Volvo S60L Plug-in Hybrid to Debut Next Week at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show

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Volvo just announced that it will unveil its S60L PPHEV (Petrol Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) concept car next week at the Beijing Auto Show. Volvo has been selling a diesel plug-in hybrid version of the V60 wagon in Europe, but this is the first time that the auto manufacturer is showcasing its gas-powered plug-in hybrid technology.

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Philippe Starck Unveils an Awesome Pop-Up Multimedia Library for Refugees

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Weird 'Well Proven' Chairs Made With Wood Shavings Pop Up in Milan

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Dutch-Brit designer duo Marjan van Aubel and James Shaw have created a new material that looks like polystyrene foam but is made from timber waste instead. Their wonderful Well Proven Chairs and Stools have a molded seat made from sawdust and bio-resin, and they stand on thin ash legs. The resulting designs are a bit weird but also surprisingly elegant.

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Backyard Writing Studio by Dencity Design Offers Georgia Family an Escape from Daily Life

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Chevrolet Expected to Launch Cheaper Chevy Volt Plug-In Hybrid Next Year

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Chevy is currently working on the next-generation Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid, which is expected to arrive sometime next year. According to the latest reports, Chevy may be working on two versions of the Volt – a cheaper version with shorter electric range, and a fully-electric Volt with a 200-mile driving range.

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NYC Event: How to Green Your School - Attend Our Informative Panel Discussion

by , 04/17/14
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Children in school today spend less time outdoors than ever before, and face increasing rates of obesity, asthma and allergies, ADHD, and other mental and behavioral health problems. At the same time, our civilization is facing catastrophic climate change, which we as a society are unequipped to deal with. So how can we improve our children’s health and well-being while also teaching them environmental literacy so that they are able to respond to looming ecological problems? How can classrooms be made less toxic and more environmentally friendly? How can school food be made healthier? With these topics in mind, Inhabitat is hosting a panel discussion at the upcoming NYC Green Festival to tackle the challenges faced by parents today when trying to choose the best education for their kids. Inhabitat’s founder and editor-in-chief Jill Fehrenbacher will be moderating the talk and will be joined by Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of New York Coalition For Healthy School Food, Aimee Arandia Østensen, 2nd Grade Teacher and Co-Leader of Go Green Committee at Manhattan Country School; and Elea Robinson, teacher and founding faculty at the new, eco-friendly New Amsterdam School.

WHEN: Saturday April 26th @ 11:30am
WHERE: NYC Green Festival, Community Stage

WIN FREE TICKETS TO THE EVENT BY SUBMITTING A QUESTION FOR OUR PANELISTS HERE >

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INTERVIEW: Department of Energy's David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

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2013′s government shutdown didn’t stop the United States Department of Energy (DOE) from moving forward on a range of initiatives to ramp up renewable energy, promote energy efficiency, and combat climate change. Leading the efforts to ensure that America continues to lead in the global clean energy race, is Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Dr. David Danielson. With a diverse background as a clean energy venture capitalist, and the first program director at DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Danielson brings a wealth of both private and public sector experience to EERE. Danielson recently talked with us about the work his office is doing on making the building industry and federal government more sustainable and transitioning the nation to a clean energy economy.

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Google Buys Solar-Powered Drone Manufacturer Titan Aerospace to Boost Internet Access in Third World Countries

by , 04/16/14

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3D printing may be all the rage in design, but for Big Tech, drones are where the money is. On Monday, web giant Google beat out Facebook in a race to acquire Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone manufacturer. Although Google claims the drones will be used for the forces of good, such as broadcasting Internet signals to remote areas, some worry that the high-flying drones may pose troublesome consumer privacy implications.

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Anything's Possible: U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fell 10 Percent Since 2005

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Here’s some good news on the climate change front: Greenhouse gas emissions in the United States fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012 and dropped 3.4 percent in 2012 alone, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 19th annual emissions tally. The U.S. is now more than halfway toward meeting its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels.

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STIK Chair Made From Bundles of Tightly Stacked Twigs Shows the Creative Power of Addition

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STIK Chair is made from a bundle of precisely cut natural sticks tied together with cords. Designers Johan Jeppesen and Jesper Su Rosenmeier took some of the conventional binding techniques used in making rattan and bamboo furniture and reinterpreted them creating a fresh new design. The chair is part of the Morphology program established by the Royal Danish Academy Schools of Architecture and Design, and was one of several student projects featured at this year’s Milan Design Week.

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Our Favorite Green Designs from Designersblock at Milan Design Week

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Miguel Chevalier Transforms a Former Church Into a Colorful Pixelated Setting for a 'Magic Carpet' Ride

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Artist Miguel Chevalier transformed the entire floor of the former Sacred Heart of Casablanca Church into a mesmerizing pixelated Magic Carpet. His interactive installation uses sound and lights to create multicolored patterns and mosaics that adjust to the movement of visitors. This virtual carpet creates choreographed movements of light accompanied by echoing sounds of music by Michel Redolfi.

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Futuristic LED 'Dragon' Chandelier Lights Up With a Smartphone App

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Johammer J1: Retro-Futuristic Electric Motorcycle Can Travel Over 125 Miles on a Charge

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One of the biggest things holding back electric motorcycles is their limited driving range – but the Johammer J1 could finally put electric bikes on the map. With a 125 mile range, the Johammer J1 is a stylish bike that allows riders to hit the road and travel far from home.

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Johanna Riedl's Saw Dust Chair is Made From Its Own Waste

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Danish designer Johanna Riedl‘s Saw Dust Chair redefines waste minimization by reusing sawdust from its own manufacture to create a comfy cushion. Sawdust created while constructing the chair’s wood frame is vacuum sealed in bags to create a stiff and comfortable seating element. Riedl’s brilliant chair forms part of the Morphology program established by the Royal Danish Academy Schools of Architecture and Design, and it was one of several student projects featured at this year’s Milan Design Week.

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Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming Pool During California's Drought, Denies Accusation

Lady Gaga Accused of Wasting 356,000 Gallons of Water to Fill Swimming…

Rumors are swirling around claims that Lady Gaga wasted 356,000 gallons of water to fill a swimming pool at Hearst Castle in drought-stricken California. Lady Gaga recently used the…

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Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs - What Makes Them So Tough Anyway?

Amazing Natural Packaging: Eggs - What Makes Them So Tough Anyway?

However you feel about eggs - love 'em fried with onions, hate 'em in anything, or are morally opposed to consuming them at all - one thing you can't argue about is that they are an…

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These Pinecone Lamps Bring a Touch of Nature Into Your Living Room

These Pinecone Lamps Bring a Touch of Nature Into Your Living Room

Inspired by cones from French pine trees, Zappy lamps by Shneid are made from lightweight panels of either ash or oak, and fill any space with soft, natural-seeming light. Each piece…

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The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

The Latest Drilling Boom in California is All About Water

The latest drilling boom to hit California isn’t the kind you’d expect: Farmers all over the state are so desperate for water in the midst of a year-long drought that some well…

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Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views

Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay…

The Bronx Box replaced an older bungalow home on the waterfront of the Eastchester Bay. With views of the water and the Throgs Neck Bridge, the two story, 1,816 sq ft home sits on a…

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