New NASA tool shows exactly how melting glaciers will affect coastal cities

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NASA has developed a new tool that individuals and communities can use to determine the precise impacts that sea level rise will have on individual coastal cities. This newly accessible information will enable scientists and policymakers to have a more complete understanding of the consequences of climate change in specific areas. ”This study allows one person to understand which icy areas of the world will contribute most significantly to sea level change (rise or decrease) in their specific city,”… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



INTERVIEW: Inhabitat’s own Greg Beach on telling global stories through the lens of a small town

How much do you know about your hometown? Author and Inhabitat writer Greg Beach, who moved to Watertown, Massachusetts at age nine, was inspired to dig more into his town’s history after the Boston Marathon Bombing. You may only be familiar with the name Watertown because of the attack, but Beach shows there’s a lot more to this place in his new book The World and Watertown: Tales of an American Hometown. Not only was Watertown once the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s largest town – and the seat of the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This Living Light is powered by a houseplant

 

The lamp works using photosynthesis. As organic compounds are released in the soil, bacteria generates electrons and protons. Those in turn are used as a battery to power the light. The healthier your plant is, the more photosynthesis takes place and the more energy you generate, which is a pretty cool way to gauge how happy your plant lamp is.

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Living Light produces up to 0.1mW of energy, which isn’t enough to light an entire… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tesla surprises the world with a new $250k Roadster

Tesla surprised the crowd tonight at the debut of the Tesla Semi with the reveal of a new Roadster, which will arrive by 2020. Although lately Tesla has been focused on more mass market electric cars, it hasn’t forgotten where it started and is finally releasing a new Roadster.

While the Tesla Model 3 focuses on the entry-level electric segment, the new Roadster will focus on the high end of the segment with a $250,000 price tag. What does that get you? For starters the Tesla Roadster will feature… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining under one roof

As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating it into urban environments. From rooftops and community gardens, urban farming has descended onto waterways and lakes, like in the case of this solar-powered floating structure, called Lotus, which will function as a restaurant and farm.

Lotus utilizes a vertical design to house its various hydroponic and greenhouse stations, along with indoor and outdoor dining areas where visitors can enjoy… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Revolutionary Tesla Semi Truck arrives with a whopping 500-mile driving range

Semi trucks transport goods all over the country and without them we’d never get our stuff as fast as we do now, but they come with one big disadvantage – emissions. Today’s semi trucks are powered by large diesel engines that emit so many pollutants into the air, easil

Tesla forever changed the auto industry when it debuted the Model S and now it’s set to do it again with the semi truck segment. Tesla’s semi truck View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Son builds modern dream cabin from recycled materials for his aging father

Retiring to a cozy cabin in the woods is a dream of many, and one that Josh Wynne helped his father fulfill when he built and designed Mike’s Hammock, a compact dwelling located on his property in Nokomis, Florida. Designed for handicap accessibility, the modern one-room was crafted for aging in place and prioritizes sustainability in its use of recycled materials and low-energy footprint.

Stylish and sustainable, the 604-square-meter cabin was constructed with mostly local and… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first space nation is now officially in orbit

Space is now officially home to the known universe’s first “space nation”. Asgardia launched its very first satellite, Asgardia-1, into orbit on November 12, 2017. Only about the size of a soccer ball, the satellite traveled aboard a NASA commercial cargo vehicle to make its two-day journey from NASA’s View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elephants should be recognized as legal persons, argues Connecticut lawsuit

Should elephants be viewed as legal persons in the eyes of the court? A new lawsuit filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project argues yes. They say three elephants, owned by a Connecticut zoo, should have “the fundamental right to bodily liberty” and be placed in an animal sanctuary instead.

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‘We were blown away’ – researchers eliminate obstacle to fusion energy

Fusion powers the sun, and if we could harness it here on Earth, we could obtain unlimited clean energy. Scientists have been working on that aim for years, and now researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Texas A&M University just made a huge leap forwards – by figuring out what to do with a byproduct of the process, helium, which weakens the materials comprising a fusion reactor. In nanocomposite solids, helium doesn’t form into destructive… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building