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Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

Ban Ki-Moon: Addressing Climate Change is the Responsibility of Developed Nations

The challenge of dividing the burden of reducing global carbon emissions is the main issue preventing world leaders from agreeing on a binding climate treaty. But this week at the UN Framework

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Nail House: Chinese Home That Stood In Center of New Highway is Demolished

Nail House: Chinese Home That Stood In Center of New Highway is Demolished

The iconic 'nail house'—whose owners stood firm as redevelopment swallowed up surrounding residences—has been demolished. Located in China's Zhejiang Province, the home quickly became a striking—and

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Scientists Create New Solar Energy Technology That Creates Steam From Icy Cold Water

Scientists Create New Solar Energy Technology That Creates Steam From Icy Cold Water

Solar technology is beginning to heat up, thanks to researchers at Rice's Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP). Scientists have developed a method of solar thermal heating that generates steam at the

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Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment

Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment

This single house is all that's left of a neighborhood in Zhejiang Province, China that was demolished to make room for new urban development. The house, a dwelling owned by redevelopment resister Luo

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World Leaders Hopeful As 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference Kicks Off

World Leaders Hopeful As 2012 Doha Climate Change Conference Kicks Off

In recent years, climate change conferences have had underwhelming results - as the ones in Copenhagen and Bonn showed. However as the 18th session of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on

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It’s World Toilet Day – Here’s Why You Should Give a Sh*t

It’s World Toilet Day – Here’s Why You Should Give a Sh*t

Don't give a shit about toilets? Maybe you should. World Toilet Day calls our attention to the fact that while in the first world we may take toilets for granted and don't really like to talk about them,

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AllesWirdGut’s BIO Campus is a Ziggurat-Like Sustainable Neighborhood for Istanbul

AllesWirdGut’s BIO Campus is a Ziggurat-Like Sustainable Neighborhood for Istanbul

Rising almost like ziggurats from the land, the BIO Campus mimics the sand dunes familiar in parts of Turkey. AllesWirdGut partnered with Transsolar and Tom Matton to design each building to accommodate

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Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

Global CO2 Levels Reach Record High at 34 Billion Tons Last Year With China Taking the Lead

According to a report by the international Renewable Energy Industry Institute based in Germany, the total levels of global greenhouse gas emissions reached a record high last year at 34 billion tons.

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5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change With Geoengineering

5 Crazy Ways To Stop Climate Change With Geoengineering

1. Dam The Mediterranean German architect Herman Sörgel devised a massive plan, also known as Atlantropa, that would establish a gigantic hydroelectric dam built across the Strait of Gibraltar. This

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Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar Malaysia to be a Model Sustainable and Socially Equitable City of the Future

Iskandar, an area that covers 2,217 square kilometers at the southern tip of Malaysia, is the center of its country’s sustainable development strategy as an ultra-green and socially integrated city of

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Saudi Arabia Plans to Go 100% Renewable in Coming Decades

Medina Mosque photo from Shutterstock The Guardian reports that a top spokesman for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to transition the nation to 100 percent renewable energy in coming

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World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Be Built in 210 Days Instead of 90 as Originally Planned

World’s Tallest Skyscraper to Be Built in 210 Days Instead of 90 as Originally Planned

Earlier this year, Chinese Company Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), announced plans to build the world's tallest skyscraper in an unbelievable 90 days. Now the build time for the 838-meter-tall tower has

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ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

ETH Zurich Students Create Portable Hybrid Generator that Provides Power and Clean Water

Nearly a fifth of the people on the planet live without access to electricity, and while generators can be used to provide power to these areas, most are too expensive or not portable enough to offer a

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The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants

The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants

Climate change is a world-wide problem, spanning nations, time zones and environments. Challenges of such a massive scale demand a powerful and comprehensive means through which to observe, collect, and

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Rock-Sette is a Sustainable Disaster Prevention and Education Center for Istanbul

Rock-Sette is a Sustainable Disaster Prevention and Education Center for Istanbul

Designed by Dinkoff Architects and Engineers, Rock-Sette is a self-sufficient and non-polluting disaster prevention and education center for Istanbul, Turkey. The project draws in water from the creek on

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Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 300,000 Residents Near Istanbul

Dror Benshetrit’s Massive Artificial Island Could House 300,000 Residents Near Istanbul

Dror Benshetrit has a a vision for a new type of city - one that incorporates private residences with commercial spaces and parks. His project is dubbed HavvAda, and it's a man-made island that would

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New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

New Study Shows 23 Nuclear Power Plants Around the World at High Risk from Tsunamis

A new study has found that 23 nuclear power plants with 74 reactors in various parts of the world are at high risk from tsunamis like the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan in March

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Deep Ocean Technology Announces Plans to Build Worldwide Chain of Water Discus Hotels!

Deep Ocean Technology Announces Plans to Build Worldwide Chain of Water Discus Hotels!

Dubai is already home to some of the most architecturally stunning, advanced, and excessive buildings in the world, but the Water Discus Hotel is a showstopper - and we just received word that BIG INVEST

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Scientists Predict That Food Riots Will Grip The Planet Within A Year

Scientists Predict That Food Riots Will Grip The Planet Within A Year

A few years ago, Sir John Beddington, the UK government's chief scientific advisor stated that with the world's population growing, food supplies diminishing, and water supplies becoming more scarce, all

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The Ocean Observatories Initiative Is a “Hubble Telescope for the World’s Oceans”

The Ocean Observatories Initiative Is a “Hubble Telescope for the World’s Oceans”

In order to fully understand the world's oceans a new program called The Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) has just been launched. The program will span 25-years and be responsible for managing a

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BIG’s Connecting Greenland: AIR + PORT Exhibit Proposes a New Future for Greenland

BIG’s Connecting Greenland: AIR + PORT Exhibit Proposes a New Future for Greenland

Currently, Greenland residents rely heavily on air travel to get around, but are plagued by empty flights and staggering prices. BIG and its cohorts are proposing to address this domestic problem with a

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Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

In the developing world, disease caused by poor sanitation is the second largest cause of death in children under five years old, and according to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million lives are

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DryBath: Waterless Bath in a Bottle Tackles Hygiene and Water Shortage Problems for Poor Populations

DryBath: Waterless Bath in a Bottle Tackles Hygiene and Water Shortage Problems for Poor Populations

South African entrepreneurial firm Headboy Industries has developed a germicidal gel product called DryBath that is formulated as a solution to the dual problems of hygiene and water scarcity faced by

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Anna Heringer’s Rammed Earth MudWorks Installation at Harvard’s GSD Still Standing

Anna Heringer’s Rammed Earth MudWorks Installation at Harvard’s GSD Still Standing

MudWorks is a design project Initiated by Anna Heringer (2012 Loeb Fellow) and Martin Rauch (and expert in clay architecture), and produced by the 2012 Loeb Fellows. In late March, designers and design

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New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

New Report Lauds Intel, HP, Apple for Manufacturing with Conflict-Free Minerals

In a world where consumers are becoming increasingly socially conscious, "conflict minerals" are to electronics what blood diamonds are to jewelry. A new report released by Enough Project, a think tank

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Olafur Eliasson Combines Art and Solar Technology to Shed Light On the 1.6 Billion People Who Live Without Electricity

Olafur Eliasson Combines Art and Solar Technology to Shed Light On the 1.6 Billion People Who Live Without Electricity

The ability to switch on a light is something that many of us take for granted, but more than 20% of the world is left in the dark when night falls. With 1.6 billion people lacking access to electricity,

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Is DEFRA Not Doing Enough to Battle Bee-Killing Pesticides In the UK?

Is DEFRA Not Doing Enough to Battle Bee-Killing Pesticides In the UK?

It has long been theorized that the use of certain pesticides has contributed to the declining bee population around the world. In order to counter and further prevent the detrimental effect to the UK's

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Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon

Google and Landsat Create Time-Lapse Videos Showing 40 Years of Environmental Destruction in the Amazon

Landsat and Google Earth Engine may have created the closest thing we have ever seen to a virtual time machine. Forty years of satellite images of the Earth's surface have been organized, compiled, and

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