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The surprising way air pollution levels in the Middle East are affected by years of conflict

The surprising way air pollution levels in the Middle East are affected by years of conflict

A new study has revealed significant changes in air pollution levels in the Middle East, with economic crisis, humanitarian catastrophe, and war being contributing factors. High resolution satellites have

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Samsung wants to blanket the entire planet with internet using 4,600 satellites

Samsung wants to blanket the entire planet with internet using 4,600 satellites

Facebook isn’t the only corporation with its eyes on the prize of universal Internet access. Samsung recently published an R&D report, which proposes the creation of a global network of thousands of

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We’ve already used up a year’s worth of the Earth’s resources in just 8 months

We’ve already used up a year’s worth of the Earth’s resources in just 8 months

We all know about Earth Day and Arbor Day, with their focus on renewable resources and an appreciation for our great planet, but have you heard of Overshoot Day? The Global Footprint Network has been

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The world’s population is set to surpass 11 billion people by the end of the century

The world’s population is set to surpass 11 billion people by the end of the century

The world’s population has been steadily on the rise and is projected to hit between 9.5 and 13.3 billion people by 2100. High fertility rates and the rising of the median age in each country are

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Rotterdam is building the world’s largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

Rotterdam is building the world’s largest electric vacuum cleaner to suck up smog and turn it into jewelry

A Smog Free Tower that stands 23 feet tall is being built to scrub pollution out of the air in parks and other public outdoor spaces in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. On a mission to make cleaner cities,

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The Great Wall of China is slowly disappearing

The Great Wall of China is slowly disappearing

The Great Wall of China is one of the most awe-inspiring manmade structures in the world. Paradoxically, people are noticing that it is showing signs of decay and collapse at the hand of its maker. The

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New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

New EPA report reveals the 180 billion dollar cost of climate change

The Environmental Protection Agency has just released what is being called the most comprehensive report on the impact of global emissions on climate change. Titled “Climate Change in the United States:

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Climate Hope City: The Guardian unveils the ideal green city in Minecraft

Climate Hope City: The Guardian unveils the ideal green city in Minecraft

Lush, green rooftop gardens and multi-story farms growing fruits and vegetables for the people in the city. Hydrogen-powered boats that sail down crystal-clear rivers and canals and “strange,

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Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Paper-thin printed solar cells could provide power for 1.3 billion people

Over the past several decades, the cost of solar power has declined dramatically, from $40/watt in 1977 to $0.74/watt in 2013. This trend is expected to accelerate as improvements in efficiency and new

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How sustainable is wood?

How sustainable is wood?

The human race has caused irreversible devastation this planet, but perhaps one of the most immediately visible is deforestation. Deforestation threatens countless animals and plants every year, both

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Norway is saying “no more” to fur farm subsidies

Norway is saying “no more” to fur farm subsidies

Fur farmers in Norway may soon feel the pinch as the government announces a proposal to cut subsidies to these controversial farms. A cut of 17.8 million kroner ($2.35 million US) worth of agricultural

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INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

INFOGRAPHIC: How we can help reduce the impact of natural disaster

  Studies show that the number of people displaced by natural disasters has nearly doubled since the 1970s and scientists believe that, ultimately, urbanization is to blame for such displacements.

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Architects and other building experts called on to aid in Nepal’s post-earthquake recovery

Architects and other building experts called on to aid in Nepal’s post-earthquake recovery

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), has teamed up with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to "help identify Nepalese nationals or others with local or

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The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

The top 5 issues affecting interior design today

By Crandon Gustafson, Dean of the School of Interior Architecture at Boston Architectural College How human-centered experience is changing interior design Interior design is undergoing transformation

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7 Futuristic floating cities that could save humanity

7 Futuristic floating cities that could save humanity

Floating cities may seem like utopian sci-fi, but autonomous ocean settlements could become reality as early as 2020, says The Seasteading Institute. The forward-thinking organization recently launched

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Foster + Partners reveal plans for new metro system in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Foster + Partners reveal plans for new metro system in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Award-winning architecture firm Foster + Partners has been chosen to create a new city-wide public transportation plan for Jeddah—one of the most vibrant city centres in Saudi Arabia. F+P came out

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Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

One of the biggest culprits of disease and death in slum areas around the world is the lack of sanitary toilets. There are several places in Uganda’s capital Kampala where, on average, 1000 people have

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2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

"How, in a world that is so desperately short of resources, can we ensure that there is enough land, food and water for future generations?" This is one of the questions under discussion in the second

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Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

Factory collapse in Bangladesh kills seven and injures dozens more

The collapse of a cement factory in Bangladesh has killed at least five people and may have trapped as many as 100 people, according to local police. Reuters reports that that factory, run by a subsidiary

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National Parks Service maps show noise levels across the US—with and without humans

National Parks Service maps show noise levels across the US—with and without humans

A recently published map by the National Parks Service (NPS) gives a snapshot of the average sound levels across the lower 48 U.S. states on a typical summer's day. While the map was produced as part of

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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

Moldovan architect Maxim Calujac has a unique vision for sustainable urban design, and he has named it "Calotopos". Based on a set of principles including polycentrism, population dispersion, transport

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Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt - however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow

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Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

Frankfurt named the most sustainable city on the planet

When it comes to sustainability, Frankfurt is the place to be. The German city, known widely for its green initiatives, took top spot in the recently released Sustainable Cities Index by Arcadis–

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New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

New study revisits old news: keep fossil fuels in the ground

If Nature publishes it, will people finally listen? That may be what researchers from the University of London are hoping, because the international science journal has published a new study telling us

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Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

Watch Bill Gates drink water made from sewer sludge!

  In his quest to help save the planet, Bill Gates has literally tasted the next evolution in waste water technology: drinking water recycled from human waste. Gates visited the

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Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

Orangutan killed over palm oil had 40 shotgun pellets in her body

A female orangutan was shot and killed in Nyaru Menteng, Indonesia last week in the species' latest struggle with the palm oil industry. Riddled with over 40 shotgun pellets, the orangutan was found with

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Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

Remote Alaskan town is the canary in the US climate change coal mine

The town of Shishmaref, Alaska lies on an island 30 miles south of the Arctic Circle and next to the Chukchi Sea. Its residents, Native Alaskan Inupiaq people, can really see Russia from their house!

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Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding

Here's good news for tackling climate change: the Green Climate Fund has announced it will only invest in energy projects that depart from “business as usual” and have a major impact to

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Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

Thousands hit the streets of Lima to protest climate change during UN conference

In a massive show of solidarity towards solutions for climate change, thousands of people from all walks of life paraded through the streets of Lima, Peru on Wednesday, as world leaders talk at United

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell's facility at Bonny Island in

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