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Jul 21, 2019

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Carbon-neutral science museum in Sweden will be powered by bicycles

Jul 19, 2019: Museum visitors will be invited to help generate electricity for the carbon-neutral museum by riding “energy bikes” on its concave roof.

Entrepreneur sells mushroom suits that decompose your body after death

Jul 19, 2019: Sustainability might be the last thought on your mind when a loved one dies, but one entrepreneur believes that everyone can be eco-friendly in life and in death.

MASK Architects design a sustainable pavilion nestled in a German forest

Jul 19, 2019: Dubbed Leaf and Bean Co Pavilion, the building will house a coffee shop, a semi-open library, recreational areas and an events space.

AEP commits to coal reductions and seeks more renewables

Jul 19, 2019: The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has approved American Electric Power’s (AEP) modified agreement that will accelerate emission reductions from the company’s remaining coal-fueled power plants in the Midwest. The agreement eliminates a requirement to install high-cost emission reduction equipment at the AEP’s Rockport Plant in Rockport, Indiana, and retire Rockport Plant… The post AEP commits to coal reductions and seeks more renewables appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Zara pledges 100% sustainable fabrics by 2025

Jul 19, 2019: This week, major fashion brand Zara announced a pledge to use 100 percent sustainable fabrics by 2025.

Natures silent soldiers aiding in the fight against air pollution

Jul 19, 2019: Cities should be planting more trees, but the reasons why may be more complicated than you think. As it turns out, trees provide so much more than aesthetics and a way for humans to connect with nature. More and more research is emerging about how the proper implementation of tree planting in urban areas and cities could help solve growing environmental issues. We already know that nature can improve mental health. It can inspire positive engagement with community and provide the kind of groundedness...

Steel-framed treehouse slated for Malaysian national park

Jul 19, 2019: Related: + Daniel Tiong Photography by Steven Ngu Ngie Woon, Daniel Tiong…

DTE Energy to buy three new Michigan wind farms

Jul 19, 2019: Michigan power producer, DTE Energy, announced that the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) has provided conditional approval for its proposed purchase of three new Michigan wind farms, increasing the company’s renewable energy portfolio nearly 50%. The new wind facilities will add 455 MW of renewables to DTE’s generation mix, enough to power 107,000 homes. The… The post DTE Energy to buy three new Michigan wind farms appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Industry applauds Governor Cuomo’s commitment to renewables & offshore wind

Jul 19, 2019: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act into law yesterday, America’s largest offshore wind procurement to date. The new legislation requires the state’s utilities to produce 70% of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and calls for 100% carbon-free electricity generation by 2040. It also set a goal to… The post Industry applauds Governor Cuomo’s commitment to renewables & offshore wind appeared first on Windpower Engineering & Development.

Giant totems in Poland warn against climate change catastrophe

Jul 18, 2019: The massive totems derive their bold patterns, vibrant colors and shapes from statistics on pressing environmental topics, from deforestation to air pollution to plastic production.

Extreme heat wallops US

Jul 18, 2019: If you live in the central or eastern USA, fill your ice trays and seek shade. A major heat wave is putting 50 million Americans under a heat warning. People in Nashville, Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC and many other cities will be fanning themselves as temperatures top 95 degrees. High humidity will intensify the effect. "The prolonged duration of the heat and humidity will potentially become dangerous to those most vulnerable," the National Weather Service warned....

Stunning solar-powered home in Singapore melds with adjacent botanic gardens

Jul 18, 2019: Located on top of a hill overlooking the incredible gardens, the solar-powered Botanica House boasts an open layout heavily influenced by a soothing combination of Feng Shui and sustainability.

Study shows reusable menstrual cups are safe and just as effective as tampons, pads

Jul 18, 2019: Most people can’t shake their familiar comfort with tampons and pads, but a new study indicates that the cup is just as effective as the disposables and has no health risks.

Modern luxury resort blends into the lush coffee hills of India

Jul 18, 2019: The misty coffee hills of southwest India recently gained a new luxury resort designed by Bangalore-based architectural firm Cadence Architects.

Tiks cuffs aim to break the plastic waste circle

Jul 18, 2019: Companies around the globe looking for ways to battle plastic waste are coming up with innovative ways to tackle the issue. Cape Clasp, based out of Falmouth, Massachusetts is an example of a business putting the health of the ocean front and center with the release of Tikós, a line of bracelets made from recycled plastic. <!--more→ While each bracelet, or cuff, represents 100 plastic bottles removed from the ocean, the message goes well beyond simply recycling plastic. The leaders...

De Rugy departure could "put a brake" on renewables

Jul 18, 2019: After only ten months in the job, France's minister for ecological transition François de Rugy has resigned, following alleged misuse of public money.

Could the heat of the Earth's crust become the ultimate energy source?

Jul 18, 2019: Scientists have developed a very stable battery cell that can directly convert heat into electricity, thus finally providing a way for exploiting geothermal energy in a sustainable way.

Passive solar home makes the most of a difficult, triangular site in Sydney

Jul 17, 2019: When asked to renovate and expand a home on a challenging triangular lot in Sydney, local architectural practice studioplusthree decided to build upward to make the most of the awkward site.

EPA lifts ban on pesticide proven to be toxic to honeybees

Jul 17, 2019: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-approved a pesticide for use throughout the country despite its known toxicity to honey bee populations. The chemical, Sulfoxaflor, is produced by DowDupont, a major chemical company that contributed US $1 million to President Trump’s campaign.  Their product is now approved for use on corn, strawberries, citrus, pumpkins, pineapples and soybeans. Sulfoxaflor was originally approved for use by the EPA in 2013, but the approval was adementally...

Custom camper van lets nomads immerse themselves in infinite adventures

Jul 17, 2019: Although Calgary-based Yama Nomad claims that its cool camper vans are “Not your mom and dad’s RV,” its custom-made tiny homes on wheels are perfect for anyone needing a little adventure in their lives.

24GW under construction in the US

Jul 17, 2019: The US has a record amount of wind capacity under construction, with some 24GW currently being built according to preliminary figures on the first half of 2019 from Windpower Intelligence.

Impossible Foods tests a fish-less fish protein

Jul 17, 2019: Leading plant-based protein brand Impossible Foods recently announced it is experimenting with a fish-less seafood product and expects it to be on shelves soon.

A new material for the battery of the future

Jul 17, 2019: Researchers have discovered a new high performance and safe battery material (LTPS) capable of speeding up charge and discharge to a level never observed so far. Practically, if the first tests are confirmed, this new material could be used in the batteries of the future with better energy storage, faster charge and discharge and higher safety targeting many uses from smartphones, to electric bicycle and cars.

The pros and cons of electromobility

Jul 17, 2019: To those of us who concentrate on sustainability and green options for travel, electromobility appears to be a godsend — but the increasingly popular electromobility lifestyle still holds good and bad traits.

Surround yourself with Californias wildlife and flora at Oakland Zoos eco-minded California Trail

Jul 17, 2019: If you’re looking for a unique, family-friendly activity in the Bay Area, look no further than the California Trail at the Oakland Zoo.

Brazilian timber home uses bioclimatic principles to reduce its environmental footprint

Jul 16, 2019: Designed by Brazilian firm PITTA Arquitetura, the aptly named Casa Modelo serves as an architectural model for sustainable home design.

Chevron spills 800,000 gallon of oil and water in California

Jul 16, 2019: Major oil corporation Chevron spilled 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a dry creek in southern California. The spill is estimated to contain mostly water, but experts estimate that between 240,000 and 265,000 is crude oil, making it in the largest oil spill in California’s recent history. The spill first occurred on May 10th and stopped immediately, however it began to seep again and continued between June 8th and June 23rd. The head of California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geotherman...

Breezy brick house with a ground-floor cafe mimics the shape of a cuckoo clock

Jul 16, 2019: Tropical Space has combined a single-family home with a coffee shop to create an architecturally striking mixed-use building that evokes the playful shapes of a cuckoo clock.

Should you stop watching Netflix because it is bad for the environment?

Jul 16, 2019: The world’s digital obsession doesn’t come without a carbon footprint.

Experimental design-build festival takes over Californian desert

Jul 16, 2019: For the second year in a row, design lab Space Saloon has just wrapped up an exciting avant-garde art festival deep in the Southern Californian desert.

Steven Holls new solar-powered concert hall plays up the dramatic contrast between new and old

Jul 16, 2019: New York-based Steven Holl Architects and Architecture Acts has won an international competition to design the new 1,300-seat concert hall in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Created as a “perfect acoustic instrument in its case,” the acoustics-driven design has a strikingly contemporary appearance with a rounded zinc-clad exterior that stands in dramatic contrast with the Ostrava Cultural Center, a modern classicism-style building that will be overlapped by the new concert hall. In addition to optimized...

Vestas to supply Saudi Arabia's first wind farm

Jul 16, 2019: Vestas will supply a consortium of EDF Renewables and Masdar with 99 turbines for Saudi Arabia's first utility-scale wind farm.

AEP targets 1.5GW of Invenergy projects

Jul 16, 2019: Two American Electric Power (AEP) subsidiaries have selected three Oklahoma wind farms with a combined capacity of nearly 1.5GW they hope to buy from Invenergy.

Endangered rhino population up 1000% in Tanzania following poaching crackdown

Jul 15, 2019: The president of Tanzania reported that since his election, the population of endangered rhinos has increased by 1000 percent.

Bamboo Luum Temple preaches sustainable development in Tulum

Jul 15, 2019: Unchecked development in the rapidly growing Mexican beach town of Tulum is threatening to destroy the region’s environment. In hopes of inspiring more sustainable growth, local architectural firm CO-LAB Design Office created Luum Temple, an eco-friendly bamboo structure for a new conservation-minded residential development called Luum Zama. Located in a conserved area of native jungle in Tulum, the bamboo community structure features five catenary arches, the shapes of which were informed by parametric...

DoneGood challenges Amazon Prime Days with rival discounts that help the planet

Jul 15, 2019: DoneGood, an e-commerce platform, is taking the ‘high road’ by offering exclusively ethical brands, but it isn’t above aiming to steal the loyalty of its competitor’s customers on the highly anticipated Amazon Prime Day.

Sustainable toiletries packaged in soap aim to eliminate single-use plastics

Jul 15, 2019: Already well-known for her innovative and sustainable designs, Mi Zhou has just unveiled Soapack, a collection of sustainable shampoo packaging made out of soap.

Millenials are bringing camping back

Jul 15, 2019: Let’s get one thing straight: camping was always cool. It wasn’t, however, always a very popular pastime among young people. According to the 2019 North American Camping Report sponsored by Kampgrounds of America, there are more millennials and Gen Xers likely to identify themselves as lifelong campers now than in any other year. The study, which began in 2014, was conducted through surveys in both the United States and Canada.  The percentage of North Americans who camp three or more...

National Grid acquires Geronimo Energy

Jul 15, 2019: Utility National Grid has completed its acquisition of renewables developer Geronimo Energy.

Pentagonal Snhetta cabin overlooks breathtaking Oslo views

Jul 15, 2019: Beautiful vistas aren’t the only treat awaiting hikers in Oslo’s Nordmarka forest — a Snøhetta-designed cabin has recently been added near one of the city’s most stunning viewpoints.

Nearly 5,000 prefab concrete panels wrap BIG-designed outdoor urban room in France

Jul 12, 2019: Bjarke Ingels Group and FREAKS freearchitects have completed a new cultural center for Bordeaux, France that frames the UNESCO-listed city’s love for contemporary art, film, performances and the waterfront.

Finnish startup makes alternative protein from carbon dioxide

Jul 12, 2019: An innovative start-up company from Finland has piloted a new alternative protein product made out of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Police seize over 10,000 animals in global crackdown on wildlife trade

Jul 12, 2019: What do 4,300 birds, 1,500 reptiles, 10,000 turtles, 23 primates, 70 truckloads of timber and 30 big cats all have in common? No, they’re not the residents of a new zoo — all of these critical plants and animals were seized in a major international operation that cracked down on wildlife smuggling.

This eco-friendly bamboo restaurant was built in just 5 weeks

Jul 12, 2019: Crystal-blue waters, luxury accommodations and tropical appeal aren’t the only draws of Sundy Praia, São Tomé and Príncipe's first five‑star resort. The sustainably minded destination is also home to an award-winning restaurant crafted from bamboo.

This unique eco home was designed to reduce energy use

Jul 12, 2019: Located in Toronto, Canada, this eco home by Craig Race Architecture was built entirely with sustainability in mind.

TPI Composites buys Senvion-owned engineering team

Jul 12, 2019: US-based blade manufacturer TPI Composites has acquired a team of engineers from Euros Group, which is owned by cash-strapped turbine manufacturer Senvion.

Colombia reschedules aborted tender

Jul 12, 2019: Colombia will hold a tender for renewable energy capacity "before the end of October" and is offering longer-duration contracts, after an auction scheduled for February was called off over anti-trust concerns.

Greenko raises $824m for projects and acquisitions

Jul 12, 2019: Indian independent power producer (IPP) Greenko Energy plans to use $824 million in recently raised equity funding to support construction of renewable energy projects integrated with storage and further acquisitions.

Porous brick walls keep this bold Vietnamese home naturally cool

Jul 11, 2019: In an effort to beat the tropical heat in southern Vietnam’s Long An province, Ho Chi Minh city-based architecture firm Tropical Space created a home that maximizes natural ventilation.