Freedom for 5 moon bears held captive for 21 years on a bile farm

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This Monday non-profit group Animals Asia removed five moon bears that had been captive for over two decades from a farm in Vietnam. They were being held for 21 years, receiving regular bile extractions until their rescue from the southern town of My Tho, according to the group. The NGO transported the freedom five 1,050 miles by truck over the course of the week to Vietnam’s Tam Dao National Park. They were eagerly awaited at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, an expansive and lush sanctuary dedicated… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Egypt set to open its first solar farm – and it’s the largest in the world

Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas in the country that subsidizes fossil fuels making them a cheap option for its 96 million citizens. However, the government plans to change courses and put itself on the clean energy map with the inauguration of the world’s largest solar park, the Benban Complex, under construction in Egypt’s Western Desert and said to open next year. The first… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

An urban farm and restaurant flourishes in Utrechts circular pavilion

A new restaurant celebrating sustainability has opened in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Designed by Dutch architecture firm cezeped, The Green House is a “circular” pavilion that houses a restaurant, urban farm and meeting center. Created as part of an initiative by Strukton Ballast Nedam and Albron, the experimental and temporary venue follows eco-friendly principles and features modular components so that it can be dismantled and moved to a new location in the future.

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The largest solar farm apiary in the US opens this week

An important feature of the design system known as permaculture is the concept of stacking functions, or finding multiple uses for the same space or resource. North Carolina-based PineGate Renewables is taking this principle to a new level with the opening of the largest solar farm apiary in the United States. Starting this week, the Eagle Point solar farm in Jackson County, Oregon will host 48 hives of honey bees underneath and between the solar panels. John Jacob of Old Sol Apiaries helped to determine… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Amazing plant pods can grow more lettuce in a 1010 room than a farm can grow on 1/2 acre

Live in a teeny apartment but would love to grow your own food? Say no more — Aggressively Organic’s got it covered. The Indiana-based company offers Micro Growth Chamber Systems enabling you to grow more lettuce in a room 10 feet by 10 feet than could be grown on an organic farm sprawling half an acre. The systems use less water too — Aggressively Organic says a typical plant in one of their systems only requires watering once every few weeks.

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This hexagonal indoor farm grows more food in less space with 90% less water

Design meets indoor gardening in Hexagro Urban Farming’s Living Farming Tree, a modular growing system suited for everyone from apartment dwellers to hotels. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

NYC’s Farm One delivers rare, ultra-fresh produce in just 30 minutes

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rsted’s massive new offshore wind farm will generate power for 1 million homes

Offshore wind farms keep getting bigger and bigger. Ørsted, formerly DONG Energy, started construction on Hornsea Project One, the latest offshore wind project poised to claim the trophy. They installed the first of 174 monopiles at the wind farm off the coast of Yorkshire in the United Kingdom. When Hornsea Project One is operational, it could produce power for more than one million homes.

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The organic farm teaching sustainable growing techniques in Canada’s cold, dark north

Tucked inside the lush boreal forest in Canada’s Northwest Territories, you’ll find something unexpected. There, cheek to jowl with the ever-encroaching trees sits a thriving farm with snuffling pigs, lush fruit trees, and acres of vegetables, all in an environment that is anything but hospitable to agriculture. But creating a flourishing, regenerative landscape perfect for a productive local farm is exactly what the Northern Farm Traning Institute is all about, and their goal is to help people… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining under one roof

As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating it into urban environments. From rooftops and community gardens, urban farming has descended onto waterways and lakes, like in the case of this solar-powered floating structure, called Lotus, which will function as a restaurant and farm.

Lotus utilizes a vertical design to house its various hydroponic and greenhouse stations, along with indoor and outdoor dining areas where visitors can enjoy… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building