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The Peel P50 is the World's Smallest (and Cutest) Electric Car!

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Back in the 1960′s Peel produced the smallest production cars in the world, but sadly they had to close up shop in 1966. Fast forward to today and the company has received a fresh round of funding to relaunch their most popular vehicles with all-electric engines! The Peel P50 measures just 54 inches long and 41 inches wide – and it’s a top contender for the world’s cutest electric car.

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The Earth's Ozone Layer Increases for the First Time in 35 Years

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Good news, everyone – a new United Nations report shows that the Earth’s ozone layer has increased for the first time in 35 years. The report credits the recovery in part to the phasing out of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) following the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in 1987. Scientists discovered that the ozone layer was thinning above Antarctica in the 1970s, damaging crops and putting people at risk for skin cancer from harmful ultraviolet rays.

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The Skow Residence's Sun-Shading Roof Was Inspired by a Sombrero!

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G-pod's Tiny 'Dwell' Container Home Expands to Nearly Three Times Its Size

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Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

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Scientists at the University of Glasgow have made an exciting clean energy production breakthrough: they’ve discovered a new method for extracting hydrogen from water that is not only safer than current methods, it’s also an incredible 30 times faster. The process, published in the journal Science, also resolves issues associated with storing electricity generated by renewable resources by using that electricity to produce hydrogen, which can then be stored for later use.

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Kia Prices the All-Electric 2015 Soul EV at $33,700, Slightly Higher Than the Nissan Leaf

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Kia just announced pricing for its first electric car! The 2015 Kia Soul EV will arrive later this year starting at $33,700. With a price tag just shy of $34k before any tax incentives, the Soul EV will be pricier than the Nissan Leaf.

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India to Install 2,200 Solar-Powered Cell Phone Towers

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India currently has one of the largest populations of cell phone users in the world – the nation is expected to have 815 million users by year’s end. To help expand its growing communication network, the Indian government has announced plans to erect as many as 2,200 solar-powered mobile communication towers in the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

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Can Americans Rediscover Their Love of Rail Travel?

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“Trainsforming America” is a new documentary that takes a hard look at why America has fallen behind the rest of the world when it comes to properly investing in an efficient passenger rail system. Filmmakers Rebecca Autumn Sansom and Katie Chen interview rail riders, experts and policymakers to find out what people think about the future of passenger rail in the country. Chen travels to Europe to experience their passenger rail system and compares the ease of train travel on the other side of the Atlantic to America’s antiquated rail system. Once the envy of the world, U.S. rail has fallen into disrepair and forces most Americans to rely on overloaded roads and overburdened airports.

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Algae-Growing Vertical Garden Sprouts up in Manhattan Lobby

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Astana Installs Philips LED Lighting to Create an Energy-Efficient City Skyline

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Following in the footsteps of New York’s Empire State Building and the London Eye, the city of Astana recently replaced the lighting systems of three major city landmarks with LED lighting from Philips Color Kinetics. By installing LEDs, the city has managed to slash the energy costs of illuminating the three iconic symbols of Astana–the Baiterek Monument, Tulpar Bridge, and Maral Bridge–by 85%. The LEDs are also hooked up to a wireless control system that can be used to create a light show through the customization of the lights’ brightness, pattern, and color.

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Join the Largest Climate March in History When it Comes to NYC Next Week

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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In what one participating organization is calling a “holy sh*t response to a holy sh*t climate moment”, tens of thousands of climate activists from around the world are planning to converge in New York City on September 21st for what organizers are predicting will be the largest climate march in history. The People’s Climate March is timed to coincide with a UN summit on the climate crisis where Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon will be facilitating talks with world leaders on reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of reaching a significant agreement at the 2015 climate conference in Paris.

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Coniferous Clock Shows the Passing of Time With Browning Cedar Leaves

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Japanese collective Bril has created a clock without ticking hands or numbers – instead, it marks the passage of time through browning of cedar leaves. Inspired by cedar boughs used in sake production, the Coniferous Clock consists of cedar branches tied together and clipped into a sphere. As the months go by the branches slowly turn brown to signal the passing of the year.

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Four Visionary Designs Unveiled for D.C.'s First Elevated Park

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Enter the 2015 Better Philadelphia Urban Planning Student Challenge for a Chance to Win $5,000!

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filed under: Design Competitions

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The Philadelphia Center for Architecture just launched the 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge, an annual competition (formerly the Ed Bacon Student Design Competition) that challenges university-level students from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia. This year’s brief focuses on the ‘Future of Petty Island,’ a largely forgotten and underutilized landmass located on the Delaware River. Competition participants are asked to develop visionary new uses for Petty Island that will creatively address today and tomorrow’s cultural, environmental, and economic needs. Pre-registration for the competition is free. The first place winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize.

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Horse-Drawn Carriages Anger Animal Lovers at New York Fashion Week

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filed under: Inhabitat NYC

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Argentine designer Victor de Souza’s New York Fashion Week show drew crowds last week, but not everyone was there to see the clothes. Many were protesters from PETA, NYCLASS, and the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages denouncing the designer’s decision to have horse carriages pull his models down a “moving runway.”

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Traffic Lights of the Future Will Predict and React to Traffic in Real-Time

Traffic Lights of the Future Will Predict and React to Traffic in…

Traffic lights haven’t changed much over the years. We’ve added cameras here and sensors there, but the basic concept is the same. Now, traffic engineers across the country are…

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National Parks Now Competition: Submit Your Ideas to Reshape the National Parks Visitor Experience!

National Parks Now Competition: Submit Your Ideas to Reshape the…

In celebration of its centennial in 2016, the National Park Service has teamed up with the Van Alen Institute to launch National Parks Now, a competition that seeks design strategies…

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Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the Power of Digital Prefabrication

Incredible Buckminster Fuller-Inspired Bioclimatic Dome Shows Off the…

To symbolize the global network of digital fabricators, the design of the Endesa World Fab Condenser is based on a Dymaxion world map, a flattened projection of Earth created by…

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Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

Amazing Technology Can Print a Solar Cell Every Two Seconds!

A consortium from Australia's CSIRO and Melbourne and Monash Universities just announced that its printable solar cells are on the verge of commercialization. The technology uses a…

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