Over 80 percent of the well water tested in China is contaminated

April 12, 2016 by  
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Smog is often regarded as the main indicator of China’s pollution problem, but a recent study highlights another worrying issue: over 80 per cent of the well water tested is contaminated. These 2,103 underground wells provide water for country dwellers and villagers, but the data showed they are not safe for bathing or drinking. Read the rest of Over 80 percent of the well water tested in China is contaminated

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Tiger populations have increased for the first time in 100 years

April 11, 2016 by  
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Wild tiger populations are on the rise for the first time in 100 years, according to a new report released by the World Wildlife Fund . The number of tigers living in the wild has increased over previous estimates, tracing a silver lining around the future of the species. The big cats are still endangered, but continued efforts to support reproduction and reduce threats against wild tiger populations could see populations continue to grow in years to come. Read the rest of Tiger populations have increased for the first time in 100 years

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Dutch politicians want to ban all polluting cars by 2025

April 8, 2016 by  
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It’s been an exhilarating year for green cars . From new hydrogen vehicle records to the Tesla Model 3 unveiling , a sustainable automobile future seems closer than ever. Building on the excitement, Dutch politicians recently proposed a bold plan to ban all gas- and diesel-powered cars by 2025. Read the rest of Dutch politicians want to ban all polluting cars by 2025

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World’s first urban cargo scooter carries up to 50 lbs on the go

April 8, 2016 by  
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There are plenty of good reasons to go without a car for short errands and trips, including exercise and a reduced carbon footprint . But there’s one big problem that holds a lot of people back: when you’re carrying a heavy load, it can be a struggle to carry it by hand. That’s why Nimble Scooters has created a line of innovative cargo push scooters, allowing everyday people to rely on cars less while doing chores, commuting to work, or shopping. The newest model, the Nimble Urban Scooter, is currently funding on IndieGoGo . Read the rest of World’s first urban cargo scooter carries up to 50 lbs on the go

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Six semi-autonomous trucks just drove 1,300 miles across Europe

April 8, 2016 by  
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Six semi-autonomous trucks drove together in a convoy for 1,300 miles across Europe, proving that a platoon is more efficient than a single soldier. In an experiment called the EU Truck Platooning Challenge , trucks representing six brands from five countries were linked together using WiFi to share information about their shared route and road conditions, enabling the trucks to travel in tight formation, taking advantage of their numbers to reduce wind resistance, cut fuel consumption, and even avoid traffic jams. Read the rest of Six semi-autonomous trucks just drove 1,300 miles across Europe

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‘Limits’ coffee table plays with distortion and spatial limits

April 7, 2016 by  
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Geometric shapes come together to form a smooth design that plays with space and function. Called Limits, the idea is “a compact table that pushes our perception of physical and philosophical boundaries,” states Singaporean designer, Kimberly Koh. Created entirely from wooden flat triangles, the joints have been smoothed over, giving the illusion of weightlessness and a sleek composition. Tapered joints and contrasting wood tones maintain the contrast between the various triangular planes, which therefore appear independent from one another. The absence of any vertical edges distorts the sense of perspective, thus distorting the ‘spatial limits’ of the table. The projecting, cantilevered design establishes a sense of imbalance, which suggests that the center of gravity will shift when items are placed on top of it. The middle compartment is removable, creating a more flexible design for users, who can mold the table to suit their creative and practical needs. + Florence Institute 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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Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena releases free housing designs to fight homelessness

April 7, 2016 by  
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The world faces a staggering housing crisis . Three billion people live in cities, but over one billion live below the poverty line in inferior housing, and an estimated 100 million people are homeless . Fortunately, this year’s Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena just released four free low-income housing designs as a resource for governments and organizations working to combat these problems. Read the rest of Pritzker Prize winner Alejandro Aravena releases free housing designs to fight homelessness

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This charming home in Portugal is insulated with soil

April 7, 2016 by  
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Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia

April 7, 2016 by  
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Wild tigers have not been found in Cambodia since 2007, leading conservationists to declare the animals “ functionally extinct .” The Cambodian government recently approved a $20 to $50 million Tiger Action Plan to try and save the majestic wild cats Read the rest of Tigers declared extinct in Cambodia

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#ClearThePitch helps clear unexploded landmines from fields so kids can play soccer safely

April 6, 2016 by  
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Grey for Good, the philanthropic arm of Grey Group Singapore , has teamed up with DanChurchAid (DCA) to drive support for creating safer communities in post-conflict zones around the world – communities free of dangerous remnants of war such as land mines, unexploded ammunition and cluster bombs. This campaign tackles a topic often described as one of the most evil problems affecting millions of civilians in over 60 countries around the world. And while it will take a mammoth effort by DCA and other organizations to eradicate, the topic does not feature a lot in the public conversation or the media. To change this, the initiative #ClearThePitch builds an emotional link to one of the world’s biggest sports: soccer . It’s a universal sport and is played on streets, fields, playgrounds, parking lots and many more places. But due to remnants of war such as land mines, cluster bombs and unexploded ammunition, in large parts of the world playing soccer on fields can be extremely dangerous. Especially for children. With #ClearThePitch, you can help bring attention to the problem and help clean up these areas so kids can play safe again. + DanChurchAid + Grey

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