Polar bears could go extinct sooner than scientists previously thought

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We’ve known climate change will cause trouble for polar bears for a while, but a new study reveals their metabolic rates are higher than we thought, and a changing environment is making it harder for them to snare enough food to reach energy demands. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Iceland makes it illegal to pay women less than men in world first

Iceland has been making headlines lately – first by electing a 41-year-old environmentalist as prime minister, and now by becoming the world’s first country to legalize equal pay for men and women. Al Jazeera reports that the tiny Nordic nation first introduced legislation last March to close the wage gap, but the law did not come into effect until the first day of 2018.

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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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Sony’s Aibo robo dog is back – and it’s cuter than ever

Remember the Sony Aibo pet robot that debuted in 1999? A new-and-improved version is launching in Japan today, and it’s high-tech upgrades are worth talking about. The pet robot runs on Artificial Intelligence (AI), therefore, can develop a personality over time. Reportedly, it is also “capable of forming an emotional bond with members of the household while providing them with love, affection and the joy of nurturing and raising a companion.” As if these features aren’t cool enough, the… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New metal 3D printer is 100x faster, 10x cheaper than existing laser technologies

Quite rapidly, 3D-metal printing could be the go-to for manufacturing around the world. This is because the method, which was developed by Desktop Metal, is faster, safer and cheaper than existing systems. Indeed, the company claims it can produce reliable metal printing up to 100 times faster, with 10 times cheaper initial costs and 20 times cheaper materials than existing laser technologies on the market.

3D printing has been a hot topic for years now, but the Massachusetts company… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tesla’s new Solar Roof is actually cheaper than a normal roof

Good news for those who have been eyeing Tesla’s new Solar Roof since it was announced less than six months ago. Recently, the company revealed the cost of the eco-friendly solar tiles, and they have a price tag of just $21.85 per square foot. That’s nearly 20 percent less than a normal roof — even without factoring in the energy savings.

The sought-after Tesla Solar Roof tiles are made of glass layered over a photovoltaic substrate as a replacement for traditional roofing materials…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The sixth mass extinction is killing off wildlife 100 times faster than normal

For years, scientists have been saying that Earth is entering it sixth mass extinction — an era in which three-quarters of all species are expected to die off within only a few centuries. However terrifying this notion may be, nothing compares to a recent finding, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which offers a full picture of the present “biological annihilation.” According to the study, which was conducted by Gerardo Ceballos, an ecology professor at the Universidad… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Kodasemas tiny solar-powered homes pop up in less than a day for 150K

Estonian design collective Kodasema just launched KODA, a line of tiny prefabricated homes with big goals for tackling the affordable housing crisis. Crafted with high-quality factory precision, these mobile modern homes pop up in as little as a day and come with highly energy-efficient features, from solar panels to built-in smart home systems. Already installed in the Netherlands and Estonia, the solar-powered KODA home popped up in the UK last month with a starting price of £150,000.

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New discovery suggests humans are 100,000 years older than previously thought

The surprising discovery of fossilized remains of five early humans in Morocco has led archeologists to believe that Homo sapiens originated 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. What’s more, the remains — which are estimated to be 300,000 years old — are resettling all former notions of how and where modern humans evolved.

Dissatisfied by a former explanation for archeological findings which took place in Morocco in the 1960’s, researchers from the Max Planck Institute… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Forward Labs’ new solar roof is 33% cheaper than Tesla’s – and it can be installed in half the time

Tesla gets all the attention when it comes to solar roofs, but meanwhile, start-up Forward Labs has been hammering away at their own solar roof technology that not only blends right in with traditional roofs, but it is 33% cheaper that Tesla’s offering – and it can be installed in half of the time.

Forward Labs’ roof is different from Tesla’s in that, instead of using individual solar shingles, it uses a standing-seam metal roof that is made up of one large, layered piece. It has a tempered… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building