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

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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

The world’s most efficient 5-seater car is powered entirely by the sun

Forget electric vehicles, a team of students at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) recently developed a solar car for five occupants that is completely powered by the sun. Called Stella Vie, the vehicle stands apart because it is designed to carry five occupants and is more efficient than all solar cars before it. Even with fewer solar panels on its roof, the car is capable of a range of about 1,000 kilometers on a warm, summer day in The Netherlands.

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Worlds most active volcano harbors a tiny off-grid homeand you can stay overnight

The Phoenix House is a tiny off-grid home that truly befits its name. Rising from the ashes of the world’s most active volcano, this solar-powered abode built of recycled materials boasts spectacular views of the Hawaiian landscape. Available for rent on AirBnB, the Phoenix House promises an unforgettable, off-the-beaten track experience and is just a bike ride away from a 100-foot lava waterfall.

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The world’s “most compact folding bike” fits in your carry-on luggage

Imagine having a bike able to fold up so small, you could bring it on an airplane in carry-on luggage. That’s the Kwiggle, a vehicle designed by German engineer Karsten Bettin. The Kwiggle rides like a mixture of walking and biking, and can be folded up and rolled alongside a rider, or be stowed under a subway seat or airplane overhead compartment.

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Colorado man builds state’s most energy efficient house

Passive House is a worldwide phenomenon, promising a huge reduction in energy for buildings of all types and in all climates. To put that to the test I built and moved into one in the Colorado Rockies where the winters can be brutal and living off grid means living with a tiny energy budget. Not only does the house live up to its promises but the real discovery is just how comfortable a passive house can be. Read on as I conclude a three part series on building and living in a Passive House.
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SolarAid reveals “the world’s most affordable solar light” for just $5

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The most environmentally-friendly choice you can make could be to not have kids

We are all about finding new and effective ways to lessen your impact on the planet, but a new movement suggests that perhaps the smartest thing you can do for the planet is to not have kids. Known as the “small-family ethic,” the movement suggests that having one kid fewer is the most Earth-friendly move you can make.
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Folding FOSCAT32 catamaran makes the most of wind and solar

Folding solar catamaran FOSCAT32 is a new alternative concept cat sail vessel that consumes no fuel and has high energy efficiency. She is a new generation catboat which encourages environmental responsibility. In addition, the lightweight folding hulls are View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LAs most dangerous intersection made safer with innovative crosswalk “scramble”

Los Angeles’ Hollywood and Highland intersection is losing its notoriety as the most dangerous intersection for pedestrians after introducing a crosswalk “scramble.” The design gives the road entirely to pedestrians, allowing them to even cross the street diagonally when it is their turn. Amazingly, incidences of accidents have plummeted since the overhaul just six months ago.

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