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The Observatory is a duo of charred-timber, off-grid art studios traveling around the UK

The Observatory is a duo of charred-timber, off-grid art studios traveling around the UK

Each one also has its own name – the Study and the Workshop – to reflect different uses, and both have wheels built in to their bases to allow them to pivot towards the best views at their location.

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This new Nissan Leaf glows in the dark!

This new Nissan Leaf glows in the dark!

Nissan has created a very unique version of the Leaf electric vehicle that glows in the dark. Nissan has applied a unique glow-in-the-dark paint that absorbs UV light during the day so that it can glow

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100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9,000 metric tons of CO2

100 million roses grown for Valentine’s Day produce 9,000 metric tons of CO2

Roses may be red, but they're definitely not green according to research from Scientific American. As millions of partners exchange bunches of red roses in the run up to Valentine's Day, they may want to

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How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

How All Power Labs’ gasifier technology could revolutionize clean energy production

When the city of Berkeley kept shutting off power to his unconventionally-zoned artists compound, Jim Mason took matters into his own hands; he built a gasifier to turn plant waste into a source of off

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Tiny one-room timber cabin boasts picturesque lakeside views in Norway

Tiny one-room timber cabin boasts picturesque lakeside views in Norway

Elevated atop concrete plinths, the 188-square-foot cabin sits lightly on the landscape while its untreated wooden facade blends into the natural surroundings. Although Woody15 is unsuitable as a

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New report shows Scandinavian countries are best-prepared for the effects of climate change

New report shows Scandinavian countries are best-prepared for the effects of climate change

Worried about rising water levels, increased frequency and strength of storms as well as other potential natural disasters? Well, according to the latest Global Adaptation Index (GAIN) report,

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Scientists discover microorganism that hasn’t evolved for over 2 billion years

Scientists discover microorganism that hasn’t evolved for over 2 billion years

Scientists have discovered a type of deep-sea microorganism that seems to be the exception to the rule of evolution. An international team of researchers say the organism does not appear to have evolved

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Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

Renewable energy costs to drop 40 percent in next two years

A new report released by the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi has exceptionally good news for the future of renewable energy. Costs are set to drop by almost 40 percent in

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Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

Bangladesh wants to become the world’s first “solar nation” by 2021

The Bangladeshi government intends for every household in the nation to be powered by solar energy by 2021. In the race to become the “first solar nation,” they hope to achieve this goal by focusing

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Tiny off-grid Le Tronc Creux shelters blend into Bordeaux’s forests like old tree trunks

Tiny off-grid Le Tronc Creux shelters blend into Bordeaux’s forests like old tree trunks

The shelters form part of a larger project that aims to promote a new form of tourism in southwestern France. It supports the development of suburban areas and urban peripheries as new playgrounds for

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The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

The solar industry is putting people to work 20 times faster than any other energy sector

It turns out that solar isn’t just the way to go for power needs, but jobs as well. While “green jobs” may not be a huge political buzz word this year, it should be, because the solar power jobs

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SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

SunZia wins federal OK for 515-mile wind energy transmission line

The SunZia Southwest Transmission Project has passed its final environmental review by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Record of Decision (ROD) carrying the approval is

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US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

US and India reach a climate deal, but no agreement to curb emissions

The first day of talks between President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has seen the two leaders agree to some renewable energy policies in the developing nation, which is the

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Lana Crooks’ creepy textile sculptures look like something out of a Tim Burton movie

Lana Crooks’ creepy textile sculptures look like something out of a Tim Burton movie

Chicago-based textile sculptor and artist Lana Crooks makes tiny soft sculptures from hand-dyed wool and silk that look both beautiful and creepy at the same time. These antique-like pieces combine fabric

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This cleverly designed bamboo bike charges mobile devices

This cleverly designed bamboo bike charges mobile devices

Bambootec, a consortium from Yucatán, Mexico, has created a bamboo bicycle that turns pedaling into electricity for charging mobile devices. (It even has a navigation dashboard in the handlebars which

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Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

Energy-efficient Stinson Beach House looks like a clustered mountain village

The house is organized around a central courtyard and evokes the sense of a small, clustered village. The courtyard divides into two sections: the main residence, and the guest wing/pool house. Large

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6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

Musicians have sung about environmental stewardship and preservation forever. Think about Woodstock back in the 70's and now the more recent Bonnaroo festival held in Tennessee every summer. Amount of

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Streetlights powered by solar and wind could be lighting up your neighborhood soon

Streetlights powered by solar and wind could be lighting up your neighborhood soon

The world’s first independently powered street lighting system could be lighting up a neighborhood near you someday soon. Barcelona-based researcher Ramon Bargallo, has developed a 10-meter-high street

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US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

US Environmental organizations sue wildlife services over outdated, sea turtle-killing cooling systems

The animal lovers are close to being at war. And this time it's not with meat plants or processing facilities like Smithfield. It's not with PETA over some ridiculous and scandalous ad campaign. It's not

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Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, renewables still cost less

Despite falling oil prices, a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows that renewable energy is highly competitive with fossil fuels. But solar power isn’t where the

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Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Embassy of Finland becomes first LEED Platinum-certified embassy in the U.S.

Built in 1994 and designed by Finnish architects Mikko Heikkinen and Markku Komonen, the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. became the first embassy in the U.S. to achieve an Energy Star award and gain

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How to live comfortably without power if an emergency forces you off grid

How to live comfortably without power if an emergency forces you off grid

The power is out. The heat is out. Water is off. Suddenly, you are off the grid. Without the proper gear, this could be an uncomfortable circumstance for a day, a week, or even longer. Whether the outage

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New smart bike warns cyclists of oncoming obstacles with a buzz

New smart bike warns cyclists of oncoming obstacles with a buzz

Biking through city traffic can put some cyclists on edge, but a new smart bike is helping riders keep safe by warning them about oncoming traffic. Developed by the Netherlands Organization for Applied

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Incredible news: Tropical forests are absorbing CO2

Incredible news: Tropical forests are absorbing CO2

According to a new NASA study, tropical forests are absorbing more carbon dioxide (CO2) than previously thought, in response to rising greenhouse gases. Tropical forests have now been show to absorb 1.4

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Burn calories and charge your laptop while working on the WeBike

Burn calories and charge your laptop while working on the WeBike

Photo: Gizmag We're huge fans of stand-working here at Inhabitat, so when we spotted this cool work pod that channels the power of pedaling, we were immediately enamored. The WeBike is a

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Denmark set a new world record for wind power in 2014

Denmark set a new world record for wind power in 2014

Denmark just set a world record by generating 39 percent of its electricity from wind power! In an article for The Local Denmark, Denmark Climate Minister Rasmus Helveg Petersen says, “We will

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Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

  In his quest to help save the planet, Bill Gates has literally tasted the next evolution in waste water technology: drinking water recycled from human waste. Gates visited the

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New report shows that Scotland could be fossil fuel-free by 2030

New report shows that Scotland could be fossil fuel-free by 2030

A new WWF-backed study by consultancy giant DNV-GL shows that Scotland can go 100% fossil fuel-free by the year 2030, and that it could reduce carbon intensity from 271 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour to

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VIDEO: Artists transform plants into an amazing “Bioluminescent Forest”

VIDEO: Artists transform plants into an amazing “Bioluminescent Forest”

http://vimeo.com/115082758 A multimedia artist, an animator, and a movie producer have teamed up to make an enchanting short film around the ability that some organisms have to produce light. Tarek

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Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

Margot Krasojevic’s Fresnel Hydrofoil Trimaran is a solar-powered perpetual-motion vehicle

The hydrofoils, which are similar to airfoils used by airplanes, lift the boat's hull out of the water to decrease drag and allow for greater speeds. The combination of the Fresnel lens and holographic

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