Over 20,500 people have signed a petition to keep Starbucks out of Yosemite

.

Should a corporation like Starbucks be present in a national park like Yosemite? More than 20,000 people don’t think so. They’ve signed a Change.org petition to keep the coffee company out. The petition says the Starbucks would pave the way for more undue development, and that with the opening of the shop the national park “will lose its essence, making it hardly distinguishable from a chaotic and bustling commercial city.”

Related: View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Over 200 nations commit to ending ocean plastic waste

Over 200 countries signed a United Nations resolution in Nairobi, Kenya to eliminate plastic waste in the world’s oceans. The resolution is an important step forward to establishing a legally binding treaty that would deal with the global oceanic plastic pollution problem. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which organized the resolution, there will be more plastic by weight in the world’s oceans than fish by 2050 if current trends continue. The resolution offers hope for… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Elevated glass-bottomed pool hovers over a second pool in the hip Wall House

An outdoor swimming pool with a glass bottom hovers above the patio and other pool of this gorgeous residence in the Portuguese Riviera. Guedes Cruz Arquitectos designed the entire Wall House as a sprawling, open-plan house that embodies the principles of indoor-outdoor living.

On one of its side, the residence features an expansive glass wall that can be opened to create a direct connection between the interior space, the garden and golf course. Wood slat coverings cover the concrete exterior… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This Danish school is completely covered with over 12,000 sea green solar panels

The days of unsightly bulky solar arrays are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Now, buildings like the International School Nordhavn in Copenhagen, designed by C.F. Møller, are using putting their solar panels on double duty – producing clean energy, and adding a stunning aesthetic to the design.

Related: Solar-powered Colorado school houses a sun-soaked learning environment

“The building is both inspired by and deliberately uses the large-scale architecture that occupies… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

CA communities sue Exxon, Shell and 35 other fossil fuel companies over climate change

A trio of California communities are standing up to fossil fuel peddlers and holding them to account for their role in climate change. San Mateo and Marin counties, and Imperial Beach filed an unprecedented suit against 37 companies, including major players like Shell, Chevron and Exxon Mobil. The complaint states that these companies have knowingly caused billions of dollars worth of damage and have caused sea levels to climb, putting lives and property in serious danger.

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

This boy accidentally found a 1.2 million-year-old fossil by tripping over it

Sometimes, there are benefits to being clumsy. A 9-year-old named Jude Sparks recently found this out. While hiking the Orange Mountains in New Mexico with his family, Sparks tripped over an object which at first, he thought was “just a big fat rotten cow.” Instead, it turned out to be a Stegomastodon fossil from 1.2 million years ago.

https://youtu.be/xv12xqHcIhw

The young boy told KVIA TV: “I didn’t know what it was. I just knew it wasn’t usual.” His family agreed, which… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Montana earthquake felt along line of over 500 miles

An earthquake that rocked Montana yesterday was felt by locals across hundreds of miles. The 5.8 earthquake struck the western part of the state close to northwest Helena at 12:30 AM local time but was felt from around Billings to Spokane, Washington. The earthquake was large enough to wake people up.

Related: View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Why scientists are marching in over 400 cities today

Tomorrow scientists will march on Washington, D.C. and over 400 locations around the world. While organizers say the march was inspired by the success of the January 21 Women’s March, they also emphasize their event is nonpartisan. Their march is a celebration and about “the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.”

Related: Trump inspires 400 scientists to run for office View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

North Dakota lawmaker wants to make it legal to run over protesters

In response to the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline, one lawmaker, Keith Kempenich, has introduced a bill that would allow drivers to run down protesters blocking roads without any kind of penalty. His inspiration? His mother-in-law was startled by a protester in the road who he claims jumped in front of her car.

While Kempenich claims the bill would simply protect drivers who unintentionally collide with protesters through no fault of their own, it’s not much of a stretch… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Incredible rooftop farm takes over Israels oldest mall to grow thousands of organic vegetables

An amazing farm has sprouted in an unlikely place—the rooftop of Israel’s oldest mall in the heart of Tel Aviv. Hidden between high-rises, “Green in the City” is a rooftop farm that produces 10,000 heads of leafy greens a month year-round using organic, hydroponic and aquaponic methods—no dirt required. This thriving example of urban agriculture is one of many surprising sustainable initiatives at the Dizengoff Center shopping mall, which includes bird habitat, a tree nursery, rooftop apiary,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building