Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts, forcing hundreds of residents to evacuate

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The most active volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island recently erupted, following a spate of earthquakes. Kilauea erupted late yesterday, and the state’s governor declared a local state of emergency, Gizmodo reported. The County of Hawaii Civil Defense Agency said there are active volcanic vents on the Makamae and Mohala streets, and hundreds of residents have been ordered to evacuate.

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Hundreds of mysterious stone structures discovered near ancient volcanoes in Saudi Arabia

Like all things, technology is a double-edged sword. Without it, however, Professor David Kennedy of the University of Oxford would never have discovered hundreds of mysterious structures located near ancient lava domes in Saudi Arabia. Using the resource Google Earth, Kennedy found there are approximately 400 stone walls on ancient lava domes that are believed to be more than 9,000 years old. Because the structures appear similar to others found in the Middle East, they have been dubbed “gates”

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“You had to live it to believe it” – hundreds of polar bears rush to feast on one whale carcass

When a bowhead whale washed ashore at Wrangel Island in Russia, the polar bears were ready. They gathered to eat the carcass, and tourists captured the experience on camera. Estimates put the number of polar bears between 150 and 230. As there are around 20,000 to 25,000 of the animals on Earth, almost one percent of the world’s polar bears, according to Gizmodo, could have assembled for the feast.

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Tesla is shipping hundreds of Powerwall battery systems to Puerto Rico

Tesla, best known for its pioneering electric cars and major investments in energy storage technology, is stepping in to aid Puerto Rico in its recovery from Hurricane Maria by sending hundreds of Powerwall battery systems to the American Commonwealth, whose 3.5 million citizens still do not have access to electricity. Because full power is not expected to be restored for months, the Powerwall energy storage systems, which can be paired with solar panels, could prove to be vital tools as Puerto Rico… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sleep hundreds of feet in the air in this renovated air traffic control tower

A disused fight control tower in Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport was transformed into a unique luxury apartment that offers panoramic views of planes taking off and landing. Travelers can now enter a competition organized by HomeAway to win an overnight stay in this stylish space decorated by Swedish artist and designer Cilla Ramnek.

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Hundreds of massive seafloor craters are leaking methane

12,000 years ago the Barents Sea was covered with ice. Warming caused ice sheets to recede and a lot of methane was released, leading to blowouts that left the seafloor scarred with hundreds of craters. Norway researchers recently found these craters, which offer a warning for the future of our world wracked by climate change – but also are still leaking methane.

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Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free

Have you ever wanted to own your own castle or, perhaps, an Italian monastery? Now’s your chance. As part of Italy’s Strategist Tourist Plan, the country is giving away old houses, farmhouses, inns, monasteries and even ancient castles. However, only those who intend to renovate and transform the structures into tourist hotspots, such as restaurants and spas, will receive a plot of historic property.

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Bookshelf House fits hundreds of books into multifunctional furnishings

The Bookshelf House was created for a family of five who wanted a dramatic room-length bookshelf. To make the most of the small 160-square-meter interior, Mosca added large multifunctional bookshelves beautiful enough to serve as focal points. The bookcases were constructed from light beech wood and are slightly staggered for visual interest. The largest bookshelf is stepped and doubles as a stair bannister to the mezzanine, while other bookshelves are used as room dividers or morph into storage… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Artists recycle hundreds of plastic bottles into a dynamic arch in Chiang Mai

Plastic trash is a major problem in Thailand’s beautiful Chiang Mai, but a team of designers has found a way to creatively rethink waste in a positive light. Design collectives VINN PATARARIN and FAHPAV combined handcrafted design with 3D modeling to create Self-Ornamentalize, a temporary installation made from 850 recycled plastic bottles. The experimental pavilion was installed a part of Compeung, an artist-in-residence program hosted at Chiang Mai’s suburban village of DoiSakt.

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Hundreds of Dakota Access Pipeline protesters injured by police attacks at Standing Rock

 

 

This weekend, protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline escalated into a violent standoff between demonstrators and police. On Sunday afternoon, the peaceful army of “water protectors” attempted to move a barricade set up by police on the Highway 1806 bridge. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department, along with National Guard soldiers, responded by firing rubber bullets at close range, bombarding the protestors with tear gas bombs and concussion grenade, and shooting water… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building