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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Concept cars and betting big on solar

Inhabitat
11.01.15
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Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

The World Health Organization handed down some heavy news this week: Bacon causes cancer. Fortunately, scientists are developing healthier meat alternatives. One lab discovered a type of seaweed that tastes just like fried bacon (and it's two times healthier than kale), and Impossible Foods is working on the next generation of plant-based burgers. Watch out for veggie dogs though -- a new study shows that one in 10 vegetarian sausages contains meat.

Morocco is planning to source half of its energy from renewables by the year 2020 -- and it's building the world's largest solar farm to accomplish the task. In its final phase, the $2 billion project will produce 500 megawatts of clean energy. Apple is also embracing clean tech by building enough solar farms to completely offset the emissions of its supply chain in China. But a teenager is behind the week's coolest energy story -- 15-year-old inventor Hannah Herbst has created a $12 machine that converts ocean currents into usable electricity.

The Tokyo Motor Show kicked off this past week, and automakers pulled out all the stops on futuristic vehicles. Nissan unveiled a svelte autonomous electric car; Mercedes-Benz showcased a self-driving lounge on wheels; and Lexus debuted its next-gen LF-FC hydrogen sedan. Meanwhile Tesla is eyeing the world's largest auto market with plans to produce electric vehicles in China, and the very first Hyperloop test track is set to break ground next year. But two-wheeled vehicles are the worlds' most efficient -- and last week we tested out the VANMOOF Electrified, a stylish, smart and stealthy electric dream bike.

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