Egypt set to open its first solar farm – and it’s the largest in the world

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Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas in the country that subsidizes fossil fuels making them a cheap option for its 96 million citizens. However, the government plans to change courses and put itself on the clean energy map with the inauguration of the world’s largest solar park, the Benban Complex, under construction in Egypt’s Western Desert and said to open next year. The first… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



About 90% of world’s largest king penguin colony has mysteriously disappeared

Only 200,000 of the 2 million king penguins who lived on the French island of Île aux Cochons in 1982 still remain. The remote sanctuary lies halfway between the tip of Africa and Antarctica and is home to the largest colony of king penguins in the world. The species is the second most populous type of penguin after the Emperor penguin and they’re drastic disappearance is a puzzling occurrence that scientists are still trying to piece together.

“It is completely unexpected, and particularly… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The largest solar farm apiary in the US opens this week

An important feature of the design system known as permaculture is the concept of stacking functions, or finding multiple uses for the same space or resource. North Carolina-based PineGate Renewables is taking this principle to a new level with the opening of the largest solar farm apiary in the United States. Starting this week, the Eagle Point solar farm in Jackson County, Oregon will host 48 hives of honey bees underneath and between the solar panels. John Jacob of Old Sol Apiaries helped to determine… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Zaha Hadid Architects wins bid to masterplan Russias largest port

Zaha Hadid Architects has won the Admiral Serebryakov Embankment competition, an international masterplanning contest for Novorossiysk, a Russian city on the Black Sea coast with the nation’s largest shipping port. Created in collaboration with local architecture firm Pride TPO, the winning masterplan aims to reconnect the city with its coast and celebrate the region’s rich industrial history and relationship with the sea. The masterplan will introduce a diverse mix of programming and facilities… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

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.

Created… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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