"It took nearly seven years, but the blades are finally turning on a pair of wind turbines at the Archbold and Pettisville schools in northwestern Ohio, demonstrating how school districts can take control of their energy future and create educational opportunities for their kids at the same time."
London-based Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves designed GravityLight to compete with, and triumph over, the kerosene lamp, which, aside from being a source of air pollution, affects the health of millions who breathe in its smoke.
Inhabitat has exclusive first photographs of the Imagining the LowLine - a full-scale exhibition of the proposed underground LowLine park on Manhattan's Lower East Side that just opened to the public on Essex Street in the LES.
"You may know a lot about the simple things you can do every day to protect the environment. But do your kids? Here are links to some fun, instructional videos & sites that will help you show your kids how to be green."
"Introducing the C-1, the world's first gyroscopically stabilized car. This vehicle combines the efficiency and freedom of a motorcycle with the safety and convenience of a car. Offering the alternated to alternatives on an exciting and safe platform, the C-1 transforms your daily commute into something to look forward to."
"In their New Product Development class, a team of UC Berkeley graduate engineering students were challenged to develop a cost-competitive, environmentally friendly refrigerator. The Berkeley team was paired with a group of industrial designers from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Mabe, an Mexican appliance manufacturer."
"The Wonderbag was developed to ease the social, economic and environment impacts of the current global circumstances. The Wonderbag is a non-electric, heat-retention cooker that allows food that has been brought to a boil on a stove fire, to continue cooking for hours after it has been removed from the fuel source."
"Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni has created a functioning cardboard bicycle that he hopes to put into mass production in the next three months, according to a Reuters report."
"Despite being made almost entirely of cardboard, Gafni says the bike is strong, durable, fireproof and waterproof. And because it is made of cardboard, it will also be cheap. Gafni's business partner Nimrod Elmish told Reuters that he expects the bike to sell at retail stores for $20."
There is enough energy available in winds to meet all of the world's demand. Atmospheric turbines that convert steadier and faster high-altitude winds into energy could generate even more power than ground- and ocean-based units.
"Garden enthusiasts can grow indoor vegetables year round with Windowfarms. A Windowfarm is a vertical, hydroponic growing system that allows for year-round growing in almost any window. It lets plants use natural window light, the climate control of your living space, and organic 'liquid soil.'"
"Bangladesh has a serious power problem. Nearly half of its 162-million population does not have access to electricity. Light can change lives, which is why the residents of this small village are beaming about one project that is harnessing the power of the sun."
"Grameen Shakti a non-profit company in Bangladesh is introducing solar power, borrowing power, and girl power to the villagers all at the same time. The program trains village women to install and repair solar panels and electrical outlets on homes and businesses."
Watch an animation that shows how to turn a conventional community into an edible city. Learn how to transform unproductive spaces into agricultural landscapes that help fight obesity and reduce food deserts.
"Everywhere you turn in Vienna, there is a clear commitment to building a smart and sustainable region, or what we call the “Next Metropolis.” The streets are filled with new bike lanes and modern tram cars, pushing the city to rely less on private automobile use. The picturesque buildings have been retrofitted, reducing energy consumption. And elected officials work tirelessly with the public on new investment proposals, generating broad support for public policy."
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