Bees addicted to pesticides much like smokers to nicotine, scientists say

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Bees have developed a likening to pesticide containing plants according to a recent study. The affinity exhibited by the bumblebees is similar to an addiction smokers face with nicotine found in cigarettes. Apparently, the more pesticide-laced pollen that the bees ingest, the more they crave the tainted alternatives. The contaminated nectar is potentially harmful to bees and unfortunately, researchers are finding higher quantities entering bee colonies than before.

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California legislature passes historic bill to achieve 100% clean energy

California is going all in on clean energy. Legislators just passed a bill that puts the state on a path to become 100% reliable on clean energy by 2045, making it the largest economy in the world to enact such an environmentally friendly policy. Governor Jerry Brown has until the end of next month to sign the bill and make it official.

This is not the first eco-friendly move in the California state legislator. The state previously had a goal to become 50% reliant on clean energy by 2030, a goal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Natural stone and an expansive green roof blend the stunning Gozu House into the Andes Mountains

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Montana judge to rule on first grizzly bear hunt in 40 years

This week a U.S. judge will hear the arguments case presented by Native American tribes and animal activists for the protection of recently demoted Yellowstone area grizzlies from the endangered list. The removal of the grizzlies’ protection status has caused states such as Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to launch trophy hunting expeditions in and around Yellowstone park for the first time in over 40 years. All in all 700 american bears are at risk of staring down the barrel since their elimination from… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Massive green-roofed home in Brazil features a series of ramps

Sao Paolo-based Una Arquitetos has completed a massive home in the municipality of Cotia that unites its various volumes beneath a lushly planted green roof. Named the House in Cotia, the modern home is set on a 2,600-square-meter property near the woods and takes advantage of its private setting with glass curtain walls throughout. The home is built predominately of concrete, metal and glass, yet the interiors are fitted with natural materials for a sense of warmth.

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Europe officially has more than one million electric cars

More than a million electric cars can now be seen on the streets of Europe as sales surged in the first half of 2018. The benchmark has been reached in Europe faster than in the United States, where the it is set to be realized later this year, especially since it has been fueled by growing attraction for Tesla’s latest model. Europe and the U.S. trail China by nearly a year as it reached one million electric vehicle sales in 2017, however due to the size of the Chinese marketplace, the achievement… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

DIY kits help explorers transform Sprinter vans into rugged adventure vehicles

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19 mayors, thousands of buildings, zero carbon emissions by 2030

A coalition formed by 19 mayors of major U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. have proposed a plan that will ensure all new buildings be net-zero carbon by 2030. The mayors are part of an extraordinary group of climate sustainable cities pledged to climate action known as the C40. Together, building and construction account for 39% of energy related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions globally, as well as 36% of final energy use. The initiative is part of a longer… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This striking, gorge-inspired Sydney home celebrates outdoor play

Soaring ceilings and natural light define the Iron Maiden House, a contemporary home that pays tribute to the local site context in Sydney’s lower North Shore. Designed by Darlington-based CplusC Architectural Workshop, the Iron Maiden House was created for a family of five and offers generously sized rooms that spill out to outdoor-facing areas. The dwelling’s asymmetrical mountain-like forms mimic the appearance of a natural gorge and even feature a series of linear ponds that cut lengthwise… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Exotic pets are most likely to be released in the wild and become invasive species

With import of Fish and Wildlife regulated reptiles exceeding one million individuals each year, it comes at no surprise that many of these animals are finding their way out of the house and into the wild where they are threatening natural ecosystems. Exotic pets can be extremely endearing and are bought cheaply when they are small babies by impulsive pet owners and collectors. The problem is when these animals get too large to handle, or are cast off by wavering attention spans, and they make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building