State of emergency in effect as Hurricane Lane barrels toward Hawaiian coastline

August 23, 2018 by  
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Hurricane Lane is swiftly moving along its course toward Hawaii, where a hurricane warning is in effect for Maui and the Big Island. A hurricane watch has also been issued for Kauai and Oahu. According to the National Weather Service , the storm has now been downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to make contact with the state later today. Related: After three months, Kilauea eruptions might be over The NWS reported that “the center of Lane will track dangerously close to the Hawaiian Islands from Thursday through Saturday.” In addition, the organization noted that, “regardless of the exact track of the storm center, life-threatening impacts are likely over some areas as this strong hurricane makes its closest approach.” Despite the storm’s demotion from a Category 5 to a Category 4, many locals are comparing Hurricane Lane to the devastating Hurricane Iniki, which hit Hawaii in 1992. Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation on Tuesday in case Hawaii needs relief for “disaster damages, losses and suffering.” In a news release from the Governor’s office , Ige said, “Hurricane Lane is not a well-behaved hurricane. I’ve not seen such dramatic changes in the forecast track as I’ve seen with this storm. I urge our residents and visitors to take this threat seriously and prepare for a significant impact.” Related: The Eye of the Storm dome home can withstand hurricanes — and it’s officially on the market Residents have already “rushed to stores to stock up on bottled water, ramen, toilet paper and other supplies,” according to an Associated Press report. With maximum sustained winds of 155 mph and rainfall accumulations of between 10-15 inches, the storm is expected to cause flash-flooding and landslides in Hawaii. In addition, the NWS has reported the possibility of “large and potentially damaging surf.” As the hurricane continues to approach the Hawaiian coastline, many residents are hoping Lane will show a little more mercy than 1992’s Iniki, which killed six people and caused $1.8 billion worth of damage. Numerous government buildings have closed as the state’s residents prepare for the storm. Via NPR Image via Shutterstock

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This award-winning map gives a more accurate view of the world

November 6, 2016 by  
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Most of us never realize it, but it turns out that transforming a three-dimensional globe into a flat, rectangular map results in some serious inaccuracies. Depending on where the map focuses, some countries and continents may appear much larger or smaller relative to other landmasses than they actually are. It’s a problem that’s vexed cartographers for centuries, but a new map featured in Japanese textbooks has made things just a little more accurate.

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This scarf can filter pollution and monitor local air quality

September 24, 2016 by  
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It’s a daily reality that many of us have to live with: inescapable smoggy, polluted air that harms our health. You could wear a gas mask around town, but what if you could wear something a little more practical and stylish? The Wair scarf can neutralize harmful emissions, monitor air quality and let you breathe easy all while looking good and feeling comfortable.

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Sweet deer lamps made of cardboard light up the holidays with LEDs

December 3, 2015 by  
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Looking for a fun new twist for your interior holiday decorating? Popup lighting has just the thing – a deer head lamp made out of cardboard that emits a soft gentle glow. Inspired by “the magical world of popup books,” these lamps enhance the ambience of a room without undue environmental impact. The cardboard heads are on sale until Christmas eve, but if you want something a little more permanent for your home, the company offers a variety of colored aluminum lamps as well. The wall-mounted pieces are self-assembled and come equipped with a cord. Simply plug it in and see your room pleasantly transformed. + Popup Lighting 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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Earth911TV: What To Do With That Halloween Pumpkin

October 30, 2015 by  
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With Halloween approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what you want to do with your Jack O’Lantern and fun ways you can help your kids see that there are always opportunities to be a little more eco-friendly. Roast the Seeds This is an old…

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Secret sources say Apple’s electric car could debut as soon as 2019

September 22, 2015 by  
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Apple still hasn’t gone public about its electric car project, reportedly named Titan, but new developments are coming to light nonetheless. The Wall Street Journal has had its journalistic finger on the pulse of the Titan project since the beginning, and a new report sheds a little more light on the timeline of this secret research. According to WSJ’s unnamed source, Apple has committed employees and resources to get its electric car prepared for release in 2019. Read the rest of Secret sources say Apple’s electric car could debut as soon as 2019

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Fascinating Tokyo bookstore stocks just one book a week

September 22, 2015 by  
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A beautiful Tokyo bookstore is taking minimalism to a whole new level by selling just one book at a time. In stark contrast to the book-bloated Barnes and Nobles of the world, which are almost impossible to navigate, Morioka Shoten Bookstore stocks just one book on its shelf each week. Read the rest of Fascinating Tokyo bookstore stocks just one book a week

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12 eco-friendly backpacks for tweens & teens

August 9, 2015 by  
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The back-to-school shopping season is upon us, and that often means shelling out some hard-earned cash for another backpack that will likely not survive to see the following summer. Finding eco-friendly options can be a bit challenging, especially for older kids and teenagers who have more stuff to haul. We want to help make your school shopping a little less painful and a little more earth-friendly, so we’ve scoured the market and come up with a dozen of our favorite options to share. Each backpack on the list is sturdy and sizeable enough for your star student to lug around all their books and binders. Many of the packs we love come in gender neutral colors and some might even last more than one year. Read on to check out your options! READ MORE >

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Lexus shows off the world’s first car with a human heartbeat

July 21, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Sports car designs are notorious for having two main goals: look good and go fast. It’s a pretty simple one-size-fits-all formula that has worked well to sell cars for a long time. Lexus is turning that concept into something a little more, well, heartfelt. A Lexus RC F coupe has been outfitted with electro-luminescent paint so it can display a visual representation of the driver’s heartbeat. With this move, the luxury car company has introduced what is perhaps the most personalized sports car on the planet. Read the rest of Lexus shows off the world’s first car with a human heartbeat

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Pop Quiz: Can That Be Recycled? The Bathroom Edition

November 26, 2013 by  
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You should spend a little more time in the bathroom — recycling things like shampoo bottles. Take our quiz to see if you’re up to speed on what can be recycled in the bathroom.

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