Critical climate record satellite program at risk after Congress slashes funding

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Scientists all over Earth depend on sea ice data from United States military satellites. But one of those satellites recently broke down – and only three ageing ones remain. Even worse, earlier this year the United States Congress said a backup probe had to be dismantled because they didn’t want to pay to keep it in storage. Nearly 40 years of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice satellite measurements could soon be disrupted. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



American women and their dogs rescued after surviving five months at sea in shark-infested waters

Two women from Honolulu, Hawaii, are basking in the sweet relief of being rescued after they and their dogs spent five months stranded at sea in shark-infested waters. Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava set a course for Tahiti on May 3rd but shortly after, suffered engine failure and a broken mast when a storm battered their boat. Fortunately, they had water purifiers, a year’s worth of dog food, and rice, pasta, and oatmeal. The basic supplies kept them alive long enough to be spotted by a Taiwanese… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Florida residents prohibited from using solar energy after Hurricane Irma

Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn’t use them – or they’d be breaking the law. Florida’s electricity board made it illegal for people to power their houses with solar panels.

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Wild tigers are returning to Kazakhstan after 70-year absence

70 years after the majestic big cat went extinct in the country, wild tigers are being reintroduced to Kazakhstan. If this project proves successful, it would stand as the first instance in which wild tigers have been revitalized in a region from which they had gone extinct for nearly a century. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Fukushima is surrendering to nature six years after nuclear meltdown

Nature has come for Fukushima. Six years after a nuclear meltdown resulted in a mass exodus of neighboring residents, the Fukushima prefecture is slowly being engulfed by a sea of green. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tardigrades will be the last surviving creatures on earth after the sun dies

In the event that Earth is struck by an asteroid, the sun goes supernova or the planet is struck by gamma ray bursts (an extreme energetic explosion), the last surviving creatures won’t be cockroaches, they will be tardigrades. Oxford University researchers recently discovered this after exposing the microscopic water bears to the only astrophysical phenomena likely to eradicate life on Earth. Not only did the team learn that the tardigrade can endure temperature extremes of up to 150°C (302°F),… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Giant condor returns to thank man who saved him after he fell from his mother’s nest

The bond between a human and an animal can be a powerful one, and the following video is a testament to this. After an Argentinian man named Edgardo rescued a condor that fell from its nest as a baby, he proceeded to care for it until it was well enough to be returned to the wild. Even after the giant condor — a subspecies of the vulture considered to be the largest flying bird in North America — found freedom, it returned to “thank” Edgardo, as the footage below reveals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arZ3vJHVCfc

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Tesla to power ‘almost all’ Superchargers with solar after disconnecting them from the grid

Tesla is on a mission to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy and is doing just this by improving its Supersolar charging stations. Designed to quickly charge electric automobiles, the charging stations have received criticism because they rely on “dirty fossil fuels” to power up electric vehicles. While electric cars are still better for the environment than those with internal combustion engines, Tesla founder Elon Musk isn’t about taking shortcuts, therefore, announced that “almost… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

European electricity sector pledges no new coal plants after 2020

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Earth’s water may not have originated with comet collisions after all

Scientists used to think our planet’s water arrived on Earth after comet collisions. But a new study reveals that water so necessary for life may have originated here after all. Research led by University College Dublin shows chemical reactions between liquid hydrogen and silicon dioxide deep down in Earth’s mantle could create water. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building