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Feb 18, 2018

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Your shampoo and deodorant are as bad for you as car exhaust

Feb 16, 2018: That stuff you use to get ready in the morning? It could be as bad for your health and the planet as car pollution. A new study shows that half of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in our air may come from products like shampoo, perfume, deodorant, as well as household products like paint, bleach and pesticides. Every time you wash your hair, paint your house, spray your hair, put on deoderant or paint your nails, you are making the air quality in your home and city worse - not to mention the...

Dreamy cabin is the perfect lakeside escape for large families

Feb 16, 2018: Montreal-based YH2 Architecture has given the traditional lakeside cottage a modern refresh in Window on the Lake, a minimalist timber cabin that derives its name from its stunning glazed end wall. Located just steps away from the shores of Lac Plaisant in Quebec’s Mauricie region, the gabled dwelling features a clean and minimalist design so as not to detract from its surroundings. The spacious family cottage sleeps up to 12 across two floors. Built of timber inside and out, Window...

Canada seeks proposals for the Clean Energy for Rural & Remote Communities Program

Feb 16, 2018: Reducing reliance on diesel in rural and remote communities will decrease Canada’s carbon footprint, support climate change adaptation, contribute to healthier communities, and provide new opportunities for jobs and economic growth — this, according to the Government of Canada. The Honorable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, announced a call for proposals for the Clean Energy for Rural and Windpower Engineering & Development…

Ergodyne prepares for summer heat with new Chill-Its safety gear

Feb 16, 2018: As a historic winter continues to keep much of North America locked in a deep freeze, the opposite extremes of summer may seem like a welcome respite to many. But for those making their living in the elements (and high-temperature indoor environments), the summer heat offers no break from on-the-job hazards, with the Bureau of Windpower Engineering & Development…

300 artificial islands in Dubai, 'The World,' may get another chance

Feb 16, 2018: The World, an archipelago of 300 artificial countries planned for Dubai, met an untimely end right before the 2008 financial crisis. But construction is underway once again. The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright reported, "After a decade in limbo, The World is back - with more ambitious plans than ever before." Related: Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons (1,2,3)…

This company makes leggings with biodegradable, compostable fabric

Feb 16, 2018: Have you ever heard the words 'biodegradable' and 'compostable' associated with activewear? Fitness company Aqua Vida offers leggings and shorts made with Amni Soul Eco fabric that is 100 percent recyclable and reusable - and in an anaerobic landfill or compost heap, will decompose in less than three years. Related: + Aqua Vida + Aqua Vida Sustainability Via…

U.S. developers to rethink business case for wind

Feb 16, 2018: Editor’s note: This article comes from K2 Management, an experienced owner’s engineer and lender’s technical advisor for wind ad solar projects. It is authored by Carsten Ploug Jensen, K2 Management’s Country Manager, North America. When U.S. President Donald Trump recently reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% he decreased the appetite for tax equity Windpower Engineering & Development…

Wooden home designed to withstand extreme weather assembled in just two days

Feb 16, 2018: Related: + Borren Staalenhoef Architecten BV bna Via Archdaily Het Kulkje Vlieland, Borren Staalenhoef Architecten BV bna,…

Breast cancer spread connected to amino acid in asparagus

Feb 16, 2018: Scientists have linked the spread of the disease breast cancer to a compound that's in asparagus and several other foods, The Guardian reported. Studies with mice reveals asparagine drives the advance of the cancer, and when they reduced asparagine in creatures with breast cancer, the amount of "secondary tumors in other tissues" dropped.

Pepsi launches new drink option with reusable bottle

Feb 16, 2018: Soda is struggling — sales of non-diet soda have dropped by over 25 percent during the last 20 years, according to Co.Design. PepsiCo is trying something new: an product they're calling Drinkfinity with reusable, BPA-free bottles. Users mix the contents of ingredient Pods into water to create beverages Drinkfinity's website boasts are "unapologetically less sweet."…

The Netherlands plans 26,910-square-foot floating solar farm at sea

Feb 16, 2018: Around 26,910 square feet of floating solar panels could provide clean energy for the Netherlands.

One of the last remaining communities still farming like the Aztecs

Feb 16, 2018: The village of San Gregorio Atlapulco is one of the only remaining communities that farms in the Aztec-era agricultural tradition. Located in Mexico City’s Xochimilco municipality, San Gregorio Atlapulco is home to vast fields known as chinampas, small islands which are connected by canals used for irrigation and transportation of crops and labor. Tenochtitlan, the Aztec island capital located in the middle of the Lake of Texcoco, was once fed by an integrated, complex system of chinampas....

Gorgeous timber home in the UK blends local vernacular with sustainable design

Feb 16, 2018: Related: The main superstructure is formed of a highly-insulated Timber frame with larch cladding fixed externally and internally. An air source Heat pump combined with Solar Thermal panels provides all hot water and heating needs. Wastewater is treated in a new onsite Bio Disk Treatment plant. All windows and Doors are either triple and double glazed units in a timber and aluminium composite frame. + RX Architects Photography by Ashley Gendek RX Architects, Chalfront Residence,...

"We are not prepared" for climate changescientists issue bleak warning

Feb 16, 2018: Researchers have determined that countries around the world are failing to fulfill their greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement, inevitably subjecting the world to unpredictable extreme weather. In a study published in the journal Science Advances, …

Australia launches first co-location site

Feb 16, 2018: AUSTRALIA: The first project in Australia with both solar and wind assets has commenced operations, following the completion of a 10MW solar plant, located next to an existing wind project.

VIDEO: Fish thrive at first US project

Feb 16, 2018: UNITED STATES: The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has released a video about the impact the 30MW Block Island project is having on local wildlife and communities.

EDF's renewable earnings fall despite increase in output

Feb 16, 2018: FRANCE: Utility EDF's renewables division benefited from an increase in power output in 2017, but its operating profit (Ebitda) dropped 12.8% year-on-year.

Green-roofed house blends beautifully into a Mediterranean landscape

Feb 16, 2018: Giuseppe Gurrieri Studio completed a beautiful new home for artists in Sicily complements its Mediterranean environment using natural materials and landscaping. The home, called Casa ECS, was also created with a major focus on sustainability. Powered by renewable energy, the building is topped with a green roof and built with thick earthen walls that ensure effective insulation. . Located in the town of Scicli, the 230-square-meter Casa ECS is set atop a series of terraces that gently...

Commercial site bought by community in 'UK first'

Feb 16, 2018: UK: More than 400 people have bought a wind project in Cumbria, which is thought to be the first to transfer from a commercial developer to community ownership in the UK.

No one knows why these bees build incredible spiraling hives

Feb 16, 2018: Caution: after what you are about to see, you may never be satisfied with your run-of-the-mill honeycomb again. That's because these design-savvy bees weren't content to live in generic boxes like most bees, so they made their hives look like something that could have come out of the mind of Zaha Hadid herself. Known as sugarbag bees (Tetragonula carbonaria), the insects live in Australia and create an unusual single-layer spiraling hive that is completely unlike the traditional flat beehive....

Peru protects one of world's last great untouched forests

Feb 16, 2018: In collaboration with local and international conservation groups, the Peruvian government has established Yaguas National Park in the country's far eastern territory, in which millions of acres of pristine rainforest will be permanently protected. “This is a place where the forest stretches to the horizon,” Corine Vriesendorp, a conservation ecologist at The Field Museum in Chicago, told the New York Times. “This is one of the last great intact forests on the globe.” The forest is so massive...

One in four of world's largest cities under water stress

Feb 16, 2018: Cape Town, South Africa is rapidly approaching what has been called "Day Zero," the moment when the diverse metropolitan area of nearly 4 million runs out of clean drinking water. While Cape Town has taken drastic measures to conserve water, it is simply not enough to avoid the imminent crisis. With Cape Town in the news, it's important to understand which other major cities around the world are also at risk. Lack of water is truly a global problem; one in four of the world's largest cities are currently...

Japanese builder unveils plans for worlds tallest timber skyscraper in Tokyo

Feb 16, 2018: Japanese builder and developer Sumitomo Forestry has unveiled designs for the world’s tallest timber skyscraper in the heart of Tokyo. Designed by Nikken Sekkei, the 1,148-foot-tall wooden tower will form part of the W350 Project, a mixed-use environmentally friendly development that the firms aim to complete in 2041 to mark Sumitomo’s 350th anniversary. The company says these steel-and-timber structures will help “transform the city into a forest.” Early renderings of the...

Graphene filter made out of soybeans makes water from Sydney Harbor drinkable

Feb 15, 2018: Imagine if we could create clean water from any freshwater source - no matter how dirty - in just one step. Australian scientists have done just that with a filtration technique that utilizes graphene film. It's so effective that even the filthiest water was clean enough to drink after passing through the filter.

FERC backs shared Massachusetts offshore transmission

Feb 15, 2018: UNITED STATES: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has given local transmission specialist Anbaric Development Partners permission to develop a shared grid system for Massachusetts' proposed offshore developments.

Cable railing expand the view in your favorite spaces

Feb 15, 2018: When you picture your dream home, what comes to mind? Lots of open, connected spaces, tons of natural light, a gorgeous view from your deck? If so, then you should be thinking about incorporating cable railing into your exterior and interior spaces. Not only is cable railing an excellent sustainable product option (it’s made with eco-friendly stainless steel), but it also has a minimalist vibe that makes any space feel welcoming and more expansive. Seeing Between the Lines Traditional railings...

New school in India will prioritize happiness and emotional intelligence

Feb 15, 2018: You won't find the students at Riverbend School near Chennai, India in a traditional classroom. They might be in an ideation lab or meditation room - this school is planning to focus on personal happiness, and turning out children who will give back to the world in a positive way. Designed by architecture studio Kurani, the campus of the Riverbend School was inspired by villages - where, according to anthropologists, personal relationships are strongest. Related:…

Dubai tests the world's first autonomous mobility pods

Feb 15, 2018: 10 passengers can fit inside new autonomous mobility pods Dubai is testing. The city's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) working with company Next Future Transportation ran the first tests of the self-contained, self-driving units at the World Government Summit, and they were a success. They can operate for three hours with the help of a battery, or charge up again in six hours. Related:…

Ørsted and Oxford University to research cyclic loading

Feb 15, 2018: UK: Ørsted has signed a five-year research agreement with the University of Oxford to optimise the design of foundation structures for offshore wind turbines.

Three border collies tear through a charred Chilean forest with backpacks full of seeds

Feb 15, 2018: Over 1.4 million acres were burned in Chile in 2017, in the country's worst wildfire season in history, according to Mother Nature Network. Left behind was a ravaged landscape - but a furry team came to the rescue. Three border collies were outfitted with special backpacks filled with seeds, and sent off to dash through the forest. Related:…

India 2GW auction prices at near record low

Feb 15, 2018: INDIA: The winning prices in India's first 2GW federal auction totalled INR 2.44/kWh ($0.038/kWh), in line with the state low tariff record and defying all expectations.

Australian renewable energy potential 'untapped'

Feb 15, 2018: AUSTRALIA: Falling technology costs for renewable energy and the closure of the oldest coal-fired power plants has accelerated the country's uptake of wind and solar energy, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Metal-clad Treehouse for "no-commute lifestyles" mimics Portlands forests

Feb 15, 2018: With projects like LEVER Architecture’s recently completed Treehouse, it’s little wonder Portland, Ore. scores high marks for livability and sustainability. Located on the Marquam Hill campus of the Oregon Health & Science University (OSHU), Treehouse caters to those interested in a “live/work/no-commute lifestyle”. Designed for mixed use, the seven-story houses 69 apartment units as well as retail on the ground floor. Taking cues from the forest, Treehouse is wrapped in a...

Statkraft's offshore sales boost Q4 results

Feb 15, 2018: NORWAY: Offshore wind divestment contributed to Statkraft's net profit of NOK 5.3 billion (€547 million) for the fourth quarter of 2017, the state energy company said.

Bullish Tacke launches SGRE €2bn saving plan

Feb 15, 2018: SPAIN: Merged turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) unveiled a plan to cut costs by €2 billion over the next three years, as it sets course for the 2020s, following a troubled first 12 months.

South Africa declares national disaster amid water crisis

Feb 14, 2018: South Africa's has declared a national disaster of the country's devastating drought. Although Cape Town has pushed back day zero - the day that the city runs out of water - until June 4, the country re-assesed the magnitude of the drought and determined that it has reached disaster proportions.

Cities in Germany to offer free public transit in fight against pollution

Feb 14, 2018: In what has been described as a radical move for Germany, several German cities will trial free public transportation services in an effort to reduce car usage and related pollution. “Effectively fighting air pollution without any further unnecessary delays is of the highest priority for Germany,” wrote German environment minister Barbara Hendricks and two colleagues in a letter to EU environment commissioner Karmenu Vella.  Other pollution-fighting proposals in Germany include stricter regulations...

Energy-neutral luxury houseboat floats in Haarlem waters

Feb 14, 2018: Filled with light and stunning views, modern houseboats in the Netherlands are things of envy—especially this new gem by VanOmmeren-architects. The Amsterdam-based studio recently completed Houseboat Haarlem Shuffle, an energy-neutral floating villa powered by solar energy and two heat pumps. The gorgeous home balances the need for privacy with maximizing landscape views. Located in the Spaarne River, Houseboat Haarlem Shuffle is a spacious 210-square-meter build spread out across...

Plants appear to lose consciousness when sedated

Feb 14, 2018: Are plants conscious? It's hard for us to know for sure, but a new study probes the issue by doling out anesthesia to plants. Our anesthetics work on the greenery - but just what are they working on? University of Bonn plant cell biologist Frantisek Baluska told The New York Times, "Plants are not just robotic, stimulus-response devices. They're living organisms which have their own problems, maybe something like humans feeling pain or joy. In order to navigate this complex life, they must have some...

Nature takes center stage at this renovated Soviet resort in Georgia

Feb 14, 2018: An old Soviet resort received a modern makeover that transformed it into a stunning mountain retreat facing the dramatic Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. Tbilisi-based duo Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia restored the brutalist building as the new home of the Rooms Hotels Kazbegi, named after a 19th-century Georgian poet. The building combines rustic and industrial aesthetics as a way of reconciling its architectural legacy with the appreciation of its alpine surroundings. It features 155...

Nature-based preschool trend flourishes across the United States

Feb 14, 2018: Over 250 nature-based preschools have popped up around America, according to a recent survey cited by Public Radio International (PRI) - and that's two-thirds more than in 2017. The schools, which offer lots of play outdoors, have been trendy in Europe for a long time, but the idea is picking up speed now across the Atlantic. Advocate Richard Louv told PRI, "There is a new body of evidence out there that really shows a connection, at least, between spending more time in nature and being healthier,...

The Ocean Cleanup launches San Francisco base in Pacific trash-busting bid

Feb 14, 2018: The Ocean Cleanup Project seeks to dismantle the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, guided by an ambitious design concept and the development of new technology to tackle the pollution threat. First conceived in 2013 by aerospace engineering student Boyan Slat, the Ocean Cleanup Project has recently announced the location of its home base, a former naval station in San Francisco Bay. From here, the Ocean Cleanup Project will manufacture, then launch, the first of its giant trash-collecting booms. With...

Moya Power seeks to harvest wind power from speeding trains in London

Feb 14, 2018: We can harness the power of wind in a field or on the ocean, but what about in drafty train tunnels? 27-year-old Charlotte Slingsby's startup Moya Power seeks to generate electricity capturing wind energy in existing infrastructure, Wired reported. The company employs a lightweight sheeting material to harvest low grade wind power. They have a pilot project underway on the London Crossrail. Related:…

Trump budget proposes huge cut to EPA and climate research

Feb 14, 2018: The Trump Administration released its fiscal 2019 budget proposal on February 12th, revealing its desire to deeply cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If adopted, the budget would cut the EPA's budget by 23 percent and eliminate nearly all funding for climate change research. The Administration described the budget as a return to the true mission of the EPA by reducing “unnecessary reporting burdens on the regulated community” and ending programs that “create unnecessary...

Platio unveils next-gen solar sidewalk that can charge electric vehicles

Feb 14, 2018: The sidewalks of the future could be paved with walkable solar panels from Hungarian startup Platio - and that clean energy could power electric cars. They recently installed their modular recycled plastic system at an EV charging station at one of real estate company Prologis' facilities. The pavers cover just over 50 square feet and boast an output of 720 watts.

Global capacity grows by 52.6GW in 2017

Feb 14, 2018: WORLDWIDE: Global turbine installations totalled 52,573MW in 2017 down 3.7% from a year earlier, according to the latest figures from the Global Wind Energy Association (GWEC).

Marine Renewables Canada adds wind to remit

Feb 14, 2018: CANADA: Wave, tidal, and river current energy association Marine Renewables Canada has decided to include offshore wind power in its mandate.