The world’s largest ivory market just banned ivory

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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

Northern Europes largest aquarium unveiled for former Oslo airport site

Aquariums are always good fun for families, but the New Aquarium slated for the outskirts of Oslo is sure to bring in architecture and design lovers too. London studio Haptic Architects unveiled renderings for a curvaceous aquarium modeled on local “svaberg” rock formations that hugs the waterfront and offers new public spaces, including an accessible roof. Planned for the former site of the Oslo airport in Bærum, the aquarium backed by developer Selvaag will house 7 million liters of water… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Florence is the largest asteroid to pass Earth in a century

Though the American eclipse may have come and gone, the skies above Earth never cease to amaze with new interstellar events, like Florence, the largest asteroid to approach our planet in over a century. Florence measures 2.7 miles (4.4 km) in diameter and is expected to pass by from the relatively proximity of 4.4 million miles (7 million km) away from Earth. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Worlds largest bookstore opens in Tehran, Iran

Book enthusiasts, we’ve found your dream destination. In Tehran, Iran, the world’s largest bookstore, called the Book Garden, opened on Wednesday. The giant academic complex is roughly 65,000 square meters (approximately 700,000 square feet) and features millions of books. Several movie theaters, science halls, classrooms a prayer room and even a restaurant can be found on the premise, as well.

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The worlds largest bike parking garage opens in the Netherlands

Good news for avid cyclist in the Netherlands — which, to be honest, is pretty much everyone. To ensure the eco-friendly way of commuting is as convenient and safe as possible, the country just opened the first phase of what will be the world’s largest bike parking garage. By the end of 2018, the 184,000-square-foot space beneath Utrecht’s central train station will be able to hold 12,500 parked bikes.

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Tesla makes good on South Australia promise with world’s largest Lithium ion battery

Elon Musk is a man of his word. In March the Tesla CEO tweeted a promise that he would help South Australia solve its energy woes in 100 days with a new power storage system – or give the whole thing away for free. Now he’s following up on that promise, having inked a deal with the State government to build the world’s largest Lithium ion battery. If he can’t finish in 100 days, the energy titan estimates he’ll lose a cool $50 million.

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