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Aug 04, 2021

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Minimalist House in Minohshinmachi focuses on nature

Aug 3, 2021: House in Minohshinmachi emphasizes an indoor-outdoor connection and views of nearby Mount Aogai.

Killer whale stranded in Alaska gets rescued

Aug 3, 2021: Last Thursday, boaters and locals helped rescue a stranded orca whale on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska. Boaters found the 20-foot-long mammal stuck in a 4-foot-long rock crevice on the rocky shore. The boaters first alerted the U.S. coastguard before taking any action.

Invasive lanternflies want to take over the U.S.

Aug 3, 2021: Spotted lanternflies are extremely cool-looking bugs, with polka-dotted wings in shades of red, black and beige that make them resemble paper lanterns. But people should be very worried about this invasive insect, according to entomologist Frank Hale.

Self-sufficient Sail House by David Hertz Architects looks like a ship

Aug 3, 2021: It’s a nautical home that boasts plenty of space for entertaining plus a green design.

Architect chosen to design sustainable 2026 Olympic Village

Aug 3, 2021: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, also known as SOM, will design the Olympic Village for the upcoming 2026 games in Milan-Cortina. The new village will be a part of the updated Porta Romana Railway Yard Master Plan.

Vegan, natural soaps include limited-edition art prints by female artists

Aug 2, 2021: The main mission of the Art Bar is to encourage self care and body positivity by providing organic soaps with natural ingredients.

Greenland's ice melt enough to cover Florida in water

Aug 2, 2021: Greenland's vast ice sheets are melting away at an alarming rate, according to a recent report. As reported by the Danish government, the ice sheet lost 8.5 billion tons of surface mass on Tuesday alone.

Wildfires rage across Turkey's Aegean coast

Aug 2, 2021: Turkey’s Aegean coast has been evacuated due to epic wildfires. At least eight people have perished, and boats rescued thousands of holidaymakers from resorts.

Nelson Mandela Park adds a breath of fresh air to an industrial part of Rotterdam

Aug 2, 2021: A new masterplan promises to transform an underused harbor site into an urban green space for a neighborhood that could really use more parks.

Papermelon makes sustainable jewelry from upcycled paper

Aug 2, 2021: Papermelon jewelry is constructed from upcycled paper, which is collected from friends, neighbors and well-wishers.

A modern design for a sustainable, zero-waste kitchen

Jul 30, 2021: Designed by Austria-based furniture designer Ivana Steiner, this modern zero-waste kitchen incorporates unique features to be as environmentally conscious as any room of the home could ever hope to be.

Three Americans' lifetime emissions enough to kill one person

Jul 30, 2021: A recent study on the mortality cost of carbon emissions has revealed that the average emissions created by 3.5 Americans are enough to kill one person.

Earth Overshoot Day 2021 has arrived. What does it mean for the planet?

Jul 30, 2021: Humanity's demand for resources has already exceeded what Earth can regenerate in a year. What does this mean for the environment?

This island home has a green roof seeded with native, drought-tolerant plants

Jul 30, 2021: The home’s green roof is landscaped with a variety of plants and vegetation that are both native and drought-tolerant, a feature that designers hoped would increase the biodiversity value of the area.

Appalachian Beekeeping Collective boosts pollinators and supports beekeepers

Jul 30, 2021: Bees are in trouble. Luckily, organizations like Appalachian Beekeeping Collective are here to help.

Solar-powered microbes to feed the world?

Jul 30, 2021: An international research team has shown that using solar-panels to produce microbial protein -- which is rich not just in proteins but also in other nutrients -- is more sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly than growing conventional crops. This method uses solar energy, land, nutrients, and carbon dioxide from the air.

3D-printed House of Dust connects a 1967 poem to modern technology

Jul 29, 2021: 3D-printed houses and other structures are becoming increasingly more common, but none have a creation story quite like The House of Dust.

Critically endangered bird found alive in Hawaii

Jul 29, 2021: A Maui parrotbill that was thought to have died over one and a half years ago has been spotted on the slopes of a Maui volcano.

Pollution turned this lagoon in Argentina stinky and pink

Jul 29, 2021: An Argentinian lagoon turned hot pink last week from chemical pollution. And it stinks.

Prefab holiday home in the Netherlands features transforming rooms

Jul 29, 2021: Orange Architects decided to take a different approach to the villa’s design in order to save space with the use of prefabrication and flexible design.

These compostable plates are like nothing youve seen before

Jul 29, 2021: If you didn’t know that Wasara plates are meant to be thrown away, you wouldn’t want to let them go. Designed to be elegant and beautiful, Wasara plates are compostable and disposable.

French offices receive a green update with Benetti MOSS walls

Jul 28, 2021: Sometimes, the best ideas are inspired in the most unlikely of ways.

Tokyo’s Hot Olympic Summer

Jul 28, 2021: No sport can escape the impacts of a changing climate. Less snow and ice, higher temperatures, and extreme weather events such as storms and heatwaves, all affect competitors and spectators alike. “Climate change is one of the biggest challenges humanity has ever faced, affecting sport……

London floods spark worry over climate change preparedness

Jul 28, 2021: On Sunday, the residents of London were caught up in flash floods following a heavy downpour, reigniting conversations about climate change preparedness.

Heartbreaking video shows salmon suffering through heat wave

Jul 28, 2021: A video captured by nonprofit group Columbia Riverkeeper shows the horrifying effects of the Pacific Northwest heat wave on sockeye salmon. Just short of a salmon snuff film, the video shows listless fish dotted with white fungal patches and red lesions as they struggle to survive an epically hot river.

XpreSole Panto waterproof boots are made from coffee grounds

Jul 28, 2021: Sustainable shoe brand Ccilu has developed a line of waterproof boots, called XpreSole Panto, made with recycled coffee grounds and other eco-friendly materials.

A redesign helps an Enel power plant transition away from coal

Jul 28, 2021: In a competition to create designs to update power plants in Italy, Frigerio Design Group takes the win with its forward-thinking and innovative approach.

An adaptive reuse project in Rome features modular meeting rooms

Jul 27, 2021: A design collaboration between Gabriele Masina studio in Rome and London-based THDP studio, the DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti will connect two buildings into one property using adaptive reuse techniques.

The 10 countries most and least threatened by climate change

Jul 27, 2021: A new study published in PLOS ONE has identified countries most at risk of "climate change-related harm" and those in a good position to deal with climate change's effects.

New Mexico's families of color already feeling climate change's effects

Jul 27, 2021: In hot, dry New Mexico, climate change is already playing out. And it’s hitting people of color especially hard, say climate change experts. In Albuquerque, New Mexico’s biggest city, the International District, where many families of color live, is a heat sink. Too much concrete and not enough vegetation traps heat. Several organizations are planting trees in lower income areas of the city, but it will be a while before saplings can provide shade. “As it gets hotter, heat sinks will...

New Oakville North additions put pedestrians first

Jul 27, 2021: This master-planned community is strategically located within hiking and biking trails for a pedestrian-first approach to urban planning and construction.

Cranbrook School teaches environmental stewardship

Jul 27, 2021: The Cranbrook School by Andrew Burns Architecture teaches students how to be stewards for the environment.

Ecologyst is a truly transparent fashion brand

Jul 26, 2021: Natural materials, ethical conditions for workers — it's a sustainable fashionista's dream. Check out how Ecologyst provides customers with true transparency.

Great Barrier Reef won't be listed as an endangered site just yet

Jul 26, 2021: The Great Barrier Reef will not be listed as a world heritage site in danger after consideration by the World Heritage Committee.

Extreme weather: Is the climate changing faster than expected?

Jul 26, 2021: We’ve been hearing about climate change for decades. But extreme weather events like the devastating European floods and the recent 115-degree temps in the Pacific Northwest have people wondering if we’re closer to the end than we thought.

Sanya Farm Lab honors architecture, culture and agriculture

Jul 26, 2021: The new Sanya Farm Lab is a four-story exhibition space that provides 4,000 square meters of space for education, play and innovative ideas.

ARCspace's prefab homes are a quick and sustainable housing solution

Jul 26, 2021: Builders are leaning into innovative designs and material development to curb the environmental impact through sustainable architecture. ARCspace, a modular building developer, is one such business.

Italian thermal spa celebrates 101st anniversary with a sustainable renovation

Jul 23, 2021: Terme di Saturnia thermal spa in Italy gets a sustainable renovation by London-based studio THDP.

California couple charged for starting wildfire during gender reveal

Jul 23, 2021: A 2020 gender reveal ceremony sparked a major wildfire. Now, the couple responsible is being charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Oregon's Bootleg Fire is creating its own weather

Jul 23, 2021: The massive southern Oregon wildfire is producing terrifying pyrocumulus clouds. And it's still only 30% contained.

The High Performance Surfing Center honors nature inside and out

Jul 23, 2021: When Branco Cavaleiro Architects was asked to develop a plan to house the High Performance Surfing Center in Cabedelo, Viana do Castelo, Portugal, the designers chose to incorporate protections for visitors as well as the surrounding landscape.

Turkey's Ritz-Carlton Residences are constructed with local materials

Jul 23, 2021: SAOTA chose to incorporate some sustainable features in its design for the new Ritz-Carlton Residences in Bodrum, Turkey.

A beginner's guide to gardening

Jul 22, 2021: Even if you're a beginner, you can get started on a successful garden with these tips.

West Coast Wildfire Smoke Spreads All the Way to NYC

Jul 22, 2021: Wildfire smoke from Canada and the Western United States stretched across the continent this week, covering skies in a thick haze and triggering health alerts from Toronto to Philadelphia. Air quality remained in the unhealthy range across much of the East Coast on Wednesday morning……

G20 nations subsidized $3 trillion in fossil fuels since Paris agreement

Jul 22, 2021: Despite promises, G20 nations continue to invest in fossil fuels amid the climate crisis.

France announces end of male chick culling

Jul 22, 2021: Being shredded alive. Getting gassed. It sounds like a horror movie, but in fact, it’s the true crime genre. But no more, say the French. France announced on Sunday that as of next year, male chicks can no longer be culled…

Elon Musk's tiny house is a Boxabl casita

Jul 22, 2021: For now at least, a tiny house called Boxabl is Musk’s abode, near SpaceX ground zero.

Habitat for Humanity develops its first 3D-printed home in US

Jul 22, 2021: In Tempe, Arizona, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona is building its first 3D-printed home on American soil.

This vineyard suite is tucked into a Tuscan UNESCO world heritage site

Jul 21, 2021: The first unit of luxury vineyard suite Casa Ojalá was recently unveiled in the hills of Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Val d’Orcia, Italy, part of a UNESCO world heritage site.

RHS Hilltop opens its wings to the study of horticulture

Jul 21, 2021: The widely respected Royal Horticultural Society is getting a promotion, coming out from the shadows and into the forefront of horticultural science. The U.K.'s first dedicated garden science hub is opening at the RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, which will showcase educational opportunities and scientific work in the field of horticulture.