KOGAA creates an energy self-sufficient City Cell in response to climate change

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Galvanized by the growing debate on climate change, Brno-based KOGAA Architectural Studio and NEXT Institute Research Platform have teamed up to create the City Cell Prototype (CCP), a pop-up installation that serves as a testing ground for ways cities can combat climate extremes. Completed this year, the temporary pavilion of nearly 300 square feet is presently located at Malinovsky Square in Brno, Czech Republic’s second largest city. Built of timber and powered by solar energy, the City Cell… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The Kind Lab creates greener toothpaste that doesn’t come in a tube

A tube of toothpaste is not the easiest thing to recycle. But what if you didn’t have to worry about recycling them at all? The Kind Lab, a company based out of Los Angeles, has officially come out with a toothpaste that doesn’t need a tube. The company calls it product Bite Toothpaste Bits, and it could revolutionize the way we brush our teeth.

The King Lab, a company started by Lindsay McCormick, hand makes the toothpaste bites out of natural ingredients. These plant-based components have… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Bolivia creates a nature reserve for world’s rarest macaw

The Blue-throated Macaw is one of the most critically endangered species on the planet with only about 300 remaining in the wild. The species of parrot is indigenous to Bolivia where Asociación Armonía has partnered up with the American Bird Conservancy, the International Conservation Fund of Canada, the IUCN Netherlands and the World Land Trust to create the first protected area for the imperiled macaw.

Related: Endangered green and loggerhead turtles make Mediterranean comeback

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UN creates a new global climate change coalition

Earth has a “30-year window of opportunity” to tackle climate change, according to World Meteorological Organization (WMO) secretary-general Petteri Taalas. He called for greater urgency in carrying out the Paris Agreement as the WMO, World Health Organization (WHO), and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched a brand new climate change coalition. Every year 12.6 million people perish due to environmental risks — air pollution in particular — and the group aims to lower that numbe… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zhang Chenxi creates realistic alien creatures that we actually wish existed

When we think of aliens, we usually conjure up images of green-skinned aliens or knobby-fingered creatures like E.T., but an artist let his imagination run wild with a series of 80 digitally-rendered aliens. UI/UX designer and 3D artist Zhang Chenxi developed an art series titled “Unknown x Unknown” in which he explored what other forms these intergalactic beings could take and the results are far from creepy.

Zhang Chenxi’s digital illustrations are bursting with color and so much… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Dutch designer creates a wooden motorcycle powered by algae

An algae-powered wooden motorcycle? The concept isn’t too far out, considering algae has been used to create everything from eco-friendly sneakers to living lamps that absorb CO2. There’s even an entire algae-powered building in Hamburg! Because the use of algae as a fuel is lesser known by the public, Dutch designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooij created a wooden motorcycle that uses algae oil for fuel.

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The team was interested in showing casing how algae… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Revolutionary solar paint creates endless energy from water vapor

Thanks to Australian researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne, a revolutionary solar paint that can produce endless amounts of energy has been created. The researchers’ findings, which were published by Science Daily, explain that the innovate paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUFQf871vUI

The paint contains a recently-developed compound that looks… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beijing creates new environmental police force to crack down on smog

You know your city has a problem with air pollution when it has to hire a special police force to crack down on smog. That’s exactly what just happened in Beijing, when the new acting mayor of the Chinese capital announced an environmental police squad that will crack down on polluters.

 

Christian Science Monitor reports that the environmental police squad is one of several new plans announced by Beijing’s acting major, Cai Qi aimed at dealing with the city’s massive air pollution… 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

The worlds largest Delta 3D printer creates nearly zero-cost homes out of mud

The future of affordable (and sustainable) housing may lie with 3D printing. The World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) will soon unveil the world’s largest delta-style 3D printer that can build full-size buildings out of mud and clay for nearly zero cost. The massive 12-meter-tall (40 feet) BigDelta printer will make its official debut and show off its eco-friendly printing prowess tomorrow at “Reality of dream,” a three-day event in Massa Lombarda, Italy. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building