Brooklyn SolarWorks can turn almost any rooftop into a sun-powered oasis

April 30, 2018 by  
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Brooklyn SolarWorks wants to help bring solar power  to  New Yorkers . Stunning new renderings of the company’s Solar Canopy envision how city dwellers might benefit from this innovative product. The Solar Canopy offers solar in spots where traditional  solar panels can’t go because of fire codes or obstacles. Beyond just generating clean energy , the canopy could create new living spaces and redefine urban solar. Brooklyn SolarWorks’ Solar Canopy, designed with SITU Studio , has been around for a while, popping up around New York City in Park Slope, Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy to name a few. The new renderings paint a picture of what urban solar power could look like; for example, a relaxing rooftop dining area. Related: Durable canvas cloth with embedded solar cells generates 120 watts per square meter The Brooklyn SolarWorks website  says the company is “capable of putting solar panels on almost anything. Whether you have ample roof space free of obstacles or your roof is littered with vent pipes, skylights, and hatches, we will likely be able to figure out a solar solution.” The Solar Canopy is one of those solutions. By raising solar panels nine feet above rooftops, the company can work around restrictive fire codes. Brooklyn SolarWorks uses different panels depending on the job at hand; two of the most popular are Silfab’s SLA-M 310 Wp Monocrystalline panels  that offer “100 percent maximum power density” and  LG NeON 2 355W panels , which use thinner wires for a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance. You don’t have to leave your couch to check out the Solar Canopy; Brooklyn SolarWorks offers an immersive 3D model  that you can explore with virtual reality goggles. Find out more about the company and its innovative products on the Brooklyn SolarWorks website . + Brooklyn SolarWorks Images courtesy of Brooklyn SolarWorks

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Unique Earth Day Traditions to Start as a Family

April 20, 2017 by  
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When it comes to celebrating Earth Day on April 22, there is no shortage of ways environmentally conscious people choose to honor this day. (Check out the coolest 2017 events around the country here.) When you’re trying to raise young…

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The Green Dog Owners Guide

July 29, 2016 by  
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Have you ever thought about greening your dog? Unfortunately, some dog owners believe that its’ not worth their time or efforts.  But, as you’ll see in this infographic by Ultimatehomelife (you can check out the original version here), being…

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to live harmoniously with bees and wasps

June 15, 2016 by  
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When you spot a bee or wasp , your first instinct may be to run, but it’s important to remember that these buzzing insects are friends, not foes. While stings and nests may be a nuisance, both bees and wasps are vital to the natural world, providing us with the foods we love. As bees pollinate, wasps work to control insect populations. Check out the infographic below and learn how to befriend these black and yellow buzzing creatures. + Fix.com 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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First mammal species succumbs to climate change

June 15, 2016 by  
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Scientists from Australia’s University of Queensland and the Queensland government suspect the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rodent likely only found on the island of Bramble Cay, is the first species to go extinct because of climate change. The rodents were last spotted in 2009, and a thorough search in 2014 yielded not a single one. The scientists prepared a report and said the rodent’s status should be altered from ‘endangered’ to ‘extinct.’ The Bramble Cay melomys, or Melomys rubicola , was thought to live only on the tiny island of Bramble Cay, which is about 340 meters by 150 meters , or 1,115 feet by 492 feet. The Queensland government reports the size of Bramble Cay changes with the seasons, and the scientists think rising sea levels contributed to the Bramble Cay melomys’ demise. The waves destroyed much of their habitat and possibly even some of the rodents themselves. Related: Human activity will wipe out 41% of the world’s amphibians by 2200 Over the course of six nights, the scientists set up 150 mammal traps a night, and came up empty. They also ran 60 camera traps and conducted two hours of ” active daytime searches .” They also spoke with a fisherman who visits the island every year, who confirmed the rodent hadn’t been sighted since 2009. They finally concluded the Bramble Cay melomys is very likely extinct, and is possibly the first mammal species to perish because of climate change caused by humans. There might be a small hope for the species: the researchers think there could be some yet undiscovered on nearby Papua New Guinea . They think the Bramble Cay melomys could have arrived on the tiny island in the first place by floating on debris from Papua New Guinea. If that was the case, the rodents could still be there. The scientists suggested surveys of that island to search for any Bramble Cay melomys that may be lingering. Ecologist John White from Deakin University told The Guardian, “I am of absolutely no doubt we will lose species due to the increasing pressure being exerted by climate change. Species restricted to small, low lying islands, or those with very tight environmental requirements are likely to be the first to go.” Via The Guardian Images via The University of Queensland and screenshot

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VERGE Hawaii 2016

April 28, 2016 by  
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Check out the VERGE Hawaii program. 

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This amazing 3D printing pen can also cut, burn, and solder

September 30, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. 3D printing is like a magic trick that lets you create something seemingly out of nothing, and the 3Dsimo pen is no exception. This multipurpose gadget 3D prints objects in mid air – and it can also cut, burn, and solder thanks to a range of attachments. The question isn’t really what the pen can do – but what can’t it do? If you want in on this crazy action, check out the startup’s Kickstarter campaign . Although 3Dsimo only asked for $35,000, they have already raised an astonishing $184,000 with 11 days left in their campaign. Read the rest of This amazing 3D printing pen can also cut, burn, and solder

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DIY: Build a seat out of your clothing

August 5, 2015 by  
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Have you ever wished you could make a seat out of the clothes on your back? The people at WeDangle did, so they combined a hanging seat with thin, extremely strong lines and canvas seat with a backrest to make a hanging chair that is safe, light weight and comfortable. The WeDangle has 3 seating positions: as a swing, as armchair and as a ‘chaise longue’. The use of a wide topbar releaves the tension at the bottom and shoulders, the use of aluminium strips gives a good distribution of weight at bottom and back, and last but not least are the head and leg foot support for longtime, easy relaxation. Check out the instructions to build your own. +  WeDangle on Instructables 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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Take a tour of this professional snowboarder’s innovative off-grid cabin

April 27, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Mike Basich was one of the early innovators in professional snowboarding, and now he’s leading the way in stylish off-grid living. On his 40 acres of land near Truckee, California, Basich has built himself an incredible 250-square-foot off-grid cabin – almost exclusively from materials he found on his own property. Check out the video above from “Going Off Grid,” to get the webseries’ visual take on Basich’s unique cabin and way of life. Read the rest of Take a tour of this professional snowboarder’s innovative off-grid cabin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: legendary snowboarder’s off-grid cabin , mike basich builds his own off-grid cabin , off-grid cabin designed by golden ratio , off-grid cabin made with salvaged materials , snowboarder off-grid cabin

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Click here to view the embedded video. Mike Basich was one of the early innovators in professional snowboarding, and now he’s leading the way in stylish off-grid living. On his 40 acres of land near Truckee, California, Basich has built himself an incredible 250-square-foot off-grid cabin – almost exclusively from materials he found on his own property. Check out the video above from “Going Off Grid,” to get the webseries’ visual take on Basich’s unique cabin and way of life. Read the rest of Take a tour of this professional snowboarder’s innovative off-grid cabin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: legendary snowboarder’s off-grid cabin , mike basich builds his own off-grid cabin , off-grid cabin designed by golden ratio , off-grid cabin made with salvaged materials , snowboarder off-grid cabin

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