Lecomte reaches mile 1,000 in his swim across the Pacific Ocean

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Ben Lecomte, the first person to swim across the Atlantic Ocean back in 1998, is now attempting to be the first swimmer to traverse the Pacific Ocean. The record-setter is taking on the challenge not only for himself, but also to raise awareness about ocean pollution, health and conservation. The activist has now passed the 1,000 nautical mile marker from his starting point in the port city of Yokohama, Japan.

Related: Man plans to swim the Pacific Ocean to raise awareness for plastic pollution

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Planting wildflower strips across crop fields could slash pesticide use

Could wildflowers help us cut our use of pesticides? The Guardian reported on 15 big arable fields in England, colorful strips of the flowers were planted running through fields – instead of just around them – as part of a Center of Ecology and Hydrology trial. The wildflowers could boost natural pest predators, helping us reduce our reliance on environmentally damaging pesticides.

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This mesmerizing lamp reacts to earthquakes across the globe in real time

This minimalist lamp responds in real time to earthquakes around the world. French artist Fabien Bouchard, who works under the name ParseError, linked the lamp to the data from IRIS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology) to which it reacts by emitting light pulses and rumble-like sounds.

The clean, simple design makes the Earthquake Lamp a beautiful object for any home, but its purpose makes it more than a beautiful light source. The artist, who lived through the great 2011… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The farmers growing food across frigid northern latitudes

Although frost has arrived in most subtropical regions of the world, farmers still carry on even in the most extreme cold climates with the help of innovative technology and thoughtful design. Polar Permaculture Solutions of Norway and the Inuvik Community Greenhouse and Arctic Greens project of Alaska are examples of defiant, determined agriculture in the Arctic. With features such hydroponic systems, insulated greenhouses, and compost-warmed geodesic domes, these farms are far from frozen despite… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

7 eco-friendly and conservation-minded safari lodges across Africa

Gallivanting across Africa in search of majestic and fascinating wild animals is at the top of many people’s bucket lists, and there’s thankfully more ways than ever to safari with an eco-friendly and socially conscious mindset. We found seven safari lodges that were created with heavy consideration for conservation and community; the only heavy footprint left is that of a gentle and gigantic elephant as he passes by.
1. Chem Chem Safari Lodge
 

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Thousands of San Franciscans form human chain across Golden Gate Bridge in peaceful demonstration

Donald Trump’s inauguration might be unstoppable, but that doesn’t mean people are about to sit around and normalize hate and bigotry. Across the nation, communities are seizing January 20th as an opportunity to demonstrate the power of unity in overcoming darkness, and from inspiring Post-it-covered walls to the eleven-year-old offering “emotional-advice therapy” in the NYC subway, many are doing so in creative and unprecedented ways. To prove that #LoveTrumpsHate and that we are #StrongerTogether,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists just transmitted data across a national electricity grid for the first time

For the first time anywhere on Earth, new data transmission technology has been successfully tested on UK’s national electricity grid. The achievement marks a leap forward toward ‘virtual’ power grids which would allow homes and businesses to use energy more wisely. Technology like this could help people lower their energy bills, reduce peaks in energy use that strain the grid, and reduce or even eliminate the need for dirty generators that are often employed to supply extra energy during peak… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building