Can vertical farming feed the world and change the agriculture industry?

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Finding alternatives to traditional farming practices could help increase food production and feed the hungry.

Year after year, the human population increases. We expand our cities to accommodate our needs for housing and businesses, which means we lose rainforests and prime farmland. As the population grows, our need for food increases, which means even more pristine natural habitat will be lost to grow crops or create pastures for grazing animals.

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Uber just gave the world a first look at its air taxi prototype

Uber’s latest “flying car” air taxi model is being revealed at its annual Elevate conference in Los Angeles on May 8th, 2018. The company hopes to use this latest model, which will fly at an altitude of 1000 to 2000 feet, to launch its air taxi service by 2023. The air taxi’s design, which is more similar to a drone than a helicopter, reflects its intended mission of being able to land and take off quickly and smoothly as it moves from landing pad to landing pad, ferrying passengers around dense… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

6 solar roads shaking up infrastructure around the world

Roads aren’t just for walking or driving on anymore. Solar road or pathway projects around the world reveal roads can provide firm footing and generate clean energy. Inhabitat rounded up six projects in places as diverse as China and rural Georgia to highlight potentially game-changing technologies in the solar road sphere. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

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