Honolulu is the first US city to ban using your phone while crossing the street

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Though people may claim they can walk and text, statistics prove otherwise. Between 2015 and 2016, for instance, there was a 10 percent spike in pedestrian fatalities in the United States. It’s because of this that Honolulu, Hawaii, recently passed legislation which will target texters and other “smartphone zombies” as they step off the curb.

On Thursday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed the “Distracted Walking Law” which is the first law of its type to be passed in the U.S. Reuters… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



New solar panels with built-in batteries make off-grid living easy

Solar might be the future, but few people and businesses can afford to invest in the technology. This is why SolPad’s latest innovation is so newsworthy. The new SolPad Mobile is the first personal, portable solar energy generator capable of providing power anywhere. Developed to “democratize” renewable energy for all consumers, the 25-pound invention has built-in battery storage and output power that exceed any other portable solar device in its class. Additionally, it is capable of providing… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This earth-sheltered Australian hobbit home stays cozy all year

Located in Quindalup, around 20 km from Busselton, this earth-sheltered house is loaded with nearly 1,000 tons of dirt.

Kirkwood has spent 25 years in the WA mining industry, which inspired him to create a hobbit home. He knows how huge tunnel structures are quite cool on the inside. Moreover, when you are protected underground you don’t have to face major moisture problems or seismic problems.

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Related: This cute little hobbit home cost just $100 to build… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Light-filled Danish home with flexible interiors welcomes the forest indoors

Who needs wallpaper when you’ve got exquisitely framed forest views in almost every room? C.F. Møller Architects designed Villa Rypen, a 158-square-meter dwelling that blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living. Built on the edge of a forest in Aarhus, Denmark, this light-filled home offers a lovely contemporary living environment with large glazed openings that offer front-row seats to nature’s changing seasons.

Villa Rypen has a rectangular footprint with two roughly triangular… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tadao Ando embeds open-air prayer hall around massive 15-year-old Buddha statue

Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s work usually leaves people stunned, but his latest work is a piece of art. His latest work, the Hill of Buddha in the Japanese town of Sapporo is a landscape architecture project that consists of building a prayer hall around a 15 year old stone sculpture of Buddha.

The aim of this project was to build a prayer hall that would enhance the attractiveness of a stone Buddha sculpted 15 years ago. The site is a gently sloping hill on 180 hectares of lush land belonging… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Evovelo unveils cute little solar car you can pedal like a bicycle

Today Evovelo unveiled a tiny solar-powered vehicle that combines the advantages of a car — such as safety, weather protection and stability — with the ease of a bicycle and the low energy consumption and space utilization of a light electric vehicle. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sono Motors unveils the $18,000 SION solar-powered car

If you’ve love the idea of being able to commute to work in a solar powered car, your dream is now a reality. Sono Motors has unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using energy from the sun. The best part is that it only costs 16,000 Euros ($19,000). View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first all-electric sport utility truck is finally here – and it looks incredible

Electric vehicle buyers are spoiled for choice these days – there’s electric sports cars sedans, SUVs, minivans, and motorcycles. So where’s the electric pickup truck? New York-based Bollinger Motors just answered that question with the B1 – the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive sport utility truck. It’s remarkably refined with a strong, stealthy profile – and it’s rough and rugged enough to haul heavy loads and tackle challenging terrain. The B1 has better horsepower, torque, and ground… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

CA communities sue Exxon, Shell and 35 other fossil fuel companies over climate change

A trio of California communities are standing up to fossil fuel peddlers and holding them to account for their role in climate change. San Mateo and Marin counties, and Imperial Beach filed an unprecedented suit against 37 companies, including major players like Shell, Chevron and Exxon Mobil. The complaint states that these companies have knowingly caused billions of dollars worth of damage and have caused sea levels to climb, putting lives and property in serious danger.

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Doctor warns falling sperm counts could lead to human extinction

Will our lifestyle lead to our extinction? New findings from an international team of researchers indicated sperm counts in men from North America, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe have halved in under 40 years. Lead author epidemiologist Hagai Levine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem told the BBC, “If we will not change the ways that we are living and the environment and the chemicals that we are exposed to, I am very worried about what will happen in the future.”

Sperm count studies… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building