New electric smart fortwo is ready to revolutionize car-sharing

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In the not too distant future, smart is going to transition its small lineup to fully electric powertrains. Smart is giving us a preview of what the future smart fortwo could look like and how it could forever change the world of car-sharing. At first glance the outside the smart vision EQ fortwo concept looks like a more modern take on the current fortwo, but there’s more than meets the eye here.

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Sixth mass extinction on Earth is driven by industrial farming, says leading academic

Earth is presently experiencing its sixth “mass extinction,” and humans are largely to blame, says a leading academic. In his new book The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, Professor Patel of the University of Texas explains how mass deforestation to clear grounds to grow mono-crops, the creation of large dead zones in the sea caused by run-off of fertilizers, and the trend of over-fishing are a detriment to the world and are driving the destruction of our… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Cummins beats Tesla with a fully-electric semi truck

Tesla is expected to unveil its electric semi truck next month, but Cummins just beat Tesla with the debut of its own fully electric heavy duty truck. Cummins is known for its hardworking diesel engines, but its now looking to the future with the debut of the electric Concept Class 7 Urban Hauler EV.

The Cummins electric truck, known as AEOS is powered by a new battery pack that is lighter and denser to give the truck a longer driving range and faster charging times. The truck can carry… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This gorgeous ‘Tree House Tower’ was built using repurposed timber and old ship materials

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Lakeside cabin made out of reclaimed wood is as idyllic as it gets

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Kenya introduces world’s harshest law on plastic bags

Kenya has been a major plastic bag exporter to the nearby region. But now the country is cracking down on the polluting bags with the toughest law of its kind in the world. Kenyans selling, producing, or just using plastic bags could face a $40,000 fine or imprisonment for four years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 ways you can help people affected by Tropical Storm Harvey

Tropical Storm Harvey is battering the Houston area, affecting around 6.8 million people, according to federal disaster declarations. How can you help? Whether you live close to the disaster in Texas or on the other side of the world, here are ways you can support people hit by the storm.

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Are gyroscopic vehicles the future of urban travel?

What do you get when you mix a car with a segway? A futuristic Gyroscopic wheel with a joystick that may just be the future of urban commuting.

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Australian facility aims to produce 50,000 metric tons of building material from CO2 by 2020

Carbon dioxide emissions could be converted into a useful building material in a project from Australian firm Mineral Carbonation International (MCi). They just unveiled a research pilot plant at the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources. It appears they took a hint from nature: the company says their process mimics but speeds up weathering from rainfall that produces rocks.

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Modular shed-like addition turns a 1930s bungalow into an open, light-filled home

A 1930s Californian Bungalow in Sydney received a modern shed-like addition that maximizes the potential of the original structure. Architect Prineas designed the addition as a modular structure that’s easy to build and replicate for optimal flexibility.

The Allen Key House comprises an original 1930s bungalow and an modern, modular addition conceived as a shed-like structure. The latter emphasizes the kitchen and entertaining areas and acts as the true heart of the home.

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