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Apr 25, 2017

Environment & Sustainability

INTERVIEW: Architect David Benjamin on Building The World's First Mushroom Tower at PS1

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Hacienda San Jose Lavista is a fairytale retreat in San Miguel Allende

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Zaha Hadid Architects turn an old fire station into a sparkling port headquarters for Antwerp

Apr 24, 2017: The new Port House in Antwerp was created as a “sustainable and future-proof workplace” replacement for the former 1990s offices scattered around the city that had housed the port’s 500 staff. The need for expansion and consolidation came as no surprise—Antwerp is Europe’s second largest shipping port, transporting more than 200 million tonnes of goods via the ocean-going vessels and providing direct employment for over 60,000 people. The City and Port authorities selected a historic disused...

Tesla is doubling its Supercharger network by the end of the year to 10,000 chargers

Apr 24, 2017: With the Model 3 release mere months away, Tesla is vowing to double its charging network. Right now, there are over 5,000 Superchargers globally, and by the end of the year, Tesla will have more than 10,000 chargers - plenty of juice for the growing Tesla fleet.

Lithium-ion batteries made from recycled glass bottles store almost 4x more energy

Apr 24, 2017: A team of researchers at UC Riverside developed a low-cost way of turning disgarded glass bottles into lithium-ion batteries that store almost four times more energy and can last much longer than conventional batteries. This could mean significantly fewer charges for laptops, cell phones and electric cars. The team, led by Cengiz Ozkan, professor of mechanical engineering, and Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical engineering at UC Riverside, asked themselves whether silicon dioxide found in waste...

Britain sees first coal-free day since the Industrial Revolution

Apr 24, 2017: For the first time since Thomas Edison opened the first power station in London in 1882, Great Britain functioned without any coal-fired power plants last Friday. The milestone marks the first continuous 24-hour period without coal since the Industrial Revolution. This isn’t the first time Britain has gone without coal for a significant chunk of the day, but before this, 19 hours was the longest continuous time that coal power was able to go offline. Instead of coal, National Grid...

First civilian jetpack gives humans the power of flight

Apr 24, 2017: Most of us have dreamed about flying. Now company JetPack Aviation is making those dreams reality. They've designed "the only true JetPack," the JB10, and it packs a powerful punch. Humans can soar up to 10,000 feet in the air at speeds of 68 miles per hour with the futuristic technology.

Trump is switching off the EPA's invaluable public data service

Apr 24, 2017: President Donald Trump's war on science and the environment continues as his administration is set to switch off the Environmental Protection Agency's Open Data Web site this week. The data service is the United States government's largest civilian-linked data tool, according to The Independent, and offers information open to researchers on the climate, health, and environment.

CO2 levels just reached 410 ppm - the highest in millions of years

Apr 24, 2017: Remember when carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere reached 400 parts per million (ppm)? That's number's old news now - concentrations just reached 410 ppm for the first time in millions of years. Scientists warn the increasing levels of carbon dioxide will only go down when we reduce our carbon emissions.

REMINDER: Today is your chance to score a free organic mattress from My Green Mattress

Apr 24, 2017: Avoiding toxic chemicals in food, bath products, and home cleaning supplies is the start to maintaining a healthy home, but toxins might be lurking where you least suspect them: in your mattress. The scary reality is conventional mattresses are doused with flame-retardants containing VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are linked to allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, and even cancer. We spend a third of our lives sleeping, with our faces, nostrils, and lungs just above our mattresses, so...

We can change the world with a fashion revolution

Apr 24, 2017: 100 billion garments are manufactured every year. Fast fashion companies like H&M, Zara, Primark and Uniqlo have helped double worldwide clothing production in the last 15 years. New collections hit stores every week. We’re wearing clothes for half the time we used to and throw them away much faster, adding to the billions of waste clothes that already rot in landfills.  The consequence: we don’t value our clothes anymore. As prices plummet, more of us can afford to buy new clothes without a second thought. Even though many people admit that they already own too much, we also confess that we keep buying new clothes, according to surveys conducted in Europe and Asia.Clothes shopping is no longer something that we really…

The funniest signs we spotted at the March for Science

Apr 24, 2017: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for Saturday’s March for Science, a series of rallies and marches held on Earth Day. Held in over 500 places across the world, the “celebration of science” was organized and attended by individuals advocating the use of evidence-based policy making in all levels of government, with climate change a major issue of interest. President Donald Trump administration’s recent budget cuts to major environment-related programs and his perceived hostility...

Apple announces plans to make all products from recycled materials

Apr 23, 2017: Apple is redefining how we make gadgets after announcing that it plans to close the loop on using raw materials. We tend not to realize how damaging our electronic devices are for the environment, but between mining for materials and the toxic effects when we dump them, they are bad news for the planet. Apple starting tackling the problem last year with its recycling efforts and now the electronics giant wants to only use recycled materials in its devices.  …

Scientists will attempt to be the first to drill into Earth's mantle

Apr 23, 2017: A group of scientists wants to plumb the Earth for one of its last secrets. Researchers from Japan's Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology say they plan to be the first to successfully drill into the mantle, that is, the region sandwiched between the planet's outer crust and its inner core. Although the mantel makes up about 80 percent of the Earth's mass, much of it remains a mystery. "We don't know the exact [composition] of the mantle yet," researcher Natsue Abe, who works for JAMSTEC,...

Elon Musk's latest company aims to make us cyborgs within the next four years

Apr 23, 2017: Elon Musk must have had a bunch of spare time, because he is now CEO of a third company: Neuralink. The San Francisco-based startup says on their website they are "developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers." Basically, Musk wants us all to be cyborgs. Related: If you really want to dig more into the project, Tim Urban of Wait But Why wrote a 36,000-word explanation. About the piece, Musk said on Twitter, "Difficult to dedicate the time,...

This man spent 36 years carving through mountains to bring water to his village

Apr 22, 2017:   In 1959, the small village of Caowangba in China’s Guizhou Province had a problem – a drought had dried up all the nearby water sources, and residents were forced to rely on a single well for drinking water. Even that single well was faltering, sometimes leaving the people of the town without enough water to go around. Worse yet, the town’s single rice paddy had dried up, making it hard for residents to access enough food. Something had to be done. But rather than give up and move...

Amber-tinted glass clads Gienckes extraordinary concert hall in Latvia

Apr 22, 2017: Liepaja, Latvia is making great strides in its efforts to construct a central cultural district for its residents. The centerpiece for this area is the stunning Great Amber Concert Hall, designed by Volker Giencke, whose walls are made of sparkling amber-colored glass. The cylindrical design of the hall is just as striking and inspirational as the events which occur inside. At the heart of the building lies the Great Hall, a venue which can hold up to 1000 guests for performances by the resident...

Incredible 'Sea Organ' uses ocean waves to make beautiful music

Apr 22, 2017: Croatian architect Nikola Bašić was tired his war-destroyed home of Zadar being rebuilt with drab concrete structures so he decided to bring a little music back to the town. The architect's incredible nature-based instrument, the Sea Organ, is a set of 35 organ pipes installed in the town's marble jetty that make beautiful music as the waves lap at the coastline. Photo by Lisa/Flickr Installed in the large marble steps leading into the Adriatic Sea, the 230-foot-long sea organ, or Morske...

Why scientists are marching in over 400 cities today

Apr 22, 2017: Tomorrow scientists will march on Washington, D.C. and over 400 locations around the world. While organizers say the march was inspired by the success of the January 21 Women's March, they also emphasize their event is nonpartisan. Their march is a celebration and about "the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world." Related: Trump inspires 400 scientists to run for office…

North Carolina Republicans Are Trying to Keep Residents From Suing Hog Farms

Apr 21, 2017: Modern hog farms make pungent neighbors. In North Carolina's hog-wild Duplin county, an average-sized operation holds more than 7,000 pigs, each generating about 10 times the fecal waste of a person. This massive manure gusher falls through slats and is shunted into open cesspools, known, rather delicately, as "lagoons." When the pits reach capacity, the untreated fecal slurry is sprayed onto nearby farmland as fertilizer. A recent analysis of satellite data by Environmental Working Group found that around 160,000 North Carolinians, representing more than 60,000 households, live within a half mile of a CAFO or a manure pit. In Duplin County alone, more than 12,000 people—about a fifth of the county's population—live within sn…

VIDEO: Self-flying electric car successfully takes its maiden voyage

Apr 21, 2017: Forget the flying cars you've seen in sci-fi movies because the air transportation of the future is going to be way better than we imagined, and it is here today. Lilium Aviation has unveiled their all-electric, self-flying car. There are quite a few flying car prototypes driving, er, flying around right now, but Lilium sets itself apart with its electric engine and vertical takeoff, which the company successfully tested for the first time this week.

Companies Making Inroads in the Sustainability Sector in the Asia-Pacific Region in 2017

Apr 21, 2017: Here are a few companies the Asia-Pacific region that have stepped up to the corporate sustainability challenge The post Companies Making Inroads in the Sustainability Sector in the Asia-Pacific Region in 2017 appeared first on Sustainablog.

Apples stunning spaceship campus revealed in new drone footage

Apr 21, 2017: Apple’s beautiful new campus nears completion and employees are set to move in this month. Videographer Duncan Sinfield’s got the latest visual scoop on the tech giant’s “spaceship” campus—officially named Apple Park—with his stunning drone footage of ongoing construction and a special nighttime close-up of the building interior. Hit the jump for the newest sneak peek into Apple’s futuristic campus. Drone pilot Sinfield has consistently provided the public with monthly...

Tel Aviv's Gran Mediterraneo Tower blooms with with a lush vertical garden

Apr 21, 2017: Gran Mediterraneo combines different programs, including apartments, a hotel, an automated car park, public charging station, farming and public gardens, co-working spaces and spas. The automated public car park will operate as the first induction charging station for public and shared electric driverless vehicles in the city. Related: Bordeaux’ Canopia tower will be one of the tallest timber frame structures in the world The tower aims to renew the Tel Aviv skyline with its 'Unesco proclaimed...

England's craziest traffic roundabout will make your head spin

Apr 21, 2017: Related: LA’s most dangerous intersection made safer with innovative crosswalk “scramble” + Via Boing Boing Magic Roundabout, complicated roundabouts, roundabout rules, driving roudabouts, Swindon, England, english roundabouts, Swindon Magic Roundabouts,…

Elegant bamboo bridge adds unexpected beauty to ancient Chinese town

Apr 21, 2017: Most bridges are boring pieces of infrastructure, but Chinese design firm Mimesis Architecture Studio breaks the mold with a hybrid bamboo bridge that adds sculptural beauty to China’s Jiangsu Province. Spanning Lake Taihu in Dingshu Town, the 100-meter-long Wuxi Harbor Bridge is a visual delight with its latticed bamboo structures that frame the road and reference the region’s ancient cultural heritage. Primarily known as the “China Clay Capital” for the rare purple clay found...

Deadly new bird flu strain could lead to devastating pandemic

Apr 21, 2017: You probably haven't thought about the bird flu in a couple of years, but a new strain that resurfaced in China has the potential to be pandemic. The H7N9 virus only caused mild illness in poultry until recently; a genetic change means the new strain is deadly for birds and humans. This new strain has led to more human deaths than any others in any season since H7N9 was detected in people four years ago. Related: 162 people perished from H7N9 between last September and March 1.

This gorgeous greenhouse-like home in the Netherlands soaks up daylight

Apr 21, 2017: This light-filled countryside villa in the Netherlands is a combination of a thatched cottage and glass greenhouse. Lochem-based Maas Architecten conceived the house as two contrasting volumes– one opaque, timber-clad, and the other as a transparent glass structure. The Modern Countryside Villa, located on the edge of the town of Berlicum in the Dutch province of North Brabant, has an H-shaped plan with contrasting wings that house different amenities. The timber-clad volume accommodates...

If There's Going to Be a Wall, Let It Be This Collaboration Between American and Mexican Designers

Apr 21, 2017: This story was originally published by Fusion and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When President Trump appealed to the public to submit proposals for his "big, beautiful" border wall, you can be pretty sure that the plan presented by the Mexican American Design and Engineering Collective (MADE) was not what he had in mind. In response to the president's mad quest to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, the group of 14 designers, engineers, builders, and architects from the US and Mexico proposed something entirely different—a high-tech "ecotopia" called Otra Nation. "Otra Nation will be the world's first shared co-nation open to citizens of both countries and co-maintained by Mexico and the United…

Piece by piece, Brazil is tearing up protections for the Amazon

Apr 20, 2017: From the rotten meat scandal, to the ongoing corruption investigations, it’s hard to find any uplifting news from Brazil. The country is not only going through an economic crisis, but also a political one that’s shaking the foundation of its democracy.Meanwhile, the Amazon rainforest is being torn apart. Last week, politicians with deep ties to agribusiness pushed through two proposals that would reduce the protection of 1.1 million hectares of the Amazon — an area bigger than all of Jamaica. By recategorizing these areas (known as Conservation Units), agribusiness, mining and energy industries would be more able to destroy the forest, as some levels of protections are less restricted to economical activities than others.T…

INTERVIEW: Model Summer Rayne Oakes On Transforming Her Brooklyn Apartment into a Greenhouse with 200+ Plants!

Apr 20, 2017: Some people collect stamps, other people collect cats. Summer Rayne Oakes collects plants - in a big way! The Brooklyn-based model/activist/botanist has transformed her apartment into a veritable greenhouse filled with over 200 living specimens (it sort of…

The Internet Can't Stop Laughing at This High-Tech Juicer Story

Apr 20, 2017: Engorged with $120 million in cash from top-shelf Silicon Valley venture-capital firms and declared the "coolest invention of 2016" by Goop, Juicero debuted last year, peddling pricey subscription bags of pre-chopped produce and a $700 contraption to crush them into juice. What a difference a year makes. The company has slashed the price of its contraption to $400. Juicero founder Doug Evans—who once vowed to do for juicing what Steve Jobs did for personal computing—has been replaced as CEO by a former Coca-Cola exec. And that fancy juicer? Turns out to be a bit extraneous. Bloomberg reporters Ellen Huet and Olivia Zaleski found that just squeezing the Juicero bag with one's bare hands works nearly as well as popping…

Elon Musk just announced plans to launch a Tesla pickup truck

Apr 20, 2017: https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/852580027178696704…

This amazing light-filled tiny house packs big style for just $35k

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Living out of a van has never looked this good

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Times Square now has double the public space

Apr 20, 2017: The most visited destination in the United States now has double the public space—an amazing feat unimaginable just ten years ago. When New York City temporarily closed part of Broadway Street at Times Square to traffic and created a pedestrian plaza in 2009, many dismissed the experiment as foolish. But the removal of cars in favor of public space proved an incredible success and with the pilot project turned permanent, Times Square was forever reinvented. Today, the city announced the official...

New plastic garbage patch discovered in Arctic Ocean

Apr 20, 2017: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch isn't the only place where plastic pollution is gathering in the world's oceans. An international team of scientists recently discovered a new garbage patch in the Greenland and Barents seas north of Norway. Between 100 and 1200 tons of plastic have concentrated there, threatening wildlife already grappling with climate change.

Scotland's latest wind farm will help fund 500 new affordable homes

Apr 20, 2017: Scotland's Berwickshire Housing Association wants to capture the wind. By launching a new wind farm in the Scottish Borders, and selling the power to the National Grid, the charitable organization hopes to generate enough revenue to allow it to build 500 affordable homes over the next 25 years. Dubbed Fishermen Three, the 7.5-megawatt project at Hoprigshiels in Cockburnspath is a joint effort between BHA and the equally philanthropic Community Energy Scotland. Via the Guardian Photos...

Scientists discover Antarctica is covered in rivers

Apr 20, 2017:   For decades, scientists have known that summertime brings liquid meltwater to Antarctica’s ice sheets. But until now, they’ve had no idea just how extensive the continent’s network of rivers, streams, ponds, and waterfalls really is. A new analysis by scientists at  Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has found that warmer months cause far more extensive melting than previously thought.   That could be a problem as global temperatures continue...

ExxonMobil wants a sanctions waiver for Russian oil project

Apr 20, 2017: The United States imposed sanctions on Russia back in 2014 after Moscow annexed Crimea. But it appears oil giant ExxonMobil would like to make an exception in the sanctions for their own profit. They're seeking a sanctions waiver to pursue drilling in the Black Sea with Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft. It seems U.S. sanctions are just too inconvenient for ExxonMobil. Related:…

Conservation group names America's most endangered river

Apr 20, 2017: The Lower Colorado River is one of the United States' most vital waterways. Besides providing drinking water to 30 million Americans in cities such as San Diego, Las Vegas, and Tucson, the river also irrigates about 90 percent of the country's winter-vegetable supply. But it's in danger of being tapped out, according to American Rivers, an environmental group named it the most "most endangered" river in the nation. The reason is a simple case of demand outpacing supply. Coupled with the trend of...

Getting Scientists out of the Lab and Into the Street Is Harder Than It Sounds

Apr 20, 2017: Caroline Weinberg, Valorie Aquino, and Jonathan Berman met online after Berman, a post-doc in physiology, created a Facebook group and web page to galvanize some of the protest energy among scientists after Trump's inauguration. The three, who were in New York, New Mexico, and Texas, thought that scientists should organize a march to "call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest." Weinberg, a public health writer and researcher, and Aquino, who was finishing her Ph.D. in anthropology, volunteered to coordinate the planning. Almost overnight, the march became a viral social-media campaign. The culmination of all their work will occur on Satu…

Europes tallest modular tower snaps together in north London

Apr 20, 2017: The last module has slotted into place on Europe’s tallest modular tower. Designed by multidisciplinary practice HTA Design LLP, the record-breaking Apex House is a new student housing development that rises to the height of 29 stories in the Wembley Regeneration Area. Completed in just 12 months, the modular high-rise makes use of highly advanced prefabrication techniques and boasts energy-saving systems to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent. Developed by Tide Construction and Vision...

The Trump Administration Is Apparently Terrified of Actually Making a Decision About Paris

Apr 19, 2017: This story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Donald Trump's aides have abruptly postponed a meeting to determine whether the US should remain in the Paris climate agreement, with an unlikely coalition of fossil fuel firms, environmental groups and some Republicans calling on the president to stick with the deal. Trump's top advisers were set to meet on Tuesday to provide the president with a recommendation ahead of a G7 meeting in May. However, a White House official said the meeting had been postponed due to conflicting schedules. It is unclear when it will now take place. Trump has already signed executive orders to start the demolition of the clean power plan, th…

School bus retrofitted into solar-powered tiny home is just 25k

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Maybe This Is How You Get Donald Trump to Care About Renewable Energy

Apr 19, 2017: Coal's decline over the last few decades has left tens of thousands of miners out of work. For Kentucky, where the economy has long revolved around the industry, that meant that only 6,900 people were employed by coal a year ago—the fewest since 1898. Reviving the industry has been one of President Donald Trump's major talking points, and a month into his term he signed an executive order that would, among other things, lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing. But one Kentucky coal company sees promise in a different type of energy: solar. Berkeley Energy Group is planning to build a large-scale solar farm on top of a former mountaintop strip mine. BEG has partnered with EDF Renewable Energy to develop the farm, which could…

Newly discovered exoplanet may be the best place to search for extraterrestrial life

Apr 19, 2017: Scientists have found a planet that may be the best candidate yet for discovering life outside of our own solar system. Earlier this year, scientists identified seven planets orbiting a star that looked ideally-placed for hosting life, but we really don't know enough about those planets to say with any real conviction. On the other hand, LHS 1140b comes with more data that makes it an exciting and promising potential.

Massive iceberg draws tourists to tiny Canadian town

Apr 19, 2017: A small town of around 500 people in Newfoundland, Canada was filled with tourists during Easter weekend. A massive iceberg appeared near the coast and photographers dashed to the area to snap photos. The iceberg's highest point is roughly 150 feet tall. Related:…