Safari Condo’s Alto travel trailer can be pulled by electric cars

July 24, 2020 by  
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Travel in a recreational vehicle is not necessarily an Earth-friendly activity. Big rigs hauling big toys expel large quantities of emissions and guzzle gas at an inefficient average of 4 to 8 miles per gallon. So a Canadian travel trailer manufacturer, Safari Condo, decided to focus on a streamlined design that will allow those who want to go off the beaten path to leave behind a smaller footprint.  The Alto series by Safari Condo is an assortment of lightweight and aerodynamic trailers that reduce drag while towing. Not only does that improve towing efficiency and require less gas, but the ultralight design means they can be pulled with smaller, less polluting vehicles. Hook an Alto series trailer up to a small SUV, Jeep, Subaru or even an electric car , like the Tesla Model X, which was used to test out the towability of this model.  Related: These ultra-cool, vintage-style travel trailers can go off the grid for a week “The newest Safari Condo seems perfect for anyone who wants to bring the comfort of home to the outside world while spewing fewer greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in the process,” the company said. “The wedge-shaped trailer uses 15% less energy while being towed than the company’s earlier models, in spite of being roughly 900 pounds heavier than the latter trailer.” The lighter weight is achieved by both material selection and clever design. The frame is made up of aluminum to offer support without the bulky weight. A honeycomb building structure adds additional strength. Inside, the furniture also consists largely of aluminium and composite materials with rigid and ultralight sandwich panels integrated into the bed cushions and bed structures made of aluminium extrusions. The materials are not only lightweight but, for the most part, are also recyclable. Each travel trailer model varies slightly, with one offering a retractable roof that raises and lowers in order to fit inside the garage. All models sleep three to four people and come complete with a dining area, kitchen, shower, toilet, wardrobe and plenty of storage to ensure your more environmentally friendly adventures don’t require you to sacrifice comfort. + Safari Condo Via Yanko Design Images via Safari Condo

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California partners with UN on climate insurance

July 31, 2019 by  
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California is the first state to work directly with the United Nations on a natural infrastructure insurance program that could help protect communities from wildfires and other disasters. The California Department of Insurance is working on a year long initiative with the United Nation’s Environment Program to develop insurance practices that manage and reduce risks, specifically related to wetlands and forests. Related: Every year, humanity ‘overshoots’ the natural resources earth can replenish “We have a historic opportunity to utilize insurance markets to protect Californians from the threat of climate change, including rising sea levels, extreme heat and wildfires,” says Insurance Commissioner for California Ricardo Lara. “Working with the United Nations, we can keep California at the forefront of reducing risks while promoting sustainable investments.” In 2018, California experienced the state’s deadliest wildfire, which cost $12 billion in insurable losses and killed 85 people. According to experts, the increased severity of wildfires is likely due to climate change . Insurance services can offer compensation for risk reduction strategies, such as effective forest management or protecting utility infrastructure from possible disasters. “A sustainable insurance road map will enable California to harness risk reduction measures, insurance solutions and investments by the insurance industry in order to build safer, disaster-resilient communities, and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon, sustainable economy,” said the U.N. lead, Butch Bacani. Other countries have initiated similar natural infrastructure insurance programs, including protections for coral reefs and mangroves, which reduce coastal flooding and erosion. Via LA Times Iamge via Flickr

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Solar-powered Eagle View safari eco-lodge overlooks Kenya’s beautiful landscapes

August 24, 2015 by  
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Africa is well-known for its breathtakingly beautiful and pristine landscapes, which makes the country a popular destination with travelers who want to experience nature at its unspoiled finest. The solar-powered Eagle View eco-lodge lets visitors enjoy the best of the Kenya safari. Located in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, the safari lodge is built from durable Kebony wood and recycled steel. The lodge provides a base from which guests can enjoy bush activities such as safari walks and drives, night time excursions, and engage with the local Masai community . This eco-lodge is a prime example of a burgeoning ethical travel culture; those seeking adventure off the beaten track in the African bush need no longer choose between high-end accommodation and a guilt-free conscience. + Eagle View 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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Singapore’s River Safari is the World’s First Park to Achieve Green Mark Platinum

August 13, 2013 by  
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Rypen Launches Blend Collection With Recycled Steel Foundation Desk

August 12, 2013 by  
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Rypen.com just launched its own line of furniture and home goods called the Rypen Blend Collection . The first product in the collection is the American-made, recycled, solid steel Foundation Desk . The desk is fully customizable with your choice of size, hidden drawer, locking casters, and finish ( raw steel , blue, white, black or purple). This handcrafted and American made desk is the perfect blend of modern and industrial with the color to dress up your space. + Rypen 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: foundation desk , green design , green materials , green products , recycled steel , rypen , Rypen Blend Collection , sustainable design , sustainable furnishings , Sustainable Interiors        

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Oregon Temporarily Bans Pesticides to Investigate Bee Deaths

July 2, 2013 by  
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Oregon bees can breathe a little easier for the next six months. After a recent spraying of the Safari insecticide apparently killed tens of thousands of bees in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville, officials have responded by banning the pesticide for the next six months. The Oregon Department of Agriculture also banned any pesticides containing dinotefuran neonicotinoids across the state. Read the rest of Oregon Temporarily Bans Pesticides to Investigate Bee Deaths Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , oregan pesticide ban , Oregon Department of Agriculture , Safari , sustainable design , Target bee deaths        

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Amputee Builds the World’s First Prosthetic Leg Made from LEGOs

July 2, 2013 by  
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Sure, building a space ship or Ewok village out of LEGOs is and admirable effort, but what about fashioning your own prosthetic limb ? Intrepid occupational therapist Christina Stephens (aka Amputee OT ) has assembled her own leg out of the little plastic bricks. The project came as a result of a co-worker at her research lab joking that she create a leg from LEGOs. Using her own prosthetic as a model, she rifled through two giant boxes of LEGOs to find the perfect pieces to construct her “Legoleg.” While not quite functional, her new extremity is an excellent representation of her great sense of humor and outlook on healing. Read the rest of Amputee Builds the World’s First Prosthetic Leg Made from LEGOs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amputee ot , christina stephens , extremity , Facebook , lego , occupational therapist , prosthetic limb , YouTube        

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25,000 Bees Found Dead in a Target Parking Lot in Oregon

June 21, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock This week is National Pollinator Week , but you wouldn’t know it if you stepped into the Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. There, shoppers noticed thousands of dead bumblebees scattered across the asphalt below a few dozen linden trees. Throughout the week, bees continued to fall from the trees — experts estimate that a total of 25,000 bees have been killed at that location so far. Now, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating whether pesticides are to blame. Read the rest of 25,000 Bees Found Dead in a Target Parking Lot in Oregon Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee , bumble bee , chemicals , colony collapse disorder , dead bee , Dead bumble bee , insecticides , neonicotinoids , pesticides , Safari , Target        

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