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9 Fun and Inspiring Ways to Garden in Mason Jars

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MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

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Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar panels. According to Phys.org, the system proposed by a group of MIT professors and published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science uses a fairly new solar cell technology that includes a compound called perovskite, which is nearly on par with traditional silicon-based cells but takes significantly less material to manufacture. The big problem to date with perovskite is the fact that lead – a source of toxic pollution that’s destructive to plants and animals – is a major ingredient in its manufacturing.

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A Disappointing Majority of New and Renovated NYC Buildings Are Energy-Inefficient

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Despite all of our efforts to make NYC greener with rooftop gardens, solar panels and wind turbines, the city at large is still terribly behind when it comes to energy efficiency. The Department of Buildings recently posted the results of a completed audit, revealing that one in ten buildings in the midst of or due for construction, as well as those currently undergoing renovation, fail to meet the New York City Energy Conservation Code. This means that 90 percent of the construction in the city isn’t meeting NYC energy standards.

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Breathtaking Green-Roofed Tula House Hovers Over the Craggy Cliffs of British Columbia

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Nokero Launches Prima N202 Solar-Powered Light Bulb at American Renewable Energy Day

by , 08/20/14

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Nokero International, Ltd. recently launched the Prima N202, its ninth solar-powered light bulb, at Aspen’s American Renewable Energy Day Conference early this month. As a leader in solar-powered renewable energy, Nokero will distribute its latest product internationally with the aim of improving the lives and economic opportunities of those without electricity. The lightweight and portable Prima N202 boasts the world’s most efficient integrated solar panel and can generate 180 lumens per watt of LED light for 7+ hours on the Low setting and 3.5+ hours on the High setting. The solar-powered bulb can be purchased from the Nokero shop.

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Construction on BIG-Designed LEGO House Breaks Ground With First LEGO-Like Bricks Laid

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Architecture, Art

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Construction on Bjarke Ingels Group’s LEGO House just broke ground yesterday, starting with the installation of six LEGO-shaped foundation bricks. Located at The LEGO Group’s birthplace in the Danish city of Billund, the LEGO House will serve as an “experience center” for an estimated 250,000 annual visitors. Characteristic of BIG’s playful designs, the 75-foot-tall structure will be built out of stacked rectangular volumes that resemble giant LEGO bricks.

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Nina Lindgren's Cardboard Floating City Looks Like a Futuristic Movie Cityscape

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Massive Floating Sails Could Harness Wind and Wave Energy to Power Copenhagen’s Electric Grid

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Artist Felix Cheong designed Oscillating Platforms, a proposal for an off-grid floating art installation submitted to the 2014 Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) design competition. Outfitted with colorful and eye-catching sails, each freeform platform creates opportunities for artists to showcase their talents while harvesting tidal and wind energy to generate electricity. By harnessing renewable energy, the Oscillating Platforms can teach the public about sustainable energy and has the potential to offset the energy use of approximately 1,539 Copenhagen residents per year.

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Poachers Killed 100,000 Elephants in 3 Years Due to Skyrocketing Ivory Demand

by , 08/20/14
filed under: Animals, Conservation, News

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Africa is experiencing a huge spike in elephant deaths due rising demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. A new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012. A decade ago 25% of all elephant deaths were due to illegal killings, however that figure has risen to 65% today – and if it continues it will lead to extinction of the species.

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The Bizarre Way the Ivanpah Solar Plant Wants to Solve Its Bird-Killing Situation

by , 08/20/14

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What’s the world’s largest solar plant to do when its massive mirrors start frying all of the birds flying by? If the solar plant is Ivanpah, the apparent solution is to institute a sort of cap and trade system for bird death. Ivanpah’s owners have decided that in order to offset the number of birds killed by the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, it will donate money to spay and neuter cats, which are notorious bird killers themselves.

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Curvaceous Green Walls Lure Visitors Into This Fresh-Baked Cheese Tart Store in Yokohama

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Spain's 'Guerilla Architect' Self-Builds Amazing Low-Cost Projects in the Wake of Financial Crisis

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Olafur Eliasson's Sprawling Stone River Landscape Takes Over the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

by , 08/19/14
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NASA's New Space Solar Arrays Fold Like Extreme Origami Flowers

by , 08/19/14

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Bigger is better when it comes to space-based solar panels – but rockets have a very limited amount of room, so getting them into orbit can be a challenge. So where do NASA researchers turn when looking for solutions to this packing problem? Surprisingly, they look no further than the good, old-fashioned art of origami. Using an innovative folding technique, researchers at Brigham Young University (BYU) and NASA created an 82-foot solar array that can fold down to just 8.9 feet when closed.

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3D-Printed Honeycomb Home Could Provide Housing on Mars

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Greenbuild 2014: The World's Largest Green Building Event is Coming to New Orleans October 22nd!

Greenbuild 2014: The World's Largest Green Building Event is Coming to…

Heads up architects and green building buffs - the world’s largest sustainable building event, Greenbuild, is coming up in New Orleans from October 22-24! This year the Big Easy is…

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David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

David Rockwell Launches New Line of Luxury Prefab Homes

In many cases, prefab architecture is still judged as low-cost, mid-quality design. However, Rockwell hopes that by incorporating vibrant new concepts of elegance and quality into…

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Leaked Video Shows "Most Abhorrent Displays of Unethical Hunting…

Hunting protected animals with semi-automatic weapons, running over animals with jeeps, and torturing animals before killing them; it sounds too horrible to be true - but a shocking new…

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Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in Lyon

Polluted Factory Transformed Into Garden-Filled Green Community in…

Green Cascade completely rehabilitated the polluted site of the Keller-Dorian factory, which made small metal parts for engraving and textile printing. Now the area features 100…

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Bertjan Pot's Spectacular LED Chandelier Brings the Spirit of Disco to Any Room

Bertjan Pot's Spectacular LED Chandelier Brings the Spirit of Disco to…

Studio Bertjan Pot’s new LED chandelier brings disco fever to any room! Lovingly called “Come on LED’s go!,” the oversized light fixture evokes 70's dance floors with grids of…

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