One-third of the world’s protected areas face ‘shocking’ human impact

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2.3 million square miles — or around twice the size of Alaska — of protected areas around the world face human pressure from activities like road building, urbanization, or grazing, according to a new study. Lead author Kendall Jones, a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, said in a statement, “We found major road infrastructure such as highways, industrial agriculture, and even entire cities occurring inside the boundaries of places supposed to be set aside for nature conservation… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Underwater robots just discovered the world’s biggest dead zone

Underwater robots exploring off the coast of Oman made a devastating discovery this week. In the Gulf of Oman, researchers found the largest dead zone in the world, covering at least the size of Scotland and possibly more. Scientists knew that there was a dead zone in the Gulf of Oman, but until now, they had no idea how bad it was.

Scientists from University of East Anglia and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos University launched undersea robots to explore the dead zone. They published their findings… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

You can relax: A man in China did not just discover the world’s largest mosquito

If you think getting bit by your average mosquito is irritating, imagine being stabbed by one with a wingspan longer than your hands. Insect expert Zhao Li claims to have caught the world’s biggest mosquito, with a four and a half inch wingspan – 10 times longer than your average backyard sucker.

Zhoa Li is famous for discovering the longest insect in the world – a two foot long megastick insect found in China. Now he is breaking records again. Li identified the world’s largest mosquito in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s first electric road that charges moving vehicles debuts in Sweden

The very first electrified road that is capable of charging electric vehicles as they drive across it is now open outside of Stockholm, Sweden. While the road, which links Stockholm Arlanda airport to a nearby logistics site, is only 1.2 miles long, it is a significant step forward in Sweden’s overall energy and climate change strategic plan. The country is aiming to become independent of fossil fuels by 2030, a task that will require a 70 percent reduction in emissions from the transportation sector…. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s most powerful wind turbine installed off the coast of Scotland

A record-breaking, world’s most powerful turbine was just installed of the Scotland coast. Developer Vattenfall announced this week that installation is complete on 11 turbines – two of which were upgraded to have a boosted capacity of 8.8MW – in Aberdeen bay. In total, the installation generates 93.2MW of energy, enough to power 70-percent of Aberdeen’s domestic needs.

Vattenfall said that nine 8.4MW turbines were installed off the coast, and two other turbines with an enhanced capacity of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first space hotel could launch by 2022

We’ve all heard of the companies promising to launch humans on trips to space, but have you thought about where you will stay once you get there? Startup Orion Span thinks they have the answer, because the company hopes to launch a luxury space hotel into orbit in the next few years. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, start saving your pennies – a 12-night stay will set you back a mere $9.5 million PER PERSON. But don’t worry, the price includes transportation, food and drinks,… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The world’s first 3D-printed steel bridge looks like it came from another planet

Four robots, nearly 10,000 pounds of stainless steel, and six months later, Dutch robotic 3D-printing technology company MX3D finished 3D-printing a stainless steel bridge. Gizmodo said it’s the first 3D-printed steel bridge in the world — and looks like it’s straight out of a science fiction movie.

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World’s largest solar energy project will be 100 times bigger than any other on the planet

200 gigawatts of solar power. $200 billion. 100,000 jobs. Those are the numbers attached to what could be the biggest solar energy project in the world, under a deal signed by Saudi Arabia and Japanese conglomerate company SoftBank, Bloomberg and Reuters reported. The move could help Saudi Arabia, the largest oil exporter in the world, progress from oil to renewables.

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Worlds largest single-domed tropical greenhouse unveiled for France

A lush paradise of waterfalls and tropical plants has been unveiled in Coldefy & Associates’ designs for Tropicalia, the world’s largest tropical greenhouse under one roof. Proposed for Pas-de-Calais, France, the 215,000-square-foot greenhouse will be sheathed beneath a double-insulated dome and designed for energy efficiency and include heat recycling. The $62 million project will feature a variety of tropical landscapes filled with flora and fauna and linked by a one-kilometer walking path.

Created… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

World’s first mass-producible 3D-printed electric car will cost under $10K

The world’s first mass-producible, 3D-printed electric car is set to revolutionize the auto industry. An Italy-based electric car company XEV and 3D printing material company Polymaker launched the tiny LSEV during a recent press conference held at the 3D-Printing Cultural Museum in Shanghai. In a statement, Co-founder and CEO of Polymaker Dr. Luo Xiaofan said, “XEV is the first real mass production project using 3D printing. By saying real, I mean there are also lots of other companies using 3D… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building