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Jul 31, 2016

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

Jul 30, 2016: 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 >…

RECIPE: Vegan fried onion and kasha blintzes with homemade applesauce

Jul 30, 2016: If there's a more perfect brunch food than blintzes - those versatile pancakes that taste like heaven - we don't know what it is. So if you're looking for a treat for even the pickiest eaters, these vegan blintzes will have everyone raving. Click on for the recipe. READ MORE >…

Super Skinny Horinouchi House Reaches the Pinnacle of Space Management in Japan

Jul 30, 2016: Triangular-shaped structures are not uncommon in Japan since space on the island is very limited. Although they look tiny and restricted on the outside, these homes are often incredibly spacious, and the double story Horinouchi house is no exception. The…

Econtainer recycled shipping container bridge provides gateway to Tel-Avivs Ariel Sharon National Park

Jul 30, 2016: The architects were inspired by the Ariel Sharon National Park itself, which is turning an old urban rubbish dump into a flourishing green space. The reuse of shipping containers makes perfect sense, as an estimated 800,000 containers are abandoned by the…

Climate change video directed by James Cameron heats up the DNC

Jul 30, 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wJJk-kVjWg Related: Would a Trump presidency undo the UN climate change agreement? + Years of Living Dangerously Images via screenshots (1,2)…

Award-winning rammed earth home in Spain halves normal CO2 emissions

Jul 29, 2016: Until recently, earth architecture has entailed something of a fringe movement, but with its numerous aesthetic, ecological and financial benefits, designs like this award-winning rammed earth home in Spain are reclaiming their rightful place in the limelight. Recently awarded the Terra Award in the individual housing category, Àngels Castellarnau of Edra Architectura said building with earth links us with the territory. It also slashes lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions - in this case by 50 pe...

IKEA's Space10 lab wants to change the way you buy furniture

Jul 29, 2016: In the future, instead of heading to the furniture store, picking out a new table and lugging it home, you may just find an open-source design you love online and send it off to a nearby studio to be cut out for you to assemble at home. IKEA's Space10 wants to look at how this sort of new technology will change the way we furnish our homes, so the've created The Makery, an innovative space where makers can play and explore. Space10 is essentially a lab where people can explore the future...

Apollo 70 Airstream trailer renovated as an amazing "green" cocktail bar on wheels

Jul 29, 2016: The team renovated their flagship Land Yacht Airstream travel trailer and turned it into a bar on wheels that offers cocktails and local craft beers, but can also transform into a food truck serving everything from " the finest Belgium chocolates and pastries to current Americana gourmet street food". Related: 1963 Airstream Trailer Transformed into Beautiful Modern Studio The company places great value on protecting the environment. The bar serves out its menus with sustainable, recyclable...

Port Melbourne Football Club building shows off the beauty of sustainably sourced timber

Jul 29, 2016: The Port Melbourne Football Club Sporting and Community Facility is a contemporary building sensitive to its surroundings. The building’s location was informed by the requirement to preserve and protect all healthy trees on-site. Low-grade contaminated soil was reused and relocated to avoid landfill impacts. Its modern facade is reflective of its raw industrial surroundings and is constructed from double-glazed thermally broken glazing and sustainably and locally sourced timber. To minimize...

Sumitomo Corporation to invest in Galloper Offshore Wind Farm

Jul 29, 2016: Sumitomo Corporation has signed a contract to invest alongside Macquarie Capital in Galloper Offshore Wind Farm. Sumitomo will indirectly take a 12.5% stake in the project with the transaction due to complete in the coming months. The offshore project site is located in the North Sea, 27 kilometers off the coast of Suffolk, UK. The wind Windpower Engineering & Development…

Here's why only 1% of U.S. cropland is farmed organically despite voracious demand

Jul 29, 2016: Only around one percent of U.S. cropland is dedicated to organic farming even though consumer appetite for organic foods reached an estimated $13.4 billion last year. According to a report in The Guardian, the reason more farmers haven't converted to organic farming has to do with the high costs of getting certified, a process that takes three years before the U.S. Department of Agriculture can certify a farm as meeting the requirements of being free of products such as certain synthetic pesticides...

TRC to support Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project

Jul 29, 2016: TRC Companies announced that it has been awarded a $12 million contract by Clean Line Energy to provide land acquisition services, survey permissions and overall project management for the Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission project. The Plains & Eastern Clean Line is one of the largest clean energy infrastructure projects in the country. It Windpower Engineering & Development…

6 Michigan state workers charged with misconduct over the Flint Water Crisis

Jul 29, 2016: Related: 33 other U.S. cities have cheated water tests that detect lead Via The Detroit News Images via screenshot and Wikimedia Commons…

Minnesota Power seeks proposals for large-scale wind and solar power

Jul 29, 2016: Minnesota Power has released the first in a series of Requests for Proposals as part of the company’s broad resource evaluation process to further its EnergyForward strategy. EnergyForward calls for a diversified power supply to meet customers’ needs reliably and cost effectively in an environmentally responsible manner. Minnesota Power will consider the costs and characteristics of Windpower Engineering & Development…

Dutch researchers grow carbon-hungry plants to suck up pollution

Jul 29, 2016: Related: INFOGRAPHIC: These pollution-busting houseplants will have you breathing easier Via Fast Company's Co.Exist Images via…

Vancouver's greenest office building envisions a new kind of office space with TELUS Garden

Jul 29, 2016: Vancouver-based architecture firm office of mcfarlane biggar designers + architects http://www.officemb.ca/ (omb) was hired to design the primary office space for the Canadian telecommunications company TELUS. Last year, the project was completed, and now photographs have finally become available of the nine-floor headquarters located inside downtown Vancouver’s TELUS Garden development. The LEED Platinum-targeted design puts to work a slew of sustainable elements, many of which are prominently...

Ukraine might transform Chernobyl into a gigantic 4GW solar farm

Jul 29, 2016: The nuclear disaster site at Chernobyl remains abandoned, as lingering contamination makes the area too dangerous for human inhabitants. Ukraine leaders are now suggesting a new use for the danger zone, though, with a proposal to transform Chernobyl into a sprawling solar farm that could produce nearly one-third the amount of electricity generated by the nuclear power plant at its peak. The Ukrainian government released a presentation to a number of banks, and the Guardian reports the proposal includes...

Lattice structure absorbs vibrations

Jul 29, 2016: Researchers have developed a lattice structure capable of absorbing a wide range of vibrations while also being useful as a load-bearing component -- for example, in propellers, rotors and rockets. It can absorb vibrations in the audible range, which are the most undesirable in engineering applications.

Zero-waste Japanese town builds a unique building from abandoned materials

Jul 29, 2016: The small yet ambitious Japanese town of Kamikatsu has achieved an 80% recycling rate and residents sort their waste into 34 categories. The Kamikazt Public House embraces the zero waste mission in its design, particularly with its eye-catching eight-meter-tall window wall made from a hodgepodge of windows reclaimed from nearby abandoned houses. The eight-meter-tall window wall and other openings bring in cool breezes in the summer, while a carbon-neutral radiation heater warms the structure in winter. Related:...

Beeograph smart beehive monitors the health of bees to fight colony collapse

Jul 29, 2016:   A new IndieGoGo campaign is raising funds for Beeograph – a smart, sustainable beehive with built-in sensors that monitor the hive inside to help further research on mass bee deaths around the globe. While many theories have been proposed about the cause of colony collapse disorder, this research will help scientists identify the true cause and scope of the problem. Incredibly, this is the first organized, global effort to monitor beehives in this way, despite international concern about...

Pokmon Go players are rescuing real animals in the wild

Jul 29, 2016: Unless you've been living under a Geodude, you've seen, heard, or read something about Pokémon Go. You may have noticed crowds of people swarming towards the location of a rare Pokémon.

ORE Catapult to create 'digital clone' of 7MW turbine

Jul 29, 2016: UK: The UK's offshore wind innovation centre has been awarded £215,000 from the Scottish government to create a "digital clone" of its 7MW turbine in order to further understand its behaviours.

Mercedes-Benz just unveiled the world's first all-electric big rig truck

Jul 29, 2016: Related: This tiny shape-shifting sideways-driving car could mark the end of parallel parking…

US utility pledges $1bn for Iowa wind

Jul 29, 2016: UNITED STATES: A Wisconsin-based utility will invest $1 billion in adding up to 500MW of wind capacity in Iowa over the next five years.

Advanced-stage US projects increase in Q2

Jul 29, 2016: UNITED STATES: More than 18.2GW of US wind power capacity is being built or in an advanced stage of development, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA).

Ekaterinensky Congress Center glows like a lantern on the Kuban River in Russia

Jul 29, 2016: Piuarch's proposal for the new Ekaterinensky Congress Center in Krasnodar, Russia, envisions a three-story cultural complex that offers scenic views of the river bay and includes a pedestrian plaza connecting the city to the river. The complex reconciles the city's geometric urban grid with the organic quality of the natural landscapes that dominates the river bank. The building combines orthogonal and curved surfaces with a glass curtain facade that follows the sinuous plan of the building volume...

Efficient "ice battery" provides 24/7 cooling for your home

Jul 28, 2016: The eco-friendly and cost-effective “ice battery” method of residential indoor climate control has been around for more than a decade, but one company still believes it is the answer to inefficient air conditioning units. California-based Ice Energy is the company that makes Ice Bears for both residential and commercial installations. The cooling units promise to save home and building owners a ton of money, while providing reliable cool air with a smaller environmental impact than traditional...

Brick-laying robot stacks 1,000 bricks an hour to build a house in 2 days

Jul 28, 2016: A new automated, truck-mounted robot can build a house in two days, moving four times faster than human construction workers. Hadrian X by the Australian company Fastbrick Robotics Limited can reportedly lay as many as 1,000 bricks per hour and, because robots don’t need lunch breaks, Hadrian X can work around the clock. The company’s impressive prototype demonstrated its abilities on a small-scale build inside a warehouse, which you can see in a time-lapse video after the jump. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YcrO8ONcfY Hadrian...

Insane video shows Siberian ground bubbling like a "wobbling waterbed"

Jul 28, 2016: Siberia is no stranger to weird geological phenomena. Adding to the list of the area’s vast holes and craters is a bubbling tundra on the island of Belyy. Environmental researchers found a site where the Earth wobbles like a waterbed when stepped upon. Their best guess to explain the mysterious quivering is methane released by melting permafrost just below the surface. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=06Xc3LtZRWo Researchers Alexander Sokolov and Dorothee Ehrich...

RM Passive House in Spain is a zero-energy Mediterranean dream home

Jul 28, 2016: The Zero Energy RM Passive House by Barcelona-based architecture studio Calderon Folch Sarsanedas looks like a cluster of elegant pavilions connected with a central wooden terrace. The house, located in Spain, functions as a single-family residence that provides privacy for each member of the household. The 198-square-meter (2,131-square-foot) house is located on a beautiful site overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. its volume is broken up into several smaller volumes that share a 409-square-foot...

Someone built a tiny wall around Trumps Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Jul 28, 2016: Someone finally listened to the passionate “build a wall” chants of Donald Trump supporters, but it’s not exactly what the Republican presidential nominee requested. A tiny, six inch tall wall was constructed around the billionaire’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week, on the very day his nomination was secured, by a provocative street artist. The artist Plastic Jesus posted a photo to his Instagram account of the sight, stating, “Hollywood sight-seers on the famous...

Handsome House XL is constructed almost entirely from cross-laminated timber

Jul 28, 2016: Located on the outskirts of a new residential area, House XL comprises two gabled volumes that lie parallel to one another and are connected by a third gabled volume perpendicularly placed. All three volumes extrude past the slatted timber and glazed facades to provide shade from the sun. The two parallel volumes are clad in black panels while the third connecting volume is clad in light gray paneling; the colors and matte texture provide a striking contrast to the light-colored timber façade installed...

16-year-old activist demands US gov end fossil fuel use by 2026

Jul 28, 2016:   An online petition by 16-year-old climate activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez has attracted over 100,000 signatures demanding that the 2016 presidential candidates commit to ending the use of fossil fuels in the next decade in an attempt to avert catastrophic climate change. In his video letter to the candidates, Martinez speaks out on behalf of the millions of members of his generation who will be affected by the new president’s climate policies, but who are too young to participate in the...

What does Hillary Clinton need to do to win over climate hawk voters?

Jul 28, 2016:         This is big. Last night, the Democratic Party adopted a platform that includes the strongest environmental protection policies we’ve ever seen. This is major news for our climate. The platform pledges to: ✓ Power the country with 100 percent clean energy by 2050 ✓ Institute a “Climate Test” on federal infrastructure projects ✓ Uphold President Obama’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement These are important steps and we need your...

North Carolina home embodies the spirit of Raleigh's first progressive street car neighborhood

Jul 28, 2016: The design doesn't aim to mimic the architecture of the surrounding buildings, but tries to embody the spirit of the place. Four levels of living spaces are framed by two board-framed concrete walls that stretch from the public sidewalk into the site and the private service access area. A multi-level circulation gallery hall flows through the house and the site, establishing a strong connection between interior and exterior spaces. Related: Net-zero passive home in North Carolina can power...

Branching addition cuts through existing Swiss farmhouse to increase structural integrity

Jul 28, 2016: To give more structural stability to this traditional farmhouse in Switzerland's Emmental region, design studio Freiluft Architektur designed a concrete structure that cuts through the entire existing building. Beside its structural role, the addition forms various spaces, shelving and storage areas. The concrete structure branches inside the old barn, allowing it to be easily converted into two residential units. Made up from board-marked concrete and extending across all three floors of the...

Restructured Impsa builds turbine factory

Jul 28, 2016: ARGENTINA: One week after signing a major restructuring deal to save the company, Argentinean engineering firm Industrias Metalurgicas Pescarmona (Impsa) has inaugurated a new wind turbine factory in the west of the country.

Basecamp tiny home boasts a large rooftop deck for mountain-climbing couple and 3 dogs

Jul 28, 2016: + Backcountry Tiny Homes Via Treehugger Images via Backcountry Tiny Homes Facebook…

$20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize aims to turn CO2 emissions into useful products

Jul 28, 2016:   A new contest launched in September 2015 aims to fund projects that convert carbon dioxide waste into useful technologies and products. This year, 47 entrants from seven countries around the world are competing for the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPrize to develop their product. The competitors include university students, startups, and unlikely contenders such as from a father and son team and a high school group. The products they’ve managed to create from CO2 thus far range from concrete...

Amazing solar cell printer makes energy-generating photographs

Jul 28, 2016: Researchers in Finland have developed a unique method for creating personalized solar cells that can be printed with any desired image or text, like a photo of your loved ones or a special message. Using photovoltaic ink and dye-sensitized solar cells, the technique results in a custom image that can be framed and enjoyed while it generates clean energy from the sun’s rays. The inventors of the printed solar cells also have suggestions for how their special process could be incorporated into product...

Van Oord to take over Bilfinger Offshore

Jul 28, 2016: NETHERLANDS: Offshore wind contractor Van Oord has reached a deal to acquire the offshore wind activities of German engineering firm Bilfinger, including assets and employees.

German developers rush to beat tariff cut

Jul 28, 2016: GERMANY: A net total of 1,892MW of new onshore wind capacity was installed in the first half of 2016, a 73% increase on the same period last year, according to Deutsche Windguard.

Medieval village ruins converted into an art school unveil past secrets

Jul 28, 2016: Once the stomping grounds of Celtic tribes, Roman armies, and famed painters like Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, this tiny village made from stone has enjoyed a colorful history thanks to its location along the ancient La Via Domita, the first paved trade route that passed through the Luberon Valley to link Italy and Hispania. The cluster of stone structures clings to a hillside overlooking spectacular valley vistas of lavender fields and the Luberon ranges. Like an open-air museum, the village...

Nordex sales up 35% following Acciona merger

Jul 28, 2016: GERMANY: The Nordex group, now incorporating Acciona Windpower, has reported sales up 35% to €1.5 billion in the first half of 2016, as the company looks to expand in new markets.

Tesla opens the Gigafactory's doors for a first look

Jul 27, 2016: Tesla opened its sprawling Gigafactory to members of the press on Tuesday for an exclusive tour, as well as a chat with CEO Elon Musk. Reporters got a sneak peek at the factory’s progress, now two years in construction, just two days before the facility’s official grand opening party on July 29. The factory, just outside Reno, Nevada, is around 14 percent complete, with some sections already bustling with robotic assembly machines. Once the plant is up and running at full capacity, Musk says...

The Rio Olympic Village is unfit to live in with exposed wires and blocked plumbing

Jul 27, 2016: The preparations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games have been anything but smooth. The city has suffered a financial crisis and a police strike, contributing to major setbacks in the enormous construction project of the Olympic Village. With less than two weeks remaining before the opening ceremonies, the 31-building complex opened Sunday to welcome athletes from Australia, but the Olympic hopefuls found the conditions unfit for occupancy, with exposed wires and blocked...

Norway to build world's first floating underwater traffic tunnels

Jul 27, 2016: An ambitious new plan in Norway would install a series of "submerged floating bridges" to help travelers easily cross the nation's many fjords. At present, the only way to travel across the bodies of water involves taking a series of ferries, an inconvenient and time-consuming process. Each of the submerged bridges could consist of a large tube suspended under around 100 feet of water, and will be wide enough for two lanes of traffic. Each submerged bridge would be held up by pontoons...

Zero-carbon Nanjing Green Lighthouse is a beacon for sustainable design in China

Jul 27, 2016: The 5,500-square-meter Nanjing Green Lighthouse takes on a spiral form and is centered on a light-filled atrium that funnels natural light and fresh air to all floors. “We would all like to produce more ‘green’ buildings with lower energy consumption or low carbon emission,” says Archiland International. “The challenge is at the same time to make this necessary new buildings even more attractive than buildings of today and not just making engineering technology driven machines. With this...

SCAD artist weaves sustainably sourced yarns into vibrant environmental art and stories

Jul 27, 2016: The Heart of the Hive takes inspiration from the traditional yarn weaving craft Ojos de Dios—Spanish for “eye of God”—used by many indigenous peoples in the Americas as a meditative and spiritual practice. Hagerty modified the Ojos de Dios’ standard four-point shape into a hexagonal form akin to the shapes found in honeycomb. The colorful hand-woven pieces are made from threading and yarn sustainably sourced from a variety of places, including donations, local antique markets in France,...

The Denny Substation in Seattle is unlike any boring electrical substation you've ever seen

Jul 27, 2016: The 110.000-square-foot facility will generate, transform and distribute electricity in the rapidly developing South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle, and will support the Bill & Mellinda Gates Foundation, UW Medicine, Amazon, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Facebook, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Google, and global health organization PATH. Related: CAST Architecture Unveils Solar Powered Pocket Parks for Seattle A fully accessible looped walkway rises 16 feet above ground level...