California legislature passes historic bill to achieve 100% clean energy

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California is going all in on clean energy. Legislators just passed a bill that puts the state on a path to become 100% reliable on clean energy by 2045, making it the largest economy in the world to enact such an environmentally friendly policy. Governor Jerry Brown has until the end of next month to sign the bill and make it official.

This is not the first eco-friendly move in the California state legislator. The state previously had a goal to become 50% reliant on clean energy by 2030, a goal… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



MIT claims that clean, limitless nuclear fusion energy is just 15 years away

You’ve probably heard this before… many times. But before you click off to some other story (may I suggest this one about 3D printing is disrupting the architecture industry) check this out. MIT scientists, along with startup Commonwealth Fusion Systems, just announced that clean, limitless power from nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.  They believe that they can have a working power plant on-grid within the next 15 years.

Scientists have been trying to make nuclear fusion… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

HOW TO: Turn your food waste into clean energy

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food ends up lost or wasted in the world. That makes up 46 percent of the world’s garbage, 59 percent of which ends up in landfills. While the world’s food waste situation is what you’d call a “doozy,” consumers and companies like HomeBiogas are determined to turn food waste into clean, usable energy.

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What Is HomeBiogas?

HomeBiogas is one of several successful projects to come about from Kickstarter…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Shanghai flying car tower to clean the air with a 50,000-plant vertical forest

Flying cars are moving from the realm of science fiction to reality – and Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D) helmed by architect Richard Moreta Castillo has already designed a tower pioneering drone car infrastructure. The Smart Power Long tower, a condominium building planned for Shanghai, features landing pads for flying cars. The futuristic concept is super green, according to RA+D, and will feature a vertical forest in which 50,000 trees and shrubs can scrub the skies. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Newly discovered property of graphene could lead to infinite clean energy

Physicists at the University of Arkansas have discovered a new property of graphene, an extraordinary material composed of ultra-thin, nearly 2D sheets of atoms, that could be exploited to generate endless, clean energy. While investigating the simple phenomenon of graphene’s ability to ripple and shake, physicist Paul Thibado and a group of graduate students uncovered a previously unknown behavior of graphene in which the wonder material buckles and twists in small, random fluctuations, potentially… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Soaring timber tower could clean up contaminated water in NYC’s Central Park

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“Aside from supplying water to the pool and Harlem Meer, the Reservoir sits stagnant and fenced off due to its current state as a health threat to millions of New Yorkers, tourists and animals,” said DFA.

“DFA envisions a temporary landmark that is remarkably of its time to creatively transform the reservoir into one of New York’s boldest urban amenities,” said studio founder Laith Sayigh.

“This conceptual project pushes the boundaries of what we perceive is possible in a city as… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

SolarGaps’ new solar blinds shade windows and generate clean energy

What if your window blinds could power your home as well as shading its rooms? That’s the idea behind SolarGaps’ new solar blinds. These smart blinds are designed to track the sun and can be controlled via an app. The company says their product will slash energy bills by 70 percent. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dropping costs in renewable tech spurs rapid shift to clean energy

Not even Donald Trump can stop the clean energy revolution. A new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg New Energy Finance reveals plunging costs in renewable technology have generated a whole new world of power. Unsubsidized renewables in many countries are now the cheapest form of energy. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Cambridge scientists use light and plants to make cheap, clean hydrogen

Everyone from startups to car companies as big as Toyota have seen the potential of hydrogen as a clean fuel source for vehicles, since the only byproduct it leaves behind is water. Hydrogen can be expensive to make, but now University of Cambridge scientists have developed a way to make the fuel source inexpensively, drawing on light and biomass like leaves.

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America will soon surpass the clean energy standards Trump wants to kill

Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, first announced in 2015, caused no end of political controversy in conservative circles for its ambitious carbon-cutting goals. By February 2016, the Supreme Court had halted any enforcement of the regulations due to complaints from 29 mostly Republican-led states. Opponents argued that the rule would cause massive layoffs in the energy sector. Now, a new report has shown the US is actually poised to surpass the federal requirements – quite a different picture… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building