Brooklyn SolarWorks can turn almost any rooftop into a sun-powered oasis

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Brooklyn SolarWorks is all about helping New Yorkers get solar power installed — and one of their products, the Solar Canopy offers solar in spots where solar panels might not be able to be placed due to fire codes. They recently released stunning renderings that paint a picture of just what solar in the city could look like.

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Bill Gates-backed startup will give you real-time video of nearly anywhere on Earth

Start-up EarthNow is promoting its proposed service of offering real-time video, taken from space, of any point on our planet. Backed by such high-profile supporters as Bill Gates and Airbus, EarthNow promises to boldly go where no one has gone before through a proposed “constellation” of satellites that will offer clients their pick of locations and angles from which to capture real-time video of Earth. EarthNow promises the delivery of video with only a one-second delay, without the need to wait… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This charming old-fashioned caravan tiny house is 100% self sustaining

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Breakthrough polymer could lead to ‘infinitely’ recyclable plastics

Even though we’re aware of the environmentally damaging effects of plastic, many people still use the material because it’s long-lasting, convenient, and inexpensive. Colorado State University scientists just made a breakthrough that could allow materials to possess those qualities but be completely recyclable. They discovered a new polymer that can be infinitely recycled without intensive procedures in a laboratory or using toxic chemicals.

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Fairytale-like Gingerbread House hits the market for $2.2M

If you’ve ever wanted to live in a fairytale-like haven, prepare to fall in love with this charming estate that’s just hit the market in Massachusetts. Set on nearly four acres in the town of Tyringham in the Berkshires, Santarella includes four structures modeled after rural British architecture with charming features like timber-clad silos, oversized thatching, and lush landscaped gardens.

Henry Hudson Kitson, an English sculptor known for his various Civil War memorials previously… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

EU approves complete ban on bee-killing insecticides

In a monumental decision that has been years in the making, all member nations of the European Union have approved the total ban of neonicotinoids, the most widely used insecticide in the world and well-documented danger to bees and other pollinators. The ban is expected to begin by the end of this year, though the use of the insecticide will still be allowed in greenhouses. The rapidly declining population of pollinator species in recent years has in part been due to the widespread use of harmful… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

You can relax: A man in China did not just discover the world’s largest mosquito

If you think getting bit by your average mosquito is irritating, imagine being stabbed by one with a wingspan longer than your hands. Insect expert Zhao Li claims to have caught the world’s biggest mosquito, with a four and a half inch wingspan – 10 times longer than your average backyard sucker.

Zhoa Li is famous for discovering the longest insect in the world – a two foot long megastick insect found in China. Now he is breaking records again. Li identified the world’s largest mosquito in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New research links LED streetlights to increased risk of cancer

Researchers at University of Exeter and the Barcelona Institute for Global Health have concluded that there is a “strong link” between exposure to LED lighting and increased risk of breast and prostate cancer. Specifically, the “blue light” emitted by LEDs seems to affect circadian rhythms and sleeping patterns, which then impacts hormone levels. “Humans have evolved to need light during the day and darkness at night,” researcher Alejandro Sánchez de Miguel told The Telegraph. “As towns and cities… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Vegetarian diets could help avert one-third of early deaths, new research finds

Plant-based diets might be more beneficial than we thought. New calculations from Harvard University scientists revealed one third of early deaths might be avoided if people started eating vegetarian diets.

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This whimsical tiny house with its own pizza oven was built for just $15,000

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