Scientists just discovered snow on Mars

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Forget everything you know — or think you know — about Mars. In the study Nature Geoscience, scientists confirm that there is, in fact, snow on Mars. It’s not what you might think, however. The red planet experiences explosions of snow known as “ice microbursts” which only occur in the shadows and are very unlike the snowfall on Earth. This finding is challenging previous notions about Mars’ history and the likelihood of future generations colonizing it.

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Elon Musk just announced he got verbal approval to build a New York to DC hyperloop

Elon Musk just announced that the New York City to Washington D.C. hyperloop is happening. Taking to Twitter, Musk said that he has received verbal approval to build an underground hyperloop from city to city, with at least a dozen entrance/exits in each city. Once completed, riders will be able to zoom from city to city in under 30 minutes.

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Musk added – again, on Twitter – that there is still work to do to get official approval, but… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Oregon just approved the nations first tax on bicycles – and cyclists are furious

Because bicycling is good for one’s health and results in fewer cars being on the road (reducing carbon emissions), one would think governments would go out of their way to encourage more people to commute in such fashion. Right? Wrong. In Oregon — a state which is known for its avid bicycling culture, the nation’s first statewide bike tax has been approved. The new excise tax will require consumers to pay $15 in tax on a bike that costs more than $200 and has a wheel diameter of at least… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The UN just passed a historic treaty banning nuclear weapons worldwide

Could world peace be on the horizon? Last Friday, a historic treaty imposing a total nuclear weapons ban was passed by the United Nations in an attempt to prevent WWIII from breaking out. The 10-page document, entitled Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, was inspired after the U.N. reopened discussion of a global nuclear ban in March of 2017, prompting 2,500 scientists from 7 countries to sign a petition urging nuclear disarmament. Now that the first-of-its-kind ban has passed, some are… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Hyundai’s new emissions-free bus travels 180 miles on just one hour of charging

Due to electric vehicles becoming more affordable and consumers becoming more educated on the benefits of “going green,” an increasing number of automobile makers are joining the trend of unveiling electric cars, trucks, and buses that benefit the environment. Hyundai is the latest to jump on the green bandwagon after unveiling its first mass-produced electric bus called the Elec City. After one hour of charging, the bus can travel 180 miles due to a 256kWh battery pack. And, the company’s first… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

BMW just unveiled the sleek electric motorcycle of the future

Ready to commute in style? A futuristic, zero-emission motorbike was recently unveiled by BMW at the Concorso D’eleganza Villa D’este, an event presently taking place in Italy. Modeled after the BMW Motoradd Vision Next 100, the design is both sleek and functional and is perfect for those who need to transit in urban settings.

The BMW Motorrad Concept Link may look like a scooter, but it is anything but. The motorbike has a low-slung, stretched body with a flat seat and, according to the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s fastest electric car just shattered its own record

Critics have claimed clean technology lags behind fossil fuel-powered devices. They once said electric cars weren’t as powerful or speedy as gasoline-fueled ones, but one sleek clean car just showed vehicles can be super fast without polluting our planet. The Nio EP9 – which already put other cars to shame with a speed of up to 194 miles per hour – just smashed its own record. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Earth’s population just hit 7.5 billion people

Over 7.5 billion people now reside on spaceship Earth, according to the World Population Clock. But with more people comes less access to resources like food and energy. Charity organization Population Matters says this increased global population will impact society and the environment. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tesla’s groundbreaking solar roof just hit the market

Get your credit card ready, because Elon Musk just announced that Tesla’s Solar Roof tiles are available to order starting today. The innovative roof tiles look like traditional slate, Tuscan or shingle roofing, but they collect sun to power your home with clean, renewable solar. Musk said that the smooth black and textured will be available “this afternoon.”

Musk made the announcement today, as he so often does, on Twitter, adding that Tuscan and French Slate will be available in 6 months,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Germany just generated a record 85% of its energy from renewable sources

Germany has outdone itself yet again when it comes to clean energy. On April 30 through May 1, the country set a national record when 85% of all energy consumed was created using renewable wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. And this isn’t just an anomaly – experts believe that this will be the new normal for Germany by 2030. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building