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Jan 20, 2021

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House of Childhood is a daycare that emphasizes energy efficiency

Jan 20, 2021: Translated House of Childhood, the building was designed by Tectoniques Agency and is functional, inviting, striking and environmentally friendly.

Federal court dismisses Trump's rollback on regulating carbon emissions

Jan 20, 2021: A federal court has turned down the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to lessen carbon emission regulations for coal plants.

Gothenburg, Sweden develops world's first zero-emissions zone

Jan 20, 2021: The Swedish city of Gothenburg is developing the world's first large-scale zero-emissions city zone. In collaboration with Volvo Cars, Gothenburg's Green City Zone initiative will be open to economic activities, allowing people to participate in businesses while supporting a sustainable environment.

Former prison site to transform into green mixed-use district

Jan 20, 2021: In the Copenhagen suburb of Albertslund, the former Vridsløselille prison site will take on new life as an attractive mixed-use district with a strong emphasis on nature. The development plan for the 160,000-square-meter district will combine the design proposal by Danish architectural firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects and landscape architects BOGL with the scheme put forth by COBE Architects.

Need a bike helmet? 'Grow It Yourself' with mycelium

Jan 20, 2021: Tired of replacing all those plastic bike helmets? Now, there's a more sustainable option. The 100% compostable Grow It Yourself Helmet is made from mycelium.

An anode-free zinc battery that could someday store renewable energy

Jan 20, 2021: Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, could help decrease the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But first, power companies need a safe, cost-effective way to store the energy for later use. Massive lithium-ion batteries can do the job, but they suffer from safety issues and limited lithium availability. Now, researchers have made a prototype of an anode-free, zinc-based battery that uses low-cost, naturally abundant materials.

The Mountain tiny home comes with a skylit cedar shower

Jan 19, 2021: Designed and built by CoMak Tiny Homes in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, this tiny home on wheels packs a ton of cool features into a pretty small package.

Biden expected to cancel Keystone XL project on first day in office

Jan 19, 2021: Sources close to the US. President-elect Joe Biden indicate that the President plans to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline project.

US solar panels may be partially produced via slave labor

Jan 19, 2021: The production of polysilicon and other solar panel parts in Xinjiang is suspected to be through slave labor. Will the US stop importing these problematic parts?

A new LEED Gold civic center will reinvigorate downtown Long Beach

Jan 19, 2021: Long Beach Civic Center Master Plan redesigns the downtown area into a vibrant, mixed-use district with multiple LEED-certified structures.

Could contraception for pigeons be a humane option for population control?

Jan 19, 2021: To get rid of pigeons, people typically trap, shoot or poison them. OvoControl is trying long-term birth control instead.

The Wzai 2.0 smart plant can give anyone a green thumb

Jan 18, 2021: Have you ever found yourself with a struggling houseplant, demanding to know why it won't thrive? Let the Wázai 2.0, the world's smartest bonsai, turn you into a master home gardener.

Seagrass purges 900M plastic bits from the Mediterranean yearly

Jan 18, 2021: A new study has found "Neptune Balls" full of plastic that wash ashore are the product of seagrass, which collects and purges plastic pollution from the water.

Cobalt-free batteries will make EVs more affordable

Jan 18, 2021: If the high price tag is all that stands between you and your dream Tesla, you might be able to afford one in a few years thanks to cobalt-free batteries.

This green-roofed cabin is made from local cedar and glass

Jan 18, 2021: Made from sustainable building materials, the Bowen Island House maintains deep connections to nature while minimizing environmental impact.

Dolmen Shelter renderings imagine stone-shaped guest rooms

Jan 18, 2021: Sibling team Davit and Mary Jilavyan have imagined a boutique hotel with stone-shaped guest rooms partially inspired by their housing complex in Moscow. The project, known as Dolmen Shelter, is a fictional rendering that the duo hopes to someday see brought to fruition by their friends in the building industry.

Bro.do x Mylea Better Shoes are made from mushroom leather

Jan 15, 2021: As the fashion world looks for alternatives to plastic and leather, mycelium is rising to the top of the material supply chain.

Trump administration opens 3.4M acres of owl habitat to loggers

Jan 15, 2021: More than 3 million acres of land, formerly protected habitat for threatened owls, have been opened to loggers.

Sales of Drilling Leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Attract Few Bidders

Jan 15, 2021: In a blow to the outgoing administration’s efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to fossil fuel development, only half of the oil and gas leases offered for sale Wednesday received bids, and all but two of those came from the state of Alaska……

Former Michigan governor charged for role in Flint water crisis

Jan 15, 2021: Seven years after the infamous Flint, Michigan water crisis, former governor Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday for his part in the environmental disaster.

A micro-house offers a formerly homeless resident both privacy and connection

Jan 15, 2021: In working closely with the client, the architects crafted a home that respected her desires for privacy without compromising a sense of community.

Stefano Boeri Architetti designs prefab COVID-19 vaccination centers for Italy

Jan 15, 2021: All aspects of the project, which was completed free of charge, are united by a floral logo of a pink primrose and the motto “With a flower, Italy comes back to life.”…

Past and future come together at the sustainable Auric Hall

Jan 14, 2021: How can architecture serve the needs of culture and civilization? IMK Architects, a pioneer in urban design founded in 1957, answers that question with Auric Hall, its new project in Aurangabad, India.

Drought leaves Istanbul with just 45 days' worth of water

Jan 14, 2021: Turkey's capital Istanbul could run out of water in the next 45 days if rain does not fall.

The European bison population is no longer vulnerable

Jan 14, 2021: The European bison’s population has increased sufficiently for it to be removed from IUCN’s list of vulnerable species.

A bamboo meditation center overlooks sunset views in Chiang Mai

Jan 14, 2021: Locally sourced bamboo and adobe bricks make up the new Meditation Cathedral & Sunset Sala, a cluster of organically shaped buildings on top of a hill in northern Chiang Mai.

Adidas Outdoor line furthers brand's push for sustainability

Jan 14, 2021: While many big businesses and brands cause overwhelming environmental problems, Adidas works to clean up its act. In a bold move last January, Adidas acknowledged its contribution to plastic waste, noting the waste's negative impacts on the world's oceans.

An autism-friendly hospital emphasizes nature for resiliency and healing

Jan 13, 2021: Charleston, South Carolina has raised the bar for inclusive healthcare design with the opening of the new Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion.

2 gorillas at the San Diego Zoo test positive for COVID-19

Jan 13, 2021: The gorillas showed symptoms, including coughing, at the San Diego Zoo last week.

Trumps name found scraped into a manatees back

Jan 13, 2021: A manatee in Florida has been found with the name Trump scraped into the algae on its back. Authorities are asking for help finding the person responsible.

Mint Tiny Homes Loft Edition model is full of natural light

Jan 13, 2021: For those who love the idea of a tiny home but hate the thought of feeling cramped inside a small space, the Loft Edition model from Mint Tiny Homes should definitely be on the radar.

LEED Gold-targeted Knight Campus advances scientific innovation

Jan 13, 2021: The University of Oregon recently welcomed the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, a 160,000-square-foot campus built to accelerate groundbreaking scientific discovery and development in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment.

Studio Rygalik's Circula bench uses sustainable materials

Jan 12, 2021: Designed by Tomek Rygalik, Circula is a circular bench made from sustainable materials such as FSC-certified wood, recycled plastic and phosphate steel.

50 countries pledge to conserve 30% of land and water

Jan 12, 2021: The High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People has made a pledge to protect 30% of the land and water on Earth by 2030.

Bee-killing pesticide approved for emergency use in the UK

Jan 12, 2021: Not only is this chemical thought to kill bees, but rainwater will wash it from fields into rivers.

Nonprofit Washed Ashore crafts art and jewelry from ocean plastic

Jan 12, 2021: Washed Ashore is an environmental nonprofit that spreads the message about ocean pollution using the visual appeal of art.

AirBird alerts users to open windows when CO2 is too high

Jan 12, 2021: AirBird has taken flight as a product that measures and reports on the air quality indoors.

“I Was A Spy for Planet Earth”: The CIA’s Dr. Linda Zall

Jan 12, 2021: Linda Zall played a starring role in American science that led to decades of major advances. But she never described her breakthroughs on television, or had books written about her, or received high scientific honors. One database of scientific publications lists her contributions as consisting of just……

Suspended treehouses provide epic views of a fjord in Norway

Jan 11, 2021: Just 20 minutes from the town of Odda, through the steep Norwegian hillsides, something magical sits at the edge of the fifth-longest fjord on Earth.

2020 ranks as the hottest year in modern history

Jan 11, 2021: Last year tied with 2016, making this decade the hottest decade in modern history.

Top cities and countries for vegans

Jan 11, 2021: Planning a move or dreaming of a post-pandemic vacation? A new list reveals 2020's big winners for top vegan destinations around the world.

Perkins Eastmans WELL Platinum Chicago office prioritizes employee health

Jan 11, 2021: The office is the first WELL Platinum-certified project in the state of Illinois and the fourth of its kind in the U.S.

Tesla: the real environmental impact

Jan 11, 2021: Tesla is known for its state-of-the-art electric vehicles, but how sustainable is the company really?

The River House shows off a green renovation in Ireland

Jan 8, 2021: Located in the beautiful County Kilkenny of Ireland, the River House contains a unique mixture of Portuguese design and sustainable elements.

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge lease sale attracts few bidders

Jan 8, 2021: Only three bidders expressed interest in the leases, one of the bidders being the state of Alaska.

Climate change doubles natural disaster costs in the US

Jan 8, 2021: The U.S. spent $95 billion on fixing damage caused by natural disasters last year, which was almost twice the 2019 costs.

DIY building plans for the luxurious Patara Tiny Home are now for sale

Jan 8, 2021: You'll be amazed by how many luxuries can fit in such a small space!

MVRDV designs BREEAM Excellent-targeted Matrix 1 for Amsterdam

Jan 8, 2021: MVRDV has shared designs for the Matrix 1, an office and laboratory complex to be located in the heart of Amsterdam Science Park.

Foster + Partners wins bid to design the nature-filled Guangming Hub

Jan 7, 2021: The contemporary urban center will feature a sustainable mix of transit options from new metro lines to shared surfaces for cyclists and pedestrians.

Trump administration reverses migratory bird protections

Jan 7, 2021: In a last-ditch effort to protect fossil fuel companies, the Trump administration has reversed a conservation law that prohibits such companies from killing migratory birds accidentally.