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Jan 23, 2017

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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...

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 >…

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...

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...

Hundreds of repurposed orange crates make up striking facade in Italy

Jan 20, 2017: Studio NOWA (Navarra Office Walking Architecture) reused plastic crates to convert two former artisan sheds in Italy into a striking rehabilitation and treatment center for people with disabilities. The building's powerful facade is made from reused green plastic boxes used for harvesting oranges, creating a pixelated texture that dominates the surrounding area. The project, named Protiro, was designed and built for Concetta D'Alessandro Foundation, a non-profit organization that deals with treatment...

Penda unveils temporary nature-filled village for the Beijing Horticultural Expo

Jan 20, 2017: Architecture studio Penda’s love of modular, timber architecture will make waves at Beijing’s International Horticultural Expo 2019 in the form of a stunning, village-like exhibition space. Commissioned by property developer Vanke, the 30,000-square-meter complex is remarkably different from the typical expo pavilion, which is usually designed as a single large building where visitors must queue to enter and are guided from place to place. Instead, Penda created a sprawling exhibition space,...

Hawaii bill calls for 100% green transportation by 2045

Jan 20, 2017: Hawaii lawmakers want the state's ground transportation to run entirely on renewables by 2045. As a majority of their imported fossil fuels go towards transportation, it could make a huge difference for the state's emissions if every car on the road was powered by clean electricity. But there's still a long way to go - not only does the bill need to be passed, but only around 5,000 of the state's one million cars are currently electric. Related: 45-ton Azura generator harvests energy from...

Tech entrepreneur renovates UK castle into a giant happy office space

Jan 20, 2017: When Chris Morling, founder and managing director of money.co.uk, decided to renovate a grade II-listed castle headquarters, he looked for a designer who thought out of the box and we dare say he got what he wanted. "famously flamboyant designer" Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen worked with Design Company, Interaction to create a vibrant, multi-colored office space that was inspired by the needs of the employees. https://youtu.be/KiSFafxBGpk Mr Morling told the Daily Mail that the inspiration...

New anti-Trump resistance posters go from 'HOPE' to nope

Jan 20, 2017: The 2008 HOPE poster designed by Shepard Fairey was so popular, the Obama camp officially approved its widespread distribution. But the new President, who will today swear to defend the U.S. Constitution as 44 others have done before him, probably won't like the posters made for his inauguration day. The Seattle-based nonprofit Amplifier Foundation commissioned Fairey, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal to work with photographers on a new suite of posters that say no to hate, no to fear, and no...

This moth is named after Donald Trump

Jan 20, 2017: When evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari went about naming a new moth species, he chose an unusual tactic: name the creature after the soon-to-be sworn-in President-elect Donald Trump, whose cabinet choices seem to indicate he cares little for nature or the environment. The Neopalpa donaldtrumpi actually bears an eerie resemblance to its namesake, appearing to have blond hair. With the clever nomenclature, Nazari hopes to highlight the need for conservation. Related:…

Cape Town has just 100 days of water left

Jan 20, 2017:   In a situation that echoes what has happened over the past few years in the Western U.S.., residents of Cape Town, South Africa have just 100 days worth of water left in their reservoir in the middle of a hot, dry summer season. The local government is asking people to conserve, while fire fighters are using sea water to battle two nearby wildfires. Eyewitness News reports that dams around Cape Town are sitting at just 42.5 percent full, but they could drop to as little...

Architects creatively upcycle waste into a surprisingly chic office space

Jan 20, 2017: Tiny budgets can be hard to work with, but they often help us become more creative by necessity. That’s what happened for Indian architecture firm Design Work Group (DWG), which was asked to convert an old building into software company Peacock Technology’s new workspace. To minimize costs without compromising aesthetics, the architects creatively recycled discarded materials—from car tires to old floppy disks—into furniture and decoration. Located in the Special Economic Zone...

Canadian Solar Energises Two Solar Power Plants in Japan

Jan 20, 2017: GUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- Canadian Solar today announced that it started the commercial operation of two solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, totaling 12.7 MWp in Japan. The two plants include the 10.2 MWp Aomori Solar Power Plant in Rokunohe Town, Aomori Prefecture and the 2.5 MWp Saitama Minano Power Plant in Minano Town, Saitama Prefecture. "We are pleased to announce the…

sPower Supplies 68.8 Megawatts of Solar Energy to Southern California Public Power Authority

Jan 20, 2017: SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(eSolarEnergyNews)--sPower, the largest private owner in the United States of utility-scale solar operating assets, announced that its Antelope DSR 1 and 2 facilities achieved commercial operations before the end of 2016 and are now providing 68.8MWdc (55MWac) solar power to Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA). Participating member agencies using the renewable…

Global subway map shows the potential of a hyperloop-connected world

Jan 19, 2017: Imagine being transported across the country in a tube, at speeds of over 700 miles per hour, and you have stepped into the minds of Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge finalists. The LA-based company has selected 35 teams to present plans for local hyperloop train systems, which could one day become connected to a massive, global transportation system. Over the next five years, three regional routes will be planned for construction as the first steps. In 2003, Mark Ovenden designed...

Biomimicry keeps hope alive despite the new regime

Jan 19, 2017: What a year! Such exultant highs and crushing lows. Here we stand, on the brink of a sixth wave of extinction, staring down the barrel of a ten billion-human population explosion, as the summers get hotter and the winters weirder. Someone ought to do something! we think––but it seems that systems that protect and support us are breaking down, right when we can least afford it. How do we keep hope alive? How do we find the strength to keep working for a better future? For me, hope isn’t hard...

Global temperatures hit record high for the third year in a row

Jan 19, 2017: On Wednesday, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists marked a disturbing new milestone in Earth’s history: 2016 has been officially declared the warmest year on record. The previous record was set in 2015, which beat record highs in 2014. That means that for three years in a row, global temperatures have continued to soar to unprecedented highs unlike anything we’ve seen in the modern era. Part of the record-busting temperatures in 2015 and 2016 could be attributed...

Weird but wonderful Wind House brings whimsy to Koreas Jeju Island

Jan 19, 2017: A peculiar home has popped up on Korea’s idyllic Jeju island, and it’s unlike any we’ve seen before. Moon Hoon, a Seoul-based architect who’s never afraid to think outside of the box, recently completed the Wind House, a low-lying structure topped with a large-scale golden sculptural object that bears similarities to a duck head or hairdryer. Despite its alien appearance, the golden protrusion’s shape takes inspiration from the wind-swept landscape, while its golden color alludes to the...

The Mask House looks like an ethereal mirage hovering among treetops in Ithaca

Jan 19, 2017: An envelope made of dark wood battens blurs the line between this secluded house and its forested surrounding. The Mask House, designed by WOJR, protects its residents from outside views and acts as a habitable passage into another world, commemorating the loss of the owner's brother who drowned in the nearby lake which can be observed from the terrace. Dubbed "A Space of Myriad Sanctuaries", the 587-square-foot house functions as a place of seclusion, peace and tranquility. From the front, it...

This ultra-compact micro kitchen unfolds like a Swiss Army knife when it's time to cook (VIDEO)

Jan 19, 2017: Ana Arana International Contemporary Furniture Fair during NYCxDesign week, Small apartment? No worries with #anaarana's Gali kitchenette all-in-one with everything you need to store, prep and cook food in a super-compact form. #icff #nycxdesign #interiordesign #nyc #design A video posted by Yuka (@yukatory) on May 14, 2016 at 11:21am PDT stove, microwave, trash can, storage, a countertop, a sink I live alone in a very small apaartmnet but my kitchen is huge, and I'm always thinking...

South Korea unveils plan for near-supersonic hyper-tube train

Jan 19, 2017: South Korea is working on their own super fast transportation, developing a train that would reach near-supersonic speeds.

Cramped historic palace in Spain renovated as a light-filled community center

Jan 19, 2017: Related: + Flores & Prats Architects + Duch-Pizá Via Archdaily…

The mystery of Namibia's desert fairy circles may have been solved

Jan 19, 2017: The truth is out there... in Namibia. Previously, Inhabitat reported on the mysterious "fairy circles" that have appeared without explanation in the Namib Desert for millennia. Over the past several decades, scientists have sought to uncover what exactly is causing this mysterious phenomenon. Although recent theories have centered on local termites, scientists had been unable to determine how exactly these creatures created the fairy circles over such a wide range range. The most recent explanation...

Eco-friendly Syrian refugee housing that anyone would love to call home

Jan 19, 2017: Building refugee housing often means fast construction at the expense of beauty and quality, but that doesn’t have to be the case if we take German architect Werner Sobek’s work as any indication. Sobek and the company Aktivhaus recently completed a modular development for 200 Syrian refugees in the German town of Winnenden. Prefabricated in a factory and swiftly assembled on site like Legos, the bright and airy homes are attractive enough for anyone to want to call home. Faced with...

Tesla's Gigafactory is getting a $350 million upgrade to build Model 3 parts

Jan 19, 2017: Tesla's massive Gigafactory is about to get even busier weeks after kicking off production of lithium-ion batteries. The electric carmaker and clean energy storage company is planning to invest $350 million in a project to manufacture electric motors and gearboxes for the Model 3…

Total sea ice levels on Earth lower than ever before recorded

Jan 19, 2017: Arctic sea ice levels have been plummeting, and once again, the total amount of sea ice we have on our planet right now is at a record low. One meteorologist said, based on reconstructions, we have the least amount of sea ice Earth has seen in millennia.