Europe will be 50% powered by renewable energy by 2030

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As a whole, the European Union has some of the boldest renewable energy goals out there; their current commitment is to source at least 27 percent of final energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. But a new report from the EU commission, which has been leaked to The Guardian, shows that this goal is set to be far exceeded, with EU nations getting a full 50 percent of their energy from renewable sources by the end of the next decade.

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Researchers develop energy-generating car tires

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Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed an innovative car tire that harvests energy from friction. The tire is embedded with a new nanogenerator and electrodes, and when it rubs against the road it produces a small electric current. This occurrence is known as the triboelectric effect, and it reclaims energy that is otherwise lost during transit. The development has obvious applications for electric cars, and it could also improve the fuel efficiency of petrol-sucking vehicles.

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California governor signs law mandating vaccines for all kindergarteners

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California Governor Jerry Brown signed the controversial mandatory vaccination bill into law today, June 30, making California only the third state in the nation to enact such legislation.“The science is clear,” Brown wrote in his signing statement, “that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases.” By adopting this bill as state law, California becomes the state with the toughest mandatory vaccine legislation on the books. The law effectively bans religious and philosophical exemptions for childhood vaccines for any child who enters public school in the state, beginning with kindergarten. Children currently enrolled in public schools who have an exemption on file will be grandfathered in until they reach the 7th grade, at which time they will be required to catch up with the state-mandated vaccination schedule. The two other (and much smaller) states with similar laws are Mississippi and West Virginia.

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Submit your sustainable design proposals to d3’s Natural Systems competition for a shot at $1,750

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filed under: Design Competitions

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New York-based stewardship organization d3 is inviting students and professionals to participate in their Natural Systems competition. The annual contest focuses on ecological design solutions that can change our world for the better. In the brief, the organizers seek “exemplary ideas that redefine architecture as an ecological project through the implementation of advanced technologies, materials, and social interventions that engage adaptability, globalization, and emergence.” There are no restrictions on site, scale, program, or building typology. The registration deadline is July 15, 2015 and the submission deadline is August 1, 2015.

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KAYIWA DINO is a 3D-printed, modular clothes rack that reinvents storage

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Just when you thought that clothing racks are to remain forever mundane, KAYIWA excavates the DINO. During the last decade, 3D printing technology advanced considerably, which allowed the DINO concept to be properly realized. Like all KAYIWA products, this clothes rack blurs the line between design and art. Suspended along an electro-polished stainless steel bar between spacers, hangers stay neat and organized to smoothly swing forward and back and/or move side-to-side for efficient hanging or removal of clothing. Hangers can be made in varying heights, to leave hanging space for long coats or to make them easy to reach for children or wheelchair users. Moreover, hangers can be loaded onto the bar in any order, according to the customer’s preference, to optimize the way they will be used.

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Ford's new Peer-2-Peer car sharing will let you rent your car to other drivers

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Ford has announced the start of the new Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing program that will give customers the ability to rent their financed vehicles to other drivers. The new car sharing program is part of Ford’s Smart Mobility plan that was introduced earlier this year and will give owners the ability to offset some of their vehicle’s monthly costs. Ford Smart Mobility is the company’s plan to deliver the next level in connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles.

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Foster + Partners picked to design an exciting new transport hub in Wales

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Colorful rainbow bridge pops up to brighten a gloomy Monday in London

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Dutch city to hand out free basic income in new social experiment

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If your government gave you enough money every month to cover your bills, would you stay home and watch Orange is the New Black all day, or go out into the world and do meaningful things? This is the question behind a new social experiment in The Netherlands. Utrecht authorities are teaming up with the University College Utrecht to give people living on welfare a basic income. For nothing. Free money, no questions asked. They will then track recipients to determine whether a welfare system with no rules results in a happier, more productive society.

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Street artist SPY spells CRISIS with 1,000 euros

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Studio Dror challenges trend of ultra-slim towers by unveiling three innovative building designs

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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DIY: How to sew your own (adorable) upcycled picnic blanket

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Stefaan De Croock transforms discarded wooden doors and panels into giant murals

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Supreme Court halts Obama’s limits on power plant emissions

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A lot of people are thrilled with the Supreme Court after the landmark decision to support gay marriage rights, but President Barack Obama might have mixed feelings about the justices for other reasons. In another, quieter decision handed down on June 29, the Supreme Court blocked Obama’s plan to limit emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal-fired power plants. This decision will make it more difficult for the Environmental Protection Agency to meet its goal to cut power plant emissions 30 percent by 2030.

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Peek inside the beautiful sustainable home an architect designed for her family

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Carbon-negative Ashmount Primary School produces enough energy to power the neighborhood

Carbon-negative Ashmount Primary School produces enough energy to…

The Ashmount Primary School is located in North London’s Crouch Hill Community Park, an ecologically rich landscape and community asset converted from a derelict piece of Metropolitan…

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INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating Incredible Green Buildings with Bamboo

INTERVIEW: Bamboo builder, and Ibuku Founder Elora Hardy on Creating…

We’ve showcased numerous bamboo designs over the years, from furniture to entire buildings, but when it comes to combining green building and renewable materials, Ibuku’s incredible…

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Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat for two

Solar-powered Out of the Valley cabin is a perfect off-grid retreat…

The Out of the Valley model cabin is clad in a charred timber, created with the Japanese shou sugi ban technique, and topped with a black corrugated roof. The dark exterior helps the…

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Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby Melbourne

Green-roofed Ruckers Hill House gives curated views of nearby…

The Ruckers Hill House, designed by Gardiner Architects, is a glassy sustainable abode for a young family of five in Melbourne. The sprawling home was designed to give the family…

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World's first commercial jetpack to hit the market in 2016

World's first commercial jetpack to hit the market in 2016

“Where’s my jetpack?” It’s the oft-asked question of many of us who grew up thinking that the year 2000 would bring jetpacks, hover cars and transport technology like something…

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