Germany Smashes Three Solar Energy Records in Just Two Weeks!

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In just two weeks Germany has managed to break three solar energy records! First the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute that monitors solar output in the country noticed a rise to a record 24.24 gigawatts around midday on June 6, 2014. During the same week, solar power systems around Germany generated a total of 1.26 terawatt-hours of energy, and on the following Monday, German solar power took center stage once again by accounting for 50.6 percent of total electricity demand, which means half the total energy powering the country came from photovoltaic panels.

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World's First 3D-Printed House is Being Built In Amsterdam

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Futuristic Nimbus E-Car is a Cute Hybrid Microbus Perfect for the Eco-Conscious Road Warrior

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Once seen as a passing fad for those that could afford them, hybrid vehicles have come very far in terms of energy efficiency and design over the last decade. The inspirational Nimbus e-Car, however, takes hybrid automotive design to a whole new (and adorable) level. Created by Brazilian artist and designer, Eduardo Galvani, this all-terrain electric minibus is a concept e-car made for serious energy conscious road warriors who want to travel in style.

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DIY: Spice Up Your Child's Lunch Box With These Cute Onigiri Panda Bears

by , 06/22/14
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Have you ever wanted to be a bento box master but don’t know where to start? Most food art we see on Pinterest can take hours to create, so we’ve tracked down a recipe that’s not only easy to make but adorable and healthy as well! These onigiri panda are fun to make with your kids and easy way to spice up an ordinary lunch box. Click through to see the step-by-step directions for how to make these cute panda bears!

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The Stack: Manhattan's First Modular Apartment Building Opens Its Doors to Renters

by , 06/21/14
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Help Save This Incredible Hobbit Home in Wales From Imminent Demolition!

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41 Nutrient-packed Superfoods Ranked in New Study

by , 06/21/14
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Who’d have thought it? An unassuming leafy green often used as decorative garnish might just be the healthiest food you can eat. Researchers at William Paterson University put watercress at the top of a list of 41 “powerhouse fruits and vegetables” that contain 17 nutrients critical for human health. The study, recently published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease, gives watercress a score of 100 out of 100 for nutrient contents because it contains large amounts of fiber, potassium, protein, calcium, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin A, vitamin d, and other important building blocks for the human body.

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We Test Out The New Lincoln MKC: A Crossover Vehicle with a Small Footprint, but Big Style

by , 06/21/14


This summer, luxury crossover buyers have a new model to choose from when the 2015 Lincoln MKC rolls into showrooms. The MKC is a new crossover that has a small footprint, but a big dose of style mixed in, like the Lincoln MKZ sedan.

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DIY: Heal Sunburned Skin with This All-Natural Soother

by , 06/21/14
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Summer means lots of outdoor fun in the sun. Whether you’re spending time at the shore or just making daily trips to the pool, it’s especially important to protect your skin this time of year. Wearing a hat, sunglasses, and plenty of non-toxic sunscreen is the best way to ensure that your precious epidermis doesn’t get burned. But we all forget sometimes. Getting a little too pink can be uncomfortable and a bad sunburn is downright painful. Soothe the sting of too much sun with our all-natural healing spray. Follow the link below to see the full recipe.

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Americans Waste $4 Billion on Outdated Dryers

by , 06/21/14

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While some appliances have moved into the future, the humble dryer has been stuck in the past. As refrigerators, washing machines and other things have evolved and become much more energy efficient, the clothes dryer really hasn’t changed much over the decades. As a result, Americans waste $4 billion every single year on clunky, outdated drying technology. That’s why the Natural Resources Defense Council is calling for change, from the way we use dryers to the way they are made.

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Spontaneous Interventions: Watch the World Cup at These Two Public Viewing Venues on Governors Island

by , 06/21/14
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Watching the World Cup at your local bar is cool, but how about viewing it on the big screen at Governors IslandSpontaneous Interventions, an exhibition created by architects, artists and designers to bring new amenities to the public, has brought two new World Cup viewing venues to the island. Originally shown at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2012, the project focuses on activating urban space, making it more usable for visitors.

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Help Save the World's Oceans by Supporting the Ocean Cleanup Array!

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Plastic waste in the ocean is no joke – there are millions of tons of it out there, wreaking all kinds of havoc on sea life and the ocean’s ecology. It’s easy to feel helpless, especially since the problem has become so enormous, but there is a way that even the most land-locked citizens can help clean things up. The Ocean Cleanup Array, invented by 19-year old Boyan Slat, has proven to be a viable solution for cleaning the oceans – and that’s where you come in. Right now the Ocean Cleanup team is looking for funding to launch the project so that we can finally start removing a significant amount of plastic from the ocean, and your donation could make all the difference.

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Inhabitat is Hiring in New York City

by , 06/21/14

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Any of you want to work for an awesome online publication with passion, a vision and a mission to make the world a better place through the power of design? Would you like to work for the web’s largest green design publication, which is read by 100,000 thought-leaders every day, and over 4 million readers every month? Of course, we’re humbly talking about Inhabitat here — we’re expanding and currently looking to fill a few freelance & full-time positions. If you (or someone you know) are passionate about sustainable design, and want to work for an exciting and fast-growing publishing company focused on design innovation, we want to hear from you!

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Brad Pitt's Make It Right to Build 20 LEED Platinum Homes for Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes in Montana

by , 06/20/14

The Make It Right nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt is partnering with the Sioux and Assiniboine tribes of Fort Peck, Montana, to build sustainable homes, buildings and communities on their reservation. In addition to 20 LEED Platinum certified homes, the project will develop a sustainable master plan for the entire reservation, which covers thousands of acres and is home to more than 6,000 Native Americans.

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Azerbaijan's 2015 Expo Pavilion Keeps a Small Energy Footprint Inside a Slatted Timber Shell

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Harley-Davidson Unveils Its Very First Electric Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson Unveils Its Very First Electric Motorcycle

Electric vehicles are known for being whisper quiet, but that wouldn't be right with a Harley-Davidson chopper. In place of gas explosions making a racket, the LiveWire produces a…

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India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

India Shuts Down Coca-Cola Plant for Extracting Too Much Groundwater

Officials in the Indian city of Varanasi have ordered a Coca-Cola bottling factory in the nearby village of Mehdiganj to close down for using too much groundwater. The local community…

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Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers…

Standing on a quiet Belgian street, this unique family home still has the original red-bricked facade, some walls, grey concrete floor and industrial roof. Created in steel, wood and…

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3D System's Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

3D System's Ekocycle Cube 3D Prints Objects From Recycled Plastic

What if you could turn old plastic bottles into fresh new designs with the press of a button? 3D Systems’ new Ekocycle Cube uses post-consumer plastic to 3D print a variety of…

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Activists Protest Chinese Dog-Eating Festival that Slaughters Thousands of Animals

Activists Protest Chinese Dog-Eating Festival that Slaughters…

China's summer solstice festival is about to kick off, but one aspect of the festivities has drawn the ire of animal rights activists. That’s because, in addition to liquor and…

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