NY man spends 6 years building this incredible, energy-efficient hobbit home

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Freedom for 5 moon bears held captive for 21 years on a bile farm

This Monday non-profit group Animals Asia removed five moon bears that had been captive for over two decades from a farm in Vietnam. They were being held for 21 years, receiving regular bile extractions until their rescue from the southern town of My Tho, according to the group. The NGO transported the freedom five 1,050 miles by truck over the course of the week to Vietnam’s Tam Dao National Park. They were eagerly awaited at the Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre, an expansive and lush sanctuary dedicated… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Montana judge to rule on first grizzly bear hunt in 40 years

This week a U.S. judge will hear the arguments case presented by Native American tribes and animal activists for the protection of recently demoted Yellowstone area grizzlies from the endangered list. The removal of the grizzlies’ protection status has caused states such as Montana, Idaho and Wyoming to launch trophy hunting expeditions in and around Yellowstone park for the first time in over 40 years. All in all 700 american bears are at risk of staring down the barrel since their elimination from… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Brazil meets a major emissions goal two years ahead of schedule

Brazil has just announced that its 2017 greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation have been cut way below its 2020 goal. The internationally agreed climate change target was set during the 2009 Copenhagen Accord to combat climate change and entered into effect in November 2016 through the Paris Agreement. This past Thursday, Brazil’s Environment Ministry has reported that 610 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) were eliminated from deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest in 2017. This… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

The number of electric vehicles on the streets could triple in two years

The electric vehicle (EV) industry hit a new record last year: more than one million EVs were sold, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). There are now over three million electric cars on roads worldwide. Bloomberg reported electric cars traveling the streets could triple in just two years.

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The IEA just released their Global EV Outlook 2018 report, and it contains some exciting news for the EV industry. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Massive sinkhole in New Zealand exposes earth from 60,000 years ago

A massive 6-story sinkhole opened in New Zealand last week after days of heavy rain. The sinkhole is one of largest ever spotted in the country – so big that it exposed earth from the Paleolithic era. The astonishing fissure is 200 meters long, 20 meters deep and 5 meters wide.

Farmers from a dairy farm in New Zealand woke up earlier this week to a sinkhole unlike anything they’ve ever seen. The farm has had 9 ‘serious’ sinkholes, also called tomos in New Zealand.

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Iceland is replanting its forests 1,000 years after vikings razed them

Iceland has become a popular tourist destination due in no small part to its breathtaking views and unique geological features. Though beautiful, Iceland is largely barren of trees. When settlers first arrived in Iceland in the ninth century, up to 40 percent of the land area was covered with forests. The Vikings cleared these trees for fuel and to make space for grazing. Erosion from overgrazing and disruption from volcanic events left Iceland nearly without woods. Now, in collaboration with forest… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

This revolutionary sustainable community in Atlanta is still thriving 15 years after its founding

I have a project that includes a sustainable community design and a net-zero house within it. I designed the masterplan for Serenbe Community located outside of Atlanta. The design began in 2001, the first house was built in 2004, and now there are 600 residents. The second image shows an aerial of one of four hamlets planned for the community in what we are calling a constellation of sustainable hamlets. The second image is of my house, just completed within the community with passive solar, PV… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Turtle hatchlings spotted on Mumbai beach for the first time in nearly 20 years

Plastic used to pile five feet high in some spots on Versova beach in Mumbai, but in 2015, lawyer Afroz Shah launched what the United Nations described as the “world’s largest beach cleanup project” — and people recently spotted Olive Ridley turtle hatchlings there. It’s the first time turtles have been born on this beach in years. View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

MIT claims that clean, limitless nuclear fusion energy is just 15 years away

You’ve probably heard this before… many times. But before you click off to some other story (may I suggest this one about 3D printing is disrupting the architecture industry) check this out. MIT scientists, along with startup Commonwealth Fusion Systems, just announced that clean, limitless power from nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.  They believe that they can have a working power plant on-grid within the next 15 years.

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