Chicago snags green city spotlight for second year running

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A new study has revealed Chicago to be the greenest city to work in within the United States. About 70% of the Windy City’s office spaces are certified for environmental efficiency, up from 66% last year. Other top cities include runner-up San Francisco, Atlanta, Lost Angeles, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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The annual survey is taken by the United States Commercial Real Estate Services (CBRE Group) and evaluated in… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



Bering Sea ice is “at record low levels for this time of year”

Arctic sea ice is low, with Bering Sea’s sea ice extent “is the lowest recorded since at least 1979,” according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC). In April, Arctic sea ice extent was 378,400 square miles under the 1981 to 2010 average. And according to Earther, the Bering Sea has been something of a ground zero this winter, with sea ice disappearing when it was supposed to be growing in February, rebounding slightly in March, and then plummeting in April.

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2018 hurricane season may be worse than last year

In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Puerto Rico devastated communities in the American South and Puerto Rico; those three storms resulted in around $265 billion in damage, according to The Guardian. Will the United States and Caribbean face another brutal season this year? Forecasts of 2018′s looming hurricane season say it could be more active than normal — and you can start getting ready now. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Trips to Mars coming as soon as next year, says Elon Musk

Elon Musk has predicted that his company SpaceX will be capable of facilitating a successful mission to Mars, from launch to landing, then back again. ”I think we’ll be able to do short flights, up and down flights, some time in the first half of next year,” said Musk at the South by South West (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas. While Musk’s deadline may seem a bit optimistic, his urgency seems to be guided by pessimism regarding Earth’s future. “There’s likely to be another dark ages… particularly… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

10 ways to have a green Christmas this year

1. Make your own recycled gift wrap: 
Did you know that some Christmas gift wrapping isn’t even recyclable? Keep bags of trash out of the landfill by creating your own simple gift wrap from recycled shopping bags or brown kraft paper.  You can also spruce View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Changing the price of certain foods could save thousands of lives each year

Altering the price of seven particular foods could prevent tens of thousands of deaths each year in the United States, according to a new study from researchers at Tufts University. The study, published in BMC Medicine, incorporated a comparative risk assessment model to determine the public health impact of price subsidies on healthy foods and increased taxes on unhealthy foods. Research demonstrated that a 10% price alteration to the highlighted foods, which include fruits, vegetables, nuts, red… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Tesla aims to ramp up Solar Roof production in Buffalo next year

Tesla’s solar roof could be seen on more homes as the company plans to increase production in 2018. They said in a letter to shareholders they’ll be moving production from their Fremont, California factory to the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York. According to Inverse, this is the first time Elon Musk has provided a concrete timeframe for ramping up production.

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Plantagon’s crowdfunded plantscraper aims to produce 500 metric tons of food a year

Swedish company Plantagon believes that ‘plantscrapers’ are the way of the future—and part of solution to the global food crisis. Part urban farm, part skyscraper, these vertical greenhouses could provide large-scale organic food production in cities, with a much smaller energy and carbon footprint than industrial agriculture. After years of research and development, Plantagon is now ready to embark on their first landmark plantscraper, called The World Food Building, and is crowdfunding their… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Denmark fires up its Copenhill power plant, with ski slopes set to open next year

Six years ago, Bjarke Ingels Group unveiled plans for a ski slope power plant that could provide the city of Copenhagen with electricity, hot water, and a steady stream of recycled materials. We never thought it’d see the light of day – but fast forward to 2017, and Copenhill is nearly complete. The waste-to-energy plant is currently operational, and by the end of next year it will be topped with 30 rooftop trees, the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall, and a 600-meter ski slope. Inhabitat… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

3-hectare desert farm in Jordan can grow 286,600 pounds of veggies each year

Vegetables will start sprouting in the desert at The Sahara Forest Project’s recently inaugurated launch station in Aqaba, Jordan. The project draws on the sun, saltwater, and carbon dioxide to grow food and generate clean energy and freshwater. The new three-hectare launch station will be able to grow around 286,600 pounds of vegetables a year, and produce over 2.5 gallons of water a day.

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