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Aug 29, 2016

Environment & Sustainability

Top 10 Least Expected Products to use Nano-Technology

Aug 29, 2016: It probably wouldn’t surprise owners of ultrathin cell phones or tiny iPod Nanos to discover that these miniature electronic miracles take advantage of the latest advances in nanotechnology, the science of rearranging atoms to create new materials and products. But would you expect to find tiny technology at work in the paint on your walls? […]…

Deadly lightning strike kills 323 reindeer in Norway

Aug 29, 2016: Over 300 reindeer were killed last Friday in what might be the deadliest lightning strike in known history. The animals, including 70 calves, were found in the southern part of Norway where thousands of wild reindeer migrate each year. Speculation persists that the reason so many were killed is because they would have huddled together out of fear of the storm. The Norwegian Nature Inspectorate (NNI) spokesperson, Knut Nylend, stated, "We’ve heard about animals being struck by lightning...

Home maintenance expert turns her own home into a testing ground for cutting-edge sustainable design

Aug 29, 2016: Bloemker preserved much of the original look of the house, built in the style of mid-century modern, while giving it a beautiful modern makeover. She used natural and recycled materials and sent 90% of the water materials from the redesign process to a housing non-profit. Related: 5 Tips for a Green Home Remodel from Eco Architect Sarah Susanka The house features an impressive array of sustainable elements. Instead of using photovoltaic panels, Bloemker equipped the roof with a PV film...

“The Earth cannot wait 60 years,” says sir Richard Branson

Aug 29, 2016: The slow realization that things we take for granted, clean water, fresh air and abundant uncontaminated food, are fast becoming distant memories occurred to Sir Richard Branson, when he said at a recent news conference in London, alongside former US Vice President and climate campaigner Al Gore “I want a future for my children and […]…

Scientists discover an enormous, hidden reef behind the Great Barrier Reef

Aug 29, 2016: New laser data from the Royal Australian Navy has revealed a massive reef behind the rapidly dying Great Barrier Reef. Giant fields of circular, donut-shaped mounds, between 200 and 300 meters in diameter, are created by a type of green algae. Unfortunately, this reef is likely facing the same threats as the neighboring Great Barrier Reef. A collaboration between James Cook University, the University of Sydney, and Queensland University of Technology led to the discovery of just how...

Are you driving a flex fuel car and don’t even know it?

Aug 29, 2016: Below you’ll find a list of all vehicles that are on the road today and are Flex Fuel cars. Meaning you can run you car on ethanol (E85) or regular fuel. Currently ethanol isn’t as cheap as it can be, but there are more gas stations opening which offer it and with higher demand it […]…

Amtrak to launch next-gen high-speed trains in US in five years

Aug 29, 2016: In a big leap forward for American railroad transportation, Amtrak is accepting a $2.45 billion loan from the federal government to improve its technology. The project will span over the next several years and include the addition of 28 next-generation high-speed trains, major upgrades to four major Northeastern stations, and tons of amenities to draw in more passengers. When Amtrak’s new trains hit the tracks in 2021, travelers will have a high-tech transportation option unmatched by any other...

10 brilliant communal designs helping people work and live together

Aug 29, 2016: Images via Tom Dixon, Hoffice by David Wild and Amrit Daniel Forss, Peter DaSilva at The New York Times,…

A 1600 foot tower that can power a small city

Aug 29, 2016: Rattling down a red dirt road on the edge of the Australian outback, Roger Davey hits the brakes and hops out of a rented Corolla. With a sweep of his arm, he surveys his domain – 24,000 acres of emptiness stretching toward the horizon, the landscape bare but for clumps of scrubby eucalyptus trees and […]…

Starship-like Utsikten viewpoint juts out into Norways breathtaking alpine landscape

Aug 29, 2016: Utsikten—Norwegian for “The View”—is located near the top of Gaular Mountain following an ascent of hairpin bends. The viewpoint was constructed almost entirely of concrete with an 80-centimeter-thick platform and raised, wing-like corners that point towards the north, south, and west. “Each corner is shaped specifically in relation to the landscape and to different use,” write the architects. “It has been an object to create a shape that stimulates physical movement, and also can work...

How meatless shrimp could solve seafoods sustainability problem

Aug 29, 2016: New Wave Foods says “we disrupt food, not the oceans,” and they mean it. Their plant-based shrimp supposedly looks, tastes, smells, and feels like the real thing, but without the pesky environmental destruction and ethical quandaries. Bioengineered food has gone mainstream with lab-grown meat and “bleeding” veggie burgers - it’s only logical that seafood would follow next. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lu0-v8A9rs The meatless shrimp is made from plants and algae, engineered...

High Sea Turtle Deaths in Bangladesh

Aug 29, 2016: Along the coast of Bangladesh higher than normal sea turtle deaths have been recorded in the past two weeks. The smallest of these turtles, the olive ridley’s, are endangered. Scientists have discovered 65 dead so far along a three-mile stretch of the coast, and hundreds more in the area, which is a higher than normal. […]…

Enter the Biodesign Competition to get your ideas in front of the X-Prize

Aug 29, 2016: Construction has come a long way since the Neolithic days of our earliest dwellings but many of today’s building practices still require unnecessary amounts of resources and energy. To make matters worse, conventional construction too frequently compromises our health and the health of natural environment, but with the wealth of recent scientific and technological advances, we know that this need not be the case. To address this issue, the X-Prize for BioDesigned futures is seeking applicants with...

Shipping container home in Ecuador dismantles like a clock for easy transport

Aug 29, 2016: When the owner of this home was a kid he wanted to decipher the mechanisms of old clocks and as he grew older his passion for metallic mechanics continued into motorbikes and Land Rover cars. So it’s natural that he wanted a didactic, utilitarian home that he could also dismantle just like the elements of a clock. The whole house is designed for disassembly, meaning that it could be broken into modules and transport to a different location if necessary. Related: Kurgo’s bright orange shipping...

Win a $500 shopping spree from IKEA to make over your dorm room

Aug 29, 2016: What student wouldn't love IKEA? Cool, multi-purpose furniture and decor at a fraction of the price. There's no better way to kick off the school year than with a brand new place to call your own. And thanks to our friends at IKEA, we're giving away a $500 shopping spree at the Scandinavian mega store for one lucky winner to deck our their dorm room. Fancy a wireless charging table? How about a standing desk? Or even a new bike? Enter below to score everything you could possibly need.

Free energy under our feet, all you need is water.

Aug 29, 2016: Geothermal power generating plants, which make use of the planet's interior heat, are becoming increasingly popular around the world. Research is still being carried out into the most efficient way to extract the heat but commercial plants are already in operation. The early use of geothermal was to heat buildings with water that was either […]…

How Sweden recycles 99 percent of its waste

Aug 29, 2016: Sweden is already a leader in creating a greener future with its electric roads and its intent on being fossil fuel free by 2050, but they’re not stopping there. The trailblazing Scandinavian nation also recycles 99 percent of its waste, with only a measly 1 percent going to landfills. A process called waste-to-energy generates sustainable electricity for the country. Of the country’s 4.4 million tons of household waste produced annually, 2.2 million tons are converted into energy...

Before / After pictures of Beruit

Aug 29, 2016: Some spectacular images of before and after neighborhood in Beirut. The destruction is just unbelievable and far more spread then the destruction of the World Trade Towers in New York. I hope that this conflict can and will die down, I couldn't image living throughout World War 3.

This gigantic flower carpet in Brussels is made of 600,000 blooms

Aug 29, 2016: All told, around 600,000 different blossoms were used to create the display. The influence of Japanese illustrations is obvious when you look at the tapestry from above; it incorporates common motifs found in Japanese art such as koi and cranes. Illustrations of flowers dotting the image represent the passage of the seasons. Related: A Gigantic Carpet Made Entirely From Flowers Just Popped Up in Brussels! The flower carpet is a tradition within Brussels, blanketing the city square every...

Japan aims for manned moon station in 2030

Aug 29, 2016: Japan's space agency has set a goal of constructing a manned lunar base in 2030. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) revealed its ambition to an international conference in Tokyo this week but has not yet been alotted the budget for the ambitious project. JAXA hopes to launch a satellite into lunar orbit next year, […]…

A house 100% off the grid… is it possible?

Aug 29, 2016: Image a world where at home you use your own energy, where you are totally off the grid… it's more doable then you might think. There are a couple of ways you can accomplish this… and the best thing about it is, most of the technology is here already.      Solar Absorbing Roof Shingles […]…

This nature-filled community is a smart housing solution for Singapores aging population

Aug 29, 2016: Developed as a prototype for senior assisted living, Kampung Admiralty conforms to Singapore’s dense urban setting with a mixed-use scheme that layers three programmatic functions onto a 0.9-hectare site. The first stratum is the People’s Plaza, a fully public area on the ground plane open to the surrounding community with a central open-air courtyard located at the heart of the building. Protected from traffic noise, the People’s Plaza is designed for festivities and events and also connects...

IPCC On Global Warming: It’s Happening, And It’s Our Fault

Aug 29, 2016: Last Friday, a report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) resolved the debate forever: the Earth is warming, and humans are the cause. Sea levels will riseit is a question of when and how much, and not if, says Michel Jarraud (Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization). Extreme weather, drought in some […]…

Low-cost, low-impact Neiling II house was built out of reclaimed wood

Aug 29, 2016: The Neiling II House is located in an area called Löwenberger Land, surrounded by industries and agriculture fields, tiny villages and spread out solitary houses. It was built using materials left over from a demolished private home and around old bricked barn, which determined its final design. Its bolted wooden body stands 50 inches above ground causing minimal impact while avoiding the need for foundation. Related: Young Architect Builds Awesome Green Retirement Home for Her Mum in Uruguay the...

A gigantic tree lives inside this gorgeous glass house in the mountains of Kazakhstan

Aug 28, 2016: A. Masow Design Studio just unveiled plans to build a gorgeous glass house that wraps around an entire tree in the woods of Almaty, Kazakhstan. The home's circular glass façade envelops the entire trunk along with the branches, reinventing the concept the…

5 deadly diseases caused by global warming

Aug 28, 2016: Modern science has prevented deadly diseases ranging from tetanus to polio, but man-made global warming could unravel the significant progress made in the fight against life-threatening ailments as new deadly diseases emerge from the melting permafrost and make their way north from the tropics as temperatures continue to rise. Of course, the spread of new deadly diseases could poentially be prevented if the world would listen to the warnings from atmospheric scientists and do everything humanly...

Solar-powered Pipe desalinizes 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water for California

Aug 28, 2016: The infrastructure California needs to generate energy for electricity and clean water will change the state for years to come, but this need not blight the landscape. The Pipe is one example of how producing energy can be knitted into every day life in a healthy, aesthetically-pleasing way. One of the finalists of the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative design competition for Santa Monica Pier, the design deploys electromagnetic desalination to provide clean drinking water for the city, and filters...

Biodegradable algae water bottles provide a green alternative to plastic

Aug 28, 2016: Plastic bottles come with a higher price tag than most realize: they can take up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. The fact that at least half of all water bottles are used only once makes the waste that much more egregious. Icelandic product designer Ari Jónsson decided he needed to take action, and fashioned a biodegradable water bottle from algae. “I feel there is an urgent need to find ways to replace some of the unreal amount of plastic we make, use, and throw away every day....

6 foods you can easily grow from kitchen scraps

Aug 28, 2016: So you’re a proud locavore or maybe you’re interested in reducing your monthly grocery expenditure. If you’ve already watched our video on how to regrow scallions, or followed our tutorial on how to grow an avocado tree from an avocado pit, you’ll love learning about these eight veggies and herbs that can sprout almost overnight from the very scraps that normally end up in the compost. In addition to being incredibly easy and cheap, growing from kitchen scraps will help you reduce you food...

Teenager turns a $200 run-down camper into a beautiful cozy escape

Aug 28, 2016: When summer rolled around, 14-year-old Ellie Yeater chose to spend her school break a bit differently than her peers. The ambitious teenager purchased a run-down 1974 Wilderness camper for $200 and transformed it into a cozy and beautiful backyard retreat. Crafted with upcycled finds and homemade fittings, the highly personalized renovation boasts a distinct vintage-reuse theme. READ MORE>…

This Former Killer Whale Trainer Is Taking On SeaWorld

Aug 28, 2016: SeaWorld has been a lightning rod for controversy in recent years, and no one knows that better than John Hargrove. On this week's episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast, Hargrove—a former SeaWorld animal trainer—recounts his experiences working with orcas in captivity. From heavily medicated killer whales to the tragic death of his colleague, Hargrove paints a picture of an entertainment company in crisis. SeaWorld, a nationwide chain of parks well known for its displays of marine animals, purports to blend "imagination with nature" and enable visitors to "explore, inspire and act." It's perhaps most famous for its orcas. Also known as killer whales, orcas are actually the largest member of the dolphin family. They weigh thous…

What the Heck Is Up With California's Recycling Program?

Aug 28, 2016: Few states have a greener rep than California, and for good reason. The state has a cap-and-trade program for carbon emissions, solar-energy production exceeding that of all other states combined, and, at the behest of Gov. Jerry Brown, it's now mulling new targets that would slash greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030. The state has proved itself a national leader in environmental policy. All of which makes California's latest waste and recycling report, issued yearly by state Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), so bewildering. It reveals that landfill waste in the state jumped to 33.2 million tons in 2015, a one-year increase of 2 million tons, contributing to last year's release of 200,…

The most environmentally-friendly choice you can make could be to not have kids

Aug 27, 2016: We are all about finding new and effective ways to lessen your impact on the planet, but a new movement suggests that perhaps the smartest thing you can do for the planet is to not have kids. Known as the "small-family ethic," the movement suggests that having one kid fewer is the most Earth-friendly move you can make. READ MORE >…

This massive wind-powered skyscraper would cool the entire planet

Aug 27, 2016: Italian architects Paolo Venturella and Cosimo Scotucci of Paolo Venturella Architecture designed a fantastical Global Cooling Skyscraper that’s designed to attack global warming by cooling the entire planet. The architects cited the challenges of climate change as an inspiration; they said the strategies we have to combat global warming are not enough, and only a “global strategy” could halt the nature disasters resulting from climate change. So they designed an imaginative...

Newly-discovered world's oldest sewing needle wasn't made by Homo sapiens

Aug 27, 2016: Russian archaeologists just found what might be the world’s oldest intact sewing needle. The needle was crafted from a large bird bone and is at least 50,000 years old. But the incredible discovery might not have been crafted by homo sapiens. READ MORE >…

You can play this building like a gigantic xylophone

Aug 27, 2016: The LCCCP's previous house in Muswell Hill, built in the 1950s, became unable to accommodate the growing number of disabled children who, due to neo-natal brain injuries, suffer from one of the forms of cerebral palsy. The new extension will provide a wide range of new services and facilities that will transform the way charity works with children and the wider public. Related: Perkins+Will’s Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Center Takes National Healthcare Award for 2012 The extension...

PHOTOS: Cacheuta Thermal Water Park is a summer escape wedged in Argentina's Andes Mountains

Aug 27, 2016: Cacheuta Hot Springs is only a short bus ride away from Mendoza's capital, and the entry cost is only  $7(US) for adults. It is the perfect place to spend a day out with friends or family swimming, or just relaxing in one of the thermal pools or streams…

The Next Keystone? Protesters Try to Stop Another Huge Oil Pipeline.

Aug 26, 2016: Tensions continue to rise over the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (known also as the Bakken Pipeline), a proposed 1,172-mile project currently under construction. Demonstrations over the pipeline, which will travel from North Dakota's northwest Bakken region to southern Illinois, have grown steadily over the last few weeks. As many as 4,000 people have reportedly joined the Standing Rock Sioux in protesting the pipeline, which is slated to travel beneath sacred Native lands and cross under the Missouri River, the region's main source of drinking water. The protesters have gathered along the border of the Standing Rock Sioux’s reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, blocking the construction site. (Read Mother Jones' report on…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…

People looking for ways to combat climate change

Aug 26, 2016: Tom HackneyFriday, August 26, 2016 Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.” The report, titled Climate Action Program Update and Way Forward, starts with the global context: the threat of climate change and the international commitment under the Paris Accord to limit its harm. It reviews past actions by Victoria, bluntly noting that the city’s emissions are going up, not down, and it will likely fail to meet its 2020 targets. The report then outlines the “dramatic trajectory of greenhouse-…