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Jan 23, 2017

Environment & Sustainability

Trump presidency could spell the end for wolves in America's West

Jan 23, 2017: A couple hundred years ago, there were around two million wolves in the United States, but human expansion dramatically slashed those numbers. Conservationists recently celebrated victory as wolves slowly returned to the American West, but a Trump presidency threatens to undo that progress as Republican lawmakers look to roll back the Endangered Species Act.

Galapagos beach shelter shows off the versatility of renewable bamboo

Jan 23, 2017: It took a little over four weeks for the members of The Scarcity and Creativity Studio to acquire the commission, design and build this bamboo shelter at the Playa Man in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, Ecuador. The team used locally grown bamboo as a natural building material that's versatile, flexible and renewable to create a structure used and highly appreciated by the local community. The team arrived in Galapagos to find that the The Municipality of San Cristobal, where they were supposed to build...

India's capital of Delhi just banned plastic disposables

Jan 23, 2017: While balls dropped, glasses clinked, and fireworks lit up the sky on January 1, India rang in the new year with a death knell for single-use plastic. To ease growing pollution in the capital of Delhi, the National Green Tribunal has not only banned plastic disposables in the territory, but it's also directing Delhi authorities to take "immediate steps" to reduce waste in the three main dumping sites of Okhla, Gazipur, and Bhalswa. “Each of these sites is a depiction of mess that can be created...

Tesla just introduced the world's longest range electric car

Jan 23, 2017: Tesla just made electric vehicle history, but you'd be forgiven if you didn't know. With nary an announcement or social media post, they stealthily introduced the Model S 100D, which boasts an impressive, record-breaking EPA-estimated range of 335 miles. Like the S 90D, the S 100D has a top speed of 155 miles per hour, and can reach 60 miles per hour from zero in a mere 4.2 seconds. Related:…

Moscows Urban Farm teaches kids how to grow their own food

Jan 23, 2017: City living often removes people from nature and from where their food comes from, but an initiative in Moscow proves that doesn’t need to be the norm. Russian architecture firm Wowhaus recently completed Urban Farm, a development in Moscow’s VDNKh park that reconnects children with nature by teaching them how to grow their own food and how to cook meals. The farm in the city is the first of its kind in Moscow and covers a variety of agricultural activities from raising livestock to tending vegetable...

Revolutionary flapping wind turbine mimics hummingbirds to produce clean energy

Jan 23, 2017: A new flapping wind turbine in Tunisia marks a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of mechanics. Until recently, the field has been limited in its ability to apply new understandings of animal and human motions to machines, according to TYER wind. In the wind energy sector, this limitation has resulted in fairly simple, and relatively inefficient turbines. Using 3D Aouinian kinematics that he pioneered, Anis Aouini is disrupting that space with a new turbine modeled on the unique articulations...

8 teenage inventions that could save the world

Jan 23, 2017: Teenagers around the world are showing bright ideas often come in young packages. These eight youngsters didn't let their age stand in their way; instead they developed brilliant, useful inventions that have the potential to change the way we live. From $13 germ-killing door handles to Braille printers, check out these eight teenage inventions that revolutionize the way we look at energy, food, or even the ocean. http://hwbteam2014.blogspot.com/2014/06/our-idea-which-was-fostere...

Scientists turn eggshells into eco-friendly data-storage devices

Jan 23, 2017: [Via New Scientist] Photo by Kullez…

Al Gore fights climate change with "An Inconvenient Sequel"

Jan 23, 2017: When Al Gore's landmark climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" debuted at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival there was an administration in Washington averse to climate change action. Eleven years later Gore debuted his follow up film, "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power," at Sundance -- a day before an administration in Washington averse to climate change action was about to take power with the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation's 45th president.

The last time Earth was this hot was 125,000 years ago

Jan 23, 2017:   Proving once more that climate change is a runaway problem on planet Earth today, scientists have revealed that the last temperatures on the planet were turned up this high was 125,000 years ago – an era when sea levels were high enough to cover the mass of land on which New Orleans currently sits.   Science News reports that climate scientists have discovered that ocean surface temperatures dating back to 125,000 years ago were comparable to those of today. The...

There's More Than One Way to Blow Up the Paris Climate Deal

Jan 23, 2017: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes on Rex Tillerson's nomination for Secretary of State Monday. At his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Tillerson disappointed some senators with his unpreparedness or unwillingness to discuss a range of international issues. But Tillerson did have one line prepped and ready to go. Whenever he was asked about the United States' role in global efforts to tackle climate change, the former ExxonMobil CEO said it was vital to remain involved in global warming negotiations. "I think it's important that the United States maintain its seat at the table on the conversations around how to address threats of climate change, which do require a global response," Tillerson said, repeating four different…

Green-roofed visitor center blends into Quebecs lakeside landscape

Jan 23, 2017: This handsome timber building by the lake looks like a sumptuous holiday retreat, but rest assured it’s open to the public for all to enjoy. Canadian design studio Anne Carrier Architecture completed the visitor center in Quebec’s Mont Orford National Park and skillfully blends the building into the landscape using a black-stained facade and green roof. The building, known as the Bonnallie Services Center, is one of several design projects the architecture firm has completed for the national...

Take refuge in this off-grid bungalow tucked into the lush Mexican forest

Jan 23, 2017: Related: + Cadaval & Solà-Morales Via Architonic Photography by Diego Berruecos Tepoztlan Bungalow, Cadaval & Solà-Morales…

Wyoming lawmakers launch bill that would ban selling renewable energy

Jan 22, 2017: In a move that puts the “R” in regressive, a group of Republican lawmakers in Wyoming just launched a bill that would effectively ban selling wind and solar power in the state. The measure proposes to fine utilities for purchasing energy produced by large-scale renewable power projects. According to Inside Climate News, the bill is chiefly sponsored by representatives from the state’s main coal-producing counties. If enacted, it would force utilities to use power from only approved...

Colorado man builds state's most energy efficient house

Jan 22, 2017: Passive House is a worldwide phenomenon, promising a huge reduction in energy for buildings of all types and in all climates. To put that to the test I built and moved into one in the Colorado Rockies where the winters can be brutal and living off grid means living with a tiny energy budget. Not only does the house live up to its promises but the real discovery is just how comfortable a passive house can be. Read on as I conclude a three part series on building and living in a Passive House. Passive...

Decrepit 19th century chapel converted into a breathtaking home

Jan 22, 2017: Evolution Design has just unveiled a breath-taking chapel-to-home conversion. Located in a picturesque field in the beautiful North Pennines, the 19th century chapel was renovated from top to bottom, with most of the structure's original features and all of its heavenly charm carefully protected.

Iceland's Ion Hotel offers dramatic views of the Northern Lights

Jan 22, 2017: So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated and expanded the hotel using mnmMOD, a prefabricated…

Congress maneuvers to give away 640 million acres of American land

Jan 22, 2017: Republican Congressmen would love to keep you distracted with the healthcare battle. And while that fight is of huge importance, they're using that publicity to take quiet steps in the background to…

Thousands of San Franciscans form human chain across Golden Gate Bridge in peaceful demonstration

Jan 22, 2017: Donald Trump’s inauguration might be unstoppable, but that doesn’t mean people are about to sit around and normalize hate and bigotry. Across the nation, communities are seizing January 20th as an opportunity to demonstrate the power of unity in overcoming darkness, and from inspiring Post-it-covered walls to the eleven-year-old offering “emotional-advice therapy” in the NYC subway, many are doing so in creative and unprecedented ways. To prove that #LoveTrumpsHate and that we are #StrongerTogether,...

7 eco-friendly fabrics that dont sacrifice quality

Jan 22, 2017: Sustainability gets a bad rap in the fashion world according to Giusy Bettoni, CEO of the eco-textile consultancy C.L.A.S.S. She attributes this to the association the term has with “smelling like patchouli” and other less stylish treehugger-like activities. Fortunately, however, advancements in technology have brought big improvements to eco-friendly fabrics that could change the way designers approach sustainable fashion. Ecouterre rounded up seven eco-friendly fabrics that are luxurious and...

The world's "most compact folding bike" fits in your carry-on luggage

Jan 21, 2017: Imagine having a bike able to fold up so small, you could bring it on an airplane in carry-on luggage. That's the Kwiggle, a vehicle designed by German engineer Karsten Bettin. The Kwiggle rides like a mixture of walking and biking, and can be folded up and rolled alongside a rider, or be stowed under a subway seat or airplane overhead compartment. Related:…

13 giant bird nests for humans that just beg you to cozy up and relax

Jan 21, 2017: There's something about a giant bird nest that screams enchanted fairytale. We've rounded up 13 of these magical nests that are perfect for kids and the kid-at-heart. From spirit nests to cozy little reading nests that just beg you to climb in and cuddle up, there's something for to inspire everyone. READ MORE > What is it about bird nests that enchant kids (and adults) so much? The promise of new life? The curiosity of what will appear when those eggs hatch? That comforting circle shape that's...

North Dakota lawmaker wants to make it legal to run over protesters

Jan 21, 2017: In response to the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline, one lawmaker, Keith Kempenich, has introduced a bill that would allow drivers to run down protesters blocking roads without any kind of penalty. His inspiration? His mother-in-law was startled by a protester in the road who he claims jumped in front of her car. While Kempenich claims the bill would simply protect drivers who unintentionally collide with protesters through no fault of their own, it’s not much of a stretch...

VIDEO: Funny or Die takes Trump to task for foreign-made clothing

Jan 21, 2017: Donald Trump loves to go on about making America great again, and bringing manufacturing back to the States, but apparently he forgot to take his own rhetoric to heart. In this Funny or Die video, Dr. Ken takes Trump to task for his range of clothing made in... not the USA. Click the link to watch the hilarity ensue. READ MORE >…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Utility not allowed to kick out net metering customers

Jan 21, 2017: Bill Andrews Monday, January 16, 2017The BC utilities commission ruled in late December 2016 that FortisBC can’t turf existing electricity net metering customers from the program just because they regularly sell more electricity to the utility than they buy from it. However, the commission ruled that the NM program is intended to let a customer offset his or her own consumption, not to regularly sell excess power to the utility. Going forward, a customer will be allowed to join the net metering program only if their generator is no bigger than needed to meet own annual consumption. Similarly, an existing NM customer who wants to boost the size of their generation equipment will have to g…

Leading Climate Experts Have Some Advice for Donald Trump

Jan 20, 2017: This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. To fulfill his campaign slogan of "Make America great again," Donald Trump must back the boom in green technology—that was the message from the leading climate figures ahead of his inauguration as president on Friday. Unleashing US innovation on the trillion-dollar clean technology market will create good US jobs, stimulate its economy, maintain the US' political leadership around the globe and, not least, make the world a safer place by tackling climate change, the experts told the Guardian. The omens are not encouraging. Trump has called global warming a hoax and is filling his administration with climate change d…

The White House website has already been scrubbed of any mention of climate change

Jan 20, 2017: Brace yourself. The Trump administration is wasting no time in refocusing the office’s efforts away from climate change and its devastating effects. It was discovered that any mention of the phenomenon was scrubbed from the official White House website minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as the new U.S. president. A former page dedicated solely to climate change was deleted and now an unsettling “American First Energy Plan,” which promises to lift restrictions on industries hellbent on...

Trump's inauguration promise to harness the "energies and technologies of tomorrow" isn't good news for clean energy

Jan 20, 2017: Today Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. His inauguration speech will no doubt incite mixed reactions, as he declared his intentions to make America strong and promised a "new national pride" to "stir our souls." President Trump faces many challenges, but today he attempted to ply listeners with glib words, attempting to capture our imagination for space and passion for new technologies. "Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it...

Donald Trump Just Replaced the White House Climate Website With…This

Jan 20, 2017: As Donald Trump was sworn in Friday, the White House website got a major makeover. One of the casualties in the reset: any mention of the need to fight climate change. The original White House page dedicated to the problem of climate change and former President Barack Obama's policies to address it is now a broken link: "The requested page '/energy/climate-change' could not be found." Instead, the White House website features Trump's energy talking points from the campaign. The page—titled, "An America First Energy Plan"—makes no mention of climate change, other than to say, "President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the US rule. Lifting these…

Sustainable eco huts built on stilts in an idyllic French pine forest

Jan 20, 2017: Related: + Patrick Arotcharen Architecte Via Archdaily Photography by Mathieu Choiselat Patrick Arotcharen Architecte, Eco-lodges les Echasses…

Phase 3 of world's largest solar park slated to begin this month

Jan 20, 2017: Work on the world's most massive solar park is scheduled to move forward this month. Phase 3 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai will bring 800 megawatts to the solar park, adding another piece to the futuristic development expected to displace a staggering 6.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide every year when it is completed. Related: Record-breaking solar prices in Dubai prove cheaper than coal Via New Civil Engineer Images via Dubai Electricity and Water...