An off-grid home in South Africa features a conservatory for fully enjoying nature

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Deforestation in South America causes extinction of 8 bird species

The Spix’s macaw, a bird many would recognize as the star of the animated film Rio, is officially extinct. The macaw was listed among eight other bird species that have gone extinct in South America in the 21st century in a new study conducted by BirdLife International. While the majority of bird extinctions are associated with island species sensitive to invasive organisms and hunting, these new extinctions are linked to a growing problem in South America: deforestation.
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These charming timber cabins in South India are a retreat for nature lovers

If your dream getaway involves nature excursions in a tropical environment, prepare to fall in love with the Cardamom Club resort in Thekkady, India. Recently renovated by Bangalore-based Kumar La Noce, this boutique resort now features a series of elevated cabins built mainly of sustainably sourced Bangkirai hardwood. Combining contemporary design with traditional elements, the 430-square-foot cabins rest lightly on the landscape and blend in with the verdant surroundings.

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Hyundai is building a battery 50% larger than Tesla’s megabattery in South Australia

Tesla’s South Australia battery system won’t hold the title of world’s largest for long. Hyundai is building a 150 megawatt battery storage system – 50 percent larger than Tesla’s – in South Korea. And they say it should go live in just around three months.

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You can now explore all 19 of South Africa’s National Parks on Google Maps

Have you ever wanted to walk in the footsteps of Nelson Mandela, track cheetah on foot, or stroll with elephants — and other exotic creatures — in South Africa? Well, now’s your chance. Thanks to the efforts of over 200 volunteers, 19 National Parks, 17 nature reserves, and many other sites of natural, cultural and historical significance in South Africa be explored through Google Maps.

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South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Within six months, an area of 300,000 feddans (non-metric unit) in Egypt will be transformed into an integrated agriculture city by South Korea. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.
 
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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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South America’s first luxury sleeper train is a traveler’s dream come true

Related: You won’t believe the interior of Japan’s jaw-dropping new train

“We design journeys,” explains Inge Moore, founder of Muza Lab, “and with Belmond Andean Explorer, we have distilled the romance, nostalgia and freedom of the train voyage. The train is a place of transition where time seems to slow down between the departure and the arrival. Our vision was to design somewhere to ponder and dream, a space where the beauty of the land can infuse the soul.”

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South Pacific islands introduce ban on western junk food

South Pacific islands are eschewing junk food in favor of an organic diet. Citing mainly health reasons – and the fact the islands can grow local, organic food themselves – leaders in Torba, a Vanuatu province, said they want to ban foreign food and go organic instead. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

16-year-old South African girl invents drought-fighting super material from orange peels

 

In the midst of South Africa’s worst drought in recorded history, one Johannesburg schoolgirl has created a super absorbent polymer that could change the way crops are grown. Kiara Nirghin recently won the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa with her submission “No More Thirsty Crops.”

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