3D Printer Built from E-Waste by African Inventor

A young Togolese inventor, working out of a makerspace in Lome, built his own 3D printer using discarded e-waste scavenged from one of the huge tech graveyards (read: e-waste dump) near Accra, in Ghana. And if it wasn’t enough for Afate Gnikou to just build his own from the dregs of modern technology, he has also standardized and open-sourced the 3D printer plans, so that any other enterprising maker can build their own from e-waste, which could help kickstart makerspaces…

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Tesla Files Patent For Falcon-Wing Doors

The Tesla Model X, an electric crossover, was revealed a long time back. Reservations started in February 2012. Nonetheless, we just got word of a patent for which Tesla has filed an application, a patent for the crossover’s falcon-wing doors. Value Walk’s Michelle Jones writes: Spotted by Shane McGlaun of Slash Gear, the patent describes those falcon wing doors as “a dual hinged door assembly.” The assembly features upper and lower portions, with the upper part pivoting “about a primary axis formed by its…

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Future360 Friday: Inspiring Cleantech News to Jumpstart Your Weekend

Cleantech and cleanweb applications are going to power our energy future. Not only do these present viable solutions for cleaner, more sustainable energy but they also provide the medium for innovative entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive. Do you have the tools, information and the resources to capitalize on this opportunity?

Ecopreneurist is proud to bring to you a new feature “Future360 Friday” through collaboration with Future 360, a leading video platform that champions innovation in cleantech.

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Starbucks and $1 Reusable Mug: Trying to Fit a Shoe on the Wrong Foot

Starbucks introduces the $1 reusable plastic mug that bears the Starbucks logo and is white to match its disposable cups. The coffee chain will offer a dime discount to anyone with the reusable mug, hoping this will encourage coffee lovers to bring them in. This new offering comes in the wake of the Starbucks sharply reducing its goal of having 25% of its cups be reusable by 2015 to 5%.

But will it drive change?

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DESERTEC Foundation Begins Work on Asian Super Grid for Renewable Energy

The DESERTEC Concept is a development by a network of scientists, politicians, and economists from around the Mediterranean. The sole goal is to provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable energy sources are most abundant. Energy is available in abundance and we have the technology to use it

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The Impact of Climate Change on Europe

For quite some time now, we have been hearing about how the climate changes across the globe are affecting so many different countries on virtually every continent. One of the latest places to capture the attention of both scientists and the media alike would be Europe. Europe, one of the favorite destinations of tourists year-round, is currently experiencing some detrimental consequences due to the transitions within its atmospheric conditions. As a matter of fact, according to a recent assessment that…

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