Off-grid Ecocapsule microhomes finally make their international debut

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We’ve been following the Slovakian team who designed the solar- and wind-powered Ecocapsule microhome since they originally burst onto the scene with such a daring, visionary design. Now, nearly 10 years after their initial concept was born, the Bratislava-based group is finally making their international debut with an exclusive release of 50 off-grid dwellings that can be installed pretty much anywhere. Although this round of smart, self-sufficient tiny dwellings will only be available to customers… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Scientists finally know what is causing underwater ‘fairy circles’ and it’s not good

Have you — like many — been dumbfounded by the mysterious, underwater “fairy circles” which have been found in the Mediterranean and Baltic sea? If so, you’re not alone. Fortunately, scientists finally know what is causing the sea floor phenomena. On a not-so-positive note,  it turns out the “bald patches” devoid of vegetation are actually caused by a foreign species which may put entire ecosystems at risk.

In the paper “Fairy Circle Landscapes Under The Sea,” which… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first all-electric sport utility truck is finally here – and it looks incredible

Electric vehicle buyers are spoiled for choice these days – there’s electric sports cars sedans, SUVs, minivans, and motorcycles. So where’s the electric pickup truck? New York-based Bollinger Motors just answered that question with the B1 – the world’s first all-electric, all-wheel drive sport utility truck. It’s remarkably refined with a strong, stealthy profile – and it’s rough and rugged enough to haul heavy loads and tackle challenging terrain. The B1 has better horsepower, torque, and ground… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Teslas Model 3 electric car to finally go on sale this Friday

Tesla’s highly-anticipated Model 3 car will officially go on the market this Friday, according to an early-morning tweet by CEO Elon Musk. Estimated to sell for approximately $27,500 with a federal electric car tax credit, the five-seater will be the most obtainable for families yet. On a single charge, the Model 3 can travel 133 miles (215 kilometers) and is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in less than sixty seconds. Though customers who paid a $1,000 deposit for a Model… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Finally, an umbrella you’ll never lose

If you are someone who is endlessly searching for your misplaced umbrella when bad weather strikes, have no fear: the Blunt Umbrella is here, equipped with the Bluetooth-enabled Tile app. The technology uses your smartphone to locate the lost umbrella, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Is tidal power finally coming of age?

A British company is trying to show that underwater turbines are a viable source of hydroelectricity, by winning a share of $363 million worth of electricity generation contracts being offered up by the U.K. government. As Bloomberg reports, Atlantis Resources Ltd. Wants to build power turbines under the ocean in Scotland, and their success wouldn’t only mean a whole pile of cash but also provide another option for producing clean energy—harvesting energy from ocean tides and currents. The company… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Lead pipes in Flint, Michigan are finally being replaced

People in Flint, Michigan still can’t turn on a tap to get clean drinking water, but hopefully that will change soon. The Senate just passed a bill providing $170 million to replace lead-contaminated pipes in the beleaguered city. But the victory could come at the cost of decreased environmental protections in the Bay-Delta estuary in California.

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