Germany premieres the first hydrogen-powered train in the world

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At last, the world’s first hydrogen powered trains have made their global debut in the northern countryside of Germany. As of Monday, two Coradia iLint locomotives have been transporting passengers back and forth between the towns of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervoerde and Buxtehude found just west of the majoring Hamburg. The eco-efficient models were produced by French transportation engineers at Alstom, the same manufacturers who amazed the world in the early 1980s with their world record setting… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The World Wildlife Fund created a fake store to call out Singapore’s ivory laws

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), also know as the World Wide Fund for Nature, revealed on Tuesday that it is behind the fake online ivory shop Ivory Lane in Singapore. The wildlife charity set up the store, which received widespread international disapproval, in an effort to shed light on Singapore’s local ivory laws. The legal framework set up by the government continues to facilitate the global trade of illicit ivories, something the WWF is attempting to alter.

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Mountain Heroes cyclist aims for world record to fight climate change

Michael Strasser, famous cyclist and the first to join the UN Environment’s Mountain Heroes Campaign, has now been cycling for just over 10 days and 19 hours. His goal? Establishing a new world record by cycling form Alaska to Patagonia through the longest overland route. The 14,300 mile (23,000 kilometer) and nearly 610,000 vertical feet (185,000 vertical meters) Ice2Ice expedition is not just about immense feats of strength and stamina, however. The expedition seeks to demonstrate how sustainable… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Egypt set to open its first solar farm – and it’s the largest in the world

Egypt, the most populous Arab nation, has long relied on environmentally taxing fossil fuels. Over 90% of electricity is generated from oil and natural gas in the country that subsidizes fossil fuels making them a cheap option for its 96 million citizens. However, the government plans to change courses and put itself on the clean energy map with the inauguration of the world’s largest solar park, the Benban Complex, under construction in Egypt’s Western Desert and said to open next year. The first… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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

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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