The world’s first vertical forest for low-income housing is coming to the Netherlands

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“The high-rise building of Eindhoven confirms that it is possible to combine the great challenges of climate change with those of housing shortages. Urban forestry is not only necessary to improve the environment of the world’s cities but also an opportunity to improve the living conditions of less fortunate city dwellers”, said Stefano Boeri. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Super blue blood moon eclipse to occur for the first time in 150 years

On January 31, turn your eyes to the sky, because the moon is going to do something that it hasn’t done in a century and a half. On the last day of the month, lucky celestial viewers are going to witness a super blue blood moon eclipse.

So what is a super blue blood moon eclipse? Let’s break it down. The supermoon is when the full moon is closest to the Earth, so it looks extremely bright and big. A blue moon is when the moon is full for a second time in a calendar month. Then, while all… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than men in world first

Iceland has been making headlines lately – first by electing a 41-year-old environmentalist as prime minister, and now by becoming the world’s first country to legalize equal pay for men and women. Al Jazeera reports that the tiny Nordic nation first introduced legislation last March to close the wage gap, but the law did not come into effect until the first day of 2018.

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Double whirlpool spotted in nature for the first time

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have observed “double whirlpools” in the natural world for the first time. Until now, the unusual fluid dynamics phenomenon had only been theoretically envisioned. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first vending machine for the homeless is 100% free

Homeless people in the United Kingdom can now obtain food or items like socks or toothbrushes at no cost any time of day with a recently installed vending machine. New charity Action Hunger aims to work alongside existing charities tackling the issue of homelessness with the vending machines that can offer necessities at hours when charities may not be operating. The charity has plans to expand across the UK and to New York City in early 2018.

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The world’s first vending machine for the homeless just launched – and it’s totally free

Homeless people in the United Kingdom can now obtain food or items like socks or toothbrushes at no cost any time of day with a recently installed vending machine. New charity Action Hunger aims to work alongside existing charities tackling the issue of homelessness with the vending machines that can offer necessities at hours when charities may not be operating. The charity has plans to expand across the UK and to New York City in early 2018.

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First public ultra-fast EV charging station in Europe is now operational

An utra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging station that just opened in Germany can offer EVs a range of 100 kilometers, or around 62 miles, in a snappy five minutes. It’s the first public station with the super fast chargers in Europe. Four cars can be charged at the same time at the station at 175 kilowatts.

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The world’s first 100% solar-powered train launches in Australia

A train entirely powered by solar energy is now rolling down tracks in Byron Bay, Australia. The Byron Bay Railroad Company refurbished a three-kilometer, or almost two-mile, stretch of tracks and restored a heritage train, outfitting it with a 6.5 kilowatt solar array with flexible solar panels. A limited service launched over the weekend, with full service commencing in January.

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America’s first private high-speed train could take 3 million cars off the roads

America isn’t exactly known for high-speed train travel. But a new express train project taking off in Florida could change that – and will be the first private, high-speed rail service in the country. Brightline, owned by Florida East Coast Industries, will allow people to travel from Fort Lauderdale to Miami in half an hour, on trains propelled by diesel electric engines.

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The world’s first “Biological House” opens in Denmark

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