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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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Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

Charge Your Electronics With a Solar ReadySet and Help Power the Developing World

The ReadySet is a versatile renewable energy charger that can power any gadget that plugs into a standard vehicle or usb port. The ReadySet’s intelligent battery means that it can be charged from a

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350 Million People in India Lose Power Due to Scorching Summer Weather

350 Million People in India Lose Power Due to Scorching Summer Weather

India suffered one of its worst blackouts in a decade this Monday morning when high demand for electricity cut off power to seven northern states and over 360 million people.  India's electricity demand

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Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a Huge Candy-Colored Chinese-Built Ghost City in Angola

Nova Cidade de Kilamba is a Huge Candy-Colored Chinese-Built Ghost City in Angola

  Kilamba is near Luanda, Angola’s capital, and it is mostly made up of a collection of 750 identical  5-, 8- and 11-story buildings.  To help identify neighborhoods (we assume), entire

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Africa’s First Online Green Network Launches in Cape Town

Africa’s First Online Green Network Launches in Cape Town

Green Africa Directory, the first online pan-African sustainability directory and network, was recently officially launched in Cape Town, South Africa. This green networking ‘hub’, which is expected

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Generation X Apathetic About Global Warming and Climate Change

Generation X Apathetic About Global Warming and Climate Change

Generation X is the generation born after the post World War II 'baby boom'. Generally, they were born in the early 60s till about the late 70s and are mostly parents these days. They were children of the

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Average Chinese Citizen’s Carbon Footprint is Now Equal to the Average European’s

Average Chinese Citizen’s Carbon Footprint is Now Equal to the Average European’s

China's industrial growth has really taken off in the last decade - and new research shows that the per capita emissions of the world's most populated country are now almost on a par with the European

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Songa Designs Brings Sustainable Business to Rural Rwanda Through Handmade Fashion Accessories

Songa Designs Brings Sustainable Business to Rural Rwanda Through Handmade Fashion Accessories

We live in a world where it's clear that traditional humanitarian aid creates dependency rather than sustainable independence, and the people who should have a say when it comes to their own lives often

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Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

Recycling Co-operatives In Sao Paulo, Brazil Light the Path for Sustainable Development

The city of São Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, produces massive amounts of solid waste on a daily basis. In order to manage this constant flow of trash, the municipal government provides

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Lack Of Exercise, Too Much Food and Advanced Medicine Have Given White Americans ‘Bigger Heads’

Lack Of Exercise, Too Much Food and Advanced Medicine Have Given White Americans ‘Bigger Heads’

Researchers from the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center have discovered that over the past 150 years, changes in lifestyle and an increase in calorie in-take have given white

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Rio+20: New UN Report Says Mankind’s Future is Not Sustainable

Rio+20: New UN Report Says Mankind’s Future is Not Sustainable

A new UN report issued in advance of the upcoming Rio+20 Conference calls for urgent environmental measures to protect not only the environment - but also ourselves. The report states that population

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Are Green Spaces an Indicator of Social and Economic Inequality?

Are Green Spaces an Indicator of Social and Economic Inequality?

Look out of your window. Can you see many trees or vegetation? If so, then you may be living in one of the more affulent parts of your city. That or you live in the countryside. Tim DeChant, of Per

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Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland Will Host the 6th Annual Living Future unConference

Portland, Oregon is often recognized as one of the greenest cities in America. The city has plans for peak oil and climate action and policies to address recycling and sustainable urban development, so

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