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Mar 27, 2017

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Architect rebuilds his grandparents' mountain cabin by repurposing its original materials

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Clever bath vanity designed for a child with special needs

Mar 27, 2017: Related: Foldschool: DIY Origami-Style Cardboard Furniture for Kids + Strasser Woodworks Strasser Bath Vanity, special needs furniture, kids furniture, diy bathrooms, Montlake Collection, diy stepstairs, stepstairs for children, diy steps, bathroom for special needs,…

Chemical Industrial Agriculture is Unsustainable. Here’s why

Mar 27, 2017: Even without pesticides, industrial agriculture is doomed to fail from extremely high rates of soil erosion and soil compaction at rates that far exceed losses in the past, since soil couldn’t wash or blow away as easily on small farms that grew many crops. The post Chemical Industrial Agriculture is Unsustainable. Here’s why appeared first on Resilience.

Tower made completely from fabric breaks new ground in "soft architecture"

Mar 27, 2017: This 30-foot lightweight tower proves that the strongest architectural structures don't have to be made from hard materials like concrete and steel. In fact, the Hybrid Tower is completely made from soft materials and textiles. A group of researchers, specialists and engineers at CITA - Centre for Information Technology and Architecture– an innovative research program at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK)– developed the project as a proof of concept and exhibited it at the Contextile...

Peak Oil Review – Mar 27, 2017

Mar 27, 2017: A weekly roundup of peak oil news. Last week oil prices fell for the third time in a month, closing in New York at just below $48 a barrel. Increasing US crude inventories remain the chief motivation for the price drop as many traders now see higher US production as largely offsetting the OPEC/NOPEC production cuts. The post Peak Oil Review – Mar 27, 2017 appeared first on Resilience.

Artist recycles leaf waste into biodegradable Beleaf chair

Mar 27, 2017: Šimon Kern found an unconventional use for leaf litter: green furniture. The Slovakian artist created Beleaf, a biodegradable chair made from recycled leaves, bio-resin, and steel. Developed during his studies at the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, the Beleaf chair was constructed as an eco-friendly alternative to plastic furnishing. Kern crafted the seat from mixing leaf litter with bio-resin, made mostly from leftover cooking oil, and pressing the mixture into...

6 ways to add passive solar features to your home

Mar 27, 2017:   Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off to your neighbors? The good news is that you don't have…

We Can’t Wait To Take Climate Action. Here’s Why

Mar 26, 2017: When it comes to our changing climate, if we fail to reduce the fossil fuel emissions that are trapping the sun’s heat and warming our world, we will soon cross a threshold – and there will be no turning back. It’s just that simple. We Can’t Wait To Take Climate Action. Here’s Why was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

5 Sustainable Cities & What They Are Doing To Fight The Climate Crisis

Mar 26, 2017: Find out what these five cities are doing to fight the climate crisis and improve the lives of their citizens. 5 Sustainable Cities & What They Are Doing To Fight The Climate Crisis was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Living Table is a verdant indoor garden hidden in your table

Mar 26, 2017: Related: Give your succulents their own spacesuits with this 3D-printed planter + The Living Table…

More Than Ever, We Need A Strong EPA

Mar 26, 2017: With the EPA’s essential work under serious threat, we thought the time was right to revisit the landmark EPA achievements that have kept our drinking water clean and our air safe to breathe. More Than Ever, We Need A Strong EPA was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Another Tipping Point For Coal: Big Oil Eyeballs Big Wind

Mar 26, 2017: President Trump keeps promising to bring back coal jobs, but success drifts further out of reach as big oil sets its sights on wind energy development Another Tipping Point For Coal: Big Oil Eyeballs Big Wind was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Philip Johnson's secret brick and glass home in Manhattan, NYC

Mar 26, 2017: From the outside of Philip Johnson's sole private residence in Manhattan, you'd never guess a modernist paradise lay within. An unassuming brick and glass facade sits snugly between two apartment buildings, but inside is a secret glass house that was the architect's only New York City residential commission. The Rockefeller Guest House was built near the beginning of Johnson's career, between 1949 and 1950. Related:…

Cloud House makes it rain on demand with creative water harvesting system

Mar 26, 2017: You won’t have to do a rain dance to make it rain at the Cloud House—sitting in one of its rocking chairs should do the trick. Artist Matthew Mazzotta created the Cloud House, a gabled pavilion with a cloud-like sculpture that releases collected rainwater whenever someone sits inside the building. Crafted from reclaimed materials, the art installation was commissioned in Springfield, Missouri to bring attention to our dependence on natural systems, like the water cycle, that grow the food we...

Ukraine's leafy green 'Tunnel of Love' is a passageway for trains and lovers

Mar 26, 2017: We love seeing natural architecture here at Inhabitat, and the leafy green Kleven train tunnel is a beautiful example of what happens when nature is allowed to grow freely around manmade infrastructure. The tunnel was made over many years as the passing train…

Connie Hedegaard: “I wish that European institutions would focus more on climate and environmental questions to show the value of the EU to EU citizens.”

Mar 26, 2017: This week, Tobias Engelmeier interviewed Connie Hedegaard, First chair of the Board for the KR Foundation, a large Danish climate and sustainability foundation operating globally Connie Hedegaard: “I wish that European institutions would focus more on climate and environmental questions to show the value of the EU to EU citizens.” was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

What Rural Alaska Can Teach the World about Renewable Energy

Mar 26, 2017: Remote communities have integrated renewables into their diesel-based power grids with more success than anywhere else -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Los Angeles International Airport Now Has Zero-Emissions Utility Shuttle (ZEUS) Buses From WallyPark’s Lots

Mar 26, 2017: When I notice a large city vehicle that is fully electric or a utility truck that is electric or even a hybrid, I breathe a sigh of relief. It is nice to know the local city transit administration is thinking. Likewise, in Los Angeles, the world is not mad Los Angeles International Airport Now Has Zero-Emissions Utility Shuttle (ZEUS) Buses From WallyPark’s Lots was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Uber Suspends Self-Driving Vehicle Testing Following Accident In Arizona (Other Vehicle’s Driver At Fault)

Mar 26, 2017: Uber has temporarily suspended its self-driving vehicle testing following an accident in Tempe, Arizona, according to recent reports. To be clear, though, Uber's self-driving Volvo wasn't at fault — the driver of a different vehicle (that caused the crash) failed to yield to the Uber Volvo Uber Suspends Self-Driving Vehicle Testing Following Accident In Arizona (Other Vehicle’s Driver At Fault) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Nissan’s Electric Vehicles — Resilient Power & Mobile Emergency Backup

Mar 26, 2017: I like the breeze off the Gulf of Mexico, but it's sometimes too strong — the summer hurricane season is upon us, and who knows what's around the corner? Those essential services we typically take for granted can stop quickly, and then be gone for hours or even days. The dark is nice for a change, but the food might spoil. No lights, no electricity, no cooling, no heating, no stove, no refrigeration — lacking these essentials for long presents a huge challenge for 21st century creatures Nissan’s Electric Vehicles — Resilient Power & Mobile Emergency Backup was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Trump's anti-science budget will make America stupid again

Mar 26, 2017: President Donald Trump's proposed budget eviscerates government funding for basic scientific research and development, taking a sledge hammer to education, health and environmental protection. In a series of Tweets posted this Sunday, astrophysicist and TV host Neil deGrasse indirectly took on Trump's budget, writing that making America great won't happen until we make America smart again by increasing government funding, not by ignoring the scientific consensus on man-made global warming and slashing...

Two Ethanol Trains Derail, and One Explodes, as Industry Embraces Riskier Practices

Mar 26, 2017: On March 8, a train pulling 80 tank cars of ethanol derailed in Providence, Rhode Island. Luckily, no ethanol was spilled and no one was injured. However, activists immediately began calling for a halt to these “unit trains” of ethanol into and out of the city, noting the potential risks to the community. Unit trains are longer than […] The post Two Ethanol Trains Derail, and One Explodes, as Industry Embraces Riskier Practices appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Global Concerns Over China’s “Manufacturing 2025” Initiative Highlighted In New EU Report

Mar 25, 2017: A new Financial Times article reveals that the core technologies that China wants to lead the world in as part of its overarching Manufacturing 2025 initiative are coming under fire from other nations Global Concerns Over China’s “Manufacturing 2025” Initiative Highlighted In New EU Report was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

“Professor X” Aims To Disrupt Autonomous Vehicle Tech With Silicon Valley Startup AutoX

Mar 25, 2017: Some people just aren't satisfied with the safe route in life and can't help but to unleash their passions on the world in the form of disruptive new approaches to existing or emerging markets. Dr. Jianxiong Xioa — also known to students and staff as "Professor X" — has ditched his lucrative job as a Princeton professor to pour his passion into a new autonomous vehicle technology startup dubbed Auto “Professor X” Aims To Disrupt Autonomous Vehicle Tech With Silicon Valley Startup AutoX was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

BMW i3 Gets Dirty As Professional Rally Racer Runs It Through The Paces

Mar 25, 2017: Professional rally driver Rauno Aaltonen of Aaltonen Motor Sport took his BMW i3 away from the safety of asphalt roads and onto an off-road rally course to see how the i3 would hold up. He came away from the experience very impressed, stating that because of the instant torque the electric motor provides, the i3 handled like cars with 1,000 horsepower BMW i3 Gets Dirty As Professional Rally Racer Runs It Through The Paces was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Parents can sleep while the kids play in this amazing multi-level master bedroom

Mar 25, 2017: The owners commissioned Ruetemple to design an unusual master bedroom inside their summer house in Russia. They came up with a design that keeps everyone happy. The room now has a large podium for the bed, with two upper levels and a staircase for the kids. Related: “My Space” by Liya Mairson is a Pop-Up Cardboard Playroom For Kids "The family comes to their summer house for the weekend and, like all working people, they dream of having a good sleep on Saturday and Sunday after a hard...

9 fun things you can do during Earth Hour!

Mar 25, 2017: Candlelight dinner via Shutterstock Have a candle-lit dinner using menus from celebrity chefs Celebrate the hour with your partner, friends or family and have a candlelit dinner with your own tasty dishes based on WWF’s Livewell principles, which has…

Guangzhou, New York, & Vancouver Are Making Climate Solutions A Reality

Mar 25, 2017: The climate crisis is a problem caused by humans that can be solved by humans. These three cities are proving it. Guangzhou, New York, & Vancouver Are Making Climate Solutions A Reality was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

How To Make Attending A Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training A Reality

Mar 25, 2017: A recently trained Climate Reality Leader offers tips on fundraising, networking, and taking action to get the most out of a training. How To Make Attending A Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training A Reality was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Incredible edible landscape map shows you where to find free food

Mar 25, 2017: Fruit is abundant if you know where to look. Remnants of old orchards sprout through concrete jungles and along rural roadsides. Falling Fruit, a massive collaborative mapping project, provides fruity foragers with the tools they need to track down a nutritious snack. Beyond satisfying the hunger pangs of the present, Falling Fruit provides individuals and communities with a resource through which they can build resilience in the long term. Through the contributions of people all over the world,...

How to make an amazing grass daybed out of wood pallets

Mar 25, 2017: Related: Via Contemporist…

Tesla Solar Roof Orders Starting In April (#ElonTweets)

Mar 25, 2017: Tesla's various solar roof products will become available for order for the first time starting in April, CEO Elon Musk revealed in a tweet yesterday Tesla Solar Roof Orders Starting In April (#ElonTweets) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Rivian Automotive (Stealth EV Startup) Granted $49.5 Million In Tax Credits From Illinois, Governor Announces

Mar 25, 2017: The still relatively secretive electric vehicle startup Rivian Automotive has been granted (providing certain employment benchmarks are met) $49.5 million in Edge tax credits in Illinois, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner recently announced Rivian Automotive (Stealth EV Startup) Granted $49.5 Million In Tax Credits From Illinois, Governor Announces was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Keeping America Great: Smart Rules Can Help The Economy And Nature Prosper

Mar 25, 2017: Barely a month after his inauguration, President Trump is proceeding with plans to dismantle protections under the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. The targets include limiting pollution into streams and wetlands that flow into drinking water for a hundred million Americans, automobile fuel economy standards that cut tailpipe pollution, and performance standards under […] The post Keeping America Great: Smart Rules Can Help The Economy And Nature Prosper appeared first on The Energy Collective.

9 Personal Flying Vehicles — CleanTechnica’s New “Flying Car” Overview Page

Mar 24, 2017: Have you ever dreamt of “driving” a flying car just like in Back to the Future? Well, this might happen in real life sooner than you ever expected. But, rather than flying cars, the technology that is being developed today looks more like human-sized drones 9 Personal Flying Vehicles — CleanTechnica’s New “Flying Car” Overview Page was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Ecosa Institute Offers A Tuition-Free Ecological Design Certificate Program

Mar 24, 2017: In Arizona, the Ecosa institute offers a tuition-free ecological design certificate program. Ecosa Institute Offers A Tuition-Free Ecological Design Certificate Program was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About North America’s Energy Future

Mar 24, 2017: Alberta's oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline "a great day for jobs and energy independence" in the United States. Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its current pipeline capacity and adding more pipelines is "not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius." Approving The Keystone XL Pipeline Is About North America’s Energy Future was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Performance Model 3 Coming In ~1 Year, Early Model 3 Deliveries To Be RWD, Model Y Still “A Few Years Away” (#ElonTweets)

Mar 24, 2017: Accompanying the tweet of the video of a Model 3 release candidate going down a street, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also revealed that early deliveries of the Model 3 will be of the rear-wheel-drive (RWD) variant -- as was the case with the launch of the Model S a few years back Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Performance Model 3 Coming In ~1 Year, Early Model 3 Deliveries To Be RWD, Model Y Still “A Few Years Away” (#ElonTweets) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Model 3 Release Candidate In Action (#ElonTweets Video)

Mar 24, 2017: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has posted a short video of what may well be the production version of the Model 3 ... in action. The video is only of a quick run down a street, and doesn't show the front of the car much, so it doesn't give us much to go on, but the design does appear to be altered some from earlier Model 3 iterations. Have a watch Tesla Model 3 Release Candidate In Action (#ElonTweets Video) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

INTERVIEW: With Bridgette Meinhold, Author of 'Urgent Architecture'

Mar 24, 2017: When Inhabitat's Architecture Editor,  Bridgette Meinhold, heard about the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 and the massive devastation it caused, she wanted to help, and was drawn to start investigating different options for temporary shelters and disaster relief…

This ready-made tiny home can be shipped to any destination

Mar 24, 2017: We talk a lot about tiny home renovations, but if you haven't time for all that, now you can order your own ready-made Mobile Home. The tiny structure, designed by Ruzanna Andressa Oganesya, is built on a moving platform and can be transported virtually anywhere. Those looking to go off grid can order it to be delivered to their desired location, coverting it into a forest retreat or an urban home addition. The home arrives ready to use The Mobile Home is a prefab modular construction that...

BIGs looping station design in Paris turns bridge into public space

Mar 24, 2017: Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group and French studio Silvio D'ascia Architecture unveiled new renderings of their competition-winning designs for a loop-shaped metro station in Paris. Created as part of Société du Grand París’ Grand Paris Express project, the Pont de Bondy station is one of 68 new stations planned for the redevelopment that will expand the existing metro system by 200 kilometers. The sculptural station will include a bridge and tunnel wrapped around a giant atrium next to the riverbank....

Worlds tallest skyscraper design hangs off an orbiting asteroid

Mar 24, 2017: What if your daily commute involved parachuting down to earth rather than being stuck in vehicular traffic? That’s the vision in Clouds Architecture Office’s incredible proposal for a skyscraper suspended off an orbiting asteroid. The design, called Analemma, would be powered by space-based solar panels and capture water in a semi-closed loop system that draws from the moisture in clouds and rainwater. While some may write off Analemma as an early April Fools’ Day joke, we think...

INFOGRAPHIC: The e-waste problem and how to help

Mar 24, 2017: Think of all the electronics in your life: your phone, tv, computer, game systems, USB drives, printers, Blu ray players, even smart devices like switches and home assistants. Now try to picture what happens to all of those things when they die. Over 50 million tons of e-waste are generated every year, and e-waste is nasty stuff. This infographic shows where e-waste ends up, which devices are the biggest culprits and how you can fight the e-waste problem. + Digital Docs…

Ancient green building technique helps ease West Africa housing crisis

Mar 24, 2017: People in semi-arid regions of Africa face unique obstacles to overcome housing crises. For years people built roofs and supports with bush timber, but thanks to climate change and deforestation those methods of building aren't feasible. Sheet metal is too expensive an alternative for most rural families, and only lasts at most 10 years. So the Nubian Vault Association, an organization founded by a Burkina Faso farmer and a Frenchman, revitalized an ages-old sustainable technique: mud bricks.

Budget 2017 moves towards a clean energy economy, misses nature protection

Mar 24, 2017: VANCOUVER - March 24, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) David Suzuki Foundation - The David Suzuki Foundation is encouraged to see the federal government following through on its commitments to invest in clean energy and transit in the 2017 budget.

Experts Explore the Connections between Human, Animal and Environmental Health

Mar 24, 2017: Pittsburgh, Pa. - March 24, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) On April 4 - 5, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens will unite experts from a wide range of fields for One Health, One Planet.

China's coasts threatened by rapidly rising sea levels

Mar 24, 2017: Sea levels are creeping up as temperatures get hotter here on Earth, and China's State Oceanic Administration just revealed worrying information about sea levels along their country's coasts. NASA data shows levels are rising by 3.2 millimeters (mm) to 3.6 mm every year, but the statistics are worse in China according to their oceanic administration. There, compared against levels in 2015, 2016 sea levels were 38 mm higher.

Trump's cuts would have 'devastating impact' on NY, says NY Attorney General

Mar 24, 2017: President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund program would have a "devastating impact" on New York State, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared at a rally at the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn on Tuesday. Joined by activists and lawmakers at what many consider the nation's most polluted waterway, Schneiderman blasted calls to slash the program's funding by more than 30 percent, noting that the move would stymie the progress of cleaning...