You can relax: A man in China did not just discover the world’s largest mosquito

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If you think getting bit by your average mosquito is irritating, imagine being stabbed by one with a wingspan longer than your hands. Insect expert Zhao Li claims to have caught the world’s biggest mosquito, with a four and a half inch wingspan – 10 times longer than your average backyard sucker.

Zhoa Li is famous for discovering the longest insect in the world – a two foot long megastick insect found in China. Now he is breaking records again. Li identified the world’s largest mosquito in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The largest fire in Greenland’s history warns of an extreme future

The largest wildfire in Greenland’s history is burning bright as a warning sign for a future rattled by catastrophic climate change. On the world’s largest island, known for its snow-covered glacial landscape, satellite images have captured the similarly colored smoke clouds now billowing from the fire. Scientists are concerned that the black carbon smog produced by the fire could be absorbed by Greenland’s massive ice sheet, of which one-third has now been affected by the soot settling from the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s largest solar energy project will be 100 times bigger than any other on the planet

200 gigawatts of solar power. $200 billion. 100,000 jobs. Those are the numbers attached to what could be the biggest solar energy project in the world, under a deal signed by Saudi Arabia and Japanese conglomerate company SoftBank, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. The move could help Saudi Arabia, the largest oil exporter in the world, progress from oil to renewables.

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Worlds largest single-domed tropical greenhouse unveiled for France

A lush paradise of waterfalls and tropical plants has been unveiled in Coldefy & Associates’ designs for Tropicalia, the world’s largest tropical greenhouse under one roof. Proposed for Pas-de-Calais, France, the 215,000-square-foot greenhouse will be sheathed beneath a double-insulated dome and designed for energy efficiency and include heat recycling. The $62 million project will feature a variety of tropical landscapes filled with flora and fauna and linked by a one-kilometer walking path.

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3D-printed Valentine heart in Times Square is the world’s largest lens

If you stop by Times Square this month, you are in for a treat. This year, the city is celebrating love with a massive lens that lets you see the city, and your special somebody, through a totally different perspective.

 

For the 10th anniversary of the New York City Times Square Valentine Heart Design Competition, designers pulled out all the stops.

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The world’s largest ivory market just banned ivory

In an historic vote, the Legislative Council of Hong Kong voted 49-4 to ban the trade of ivory by 2021. The conclusion of a campaign waged by organizations such as Avaaz to end Hong Kong’s massive ivory trade, the ban could save tens of thousands of African elephants from poaching each year. The vote in Hong Kong comes two years after Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying pledged to end the View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

‘Worlds Largest Picture Frame’ opens in Dubai

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Elon Musk wins $50 million bet by installing world’s largest lithium-ion battery in under 100 days

Elon Musk has done it again. In March, the inventor and mastermind behind Tesla, SpaceX and other world-changing ventures made a bet on Twitter with Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes that he could help solve South Australia’s vexing blackouts with a massive Powerpack within 100 days — or provide the $50 million service for free. And he has now officially won. Not only will Tesla receive payment for the 100 megawatt energy storage project, but residents no longer have to sit in the dark during periods… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

3,000-year-old underwater castle discovered in Turkey’s largest lake

Lake Van in Turkey is the country’s biggest lake – but that isn’t its only claim to fame. Van Yüzüncü Yil University archaeologists and a team of divers recently discovered an underwater fortress far below the surface. The ancient nation of Urartu could have built the castle during the Iron Age, around 3,000 years ago.

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One of the world’s largest mining companies is ditching coal

Rio Tinto Group, the world’s second largest mining company, is in the process of selling off its coal mines with the ultimate goal of getting out of the coal mining business altogether. Although environmental concerns are motivating some to act against coal, Rio Tinto is choosing to dump coal from its portfolio due to coal’s declining profitability. Rio Tinto CEO Jean-Sebastien Jacques has framed the decision as a question of making the most out of limited resources, according to Bloomberg, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building