How business can close climate gap, in 5 steps

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If every big business committed to these actions, business could come a long way toward satisfying the Paris Accord, says a new report.

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If every big business committed to these actions, business could come a long way toward satisfying the Paris Accord, says a new report.

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Green Blade banana fiber panels provide a stylish, sustainable alternative to wood

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Potassium-rich bananas are a staple for healthy eaters but did you know that the “tree” trunk is a valuable resource as well? Martinique-based company FIBandCO transforms the bulk of the plant into “Green Blade” an all-natural, sustainable veneer used for decorative and acoustic panels. The exotic-looking material gives banana plants a second life and saves them from their typical fate of ending up as waste once the fruit has been harvested. Like bamboo , the banana plant is actually a grass, growing faster than traditional wood and reaching maturity at 9 months. In addition to promoting a rapidly renewable resource, Green Blade reduces deforestation, requires no water or glue in its production, and is manufactured in a factory powered entirely by photovoltaic panels. A popular material amongst architects, designers, and furniture makers alike, Green Blade strikes an impressive balance of being stylish, sustainable, and eco-responsible. + FIBandCO Images via Vimeo Screenshot The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Which supplements are backed by science and which are snake-oil

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It seems like hardly a week goes by where we don’t hear about a new miracle supplement or cure-all vitamin. But sometimes these panaceas are nothing more than modern-day snake oil. Before you start tossing the latest trendy supplement into your grocery bag, check out this infographic , which shows which products are worth your money and which are nothing but hogwash. The larger the circle, the more the supplement is Googled. The blue bubbles are generally recognized as useful, with the most useless supplements appearing at the bottom of the graphic. via IFLS

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Declutter your life with Lift, the ultimate multi-use bike hook

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Simple and modern, Lift is a new multi-purpose bike hook that can be used for so much more than hanging your wheels. The smart storage system is strong enough to stow your bike and accessible enough to store everyday items. Its notched wooden dowel makes it easy to hang a bag, jacket or scarf, while the durable powder-coated steel arm does the heavy lifting for bikes or ladders. A CNC-milled baltic birch base secures it snugly to the wall and the final product is topped with ethically-sourced synthetic leather. You can check out this beautifully made, handy design on Kickstarter . + Lift The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Satva’s organic yoga-inspired clothing supports education for young girls in India

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http://youtu.be/tzHkyvcL77c Designed in California, Satva’s line of organic women and children’s clothing stands the test of time. The brand encourages an active, healthy, and less wasteful lifestyle with outfits that double as both yoga and everyday wear. Their price point is competitive too — yoga brands like Lululemon that don’t advertise as using ethically-sourced or organic materials charge nearly twice as much as Satva. Made with GOTS certified organic cotton free of chemicals, heavy metals, or allergens, Satva is also an affordable clothing option for people with skin sensitivities. We tried a couple of items and the cotton is breathable and great for exercising, yet functional enough for day-to-day wear. The yoga-friendly Amber Strap Tank , for instance, also doubles as a warm undershirt in winter. Satva in Sanskrit is defined by purity and a steady, calm and peaceful mind. Puja says: “Satva is an organic lifestyle company that lives it mission to create a balance of people, planet and product. Every eco conscious & socially responsible step is considered on the way to production. We are very proud of the work we can do in the communities of India to bring educational opportunities to young girls and agricultural advancements to our organic cotton farmers- and it’s all possible because of our eco-conscious customers who choose to shop sustainably.” To learn more about Satva and the “Blossom for Change” program, visit them here . + Satva

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New sweet potato could alleviate hunger for "millions"

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Each year, the World Food Prize Foundation honors individuals who contributed to “improving the quality, quantity, or availability of food throughout the world.” This year’s laureates include a team of three from the International Potato Center and the founder of HarvestPlus . The four researchers are credited with making sweet potatoes more nutritious , which could impact over 10 million people in Latin America, Asia, and Africa . The foundation described the four laureates – Maria Andrade, Robert Mwanga, Jan Low, and Howarth Bouis – as ” biofortification pioneers .” According to World Food Prize Foundation President Kenneth Quinn, biofortification is “the process of breeding critical vitamins and micronutrients into staple crops, thereby dramatically reducing hidden hunger and improving health for millions and millions of people.” Related: This weird breed of mutant corn could solve world hunger The International Potato Center has researched sweet potatoes since 1988. The three laureates from the center bred and introduced a sweet potato fortified with Vitamin A. Andrade, of Cape Verde, and Mwanga of Uganda bred the sweet potato. Low, an American, designed programs to introduce the sweet potato. Nearly ” two million households ” across 10 African countries have planted or purchased their fortified sweet potato. HarvestPlus founder Bouis, an American, has worked on biofortification for 25 years. His organization focused on fortifying beans, pearl millet, wheat, and rice with zinc and iron; and cassava, maize, and sweet potatoes with Vitamin A. A deficiency in this critical vitamin can result in premature death and blindness, something the newly-enriched sweet potatoes can combat. Quinn said , “The impact of the work of all four winners will be felt around the globe, but particularly in sub Saharan Africa. It is particularly poignant that among our 2016 recipients are two African scientists who are working on solutions to tackle malnutrition in Africa, for Africa.” Past prize honorees include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, former President of Ghana John Kufuor, and controversially in 2013, a Monsanto executive . Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and the World Food Prize Foundation

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These omnidirectional wheels turn any car into a 360-degree maneuvering machine

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When it comes to automotive technology, we’ve seen a lot of advances in recent years – including more fuel-efficient vehicles , a rise in electric and hybrid engines, and the emergence of self-driving cars . That’s all great and wonderful, but it hasn’t addressed one of the biggest problem plaguing drivers everywhere: parallel parking. Fortunately, Canadian car buff William Liddiard has created the first (that we know of) truly omnidirectional wheels that can be bolted right on to a standard car . He mounted them on his Toyota Echo to showcase his invention. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-TOV-NBD70 The so-called Liddiard Wheels are downright incredible. The inventor claims that, unlike other omnidirectional wheels in the world, his special wheels do not require a custom vehicle or axle setup in order to function like the 360-degree dream they are. Instead, the wheels can be bolted onto any regular automobile , in the same manner as factory wheels. That fact alone may be enough to kick Liddiard’s invention into the mainstream marketplace, but it gets even better when you see how well the wheels work. Related: This tiny, shape-shifting, sideways-driving car could mark the end of parallel parking In order to design the wheels to turn quite literally on the spot, Liddiard determined that an enormous amount of torque would be required. So, he developed the setup to apply 24,000 pounds of torque directly to the wheels, which is a pretty amazing advancement on its own. With exquisite precision, a driver can move the vehicle in any direction, at any angle, which would pretty much eliminate the need for zillion-point parallel parking maneuvers. If you watch the video closely, which Liddiard swears was not modified with CGI, you can see exactly how the wheels work. The rubber surface of each tire actually rolls around itself, from the outside in or the inside out, depending on which direction the car is moving. This totally weird and totally amazing approach to omnidirectional wheels can reportedly be used on any type of rolling vehicle, which Liddiard hopes will help grab the attention of investors soon. + William Liddiard Via Gizmodo Images via William Liddiard/YouTube screenshot

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English home’s green-roof ensures seamless continuity with the verdant countryside

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The house is organized so that the studio and working spaces are separated from the living area, taking up the uphill side of the building. Its main circulation route runs perpendicular to the site slope, with a beautifully designed modernist entrance flanked by a concrete pavilion . A simple open stairwell runs through the rectangular puncture in the roof surface. Related: Old horse stable transformed into a chic art studio and guesthouse Since the clients, both artists, wanted a live-work arrangement for their home, the architects decided to apply the inside-outside concept to their design. They also used the footprint of the existing buildings as guiding principles, resulting in gentle continuity with the landscape. + Loyn & Co Architects Photos by Charles Hosea

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Scientists find first contagious cancer transmissible between species

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Scientists have seen contagious cancer before, in Tasmanian devils, in dogs, and in soft-shell clams in Prince Edward Island. Now, researchers are adding one more occurrence to the list: a contagious, leukemia-like disease that appears to be widespread among shellfish with hinged shells, called bivalves, such as clams, mussels, and cockles. Researchers discovered evidence, for the first time ever, that this particular disease can spread between species , making it slightly more terrifying. A team of Spanish scientists initially found the cancerous phenomenon in shellfish off the coast of Galicia, Spain but other researchers working in Canada have also observed the contagious disease. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir5H-yZONg8 Scientists learned that the disease was spreading among ocean creatures  belonging to related, but different species after a genetic analysis of the cancer cells. Cancer originates from mutated cells but are genetically similar to the host, so analyzing the cancer cells helped researchers determine their origin. So far, the disease has been found in mussels off the coast of British Columbia and in cockles and golden carpet shell clams in Spain, and it is very similar to a disease soft-shell clams in Prince Edward Island have suffered. Related: Clams could clean up oil spills without chemicals This discovery of a transmissible cancer is probably just the beginning, according to study coauthor Jim Sherry, an Environment Canada scientist based in Burlington, Ontario. “It may be more widespread in nature than we know,” he said. Instead of being very similar to the genetic makeup of their host, cancer cells of this variety are “wildly different from the host,” according to lead author Stephen Goff, a professor of microbiology at Columbia University. The cancer cells they found in golden carpet shell clams had originated in the pullet carpet shell, a related species of shellfish . “This had to be a case of cross-species transmission,” Goff said. Luckily, the scientists think the contagious cancer is a rare occurrence, and isn’t likely to spread to unrelated species. The study, published in the journal Nature , describes the nature of the contagious cancer in shellfish in Spain, Canada, and the northern United States. Via CBC Images via CUMC

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