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May 22, 2018

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Elegant net-zero home wraps around a large pond in Connecticut

May 22, 2018: Cutler Anderson Architects has completed a modern woodland home that fully embraces the outdoors. Built to wrap around a large lake, the Connecticut Residence takes design inspiration from its surroundings with a subdued palette mainly comprising natural materials. As an “emotionally sustainable” home, the dwelling not only provides a relaxing atmosphere for its homeowners, but also generates all the energy it consumes through renewable sources. Created for a family of five, the...

St. Louis to transform abandoned landscape into a vibrant new greenway

May 21, 2018: Stoss Landscape Urbanism has won a design competition for the Chouteau greenway that will soon transform an uninhabited stretch of land into a thriving nature-filled space connecting St. Louis’ Forest Park and the Gateway Arch. The winning proposal envisions an “east-west Loop” that traverses the downtown and also connects to a “north-south Stitch” uniting Fairgrounds Park and Tower Grove Park. The greenway will be part of an overall network of greenways commissioned by the non-profit Great...

Zero Waste Bistro offers four days of sustainable food and design in NYC

May 21, 2018: Sustainability is on the menu at Zero Waste Bistro, a pop-up dining experience and installation that’s exploring how great design can drastically reduce the problem of restaurant food waste. Launched as part of NYCxDESIGN’s marquee event WantedDesign Manhattan, the four-day Zero Waste Bistro—open May 19 - May 22, 2018—is presented by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York to introduce the philosophy behind Nolla, Finland’s first zero-waste restaurant in Helsinki. Recycled and recyclable...

Is there enough water and land on Earth to meet global food demands?

May 21, 2018: There are 7.6 billion people living on Earth today, according to the United Nations. The UN expects that number to jump to 9.8 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion in 2100. With 815 million people already going hungry, will we be able to feed the world’s population as it continues to grow? Do We Have Enough Resources? Once populations surge past 10 billion, will it even be physically possible to feed everyone with the limited water and land we have? The short answer is yes. The more realistic...

USDA releases controversial GMO food label prototypes

May 21, 2018: Food with genetically modified ingredients will be labeled after a 2016 bill passed by Congress, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently unveiled label prototypes. The fight for labels was controversial, and the proposed label designs are too. Legal director George Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety, which wanted labeling, told NPR, "I mean, they look like a little smiley face. They're very pro-biotech, cartoonishly so, and to that extent are, you know, not just imparting...

Adidas unveils a Manchester United jersey created with ocean plastic

May 21, 2018: Ocean plastic just got a flashy new awareness effort: in Manchester United Football Club jerseys. Adidas worked with Parley for the Oceans to release a kit created with recycled ocean plastic and inspired by the team's 1968 European Cup Final win. Manchester United director Richard Arnold said in a statement, "We are all acutely aware of the threat of plastic to the environment and we are delighted to be able to raise further awareness with this recycled kit, which I am sure the fans will love." Related: This...

Nine African cities commit to reaching zero carbon by 2050

May 21, 2018: Nine cities across Africa, a continent vulnerable to climate change, are taking action. Reuters reported the cities recently pledged to deliver their share of carbon emissions reductions to hit Paris Agreement goals. The cities, several of which are major capitals, aim to reach zero carbon economies in just over 30 years. Related:…

Ameren planning Missouri’s largest wind farm

May 21, 2018: Ameren Missouri has entered into an agreement to acquire, after construction, a 400-MW wind farm in northeast Missouri, the largest ever in the state. “We are excited to take this transformative step to bring more renewable generation to our customers,” said Michael Moehn, president of Ameren Missouri. “Adding more wind energy will help us achieve our goal… The post Ameren planning Missouri’s largest wind farm appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Two must-haves for an effective microgrid

May 21, 2018: By David Chiesa, director business development S&C Electric Company Grid capability has come a long way in recent years. We are moving past antiquated solutions, such as diesel generation and reclosers, devices that automatically reset a breaker after it has been tripped from a fault. It is now possible to design an electric transmission grid… The post Two must-haves for an effective microgrid appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Point Nemo, the most remote spot in the ocean, is plagued with plastic

May 21, 2018: Point Nemo is located so far away from land that those on the International Space Station, hundreds of miles above Earth, are usually the closest humans to this most isolated place. Located nearly 1,700 miles from the nearest island, Point Nemo is the oceanic point farthest from land on our planet. Despite its extremely remote location, Point Nemo has recently been plagued with plastic pollution. Sea vessels participating in the eight-month-long, worldwide Volvo Open Race took seawater samples from...

Pattern Development acquires Mesa Canyons Wind Farm and Western Spirit Transmission Line

May 21, 2018: Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development) announced the acquisition of two development assets in New Mexico from Clean Line Energy Partners: the Western Spirit Transmission Line (Western Spirit) and the Mesa Canyons Wind Farm (Mesa Canyons). The addition of Mesa Canyons will bring Pattern Development’s wind development footprint in the Estancia Valley of New… The post Pattern Development acquires Mesa Canyons Wind Farm and Western Spirit Transmission Line appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Ameren to acquire Missouri's largest wind farm

May 21, 2018: UNITED STATES: Utility Ameren Missouri will acquire an unnamed 400MW wind farm in the north-east of the state after it has been built.

UK's 'first subsidy-free' project reaches financial close

May 21, 2018: UK: Financial close has been reached for what it is believed to be the UK's first wind farm to be built without subsidy.

Scottish seabed landlord backs new leases

May 21, 2018: UK: The Scottish seabed landlord, Crown Estate Scotland, has outlined a provisional design for a complete leasing package for new offshore wind farms off the coast of the country.

Escape the everyday in this Geodesic Dome House in Palm Springs

May 19, 2018: Inspired by 20th-century architect R. Buckminster Fuller, architect Pavlina Williams transformed a decrepit dome house in Palm Springs into a dreamy retreat that channels bohemian and mid-century modern vibes. Now available as a vacation rental on Boutique Homes, the Geodesic Dome House offers stunning desert views and privacy on a private five-acre lot. Keep reading for a peek inside. Working together with her husband Carter, the LA-based architect Pavlina Williams worked on their...

BIG designs a high-end tiny house that goes off-grid

May 18, 2018: Bjarke Ingels Group has revealed images for the firm’s first-ever tiny house—the A45—designed for the prefab-housing startup Klein. Inspired by the traditional A-frame cabin, the A45 takes on an angular form conducive to rain run-off and easy construction. The 180-square-foot timber cabin boasts a completely customizable interior design and can be built within four to six months in any location. Constructed in Upstate New York, the A45 prototype is clad in blackened pine with...

Can vertical farming feed the world and change the agriculture industry?

May 18, 2018: Finding alternatives to traditional farming practices could help increase food production and feed the hungry. Year after year, the human population increases. We expand our cities to accommodate our needs for housing and businesses, which means we lose rainforests and prime farmland. As the population grows, our need for food increases, which means even more pristine natural habitat will be lost to grow crops or create pastures for grazing animals. Despite our encroachment into natural landscapes...

One-third of the world's protected areas face 'shocking' human impact

May 18, 2018: 2.3 million square miles — or around twice the size of Alaska — of protected areas around the world face human pressure from activities like road building, urbanization, or grazing, according to a new study. Lead author Kendall Jones, a PhD candidate at The University of Queensland, said in a statement, "We found major road infrastructure such as highways, industrial agriculture, and even entire cities occurring inside the boundaries of places supposed to be set aside for nature conservation...

Bering Sea ice is "at record low levels for this time of year"

May 18, 2018: Arctic sea ice is low, with Bering Sea's sea ice extent "is the lowest recorded since at least 1979," according to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC). In April, Arctic sea ice extent was 378,400 square miles under the 1981 to 2010 average. And according to Earther, the Bering Sea has been something of a ground zero this winter, with sea ice disappearing when it was supposed to be growing in February, rebounding slightly in March, and then plummeting in April. Related:…

Bitcoin is expected to consume enough energy to power Austria by the end of 2018

May 18, 2018: Though bitcoin's value may rise and fall dramatically, the energy required to produce Bitcoins seems to be ever on the rise. Researchers estimate that the bitcoin network may consume as much as 7.7 gigawatts of energy, the equivalent of the electricity required to power Australia. A new study published in the journal Joule predicts that bitcoins may use up to half a percent of the world's total energy supply. If the value of bitcoin continues to rise, the entire bitcoin network may consume up to...

Warming seas could shift fish habitats out of the reach of some fishers

May 18, 2018: Warming waters have already prompted some fish to move south or north. As the climate continues to change, marine species' shifts could be challenging for fisheries as the fish potentially move into new areas altogether — some over 500 miles away, according to new research from a team of scientists from the United States and Switzerland, who modeled the habitat of 686 species.

In the UK, wind energy provides more power than nuclear for the first time

May 18, 2018: For the first time, wind energy provided more power than nuclear energy to the United Kingdom grid in the first three months of 2018. This milestone, in which wind provided 18.8% of all power during a period in which only natural gas was a larger energy source, may herald the arrival of an energy economy in which renewable energy is the most cost effective option. There was even one point during this period, March 17 overnight, in which wind energy provided nearly half of the electricity used in...

Engineering firm adapts monitoring technology for wind

May 18, 2018: UK: Engineering firm GyroMetric Systems is using the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult's 15MW drivetrain test facility to adapt its drive shaft monitoring technology for use in the offshore wind sector.

Auction shift hits Inox's full-year results

May 18, 2018: INDIA: Inox Wind's revenue and sales fell sharply in the country's 2018 financial year amid India's transition to an auction system.

SGRE opens 10MW test centre

May 18, 2018: SPAIN: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has inaugurated a new technology centre in the outskirts of Madrid capable of testing wind turbines up to 10MW.

Vattenfall commissions co-located 22MW battery

May 18, 2018: UK: Vattenfall has announced the start of commercial operation at a storage system, believed to be the UK's largest battery co-located with an onshore wind farm.

Vestas to install 106MW in Argentina

May 18, 2018: ARGENTINA: Vestas will supply and install 28 turbines for two wind farms in the eastern province of Buenos Aires.

Lego-like kindergarten sparks creativity with a playful brick facade

May 17, 2018: Brick may often be seen as boring and traditional, but that’s not the case when the material falls into the hands of KIENTRUC O. The Vietnamese architecture studio creatively used the ancient building block to breathe life and openness into Ho Chi Minh City’s new Chuon Chuon Kim 2 Kindergarten. Located in the city’s District 2, the building is built entirely of bare brick forming patterns and openings in an eye-catching and playful facade that promotes natural ventilation. Likened...

Yale architecture students designed and built this handsome home for the homeless

May 17, 2018: Since 1967, first-year Yale architecture students have designed and built buildings to better the community—and last year’s project was a handsome show in affordable housing. For the 2017 Jim Vlock First Year Building Project, students completed a 1,000-square-foot home that explores cost-efficient and flexible design. Constructed in New Haven’s Upper Hill neighborhood, the dwelling was created to provide shelter for the homeless. The 1,000-square-foot house for the homeless...

UK fracking measures could make exploratory drilling "as easy as building a garden wall"

May 17, 2018: The United Kingdom government has come under fire for measures that could fast-track shale gas projects. Among the measures, explorers could drill test sites without first applying for planning permission, The Guardian reported. Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said, "Britain's fracking experiment was on life support and now the government is trying its best to shock it back into life." Related:…

NASA study shows water shortages could worsen without action

May 17, 2018: Wet land areas on Earth are becoming wetter, and dry areas drier, according to a NASA-led study the agency described as a first of its kind. Scientists drew on 14 years of satellite observations combined with data on human activities to track freshwater trends in 34 regions worldwide. Hydrologist Jay Famiglietti said, "What we are witnessing is major hydrologic change." Related: Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,…

These new electric trucks from Volvo could soon be collecting your garbage

May 17, 2018: Swedish multinational manufacturing company Volvo has revealed its two new electric truck models, which were designed with delivery and refuse collection in mind. These utility trucks could replace those currently on the road for these services, vehicles that are a major source of diesel emissions in urban areas worldwide. "This opens the door to new forms of cooperation with cities that target to improve air quality, reduce traffic noise, and cut congestion during peak hours since commercial operations...

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources?

May 17, 2018: Some researchers doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy. Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised. They demonstrate that there are no roadblocks on the way to a 100 percent renewable future.

Autonomous glider can fly like an albatross, cruise like a sailboat

May 17, 2018: Engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water's surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat.

NZ utility buys stake in wind developer Tilt

May 17, 2018: NEW ZEALAND: Local power firm Mercury has acquired a 19.99% stake in wind and solar project developer Tilt Renewables for $100 million.

Levels of ozone-destroying CFCs are mysteriously rising

May 17, 2018: CFC chemicals, which were globally banned by the Montreal protocol in 1987, have been experiencing a comeback. In recent years, levels of CFCs have increased suddenly and mysteriously. The producer of the CFCs has yet to be determined. US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researcher Stephen Montzka discovered the unusual trend. “I have been doing this for 27 years and this is the most surprising thing I’ve ever seen,” he told the Guardian. “I was just shocked by i...

German tender undersubscribed for the first time

May 17, 2018: GERMANY: In the second onshore wind tender held this year less capacity was procured than was available and prices increased again, the federal energy regulator (BNA) stated.

Turbine service company trains refugees

May 17, 2018: GERMANY: A project named "Empower Refugees" to train refugees living in Germany to service wind turbines has been launched in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia.

UK investment hits 'lowest point in a decade', committee warns

May 17, 2018: UK: Investment in UK clean energy projects fell by more than 50% in 2017, an inquiry by a parliamentary committee has revealed.

Wpd 'considering equity sale'

May 17, 2018: GERMANY: Wpd is considering selling an equity stake in the company worth at least $1 billion and could even sell the entire company, according to media reports.

European wind energy generation potential in a 1.5 degree C warmer world

May 17, 2018: The UK and large parts of northern Europe could become windier if global temperatures reach 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, according to a new study.

A storage shed is transformed into a bespoke light-filled home in London

May 17, 2018: London-based architecture firm De Rosee Sa has given an old storage shed a new lease on life by converting it into a bright, bespoke family home. Sandwiched between rear terraced gardens and a row of 16 West London garages, the shed—renamed the Courtyard House—was brilliantly renovated while adhering to planning regulations that included height limitations and the requirement that any new form match the existing gable outline. Divided into two floors, the Courtyard House organizes...

Aperture-like windows maximize shading in this stunning Vancouver residence

May 16, 2018: When Arno Matis Architecture was tapped to help reshape the identity of Vancouver’s Cambie Street, they did so with the design of Aperture, a beautiful site-responsive residential development. The city block-sized structure derives its name from its striking aperture-like openings with glass-and-wood veneer walls angled in response to each facade’s unique solar exposure. Built to LEED Gold specifications, Aperture maximizes passive shading and is topped with green roofs. Created...

Artist upcycles discarded cassette tapes into eco-friendly MusicCloth

May 16, 2018: According to the United Nations, nearly 45 million metric tonnes of electronic waste was generated in 2016—an increase of 8 percent from just two years prior. So, when Singaporean artist and Founder of Rehyphen® studio Jessica Chuan Yi Xin stumbled upon a stash of forgotten cassette tapes in her room, she brainstormed a way to reuse the material rather than contribute to the growing problem of e-waste. A bit of creative ingenuity and experimentation led her to develop MusicCloth®, a handwoven...

Nico Nevolo quit his job at Tesla to live in his Model X - and he's loving it

May 16, 2018: Van life can be a creative way to lessen one's impact on the planet, but many van dwellers are still riding in gas-guzzling vehicles. Nico Nevolo is among the pioneers of a new paradigm: EV van life. A former Tesla employee, Nevolo quit his job in March of this year to create content about his experiences living in his Tesla Model X under the name TeslaVanLife, and says so far it's been the best decision of his life to live out of his van. Inhabitat caught up with Nevolo to hear more about his journey...