A modern home in India stays naturally cool without AC

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When Surat-based architect Ankit Parekh of Parekh Collaborative was asked to design a family home in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, one of the prerequisites was for a comfortably cool residence without air conditioning. In response, Parekh turned to ancient, low-tech methods for natural cooling, from decorative yet functional jali screens to stack ventilation. As a result, the house, named Rambaugh, maintains a temperature variation of 6 to 8 degrees year-round.

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Buckwheat pillows offer a good night’s sleep without hurting the environment

The benefits of switching from an off-gassing synthetic pillow to buckwheat are well-documented by now: The crunchy hulls of this pseudo-cereal are densely packed into a surprisingly heavy pillow that conforms to each new owner’s specific contours, providing the kind of sleep dreams are made of. There’s no guarantee that mites won’t get to them, and certain people susceptible to allergies should proceed with care, but generally, buckwheat pillows last longer than their conventional cousins—especially… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New Enphase solar inverters could power homes without batteries even if the grid goes down

Most residential solar energy inverters shut off for safety reasons if the grid powers down. But Enphase Energy could offer inverters that allow a home to continue to be powered by solar if the grid crashes. According to Electrek, Enphase’s Chief Product Officer Raghu Belur even suggested the inverters could let solar energize a home without a grid or batteries.

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US states and cities say they’re sticking to the Paris Accord without Trump

President Donald Trump said he was elected to represent Pittsburgh, not Paris, as he withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement on Thursday. Pittsburgh, apparently, doesn’t think much of his leadership. The mayor of that city along with 29 other mayors, three state governors, over 80 university presidents, and over 100 businesses have banded together to commit to the Paris Accord without the president. Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s helping lead the effort, said in an… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Beekeeper built dream hexagonal house without ‘hateful’ right angles

“If man chooses square world he readily makes himself a slave to machines and money,” he had once scribbled. “For what shall it profit man if he gain the whole world and yet lose his own soul.”

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This massive farm grows 15% of Australia’s tomatoes without soil, fresh water or fossil fuels

Did you know there is a way to grow tons of fresh fruits and vegetables with saltwater and solar energy? The good people at SunDrop Farms are doing just that with their Australian operation, where they grow 15 percent of the nation’s tomatoes. Seawater is piped in from a nearby gulf, desalinated using the reflected heat of the sun, and sprinkled on hydroponically grown produce in a revolutionary, renewable cycle of production.

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Student discovers a way to destroy superbug bacteria without antibiotics

A 25-year-old student may have discovered a way to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria without pummeling them with more antibiotics. Superbugs have successfully been destroyed in lab tests using a star-shaped polymer that literally rips the cells to shreds. This breakthrough could mean a complete overhaul in how the medical community approaches these deadly bacteria.

Currently, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, kill 700,000 people per year. Science says, however, that… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Fisherman kept $100M pearl for 10 years without realizing its worth

For 10 years, a Filipino fishermen kept a large pearl under his bed for good luck without knowing it could be the largest natural pearl in the world. He found the pearl while trying to free his anchor after being caught in a storm, but he had no idea that the luck charm could be worth a small fortune. Measuring 1 foot wide by 2.2 feet in length and 75 lbs, the irregularly shaped pearl is thought to be the largest natural pearl ever found. If it is verified as authentic, it will be worth $100 million.

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How to protect your family from mosquitoes without using harsh chemicals

Protecting Your Family From Mosquitoes Without Using Harsh Chemicals

Summer is coming, and with it comes barbeques and other outdoor activities that we can enjoy in the warm weather. Unfortunately, the warming weather also brings mosquitoes and the diseases that they carry. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mosquitoes are the most prevalent carrier of insect borne diseases, carrying things like dengue fever, malaria, yellow fever and the Zika virus. These diseases are responsible… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

5 Methods To Get Rid Of Garden Pests Without Harmful Chemicals

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