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May 25, 2016

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Google's Project Sunroof spreads to potentially reach 43 million rooftops

May 24, 2016: Last year tech giant Google introduced Project Sunroof, a service that allows homeowners to search for their rooftop to see if their home is right for solar. Users can also use the service to connect with local solar providers. Google initially launched in just three cities, but as of last month the service is available in 42 states, reaching potentially 43 million roofs. Project Sunroof synergizes with Google Earth, using the aerial images the company already has. The service offers...

Dubai debuts world's first fully 3D-printed building

May 24, 2016: Not surprisingly, the actual build looks exactly like the early renderings. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the 3D-printed office building in a ceremony on Monday attended by a number of UAE dignitaries. Named the “Office of the Future,” the 3D-printed building is located on the Emirates Towers premises and will be the temporary home of the Dubai Future Foundation. Related: Dubai to build world’s first 3D-printed...

Octopi are taking over the oceans, and no one knows why

May 24, 2016: A new study published in the journal Current Biology has revealed some startling statistics -- a group of researchers from the University of Adelaide have found that since the 1950s, the population of cephalopods (octopus, squid, and cuttlefish) in the world's oceans has exploded. What makes this truly curious is the fact that climate change, overfishing, and ocean acidification have caused the numbers of many fish and shellfish species to plummet during the same period. Scientists...

14 green furniture designs using reclaimed, recycled or rapidly renewable materials

May 24, 2016: Fiber Chair by MUUTO Designer Iskos-Berlin at MUUTO combines midcentury modern with a modern flair. The fiber chair is made from Microfiber, form-pressed composition of plastic and wood fibers from left over from furniture scraps. Look closely and you can see the beautiful gradient of colors in throughout the smooth finish. Terrace Table by Lubo Design What do you get when you take apart an old barn? Lubo Brezina's amazing Terrace Table. Pieces of an old barn floor are harmoniously arranged...

Green Roofed Farming Kindergarten Teaches 500 Vietnamese Children How to Grow Their Own Food

May 24, 2016: Built in a tropical climate, the spiraling green roof can stay lush year round and likely provide more than enough food for its 500 preschool children. Two sloping ends of the triple ring-shaped structure are neatly tucked beneath a raised loop, landing flush…

Utopian off-grid Regen Village produces all of its own food and energy

May 24, 2016: Danish architectural firm EFFEKT envisioned a future where self-sustaining communities grow their own food and produce their own energy. They incorporated that vision into their ReGen Villages, planned off-grid communities that address issues from climate change to the food crisis through sustainable design. They plan to start building these utopian communities this summer. According to EFFEKT's website, there are five principles behind the ReGen Villages: "Energy positive homes. Door-step...

Two foot-long bug discovered in China dubbed worlds longest insect

May 24, 2016: Don’t freak out, but an insect spanning over two feet long has been discovered and it’s an apparent expert at lurking in disguise. A Chinese researcher had been searching for six years before finally finding one, but I doubt that will help you sleep more easily tonight. The previous world record for longest six-legged critter was a 22.3 inch stick insect from Malaysia, according to Discovery News, yet the new species discovered in the Guanxi province of China measures in at 24.6...

INFOGRAPHIC: How the NHL is greening up its game

May 24, 2016: NHL Sustainability Infographic: Green Initiatives in Hockey Compared to other sports, hockey relies heavily on the ability to skate and play the sport outdoors. Many of the NHL’s players started their hockey careers by learning how to skate outside on frozen lakes and ponds. However, environmental issues, such as climate change and freshwater scarcity, will severely limit these opportunities for future generations of hockey players. As a commitment to greater environmental sustainability, the...

See how one couple built their off-grid cabin for only a few hundred dollars

May 24, 2016: When Jesse and Alyssa moved to their off grid property in September of 2015, they had grand dreams of the buildings they would construct together. First, they planned on building a timber frame barn built with trees from their own property and eventually a timber frame house. They relished the idea of doing the projects themselves and learning valuable skills as they went. The couple's initial living space was far less grand, as they were living and working from a 19' travel trailer. This was a satisfactory...

Aquarium Garden transforms any fish tank into a lush ecosystem

May 24, 2016: The Aquarium Garden by Home Ecology transforms any fish tank into a lush ecosystem with herbs, plants and flowers on top – a perfect decorative and culinary addition to any home or work environment. The Aquarium Garden kit consists of a plastic planter box, Aqua Biofilter growing material, hooks and suction cups. Just add 3 seedlings per planter, and your tank will start growing plants. The home aquaponic system improves fish health, naturally filters the tank by growing plants above and below...

AWEA 2016: Day two - live blog

May 24, 2016: UNITED STATES: Windpower Monthly is bringing you news from the second day of Windpower 2016, the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) annual conference and exhibition, in New Orleans.

Toyota announces return of the stair-climbing iBOT wheelchair

May 24, 2016: This week Toyota revealed plans for its second generation iBOT prototype, a wheelchair so adaptable it allows people to climb stairs. The comeback is great news for people who feel limited by conventional wheelchair mobility and could usher in a whole new frontier for how balancing technologies are used to improve people’s lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBQvEJJBY-A The iBOT originally appeared on the scene in 2001, yet with the hefty price of $25,000 it was out of commission...

5.5-million-year-old cave holds prehistoric secrets few people have ever seen

May 24, 2016: A cave in eastern Romania has a unique environment that is hostile, and potentially deadly, for humans but makes a perfect home for all sorts of prehistoric invertebrates. The Movile Cave, located a few miles from the Black Sea, was sealed for more than five million years when it was discovered in the mid-1980s and, to date, fewer than 100 people have been allowed to enter. So far—48 species of creatures have been found living in the depths of the treacherous cave, most of which do not exist anywhere...

7 impressive homes built to resist natural disasters

May 24, 2016: http://inhabitat.com/post-earthquake-passive-solar-home-is-built-around-resilience/ http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-russian-dome-home-of-the-future-withstands-massive-snow-loads/ http://inhabitat.com/this-hamptons-beach-house-is-as-beautiful-as-it-is-weather-proof/ http://inhabitat.com/tsunami-house-by-designs-northwest-architects-stands-strong-in-the-face-of-tidal-waves/ http://inhabitat.com/this-tiny-orange-cabin-is-naturally-resistant-to-fire-water-rot-pests-and-extreme-weather/ http://inhabitat.com/build-your-own-disaster-proof-earth-home-using-materials-of-war/ Deltec's...

Immense drought-tolerant green roof provides valuable teaching tool in thirsty California

May 24, 2016: Designed by CO Architects, the 100,000-square-foot complex facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between faculty members, students, and researchers. In order to break the tradition of separate research and teaching, the architects provided open, public meetings spaces with large glass surfaces allowing visual contact between labs and promoting a more open attitude towards science. Related: Oregon’s Largest Education Building Achieves LEED Platinum Certification Various sustainable...

Indonesia's Zoo of Death plagued by overcrowding and feed shortages

May 24, 2016: Activists refer to Indonesia's largest zoo as the "zoo of death" and are calling for changes including new management and sending some of the animals away. The Surabaya Zoo has been around since 1916, but in recent years has faced harsh criticism for their treatment of the animals residing there. Overcrowding, lack of food, and staff that aren't trained well are all part of the problem. Around 2,200 animals live at the Surabaya Zoo, but activists say most are in cages that aren't big...

James Corner Field Operations eco-friendly revamp of the Chicago Navy Pier opens Friday

May 24, 2016: Located on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan, the Navy Pier is one of the most popular attractions in the Midwest and the most visited destination in the city. The pier opened to the public in 1916 as part of Daniel Burnham's “Master Plan of Chicago,” however, has suffered the reputation as a over-commercialized tourist trap. In a bid to return the historic pier to locals and redefine it as a more welcoming urban park, JFCO reimagined the space as a 24-acre “green spine” that better...

AWEA 2016: Day One - live blog

May 24, 2016: UNITED STATES: The global wind industry is in New Orleans this week (23-36 May) for the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Windpower 2016 annual conference and exhibition.

Could wealthy Californians opt out of water conservation?

May 24, 2016: El Niño has come and gone. Though one of the strongest in history, the most recent El Niño event did not provide the soaking that drought-stricken California expected and so desperately needed. While northern California has emerged from drought, at least for now, more than 70% of the Golden State remains dangerously dry. In response to the slight positive changes, California Governor Jerry Brown has lifted statewide restrictions on water, allowing districts to set their own local regulations....

RES and National Grid agree fast balancing

May 24, 2016: UK: RES has signed a four-year deal with grid operator National Grid to provide a battery storage system to aid grid balancing in the UK.

O'Connor appointed GWEC ambassador

May 24, 2016: IRELAND: Mainstream Renewable Power CEO Eddie O'Connor has been made a global ambassador for the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).

Culver City Eco House fights back after being decimated by landslide

May 24, 2016: When Los Angeles based Studio Nova was asked to design this stunning home in Culver City, they were in for a few surprises. A slew of unexpected factors, including the need for a complete redesign, dragged out the home’s building time but some out-of-the-box thinking still allowed it to come to completion in all of its sustainable, eye-catching glory. The contemporary, light-filled home is almost net-zero energy, and features material exclusively from Home Depot. After the former home’s backyard...

Poland limits wind development with new law

May 24, 2016: POLAND: The new government has passed legislation imposing onerous minimum distance requirements for new wind farms, and raising the property tax burden for all wind energy investors.

Lose yourself in the hypnotic blue depths of this ocean-inspired table

May 24, 2016: If the delMare table looks familiar, you may be thinking of Christopher Duffy’s gorgeous Abyss Table or even Alexandre Chapelin’s Lagoon series. While Locota’s ocean-inspired work isn’t an original idea, it’s still no less impressive. As if to emphasize its unconventional appearance, the mesmerizing handmade table stands on three legs, rather than four, with a very low center of gravity. “You won’t easily understand it’s shape and form, but you will be drawn to look at it for hours,...

This prefab social housing development functions as a diverse eco-neighborhood in France

May 24, 2016: The construction process uses a combination of concrete, metal and prefab wood components systematized in two main families-flat components for the facades and the flooring, and 3D modules for sanitary and technical facilities. When 3D modules arrive on site, the construction team only has to connect the utilities and fit the lining boards to the 3D blocks. Related: INRA Research Laboratory is Dedicated to Ecology and Forest Genomics in France The volumes were broken down into smaller masses...

HELUKABEL to showcase medium-voltage and fiber-optic cable solutions at WINDPOWER 2016

May 24, 2016: HELUKABEL, a leading cable manufacturer, will be highlighting its medium-voltage aluminum and fiber-optic cable capabilities at WINDPOWER 2016 being held in New Orleans, LA on May 23 to 26. This show brings together wind industry innovators, thought leaders, and policy makers from all over the world to chart wind energy’s course into the future. The American Windpower Engineering & Development…

Siemens signs first balance-of-plant wind service agreement in U.S.

May 24, 2016: Siemens has signed a long-term contract extension for service and maintenance at the 152-MW Keenan II wind farm in Oklahoma that will add balance of plant (BoP) to the scope and extend it for another 15 years. This marks the first long-term BoP wind service agreement in the U.S. for Siemens. The customer is CPV Windpower Engineering & Development…

WINDPOWER unveils big changes and “Generation Wind” theme in New Orleans

May 24, 2016: Thousands of wind-power developers, manufacturers, workers, executives, and more arrive from around the world to New Orleans for a four-day conference and exhibition this week as America’s industry with the fastest growing job kicked off its largest event all year. WINDPOWER 2016 began Monday morning with the election of new leadership by the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower Engineering & Development…

Researchers confirm deadly African crocodiles are now living in Florida swamps

May 23, 2016: Southern Florida’s warm climate and marshy terrain are a perfect habitat for all sorts of crazy and dangerous creatures. Now, researchers are adding one more unlikely predator to the list: Nile crocodiles from Sub-Saharan Africa. Larger and more aggressive than their Northern American cousins already living in the Sunshine State, Nile crocs are the latest addition to the list of deadly wild animals in Florida. Tourists beware. A team of researchers based at the University of Florida warns residents...

Curvaceous apartment with tree-lined terraces unveiled for Paris

May 23, 2016: Unlike its urban neighbors, the UNIC eschews harsh edges for a sinuous and asymmetric form that references organic shapes found in nature. The floors gradually decrease in size towards the upper levels, giving the 13-story-tall block a mountain-like appearance. Full-height glazing wraps around every floor and opens up to undulating terraces with glass balustrades and planted trees. Related: MAD completes undulating Harbin Opera House in China "The floating and upward-growing form responds...

DIY: Backyard composter from a garbage can + what can be tossed into it

May 23, 2016: Many cities around the world now have composting programs so household food scraps and garden clippings can be mulched rather than ending up in landfills. This is a great practice, but there are also a lot of places that don't have a program like this, including…

Google is launching a modular smartphone that snaps together like LEGO bricks

May 23, 2016: Google lifted everyone’s hope up a few years ago by floating its idea for a customizable, modular phone, then striking it down. Lucky for consumers sick of the pressure to buy the latest and greatest new phone every few months, the Project Ara phone is set to ship out next year. At Google’s recent development conference the announcement was made that Ara would actually see the light of day. The latest model features a frame with six slots for different hardware modules, which can snap...

Eye-catching Container Park's creative cargotecture revives downtown Las Vegas

May 23, 2016: Designed by The International Port Management Enterprise (IPME) and Breslin Builders as a solution to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas, "Downtown Container Park" is a 50,000-square-foot outdoor shopping and entertainment venue, composed of an arrangement of repurposed shipping containers. The project, which took two years to complete, boasts a vibrant array of shopping boutiques, a barbershop, various food and beverage providers, an observation tower and immersion dome, a children’s playground, and...

Mitsubishi president and VP to resign amidst fuel-economy scandal

May 23, 2016: President of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. Tetsuro Aikawa announced his impending resignation in response to the publicity of the automaker’s fuel economy data manipulation. Both he and vice president Ryugo Nakao will step down on June 24, at which time Nissan will become the company’s biggest shareholder in an attempt to turn around the brand in the eyes of Japanese consumers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elxcnyyVC5w Last month the company admitted to using improper fuel economy tests...

Bonbon's brilliant sofa transforms into a bunk bed in a snap

May 23, 2016: It's been a while since we talked about compact habitats, but it's one of our favorite topics. Efficient use of space is the best way to maximize your living quarters. It helps you conserve resources, keep your life organized, and enjoy clutter-free surroundings.

SolarBook is a powerful portable solar-powered charger that doubles as a notebook

May 23, 2016: There are oodles of portable chargers on the market, but carrying an extra gadget that serves only one purpose is inconvenient. That's why this solar charger, called SolarBook, which doubles as a notebook is so awesome. The solar panel within SolarBook is one of the world’s most advanced and extremely efficient, with a 23% Photovoltaic conversion rate. Located on the SolarBook is a USB cable with a 5V / 960 mAh power output that will charge any USB compatible device such as your smartphone or...

Explore a monarchs choice of architecture by country

May 23, 2016: Most monarchs today no longer wield the political power their positions once promised, but they still serve as strong symbols of national unity. One of the greatest examples of that lasting national pride can be seen in the incredible architecture of their kingdoms and palaces. Fly to Dubai created an infographic to take you around the world for a look at the different choices of architecture for monarchs from present day to the recent past. + Fly to Dubai…

BirdWalk makes intelligent backpacks that transform for on-the-go urbanites

May 23, 2016: BirdWalk is a design studio from Lisbon, Portugal, they are currently launching a carry item named - Tweak. Tweak is an intelligent bag designed and produced by BirdWalk for cosmopolitan people to carry their office essentials and personal belongings. Can…

World's first 3D-printed electric motorcycle blazes down the road at 50 MPH

May 23, 2016: A new electric motorcycle debuted on Friday in Ottobrunn, Germany and it puts predecessors to shame in many categories. The Light Rider was created by APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus, and it’s a high-tech work of art. The bike has an ultralight 3D-printed frame and a fully electric motor that propel the cycle up to 50 miles per hour. With a strong frame, unique design, and 37-mile range, the Light Rider breaks the mold for two-wheeled transportation and could help usher in a new era of 3D-printed...

Scientists develop new way to generate electricity via seawater

May 23, 2016: As we search for an energy source that doesn't give off dangerous emissions, scientists from Japan's Osaka University came a step closer towards obtaining a solar fuel from one of the most abundant resources on Earth: seawater. Through chemical reactions, they were able to collect hydrogen peroxide, H2O2, from seawater, which can be used to generate power in fuel cells. In their recently published paper, the scientists said solar energy is an important alternative to fossil fuels,...

Sprawling green roof keeps Sag Harbor home cool in summer

May 23, 2016: The 5,000-square-foot residence includes four bedrooms, TV den, home office and a screened porch. The first floor houses an open-plan living space while a two story, glass curtain wall and bridge connect the bedrooms on the second floor. Sliding panels of the floor-to-ceiling glass wall that open up onto a wooden deck integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Related: Aviator’s Villa Built From Salvaged Airplane Parts Simulates Life in the Clouds The second floor roof deck features a green...

Traditional windows transform the facade of Tehran apartment building into art

May 23, 2016: The seven-story building features a facade made of heat-treated timber inset with stained glass and vegetation. In addition to its role in controlling solar intake, the facade has a decorative quality by combining natural materials, color and transparency. The patterned facade references some of Iran's iconic traditional residences, while functioning as a high-performance element that reduces heat buildup. Related: Apartment No. 1 is Built Completely Out of Recycled Stone in Mahallat, Iran "Economic...

Our carbon budget could be shot in five years, researchers say

May 23, 2016: As we hurtle towards the 2 degrees Celsius limit, climate scientists at CarbonBrief scrutinized carbon budgets to see how long we have left before we use them up. These budgets relate amounts of carbon humans can emit to stay below 1.5 degrees, 2 degrees, and 3 degrees Celsius greater than levels before the Industrial Revolution. The findings weren't good. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbhlWSxcoYg CarbonBrief utilized carbon budgets prepared by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate...

AWEA Windpower 2016: New Orleans

May 23, 2016: UNITED STATES: The global wind industry is in New Orleans this week for the American Wind Energy Association's (AWEA) Windpower 2016 annual conference and exhibition.

AWEA 2016: Vestas upgrade for older US fleet

May 23, 2016: UNITED STATES: Vestas has partnered with Danish control system provider Mita-Teknik to improve output of 20-year old V47-660kW turbines in North America.

The number of pregnant women with Zika in the US just tripled

May 23, 2016: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on May 20th that the number of pregnant women in the US with Zika virus is now three times higher than previously thought. The cases have jumped from 48 to 157, although the agency claims that it's aware of less than a dozen babies or fetuses who've actually suffered from birth defects due to the infection. However, since most of the pregnancies are ongoing, that number will likely climb. An additional 122 cases in pregnant women have also...

Apple unveils nature-filled, solar-powered future for its retail stores worldwide

May 23, 2016: Foster + Partners is no stranger to working with Apple. The international architecture firm has overseen the design of several iconic Apple stores, such as the glass-clad flagship in Istanbul, as well as the new Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino that’s nearing completion. With Apple Union Square, the architects closely collaborated with Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, and Angela Ahrendts, the senior vice president of Retail and Online Stores. Set across from San Francisco’s famous Union...

Fleet Farming transforms suburban lawns into sustainable gardens

May 23, 2016: Front lawns are all too common across the United States, yet they produce a huge amount of pollution through absorbing fertilizer and pesticides. Homeowners use 800 million gallons of gas to mow 40 million acres of lawn. Fleet Farming, an organization started by Heather Groves and Chris Castro in Orlando, Florida, aims to reduce pollution by transforming those inefficient lawns into gardens that provide food for their local community. It's not only lawns that are an issue, but our...

Renewables to exceed LCF budget

May 23, 2016: UK: Projected spending on renewable energy is set to exceed the Levy Control Framework (LCF) budget up to 2020/21, largely due to overlapping renewable energy support schemes.

India shatters records with temperature of 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit

May 23, 2016: As we continue to break records for hot temperatures, one city in India is suffering under oppressive record-breaking heat. Phalodi, in northern Rajasthan, registered an extreme temperature of 51 degrees Celsius, which is 123.8 degrees Fahrenheit. The prior record was set in another city in Rajasthan, Alwar, back in 1956 with a temperature of 50.6 degrees Celsius, or 123 degrees Fahrenheit. This new temperature smashes not only the country high, but the continent high. It's shy of...