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Sep 29, 2016

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Apple confirms massive six-floor campus in London's former Battersea Power Station

Sep 29, 2016: Related: The Skyline hotel at the Battersea Power Station will feature a stunning rooftop infinity pool Via Images via Battersea Power Station Facebook and Battersea Power Station Company…

Self-driving car lane envisioned for commute between Vancouver and Seattle

Sep 29, 2016: Related: Will driverless cars fuel suburban sprawl? Via Mental Floss Images via Wikimedia Commons and Madrona Venture Group…

15 brilliant green lamps for a brighter future

Sep 29, 2016: INTRO INTRO INTRO Desert Storm + London Design Festival Coverage…

Casa Xixim is an eco-friendly, self-sustaining resort in Mexico

Sep 29, 2016: The 4,800-square-foot Casa Xixim is a four-suite “eco-luxe” villa that boasts stunning views of the pristine Soliman Bay. The net-neutral building features large cutouts in the walls to allow for cooling cross breezes and to maximize views of the site. Visitors—the resort can accommodate up to 12—have access to a private pool, beach, on-site chef, and other luxury amenities. Related: Eco-friendly resort in Australia mimics the surrounding sand dunes Casa Xixim serves as a cool and...

Backcountry Hut Company designs rugged flat-packed cabins for wilderness enthusiasts

Sep 29, 2016: If you ever long to disappear into the wilderness for a few weeks with friends or family, then surely you have imagined the shelter that will keep you comfortable in such a place? Leckie Studio Architecture + Design have not only thought about the kind of structure that could s…

SolPad residential solar panels come with built-in battery storage and an inverter

Sep 29, 2016: Related: This modern prefab home has windows that double as solar panels + SolPad Via Treehugger Images via screenshot and SolPad Facebook…

The new solar-powered Wheelys 5 bicycle cafe serves up coffee and much more

Sep 29, 2016: Related: Tiny Human-Powered Wheely’s Cafe Serves Coffee Brewed by the Sun + Wheely's + Nordic Invention Wheely's Cafe, worlds smallest cafe, eco-friendly cafes, transportable cafes, wheely's eco cafe, green transportation, green initiatives indiegogo, ecological cafe bike, NSID bikes, solar power…

Here's the patent that could crush Monsanto and save the world

Sep 29, 2016: Related: Activists call on the EPA to ban glysophate Via EcoSnippets Images via Paul Stamets Facebook and Wikimedia Commons…

Invisible Portal disappears into the Andes Mountains with a mirrored facade

Sep 29, 2016: The small 13-square-meter Invisible Portal lives up to its name with its mirrored facade. The studio placed the viewpoint on a highpoint of an Andes mountain trail that stretches between Guaranda and Babahoyo. "The number of people who visit the natural vantage point use this space as a point for meeting and to rest on the grass," said Natura Futura, according to Dezeen. Related: Prefab timber rest stops overlook gorgeous views of Mexico’s volcanoes Hikers can take a rest at the Invisible...

Shakespeare's famous Globe Theater gets a modern take with shipping containers

Sep 29, 2016: The famous Globe Theater, associated with William Shakespeare, has received a new, mobile version made of shipping containers. Instead of wood, architect Nicholas Leahy of Perkins Eastman and structural engineer Michael Ludvik opted for a steel structure and a vibe that appeals to younger audiences. The structure is true to the original design in form and enveloped in industrial mesh that filters daylight and allows the building to come alive at night. Project leader, architect Nicholas Leahy...

Student discovers a way to destroy superbug bacteria without antibiotics

Sep 28, 2016: A 25-year-old student may have discovered a way to destroy antibiotic-resistant bacteria without pummeling them with more antibiotics. Superbugs have successfully been destroyed in lab tests using a star-shaped polymer that literally rips the cells to shreds. This breakthrough could mean a complete overhaul in how the medical community approaches these deadly bacteria. Currently, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including MRSA, kill 700,000 people per year. Science says, however, that...

Indias new Solar Power Tree can light 5 homes in just 4 sq ft of land

Sep 28, 2016: A new solar power innovation launched earlier this summer in India, generating the same amount of power as a conventional array, but on a much smaller plot of land. The Solar Power Tree, developed by CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-CMERI) went online in July in New Delhi. Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, touted the vertical arrangement of solar cells as a viable alternative to clean energy in regions where available land is...

Beautiful prefab houseboats let you live on the water with a minimal energy footprint

Sep 28, 2016: Though Bluefield Houseboats is based in Ireland, the design/build firm delivers worldwide and handles all aspects of the design process, from initial consultation to the final handover. All houseboats are manufactured in a factory before they’re shipped out for on-site assembly. Since the modular houseboats are custom-built with a free spanning structural system, homebuyers can design their own open-plan layout with a variety of spaces from 500 square feet up to 2,000 square feet across one or...

World's first typhoon turbine could power all of Japan for 50 years

Sep 28, 2016: An engineer in Japan is looking for a silver lining in the destructive typhoons that regularly drench the island nation. Atsushi Shimizu has invented the world’s first typhoon wind turbine, an egg beater-like contraption designed to harness the immense energy of storms as a unique renewable energy source. Shimizu believes that the energy from just one typhoon could power Japan for half a century. The amount of kinetic energy generated by a typhoon is enormous. The Atlantic Oceanographic...

9 of the most impressive Living Building Challenge certified projects

Sep 28, 2016: To become a Certified Living Building, a project must prove that it interacts with the natural environment like any other helpful biological force - improving its surroundings, rather than degrading it. Through passive features, net-zero or net-positive energy systems, and a host of other green initiatives, each project works to meet Living Building Challenge standards on seven different “petals,” or categories. These petals are Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity...

Key to manufacturing more efficient solar cells

Sep 28, 2016: In a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, scientists have demonstrated it is possible to manufacture solar cells that are far more efficient than existing silicon energy cells by using a new kind of material, a development that could help reduce fossil fuel consumption.

VW's new electric car goes further and costs less than the Tesla 3 or Chevy Bolt

Sep 28, 2016: Volkswagen is still recovering from the diesel scandal that has tarnished its "green" credibility. The automaker hopes to move past the diesel woes with a new range of electric cars that will come online around 2020. VW has just previewed one of those first electric cars with the debut of the new I.D. electric concept at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. About the same size as the current Golf, the I.D. will be the first of VW's new electric cars. Based on the automaker's new dedicated electric...

SolarCity Creates Funds to Finance Over $347 Million in Solar Projects for Homeowners and Small Businesses

Sep 28, 2016: SAN MATEO, CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- SolarCity today announced that it has partnered with Citi to create two separate funds to finance more than $347 million in solar projects. The first fund is expected to finance more than $284 million in residential solar projects across the U.S. The second fund is expected to finance approximately $63 million in projects for small and medium-sized businesses…

New Twist On Solar Roads Will Blow Your Mind

Sep 28, 2016: SANTA CLARA, CA and SHENZHEN,CHINA, --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Bolymedia Holdings Co. Ltd., a global high-tech company headquartered in Silicon Valley, is pleased to announce its latest technology for renewable energy at the Chinese Renewable Energy Conference November 3, 2016 in Wuxi, China. BolySolar is a complete set of solar system technologies that will revolutionize the energy industry. At CREC…

Wolverine to Add Largest Solar Array in Northern Michigan

Sep 28, 2016: CADILLAC, MI --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Wolverine Power Cooperative  announced today that one of its member-owners, Spartan Renewable Energy, Inc. (Spartan) will commence construction this fall on a 1.2 megawatt solar array in Cadillac (SpartanSolar - Wolverine), across from Wolverine's headquarters facility. Wolverine will purchase 100% of the output from the project – the largest in Northern…

Canadian Solar Wins ARENA Funding for 47MWp Solar Power Projects in Australia

Sep 28, 2016: GUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA --(eSolarEnergyNews)--  Canadian Solar, one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it has been awarded US$3.5 million funding from Australian Renewable Energy Agency ("ARENA") for two of its solar power projects, totaling 47MWp in Australia. The two solar power projects, located in Longreach and Oakey, Queensland, are 17MWp and 30MWp each in…

SolarCity Appoints Radford Small Chief Financial Officer

Sep 28, 2016: SAN MATEO, CA -- (eSolarEnergyNews)-- SolarCity  today announced that it has promoted Executive Vice President of Global Capital Markets Radford Small to the role of Chief Financial Officer, reporting to CEO Lyndon Rive. Mr. Small, among the most experienced executives in renewable energy finance, has enjoyed a successful tenure at SolarCity, where he helped the company create approximately $3…

California's BrightSource Energy inks deal for massive new solar farm in China

Sep 28, 2016:   As part of the country’s ongoing bid to invest in renewable energy, China’s state-run utility this week inked a deal with Oakland-based BrightSource Energy to build a massive new solar mirror farm. The technology, which uses thousands of mirrors to concentrate sunlight and heat water to power a steam turbine, is the same design used in BrightSource’s Ivanpah power plant outside of Las Vegas.   The main advantage of thermal solar plants over traditional solar panel...

Ikea to transform an iconic Sydney Harbor ferry into a cozy houseboat

Sep 28, 2016: Ikea Australia is hosting a contest on Facebook to choose one lucky winner (and a friend) to spend the night in “the ultimate Ikea Harbour Home,” a ferry-turned-houseboat appointed throughout with items sold in Ikea stores. The global retailer of flat-pack furniture will transform an iconic ferry in Sydney Harbor into a cozy houseboat where two Ikea fans will enjoy a night of sightseeing, Snapchatting, and probably some Swedish meatballs. The contest is open to entries until October 5, 2016....

Uber rolls out unlimited rides in New York City for $100

Sep 28, 2016: Related: Uber customers can now order an electric car ride in Chicago Via Forbes Images via Uber (1,2)…

Toward 'greener,' inexpensive solar cells

Sep 28, 2016: Solar panels are proliferating across the globe to help reduce the world's dependency on fossil fuels. But conventional panels are not without environmental costs, too. Now scientists report a new advance toward more practical, "greener" solar cells made with inexpensive halide perovskite materials. They have developed low-bandgap perovskite solar cells with a reduced lead content and a power conversion efficiency of 15 percent.

These kaleidoscopic vases turn a single flower into a full bouquet

Sep 28, 2016: Saltik is a part of Form & Seek, a collective of young designers with the mission of creating new ways of looking at the world. The OP-vase collection features a unique pattern of carefully crafted cuts to magnify the beauty of the flowers placed underneath. Each piece is cut by hand in Istanbul, making each colorful vase one of a kind. Related: Hamanishi Design combines 3D modeling and traditional craftsmanship to create beautiful flower vases The glass structures fit around flowers...

Aerovelo bike shatters human-powered speed record by hitting 89.59 mph

Sep 28, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUcyURXe5yU&feature=youtu.be Related: Fly through Ecuador's cloud forest on a human-powered sky bike!

This could be the United States' first endangered bee species

Sep 28, 2016: These are rough times for bees all across the world. In the US, the rusty patched bumble bee has been proposed for protections under the Endangered Species Act after a 90 percent decline in population over the last 20 years. If the proposal is accepted, it will become the first bee species to receive federal protections in the US. The rusty patched bumble bee can usually be found in the midwestern and northeastern United States, but their population has plummeted over the years. The...

Mesmerizing Abyss Horizon table recreates the oceans dramatic depths

Sep 28, 2016: Unlike Duffy London’s previous iterations, the Abyss Horizon is circular rather than rectangular. This table, in addition to being a striking conversation starter, is made to order and handcrafted by local artisans and in-house craftsmen. The layers of cut glass create the illusion of a bottomless sinkhole in the center of a table. The light-colored wood that surfaces at the top mimic islands and landforms with sandy white beaches and aquamarine waters. Related: Amazing Abyss Table Layers...

Donald Trump denies saying "climate change is a Chinese hoax"- but his own Twitter account contradicts him

Sep 28, 2016: In 2012, Donald Trump tweeted that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese. In last night’s presidential debate, he gaslit the entire world by stating “I did not say that.” What the Republican nominee seems to repeatedly forget is that anyone with an internet connection can fact check his nonsense and discover that, for someone who doesn’t believe in global warming, he sure has made some big investments in protecting his seaside properties from it. The concept of global...

Elon Musk reveals his big plan for colonizing Mars

Sep 27, 2016: SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has talked a lot about Mars over the past year or so, and today is no exception. This afternoon, the man behind wild ideas like the Hyperloop and solar roofs made an epic (and long-awaited) announcement revealing more details about his ambitious plans for colonizing the Red Planet. Musk warned months in advance that his plan would be “mind-blowing,” and he lived up to that promise today. http://www.theverge.com/2016/9/27/13067376/elon-musk-spacex-mars-event-watch-live-stream-schedule-iac-2016 Musk...

Eco-friendly Avalon House is a green-roofed beach getaway that takes only 6 weeks to build

Sep 27, 2016: The 106-square-meter Avalon House may be diminutive in size, but is big on design, which builds on the illusion of spaciousness. The house, which is oriented to oceanfront views, is clad in FSC-certified blackbutt hardwood timber milled from sustainably managed forests and topped with a green roof that minimizes rainwater runoff and solar penetration. The south and east facades open up to an outdoor veranda that blends indoor and outdoor living. The modular home is raised on a set of structural posts...

Medical hackers create $30 DIY EpiPen in defiance of corporate greed

Sep 27, 2016: This summer, news of price hikes affecting the EpiPen went viral. Since 2007, the cost of the drug has risen sharply from $57 a dose to $318 – an increase of 461 percent. This kind of price hike would be outrageous for any medication, but it’s particularly galling in the case of the EpiPen. The epinephrine autoinjectors are a lifesaving drug of last resort meant to halt anaphylactic allergic reactions long enough for people with severe allergies to seek emergency care. Now, a group of medical...

Punah Project recycles industrial waste into fashion-forward accessories

Sep 27, 2016: *Can you mention that we spotted this at Tent London at LDF? Related: Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals + Punah Project Punah Project, recycled materials, recycled metals, recycled products, Godrej & Boyce waste materials, India waste programs, recycled metal shoes, recycled metal clutch, metal crimping pieces…

These artists create mind-bending artwork solely from autumn leaves

Sep 27, 2016: Lorenzo Duran's Intricate Leaf Art Spanish artist Lorenzo Duran cuts away at leaves with surgical precision to create detailed landscapes, intricate symbols, and a variety of other images. Duran was inspired after seeing a caterpillar chomping away at a…

These maintenance-free, self-watering plants use biomimicry to flourish indoors

Sep 27, 2016: The Pikaplant Jar is the perfect accessory for the black-thumbed gardener, as it never needs watering. The high humidity atmosphere is contained inside the sealed jar, creating a sustainable recycling of air and water. The coffea arabica plant featured in the design is indigenous to Ethiopia’s western highlands, yet the company claims one of the original prototypes in its Amsterdam office for over 12 months. Related: Gorgeous self-watering green walls add life and fresh air to any room Also...

Record for perovskite/CIGS tandem solar module

Sep 27, 2016: Thin-film technologies can dramatically reduce the cost of next-generation solar modules, say scientists. Whereas their production cost is low, it is in particular the combination of complementary absorber materials in a tandem solar module that increases the power conversion efficiency. Researchers demonstrate that a perovskite/CIGS tandem thin-film solar module that achieves 17.8 percent in efficiency, surpassing for the first time the efficiency of separate perovskite and CIGS solar modules.

New study finds Earth heading for catastrophic 5-degree-Celsius warming

Sep 27, 2016: Related: Tenth of world's wilderness destroyed in last 20 years, study finds Via Phys.org Images via…

2,000-year-old forgotten irrigation system unearthed at ancient Petra gardens

Sep 27, 2016: Ongoing archaeological digs at Petra have revealed a sophisticated irrigation system and water storage system that once enabled legendary gardens, luxurious pools, and incredible fountains in the middle of the desert. Petra’s decadent and perhaps indiscriminate use of such a rare resource is a symbol of the ancient Nabatean capital's former wealth and power in southwest Jordan. For the first time, archaeologists are beginning to understand the extent of its luxury. More Recent excavations...

Swarm of more than 100 earthquakes shakes California's Salton Sea

Sep 27, 2016: An earthquake swarm of more than 100 tremors shook the region close to the Salton Sea in California on Monday, according to reports from the U.S. Geological Survey. At least three of the quakes registered higher than a 4 on the Richter scale, in a series of earthquakes that began early morning and continued into the evening. The strongest of the earthquakes occurred Monday night. Although earthquake swarms sound like a terrifying phenomenon from a horror film, it is not an uncommon event...

Smart to start offering electric versions of all its models in 2017

Sep 27, 2016: Starting next year, Smart will offer an electric version of every model in its lineup. The company, owned by Mercedez-Benz, is well known as the maker of tiny smart cars and this historic move also makes it the first car company to offer an electric option on its entire line, even if that only includes three models. Although many details aren’t available yet, this marks an exciting development in the electric vehicle industry and for Smart, a small company trying to make a big impact on automotive...

Rooftop wheat fields elevate Chicago's urban farming scene to exciting new heights

Sep 27, 2016: (add to gallery) Omni Ecosystems is making amber waves in the urban agriculture scene of Chicago by cultivating fields of grain on rooftops. The wheat grown on the roofs of Studio Gang, a progressive architectural firm founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, demonstrates how even cereal crops can be sourced locally in the city. (picture)  …

Atlantas elevated Buckhead Park will connect a city separated by highways

Sep 27, 2016: Rogers Partners and Nelson Byrd Waltz are the firms behind the project, who hope to inspire other cities who are seemingly broken apart by sprawling highways to see how they can reintegrate and offer locals a beautiful gathering place. In Buckhead’s case, the area was divided by busy streets in the 1990s, causing a community divide. Rogers Partners explains how the project will "make the area whole again, providing the public with safe, easy and efficient access to the many amenities in the district.” Related:...

California looks to its roads for new source of renewable energy

Sep 27, 2016: California is putting $2 million into research to determine whether gridlock can be a beneficial source of electricity. The technology at the heart of the idea is piezoelectric crystals, which could turn mechanical energy from traffic into usable electricity that can be added to the power grid. The approach seeks to harness energy that is usually wasted, thus providing an additional source of renewable energy for the state’s residents. The California Energy Commission is looking for...

Artist turns urban trash into amazing animal murals

Sep 27, 2016: We’ve featured Bordalo II’s works around the streets of Lisbon previously, and the prolific artist has continued to spread his environmental message around the world from the Unexpected art project in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to the Street Art Jam 2016 in Estonia. His lifelike animal sculptures are made almost entirely from trash and other locally found waste materials that he upcycles into new forms. The mixed-media base is then spray painted to bring life to his works of art. Related: Artist...

Finlands longest bridge will be a beautiful pedestrian and cyclist superhighway

Sep 27, 2016: The architects collaborated with engineering firm WSP Finland to design this tram, cyclist and pedestrian bridge, the name of which translates to Crown Bridges in Finnish. The €259 million project will cross Helsinki's Kruunuvuorensilta bay and connect the new Kruunuvuorenranta housing development to the city center. Related: Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses! Tensioned cable stays will support the upper part of the structure featuring an elevated...

5 vegetables to plant in your fall garden now

Sep 26, 2016: 5 Easy Vegetables to Plant in Your Fall Garden Fall brings pumpkin spice lattes and kids going back to school but it also means the start of your fall garden. Many people neglect their garden during the start of fall because of their busy schedules.

Dutch parliament votes to shut down all of the country's coal plants

Sep 26, 2016: The Dutch parliament voted Thursday night to shutter the nation’s coal industry in order to achieve a 55-percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The vote, which is not yet binding, would require shutting down the five coal power plants currently operating in the Netherlands, three of which just came online in 2015. Slashing CO2 emissions by 55 percent would bring the country’s emissions in line with the targets set by the Paris climate deal last December, and set a strong precedent among...

Sinuous concrete pavilion is a spiritual oasis at the City of Hope research and treatment center

Sep 26, 2016: The LEED Platinum certified Kaplan Family Pavilion is a spiritual oasis located on the campus of the City of Hope research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The pavilion, designed by Belzberg Architects, is organized around a century-old camphor tree and encourages well-being and hope. Located at the City of Hope research and treatment center in Duarte, California, the pavilion features undulating, sinuous concrete walls that create seating areas around...