Global movement will call out consumer brands most responsible for plastic pollution

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The Story of Stuff Project is launching its global call to action in combatting plastic pollution worldwide. The ambitious initiative plans to identify the most pervasive polluter companies found in waste while simultaneously cleaning up costal and inland communities across the country. The plastic waste brand audit is the first of its kind and intends to underline responsibility and accountability at the very source of our world’s growing trash crisis.

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Exotic pets are most likely to be released in the wild and become invasive species

With import of Fish and Wildlife regulated reptiles exceeding one million individuals each year, it comes at no surprise that many of these animals are finding their way out of the house and into the wild where they are threatening natural ecosystems. Exotic pets can be extremely endearing and are bought cheaply when they are small babies by impulsive pet owners and collectors. The problem is when these animals get too large to handle, or are cast off by wavering attention spans, and they make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Lemurs are now the most endangered species of primate on the planet

Approximately 94% of the 111 species and subspecies of lemur are under threat of extinction in their indigenous country of Madagascar – and the only place they exist outside of captivity. Of the remaining lemur groups only 6 are not listed under high risk of extinction in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. This retrogression was revealed by a Primate Specialist Group that has been analyzing current threats to the survival of lemur populations… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Cleverly rotated volumes make the most of a tiny Shanghai apartment

With a population of over 24 million, it’s no wonder than apartments are small in the Chinese megacity of Shanghai. Thanks to clever space-saving techniques and design, however, making life pleasant in small spaces is more than possible, as seen in this recent apartment renovation on Kangping Road. Local architecture practice TOWOdesign transformed a 430-square-foot dwelling into the 10 Degrees House, a multifunctional abode that uses enclosed volumes to cleverly delineate its various programs… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Michigan adopts most robust lead water rules in US

In the wake of the Flint crisis, Michigan is adopting new lead water rules — the strictest in the United States, according to Reuters. Lead service lines will have to be replaced, and the lead concentrations allowed in drinking water will be lower than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s standard. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Michigan Senior Policy Advocate Cyndi Roper said in a statement, “There is no safe level of lead in drinking water, so despite some troubling loopholes,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s most powerful wind turbine installed off the coast of Scotland

A record-breaking, world’s most powerful turbine was just installed of the Scotland coast. Developer Vattenfall announced this week that installation is complete on 11 turbines – two of which were upgraded to have a boosted capacity of 8.8MW – in Aberdeen bay. In total, the installation generates 93.2MW of energy, enough to power 70-percent of Aberdeen’s domestic needs.

Vattenfall said that nine 8.4MW turbines were installed off the coast, and two other turbines with an enhanced capacity of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Retractable solar sails to help power “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship”

Peace Boat has been sailing the world since 1983, laboring to build a culture of peace through education and environmentally responsible travel. They recently unveiled their new Ecoship, designed by Oliver Design, that could take to the seas in 2020. A closed-loop water system, whale-inspired hydrodynamic hull, and retractable solar sails are among the features that make this ship, according to Oliver Design, the “world’s most eco-friendly cruise ship.”

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Luxurious eco-resort overlooks Sri Lankans most famous wildlife park

Sri Lanka’s most celebrated wildlife park is famous for leopards, elephants, and sloth bears—and now Yala National Park is also known for a stunning, sustainably minded safari camp next door. Designed by Nomadic Resorts and Bo Reudler Studio, the Wild Coast Tented Lodge is an eco-resort with organic architecture set between golden beaches and the national park’s jungles. Located on the country’s southern tip, the “five-star” lodge welcomed its first guests in November 2017 and promises… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Category 5 Hurricane Irma is one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever

With the United States still reeling after Tropical Storm Harvey, Hurricane Irma is on its way. It’s been upgraded to a Category 5 storm, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) described Irma as potentially catastrophic. The hurricane winds are whirling at 180 miles per hour, and NOAA said there’s an increasing chance Florida could see impacts from the hurricane.

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Compact OffGridBox provides drinking water and power where it’s needed most

An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity – the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks – including a $15,000 price point that’s hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building