300 artificial islands in Dubai, ‘The World,’ may get another chance

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The World, an archipelago of 300 artificial countries planned for Dubai, met an untimely end right before the 2008 financial crisis. But construction is underway once again. The Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright reported, “After a decade in limbo, The World is back – with more ambitious plans than ever before.”

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Hanergy’s thin solar panels break multiple world records for efficiency

The international energy corporation Hanergy was recently lauded for its US-based subsidiary Alta Devices’ newest,  solar production module, the highest efficiency single-junction solar module ever. With a 25.1% conversion efficiency, the module is capable of powering drones, electric vehicles, and sensors that were once out of reach for solar power. Solar modules from Hanergy’s subsidiaries Solibro, and MiaSole have also broken efficiency records - double glass CIGS solar modules at 18.72 percent… 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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Tesla surprises the world with a new $250k Roadster

Tesla surprised the crowd tonight at the debut of the Tesla Semi with the reveal of a new Roadster, which will arrive by 2020. Although lately Tesla has been focused on more mass market electric cars, it hasn’t forgotten where it started and is finally releasing a new Roadster.

While the Tesla Model 3 focuses on the entry-level electric segment, the new Roadster will focus on the high end of the segment with a $250,000 price tag. What does that get you? For starters the Tesla Roadster will feature… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The US is now the only country in the world to refuse the Paris Climate Agreement

Well, this is embarrassing. The war-torn country of Syria has officially signed the Paris Climate Agreement, leaving the United States as the only country to refuse the climate change deal. Though Barack Obama entered the US into the deal during his time as president, Donald Trump quickly withdrew the nation after his inauguration earlier this year.

The Middle East nation made the announcement in Bonn, Germany, at the COP 23 UN climate summit. Even though Syria is facing its sixth… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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The Netherlands’ sun-powered Nuna9 race car wins the World Solar Challenge

The Dutch have done it. Nuon, the superstar team from the Netherlands, won its third straight championship in the World Solar Challenge, a 1,860-mile (3,000k) solar car race across Australia’s outback. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Floating Cloud will be a landmark of world peace in Copenhagen

An uplifting House of Peace (HOPE) may soon rise on Copenhagen’s waters. Junya Ishigami and Svendborg Architects won a design competition to design an active symbol and landmark for world peace with their proposal of the Cloud. Shaped like a puffy cumulus cloud, the floating structure is envisioned as a visitor center and sanctuary for individual reflection.

The House of Peace has been 15 years in the making and began in 2003 when four friends shared a vision to combine art and architecture… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

LAST CHANCE: Win a copy of TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World

There is so much that we can learn from the natural world. ‘TEEMING: How Superorganisms Work to Build Infinite Wealth in a Finite World,’  by Dr. Woolley-Barker reveals all the ways in which animals societies can helps us thrive in the modern world. We talked to Dr. Woolley-Barker about her book, but if you want to get your hands on your very own copy, we are giving away 25 copies to a few lucky readers. Enter to win below: View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World officials entreat Trump to stay in Paris agreement

President Donald Trump’s actions don’t just impact the United States. As the world grapples with climate change, orders on the Clean Power Plan and oil drilling impact the rest of the world. The Guardian spoke with world leaders, some of whom were involved in the 2015 Paris climate deal, who agree it would be disastrous if Trump were to pull America out of the historic agreement. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building