Egyptian researchers discover a way to grow forests in the desert with sewage

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Desertification is a major issue throughout Africa, but there’s a simple way to stop the spread of deserts onto fertile land: planting forests. The problem is that in the regions hardest hit by the phenomenon, there simply isn’t enough clean water to properly nurture the trees and keep them healthy. But an innovative project in Egypt proves that it can be done using repurposed wastewater instead of tapping into the sparse fresh water supply.

 

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This tiny prefab solution to Finlands housing shortage can pop up in 24 hours

The compact 35-square-meter Kokoon prototype comprises three modules to create a comfortable and light-filled living space. Though the prototype stacks the modules vertically, the flexible design allows for different configurations that can be expanded both vertically and horizontally to fit different sites. A large slanted skylight with wood slats let in filtered natural light on every level. Each module can be customized for different uses; the prototype includes a bathroom, dining area, kitchen,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Fisherman kept $100M pearl for 10 years without realizing its worth

For 10 years, a Filipino fishermen kept a large pearl under his bed for good luck without knowing it could be the largest natural pearl in the world. He found the pearl while trying to free his anchor after being caught in a storm, but he had no idea that the luck charm could be worth a small fortune. Measuring 1 foot wide by 2.2 feet in length and 75 lbs, the irregularly shaped pearl is thought to be the largest natural pearl ever found. If it is verified as authentic, it will be worth $100 million.

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Breezy Vietnamese restaurant shows off the beauty and strength of bamboo

Completed in 2016, the Kim Boi Bamboo Restaurant was built on the bones of a twelve-sided concrete structure that was abandoned and left unfinished for many years due to the economic crisis. The architects worked with the existing concrete columns and beams to build a bamboo bearing structure and connected it to the foundation and existing beams with metal pipes and iron pins.

The architects selected a type of solid bamboo, known as tầm vông (iron bamboo), to build the frame and covered… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California

The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water will change the state for years to come, but this need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of how producing energy can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. One of the finalists of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city, and filters… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kengo Kuma’s “floating kitchen” uses Chinese dishes to support the shelves

Beijing Centre for the Arts’ founder Weng Ling commissioned Kuma to create a unique kitchen design. So he came up with a simple concept, an assorted range of kitchenware supporting the kitchen’s structure instead of the other way around. The Floating Kitchen includes ceramic bowls and plates, wooden boxes, vases, woks, wicker baskets, pots are pans, all coming from the Chinese city of Chengdu.

All these elements are used for holding translucent kitchen worktops and shelves at different… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Inhabitat spends the night in a Harvard-designed tiny cabin in the woods

We’ve all dreamt of living “tiny”; living in a pint-sized home on a secluded stretch of land. If you’ve ever been the teensiest bit curious, but not quite ready to take the plunge, you’re in luck. Those situated close to New York and Boston can now find respite in a tiny house for a night, or a few, thanks to the Harvard student startup Getaway. The Airbnb-style, 160-square-foot mobile cabins start at just $99 per night for View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The oldest living tree in Europe has survived over 1,000 years

A pine tree rooted in Greece, nicknamed Adonis, is thought to be the oldest living tree in Europe. Estimated at 1,075 years old, this Bosnian pine has seen more history than any other single tree. The most impressive feat is that, despite having the capability to clone itself, this individual wooden giant has made it this long without having to do so.

There are tree systems that have technically lived for upwards of 10,000 years, but the individual plants themselves are not the originals…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

DIY: Learn How to Build a Portable Shopping Cart That Attaches to Your Bike

Berto Aussems got tired of balancing his grocery bags on his bike’s handlebars, so he designed this clever eco shopper that can attach to the back of a bike. Versatile, easy to use and transport, the wheels of the cart can be folded down to bring it to standing View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Indian man creates a free school under a bridge to educate New Delhis poorest children

Indian grocery store-owner Rajesh Kumar Sharma has an unusual but inspiring side gig—providing free lessons for hundreds of New Delhi’s poorest children in an open-air school beneath a Metro bridge. Sharma, whose philanthropic story went viral on the Internet in 2012, founded the “Free School: Under the Bridge” where he teaches basic Hindi and English. Volunteer teachers Laxmi Chandra and Shyam Mehto who teach mathematics assist him. As many as 200 students attend the free school on a regular… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building