2016 Toyota Mirai is the only zero-emissions vehicle that can travel 312 miles

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In the market for a zero-emissions vehicle that can travel almost as far as a regular gas-powered vehicle? Up until now, you’re only choice has been the Tesla Model S with its 265 mile range – but Toyota just announced that the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell vehicle has a driving range of 312 miles, which is longer than any other zero-emissions vehicle on the market.

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Austin, Texas is now home to the world’s cheapest solar power

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In basically the craziest news in clean energy this week, the Texas city of Austin has become the site of the world’s cheapest solar power. Priced at just $0.04/kWh, this beats the previous record set in Dubai by $0.02/kWh, and although solar prices have been trending downward for some time, even the experts are surprised to see such a low price reached so soon. With these new figures, Austin takes a big lead in the world’s fastest growing and perhaps most competitive clean energy market.

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Rooftop cloud pods naturally cool the landscape with the power of evaporation

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INFOGRAPHIC: For the cost, which type of lightbulb reigns supreme?

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After being used for over 100 years it’s fairly safe to say that the incandescent bulb is old technology, and it has taken a long time for new technology to replace it. After a brief rise in the popularity of CFLs, the most recent technology to catch on is the LED bulb – but are they worth the additional expense? This infographic from Sunpower UK compares the three different types of bulbs and reveals which type is the best bang for your buck.

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Colorful noise-pollution barriers that also generate solar energy being tested in the Netherlands

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Technology research is often about finding ways to combine two different functions into one tool or, as you might have heard it said before, kill two birds with one stone. In the Netherlands, a consortium of research facilities and energy companies is a little closer to doing just that. By combining solar energy generation with much-needed noise-reduction barriers along a busy Dutch highway, the team hopes to prove that they’ve developed an environmentally-friendly solution to two of modern life’s biggest challenges.

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Jewel Box Villa takes energy-efficient green homes to a hip new level in Switzerland

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How to make organic red, white and blue popsicles for the 4th of July

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filed under: DIY, Sustainable Food

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With temperatures rising well over 100 degrees in many parts of the country, this summer has been one of the hottest on record, and the first week of July figures to be no different. And when the mercury starts to climb, there’s nothing more refreshing than a popsicle, for kids and grownups alike. Over at Inhabitots we’re sharing our recipe for our favorite 4th of July-themed red, white and blue ice pops, which are filled with natural ingredients and are super simple to make. Click through to learn how to make these fun all-American ice pops and find printable one-page popsicle recipe.

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Conqueror makes the ultimate self-sufficient campers for outdoor adventures

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Gorgeous Passive House renovation in New York wins the 'Oscars of existing buildings'

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Look out for special Mets-themed Citi Bikes around NYC for cool prizes

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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New York Yankees fans might be finding themselves blue with envy this month. Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson announced on Wednesday that 50 of New York’s Citi Bikes have been adorned with the Queens baseball team’s logo for a campaign supporting a month-long social media contest. The lucky winner, hopefully a Mets fan, will get the honor of throwing out the first pitch at Citi Field against the Washington Nationals on August 2.

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6 easy tips to green your 4th of July!

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Solar-powered 'Cultivator' lets you print your own meat at home

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If meat is printed in your kitchen rather than butchered in a slaughterhouse, is it vegan? This is one of many questions raised by a conceptual appliance which uses solar energy and a 3D bioprinter to make the most efficient and delectable meat this side of Utopia. Designed by German design students Sarah Mautsch and Aaron Abentheuer, the Cultivator is a tool intended to provide flavor and nutrition for carnivorous consumers while reducing the environmental costs of meat production.

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New Silk light bulbs mimic the sun to help you sleep better

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No one can underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. Most of us have heard, yet maybe not followed, the advice to turn off bright lights and screens before going to bed because of the rousing effects light has on our brains. A new Kickstarter campaign by the company Saffron is introducing the Silk system of light bulbs to do the work for us. This system is connected through a series of bulbs which automatically adjust color temperature to the time of day and the Sun’s natural shifts in brightness.

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Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading

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Sneak a peek inside Pacific Park's first greenery-enveloped residences in COOKFOX's new video

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Fairphone's new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced materials

Fairphone's new Amsterdam HQ was built from reused and locally sourced…

Amsterdam-based firms Melinda Delst Interior Design and Studio Modderman designed the new headquarters for smartphone manufacturer Fairphone as a space which reflects the company's…

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Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval from Paris city council

Herzog & de Meuron’s controversial triangle skyscraper wins approval…

Back in November, the Paris city council voted to reject the proposal. This week’s vote overturns that decision, which had been criticized as invalid after some conservative…

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London's first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below street level

London's first underground farm to harvest first crop 100 feet below…

London’s new underground farm is nearly open for business. We’ve reported on Growing Underground in the past, when the founders used crowdfunding to raise money for…

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These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape just about anywhere

These pop-up modular pods can add a garden studio or off-grid escape…

British company Pod Space’s prefab pop up pods add garden offices and studio escapes just about anywhere. The sustainable pods are completely customizable, allowing clients to create…

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U.S., Brazil, and China make major commitments to fight climate change

U.S., Brazil, and China make major commitments to fight climate change

Three of the world’s top source of greenhouse gases - the United States, Brazil, and China - all announced new goals on Tuesday that represent a serious commitment to clean energy and…

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