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Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

Tiny Solar Pebble Can Replace Kerosene Lamps in Rural Africa

In the poorest regions of the world, exposure to kerosene kills one person every 20 seconds. That's why we're really impressed with the folks over at Plus Minus Solar who've designed their Solar Pebble to

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REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing Them Clean

REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing Them Clean

Reverse graffiti is a type of street art that effaces - not defaces - public property. That's right, the taggers or "scrubbers" that practice this art form actually remove filth from their canvases

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REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing Them Clean

REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing Them Clean

Graffiti is one of the most controversial art forms out there since it defaces public property - but what if graffiti artists actually cleaned up the walls they tagged up by etching their sketches into

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“Heart of Africa” Biodome to Bring Tropical Rainforest to the UK

“Heart of Africa” Biodome to Bring Tropical Rainforest to the UK

England's weather is about as far from tropical as possible -- except within the bubble of this amazing "Heart of Africa" biodome coming soon to the Chester Zoo. The 112 foot-high zoological attraction

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Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

Discarded Electronics Are Poisoning African Children!

If you've ever wondered where that computer, refrigerator or TV you threw away ended up, you may not like the answer. A recent expose on ABC.com reveals the dirty secret behind electronic wastes: many

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Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

Helix Wind Turbines Power Cell Phone Towers in US, Africa

It's easy enough to monitor home power consumption, but few people think about the energy impact of talking on cell phones for hours on end. After all, cell towers have to be powered by something, and in

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Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

Ethiopia Announces Largest Wind Farm in Africa

When faced with the need to develop additional sources of energy, the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation recently decided that its best option was not to build conventional power plants. Instead, the

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REPORT FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Hippo Rollers Delivered!

REPORT FROM SOUTH AFRICA: Hippo Rollers Delivered!

Greetings from South Africa! Regular readers of Inhabitat are hopefully aware of the exciting humanitarian design initiative called Project H Design, founded by our very own Emily Pilloton. Currently

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Floors Made From Peach Pips in South Africa

Floors Made From Peach Pips in South Africa

Peach pip floors (aka peach 'pit' floors to us yanks) have a long history in South Africa and the warm, natural materials made an early impression on South African gallery owner Allah le Roux. He caught

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ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

ABŌD: Affordable Prefab for South Africa from BSB Design

The Abōd™ is a prototype prefab created by BSB Design for use as affordable housing in South Africa. The simple design uses a strong, natural shape as the core. It’s durable, lightweight and can be

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Cheap LEDs to Light Up Africa and Beyond

Cheap LEDs to Light Up Africa and Beyond

We love our LEDs for lamps and Christmas lights, but there's a global application for LEDs that could bring inexpensive and efficient light to the 75% of Africa that lacks dependable access to clean, safe

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Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Africa Wages War on Plastic Bags

Motivated by a climate of widespread environmental devastation, Africa has boldly moved to initiate a continent-wide ban on plastic bags in an effort to eliminate the billions of throwaway sacks that are

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Can Africa’s Sun Provide Power for Europe?

Can Africa’s Sun Provide Power for Europe?

Proving that we really are all in this together, Europe is considering plans to spend more than £5 billion on a system of large solar power stations in North Africa. This proposed solar power plan could

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Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

Bill Clinton visits Solar Sister site in Tanzania, where women are empowered by clean energy

President Bill Clinton took some time to tour a Solar Sister program site in Karatu, Tanzania. Solar Sister is part of Sustainable Energy Solutions powered by Women's Enterprise - a Clinton Global

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Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

Monaco brings repurposed freight containers and vertical gardens to Expo Milan 2015

The Expo Milan 2015 is in full effect and the rest of the world is taking peeks at the breathtaking pavilions and their promising messages for the future. The Principality of Monaco has taken on quite a

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Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Pedal-powered centrifuge enables off-grid blood testing in rural areas

Designer Jack Albert Trew’s Spokefuge harnesses the power of the pedal to help doctors in remote areas test blood without electric medical equipment. Trew’s simple design uses a bike wheel to power a

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10 standout designs from Brera Design District 2015

10 standout designs from Brera Design District 2015

Orto Botanico The international foundation Be Open collaborated with Interni to launch the The Garden of Wonders, a journey through Scents. This exhibition, showcased at Orto Botanico of Brera,

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Wine bottle lamps, 3D printers, and meteorite tables take center stage at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Wine bottle lamps, 3D printers, and meteorite tables take center stage at Spazio Rossana Orlandi

We've seen some great displays at this year's Milan Design Week, and the Spazio Rossana Orlandi exhibit was no exception. Established in 2002 in a former tie factory, the space is divided between two

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16 Cutting-edge designs from Designjunction EDIT at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair

16 Cutting-edge designs from Designjunction EDIT at the 2015 Milan Furniture Fair

The fourth edition of Design Junction edit Milan is taking place within the surrounds of Casa dell’Opera of San Babila Design Quarter. The show reaches across two floors of an old school building and an

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12 Low-Impact designs from Superstudio at Milan Design Week 2015

12 Low-Impact designs from Superstudio at Milan Design Week 2015

SUPERDESIGN SHOW 2015: renewed perspectives to OPEN YOUR MIND!   INTRO   The SuperDesign Show 2015 is a grand container of daring ideas which reflects the aim that the Superstudio Group has

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Reclaimed wood artwork beautifies downtown Johannesburg

Reclaimed wood artwork beautifies downtown Johannesburg

Artist r1 beautified Johannesburg’s urban fabric yet again with his recently completed reclaimed wood art installation. Commissioned by the owners of the new Betty Fox grocery store in the Maboneng

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VIDEO: How to Find and Cook Delicious Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Forest Near You

VIDEO: How to Find and Cook Delicious Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Forest Near You

In 1836, Swedish mycologist Elias Fries called the chanterelle "one of the most important and best edible mushrooms." They are also incredibly nutritious - in addition to containing vitamin C and

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10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

10 awesome eco-activities to do this Earth Day

Happy Hikers, Shutterstock 1. Take a Hike There is no better way to get back in touch with the Earth's rhythms than to actually go outdoors and experience its many wonders. This Earth Day, why not take

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Traditional pole houses may be ideal shelters for a weather-ravaged future

Traditional pole houses may be ideal shelters for a weather-ravaged future

With the unpleasant prediction of more devastating weather patterns over the next twenty years (and beyond), safety and resilience are becoming top priorities for builders in disaster-prone areas. A

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

INFOGRAPHIC: The Zayed Future Energy Prize celebrates achievements in renewable energy and sustainability

If you're not yet familiar with the Zayed Future Energy Prize, check it out! It celebrates achievements that reflect impact, innovation, vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. The

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7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

7 Weird and Wonderful Uses For LED Lighting Technology

It's amazing to think that just a few years ago, many people thought of LEDs as nothing more than the tiny red lights in our laser pointers but my, how the times have changed! With more and more people

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‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

‘The Burden’ film shows how the U.S. military is fighting for a clean energy future

America's dependence on fossil fuels is the greatest long-term national security threat facing the nation. That is according to a new documentary called "The Burden" that held its world premiere in

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7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally

Dendrobium and Phaeleonopsis Orchids Orchids have a bad reputation as being finicky and difficult to grow, but really, the opposite is true. On our last trip to Costa Farms, we learned that orchids

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U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

U.S. aims for 28 percent cut in emissions by 2025 in promise to UN

+ FACT SHEET: U.S. Reports its 2025 Emissions Target to the UNFCCC

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U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

U.S. approves $350,000 hunt of endangered black rhino in Namibia

A hunter who last year paid $350,000 at a Dallas auction to hunt an endangered Black Rhino in Namibia has been permitted by U.S. authorities to bring the so-called trophy back to the United States. The

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