Could France-sized ocean garbage patch become 196th nation?

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Trash is polluting our oceans, and now there’s a patch near Hawaii that is around the size of the entire country of France. The charity Plastic Oceans Foundation and publication LADbible want to recognize the garbage patch as a country, called Trash Isles, to not only raise awareness, but try to get the area cleaned up.

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Yves Bhar unveils new Smart Locks that make keyless entry a breeze

 
One of the worst feelings is wondering whether or not you left your house door unlocked. With August Home Inc.’s new Smart Locks, this will never again be a concern. Today, August unveiled three new product, two of which are Smart Locks equipped with brand new DoorSense technology — the first integrated sensor that tells homeowners if their doors are opened or closed. The next generation of Smart Home Access products includes two new Smart Locks and the new-and-improved Doorbell Cam…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Garbage from Hurricane Irma will now help power Florida

Hurricane Irma left a mess of destruction in its wake. But in Florida, some of that trash will be put to good use: as electricity. Garbage will be burned in waste-to-energy plants; one such plant in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located, can power around 30,000 homes.

Related: How Hurricane Irma changed the colors of these Caribbean islands

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Trump’s DOE invests $62 million in concentrated solar power

President Donald Trump doesn’t usually mention solar power, unless it’s talk of covering his beloved border wall in solar panels. But his Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a huge investment in concentrated solar power (CSP). They claim the solar industry has reached the 2020 SunShot Initiative utility-scale solar cost goal, so they’re looking into new priorities.

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Elevated glass-bottomed pool hovers over a second pool in the hip Wall House

An outdoor swimming pool with a glass bottom hovers above the patio and other pool of this gorgeous residence in the Portuguese Riviera. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos designed the entire Wall House as a sprawling, open-plan house that embodies the principles of indoor-outdoor living.

On one of its side, the residence features an expansive glass wall that can be opened to create a direct connection between the interior space, the garden and golf course. Wood slat coverings cover the concrete exterior… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beautiful cow barn in Basel is made of tree branches topped with a grassy roof

Related: Architects transform an old hay barn into a stunning minimalist home

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Photography by Christian Baur and Serge Hasenböhler

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World’s first electric dump truck stores as much energy as 8 Tesla Model S cars

Even the construction industry can “go green.” A collection of Swiss companies is proving this to be true by developing the world’s largest electric vehicle and in record time. The E-Dumper weighs in at a whopping 45 tons and has 700 kWh of storage capacity. That’s as much as eight Tesla Model S vehicles! To ensure it is as environmentally-friendly as possible, the E-Dumper’s base is a used Komatsu HD 605-7 dumper truck. The original has had its diesel engine removed, however; in its… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Antony Gibbons modern Trine treehouse is a tranquil nature retreat

Designer Antony Gibbon merges natural materials with modern design in his latest tree house design—the Trine house. Completed as part of his Roost treehouse series, this freestanding cluster of bulbous buildings forms a triangular formation elevated into the forest canopy. Slatted timber surrounds the living spaces to allow for light and views, creating an immersive experience in nature.

The proposed Trine house comprises four elevated pod-like spaces that bear resemblance to budding… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Winning Mexloop Hyperloop design could connect 42M people in new megalopolis

Traveling between Mexico City and Guadalajara takes over six hours by car today – but imagine making that trip in 45 minutes. It could be possible in the future with a new Hyperloop system proposed by Mexloop, a Mexican consortium which includes names like Arup and Fernando Romero Enterprise, designers of Mexico City’s New International Airport. Their suggested Hyperloop network is a winner of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge.

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Coal barge in London converted into a sophisticated floating home

A 1924 barge in London has been transformed into an amazing floating home. The historic Humber Keel cargo boat now functions as a comfortable two-bedroom home with two baths, open living space and terrace views. The restored houseboat maintains the original woodwork and custom midcentury furnishings.

The barge, originally used for transporting steel and coal and working in shallow waters, sits in the Poplar Dock Marina of London. It offers 812 square feet of living space which includes two bedrooms,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building