken place. The tech giant announced that it has…

Read More >

Watch the World's Happiest Dog Plunge into the Ocean with a GoPro Strapped to His Back (Video)

Watch the World's Happiest Dog Plunge into the Ocean with a GoPro…

Have you ever dreamed of coming back as a happy dog? Now you can get a taste of this happiness thanks to the new Fetch harness by GoPro. The adventure camera company has unveiled an…

Read More >

DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle!

DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle!

The cooler half of the year is right around the corner (though most of us don't want to admit it!), and all over the northern hemisphere, little feathered friends will be looking for…

Read More >

inhabitat inhabitat

Welcome to Inhabitat, your online guide to the best green design ideas, innovations and inspiration to build a cleaner, brighter, and better future.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home